Sunday, September 27, 2015

Banned Books Week

September 27

BANNED Books Week (BBW) is the annual celebration of the freedom to read.  Across the country, libraries and bookstores draw attention to the problem of censorship by creating displays of challenged books, and bringing this issue to the attention of you, our patrons.

MORE than 113,000 books have been challenged since 1982 (the inception of BBW), and several have made repeated appearances on lists across the years.  It is unfortunate that the actions of few can harm so many.  As a library we strongly believe in and fully support the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those that may not be of popular opinion.

HERE'S a sample of books challenged just last year (and you'll find the library owns and loans out all of them):

Reasons: anti-family, offensive language, sex education, depictions of bullying

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Reasons: offensive language, political viewpoint, socially offensive

Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, offensive language

Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Reason: sexually explicit

SHOW your support by raising awareness of the ongoing threat of censorship by reading a banned or challenged book.  Take a picture of your reading it and email it to for a change to win a prize.  Contest for grades 7-12, from 9.27.15-10.3.15.  Entrants must include their name and grade in the email; the winner will be chosen at random.

FOR more information on Banned Books Week and the books that get challenged visit here and here.  You can also check out the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.  They have a wealth of information on the particular vulnerability of comic books to challenges due to the power of static images used in the medium.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

East Islip Public Library Databases

Let us help you go back to school with ease:

Academic One File compiles over 12,000 journals and reference sources. Many articles are peer-reviewed and offer full text; two limiters that are very easily searched within the database.

Brainfuse Homework Help offers free tutoring services.  Available Monday-Sunday from 2pm-11pm, tutors are trained in math, science, reading/writing, social studies and general skills grades K-12.  You can even receive study assistance with PSAT, SAT, ACT and AP Prep. 

Credo Reference is a great place to start your research projects with a wide variety of subjects covered.  Search results yield topic pages, magazine articles, encyclopedia and dictionary entries, maps and photos.

Global Road Warrior provides regularly updated information on 175 countries, like: climate, county facts, demographics, holiday & festivals, maps, photographs, religion and more. 

Newspaper access:
      New York Times: complete articles from 1851 and onward
      Newsday: full text articles from 1985 and onward
      Suffolk Historic Newspapers: newspapers and obituaries spanning nearly 100 years of Suffolk county history

Pronunciator provides instruction on over 80 languages.  Prepare for your next language text with vocabulary and grammar drills and quizzes.  

All databases can be found on and all you need is your library card to connect.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Our new Librafax is out!

We have some great programs and volunteer opportunities we're offering this month and next.  Some regulars and some new ones.  Head over to our Programs and Workshops and Volunteer Opportunities pages; make sure you don't miss out!