Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Banned Books Week

Photo courtesy of the American Library Association

Join the library in celebrating Banned Books Week! This event celebrates the ability to read what we choose and the First Amendment. According to the ALA, "Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States" (http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/index.cfm). Check out this video from Mooresville Public Library that further explains Banned Books Week.



Books that we all know and love are frequently challenged for a variety of reasons. Most often people challenge books that they consider to be inappropriate for children, contain stories about or references to homosexuality, reference or infer witchcraft and/or contain violence. Take a look at the recently challenged or banned books and judge for yourself.

The library challenges you to stand up for your right to read and check out a banned book. We hope to see you soon!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Fall into a good book!

Have you noticed how wonderful the weather's been the last few days? Finally, after many months of hot, humid days we're experiencing cooler temperatures, refreshing breezes and crisp mornings. I don't know about you, but there's something about fall that just screams hot tea, a cozy blanket and a good book. So curl up on the sofa this weekend with one of these:

The extraordinary power of the brain and its ability to perceive and understand sensual input is explored in See What I'm saying: The Extraordinary Powers of Our Five Senses by Lawrence D. Rosenblum.

Okay, admit it! You procrastinate...badly. Learn how to overcome this proclivity in The Procrastinator's Guide to Getting Things Done by Monica Ramirez Basco.

"Please" and "thank you" are great, but according to Lucinda Holdforth, they are also necessary for the functioning of society. Why Manners Matter: The Case for Civilized Behavior in a Barbarous World.

Strength and courage abound in this tome from renowned comic, Bill Cosby. Come on People: On the Path from Victims to Victors.

Families often sit down peacefully together for dinner. This mundane activity actually has great significance according to Martin Jones in Feast: Why Humans Share Food.

Economics is finally demystified (and a little underdressed) in Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science by Charles J. Wheelan.

Where does Prada and Gucci really come from? Find out in Where Am I Wearing?: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes by Kelsey Timmerman.

Rebound quickly after losing your job with the tips in Make Job Loss Work for You: Get Over It and Get Your Career Back on Track by Richard S. Deems.

Stephen Davis provides practical tips for curbing cheating, an ever-increasing issue in schools around the country in Cheating in School: What We Know and What We can Do.

And finally, for something lighthearted and fun, try Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik (because I just love the title).

Of course this doesn't even begin to skim the surface of what we have available. More new reads can be found on the new books list and/or through the catalog. We hope to see you soon, and hopefully you'll check out a book or two. Have a great week!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

In memory of the events of 9/11

The nation will gather to remember and commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11 on Sunday. The dedication of the 9/11 Memorial and opening of the 9/11 Museum, both of which are located in the footprints of the twin towers, extend much needed solace and hope to the families of the victims and the nation. (Animations of the new memorial are available here.)

These two monuments are incredible feats of engineering prowess (see "Engineering Ground Zero", a NOVA program set to air on September 7, 2011) and are magnificent tributes to the men, women and children who died in the September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993 attacks. The skill and mastery required to rebuild, especially within the short time frame, are incredible, but the architects, engineers and workers met the challenge. Their dedication extends from their love for their families, New York City and the country.

Charlottesville will commemorate locally at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion. The ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. and includes concerts by The Virginia Consort, the UVa Glee Club, UVa Black Voices and the Charlottesville Municipal Band.

In preparation for the ceremonies, we invite you to peruse the titles we have available in the library, including (but not limited to):

The Ground Truth: The Untold Story of America Under Attack on 9/11 by John Farmer
Touching History: The Untold Story of the Drama That Unfolded in the Skies Over America on 9/11 by Lynn Spencer
Firefight: Inside the Battle to Save the Pentagon on 9/11 by Patrick Creed and Rick Newman
After: How American Confronted the September 12 Era by Steven Brill
September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond
Closure: The Untold Story of the Ground Zero Recovery Mission by Lt. William Keegan, Jr. with Bart Davis
Watching the World Change: The Stories Behind the Images of 9/11 by David Friend
Aftermath by Joel Meyerowitz

Join your fellow citizens of Charlottesville in commemorating this tragic event and help usher in a new era of hope.