the author with his book
This week is National Library Week and the American Library Association has released its annual 2015 report on the state of American libraries. The top 10 frequently challenged books are listed in the report and Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian gets the top honor of most challenged book in 2014. Included in the list are Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, Satrapi’s Persepolis, Dugard’s A Stolen Life, and Morrison’s The Bluest Eye.
If there is one truth about humans, we all want the forbidden fruit. Adults who try to ban books create that forbidden fruit. In the immortal words of Evelyn Carnahan, ‘No harm ever came from reading a book.’ Happy National Library Week!
Want more? Here’s a partial listing from Books Under Fire by Pat R. Scales:
The Fighting Ground, by Avi
My Brother Sam is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963, by Christopher Paul Curtis
Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George
Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Greene
Dead Man in Indian Creek, by Mary Downing Hahn
Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, by Jeff Kinney
The Giver, by Lois Lowry
Shiloh, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
Harris and Me: A Summer Remembered, by Gary Paulsen
Mexican WhiteBoy, by Matt de la Pena
In Our Mothers’ House, by Patricia Polacco
Harry Potter series, by J. K. Rowling
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred D. Taylor
The Dirty Cowboy, by Amy Timberlake and illustrated by Adam Rex
Stuck in Neutral, by Terry Trueman
Our colleague TaAnna has just put together a shelf of her favorite reads. Check them out! They are located above Judy’s Shelf, right near the Front Desk.
Link here to get the complete list.
The Bodleian Library offers a digital facsimile online of Shakespeare’s First Folio. Read the book here.
After his death in 1616, Shakespeare’s friends and fellow actors produced a collection of his plays, which was known as the First Folio (read more here.)
Read more about the Bodleian here
books that have become ashes at The National Library and State Archives of Iraq
link here to art historian and archaeologist Zainab Bahrani’s story:
And check out the library’s copy of A Universal History of the Destruction of Books by Fernando Baez