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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 I just like the vibe in libraries, the musty smell, the out-of-date books, the ultra-helpful librarians, the way people will generally respect the “quiet in the library” theme, the charming fact that they are still clinging to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.

High school students defend literature

A group of students stood silent in the Galesburg High School learning resource center Tuesday morning, tape on their eyes and mouths. In celebration of Banned Books Week, Monday through Friday, GHS media specialist Becky Robinson constructed a banned books display in the LRC and invited civics, government and language arts classes to the library for some instruction on censorship. Some of the books students found in the display were surprising.

Report Calls For Overhaul of Federal Student Aid

Via the "Kept up Academic Librarian" comes this posting on a report that calls for the reform of Federal Student Aid.

A group of college financial aid policy experts is calling for a sweeping overhaul of the federal student aid system, including eliminating the federal application for financial aid and helping low-income parents save for their children's education at an early age.

Some interesting ideas mentioned.

Bratz books expelled from US school book suppliers

One of America's largest distributors of books to schools has stopped listing Bratz books, after a campaign from parents saying the characters contributed to the sexualisation of children. The Bratz books are a spin-off from MGA Entertainment's line of Bratz dolls, which variously wear miniskirts, fishnet stockings, bikinis and feather boas.

Teen reality TV star to write YA trilogy

You will need these. And you will need multiple copies of them. For perspective: 1970s - Brady Bunch 1980s - Fame 1990s - Beverly Hills 90210 today - The Hills They will be published by HarperCollins and will be titled "L.A. Candy." Read about it <a href="">here.</a> Buy early and buy often folks. The sullen and embarrassed set (the women, leastways) will be clamoring for them like they were cigarettes and candy-flavored malt beverages.

Scout Helps the Library While Earning His Badge

Weeded books from the Mamaroneck Library found a new home thanks to Eagle Scout Benjamin Bernstein.

Bernstein and about 20 of his friends and family members donated about 3,000 books to the Hispanic Resource Center. The donation is a part of Bernstein's Eagle Scout Service project, which will distribute almost 10,000 cast-off books from the Mamaroneck library to various organizations throughout the community. Bernstein is a volunteer at the library.

The library was trying to figure out a way to put 10,000 outdated books to use as it prepares to break ground on a multimillion-dollar renovation and expansion project next month.

"Explicit" book pulled from middle school library in Marietta OK

Another day, another outraged parent, this time She's in Oklahoma. "It’s, it's awful... It's... I can't believe... I don't talk about that in front of my child -- and I don't expect it to be in a book that she can get from the library. I mean it's just... I'm speechless."

The book -- "TTFN"(-ta ta for now, sequel to "TTYL"- talk to you later) -- came from the Marietta Middle School library, and what's more -- it was on an advanced reading list worth eight points to any student who checks it out and reads it.

A Comic Book Character Makes a Political Endorsement

Check this out. Image Comics 'Savage Dragon' drawn by Erik Larsen shows his support for a certain candidate in Issue 137.

The new issue goes on sale Sept. 3, and one in five copies will have the endorsement cover. NYTimes blogger George Gene Gustines adds "No word at this point whom Superman plans to vote for."

The Debate Over Rating Video Games... In The UK

As gaming in libraries becomes more of a commonplace and less of a radical notion, librarians will be forced to deal with the same kinds of issues they encountered when libraries began to carry movies.

When libraries started stocking VHS cassettes, there was a huge debate over R rated movies. Should libraries stock such films even though many R rated movies garner Academy Awards and other film acclaims? Now the rating issue isn't over R, it's M for Mature. Should a library carry a game or not simply based off its rating? Grand Theft Auto IV is rated M but received accolades throughout the entire gaming world. How reliable is the rating? Do we check it out to minors? And the list goes on.

We've had our share of trouble with game ratings here in the States, so it shouldn't surprise anyone that the good folks over in the United Kingdom are slogging through similar problems.

More from the Beeb.

Librarians Are Paying Attention to Manga

"because"... says Florida librarian David Serchay, whose trip to Comic-con was supported by funding from the Broward County Friends of the Library,
"... the numbers are clear: adding comic-book titles to the shelves puts circulation stats through the roof."

More on librarians at Comic-Con at NPR.



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