Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Banned Books Week 2014

It's BACK! Happy Banned Books Week 2014! This event is all about celebrating the freedom to read. (Also, Happy Banned Websites Awareness Day, today - Wednesday 9/24).

If you stop by the LMC (I'm hoping you do!), you will notice some displays containing partially hidden books. These 75+ books are Dartmouth High School Library books. Throughout history, these titles have been challenged, banned, burned, censored, restricted, and removed in other libraries across the United States, as recently as this year. Unfortunately, this still happens today in the 21st century.

A library is a place where people can come to find information about all topics. A librarian’s job is to promote, provide, and protect the freedom to read and the freedom of choice. How would you feel if someone you don’t know told you that they personally disagreed with a book, and therefore, you couldn’t read it?

A library is a place where you can choose the materials you would like to read, and others can do the same. So choose a book, any book, and read…because you can! Not everyone across the U.S. can do the same.

~ Mrs. Z

P.S. Check out this week's Huffington Post article about the most frequently challenged books since 2013 (done up in infographics and pretty pictures, based on data published by the American Library Association).

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New Books for a New Year!

Welcome back to a new school year, DHS! We have some exciting new fiction, hot off the press and ready to be checked out. Stop by the LMC to say hi, grab a book, read a magazine, or do some work with your friends. Much more to come soon!

~ Mrs. Z