Thursday, September 30, 2010

Banned Books in the Children's Department!

September 25th through October 2nd is Banned Book Week! If you are not familiar with Banned Book Week, here is a little bit of information from the American Library Association (ALA) website:

“Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week. BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.

The books featured during Banned Books Week have been targets of attempted bannings. Fortunately, while some books were banned or restricted, in a majority of cases the books were not banned, all thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community to retain the books in the library collections. Imagine how many more books might be challenged—and possibly banned or restricted—if librarians, teachers, and booksellers across the country did not use Banned Books Week each year to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society.”
Sometimes books are challenged and banned and the reasons can be pretty silly. We compiled a list of some children’s books that have been challenged over the years. Have you or your children read of them?

Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl has been removed and challenged many times, but the main reason is because it is “too depressing” and “a real downer”. The most recent removal of the book was this year in Culpeper County, Virginia after a parent complained that the book contained “sexually explicit material” and “homosexual themes.”

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl has been challenged many times because people believe that it promotes drug use, violence, and obscenity. Another parent blogged that she felt the Aunts in the book would give her daughter body image issues, since one is tall and thin and the other is short and round.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin, Jr was banned in January 2010 by the Texas Board of Education after they confused Bill Martin, Jr. with another author named Bill Martin, who has strong Marxist ideas. These two men are not related.

The Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein is a beloved book of poems and also a very controversial one. This book was actually banned in the early 1990s from one school in Florida. The reasons? Well the poem, "How Not To Have To Dry The Dishes" supposedly encourages children to break dishes so they do not have to dry them. Also, the poem, “Little Abigail and the Beautiful Pony" was considered too morbid since it discussed death. There have also been other complaints because the book mentions supernatural beings including ghosts and demons.

Harriet, the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh was challenged because it taught children to lie, spy and back talk to their parents.

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig was challenged in the 1970’s by the Illinois Police Association, along with 11 other states, because the police in this story were portrayed as pigs.

Where’s Waldo by Martin Handford was banned because of nudity. In one of the earliest printings, the beach scene features a sunbather who loses her top.

The ALA has partnered with Google Maps to create a map of the US that documents all the recent challenged books. To view the map, click here!

We hope to see you in the library soon! Maybe you can help us pick the next banned book!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Stop, You’re Killing Me! is a resource for lovers of...

...mystery, crime, thriller, spy, and suspense books. Our Reference Librarian, Beth, would like to share a very interesting and helpful website with all the mystery lovers out there! At Stop, You're Killing Me! you'll find a plethora of ways to search for your favorite author, book, or series, and they have a What's New section so you'll never have to wonder when your favorite author's new book will be released. We think you'll love it!

"We list over 3,400 authors, with chronological lists of their books (over 38,000 titles), both series (3,800+) and non-series. Use the alphabetical author and character links or the special indexes in the left column. And it’s perfectly fine with us if you print our pages for your private use, especially for a trip to your local library or bookstore." ~Stop, You're Killing Me! website
For more assistance, please contact the Adult Dept. @ 205-332-6624. See you at the library!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Children's: National Dog Week

September 22nd starts National Dog Week and the Children’s Department is all ready! We’ve gathered our favorite books about man’s best friend! You can click on the title of any of the books to place a hold on them through JCLC. Be sure to check out a special dog themed Story Time on Tuesday and Wednesday! Also, you can call Dial-A-Story at 332 – 6617 to hear a great story featuring dogs!

Picture Books
Before You Were Mine by Maribeth Boelts
A little boy imagines the life his new dog had before he was adopted from a shelter. This endearing tale will bring a smile to any rescue dog and their owner.

Chowder by Peter Brown
Chowder has always been a little different. But being different made Chowder lonely. When a petting zoo opens, Chowder is determined to make friends with the zoo animals. But will the animals accept Chowder as one of their own?

Carl’s Afternoon in the Park by Alexandra Day (Series)
This series follows the day to day adventures of Carl, a loveable Rottweiler, and Madeleine, Carl’s three year old best friend. Together they get in and out of mischief.

Dogs by Emily Gravett
This story has a dog for everyone! Big dogs or small dogs, tough dogs or soft dogs, and stripy dogs or spotty dogs. This lovable book is simple, but still quite entertaining. There is even a surprise ending that will sure to put a smile on you and your child’s face!

Mutt Dog by Stephen Michael King
Mutt Dog is brave and fast and gentle and loyal and smart, but he's also hungry, and he doesn't have a home. Then one day his luck changes, and he at last finds a family--and a cozy, loving place to belong. With its humorous text and irresistible watercolor illustrations, this endearing story by Australian picture-book creator Stephen Michael King is certain to strike a chord with animal enthusiasts everywhere.

Once I Ate a Pie by Patricia MacLachlan
Dogs of all sizes and shapes take center stage in this picture book that is just too cute! Each spread features a dog (or two or three) and a succinct poem written from the canine perspective. Presented in a variety of fonts and type sizes that reinforce the meaning of the words, the poems offer odes to the various pleasures of life--sleeping in the sun and chasing balls--many of which aren't limited to dogs.

Early Readers and Non Fiction
Nubs: Story of a Mutt, Marine, and a Miracle by Brian Dennis
Nubs, an Iraqi dog of war, never had a home or a person of his own. But Nubs' life changed when he met Marine Major Brian Dennis. Nubs and Dennis will remind readers that friendship has the power to cross deserts, continents, and even species.

It’s About Dogs by Tony Johnson
Told through 40 free verse poems, It’s About Dogs, with its sweet water color illustrations, will definitely entertain your dog-loving family!

