Sunday, September 30, 2012

Banned Books Week 9.30.12 - 10.6.12

Banned Books Week:
  • Celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one's opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them.
  • Draws attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society
  • Stresses the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature

The books above are just a sample of young adult books that have at one time (but for most, many times) been challenged, temporarily removed and/or banned.  It is not uncommon for a challenged book to be labeled as "pornographic," "disgusting," "offensive," "sick," "too intense" and "blasphemous."

Usually, books are challenged by a desire to protect the intended audience from the content of the book.  While this is a commendable motivation, librarians and governing bodies have made clear that only parents have the right to restrict access to their own children.   Censorship by librarians, for any reason, is a direct violation of the First Amendment.  Therefore, it is a library's responsibility to challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment. (ALA Library Bill of Rights).

Yes, banned and challenged books may contain mature material that some might find offensive; it does not, however, warrant removal from a public place.  These books should be read thoughtfully, discussed and used as a tool to see different walks of life--the good and the bad--to broaden the mind of the reader.

And not only do libraries feel this way, authors do too.  Click on an author to find out their response to censorship:
For more information on censorship and the intellectual freedom that is supported by libraries, visit the National Coalition Against Censorship and the American Library Association.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

We have a winner...

Mrs. Worst, YA Librarian, and winner, Sarah B., grade 7.
The Public Libraries of Suffolk County sponsored a drawing this summer where students entering grades 3-8 could win a Sony e-Reader simply by joining the Summer Reading Club at their local public library! We entered the top two children’s (entering grades 3-5) and the top two teen (entering grades 6-8) readers from East Islip Public Library; our top seventh grade reader, Sarah B. won!  Reading an impressive 36 books this summer, she is definitely deserving.  Congratulations Sarah!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

EIPL Tween Reading Club

EIPL Tween Reading Club
For grades 6-8

Join Mrs. Worst, East Islip Library's YA Librarian, and Mrs. Ware, East Islip Middle School Librarian for a new tween reading club.  Come with friends and learn about new authors and genres!  Refreshments will be served.

Join us at the East Islip Public Library, Thursdays from 3:30-5pm:
October 11
December 13
February 14
May 2

For our first discussion on October 11, we'll discuss The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger:  Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future.

Registering for this program is easy, using program code EIY785, either:
~Go to EIPL's online calendar
~Stop by the Reference Desk at EIPL
~Call EIPL, 581-9200 x5
~Go to Mrs. Ware at the EIMS Library