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.
- 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
As reported by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, the top ten most-challenged books of last year were:
- Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
- The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
- 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
- Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
- The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
- A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
- Looking for Alaska, by John Green
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
- Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
- Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence
Artwork and data courtesy of the American Library Association.
Some excellent authors stand up for intellectual freedom..
This awesome poster is a free download from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and it’s especially great considering this year’s focus on comics and graphic novels that have been challenged.
It’s Banned Books Week, and my homeboys, Weird Al, Neil Gaiman, George R.R. Martin all know what’s up!
What’s your favorite banned book?
Today is Read an eBook Day! I’m currently working my way through Diana Gabaldon’s Drums of Autumn on my Kindle—what are you ereading?
This year, I am serving on a team to plan library events for 5th-7th graders, and this is the first event that I have worked on. In just a few weeks, we’ll be having a guest instructor come in to teach our tweens some of the basic tenants of self defense, and we only have 5 slots left!
In my spare time, I practice taekwondo and muay thai, so I’m really excited to bring something physical and different to our young library customers.
As a huge fan of YA literature and as an avid reader, I can vouch for the awesomeness of this list.
I’ve read and loved several of the titles listed here: Ready Player One (a favorite of mine), The Age of Miracles,The Snow Child, Life After Life, Where’d You Go Bernadette, Tell the Wolves I’m Home, Swamplandia, Water for Elephants, The Night Circus, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane. For an even more excellent experience, I recommend listing to the audiobooks of Ready Player One and The Night Circus. So good!
What else would you put on this list?