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Happy Banned Books Week!

One of my favorite weeks of the year is Banned Books Week. During this time, I wear my banned books t-shirt, button and bracelet. We create displays in the library to highlight the books that have been banned or challenged within the past 100 years or so. It makes for great discussions/debates/arguments with patrons. Although I have been pleasantly surprised with the feedback in the Children’s Room. Many patrons are surprised and even almost-outraged that certain books have been have made ALA’s list (ALA=American Library Association.)


We have 3 different displays in the library: Children’s, Teens & Adults.

The Children’s display was created by my talented library page, Ali.

Books included in the display: And Tango Makes Three, In the Night Kitchen, The Giver, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, The Giving Tree, Heather Has Two Mommies, Where the Wild Things Are, King and King, The Lorax, Huckleberry Finn, Captain Underpants and lots more.

For the Teen display, I added a chain and lock to give my rush-job poster a little style.

The list for teen or young adult banned & challenged books is pretty long. Some books I included this year were: The Hunger Games, Speak, TTYL, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Harry Potter, Sex Education, The Geography Club, Rainbow Boys, Annie on My Mind, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, A Wrinkle in Time, Jacob Have I loved, The Chocolate War, Jumping Off Swings, Crank and others.

   

What are your favorite banned books? Click on the ALA list link above to see how many you’ve read!

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Excited to Read…..Pearl by Jo Knowles

I am SOOOOO excited to read this book by my favorite writing professor!! Jo is an incredible writer, teacher and human being. Congrats, Jo, on your third book release! If this is anything like Lessons from a Dead Girl & Jumping Off Swings, I am in for a treat. Check out all the fabulous reviews so far! Hoping to get a review copy of the next one to review here….. 🙂  I am just bummed I can’t make it to the launch party in VT this Saturday 😦
Pearl

Pearl

by Jo Knowles (Goodreads Author)
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Bean (née Pearl) and Henry, misfits and best friends, have the strangest mothers in town. Henry’s mom Sally never leaves the house. Bean’s mom Lexie, if she is home, is likely nursing a hangover or venting to her friend Claire about Bean’s beloved grandfather Gus, the third member of their sunny household.

Gus’s death unleashes a host of family secrets that brings them all together. And they threaten to change everything—including Bean’s relationship with Henry, her first friend, and who also might turn out to be her first love.

Hardcover, 224 pages
Published July 19th 2011 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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