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Important news for people who like books and pizza (which, really, should be EVERYBODY, but I digress…): Pizza Hut just launched an alumni program for Book It!  If you lived under a rock in the 80s and 90s, Book It was a program that basically rewarded kids for reading by letting them earn free personal pan pizzas.
For obvious reasons, I was a huge fan of Book It when I was a kid.  I just signed up for the alumni program and got an email code for free pizza, which I promptly and happily used.  It tasted of pepperoni and nostalgia.
The site has a neat interactive map showing where previous participants are from and what they grew up to be.  Do yourself a favor and sign up!

Important news for people who like books and pizza (which, really, should be EVERYBODY, but I digress…): Pizza Hut just launched an alumni program for Book It!  If you lived under a rock in the 80s and 90s, Book It was a program that basically rewarded kids for reading by letting them earn free personal pan pizzas.

For obvious reasons, I was a huge fan of Book It when I was a kid.  I just signed up for the alumni program and got an email code for free pizza, which I promptly and happily used.  It tasted of pepperoni and nostalgia.

The site has a neat interactive map showing where previous participants are from and what they grew up to be.  Do yourself a favor and sign up!

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On Display: The Secret Lives of Librarians
Show your customers that we’re not just librarians—we’re also martial artists and superheroes and Muppets and zombies and wizards and all sorts of others things in our spare time.  I’m the goofy librarian seen above, and my display case will also feature pictures of my awesome coworkers in costume, plus as books about cool librarian characters.
Suggested titles:
Killer Librarian, by Mary Lou Kirwin
The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
The Book Stops Here, by Ian Sansom
The World’s Strongest Librarian, by Josh Hanagarne
Due or Die, by Jenn McKinlay

On Display: The Secret Lives of Librarians

Show your customers that we’re not just librarians—we’re also martial artists and superheroes and Muppets and zombies and wizards and all sorts of others things in our spare time.  I’m the goofy librarian seen above, and my display case will also feature pictures of my awesome coworkers in costume, plus as books about cool librarian characters.

Suggested titles:

  • Killer Librarian, by Mary Lou Kirwin
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
  • The Book Stops Here, by Ian Sansom
  • The World’s Strongest Librarian, by Josh Hanagarne
  • Due or Die, by Jenn McKinlay

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Top Ten Challenged Books of 2013

As reported by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, the top ten most-challenged books of last year were:

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
  2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
    Reasons
    : Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
  6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
    Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
    Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
    Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

Artwork and data courtesy of the American Library Association.

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