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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: A House of Night Novel

P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast

Published: May 01, 2007 by St. Martin's Griffin
Find in the Library



Eleanor & Park

Rainbow Rowell

Published: Feb 26, 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin
Find in the Library



Neverwhere: A Novel

Neil Gaiman

Published: Aug 21, 2003 by Avon
Find in the Library


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
Find in the Library


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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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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown is this week’s staff pick.  Our staff member said she was totally absorbed by the book and learned about rowing, or crew, while immersing herself in Joe Rantz’s (one of the rowers) story.  While the story mostly focuses on Rantz, it goes into the personal history of the entire team and sets their quest for Olympic gold against the backdrop of Hitler’s rise to power and the propaganda machine.  This balance of personal history and world events makes a riveting story.  We have it in several formats, so check out a copy today.

“Daniel James Brown’s robust book tells the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.


The emotional heart of the story lies with one rower, Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not for glory, but to regain his shattered self-regard and to find a place he can call home. The crew is assembled  by an enigmatic coach and mentored by a visionary, eccentric British boat builder, but it is their trust in each other that makes them a victorious team. They remind the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together—a perfect melding of commitment, determination, and optimism.

Drawing on the boys’ own diaries and journals, their photos and memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, The Boys in the Boat is an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate story of nine working-class boys from the American west who, in the depths of the Great Depression, showed the world what true grit really meant. It will appeal to readers of Erik Larson, Timothy Egan, James Bradley, and David Halberstam’s The Amateurs.”–Taken from Goodreads.com

 

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