Sunday, September 24, 2017

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week
September 24 - September 30, 2017

Banned Books Week, celebrated annually, promotes and highlights the value of free and open access to information and the freedom to read  Everyone in the entire book community - librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers and readers - is brought together in the shared support o f the freedom to seek and express ideas.

To continue to raise awareness about the harms of censorship and the freedom to read, the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom publishes an annual list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books; and young adult books are not immune.

Here are some young adult books that have been challenged over the years (click on book jacket to check collection availability):
This One Summer
Mariko Tamaki
Rose and her parents have been going to Awago Beach since she was a little girl. It's her summer getaway, her refuge. Her friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting, and Rose and Windy have gotten tangled up in a tragedy-in-the-making in the small town of Awago Beach.
Reasons for Challenge: inclusion of LGBT characters, drug use and profanity, considered sexually explicit with mature themes.
Raina Telgemeier
Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school's production of Moon Over Mississippi, she's a terrible singer. Instead she's the set designer for the stage crew. But how can she do a good job when she doesn't know much about carpentry? Not to mention the onstage and offstage drama causes major craziness!
Reasons for Challenge: inclusion of LGBT characters, deemed sexually explicit and considered to have an offensive political viewpoint.
Two Boys Kissing
David Levithan
Based on true events, this is the story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32 hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record.
Reasons for Challenge: use of cover image of two boys kissing, considered to include sexually explicit LGBT content.
Looking for Alaska
John Green
Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.
Reasons for Challenge: inclusion of sexually explicit scene that may lead a student to "sexual experimentation."
Eleanor & Park
Rainbow Rowell
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits - smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
Reasons for Challenge: use of offensive language.
Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Sherman Alexie
Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
Reasons for Challenge: anti-family, cultural insensitivity, sex education, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language and "depictions of bullying."
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky
In a thought-provoking coming-of-age novel, Charlie struggles to cope with a complex world of high school as he deals with the confusions of sex and love, the temptations of drugs, and the pain of losing a close friend and a favorite aunt.
Reasons for Challenge: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group.
 Thirteen Reasons Why
Jay Asher
When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.
Reasons for Challenge: drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group.
The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins
In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.
Reasons for Challenge: anti-ethnic, anti-family, insensitive, offensive language, occult/satanic, violent.
 What My Mother Doesn't Know
Sonya Sones
 Sophie describes her relationships with a series of boys as she searches for Mr. Right.
Reasons for Challenge: nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Teens' Top Ten

A teen choice list created by members of teen books groups around the country.  Readers ages 12 - 18 may vote online until October 14, 2017.  The winners will be announced the week after.

 And the nominees are:

 Click here to view an annotated list of the nominees

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

 The Summer Reading Club has ended but that doesn't mean you have to stop reading!  With three weeks left of summer vacation there is still plenty of time to get in at least one more book.  Take a look at what has been recently added to the collection:

The Upside of Unrequited / Becky Albertelli
Avoiding relationships to protect her sensitive heart, plus-sized Molly supports her once-cynical twin, Cassie, when the latter has her out bout of lovesickness, a situation that is complicated by sibling dynamics and an unexpected romantic triangle. 


A wealthy dual citizen of Mexico and the United States rebels against his family's strict plans for his future in the aftermath of his older brother's tragic death, an event that compels him to secure a job with his favorite celebrity chef, a relationship that becomes complicated when he falls for his boss's daughter.

A high-action whodunit set in the age of social media finds Alexandria Prep senior Anna struggling with loneliness after being dumped by her boyfriend, a situation that is complicated by a mysterious culprit's efforts to hack messages and leak embarrassing photos of the school's popular kids.

In an alternate version of present-day Manhattan, magic is dying, and Esta, a Mageus with a talent for manipulating time, travels back to 1901 to stop the destruction of a book that can possibly restore magic, but in Old New York, Esta must navigate gangs, secret societies, and her feelings for another magician in order to save the future of magic.

The Unlikelies / Carrie Firestone
Sadie Sullivan's pre-senior year summer changes for the better when she and four other teens band together to right local wrongs, but the Unlikelies and their heady new friendships soon face obstacles that could tear them apart.

Dylan, a teen in remission from cancer, embarks on a mysterious ocean adventure in the hope of making a connection with Arden, his online best friend, who is secretly discovering the gender identity her father refuses to acknowledge.

Refugee / Alan Gratz
Although separated by continents and decades, Josef, a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany; Isabel, a Cuban girl trying to escape the riots and unrest plaguing her country in 1994; and Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015 whose homeland is torn apart by violence and destruction, embark on harrowing journeys in search of refuge, discovering shocking connections that tie their stories together.

Tom Grendel lives a quiet life - writing in his notebooks, mowing lawns for his elderly neighbors and pining for Willow, a girl next door who rejects the "manic-pixie-dream" label. But when Willow's brother, Rex (the bro-iest bro to ever don a jockstrap), starts throwing wild parties, the idyllic senior citizens' community where they live is transformed into a war zone. Tom is rightfully pissed - hid dad is an Iraq vet, and the noise from the parties triggers his PTSD - so he comes up with a plan to end the parties for good.

After eight years of separation childhood best friends are reunited. One is studying to be a professional ballerina, the other has a rare disease that is rapidly taking its toll. 

