I am a huge fan of the blog http://awfullibrarybooks.wordpress.com/. If you haven't seen it, you need to soon. In September, I was lucky enough to see the creators at my nerd conference (the SD Libraries Association conference) and they were hilarious. And not just in a dorky librarian way. Anyway, their blog is a record of ridiculous books they and other librarians have weeded from their libraries. Weeding is when libraries remove dated, duplicated, or damaged books from the collection. In my case, books that do not support the curriculum or needs of the students would also be removed. Weeding should be done often to ensure that your library has a top notch collection.
Much to my delight, my principal has given me the go ahead to do some significant weeding. I love getting rid of crap. You can be sure I will never end up on an episode of hoarders. If it hasn't been used in over a year and has no significant or monetary value, it's gone. You can ask my friend MW, whom I've helped purge things from her closet, I'm pretty ruthless. So, for me, the last couple weeks of weeding at the library have been wonderful. Especially when I find gems like this one that deserve their own post on Awful Library Books.
Let's Talk About Disabled People (1992)
The cover alone convinced me that this book should be weeded, but I couldn't find the cover art online so I'll have to take a picture and upload it for you later. However, this line from the book is yet another reason that I said buh-bye to Let's Talk About Disabled People.
"If you've ever broken your ankle, you know what it's like to be disabled."
Um, maybe. But I'm going to go out on a limb and say that the average physically disabled person would disagree. Let's NOT talk about disabled people like that, thank you.
Stay tuned because there are sure to be more of these gems sitting on the shelves.