September 25, 2010

Banned Books Week

Today September 25 2010 marks the beginning of Banned Books Week. We celebrate this event each year at the Takoma Park Maryland Library, but this year our celebration is particularly special, thanks to a grant from the American Library Association's Freedom to Read Foundation. With the grant money, and a contribution from the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library, we are sponsoring a Community Read-Out focused on children's books that people in other parts of the country have tried to ban.

Our program will take place on the last day of Banned Books Week -- Saturday October 2 from 10 a.m.-noon -- in the Takoma Park City Auditorium. Participants will receive a free book and be treated to a pizza lunch. Come just to listen or sign up as a reader. We're asking all participants to please register by going to our earlier post and accessing our registration form from there.

At our Community Read-Out we'll be focused on reading picture books and passages from children's novels that have been challenged as inappropriate by people in other parts of the country. These books include many children's classics, including the Caldecott Medal-Winning Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig and the Newbery-Medal-winning Bridge to Terebithia by former Takoma Park resident Katherine Paterson. Hope to see you at this great event celebrating the freedom to read!

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September 23, 2010

Read-Out Countdown!

We're getting closer to our Oct 2 2010 Community Read-Out to celebrate Banned Books Week! Our program, funded by a special grant from the American Library Association's Freedom to Read Foundation, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 10 a.m.-noon in the newly-renovated City Auditorium. The focus will be on children's picture books and children's novels that have been challenged by people in other parts of the country, and we still have room for more people who would like to read. But you don't have to do a reading to attend the event, which will end with everyone receiving a couple of free children's books and a pizza lunch. To see the list of books for readers, and to register for this free event, please go to:
Library Program Registration - Takoma Park Maryland Library.

Posted by at 02:49 PM

September 10, 2010

More On Read-Out!

We are thrilled to announce that our Library has just been chosen as one of seven groups to receive the first-ever Judith Krug Memorial Fund grants from the American Library Association's Freedom to Read Foundation. Our Library was awarded $1,000 to help fund our Community Read-Out on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Takoma Park City Auditorium.

Our Read-Out is focused on children's books -- picture books and novels for kids through age 12 -- that have been challenged in other parts of the country (NOT in Takoma Park!). With the grant, we will be able to give all participants free copies of some of these challenged children's books, as well as offer everyone a pizza lunch when the program concludes.

At the program, we will read passages from some of the challenged children's novels on our list, and also read entire challenged picture books together using our ELMO document camera, projector and big screen. Although our program is focused on children's books, this is an event for children of all ages, and we welcome adults who want to come and read from one of the books on our list, or just want to come and listen. We also welcome kids and/or adults who would like to perform a scene from one of the challenged books on our list. But you're also welcome to just come and listen!

We do ask folks to register, so we can have enough giveaway books and pizza! To register, go to Library Program Registration - Takoma Park Maryland Library.If you are interested in doing a reading, please contact Karen MacPherson, children's librarian, at 301-891-7259. We ask participants to read from the picture books or children's novels on our list so that we can keep the program focused on books for kids under age 12. To see the lists of challenged picture books and children's novels, and to choose one, read on!

Challenged Children’s Picture Books: A Selected List (NOTE: This replaces the previous list published in an earlier blog)
Selected by Karen MacPherson, children’s librarian at the Takoma Park Maryland Library
Source: Banned Books by Robert P. Doyle (ALA, 2007), plus annual updates to the book issued by the ALA in 2008, 2009, 2010.

At the bottom of this list you can find a form for choosing a book. Thanks to everyone who signed up to read, we now have about 20 readers. Everyone else - please come. Make a sign, carry a sign, celebrate our freedom to read, help us eat up the pizza.

__ Claire Bishop: The Five Chinese Brothers.
__ Eric Carle: Draw Me a Star.
__ Martin Handford: Where’s Waldo?.
__ Carolivia Herron: Nappy Hair.
__ Ann Jonas: Aardvarks, Disembark.
__ Stephen Kellogg: Pinkerton, Behave!.
__ William Kotzwinkle: Walter the Farting Dog.
__ Karla Kuskin: The Dallas Titans Get Ready For Bed.
__ Patricia McKissack: Mirandy and the Brother Wind.
__ Leslea Newman: Heather Has Two Mommies.
__ Helen Oxenbury: Tiny Tim.
__ Justin Richardson: And Tango Makes Three.
__ Faith Ringgold: Tar Beach.
__ Maurice Sendak: In the Night Kitchen and Some Swell Pup.
__ William Steig: The Amazing Bone; Caleb and Kate; and Sylvester and the Magic Pebble.
__ Dr. Seuss: The Lorax.
__ Traditional: Froggy Went A-Courtin’ (specifically the edition illustrated by Kevin O’Malley).
__ Traditional: The Three Billy Goats Gruff.
__ Michael Willhoite: Daddy’s Roommate.
__ Garth Williams: The Rabbit’s Wedding.
__ Audrey Wood: Elbert’s Bad Word.

