I understand that libraries have to stamp them as discards, but why do they have to deface the book inside and out? Of all people, wouldn't librarians hope that someone would rescue the discarded books for their own children?
Just wait till you see the DISCARD damage on the Lois Lenski I bought last week.
Above, a gorgeous book called The Poppy Seed Cakes by Margery Clark, illustrated by Maud and Miska Petersham, 1924. You can view more of its colorful illustrations here.