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…and they’ll offend you and you and YOU!   Well, if I’m doing my job right they will.  There are books in the library that offend everyone because there are books FOR everyone.   It’s like going down the rabbit hole — follow me around that circular logic, my friends.  Wheee!

Just in time for Banned Books Week, a coworker sent me an email about this crazy-crazy happening that took place over the weekend.   I didn’t hear about until now because my computer has died and it just sits there, taunting me, like a big, silver paperweight….holding my music hostage!! *sniffle*  Anyway…

SPEAK up for SPEAK!!!

An associate professor of management at Missouri State University, Wesley Scroggins, has written a diatribe about how Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson is basically soft porn and should be removed from the school libraries in the district where he lives. 

Yes, he’s talking about THAT Speak, which ten years on is still an extremely popular young adult novel.  I’ve mentioned it in this blog before: briefly in a review and as a book that’s been made into a film – incidentally, the film stars Kristen Stewart of Twilight fame). 

So, here is Ms. Anderson’s response. 

…and please, oh please, play the video of her reading her poem “Listen”, which she created based on reader response to Speak.

Now, I took a sharp left turn when I could have been a teacher, so I’m going to go to an expert on this one.  

Here is an extremely well-reasoned and literary rebuttal to Mr. Scroggins’ “willful misreading” (I like that, that says it so well) by Philip Nel, Professor of English and Director of Kansas State University’s Program in Children’s Literature. 

This story has been all over the interwebs and Twitter has kinda exploded (Follow the thread #SpeakLoudly) and Ms. Anderson and Sarah Ockler, whose book Twenty Boy Summer is also being challenged have just done interviews with the paper that printed the initial opinion piece.  (he’s also going after Slaughterhouse Five, but Kurt Vonnegut can’t fight back…)  So anyway, keep an eye out for that article.

Here Ms. Ockler explains a bit more about the situation (who the challenge/opinion piece writer is, why this is a bigger deal than just the removal of one or two books from a school district’s library, and how you can get involved if you want to do something more).  Apparently this is the same area where another school board recently removed Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian.

I just have to say…this reminds me so much of the craziness that happened with Sarah Dessen’s book, Just Listen.  In Florida, an upset parent stood up in front of school board members and began reading portions of the date-rape scene, which by necessity is horrific

Yet instead of saying that yes, that particular scene was unsavory but necessary and that there is more to the book than just that scene, the parent and the school board member running the meeting painted the whole book with the same brush, disregarded the fact that the book was important for so many reasons, and that perhaps, by describing that situation, other teenage girls might recognize that a situation they’d been subjected to was non-consensual…or they might recognize a situation getting bad and get themselves out of it before they are hurt. 

*okay…deep breath*  Go here for Ms. Dessen’s response at the time.

Earlier today I set up the Banned Books Display for the teens in my library.  Every year someone will inevitably say, “…but no one really bans books anymore, right?”  Um, no.  …and people still hold book burnings, too (that Qu’ran incident is only the latest and greatest), though they’re mostly symbolic and feel-good events, “Throw another Harry Potter on the barbie!”  Perfectly fine, yay First Amendment rights and all that…they can burn them as long as they bought them…no worries.

What I worry about is when somebody other than a child or teenager’s parents comes in and takes books away from those teens.  The theme for this year’s Banned Books Week is particularly apt, “Think for yourself and let others do the same.”  

Putting up big walls around teenagers will not keep them safe, for someday they must go out into that world.   Refusing to let them see the reality of choices, even bad choices (for example, what can happen to you when you’re addicted to methamphetamines like the main character in Ellen Hopkin’s book Crank), leaves them vulnerable.

Hopkins, who you may or may not have heard was dis-invited from a book festival earlier this year, says it so well in her Manifesto: “Ignorance is no armor.”  Please read the whole Manifesto.

So, I’ve gone on a bit, but please, share with me and those people who read this blog…have you read Speak, or Just Listen, or any one of the top hundred books banned this decade? 

Please, #SpeakLoudly.  The next book facing a challenge might be one you need to read.

Some folks around the blogosphere who are Speaking out for Speak:

YA author Jo Knowles

http://jbknowles.livejournal.com/390702.html

YA author Cecil Castellucci

http://castellucci.wordpress.com/2010/09/19/speaking-up-for-speak/

Always,

Missy

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Members of the Carolina Garrison of the 501st Legion menaced con-goers, to the delight of all.

Librari-Con 2010 was a great success: teens came, they saw, they danced funny little dances (“Uma uma dance” anyone?) and it. was. kinda. awesome.  🙂

We got a really nice write up in the Fayetteville Observer, too.

