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Elder Artwork

Creative Arts with Older Adults: A Sourcebook
Weisberg and Wilder, Eds.
1985

Submitter: Found in the stack of this public library – It’s not truly awful, but it is old and uninspiring. The photos are poor and the image/printing quality is terrible if you’re BIPOC. I also think we have moved away from the term Geriatric.

Holly: Sometimes books like these can be downright condescending, when older adults may well be master artists. I do understand that physical conditions related to aging can affect one’s ability to make creative arts, even if they had high-level skills at any point in their lives. However, the first page below suggests making everyone aware of everyone else’s disabilities so that they’re all sensitive to each others’ needs – which is something I would NEVER do.

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Sculpture in Paper

Sculpture in Paper
Roukes
1993

Submitter: Here is one submission, based on condition and age. I missed it in my first weeding of the section because I didn’t open the book. It’s a cool idea for a book, but I believe that a new edition would circulate.

Holly: It has definitely seen better days, as you can see from the water damage in the first image below. This one could definitely be replaced if it has circulated well! On the other hand, often patrons will immediately let staff know about damage like this so that they don’t get blamed for it, so maybe no one has looked at it for a while. On the other other hand, I have found items on the shelf with peanut butter on the cover and pages held together with duct tape and prayer, so it could have been checked out several times like this and no one bothered to do anything about it!

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Norwegian Rosemaling

Norwegian Rosemaling: Decorative Painting on Wood
Miller and Aarseth
1974

True confessions: this was found at my own library. It’s been hanging out in the Crafts collection for 45 years. It has quite a lot of circulations, though none recently. It’s not a bad subject for a public library collection, especially in an area where Norwegian culture is prevalent (which it is not here!).