To many, the idea of banning or restricting access to books seems crazy; this is 2017, we don’t do that anymore, right? To the surprise of many, it’s still a very common occurrence, with books being challenged or removed from school and public libraries every year for all sorts of reasons. In some cases, it’s because content is deemed too sexual, or because characters may drink, smoke, or perform other such ‘bad behavior’ that readers may imitate. Sometimes, books are challenged and requested to be removed from library collections solely because of profanity, or the ever vague ‘offensive viewpoint’.
Most often, these books being challenged are for either children or teens; it’s rare for the top 10 most challenged books to not be made up almost entirely of children’s and young adult titles. Fan of Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell? It was #10 of 2016 for offensive language. Interested in some of John Green’s classics? Looking for Alaska by Green is #6 on the list.
To remember that we’re fortunate enough to have access to any of these books and more that people have tried to keep from others we’re commemorating Banned Books Week at our libraries, on the 29th. Check out what time our activity is at your local library below:
- Valencia Library: 9/29; 5-6p
- Canyon Country Library 9/29; 4-5:30p
- Newhall Library 9/29; 3:30-5p
Find out more about banned books week here.
It’s about time for school to start up again; many of you may have just started school this last week, and it can be hard to shake off the rust after a long summer of not doing homework, studying for tests, or writing papers. The library is here to help!
Coming up beginning in September the library will be running a three part program Survival: The Middle School Years aimed at helping get back into things after the long summer break to help get on track early instead of having an uphill climb later.
Our September session will be all about organizational success, with the tips and resources you to get an edge keeping track of all the things the new year will bring. In October, we’ll be talking about the dos and don’ts of life online; does anything ever REALLY disappear on the internet? Then finally, in November, study tips to get all the information you need for a big test without staying up until four in the morning.
Come join us at your local library!
- Canyon Country Library, September 5th, October 3rd, and November 7th, 4:00-5:30
- Old Town Newhall Library, September 6th, October 4th, and November 1st, 3:30-5:00
- Valencia Library, September 18th, October 16th, and November 20th, 3:30-5:00
September brings the start of exciting new Fall releases from sisters battling to the death for the crown to aliens “generously” offering advanced technology. Which teen book are you most excited to read?
Have you placed a hold request yet? Request books early while wait times are at their lowest!
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Our newest app addition is Libby, by Overdrive. Libby is the one-tap reading app, designed beautifully with a simple to use interface, Libby is sure to become your favorite e-reading app! Learn more about Libby here!
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This year’s summer reading program was an awesome success!!! Thank you to all those who participated!! And a HUGE thank you to the Santa Clarita Friends of the Library for helping us with this year’s SRP!!!
Some highlights from teen programs this summer!