Archive for September, 2013

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week 2013 started yesterday.  To learn more about Banned Books Week and why we need it, check out the ALA’s page on Banned & Challenged Books. In honor of Banned Books Week, here are some of my favorite Challenged and Banned Books.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
The Handmaid's Tale
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
The Awakening
The Hunger Games
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Just Listen
A Study in Scarlet
Invisible Man
As I Lay Dying
The Great Gatsby
Looking for Alaska
The Outsiders
Their Eyes Were Watching God
A Wrinkle in Time
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Giver
Leaves of Grass
Charlotte's Web
The Color Purple
Cat's Cradle
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Gulliver's Travels
The Giving Tree
The Lorax
Green Eggs and Ham
Where the Wild Things Are
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Gone with the Wind

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Link Round-Up: August 2013

Generative Gatsby: Artist Turns American Classic Into A Jazz-Inspired Typography Experiment

The artist’s combination of science, literature, art, and music resulted in a typographic representation of Gatsby that is just stunning.  The interview is very interesting, too, though I’ll admit to not understanding some of his talk of algorithms.

  The Letter I Never Sent to Elmore Leonard

Author Elmore Leonard passed away in August.  This is a beautiful tribute to him and to the impact that authors and their work can have on our lives.

 5 reasons to liberate your ebooks from their DRM prison

I am really not a fan of DRM in ebooks.  I understand the arguments behind it, but I don’t feel that I should be married to one store for my ebooks simply because I preferred the ereader they were offering.  I also don’t like the power it gives to the stores to determine how I use and access content that I have legally purchased.  This article offers a very persuasive argument for stripping the DRM from any books you buy.

Va. Beach libraries turn teens into gardeners

I love this idea.  Two of the branches in the system where I work have gardens (and one is primarily environmentally focused as a whole).   People are often surprised by the programs and services libraries offer, but we’ve long moved from the idea of libraries as simple book repositories. I think offering these types of programs, collections, and services are very important for two reasons. For one, they’re things that the library has determined that the community needs, especially as the poor economy (and political climate) is doing away with both individuals’ ability to pay for services or items they could before and the safety net that social service programs provided. And second, they allow the library to stay relevant to the communities needs, which is important for ensuring that libraries survive.

Libraries Changed My Life

I feel like I could have written.  Unlike the author, I had a wonderful childhood, but I often felt overwhelmed by other people and the world as a whole. Even as an adult, there are times I really feel this way.  There are many reasons I wanted to go into the library field (and many reasons I’m happy to be working in the part of the field that markets and advocates for libraries), but this feeling of acceptance, safety, and giving that libraries can provide is one of the big ones.

10 Reasons Nonreaders Don’t Read — and How to Change Their Minds

I want to send this to every school, teacher, or parent I know.  When a child hates reading, we so often don’t look in the right places to figure out why and how to help.  This is especially hard for those who love reading to understand.  This really outlines if so well.

The Year I Stopped Reading Men

There are many male authors I enjoy, but I do often find myself turning to female authors again and again, especially as I get older.   Though I’m sure many would read this and take it as an attack on male authors, that isn’t what it’s about.  We can support female authors and still appreciate male authors, as well.  However, we really do need to do away with the sexism in the literary world.  It’s absurd that I had to take a Women Writer’s class in college, when so many of those women should have been included in the regular lit classes.

New JD Salinger Books Coming, According To New Biography

In case you hadn’t heard, this is happening.


 And here are a few lists to enjoy…

 ‘Art Made From Books’: 7 Stunning Pieces Of Book Art

12 Amazing Ray Bradbury Quotes For His Birthday

A 6-year-old guesses the plots of classic novels based on their covers