Let’s Read a Banned Book!

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One of the books that has appeared on the Top 10 list of banned books, compiled by the American Library Association, for each of the last 5 years is The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. This is a young adult novel (as so many of the books on these lists are) about a teenage Native American boy who chooses to attend school outside his home on the reservation. This decision leaves Junior, or Arnold as he’s called off the reservation, shunned by his people, as well as trying to fit in and on the outskirts of his new community. It is an honest portrayal of his life in high school – girls, bullies, fights, sports, and parents. Junior must learn to cope with a lot of loss in his family and embrace what’s good in his life.

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Virtual Volunteerism

The Daily Post

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”

Author Cynthia Ozick’s words ring a resounding bell for me. Since reading them, I’ve made it a priority to show appreciation for the people that positively impact my life.

I am a Happiness Engineer on the Community Team. It is our job to staff the forums, but we aren’t alone out there. We have volunteers who spend invaluable time and energy assisting users of all experience levels. They don’t do it for a paycheck. They do it because they’re passionate about WordPress.com, and because they have an innate drive to support the people who create, manage, and contribute to blogs and websites. Although they work with little concern for accolades, I wanted to publicly thank the volunteers in the WordPress.com forums for their assistance. 

“Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.”
Albert Schweitzer

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BannedBookWeek.org

Censorship


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Hundreds of books have been either removed or challenged in schools and libraries in the United States every year. According to the American Library Association (ALA), there were at least 464 in 2012.

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ALA estimates that 70 to 80 percent are never reported.

Banned Books that Shaped America
Frequently Challenged Books

Are you looking for a way to celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week? Consider participating in the Banned Books Virtual Read-out!

What’s Your Signature Word?

101 Books

Matthew Malady wrote an interesting column for Slate last week about “signature words.” He says a signature word is basically a word we unknowingly use often in order to make ourselves appear smarter than we are.

He explains his word of choice as “iteration.”

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Readers’ Advisory

Recommended Reading”


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Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority
“Black people are not dark-skinned white people,” says advertising visionary Tom Burrell.


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Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America
Understand more deeply black women’s political and emotional responses to pervasive negative race and gender images.

National Book Award Fiction Longlist Announced

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The National Book Award Foundation announced their Fiction Longlist last night. It’s an exciting list! We were happy to see many staff favorites recognized.

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Thunderstruck by Elizabeth McCracken
We have signed First Editions Available!

Elizabeth McCracken is one of our own! An Austinite, she holds the James A. Michener Chair in Fiction at the University of Texas and the Associate Director for UT’s New Writers Project. We hosted a big ol’ event to help her launch Thunderstruck. This is the second time she’s been up for a National Book Award; her previous novel, The Giant’s House, was also a finalist for the award.

Julie thoroughly enjoyed this collection: “McCracken explores the unexpected avenues of loss in this absorbing new collection. What I love about McCracken is knowing that the characters I meet on her pages will never be typical. I come again and again to the little girl dressed as Patrick…

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Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève

Sainte-Geneviève Library

A public and university library in Paris, which inherited the collection of the Abbey of St Genevieve. The library contains around 2 million documents.

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The names of 810 illustrious scholars are inscribed on the building’s facade.

Between 1838 and 1850, a building for the Sainte-Geneviève Library was designed and constructed under the direction of the architect Henri Labrouste. The glass and iron reading room has been described as “magisterial” and the building itself as a seminal work in the creation of the modern library as “a temple of knowledge and space for contemplation.”

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The Abbey of St Genevieve, one of the largest and oldest abbeys in Paris, was founded in the sixth century by Clovis I and subject to the rule of St Benedict. As part of a reform of its practices in 1148, the Canons Regular of St Augustine were installed at the abbey. Until the French Revolution, they maintained its library and a school of copyists. The oldest known manuscript from the library of the abbey, now preserved at the Public Library of Soissons (ms 80) is an ex-libris of the twelfth century: Iste liber is Sancte Genovefa parisiensis.

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Bibliotheque Sainte-Genevieve, Paris, France, Building

Sainte-Geneviève Library – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bibliotheque Ste. Genevieve – Great Buildings Online

Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève (BSG) – Paris- Facebook

Henri Labrouste – Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève – YouTube