Twitter-fied

We’ll we’ve gone and signed up for a twitter account. If you aren’t sure what Twitter is, you can read about it here, and sign up for your own account here.

Basically, twitter broadcasts a short message to anyone following you. Some people use twitter to let people know how their day is going. Others use their accounts to broadcast news, traffic, or celebrity happenings.

The library twitter stream will contain mostly news about upcoming events, new/popular book releases, and anything relevant to the library user. To follow us, sign into your account, go here and click “follow.”

Published in: on October 13, 2009 at 3:23 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Banned Books Week Begins!

Sept. 26 – Oct. 3 marks this year’s Banned Books Week.

It may not come as a big surprise that Catcher in the Rye, Brave New World, To Kill a Mocking Bird, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn were all challenged or banned in the past. Would it surprise you to know that they were each challenged or banned this year as well?

What else have you read this year that some might consider inappropriate? You can see this year’s list of banned and challenged books here, in the catalog of banned and challenged books of 2008-2009.

Who challenges books? Why? These graphs, from the American Library Association break down some of those statistics.

What do you do when you read something strikes you as objectionable? This article, The Secret Life of Book Bannersfrom the September 27 Chicago Tribune, discusses one woman’s experience from childhood to adult with banned material.

UPDATE: check out this interactive map of banned books in the US! Banned Books Map!

Published in: on September 26, 2009 at 7:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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