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What the List of Most Banned Books Says About Our Society’s Fears | TIME

Censors are increasingly focusing on books that represent diverse points of view Source: What the List of Most Banned Books Says About Our Society’s Fears | TIME   In honor of Banned Books Week, Time looks at how the focus of book challenges has changed over the past several years.

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Last Week’s Links

As Far As Your Brain Is Concerned, Audiobooks Are Not ‘Cheating’ I love audiobooks; they enable me to read while plodding along on the treadmill or doing chores around the house. I’ve always thought that listening to a book instead of reading it is not cheating as long as I listen to the unabridged version. …

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October is International School Library Month

October is International School Library Month, organized by the International Association of School Librarianship. This group is dedicated to establishing and developing school librarianship in every country in the world. The organization pursues the following objectives: To advocate the development of school libraries throughout all countries; To encourage the integration of school library programs into …

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Banned Books Week 2015 (September 27–October 3)

(Artwork above courtesy of the American Library Association) Banned Book Week is an annual event celebrating the right to read usually held during the last week of September. It’s sponsored by the following organizations: American Booksellers Association American Booksellers for Free Expression American Library Association American Society of Journalists and Authors Association of American Publishers …

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Books and the People Who Love Them

The 6 types of Little Free Library patrons Mary Ann Gwinn, book editor for The Seattle Times, receives LOTS of books. As a way to spread the wealth around, her spouse built her a Little Free Library for her birthday. The Little Free Library movement was started in Wisconsin by Todd Bol and Rick Brooks …

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On Reading

Reading With Imagination Novelist Lily Tuck calls fiction a creative act, “an act of the author’s imagination and likewise, ideally, it should be read with imagination.” Here’s how she hopes people will read her work: In my own writing, I have been accused of (or is it praised for?) being a minimalist, which I suppose …

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Monday Miscellany

Homeless Outreach in Volumes: Books by Bike for ‘Outside’ People in Oregon This city [Portland, Oregon] has a deeply dyed liberal impulse beating in its veins around social and environmental causes, and a literary culture that has flourished like the blackberry thickets that mark misty Northwest woods. It is also one of the most bike-friendly, …

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Monday Miscellany

Open Library Open Library is an open, editable library catalog with an attractive facade and a lofty mission. The mission? To build an online catalog with a web page for every book ever published. The best part? You can help. From the homepage, click Sign Up, then create a free Open Library account in two …

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Monday Miscellany

Tragic fiction may leave you emotionally upset It might seem logical that reading a sad fictional story would be less upsetting than reading a less sad but true story. But new research suggests this is not the case: “Consumers may choose to read a tragic fictional story because they assume that knowing it was fictional …

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Harlan Coben: By the Book This week’s New York Times‘s Sunday Book Review includes an interview with one of my favorite thriller authors, Harlan Coben. Related Posts: Harlan Coben in St. Louis: Part I Harlan Coben in St. Louis: Part II From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers–and beyond The Pew Research Center continues its study of …

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