Thursday, October 1, 2020

Banned Books Week Day 4!

 Some of you might not have read the book that comes in at the number three most banned book of the last decade, but you probably saw the (not great) adaptation on Netflix. The show has been under scrutiny practically since it was released for reasons similar to the book, but the show portrayed it in a much more graphic way.

The book in question is :Thirteen Reasons Why" by Jay Asher. 

"Thirteen Reasons Why" has been banned and challenged all over the world for reasons such as "promoting and glorifying suicide" as well as "portraying helping professionals in a negative light." 

When asked why certain books are banned and challenged, Jay Asher responded, "Pretty much any story that makes people uncomfortable. Stories about sensitive issues like sex, drugs or, in the case of my book, sexual assault, suicide and teen drinking, are often censored because people just don’t want to talk about those things. It’s not that these things don’t happen, but when they’re shared in a fictional setting, for some reason they make some people uncomfortable."

We have this book on the shelf here at the Burlington Library!

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Banned Books Week day 3!

 Happy day 3 of Banned Books Week!

This next book has been challenged because of "offensive language" and "sexually explicit descriptions" and was the most challenged book in 2015. In the past decade, this book was named number 4 of the most banned and challenged books int the past decade. 

The way books are banned in some places can be a bit controversial in and of itself. This book made the list because of a group of parents who took a couple of pages out of the book and used those pages to justify removing the book from circulation and preventing anyone from reading it. A lot of things can be taken the wrong way if taken out of context.


The book in question is going to be a Netflix Original series soon! This book is "Looking for Alaska" by John Greene. John Greene strongly disagreed with the challenge of this book and has made a video on his YouTube channel (which you should definitely check out) here: https://youtu.be/69rd-7vEF3s . 

He is quoted to say "If you have a world view that can be undone with a novel, let me submit that the problem is not with the novel.” 

We have this book on the shelf ready for check out here at the Burlington Library!

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Banned Books Week day 2!

 Happy day 2 of Banned Books Week!

One of the top reasons for books to be challenged and banned is because it contains LGBTQA+ content. For the past almost 5 years, this has been the top reason for a book to be challenged. Not only does this show that this is still considered a "controversial" topic to a lot of people, but it shows that people still want to control and prohibit access to these topics to younger populations. 


Number 5 on the top 100 banned and challenged books of the past decade list is "George" by Alex Gino. "George" tells the story of a transgender girl who is not presenting as a female. She desperately wants to audition for the role of Charlotte in Charlotte's Web, but her teacher says she can't audition because she's a boy. 

This middle grade book has been challenged all over the country for having a character that is transgender. 

You can find this book on the shelves here at the Burlington Library! 

Monday, September 28, 2020

Happy Banned Books Week!

 Happy Banned Books Week everyone!

Every year the American Library Association compiles a list of the top books that were banned from libraries and schools across the country. They also name one week every year to be Banned Books Week to open the discussion and celebrate the freedom to read. 

Banning books has been an issue for every institution that holds and distributes books. In 1982, the number of books that were banned or challenged was so high that various organizations came together and created banned books week! 

The ALA also publishes a list of the top 100 banned and challenged books of the past decade. They did one through 2009 and recently released their list for 2010-2019. All this week I'll be highlighting the top 6 books on that list. I hope you'll learn some things this week and I hope you explore and read some banned books!


The sixth most banned and challenged book of the past decade is "And Tango Makes Three" by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell. This is a board book for children about the real story of two male penguins at the Central Park Zoo who adopted a baby penguin and raised it as their own. This story is heartwarming and beautifully illustrated. 

There were people who thought that a book featuring two male penguins raising a child "promoted homosexuality to children" and was "anti-family" and "unethical" and have been challenging it since it was released. Many of the challenges of this book have been defeated and thus it remains in circulation in many places, thankfully. 

You can check out this book from our stacks here at the Burlington Library! 

Friday, September 25, 2020

TAB Projects

 Ever since the first Teen Advisory Board meeting, I've been thinking of ways that the TAB can get involved not only with the library, but also with the community. With Covid, it's difficult to get new programs started since they all have to be virtual.

With this in mind, one of the projects that the TAB is going to be working on is to create a virtual escape room. I've been doing research on ways to make one using Google Forms. This next TAB meeting we'll discuss themes and different puzzles to use. Since it's on a Google Form, once everyone in the TAB has access to it, we can all work on it together! 

Once the room is complete and tested, we'll share it so everyone can see if they can escape! 

Here's the link to the application again if you'd like to join! Filling out the form is a way for me to get to know you a little bit better and your expectations and hopes for the TAB! https://forms.gle/XtJTheRoqdykNRa5A

October's meeting and November's meeting are in the calendar already if you wanted to sign up now! 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Slight change to Book Club schedule!

Something that was brought to my attention recently was that October 12th is Columbus Day and the library will be closed then!
Since the library will be closed, we will not be having our first book club discussion that day. 

I'm going to shift around the books and the dates we will be discussing the books.

Book/Date 1: Slasher Girls and Monster Boys (short stories) on November 9th

Book/Date 2: Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi on December 14th

Book/Date 3: Show Me A Sign by Ann Claire LeZotte on January 11th

You can read each book whenever you'd like! The dates are when the discussions of each will be. 

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Book Club Book!

I am so excited for this month's book club pick which is Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi. 

I've requested about 5 books to be sent here from other libraries so if you'd prefer to pick it up here easily, you could do that, but none have gotten here yet, so I'll have to request them earlier. A lot of libraries have it, so if you place a hold on it online, you can pick it up here from another library!

Emergency Contact is a story about young love. Penny and Sam's lives end up crossing in "a collision of unbearable awkwardness." They become extremely close and talk often online and through texts becoming extremely close without seeing each other in person much.

With everything going on, this story becomes more relevant than ever before. And sometimes you just need a lighthearted story. 

Synopsis from Simon and Schuster: For Penny Lee, high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she’d somehow landed a boyfriend, they never managed to know much about each other. Now Penny is heading to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer. It’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.


Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a cafĂ© and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.

When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to, you know, see each other.