Repair pile

Repair or Replace?

Submitter: I call this pile, “No, we don’t have to try to fix these, we can buy new ones.”

Holly: Isn’t it wild how much time, tape, and effort some libraries will put into fixing a cheap paperback? They make up 90% of donations, so they’re often free to replace! Even worse, though, is when they’re found on the shelf like this. There’s really no need to squeak one more circulation out of these; just replace them or let them go.

curtains and window treatments

Curtains for the 1980s

Curtains and Window Treatments
Fishburn
1982

This book was just dirty. And not in a good way. Seriously, just take a nice wipe to the cover. Since COVID, I am overly concerned about visible crud on books.

This reminds me of “Laura Ashley meets shabby chic” for the 1980s. Having attempted budget decorating in the 1980s, this really was reflective of the latest in home fashion, and would have been a decent choice for a home decorating collection. Those balloon type shades in the third picture below seemed to be in every house back in the day. I tried to copy some homemade versions and ended throwing in the proverbial towel since it just didn’t look straight. I blame cheap fabric and my less than stellar sewing skills.

Why am I afraid to tell you who I am cover

Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am?

Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am
Powell
1969

Submitter: This well loved 1969 copy of John Powell of the Society of Jesus – Why Am I Afraid To Tell You Who I Am is filled with underlining and other notations from some past perplexed borrower. Still in print today and time for this copy to move on. Included the creepy clown picture for Mary…

Blood Relatives cover

Friday Fiction – Blood Relatives

Blood Relatives
McBain
1975

Submitter: I was weeding for grubby looking books in the mysteries when I came across this Ed McBain title. The real mystery is what condition the book was in when someone wrote “shelve as is” back in 1984. Hopefully not as moldy or dilapidated as it is now!

Holly: But it’s by Ed McBain! But it’s part of a series! You can’t just WEED a book by Ed McBain that is part of a series!

Just kidding. You totally can. I can smell it from here.

Classroom in a book cover

Assroom Classroom

Adobe Premier Pro CC
2015 Release
Classroom in a Book
Jago
2016

Submitter: I swear we didn’t do this on purpose. Also, I’ve taken to singing the title of this series (Classroom in a Book) to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell anytime I refer to it. Now that’s stuck in your head, too!

Holly: Ha ha! I love these little sticker mishaps. Just a half-inch to the left and it wouldn’t have obstructed the CL in Classroom. It’s a perfectly fine book. Keep it. Even passive-aggressively leave the sticker in place if you like. I would.

damaged cover of goosebumps

Paperback Retirement

Goosebumps
Escape from the Carnival of Horrors
Stine
1995

This book was given to us by a Page with the note slapped on the cover. You can see the back cover also suffered some stress as well. This particular paperback had nearly 100 checkouts when it was retired. Given the condition, I am going to guess that was maybe 50 circs too many. Damaged books are easy weeders and can improve the look of a collection without too much trauma on those folks who maybe like to hang on to stuff a bit too long. It is also a good strategy if a library hasn’t been weeded in a while. In a way, we should be proud when books like this have served the public well. I am quite sure that this book was pretty much loved to death.