Monday, September 28, 2015

Banned Books Week at the South Sioux City Public Library

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Banned Books Week at the South Sioux City Public Library

Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2015 celebration will be held September 27-October 3.

“Why Is This Book in the Library?” is the topic for our Banned Books Week talk at the South Sioux City Public Library on Wednesday September 30th at 6:30 p.m.  You will learn in his class why certain books are challenged and why libraries purchase books that some would consider banning.  “Why Is This Book in the Library?” is a great opportunity to learn about what books are being challenged and why it matters to you.

Censorship in the News:  Rebecca Skloot’s book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is one of the most recent books to be challenged in the United States.  In this case, a parent in Tennessee has confused gynecology with pornography and is trying to get my book banned from the Knoxville high school system

Skloot also points to a comment on her Facebook page from the vice principal of the L&N STEM Academy: "Know that the book and teachers have the complete support from the administration of the school. It's an amazing book that fits with our STEM curriculum better than almost any book could!”
Another incident occurred in Tallahassee, Florida.  “In May, The Curious Incident was chosen for summer reading, with different writing assignments for each grade level. But in late July some parents began to complain that the book included language they found inappropriate. Instead of following school policies that require a formal complaint to be filed, the assignment was pulled. A notice was posted on the school website from the principal, Dr. Allen Burch, explaining that the language "makes this text inappropriate as an assignment for all students. I do apologize for this error in judgment."

Cover to Cover Book Club will discuss the first half of The Good Lord Bird by James McBride on September 28th at 3:00 p.m.   The Good Lord Bird takes a humorous look at John Brown and the events leading up to the attack on Harper’s Ferry.

How to Extend the Growing Season: This month the Garden Group will learn techniques for extending the growing season on Monday September 28th at 6:30 p.m.

Writing for your Life is a new program that helps you to learn to write to relieve stress, sharpen your memory and maybe even be published.  We meet on Monday September 28th at 6:30 p.m.  Come early to visit with one another and get a start on the project for the month.

Technology Classes:  We have Tech Monday class on Monday nights at 6:30 p.m.; Publisher 3 is on Monday night at 7:00 p.m.  On Tuesday September 29th we offer Microsoft Excel 1 at 10:00 a.m., Microsoft Excel 2 at 11:00 a.m., Microsoft Excel 3 at 1:00 p.m., Microsoft Word 3 at 2:00 p.m., E-book Reader class at 5:00 p.m., Microsoft Word 1 at 6:00 p.m., and Microsoft Word 2 at 7:00 p.m.

September is National Preparedness Month: September is the time in which we focus on topics related to preparedness.  The following is a list of titles that will help with your preparedness.

When disaster strikes: a comprehensive guide to emergency planning and crisis survival by Matthew Stein.  This book outlines a year's worth of projects designed to help establish foundations in disaster preparedness, sharing guidelines on how to handle unexpected scenarios while advising on such topics as building a generator and maintaining a garden.
Your survival: the complete resource for disaster planning and recovery by Bob Arnot takes the reader from before a disaster, during the disaster, and after the disaster.  He covers everything from stocking up water and food, planning an escape route, to applying for government assistance.

Breach of faith: Hurricane Katrina and the near death of a great American city by Jed Horne is a study in the need for citizen preparedness.

If you’ve already enjoyed The Good Lord Bird you will enjoy some of these titles.
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd follows the story Hetty 'Handful' Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid. The story is based on real historical figures. 

Rhett Butler’s People by Daniel McCraig is the story of the life and times of the enigmatic Rhett Butler unfold. Meet Rhett as a boy, a free spirit who loved the marshes and tidewaters of the Low Country, and learn of the ruthlessness of his father, whose desire for control resulted in unspeakable tragedy.

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson "In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames's life, he begins a letter to his young son, an account of himself and his forebears. Ames is the son of an Iowa preacher and the grandson of a minister who, as a young man in Maine, saw a vision of Christ bound in chains and came west to Kansas to fight for abolition: He "preached men into the Civil War," then, at age fifty, became a chaplain in the Union Army, losing his right eye in battle. Reverend Ames writes to his son about the tension between his father - an ardent pacifist - and his grandfather, whose pistol and bloody shirts, concealed in an army blanket, may be relics from the fight between the abolitionists and those settlers who wanted to vote Kansas into the union as a slave state. And he tells a story of the sacred bonds between fathers and sons, which are tested in his tender and strained relationship with his namesake, John Ames Boughton, his best friend's wayward son." "This is also the tale of another remarkable vision - not a corporeal vision of God but the vision of life as a wondrously strange creation. It tells how wisdom was forged in Ames's soul during his solitary life, and how history lives through generations, pervasively present even when betrayed and forgotten."--BOOK JACKET.

We look forward to seeing you in the library.

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