Banned Book Week

How many of the Banned Book Posters have you spotted in the Library? How many have you seen online? Katherine did a great job capturing the favourites of some of the Library staff, in front of our new skyway mural. Ginny has done an excellent job of creating so many of our Read Posters! We are lucky to have such talented staff (and such great readers!).
How many banned books have you read? (now aren’t you glad the highschool teachers made you read some of them??!)

Banned Books Week Sept. 24 – Oct. 1

Here is the list of the top 10 challenged books for 2010 and a nice poster to go along with it.
And Tango Makes Three
by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Reasons: homosexuality, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: offensive language, racism, religious viewpoint, sex education, sexually explicit, violence, unsuited to age group
Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley
Reasons: insensitivity, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit
by Ellen Hopkins
Reasons: drugs, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit
The Hunger Games (series)
by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: sexually explicit, violence, unsuited to age group
by Natasha Friend
Reasons: drugs, sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group
What My Mother Doesn’t Know
by Sonya Sones
Reasons: sexism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America
by Barbara Ehrenreich
Reasons: drugs, inaccurate, offensive language, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint
Revolutionary Voices
edited by Amy Sonnie
Reasons: homosexuality, sexually explicit
Twilight (series)
by Stephanie Meyer
Reasons: sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence, unsuited to age group

Banned Books Week

You would simply be amazed at the number of everyday books, classics and childrens fiction (including Harry Potter) that are considered BANNED BOOKS. The Library staff is highlighting the top ten banned books for the 2010/11 period. Check out all the posters in the Library, then check out the books! Don’t just celebrate your right to read, exercise your reading rights! 

The Friends will have a display case with some of the 100 most challenged books, and the reasons for banning them, as well as books for sale in the Bookstore.

Visiting Author – Bonnie Rough

Sunday, October 9
2-3 pm

As Bonnie J. Rough and her husband consider becoming parents, their biological legacy haunts every decision. A carrier of the genetic condition hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia (HED), she begins a journey to uncover the complicated details of her family’s past.
Find Bonnie online:

Mystery Tea – success

We all had a delightful time at the mystery tea – check out the photo album on the Friends’ Facebook! We had a sold out crowd, with over 55 people attending.  The Library staff and Friends really performed a great play, acting as some very unusual suspects while the audience tried to figure out who killed the Earl of Greystone Manor.

There was a fabulous selection of cookies and biscuits baked by Friends and performers, and enjoyed by all! Including themed dogbiscuits, dog bones, millionaire shortbread, scones, tea breads and much more!

Many of our guests also dressed the part. Only 5 people correctly identified the murderer, so our team did a great job of keeping everyone guessing. Those lucky people took home the doggie centerpieces created by one of our great Friends! This was so much fun, I hope we do it again!

Visiting Author – Wendy Web

Award for Genre Fiction, sponsored by Marvin Windows and Doors:
Wendy Webb – The Tale of Halcyon Crane – published by Henry Holt & Company
Told that her mother died in a fire decades earlier, Hallie James discovers that she was actually alive until very recently. In search of answers, Hallie travels to her mother’s home and discovers dark family secrets. Webb lives in Duluth, where she is the editor-in-chief of Duluth~Superior Magazine, a lifestyle monthly.

TONIGHT! See you there!

Visiting Author – Wendy Webb

Don’t forget to join Paige Turner at our Mystery Tea in the Library (with Colonel Mustard??) to solve the murder of Lord Grey!
September 22nd, Thursday
Library Auditorium
from 5:30pm to 6.45 pm
You need to pick up your free tickets in the Bookstore; this is on a first come basis only (you will need the ticket!). The remaining part of the evening, the author visit by Wendy Webb is free and open to the public.

Fall Coffee

Save the Date:
Bookstore volunteers are invited to a Fall Coffee on Tuesday October 25th at 9.30 AM. We will have a social hour with coffee and treats and a chance to meet your fellow workers. In addition Gail and other library staff members will be conducting “behind the scene” tours to some of the less familiar parts of the library (e.g. the third floor!). We cannot wait to see this years halloween costumes! Our volunteers have really raised a spooky spirit for this event!

NB  ANOTHER date to save is the October Auditorium Sale – October 15th (Saturday from 9:30am to 5pm) and Sunday October 16th (from 1:30-4:00pm). If you have any questions please contact Bruce Witts. Set up will be on Friday October 14th for Friends interested in helping. Remember to sign up for a shift in the Bulletin Board on the back room.

The Friends Bookstore

The Bookstore continues to look bright and cheery with wonderful displays of books and NEW shelving units for easier access and clear visibility of our books. Thanks to Barnes and Noble for donating these shelves to us – we really do appreciate how tidy our store looks now – as do our customers!
One of the bookstore volunteers saw a young girl of four walking out of the store. She turned to her mother and happily said “This is our favorite store, isn’t it?!”

We have put a large shelving unit for the discarded books in the foyer. This cart is on wheels, but does not fit through our store door. The sign says if you are shopping after store hours, please bring in the money the next time you are in. The Minnesota honor system still works = we have found money stuffed under the door!