Wednesday, October 28, 2020


 Dungeons and Dragons went SO well! 

I cannot wait to see what shenanigans happen to the party next time we play. We started off in a spooky house where there may or may not be kidnapped children. The party ventured their way into the basement of the house where they came across a study, some enchanted candles, secret passages, and giant flaming spiders!

I cannot wait to see how the party problem solves this encounter and the next.

I'm going to (after November) have D&D be every 2 weeks instead of once a month, so look forward to that! If you were in this past session, I really hope to see you back next time!  

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Banned Books Week Day 6!

 We've made it to the final day of Banned Books Week 2020. I hope you've learned some things about why books can be banned or challenged and also have read some of the books on the list! 

Drum roll please as we get ready to talk about the number one banned and challenged book in the past ten years. Having been removed, suspended, banned, and challenged every year since 2009 for various reasons, it's great to see it still on shelves in so many places. The top few reasons for this book being so "controversial" include things like profanity, anti-Christian views and beliefs, sexual references, and slurs. 

The book in question is "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie.

We have this book here at the Burlington Public Library.

I do hope that if you haven't checked out any of the books on the list of the 100 top banned books of the past decade (which you can see here: top 100 ALA list ), you consider doing so. Books that are banned and challenged only make more people want to read them, from what I've seen and there are so many great books on this list!

Friday, October 2, 2020

Banned Books Week Day 5!

 Only 2 more days left in Banned Book Week! Have you read any of the books on the list so far?
Coming in at number two on our list of the top 100 banned and challenged books is a book series that has been loved and cherished by many families for years. To some, however, the series is "unsuited for the age group it is marketed toward," "partial nudity," "violence," and "misbehavior" to name just a few. 

The series in question is none other than the "Captain Underpants" series by Dav Pilkey. 

Captain Underpants has been directly responsible for hundreds of thousands of children reading and being excited to read and yet it is the second most banned and challenged book in the past ten years. Most of the challenges are for the above mentioned things, but in 2019 it was also challenged for featuring a same-sex couple. 

We have a ton of the "Captain Underpants" books here at the Burlington Library! 

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!