A simple mountain hike in Northern California turns deadly for a group of high school students, one of whom has killed before.

When her perfectly planned summer of quality time with her parents, her serious boyfriend, and her Bible camp unravels and long-hidden family secrets emerge, Lucy must figure out what she is made of and what grace really means.

When Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel meet at a Stanford University summer program, Dimple is avoiding her parents' obsession with "marriage prospects" but Rishi hopes to woo her into accepting an arranged marriage with him.

When the creator of the high school gossip app mysteriously dies in front of four high-profile students all four become suspects. It's up to them to solve the case.

A studious girl and quiet, straight-A boy start a controversial podcast together that challenges their courage and forces them to confront issues in the form of backlash and censorship.

Thirteen-year-old Felix Yz chronicles the final month before an experimental procedure meant to separate him from the fourth-dimensional creature, Zyx, with whom he was accidentally fused as a child.

Adam is a recently diagnosed schizophrenic and journals to his therapist about his family, friends and first loves as he undergoes a new drug trial for the mental illness that allows him to keep his secret for only so long.

When fourteen-year-old Sam Walsh returns home after three years in the custody of a kidnapper, his older sister Beth and childhood friend Josh must deal with survivors' guilt, their memories of what really happened the day Sam disappeared, and with the fact that Sam is not the boy they remember, but a troubled teen struggling to re-adapt to normal life.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Don't miss out!

There is one week left to participate in the Summer Reading Club and voting for the Photography Contest.

Make sure to stop by the library to report on the books you've read and cast a vote for your favorite photo in the Teen Bistro.

Both end at 6pm on Friday, August 11, 2017.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Third Annual EIPL Comic Con

Saturday, July 29, 2017, 9:30am - 4:15pm (check-in begins at 9:15am) 

The entire family is invited to attend programs and events throughout the library. All are encouraged to wear their favorite costume.  Special Guest, Marvel & DC Artist, John Stanisci will talk about his work and give a demonstration.  There will be popcorn, giveaways, Big Eye Makeup, drawing, drop-in crafts, a photo booth, green screen, TV shorts, a scavenger hunt, Minecraft, Wii, an all ages costume contest and much more.  We'll have a visit from the Star Wars Storm Troopers of the 501st Legion-Empire City Garrison along with a visit from The Saber Guild, Endor Temple.  Though there is no registration necessary for the day, there are several programs for which you must register; those programs have a code next to them.

Family Scavenger Hunt: 9:30am - 4:00pm, children
Visit the Coloring Station in the Reading Room
Visit the Photo Booth and enter to win a poster of yourself: 9:30am - 4:00pm
Stranger Things Breakfast: 9:30am - 10:00am, any age EIA214
Visit with Darth Vader and friends from the 501st Legion-Empire City Garrison: 10:00am - 11:30am
Blast Darth Vader and Storm Troopers with your own Nerf weapon: 11:00am
Play Board Games, grades 7-12 and adults: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Children, create a Drop-in Craft: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Play Comic Con Bingo, grades 1-4: 10:15am - 10:45am
Star Wars Drawing, grades 3-6: 10:00am - 11:00am EIJ570
Learn about the Creation of Star Wars, all ages, children under 10 with adult: 10:00am - 11:00am
Manga Big Eye Makeup, any age: 10:30am - 11:30am
Star Wars shootout: 11:00am
Fan Film instruction, grades 5 and up: 11:00am - 11:45am
SPECIAL GUEST, Drawing Superhero Basics with John Stanisci, ages 8 and up: 11:15am - 12:15pm
Green Screen Photos, all ages: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Teen Kawaii Drop-in Craft, grades 7-12, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Participate in the Costume Contest, all ages, register at front table: 12:15pm - 12:45pm
Attend the Wizard Academy, ages 4 and up with an adult: 12:45pm - 1:30pm 
Submerse yourself in Virtual Reality, grades 6 and up, call library to register: 1:15pm - 3:15pm
Watch TV Batman & Star Trek Shorts, all ages, under 10 with adult: 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Participate in the Teen Wii Tournament, grades 7-12: 2:45pm - 3:45pm EIY774

Make sure to take pictures when you're here and share them with our Facebook page!

Friday, July 14, 2017

 Enter our 9th Annual Young Adult Photography Contest!

Submit one or two 8" x 10" photo(s) by 9pm on Thursday, July 27, 2017.  Photos may be color or black and white and of any appropriate subject.  Please do not submit mounted or framed photos.

Photos will be hung in the Teen Bistro from Friday, July 28 through Friday, August 11, 2017.  During this time you and your peers may vote on your favorite photo.  The winner will be announced on Monday, August 12, 2017, and the photo will be permanently hung in our Teen Bistro.

Click here for entry form and rules.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Registration for August programs starts today!

Stop in, call or sign up online.

Monday, June 26, 2017

 On June 26, 1997, the world was first introduced to young Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. In the twenty years since its release, HP has become a worldwide phenomenon.  It has sold over 450 million copies worldwide in 79 languages, inspired a movie franchise, a spellbinding theater production and captivated readers of all ages.

In honor of this wonderful anniversary, take a look back:

Discover Electronic Oddities:

by Aubrey Malone

Neil Mulholland, editor

by Gregory Bassham

by Dinah Bucholz 

Explore the world of Harry Potter: