Monday, September 22, 2014
It's not just novels that get banned, but children's books too. That includes picture books - some of which are classics. What could be so threatening about picture books? Let's look...
Some folks don't like Maurice Sendak's In the Night Kitchen because the main character is a little boy who just happens to have no clothes on. He's rummaging through the kitchen in his birthday suit! Parents and some librarians have gone so far as to obscure the "offending parts" with marker or tape. It's not like our children haven't seen their little brothers or cousins running around the house naked. Book banners seem to have their sights set on Sendak, because they've also put Where the Wild Things Are and Outside Over There on the list of "books not to read or even let other people read".
Even Dr. Seuss is not safe - as The Lorax has hit the list of banned and challenged. Why? you ask.... it seems that some people did not like the message that we should not plunder the earth's resources for corporate gain. Especially those living in the northwest logging communities where forest products bring home the bacon.
You can find these books - and more banned and challenged books - here at the library. Here's the most recent list of 100 titles that have been challenged in the past decade. You might recognize some of your favorite books.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Ahoy, me hearties. It be International Talk Like a Pirate Day this comin' Friday. Don't be shy... tie on a bandana, find yerself an eye patch, and learn ye some Pirate lingo over on Mango. Mango be the language-learning database that's free to card-holdin' library patrons - landlubbers and pirates alike.
If ye be needing a few books for the week, I reckon there be a fine selection on our shelves:
How I became a pirate, by Melinda Long ; illustrated by David Shannon.
Jeremy Jacob joins Braid Beard and his pirate crew and finds out about pirate language, pirate manners, and other aspects of pirate life. Aboard the vessel he listens to tales of buried treasure, sings sea chanteys, learns pirate talk. It's the pirate's life for him - until he discovers that pirates don't read bedtime stories....
Pirate, by Richard Platt; photographs by Tina Chambers.
A DK Eyewitness book - with facts about pirates from Avery to Blackbeard, their weapons, their plunders, and their mysteries. A hearty "Aaarrr!" rating for this bit of nonfiction. Also ye should be checking out 100 facts on pirates by Andrew Langley. It's full of projects, quizzes, fun facts, and cartoons - all pirate-related.
Everything I know about pirates : a collection of made-up facts, educated guesses, and silly pictures about bad guys of the high seas, by Tom Lichtenheld.
The title pretty much says it all.
Eloise's pirate adventure, by Lisa McClatchy; illustrated by Tammie Lyon. A book in which Eloise and Weenie dress up as pirates and search for treasure. And of course, don't forget the classics:Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie and Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson; illus. by N.C. Wyeth.