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Banned Book Week 2011

September 26, 2011

My fellow Hot Library Tech friend used his awesome curio cabinet for Banned book week.  You can see his post at the
SmellsLike Library link on the right.  I went into my market and sweet talked my favorite cashier into giving me 12 brown paper bags.  I had a library assistant help me peel the bags apart and I made one large sheet of brown paper.

I found a few new images for banned book week on Google.  If your school is like mine, I am often blocked from going on Google to look for images, so I have to work at home to get my displays finished.  These were three that were acceptable for high school.  Be careful when searching at school – you wouldn’t believe what I found on ‘strict search!’

So I got “artsy crafsty” in WORD and found some clip art of an eye.  Then I “hid” book covers under the red flaps.  I took a while, but kids actually started checking out this interactive board.

Banned Violets

April 22, 2011

 I received back a delinquent book from the banned Book project…it was so late the computer system had charged the maximum amount.  I always tell the student – Be glad that we have a ceiling on charges – public libraries don’t it can just keep going on like the ever-ready Bunny. 

When students read through the book they have chosen they are supposed to figure out why the book was censored, banned or challenged. 

Besides the fact the he/she did not turn in the post-it notes – which are called “Text Markings.”
I was struck by the hand writing /spelling; but I had no idea that bad violets was a reason to ban a book!

Banned Book Report

January 19, 2011

Every year the 10th grade class has a banned book assignment. 
They have an essay that they write in the form of a letter where they either support the reasons for the book being banned or argue for reasons why the book should not be banned, challenged or restricted. They also must include 3 citations/quotes from the book to support the listed court case(s)

 In late October, many students came in individually or as a class to check out a banned book of their choosing. 
Students were given a list of the Top 100 banned books and then told to choose from one of those.  Some of the more serious students purchased the book they wanted to read – gotta love ’em for caring about their education.  But, with over 400 10th graders, we were of course, caught short, having more students than banned books in the library collection.   

Students who came in when they were first told of the assignment were usually able to find the book they wanted to read.  There were also those who waited until the last possible moment…..
Some teachers chose to issue a textbook from the English dept’s core novels – students who had to read
To Kill a Mockingbird or Lord of the Flies could be heard loudly, complaining.  The language/dialect in TKAM proves to be quite difficult for some ELL’s. 

Well, necessity is the mother of invention, so my student helpers and I pulled all novels that were listed in the 2010 copy of Banned Books…
Did you know that every Harry Potter book is listed?  As well as all the books in the Vampire Diaries series, the House of Night series…(even her books yet to be).. and yes, the Twilight series.  It was not for my lack of trying that students did not have a banned book for their report.  We even placed an order with Amazon for 12 of the most popular titles.  So glad there was a sale going on! 

Today all the computer labs were booked with students working on their essays.  Their papers are due on Friday, so that they can be graded before the end of the semester. 
Today…several students came looking for books…today!     
Of course, they were looking for the popular titles such as What My Mother Doesn’t Know and Crank.

I was more than happy to let my librarian deal with the slackers, I mean students, while I took care of other things today. She confided in me later this afternoon that after the 4th or 5th student, she was tempted to say:  “So sad you’re bad!”  And I thought I was the mean one?! 

 

Awakened

January 17, 2011

I just finished reading the “upteenth” book in the House of Night series.  Seriously, I have lost count of which book this is…Seven?
Eight? 
In any case, I have to say that I liked this book better than the last.  I especially liked the references to Sookie Stackhouse and True Blood.
You may be interested to know that P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast have the honor of being in 2010 edition of Banned Books
There are school districts that have banned the House of Night series of books and even the ones yet to be….yes, they have banned from their school libraries the books that this mother/daughter team have yet to write. 
You know what I say, forbid kids from reading a book and it makes them want to read it all the more.

Banned Books Week

November 3, 2010

Yes, I am late posting my photos from Banned Books week –
My excuse is parenting an honor’s student, in orchestra and band.   

We came up with this idea a few years ago.  I take the books from the English department’s core reading list, wrap a luggage chain around them with a luggage lock.  We can’t lock our suitcases anymore so we might as well put it to good use. 

We use brown paper bags  notating a portion of the battle in court and or the school district board meeting.
We also have a “Censored” stamp. 

 

Happy Birthday – Stephen King

September 22, 2010

While researching the latest bulletin board – Next Monday starts Banned Books Week – I discovered that today is Stephen King’s birthday. 
Happy Birthday to yooooouuuu Mr. King.   
The HotLibraryTech will refrain from turning your greeting into a video complete with the birthday song because, well quite frankly, that would be too scary for even you. 

Besides all the novels that Mr. King has written, he has another  “claim to fame” with the honor that he has twenty-two count them, 22 books listed in the research guide entitled Banned Books by Robert P. Doyle. 

This resource guide for librarians and technicians is invaluable.  We have to put a “Do not remove from library” sticker on the cover so that it stays on the counter.  Every fall, students receive an assignment in their 10th grade English classes to check out and read a “Banned Book” from the library.  We appreciate the boost in our library circulation as fresh-faced little sophomores come looking for a book for their assignment.  They usually look for the ‘skinny’ books – a fast read – but then the teachers started telling them that they would have to read two books.  Kids often check out Christine or Carrie for this assignment.  This year, a few students picked up It and Pet Sematary

In case, I have made you curious, here are some of the reasons that these books by Mr. King were, challenged, restricted, banned or “placed on a special shelf.”  Just makes them all the more desirable in this humble Library Tech’s opinion. 

Christine:  In Alabama, (1985) the board of education voted unanimously to ban the novel from all county school libraries because the book contains “unacceptable language'” and is “pornographic.”  (Bet the public libraries in the county saw a jump in their circulation stats….)

Carrie:  Challenged in a high school library in Las Vegas (1975) because it is “trash.”  Placed in a ‘special closed shelf’ at a Vermont high school library (1978) because it could “harm students, particularly younger girls.”

It:  Challenged in the Lincoln, Nebraska school libraries (1987) because of the novel’s corruptive, obscene nature.” Placed on a ‘closed shelf; at the Franklinville, New York Central high school library (1992) because of explicit sexual acts, violence and profane language.  Students will need parental permission to check it out.  (Seriously, I read this book while my husband was under going cancer treatments – the book was a ‘walk in the park’ compared to what I was going thru.)

Pet Sematary:  Challenged, along with eight other Stephen King novels, in North Dakota (1994) by a local minister and school board member, because of “age appropriateness.”

The library is a flurry of activity now with students checking out the book they have picked for their project.  I just love it when they wait until the last minute…..I look at them and smile when I see the choice for their assignment, I say, “This one’s scary, hope you have a nightlight!”