Challenged Children’s Novels: A Selected List
Selected by Karen MacPherson, children’s librarian at the Takoma Park Maryland Library
Source: Banned Books by Robert P. Doyle (ALA, 2007), plus annual updates to the book issued by the ALA in 2008, 2009, 2010.
Note: Books selected are geared to children through grade 5. Many of the authors have other books for older readers that also have been challenged.

__ Lloyd Alexander: The Chronicles of Prydain
__ Judy Blume: Superfudge; Here’s to You, Rachel Robinson; The One in the Middle is a Green Kangaroo; Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great; and Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself.
__ Lewis Carroll: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
__ Bruce Coville: Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher.
__ Christopher Paul Curtis: The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963
__ Roald Dahl: The BFG; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; The Enormous Crocodile; George’s Marvelous Medicine; James and the Giant Peach; Matilda; The Minipins; Revolting Rhymes; Rhyme Stew; and The Witches.
__ John Fitzgerald: The Great Brain.
__ Louise Fitzhugh: Harriet the Spy; The Long Secret; Sport.
__ Jean Craighead George: Julie of the Wolves.
__ Brothers Grimm: The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm. Also, specific Grimm stories have been challenged: Hansel & Gretel; Little Red Riding Hood (specifically the version illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman; and Snow White.
__ Norton Juster: The Phantom Tollbooth.
__ Rudyard Kipling: Just So Stories.
__ Madeleine L’Engle: Many Waters and A Wrinkle In Time.
__ C.S. Lewis: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe.
__ Lois Lowry: Anastasia Krupnik; Anastasia Again!; and Anastasia At Your Service.
__ Mary O’Hara: My Friend Flicka.
__ Barbara Park: Junie B. Jones and Some Sneaky, Peeky Spying and Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus.
__ Katherine Paterson: Bridge to Terebithia and The Great Gilly Hopkins.
__ Susan Patron: The Higher Power of Lucky .
__ Dav Pilkey: The Adventures of Captain Underpants; Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space; Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Pooypants; and The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby.
__ J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone; Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix; Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
__ Louis Sachar: Marvin Redpost: Is He a Girl?; Sideways Stories from Wayside School; Wayside School is Falling Down; There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom.
__ Alvin Schwartz: Scary Stories and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.
__ Shel Silverstein: The Giving Tree; A Light in the Attic; Where the Sidewalk Ends.
__ Zilpha Snyder: The Egypt Game and The Headless Cupid.
__ Elizabeth George Speare: The Sign of the Beaver; The Witch of Blackbird Pond.
__ William Steig: Abel’s Island.
__ R.L. Stine: The Goosebumps series.
__ Mildred Taylor: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
_ Laura Ingalls Wilder: Little House in the Big Woods and Little House on the Prairie.
__ Elizabeth Winthrop: The Castle in the Attic.
__ Elizabeth Yates: Amos Fortune, Free Man

Posted by at 05:19 PM

September 06, 2010


To celebrate Banned Books Week, we're holding our first Community Read-Out on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m.-noon. Our Read-Out will be focused on children's books that have been challenged by people in other communities. The event will take place in the newly-renovated City Auditorium, and we'll be reading both picture books and passages from children's novels. We're encouraging kids and adults to participate by signing up to read from our list of challenged children's books. (To see a list of some picture books that have been challenged in other places, just click on the extended entry of this post). Or just feel free to come listen and see: we'll use our ELMO projector to show challenged picture books page by page on the big screen. You're welcome to come for part or all of the event. Thanks to the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library for sponsoring this event. Please register by going to Library Program Registration - Takoma Park Maryland Library
or call us at 301-891-7259.

Banned Books – Picture Books

A selected list of picture books that have been challenged over the years – NOT at the Takoma Park Maryland Library, but at other libraries around the nation.

Source: Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide by Robert P. Doyle

1. Aardvarks, Disembark! by Ann Jonas
2. The Amazing Bone by William Steig
3. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson
4. Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
5. The Dallas Titans Get Ready for Bed by Karla Kuskin
6. Dinosaurs Divorce by Laurene K. Brown
7. Draw Me a Star by Eric Carle
8. The Five Chinese Brothers by Claire Bishop
9. Froggy Went A-Courtin’ (version illustrated by Kevin O’Malley)
10. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
11. Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
12. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
13. Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
14. Little Red Riding Hood (Grimm’s Fairy Tales)
15. Mirandy and the Brother Wind by Patricia McKissack
16. Nappy Hair by Carolivia Herron
17. Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
18. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
19. Some Swell Pup by Maurice Sendak
20. Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold
21. The Three Billy Goats Gruff
22. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
23. Where’s Waldo by Martin Handford

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