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Banned Books: Licton Springs K-8 at Lake City

Celebrate our freedom to read!

7th and 8th grade students from Licton Springs K-8 School will be reading aloud selections from banned and challenged books at the Lake City Branch on Monday, October 6th at 6 pm.

Book selections include excerpts from The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Geography Club by Brent Hartinger, Bone by Jeff Smith, Wild Swans by Jung Chang, And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson, and It Gets Better by Dan Savage.

Please join us!
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Starts heavy but ends with hope.

perks of being a wallflowerTitle: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

Author: Stephen Chbosky

Summary: You’ve probably seen the movie, so you maybe already know the plot. But, if you haven’t, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is a story about high schooler and wallflower Charlie. He’s shy, he loves English, and he is still grieving the loss of his friend from grade school who committed suicide. As he navigates high school, he is introduced to Patrick, a slacker senior who’s gay, and Patrick’s step-sister Sam, also a senior, who is gorgeous and happens to become Charlie’s crush. Meeting these two is just one of the many turning points for Charlie.

Six Word Review: Starts heavy but ends with hope.

I started reading because: After reading the first page I was hooked. Charlie has such a genuine voice. It’s compelling.

I would give this book 9/10 stars because it’s very relatable.

I loved that the novel was told in the format of letters written by Charlie. It gave it a pure and honest feel and it made Charlie seem more real because you could imagine him writing the words as you read his letters. I hated how emotional the novel was at times. It’s a pretty heavy read so it can make you pretty blue. That’s the point of books, but it doesn’t make the occasional feeling of sadness any less gross-feeling.

If the lead character Charlie was in a high school yearbook, he would be voted Most Likely To: Write A Novel.

Anything else we should know? I know most people have only seen the movie, but I would really like to encourage you to read the book even if you don’t feel like it’s your thing. The novel has a lot more to offer than the movie. There are extra parts and new insights to be gained from reading it.

–Regina, 18, West Seattle

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Eleanor & Park: Banned?

bannedbooksweklogo1Breaking News: Are you interested in reading Rainbow Rowell’s book Eleanor & Park?  If so, be glad you don’t go to school at the Anoka-Hennepin School District.  Rowell was supposed to visit schools there to talk about her book this week, but instead her visit has been canceled and her book may be pulled out of the Anoka-Hennepin school libraries. 

Why? Because of a challenge by the Parents Action League who consider the work pornographic and full of profanity.  Want to know more? Visit Omaha.com to read their coverage of the issue.

 

 

Banned Books Week 2013: One Teen's View

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Libraries are an essential part of our culture because they grant everyone access to books and media that are expensive or unavailable otherwise. Libraries form a community and encourage others to read. They are a vital support for those who wish to learn and a resource for all ages. Books can be anything you’re looking for, or something completely unexpected. They can be friends, teachers, a hiding place, or a way to express who you are. Books open a gate to other cultures, build a path to other worlds, take you back to your roots, and then lead you home, a slightly different person. I believe that books are a necessary way to explore the limits of imagination.

When a book is banned, it doesn’t protect people from bad ideas, it locks the door to a separate story. People shouldn’t be able to define “good” and “evil” for everyone else*. It’s your own job to establish your morals and values, and everyone has to do this themselves. Forcing your own on someone else is like taking away their opportunity to be their own person. People should be free to warn others and discourage them from reading certain books, because that’s free speech, and some may heed that. But they should be free to form their own opinions, whether they agree or not.

*This leads on to ethics, agreed-on morals, and global consensus. I will leave my rant about this untyped and simply thought.

–Opinion post by Lexie, 15, West Seattle teen volunteer

Teen Space @ Southwest

Teen SpaceNeed a space to be creative and have fun? Come to Teen Space @ Southwest. This month we’ll be creating temporary tattoos with henna and creating a display for the library for Banned Books week. Of course, we’ll have our regular line up of Teen Space activities: snacks, games, art, books, and conversation, too.

Friday, Sept. 20th from 2:30 – 4:30 pm @ Southwest.

Henna, art, food, conversation, mystifying fellow library-goers with a display.

What’s not to like?

Banned Books Week Countdown: 1: What My Mother Doesn't Know

Reprinted by permission of the American Library Association.

We are celebrating your freedom to read and Banned Books Week 2012 by bringing you a daily countdown of the most banned and challenged books of this century. Each day this week, we’ll highlight another book that has faced down challenges around the nation, and then we’ll ask you for your opinions, because usually teens are the people most affected by book challenges. Sometimes the readers win, sometimes the censors win.
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Banned Books Week Countdown: 2: Alice series

Reprinted by permission of the American Library Association.

We are celebrating your freedom to read and Banned Books Week 2012 by bringing you a daily countdown of the most banned and challenged books of this century. Each day this week, we’ll highlight another book that has faced down challenges around the nation, and then we’ll ask you for your opinions, because usually teens are the people most affected by book challenges. Sometimes the readers win, sometimes the censors win.
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