Top 10 Most Challenged Books – 2017

The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 354 challenges to library, school and university materials in 2017. Of the 416 books challenged or banned in 2017, the Top 10 Most Challenged Books are:

  1. Thirteen Reasons Why written by Jay Asher
    Originally published in 2007, this New York Times bestseller has resurfaced as a controversial book after Netflix aired a TV series by the same name. This YA novel was challenged and banned in multiple school districts because it discusses suicide.
  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian written by Sherman Alexie
    Consistently challenged since its publication in 2007 for acknowledging issues such as poverty, alcoholism, and sexuality, this National Book Award winner was challenged in school curriculums because of profanity and situations that were deemed sexually explicit.
  3. Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
    This Stonewall Honor Award-winning, 2012 graphic novel from an acclaimed cartoonist was challenged and banned in school libraries because it includes LGBT characters and was considered “confusing.”
  4. The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini
    This critically acclaimed, multigenerational novel was challenged and banned because it includes sexual violence and was thought to “lead to terrorism” and “promote Islam.”
  5. George written by Alex Gino
    Written for elementary-age children, this Lambda Literary Award winner was challenged and banned because it includes a transgender child.
  6. Sex is a Funny Word written by Cory Silverberg and illustrated by Fiona Smyth
    This 2015 informational children’s book written by a certified sex educator was challenged because it addresses sex education and is believed to lead children to “want to have sex or ask questions about sex.”
  7. To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee
    This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, considered an American classic, was challenged and banned because of violence and its use of the N-word.
  8. The Hate U Give written by Angie Thomas
    Despite winning multiple awards and being the most searched-for book on Goodreads during its debut year, this YA novel was challenged and banned in school libraries and curriculums because it was considered “pervasively vulgar” and because of drug use, profanity, and offensive language.
  9. And Tango Makes Three written by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson and illustrated by Henry Cole. Returning after a brief hiatus from the Top Ten Most Challenged list, this ALA Notable Children’s Book, published in 2005, was challenged and labeled because it features a same-sex relationship.
  10. I Am Jazz written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
    This autobiographical picture book co-written by the 13-year-old protagonist was challenged because it addresses gender identity.

Exercise your reading rights. Check out a banned book.

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Banned Book Week September 23-29, 2018

Banned Books Week 2018 is September 23-29. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restricted in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.

For many of us, we can find at least one of our beloved favorites has made the infamous list : For me,  it is To Kill a Mockingbird. To see if any of your favorite books have made the banned or challenged list, visit http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks where you can view the lists by year or decade.  Here is an example of just one book that was banned for a completely ridiculous reason:

Little Red Riding Hood, by Brothers Grimm

Why: In the 1987 version, which was adapted from the original fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood was shown carrying a bottle of wine in her basket. But, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, we ask you this: What’s honestly the most disturbing thing about Little Red Riding Hood? Is it the fact that there’s a sentient wolf in her grandma’s pajamas? The fact that said wolf probably mauled said grandma to death? Oh, it’s the WINE? Really? Not the fact that the Brothers Grimm were always setting up scenarios where children might get eaten? Ok, as long as you’re sure. Glad everyone has their priorities straight.

To see other books banned for completely ridiculous reasons, visit: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/11-books-that-were-banned-for-completely-ridiculous-reasons/

Come visit the library this week! Get your mug shot picture taken with one of our banned books on display and you will be entered into one of our prize drawings.  Are you brave enough to read a banned book with us?

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New Children’s Books Now Available!

Here’s a small list of the new titles:

“Dragon was Terrible” – Kelly DiPucchio

“Princesses Wear Pants” – Savannah Guthrie

“The Pout-Pout Fish” – Deborah Diesen

“You’re Here For A Reason” – Nancy Tillman

“What Do You Do With A Problem?” – Kobi Yamada

“Thunder Boy JR.” – Sherman Alexie

“The Water Princess” – Susan Verde

“Quantum Physics for Babies” – Chris Ferrie

“There’s No Place Like Space!” – Tish Rabe

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Literary Birthdays

September 1 – Tarzan of the Apes  creator Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) was born in Chicago. Before becoming a novelist, he was as correspondent for the Los Angeles Times.

September 15 – American novelist, historian and social critic, James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) was born in Burlington, New Jersey. Best known for  The Last of the Mohicans.

September 15 – British mystery author Agatha Christie (1890-1976) was born in Torquay, England. She wrote nearly a hundred books including mysteries, dramas, poetry and nonfiction.

