Whale Talk and Chris Crutcher--Challenged Too Often
Chris Crutcher is probably one of the most challenged contemporary authors in the United States right now. He is also one of the most real, most caring, and most intelligent people I’ve ever met. I have been lucky to chat with him on several different occasions.
What do you think of when you think about working at a library? I always thought that you checked in books, you checked out books, and you put books away. That is true. When you work at the library, you do accomplish those important tasks. But, I never thought working at the library also included doing bulletin boards, or never realize the amount of work that goes into making a bulletin board.
According to some sources (as yet unverified, yet still believable), each month 17,000 new books are published in the United States. Since each month averages 22 work days, that means nearly 775 books hit the market every day. Assuming an eight-hour work day, around 95 new books become available each hour. That’s 1.6 new books every working minute of every working day. Do you ever wonder if you might get swept away by the flow of information?
And now for the next bit: Great Britain publishes even more books than the US.
I read Fahrenheit 451 as part of my school's summer reading program when I was 16 years old. The story is set in the future, where books have become illegal, and America employs firemen to find books and burn them. Author Ray Bradbury provides a convincing and relatable near-future, making the book terrific as science-fiction alone. In this future city, the trains are pushed by currents of air, the fire department uses a lethal robot to help it track criminals, and televisions have grown to wall-size.
High school, with its 4 years of forced reading, can be difficult. English class is all sad books, which teens often have a hard time identifying with. As I have gotten older, I have learned to appreciate some of the common offenders, but there were a few that I actually enjoyed in high school. Maybe, they can be helpful to you if you get a choice. I hope so.
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read, and the importance of the First Amendment. This year, it’s held from September 25 until October 2, 2010. 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 bans of books across the United States.
The last day to register to vote in the November 2nd general election is October 6th. You can register to vote at any Mid-Continent Public Library branch, and the process takes only a few minutes. A very helpful website is maintained by Robin Carnahan, the Missouri Secretary of State. You can access the site here for additional information.
The Following Sources Offer Predictions For Our Weather This Winter:
THE WOOLY WORM
Wooly worm forecasters say that the color of the bands will tell you what kind of winter is coming. If rings are light, it will be a moderate winter. If they are dark tan and dark brown, it will be cold. If they are semi-dark to black, winter will be very cold. If there are no rings and the wooly worm is all black, be prepared for a very severe winter.
Do your holds sometimes all come at once? Are you going on vacation, and don’t want to miss a hold during that time? Then, the MCPL catalog feature for suspending holds is for you! Suspending holds allows you to delay the arrival of holds for a time period you determine. You will continue to move up in position, but at the point you reach #1, your position will remain #1 until the suspension end date you selected.