Banned Books Week: 9/24 – 9/30
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers — in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
To continue to raise awareness about the harms of censorship and the freedom to read, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) publishes an annual list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books, using information from public challenges reported in the media, as well as censorship reports submitted to the office through its challenge reporting form.
Find out which books made the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2016 and explore Top Ten talking points, infographics and social media art on the Top Ten resource page. View the 2017 State of America’s Library Report for more information on censorship, library trends and research. – ALA
Here are Brookens, we have put together a display, located near the front of the library, featuring some of the banned books from our own collection. Our hope is to support the freedom to read during this week, and throughout the year. Stop by and see what we have on display.
We have also put together a Banned Books Week featured list in our free eBook and eAudiobook app Cloud Library. Here you can browse over 19,000 free titles. If you haven’t already downloaded this free app to your device or computer, now would be a great time to get started!
March Movie Madness is back at Brookens Library!! We have put together a March Madness inspired bracket featuring 90’s era films to tie in with the Springfest theme. We have some epic matchup’s this week: Titanic vs. Office Space, Clueless vs. Ghost, Space Jam vs. A League of Their Own! We can’t wait to see who survives Week 1.
Simply visit: http://libguides.uis.edu/marchmadness17 and vote for your favorite 90’s film. It’s that easy! The final week of voting we will have a drawing for a Brookens Library prize pack.
Whether you’re driving, taking the train, traveling alone, traveling with friends, or not traveling at all, an eAudio Book from our Cloud Library collection is an excellent companion for your Thanksgiving Break. Check out our Thanksgiving Break Recommendations, download a book to your mobile device, and you’re ready to listen on the go. Get your free Cloud Library app here. Need assistance with setting up your Cloud Library app? Stop by the desk, we’re happy to help.
Thanksgiving Break Recommendations List
- Becoming Steve Jobs by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli
- Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
- Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan
- Furiously Happy by Jenni Lawson
- H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
- Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter, and Jeffery Seller
- Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
- It’s Okay to Laugh by Norma McInerny Purmort
- My Brief History by Stephen Hawking
- Naked by David Sedaris
- Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming
- Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
- The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
- Shrill by Lindy West
- Unforgettable: a Son, a Mother, and the Lessons of a Lifetime by Scott Simon
- West of Sunset by Stewart O’Nan
- Whipping Boy by Allen Kurzweil
- Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Monday, February 17, 2014 is George Washington’s Birthday and it also President’s Day. While many state offices and schools close, the University of Illinois Springfield and Brookens Library remain open. In honor of President’s Day we have put together a book list of resources withing our collection that focuses on George Washington and other United States Presidents. Enjoy!
President’s Day Book List