Everyone Needs a Book


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

Top Gun gif I feel the need to read banned books

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


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!

A Subway With Its Own Library

Credit: The New York Times


Ever left your house without your book and was facing a long commute to work? Now New Yorkers don’t have to face that dreaded outcome.

The New York Public Library, Queens Public Library, and Brooklyn Public Library, in partnership with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) created a great reading project titled “Subway Library”, free ebooks for your ever daunting commute. These are free downloadable books excerpts or full text that can be accessed through the libraries’ e-reader app, the SimplyE.

This is how it works:

  • When you enter any subway station, connect to the Transit Wireless WiFi
  • Once logged on, you’ll see a prompt to go and visit SubwayLibrary.com
  • And start browsing!

They have various categories ranging from “New York Stories” to “International Tales”. It also organized books for those rare quick commutes or long reads for that ever daily occurring long/delayed commutes.

And don’t forget to lookout for the “library” train! This train has 10 subway cars covered to look like you are traveling in a mobile library. The train alternates between the E and F lines and is decorated with the words “SUBWAY LIBRARY”.

It is always a book lover’s dream to have a library travel around with them. This project may have made their dreams come true.

For more details and book recommendations, please visit the library’s website.




We Book Lovers Will Be Losers If the NEA and NEH Goes


As book lovers we pride ourselves in all the organizations and events that help support our favorite pastime. However, there are people who still don’t think that these proposed budget cuts will not affect them. These organizations support amazing programs and provide great resources that most people don’t have the opportunity to experience. Still not convinced? Courtesy of BookRiot, take a look at all the great book-related programs we  risk losing if organizations like the NEA and the NEH disappear.


National Book Festival – An public annual literary event, sponsored by the NEA and IMLS (Institute of Museums and Library Services), that brings book-lovers and authors together for different activities ranging from author talks to book signings.


NEA Big Read – A national program that provides grants that fund community-based organizations which encourages reading and participation in diverse populations. Books like Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel and In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez are examples of great works that were chosen for the program.

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Teen Tech Week 2017: Great Tech Books For Teens

Today is the start of Tenn Tech Week, an ALA (American Libraries Association) event that encourage teens to make use of the libraries’ digital resources that will help them make a positive change not only in their community but in their life as well.

Maybe you are thinking that teens today are hooked enough on technology and need to take a breakaway from it and wholeheartedly agree. But since it’s difficult to break them away, why not take the time to introduce them to ideas and projects that will broaden their horizons and introduce them to new ways that will help them explore all aspects of technology!

So if you are a parent, a librarian, or just a reader who would like to enhance their knowledge of coding or other technology projects, check out these great book recommendations!


Adventures in Coding by Eva Holland and Chris Minnick

This is a great guide book for those who have experience in coding or those who are just starting out! Adventures in Coding provides various “building”projects that will help young people master the basics of computer programming. The book also provides links to video tutorials that provides extra help if needed. This will encourage your teen to become the creator of next big app!

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LibraryReads: November 2015 List

LibraryReads published next month’s LibraryReads List, a monthly list of top ten books recommended by librarians across the country. Check out these new hot releases!

(All links are from Goodreads)

  1. The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende (Available 11/3/2015)
  2. The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild (Available 11/3/2015)
  3. Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living by Jason Gay (Available 11/3/2015)
  4. Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (Available 11/10/15)
  5. The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro (Available 11/3/2015)
  6. The Girl With Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson (Available 11/3/2015)
  7. Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams (Available 11/3/2015)
  8. A Likely Story: A Library Lover’s Mystery by Jenn McKinlay (Available 11/3/2015)
  9. Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker (Available 11/10/15)
  10. A Wild Swan: And Other Tales by Michael Cunningham and Yuko Shimizu (Illustrator) (Available 11/10/15)

2015’s Top Ten Teen Books

At the end of Teen Read Week, YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) gave teens a chance to choose which YA books were the best of 2015. Here is the list:

  1. The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Scholastic)
  2.  I Become Shadow by Joe Shine. (Soho Teen)
  3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. (Simon & Schuster)
  4. My Life with the Walter Boys by Ali Novak. (Sourcebooks)
  5. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. (Bloomsbury)
  6. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare. (Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry)
  7. The Young Elites by Marie Lu. (Penguin/G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
  8. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. (Macmillan/ Henry Holt & Company)
  9. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. (Simon & Schuster)
  10. The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith. (Hachette/Poppy)

But some of you felt differently. I gave you a list of the nominations and asked you which YA books you felt were the best of the year. Here is the top 3:

  1. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
  2. The Young Elites by Marie Lu
  3. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Teen Read Week: October 18-24, 2015

This week is “Teen Read Week”, an annual literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the ALA, to promote literacy among teens  readers. This is my first library event since I became a librarian so I’m really excited about spreading the news of this great event!

This year’s theme is “Get Away @ your library”, encouraging teens across the country to escape the daily grinds from everyday life from just picking up a book and reading about a different world. So hopefully, your nearby libraries are celebrating this great event. Continue reading “Teen Read Week: October 18-24, 2015”