Here is a book from 1957...tell me this isn't horribly dated.
Another book on the Apollo program...written and published prior to Apollo 11.
Man's reach into space, copyright 1959—the Mercury program had not even been off the launch pad and would not be until 1961.
I have no idea why a book like this would be on the shelf of a K-5 library.
A book from 1938 from the Madison Free Library, the system that pre-dates the Madison Public Library.
One of the "Little House on the Prairie" books. It is in pretty rough shape...you cannot see it in this photo but the binding is being held together with clear tape.
A classic, and in very rough shape.
"The House on Pooh Corner" is in very rough shape and the binding is held together with clear tape.
The majority of shelves are filled with books like you have seen in these photos...very few newer books.
I am two years older than this book.
Bart Starr was a great quarterback, and is a part of the sports lore of Wisconsin, but I find it hard to believe that typical 4th or 5th grader would bother with this book. If it was about Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers I could see it being checked out.
This was the newest set of shelves in the library—Harry Potter. At least they had this.
What I learned from my visit—most of the books in this library were from the 50s, 60s and 70s. you can tell when funding dropped off, sometime in the 80s. While there are newer books in the library they are few and far between. Our schools teach the most precious resource we have, our children. I am at a loss as to how to explain how a book on the space program that was written prior to the Apollo missions can educate children about man landing on the moon. There was one book in the library on satellites. Its copyright date was 1959. It was the only book there on that subject.
The book on oil surprised me the most. It was a book that was probably fine in the 50s, but today, it reads like an advertisement written by the oil industry and even has a passage that states we can never run out of oil.
This year Scott Walker cut the education budget and has put a cap on any revenue increases for school districts. Which means no new books for this or any other school. How in holy hell can we expect to prepare our children for workforce of tomorrow when they are reading science books that are over forty years old?
Update: I failed to mention the school this library is in serves a very large number students from one of the poorer neighborhoods in the area. Even if the parents want to help the likely do not have the means.
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