Celebrate Banned Books Week at your local libraries
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information.
Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Challenges are documented requests to remove materials from schools or libraries, thus restricting access to them by others.
All of these books are available to check out from our local libraries. The top 10 most frequently challenged books of 2015 are:
Looking for Alaska, by John Green
Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
The Holy Bible
Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
Habibi, by Craig Thompson
Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter
Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan
Sierra Nevada College Library
Sept. 30, 7-9 p.m. Writers in the Woods reading with Carolyn Forche. Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences (TCES) 139-141.
Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to noon. Workshop with Carolyn Forche. TCES 139-141; $50 for community members.
Incline Village Library
Sept. 30, 6:30 p.m. 3D Movie Night — Zootopia. We’ve got the popcorn, bean-bag chairs, and 3D glasses! Bring yourself and your friends for Movie Night at the library!
Family Story Time every Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Toddler Story Time every Thursday at 11:15 a.m.
Kings Beach Library
Sept. 29, 3-4 p.m. “iPhones Explained.” Bring your apple product and your questions to our experts!
Oct. 4, 10:30-11 a.m. Preschool Story Time. “Monstrous Fun.” Books, songs, a craft exploring a fun theme.
Our Bookface competition ends on Sept. 30. You still have time to submit your winning entry! Ice cream cones to the winning entry.
Truckee Library Storytimes: Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Toddler Time, for ages 18 months to 3 years. Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Babes in Bookland, for ages 6 months to 2 years. Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. Preschool Stories, for ages 3 and up.
Join Stay & Play for a half-hour after each Storytime.
Spanish Storytime is on a break, through the end of the year. Please join us again for bilingual stories, songs and rhymes in the New Year, last Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m.
Betts Markle is Library Director at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village.
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