October 30, 2014

Banned Books Art!

I know, I know.  Banned Books Week was over a month ago.  But we just came across this Banned Books Week-inspired art yesterday and we had to share it!  Some of our favorite characters, condemned and charged.  Oh the injustice.  Take a look!

October 28, 2014

Tales from the...Library

Ghouls, goblins & ghosts!  It's almost Halloween.  What better way to get in the Halloween spirit than curling up with a frightful tale?  With the help of the SLACkers (Student Library Advisory Committee), we've scoured the bookshelves for some of our spookiest titles and put them on display for your choosing.

If you're still searching for a costume, make your friends laugh and dazzle them with your astounding literary knowledge with one of these costumes!  (Gregor Samsa is my personal favorite.)  

Happy Halloween!

October 16, 2014

Judge a Book by Its Cover?

Not surprisingly, I'm often in the company of books, and I frequently find myself thinking about their covers.  For better or worse, a book's cover typically influences my first impression of a book, inviting me to pick it up and find out more or to move on.

I liked this NPR interview with Peter Mendelsund, a book jacket designer and author whose latest work, Cover, showcases the hundreds of book covers that he's designed.  Mendelsund makes the point that a book cover serves two purposes: to sell the book and to portray what it's about.  His interview inspired me to think of my own favorite book covers and those covers which I've found most memorable.  The covers for Wonder by R.J. Palacio, David Sedaris' When You Are Engulged in Flames, and J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye immediately came to mind.  ShortList also takes a crack at naming the 50 Coolest Book Covers.  Drop by the library and tell us about your favorite book covers!

- Ms. Duncan

October 15, 2014

Banned Books Follow-Up!

Sure, Banned Book Weeks was a few weeks back, but there's never a bad time to talk about censorship.  So, do you ever wonder "what kind of town bans books?"  This article from the New Yorker reflects on the debates swirling in one Texas town about the discomfort that some school library titles have raised in that community, and the larger question: "what is art?"  Check it out!

Interestingly, we at the Almy Library also heard about a school in Massachusetts that recently banned a book from its shelves.  Due to a parent's objections, the school banned The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier.  We're proud be to part of a community that reads freely at BB&N!