When a library collection hasn't been weeded or updated in a while, patrons' overall impression of the collection will suffer. Most people don't have the time or patience to sift through the shelves looking for the diamonds in the rough. One of my goals for the upcoming year is to go through the non-fiction collection, which hasn't gotten much attention in a while. Might as well start at the beginning!
Dewey Decimal number 001.9 covers "controversial knowledge." Think Bigfoot, The Loch Ness Monster, unexplained psychic phenomenon, etc. I loved these kinds of books about the paranormal when I was a kid. I also like to pull them to plump up Halloween displays.
I'll be getting rid of titles like these, which are all more than 25 years old, obviously shabby and haven't circulated in over five years.
Into the Unknown: Nine Astounding Stories
by Stephen Mooser
HarperCollins Children's Books
It's hard to tell exactly, but I think this cover is supposed to look like a face, exploding with psychic possibility.
Monsters of the Mountains
by Jon Jameson
A face only a mother could love.
The Earth is Flat and Other Great Mistakes
by Laurence P. Pringle
William Morrow & Co.
Wow! This cover takes you right back, doesn't it? I love the backwards "E" in the title.
If You Were Really Superstitious
by Jane Sarnoff
Scribner Book Company
I do love the crossed fingers on this one. Don't know if you can make out the couple kissing under a ladder as a black cat crosses their path.
Hopefully, (budget permitting!) I can replace them with titles like this:
Unexplained: An Encyclopedia of Curious Phenomena, Strange Superstitions, and Ancient Mysteries
by Judy Allen
Maybe one day we'll laugh at this cover (it looks like a yodeler atop a cat mask, to me) but in person it doesn't look so bad, and I've read great reviews of the short accessible stories of the mysterious within.
The Legend of Bigfoot
by Thomas Kingsley Troupe
Picture Window Books
Published for the school market, the cover appeal and recent pub date put this book miles ahead of what we currently have.
Tales of the Cryptids: Mysterious Creatures that May or May Not Exist
by Kelly Milner Halls, Rick Spears, Roxyanne Young
Darby Creek Publishing
One of my favorite books, ever. Seriously! An awesome book.
The Earth is Flat! Science Facts and Fictions
by Mary Atkinson
Okay, I cheated. This book is actually in the Dewey 500's but I still think it works quite well. I love the woodcut cover. It's deliberately retro.