September 19 – British author William Golding (1911-1993) was born in Cornwall, England. Best known for Lord of the Flies, he received a Nobel Prize in 1983.

September 24 – American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) was born in St. Paul, Minnesota (as Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald). Best known for This Side of Paradise, The Great Gatsby, and Tender is the Night.

September 25 – American writer William Faulkner (1897-1962) was born in New Albany, Mississippi. Best known for The Sound and the Fury and The Reivers.

September 26 – Writer T. S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot (1888-1937) was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He rejected conventional verse and language in favor of free expression.

September 30 – American writer Truman Capote (1924-1984) was born in New Orleans, Louisiana (as Truman Streckfus Persons). He took the last name of his stepfather, becoming Truman Capote. Best known for Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood.

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Novel Notes

The Hawaiian Quilt” by Wanda Brunstetter

Book Review by Molly Edwards for Readers’ Favorite

This beautiful collaboration, The Hawaiian Quilt, between Wanda and Jean Brunstetter was amazing! I’m a lover of all things Amish. I’m also a lover of all things Wanda Brunstetter when it comes to Amish fiction novels. I will say, however, that while I love all things Brunstetter, I go into each of her books with an open mind so that if something isn’t up to par on her works, I won’t be let down. I do that with most any author. But, once again, this book hit it out of the park for me. I loved every second of this inspirational romance and the meaning of the quilt. As a granddaughter of a quilter, it was such fun to “see” the quilt come together!

I don’t want to spoil this story for anyone so I won’t go into a lot of detail with the plot, other than to say it’s superbly written and highly addictive! But, I will tell you that each and every character within these pages will steal your heart instantly and have you wishing you were right there in Hawaii with them! Mandy and her quirky friends are off on an adventure and land in Hawaii. Each turn of the page is filled with a message that sinks into your heart. It was definitely an interesting experience watching Mandy come to terms with her past and her future. If you are looking for a 5-star, well thought out read, then look no further than this beautifully captivating novel. Another two thumbs up to the queen of Amish fiction in my book! Well done!

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Nebraska Book Festival – August 25, 2018

Nebraska books and writers will be featured and celebrated at the Nebraska Book Festival on August 25, 2018 at the University of Nebraska City Campus Union from 9:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m. It will feature author appearances, book signings, exhibitors, booksellers, poetry readings, and hands-on family activities. Authors include Janice Harrington, Stew Magnuson, Brandon Vogel, Melissa Fraterrigo, Jeff Kurrus and Michael Forsberg, along with Nebraska poets from the 2018 One Book One Nebraska selection Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry. The Nebraska Writers Guild will feature readings, discussions, and workshops for writers. Concierge Marketing will host Maker activities to celebrate books, including family activities to encourage book lovers of all ages to craft, draw, imagine, and create.

The Festival is sponsored by University of Nebraska Press, Nebraska Library Commission, Nebraska Center for the Book, Lincoln City Libraries, Humanities Nebraska, Union Bank and Trust, University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism & Mass Communications, Friends of University of Nebraska Press, Nebraska Writers Guild, and Concierge Marketing and Publishing Services.

More information about the Festival is available at http://bookfestival.nebraska.gov/2018/index.aspx

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Aromatherapy Presentation – Angela Kalkbrenner

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vQbAfMqy0PlJZwk5bAFMuzkHZGheZ9r0F7vHdPQQu-CNDdzpjTfDc_Eyx85Uif34OhpQJIj9PgGxkqC/pub?start=true&loop=true&delayms=10000

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Mindfulness Presentation

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vRDl8PpD0ZIkAoqU-ANTLniMXmXBg7jwhrOrbuPOUDu4DZzv6QnFomQXHUulDwHKH0kDAlGtTZY2TxY/pub?start=true&loop=true&delayms=10000

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More than just Books!

With school starting up again don’t forget that the library is more than just a place to checkout a book or movie. The library is a great place to study, do your homework or get homework help. It’s also a great place to hang out with your friends, to learn something new, play a game, or create something amazing. The library has computers, Chromebooks, and Wi-Fi available for the public to use.

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Come Relax with Us

We invite all patrons, young and old, to come to the library on August 17th, 2018 and join us in celebrating National Relaxation Day.

You will find information and activities on stress reduction, how to make a relaxation schedule, aromatherapy, mindfulness and meditation.

Why is relaxing and stress reduction important?

It betters your mood, helps improve sleep and keeps you healthy.

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