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Yesterday kicked off Banned Books Week!  In case you haven’t been around the library lately, we are making it very easy for you to find and read banned books, as our current display contains some of the most banned or challenged book of the last decade.

Banned books are books that have been removed from the shelves of a library, bookstore, or classroom due to what some consider controversial content.  A book may be challenged (an attempt to ban) or banned on political, religious, sexual, or social grounds. The acts of banning or challenging a book are a serious matter, because these are forms of censorship which strike at our freedom to read.

There are 9 Bookmarks filled with some of the decade’s most banned and challenged books for you to peruse.  You’ll be surprised by how many you’ve already read!  These are at Circulation, Reference and the Display by the entertainment DVDs and new books.

All our Staff Picks of the Week this month have been Banned Books, so go check out those posts so far!  Children’s,  Nonfiction, & YA.

We encourage you to celebrate your freedom to read all week… all year really.

If you want more information on Banned Books or Banned Books Week go to: www.BannedBooksWeek.org/, the American Library Association, or even BuzzFeed

 

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In honor of Banned Books Week, which starts tomorrow, every Staff Pick of the Week this month will feature Banned Books.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of books that people have attempted to ban, but we believe you should choose what you read – not someone else.  Young Adult books seem to be the highest targeted, but there is attempted censorship in every genre.

Here we list some absolutely wonderful Young Adult books that are on ‘popular banned lists’ that are not also listed on the month’s new Staff Pick Banned Books Young Adult Bookmarks (there are 3).  Please note that this isn’t even the tip of the iceberg.  Find out more at Banned Books Week’s official page.

Banned books are books that have been removed from the shelves of a library, bookstore, or classroom due to controversial content.  A book may be challenged (an attempt to ban) or banned on political, religious, sexual, or social grounds. The acts of banning or challenging a book are a serious matter, because these are forms of censorship which strike at our freedom to read.


Marked

P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast

Published: May 01, 2007 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Eleanor & Park

Rainbow Rowell

Published: Feb 26, 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Neverwhere: A Novel

Neil Gaiman

Published: Aug 21, 2003 by Avon
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44184 Monster by Walter Dean Myers

231804   The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

46777   Tithe by Holly Black

375802  Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

334123  The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud (we also have the graphic novel!)

 

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In honor of Banned Books Week happening later this month, every Staff Pick of the Week this month will feature Banned Books.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of books that people have attempted to ban, but we believe you should choose what you read – not someone else.  Young Adult books seem to be the highest targeted, but there is attempted censorship in every genre.  Here we list some absolutely wonderful Nonfiction books (found in our adult shelves) that are on ‘popular banned lists’ that are not also listed on the month’s new Staff Pick Banned Books Adult Nonfiction Bookmark.  Please note that this isn’t even the tip of the iceberg.  Find out more at Banned Books Week’s official page.

Banned books are books that have been removed from the shelves of a library, bookstore, or classroom due to controversial content.  A book may be challenged (an attempt to ban) or banned on political, religious, sexual, or social grounds. The acts of banning or challenging a book are a serious matter, because these are forms of censorship which strike at our freedom to read.

228630 Black Boy by Richard Wright

871727 Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger (we also have the film based on the novel)

380645 I Saw Esau by Iona and Peter Opie


Kaffir Boy: The True Story Of A Black Youths Coming Of Age In Apartheid South Africa

Mark Mathabane

Published: Oct 07, 1998 by Free Press
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Labor Day traditionally signals the end of summer (learn more about the holiday by clicking the link or checking out one of our books on the history of the day). We won’t have reading prizes until winter again, but don’t worry, we have plenty of book recommendations to keep your mind sharp!  Why not try one of these suggestions collected by TED, from people like Rashida Jones and Bill Gates.  You can also check out the list they compiled last year.  They say they’re for summer reading, but we think they’re for all year. And if you read Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, and want more check out this list.

We hope you have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend and can’t wait to see you when we reopen Tuesday, September 2!

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This week’s staff pick is “Simply Sensational Cookies” by Nancy Baggett.  With school back in session and the end of summer, you might need a pick me up, and what better way than a batch of delicious homemade cookies?  The staff has tried several recipes from this book, and they’ve all come out so well that the results don’t last long.  The directions are easy to follow, each recipe is marked as to it’s level of ease (and many are ‘very easy’), and we recommend reading the blurbs at the beginning of each recipe because she has some great tips like rinsing raisins in hot water to keep them plump and from drying out the cookies. Her introduction is also chock-full of great baking advice.  This book passed our staff test, and we highly recommend it any time you need a new cookie recipe.

“Sophisticated, contemporary cookie recipes from one of America’s most respected baking experts. From bestselling cookbook author and award-winner Nancy Baggett comes “Simply Sensational Cookies, ” a delicious collection of cookie recipes that covers both the classics that mom used to make and modern, innovative ideas for the adventurous baker. Whether you’re a novice baker, an experienced cook, or a parent looking for new treats to try, this is the ideal cookbook for cookie-lovers, with more than 200 recipes ranging from fast and simple no-bake preparations to challenging projects for experienced bakers.Features more than 200 recipes, from traditional cookies like chocolate chip to sophisticated, savory cocktail nibblesIncludes gorgeous and inspiring full-color photography throughout Nancy Baggett is also the author of “Kneadlessly Simple” (Wiley) and twelve other highly respected cookbooks

Whether you need quick treats for the kids to snack on or fancy fare for your next cocktail party, “Simply Sensational Cookies” offers a wide range of recipes that will satisfy your every craving.”–From Goodreads.com


Simply Sensational Cookies

Nancy Baggett

Published: Sep 26, 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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