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Empty Shelves, Filled With Imagination

WHEN Geri Ellner began her job this school year as the librarian — or in the current parlance, as a library media specialist — at the Brooklyn Collegiate, a public school for Grades 6 through 12 in Ocean Hill, Brownsville Brooklyn, she did not have much of a book collection.

Many of the shelves in the small library, illuminated by harsh fluorescent lights, were bare, and many books were outdated or not particularly age-appropriate, like a children’s volume titled “Now We Are Six.” For the children's books, she created a section entitled Memory Lane.

So Ms. Ellner, who has been working in the school library system for 10 years, did what she could to improve the library with a limited book budget of $3,244 for the school year. New York Times.

Minors may face limits at San Diego libraries

San Diego County libraries might soon allow parents to answer that question as officials look at changing the library card application for patrons under age 18.
A new proposal pushed by county Supervisor Bill Horn would require parents to mark a box indicating whether their child could check out R-rated DVDs and videos from the county's 33 libraries. The policy now allows patrons of all ages access to all library materials.

One Teens' Opinion on Libraries

...from LA Youth, "the newspaper by and about teens". She goes from absolutely hating libraries to proclaiming 'libraries rule'.

High School Knitters & Librarian Help Infants in the Developing World

Some students at Lower Cape May Regional High School (LCMR) are picking up a new hobby and saving lives. The NJ school’s knitting club kicked off this fall when Art Teacher Susan Wolfe and Librarian Tish Carpinelli invited skilled and novice knitters to the library to learn about and improve their knitting skills while making caps that can help save the lives of babies in the developing world.

Simple health measure are the key to saving many of these children: antibiotics to fight infections, training for skilled birth attendants, immunizations, on education on breastfeeding and basic care such as drying a newborn baby and keeping it warm. (That’s where the hats come in.) The program is Save the Children's Knit One Save One.

The program has attracted knitters from around the world, including high profile knitters like actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Debra Messing and about two dozens LCMR students. Just a few students showed up for the first meeting, but the excitement spread (fueled by Wolfe’s homemade cookies), and more students are participating every week. Story from Cape May County Herald. Sounds like a great activity!

Book Causes Parental Stir in Florida

TAVARES (FL) -- A book in a middle school library already has upset one parent. David Myers, of Tavares, brought the book "Me, Penelope" to school board members Monday and read a sexually explicit passage involving a 16-year-old girl.

Myers' 12 year old daughter, a student at Tavares Middle School, checked the book out after getting permission from the librarian, he said.

"I'm to the point right now where I'm about ready to pull my daughter out and start signing the check to private school," Myers said. "But 95 percent of the parents of the kids that go to these schools can't do that."

Teen novels find huge new audience in the minivan set

"Harry Potter gave publishers (the idea) that, in some cases, there's a better market for a book that's put into teen spaces than adult spaces," says Trevor Dayton, vice-president of kids and entertainment for Chapters/Indigo. He notes that recent years have seen marked growth in "crossover" titles with special-edition book jackets designed for an older audience, greater maturity in graphic design, and marketing campaigns that speak to readers in wider demographics.

Banned author criticizes decision

Banned author criticizes decision

The original article may be found here


This article, which appeared in the DailyComet, Lafourche parish, Louisiana on Friday October 17th, discusses reaction of a books' author to the banning of his book titled “Black Hawk Down”, which was used as the basis of the Ridley Scott movie of the same name. The book was assigned to a 10th grade class, and a parent objected to the strong language used in some of the combat situations, the principle agreed and banned the book. The author commented in this article that he felt censorship always backfires and hence that there is little point in contesting the book. It offers an interesting look at this unfortunately common situation from the viewpoint of an author.


It is important to note that in this case there is a written policy in place for parent who feel that their children should not be exposed to certain material. This policy states that the principle has the first authority of rejection of material, and if they approve the material the parents may make an appeal. If they decide that the material should be banned, it falls to the instructor to begin the appeal process

Further Reading on this subject:

The original article, also from the Daily Comet, dicussing the specifics of the situation.

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Chris Crutcher: It's an Honor to Be Banned

Author Chris Crutcher explains why he considered it an honor to be banned during Banned Books Week.

He writes, "Earlier this week, I got a letter from Mark Rogers, geographic location undisclosed. In honor of BANNED BOOKS WEEK, I thought I'd post my response here. "

Crutcher is the author of many realistic novels including The Deep End, 1991; Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, 1993; Ironman, 1995; Whale Talk, 2001; King of the Mild Frontier, 2003; The Sledding Hill, 2005.

Books for Girls With a Health Message

Maybe you've seen those Dove ads that are attempting to teach young girls about real beauty in the current atmosphere of skinny models, skimpy clothes, trashy talk and racy behavior?

Well author Addie Swartz felt that something too was lacking in terms of books for pre-teen girls and so she started her series "The Beacon Street Girls" as an alternative to series like "Clique" and "Gossip Girl".

The stories, which revolve around five middle-school girls in Brookline, MA, are shaped by leading experts in adolescent development, with the goal of helping girls build self-esteem and coping skills. Topics include the problems of an overweight girl and cyber bullying. This month the series will launch its latest book, “Green Algae and Bubblegum Wars,” a novel aimed at encouraging girls in science. The book is the result of a collaboration with Sally Ride, an astronaut who was the first American woman to orbit Earth.

More about the series from the Science section of today's New York Times.

Sportswriter Posnanski Pens Paean to Public Libraries

Award-winning Kansas City Star sports columnist Joe Posnanski recently spoke at the Olathe Public Library for Banned Books Week. He has just posted the text of his remarks on his blog. An excerpt:

I still remember how I felt when I was officially old enough to walk to the library by myself. I was 8 or 9 years old, I guess. It seemed like my first moment of freedom. I would go to the library, I don’t know, once a week or so. Maybe not quite that often. Maybe two or three times a month. I loved going to the library. I still love libraries … I wrote much of my first book in a library and most of what I’ve written in my second book* I wrote in the library. I just like the vibe in libraries, the musty smell, the out-of-date books, the ultra-helpful librarians, the way people will generally respect the “quiet in the library” theme, the charming fact that they are still clinging to the Dewey Decimal System. I find that inspiring, really.


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