Winning the war on information, one book at a time…
This year, Banned Books Week is celebrating graphic novels. I cannot think of a better way than highlighting a Library Wars is set in the near future. The Japanese federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections and, with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves – the Library Forces. manga series that fights censorship. I first found Library Wars: Love & War on a browsing trip to Borders around 2010-2011, shortly after it was published. It’s been worth the long wait between books. It has everything a book addicted manga librarian nerd like me wants in a book about libraries – action, adventure, correct terminology, love, relevant topics, comedy, and characters that grow with simple, yet beautiful art.
Iku Kasahara has dreamed of joining the Library Defense Force ever since one of its soldiers stepped in to protect her favorite book from being confiscated in a bookstore when she was younger. But now that she's finally a recruit, she's finding her dream job to be a bit of a nightmare. Especially since her hard-hearted drill instructor seems to have it in for her! (Goodreads.com)
Rehoboth Beach library doesn’t have this series, but several libraries in the do carry the series. It is ongoing, so prepare for a couple months wait between books once you’ve caught up…
Visit this week's earlier post for more information on Banned Book Week!
September 25, 2014
Banned Books & Miseducation
Some Miseducation and a bit of Banned Books…
Since 1982 librarians, booksellers, publishers, authors, and readers have set aside the last week of September to celebrate the Freedom to Read with Banned Books Week. Banned Book Week celebrates the “value of free and open access to information” (ALA). The American Library Association has a wonderful website with more information at Banned Books Week. There are additional resources available below in “News Articles and Resources”.
As a Delaware librarian, it seemed fitting to write about The Miseducation of Cameron Post for this weeks’ entry. This one book was the talk of the state for a few weeks here this summer. Cape Henlopen wasn’t the only school district or library to challenge the title, but it certainly has gained a lot of the attention. In the “News Articles and Resources” section below you will find a letter from author Emily Danforth to the Cape Henlopen school district, and several local and national news articles about the controversy.
Cape Henlopen School District in Sussex County, Delaware (which educates children from the towns of Lewes, Milton, Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach primarily) adapted the Blue Hen Nominee Award list as its summer reading list for the incoming 9th graders. Parents brought the book before the board for the use of inappropriate language. The board removed the book without proper procedure in late June. The board then put the entire list up for vote in July and it was voted 6 -1 to remove the entire list.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Cameron Post, age twelve, first feels relieved when she is told her parents have been killed in a car accident. Not becausehey dead, but because they will never know she’s kissed a girl – and liked it. With her parent’s death, Cameron’s grandmother and conservative Aunt Ruth move in, and Cameron knows that life will be different. It is easiest in Miles City, Montana to blend in, and Cameron does this we
I’m going to say this LOUD AND CLEAR; the following is MY OPINION ONLY. You have every right to disagree with me. I’m a librarian, and specifically, A YOUTH LIBRARIAN. I am passionate about Young Adult Literature and strongly believe that young adults are old enough to make decisions about what they read and have literature available to them that makes them think and consider other viewpoints.ll until Coley Taylor moves to town. Coley and Cameron forge an unlikely friendship. Ultra-religious Aunt Ruth steps in when the relationship is becoming more intense and sends Cameron away to be “fixed”. Cameron is forced to realize how her parent’s death, friendships and choices affect others.
I read Miseducation because as a Delaware Youth Services Librarian, I needed to. I don’t regret reading the book. But the value that each reader takes away from reading a book is different. For me, it was the religious struggle of each of the characters, each with a different point of view. For a parent of a homosexual or questioning teen, or the homosexual / questioning teen, it would be vastly different. I did not like the book. Not because of the swearing, alcohol or drug use, or even the homosexual relationships. Not because as a homosexual growing up in Montana the author, Emily Danforth saw a (lessening) gap in the YA literature industry. I didn’t like Emily Danforth’s writing. The pace of the book varied from going excruciatingly slow to moderately well-paced. Cameron’s attitude was whiney, jaded and only rebellious to be attention grabbing – the exact opposite of the blending in that she was attempting to achieve.
