September 26, 2016
September 25th-October 2nd is Banned Books Week!
“Question: Why Banned Books Week?
Answer: Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Highlighting the value of free and open access to information, Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek, to publish, to read, and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.”
Come check out our display of Banned Books in the library and take a mugshot photo with your banned book!
September 25, 2016
I had read a message on the PUBYAC listserv about providing programs for children who are homeschooled. Educators are interested in art, music and STEM programs to supplement the classes that they teach. The librarian suggested using the series Kaleidoscope Kids, by Laurie Carlson, which offer hands-on activities. The books are a little dated, but well reviewed, and the 12 titles cover architecture, science and history, and look to be helpful to homeschool educators.
September 24, 2016
This book is basically Gossip Girl set in the future. Personally, I LOVE GG so I liked this book but if you are not so into teen drama then skip this book.
The Thousandth Floor was just the right combination of drama, suspense and most of all ridiculousness because while the book may seem like it’s about your typical group of rich teens, it’s actually about your typical group of rich teens FROM THE FUTURE. The book takes place in Manhattan, which has been replaced with a single thousand floor tower (the rich kids living on the upper floors) in the year 2118. I definitely enjoyed the story but if it hadn’t been for all of the inventive future tech and ways of life of the future I wouldn’t have been as into it as I was.
The Thousandth Floor begins with a character falling off the roof of the thousandth floor and plummeting to their death and then it immediately flashes back and details the events of the past two months leading up to that night. The victim of the fall isn’t revealed until the final chapters so all of the speculation also adds to the fun of reading. The story is told through the multiple POVs of mean girl Leda, little miss perfect Avery (no really, her parents designed her genetics to be perfect) who’s harboring quite a secret, the outgoing and fun-loving Eris who’s life is about to spawn much gossip, Rylin, the poor girl from the lower floors of the tower who bonds with a member of the upper floors and Watt, a tech genius, also with a big secret.
If you can get past the drama, the book is fun! Again, if you love Gossip Girl this book is for you.
September 22, 2016
Set for October 6-9, the 2016 New York ComicCon is expected to serve more than 150,000 visitors. Much of the hyped event is already sold out. The Javits Center holds most of the events, but Madison Square Garden and the Hammerstein Ballroom will also be hosting. Wonder Woman is celebrating its 75th anniversary and will be make an appearance
September 22, 2016
Mo Willems has written twenty-five Elephant and Piggie easy readers. Recently, he announced that he has written his last book in the series. Young readers should not despair because a new series that feature Elephant and Piggie has been created.
“We Are Growing” written by Laurie Keller is the first in this new series. Introduced by Elephant and Piggie, the story deals with how several blades of grass deal with growing and how everyone grows differently.
Following the same format as the similar Elephant and Piggie books, the story features repetitive words, large print, and simple concepts.
After reading this new book to K-2nd graders at W.O.Schaefer School, I can report that this new series will be a hit. These young readers thoroughly enjoyed the humor and development of the simple plot. Let’s hope for more titles soon in this new series.