Celebrate National Library Week

It’s National Library Week, which runs from April 13 to 19. This year’s theme is “Lives change @ your library®.”

Parade.com has a gallery of 10 quirky libraries across the United States.

More information from a fact sheet by the American Library Association:

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries–school, public, academic and special–participate.

Celebrations during National Library Week include:

National Library Workers Day, celebrated the Tuesday of National Library Week (April 15, 2014), a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.

National Bookmobile Day, celebrated the Wednesday of National Library Week (April 16, 2014), a day to recognize the contributions of our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who make quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communities.

Celebrate Teen Literature Day, celebrated the Thursday of National Library Week (April 17, 2014), aimed at raising awareness among the general public that young adult literature is a vibrant, growing genre with much to offer today’s teens.


Happy Banned Books Week!

I stopped in Jessie Peterman Library and learned it’s Banned Books Week. A celebration of “FREADOM,” Banned Books Week runs from September 22 through 28.

Here’s what the American Library Association (ALA) says:

ALA’s work opposing censorship takes place not just during Banned Books Week, but throughout the year. OIF tracks hundreds of challenges to books and other materials in libraries and classrooms across the country. We provide advice, letters of support, access to legal assistance, policy recommendations, and much more to librarians, teachers, and community members looking to keep books on the shelves. We conduct training, media interviews, and online education about how and why to defend the freedom to read.

Famous Banned Books

Here are some noteworthy controversial reads. The reasons why are in parentheses.

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (encouragement of child abuse and drug abuse)

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (dark tone and unruly lead character)

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss (banned in China because of Marxist and homosexual ideas)

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (might be offensive to Muslim students)

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (promotes witchcraft)

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (racial content, vulgar language)

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (considered sexist)

Animal Farm by George Orwell (communist text in introduction)

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller (offensive language)

How many of the above banned books have you read?