The use of inappropriate language, drug and alcohol use, and the discussion and description of homosexual acts is a growing
trend in YA Lit. Parents may not like it, but is a reflection of the young adult culture today. I am not saying that any of this is right or wrong. These are all topics the youth of our nation are struggling with right now. Young adult literature needs to be a reflection of our culture. As Jay Asher says in his Banned Books Week Video, fiction is there to help young adult approach a topic that adults do not want to discuss, but needs to discuss because they are having difficulty with the topic. Adults, be open. Remember, the teens of today are our future
News Articles and Resources
September 23, 2014
September 23, 2014
Literary Role Model for young girls
"Blessed" with the gift of obedience…
This is Ella of Frell. As a baby, the fairy Lucinda gave Ella obedience. To Lucinda this was a gift; Ella sees it as a curse. The “gift” of obedience means that if Ella is told to do something (for example, “Eat your cake, Ella”) she has to do that task. She has kept this a secret, has had to, so that her “gift” isn’t used against her, but with her father remarrying, gaining two step-sisters and becoming friends with Charming, the handsome Prince, keeping the curse a secret is getting more difficult. Ella is determined to have Lucinda take back her gift before she is forced to do something disastrous.
Gail Carson Levine’s Newberry Honor book is a modern day classic, a story each young girl should read. During Ella’s struggle to fight her “gift” and her adventures in finding Lucinda readers will be inspired by Ella’s determination, strength and persistence. Her kindness and open-mindedness teaches tolerance of those who are different and misunderstood. All of these characteristics help Ella grow, fight, and find happiness.
September 18, 2014
Children's Book Spotlight
“Melvin lived in the Livingston Public Library. Well…he didn’t really live there. He just spent lots and lots of time there.”
Melvin curious young boy; he wants to know a lot about everything. The Boy who was Raised by Librarians by Carla Morris and illustrated by Brad Sneed is an adorable story for any child, and a heartwarming read for adults. Written with a conversational telling style, the reader is pulled in and wrapped up in Melvin’s exciting and adventure filled life. Sneed’s illustrations are colorful and bring the story to life.
This story follows librarians Marge, Betty and Leeola as they help Melvin cultivate his thirst for knowledge. As Melvin grows, from barely being able to see over the desk and looking for information on snakes and bugs to being a second grade cast as an eggplant to competing in the Extraordinary, Completely-Out-of-Your-Mind Science Fair in the sixth grade, to working in the library as a high school student. The story continues from there, but I won’t ruin the end for you.
The people we meet, who teach us, challenge us and mentor us have such a huge effect on our futures, and this book is a wonderful tribute to those people.
September 11, 2014
Welcome to Our Youth Blog!
Hello, good afternoon. You have reached the Rehoboth Beach Library’s Youth blog.
Most importantly, this blog is about books. Secondly, it’s about information. Posts will include book reviews, new books, up and coming programs, and there are countless other possibilities when Miss Sarah becomes inspired. You won't be bored.
You see, this blog is just one more connection that I can develop not only with the “locals” here in RB, but those who visit us as well. Now, you have a connection to us no matter where you are. Readers don’t have to be in the same location to share a connection, we can be anywhere in the world and share our thoughts and opinions about what we are reading.
But… who am I? Some of you may have already met me, for those of you who have not; I am Miss Sarah the new (ish) Youth Services Librarian. But, what does that mean…Youth Services? It means that I am the librarian for children newborn through 17 years old. I will help you find books, information, and just maybe, bring you into the library for some fun events, projects and programs.
Just so you know what to expect…I LOVE books. I read everything. Harry Potter, Jane Austen, Percy Jackson, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, and Manga / Graphic Novels are just some of my favorites. I chose to become a Youth Services Librarian because I love young adult literature, and working with kids so much. It’s really a pleasure, and doesn’t seem like work at all. I have loved losing myself in a book, traveling to different worlds, learning about different cultures, and exploring since I was a child.
Other things I enjoy in my free time are watching movies, scrapbooking, Pittsburgh Steelers Football and Penguins Hockey, being on or near the water (the upgrade from lakeshore to seashore has been great), cooking and baking, and through it all, being with my friends and family, who mean the world to me.
August 26, 2014