1. Dazzle Them With Denim! | Awful Library Books

    Dazzle Them With Denim! | Awful Library Books

  2. As my fellow editor Stephanie Klose said, “three words: holiday. meat. tree.” Via the ever-entertaining Awful Library Books.

    As my fellow editor Stephanie Klose said, “three words: holiday. meat. tree.” Via the ever-entertaining Awful Library Books.

  3. Another gem from Awful Library Books: The Prettiest Woman.

    Another gem from Awful Library BooksThe Prettiest Woman.

  4. Care of Awful Library Books:

    The Complete Guide to Disco Dancing
    by Karen Lustgarten “The Disco Lady”
    1978

    Submitter: A young woman came to the reference desk and asked for books about dancing.  I showed her to the appropriate section, then stood there discussing with her what exactly she was looking for while she browsed.  I was horrified when I saw this book…to the extent that I snatched it off the shelf and hid it behind my back so the patron wouldn’t see it.  How embarrassing!

    Holly: There is no end to disco books in public libraries!  Even if disco makes a comeback, we need to update the books.

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    Awful Library Books: Stuff of Nightmares 

    Submitter: This is from our New Reader collection.   It was published in 1986. The creepy chipmunk gives me the heebie-jeebies!

    Holly: Ha ha ha!!  Oh, man, this one cracks me up.  Here’s the summary from WorldCat: “The rides are old and run-down at the Fun World Amusement Park, the food is bad, and the Chipmunk act is in trouble. Someone wants the Chipmunk dead.”  No wonder he looks so sad, even if his mouth is perpetually smiling.  At first, I assumed the chipmunk was the killer: some creepy guy dressed as a chipmunk, going around axing people.  That wasn’t fair – chipmunks are the brightest people!  Oh, wait, that was racoons.  Never mind.