Posted on September 29th, 2012 by Mickie.
Banned Books Week is upon us! But why should you care? Everyone should care about book banning or, more commonly, book challenges. What am I talking about? Here is how The American Library Association explains it:
A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice.
Choosing what to read is a personal thing and if you are a teen–personal decisions may still involve discussion with your parents, your religious leader, your friends, your teachers or anyone else whom you look to for guidance. Most librarians take your freedom to read really seriously–that is why we celebrate Banned Books Week. It is a way to bring awareness to issues of censorship and have community discussions about books and why every citizen should value his or her freedom to read them.
You might be surprised by which books have been challenged or banned–often they are considered classics! Frankly, once I hear that a book has been banned, I can’t WAIT to read it! Can you name these famously banned books by their descriptions? Give me your answers in the comments and be entered to win a signed copy of Ship Breaker by Paulo Bacigalupi. It hasn’t been challenged that I know of…it is just a wicked good book!!
Posted on September 21st, 2012 by Mickie.
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Do you know about second breakfast? Elevensies? If you are a fan of Middle Earth you do!
Today marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of the classic J.R.R. Tolkien book, The Hobbit. How better to celebrate than to nosh–Hobbit Style! Join in with fans across the world and have a celebratory nibble, but act fast it is happening at 11am! Don’t worry if you miss the time–Hobbits always have a little something tucked away for just such an occasion!
While you are snacking, enjoy this trailer for the first movie in Peter Jackson’s three part adaptation…it doesn’t come out until December so that gives you plenty of time to read the book….and pack some more snacks.
Bonus question—can you name all the dwarves? Give me a shout in the comments!
Posted on September 12th, 2012 by Mickie.
After watching this video today from the Vlogbrothers about an abandoned Ferris Wheel that still turns….10 years after the park closed, I started thinking about how creepy a carnival can be. I have never actually had a bad experience at one so why can they seem so creepy? Is it because it is so “other-worldly” to have garish lights and music going at all hours? Maybe because it is unnatural for our bodies to fly and twist they way they do on rides? Maybe. But those are also the reasons that make carnivals and theme parks SO MUCH FUN!
How do you feel about it? Have a story to share? Let me hear your best and worst carnival story in the comments and enjoy these top 5 YA carnival books….got one to add? Give me a shout back in the comments.
#5 The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
#4 Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman
#3 The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe
#2 The Likes of Me by Randall Platt
#1 Something Wicked This Way Comes: Graphic Novel Adaptation by Ray Bradbury
BONUS BOOKS! Like adult reads? Check out these two creepy carnivals from the adult section…