Librari-Con: Fans of anime, manga, converge in Fayetteville

Were you here?  What did you think?  Did you have a good time?  Leave comments and let us know, pretty please! 

Check back after Thursday, Sept 9th and I’ll have the Librari-con 2010 photo gallery updated on the Teen Flickr page! 

PICTURES ARE POSTED! 

Enjoy 🙂

Thanks to all the library staff and community volunteers who help make Librari-Con possible, and to our enthusiastic Minions (teen volunteers) for their energy and dedication.  You all rock. 

As always, thank you to our artists, guests, and sponsors.  As a public library, we have limited resources and often rely on good will, the spirit of cooperation, and donations to bring this program into being for our teens (and not so teenage) patrons.  🙂

Always,

Missy

Update: SRPE (Society for the Refinement of Polyvarietal Entertainment, and Librari-Con volunteers) has a gallery of Librari-Con 2010 pics.  Enjoy!

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Read The Fayetteville Observer’s article on our community’s participation in the Butterfly Project. 

One teen was inspired to create a butterfly because she’d read “The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank, which is heartening; That kind of cause and effect fills me with hope.  After all, this project is inspired by the book “I Never Saw Another Butterfly: Children’s Drawings and Poems from Terezín Concentration Camp, 1942-1944” by Hana Volavkova (ed).

You can submit your own butterfly for the exhibit, too.  If you live in Cumberland County, NC, drop one off at any branch location before May 31st.  If you’d like to send yours in separately or if you live anywhere else in the US or abroad, details are available on the official project website for the Holocaust Museum Houston

Always,

Missy

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1,500,000 innocent children died in the Holocaust. In an effort to remember them, Holocaust Museum Houston is collecting 1.5 million handmade butterflies. The butterflies will eventually comprise a huge exhibition, currently scheduled for Spring 2013, for all to remember. The Museum has already collected an estimated 400,000 butterflies.

The Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center will be hosting all-ages craft-ins at select library locations for the “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” activity in order to create as many handmade arts-and-crafts butterflies as possible during the month of April. Anyone who cannot attend one of the programs is encouraged to create a butterfly before May 31 and drop it off at any library location. All contributions submitted through the library will be delivered to the Holocaust Museum Houston as a group.  See our gallery on Flickr.

•Butterflies should be no larger than 8 inches by 10 inches.
•Butterflies may be of any medium the artist chooses, but two-dimensional submissions are preferred.
•Glitter should not be used.
•Food products (cereal, macaroni, candy, marshmallows or other perishables) also should not be used.

For questions or additional information, please e-mail butterflyproject@hmh.org .

If you wish to submit your butterfly individually, further guidelines and a submission form may be obtained online at the Holocaust Museum Houston’s official website.

This project is inspired by the book “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” Children’s Drawings and Poems from Terezin Concentration Camp 1942–1944 by Hana Volavkova (Editor).

For more information on The Days of Remembrance established by the United States Congress to commemorate the Holocaust and the liberation of the concentration camps by the Allied forces, please visit the official website. This year Holocaust Remembrance Day is Sunday, April 11.

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Have you ever read a Fantasy Romantic Comedy and thought:  who puts a clumsy Cyclops in a relationship with the Princess Udashika of Helaisissia, the most beautiful and civilized planet in the Kythera Star System?   If you think you can weave a better yarn, here’s your chance to precipitately plunge parrying people’s prodigious potential to prevail. In other words, your submission could be the best!

Collaborate with other writers to create a 4000 word Fantasy Romantic Comedy short story over an eight week period beginning September 1st and ending on October 31, 2009.  You may submit a new segment every week to continue the story. The completed story will be posted online and printed & distributed free throughout the Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center system.

Follow the linky bits for the complete submission guidelines, the story so far, and some useful definitions of fantasy romance and romantic comedy.

Credit for the cool lead-in goes to program’s main instigator Larry Gavin.

Come play!   🙂

Missy 

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Create and Share using Flickr Toys

Edit, alter, and arrange pictures using the online tools at BigHugeLabs and enter your creations to our Flickr Teen Tech Gallery

[only my examples, so far…I need TEEN ENTRIES!!!  plsthx-ml]

For some inspiration check out fd’s Flickr Toy Pool.

I’m partial to the Lolcat Generator and the Trading Card Maker, myself!

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So get going and show us what’cha got!

Check back for more tech-savvy fun and games throughout the month…

 

Whoops…I almost forgot!  Rosen Publishing is hosting a Teen Tech Week writing contest:  Teen Health & Wellness-Share Your Personal Story.  The deadline is March 31st and there are prizes and possible publication involved.  Good luck!

Always,

Missy

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