A Book Festival Finally Coming to the Bronx

The Bronx may have lost its only bookstore, but that doesn’t mean the Bronx stopped reading.

A Bronx native has made it possible for the Bronx to have its first ever book festival. Sareciea Fennell started a Kickstarter campaign  to bring a book festival to the area. This is a great thing since the Bronx became the only borough without a bookstore when the only bookstore in the Bronx, Barnes and Noble, closed its doors in 2016. Continue reading “A Book Festival Finally Coming to the Bronx”

Why We Need Libraries

Welcome to National Library Week, an annual event that exemplifies the daily contributions our nation’s libraries and librarians give everyday. As a librarian, I everyday see the benefits and the resources that libraries provide to their communities. And especially now, with the world the way it is, we need libraries more than ever. The theme for this year is “Libraries Lead”. Keeping with this theme, we ask our patrons how the libraries has led them to a valuable aspect in their lives. We are there for you and right now, we need you to be there for us. Funding for libraries may have increased, but that does not change the threat we still under. That is why this week is a great way to show the importance of libraries and why they need to be celebrated. Here are some ways you can help celebrate this week: Continue reading “Why We Need Libraries”

One Book, One New York Returns for the Summer

Get ready for the largest book club! Continue reading “One Book, One New York Returns for the Summer”

Libraries in London Evaluate Impact After Collapse of Carillion

Croydon council has reacted to the service provider’s liquidation by taking the service in-house again, while Ealing and Harrow are laying contingency plansThe fallout from the collapse of Carillion has hit the UK’s already beleaguered library sector, with several London authorities making moves to part ways with the bankrupt outsourcing firm – including Croydon council,…

via London libraries assess impact of Carillion collapse — Books | The Guardian

Library Zine! Second Issue Now Available

The New York Public Library’s Library Zine! has just released their second issue. Due to high support and enthusiasm over the first issue, the editors of the magazine were able to publish another issue! Continue reading “Library Zine! Second Issue Now Available”

“Harry Potter: A History of Magic” Is Finally Coming to the US

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The successful exhibition, Harry Potter: The History of Magic that wowed people at the British Library in London, will be making its debut in the US. Continue reading ““Harry Potter: A History of Magic” Is Finally Coming to the US”

Everyone Needs a Book

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Libraries are a vital part of any community. So it is always disheartening to hear when in some communities, libraries are closing left to right. A crisis, unfortunately, that is currently happening in the UK.

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Ten Best Banned/Challenged Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Ten Books That Feature Characters ____________: Examples: Ten books that feature black main characters, characters who hold interesting jobs, characters who have a mental illness, characters that are adopted, characters that play sports, etc, etc. Can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

Instead of doing this theme, I thought, to commemorate the celebration of Banned Books Week, I’ll list the top ten best banned/challenged books that everyone should read. Reading is such an amazing privilege. Let us not tarnish it by censoring our freedom to read:

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Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Reason why it was banned/challenged: In 2010, Wesley Scroggins, an associate professor at Missouri State University, refer to book as “soft porn” and should be removed from the school curriculum.

 

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Celebrating Banned Books Week

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Congratulations! We have just arrived into Banned Books Week, an ALA (American Libraries Associations) that celebrates not only what we do best, read, but also the freedom to seek out and absorb knowledge, no matter how controversial and unorthodox it would appear. Since this event began in 1982, over  11,300 books have been challenged.  You have to be amazed at the attempts that were made to remove books that represented or related to any form of contemporary life. Continue reading “Celebrating Banned Books Week”

Library Zine! Releases First Issue

person-2049788_1920The New York Public Library releases the first issue of its literary magazine, Library Zine: Voices from Across the New York Public Library. This great magazine features writing and art works from patrons and staff across the library.

Check out the whole issue here!