Inauguration Day is fast approaching; every four years on January 20th at noon the individual elected to be the president of the United States takes their oath and is officially sworn into office. This, like many other aspects of the U.S. election system is full of traditions that at this point have spanned decades. Where did these traditions come from? Have they always been in place since the beginning of our presidential system, or did they develop over time?
Did you know:
- William Henry Harrison had the longest inaugural speech of any president, but the shortest term.
- Theodore Roosevelt was the only president not to be sworn in with the bible.
- Dwight Eisenhower, in 1953, was the beginning of the January 20th inauguration trend.
- The inauguration of Lyndon B. Johnson was the first to take place on an airplane, and the first oath of office administered by a woman.
Interested in finding out more quirky presidential facts? Check out the Library of Congress’ Resource Guide here!
For many of you, it may be your first opportunity to vote in this election. As many of you know, this election has been particularly contentious; however, please don’t let that dissuade you from voting. If you haven’t voted already (some of you may have through mail-in-ballots or early voting) tomorrow is election day and time to go out and use your new ability to make your voice heard.
Some of you may have heard the words “My vote doesn’t really matter” this election. With how stressful the election season can be sometimes it can feel easier to just say that you’re singular vote won’t make a big difference and try to separate yourself from it. Remember, your vote does matter, and not just for the presidential election. Not only will the candidate elected for President of the United States be the one to choose who will fill the the empty seat on the Supreme Court, a decision that could have an impact far longer than the four year term we’re electing a president for, there are also numerous decisions about other candidates from state to local and countless propositions that will effect the state of California.
Did you know that there are seventeen different propositions that will also be decided during this election? Everything from medication costs to the death penalty to educational funding are mentioned. Because there is so much focus on the presidential election, sometimes these are viewed as less important, a fact that can make votes of individuals even more important.
Not sure where to vote? Check out this site and just put in your address to find out where your polling place is!
Good luck, get out there, and vote!
It is time again to celebrate the many controversial, confrontational, and vital books that have transformed our world… one reader at a time. Over 33 years ago, Banned Books Week was started by the American Library Association as a reaction to the great number of books being challenged in libraries, schools and bookstores. Every year the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom sponsors a “Banned Books Week” and publishes a list of the Top 10 Banned or Challenged books of the year. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. In 2014 alone, there were 311 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom and those are only the ones that were reported. Of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2014, six were YA titles! These included recent blockbusters like The Hunger Games as well as classics like To Kill a Mockingbird.
Join us as we commemorate another year of defending the freedom of information, anti-censorship policies, and the freedom to read. This year, Banned Book Week focuses on Young Adult books and runs from September 27th until October 3rd. Each of our libraries will offer an opportunity to take a photo with a banned book, create your own Banned Book button and give you the chance to match the banned book with the reasons it was banned. Check out the dates and times below. Until then, bone up on your banned books by taking a look at these titles and the reasons that they were challenged or banned. Happy Reading and we hope to see you there!
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Alexie, Sherman
Reasons: anti-family, cultural insensitivity, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, violence and “depictions of bullying”.
The Catcher in the Rye by Salinger, J. D.
Reasons: Sexual content, offensive language and unsuited to age group.
Forever … by Blume, Judy
Reasons: Sexual content and offensive language.
The Hunger Games by Collins, Suzanne
Reasons: anti-ethnic, anti-family, insensitivity, offensive language, occult/satanic and violence.
13 Reasons Why by Asher, Jay
Reasons: “unsuitable for the targeted age group”, containing offensive language and sexually explicit text, and “references to suicide, drugs, alcohol, and smoking.”
The Chocolate War by Cormier, Robert
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit and violence.
Whale Talk by Crutcher, Chris
Reasons: Racism and offensive language.
Lush by Friend, Natasha
Reasons: drugs, offensive language, sexually explicit and unsuited to age group.
To kill a Mockingbird by Lee, Harper
Reasons: offensive language, racism and unsuited to age group.
Reasons: Anti-family, offensive language, sexually explicit and unsuited to age group.
ttfn by Myracle, Lauren
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit and unsuited to age group.
Gossip Girl by Von Ziegesar, Cecily
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit and unsuited to age group.