Little Pink Pup by Johanna Kerby
Pink was the runt of the pig litter. He was so small that the Kerby family didn’t think he would survive– so they brought him into the house where he met Tink, a new dachshund mom. When Tink saw Pink, she immediately adopted him into her family, and helped nurse him back to health. Pink thrived in his new family: the puppies didn’t mind that Pink looked nothing like them—he was just their size.

Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant (Series)
This classic story of friendship between a boy and his dog has been warming the hearts of parents and young readers for over 20 years.

Flawed Dog: The Shocking Raid on Westminster by Berkeley Breathed
Heidy and Sam the Lion, who is actually a priceless dachshund, are best friends. But Sam is framed by Cassius, a jealous poodle, and sent away. His journey back to Heidy is one filled with epic adventure!

Ribsy by Beverly Cleary
Henry Huggins's dog, Ribsy, is hopelessly lost and accidently gets in the wrong car! All Ribsy wants to do is go home to Henry. Instead, he's about to begin the liveliest adventure of his life.

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo Learn how an abandoned dog, at the local Winn-Dixie, helps Opal open up to her new town and the people in her life.

Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
Just grab the Kleenex as you and your child rediscovered the heartwarming story of a boy and his dog.

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
The Newbery Winner from 1992 revolves around an 11-year old by, named Marty Preston, who befriends a mistreated Beagle.

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Who hasn’t fallen in love with the story of Little Ann and Old Dan?

Check out the Dogs of the Children’s Department!!!!

Phoebe and Rumo


Lucky AKA Little Brother



Monday, September 20, 2010

Eat at Zaxby’s and Help the Library!

From September 20th to October 2nd we will be teaming up with Zaxby’s to help raise money for the Jefferson County Library Cooperative with the Zaxby’s Buck Back Program. Here’s how it works: Come pick up a ticket at the Children’s Department. We have two different tickets. Use the yellow ticket when you purchase a kid’s meal and Zaxby’s will donate $.50 to the JCLC and use the white ticket when you purchase a meal and drink and $1 from your purchase will be donated to the JCLC. This is only valid at the Zaxby’s located on 282 Palisades Blvd.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

HPL's new book club

Our first meeting is tonight, September 14th, @ 6:30. Come and join us!

We would like to introduce our new book club leader, Beth Hutcheson! This first meeting will be organizational in nature and a chance to meet new faces. We will choose a new name for the group and the books we want to read and discuss this year. We will also pick up our books to read and discuss at the October meeting.

Meet with us to share our love of books!!!


Second Tuesday of the month
6:30 - 8 pm
Lucretia M. Somers Boardroom

For more information, phone 205.332.6624 or email Beth Hutcheson.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Great Children's Books about Friendship

Do you remember your first friend at school? Or that best friend you have had since the second grade? On my first day of kindergarten I met a boy with a bowl hair cut, who became my best friend when I was five. As your child starts back to school, the friendships they form now are going to stay with them for the rest of their lives. The boy with the bowl hair cut, though he no longer rocks that classic hairstyle, is still my best friend. The book list below consists of several picture, chapter, and juvenile books that will help children, and maybe even a few adults, understand the value of a good friendship and how important it is to treasure these friends.

Picture and Chapter Books

Big Wolf & Little Wolf by Nadine Brun-Cosme
This new addition to our collection will certainly become a favorite in your household. Big Wolf is all alone and he likes it that way, but he slowly learns to accept Little Wolf as his friend and part of his life. This story teaches children about opening your life and heart to new friends.

Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel
This level 2 chapter book and Caldecott nominee depicts the sweet and entertaining friendship of Frog and Toad through five short stories and is perfect for your beginning reader.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
“There once was a tree….and she loved a little boy.” This classic story has been a favorite among children for decades. It is more than a story of friendship, but also teaches the importance of selfless giving and sacrifice.

Hello My Name is Bob by Linas Alsenas
Bob is a very boring bear, especially compared to his friend Jack. This book teaches children that every bear is different and no matter how different two bears might be, they can still be friends.

Play With Me by Marie Hall Ets
This 1956 Caldecott honor book teaches children that sometimes they have to let friends come to them and to be patient. The simple illustrations really help the story come to life as a little girl tries to make friends with all the different animals in the forest.

The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill
“Mean Jean was Recess Queen and nobody said any different.” In fact Mean Jean terrorized the playground until one day a new girl, named Katie Sue, comes to school and invites Mean Jean to jump rope with her. Mean Jean, the former Recess Queen, is having too much funny playing with her new friend to bully and torment the other kids now.

Juvenile Books

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
With the help out a stray dog she finds outside of a Winn-Dixie grocery store, ten year-old Opal is able to open her heart and let new friends in. This Newbery Honor book will definitely wiggle its way into your heart, just like a stray dog.

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
Oh, Clementine. In Pennypacker’s series, Clementine is always in and out of trouble, but she will do anything to show her best friend Margaret that she will always be there for her, even if it means cutting off all of her own hair! There are currently four books in the Clementine series, including the newly released Clementine, Friend of the Week.

The Complete Tales of Winnie-The-Pooh by A.A. Milne
Has there ever been a better friend than Winnie-the-Pooh?
Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh," he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw, "I just wanted to be sure of you."

Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows
From the moment Ivy and Bean meet, they know that they cannot be friends! But sometimes your best friend turns out to be someone you never thought it would be! There are currently six books in the series, but the seventh installment is set to be released later on this month.

The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
This was one of my favorite books growing up. 12 year-old Matt is left alone in the wilderness to defend his house during the 18th Century. Here is meets, a Native American boy named Attean. Together they realize they have a lot that they can teach each other.

If you would like more information on any of these books, please visit the
Jefferson County Library Cooperative Homepage.

Miss Judith