Archive for September, 2011

Read Out! Rocks

The crowd was small, but the reading was BIG.  

Dan Rogers, Associate Professor of Theatre/Speech, and his Oral Interpretation class kicked off the BSC Library’s second annual Read Out! with a group performance of “Why I Read.”

Our guest readers continued the program by reading selections from works that have been challenged or banned:

  • Rabbit Run (novel) by John Updike – Read by Tayo Basquiat, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
  • And Tango Makes Three (children’s book) by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell – Read by Erin Price, Assistant Professor of English
  • Leaves of Grass (poetry) by Walt Whitman – Read by Dr. Janelle Masters, Dean of Academic Affairs
  • The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat As Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of The Marquis de Sade (or Marat Sade) (play) – Read by Dan Rogers, Associate Professor of Theatre/Speech
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (non-fiction) by John Behrendt – Marlene Anderson, Director of Library Services, gave a recap of a recent (2009) challenge to this book at the Beulah (North Dakota) High School Library  

The intent of Banned Books Week is three-fold:

  • To draw attention to the importance of the freedom to read
  • To publicize threats to that freedom, and
  • To provide information to combat ignorance and lack of awareness

Banned Books Week continues to uphold “one of the world’s greatest visions of the the right to free expression — the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.”  This amendment was characterized by Judge Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. as “freedom for the thought that we hate.” 

Celebrate your right to read!  

“There are worse crimes than burning books.  One of them is not reading them.” Joseph Brodsky  

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Read Out! Today

Celebrate Your Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week 2011

Read Out! Today

Wednesday, September 28

Noon to 1 p.m.

BSC Library

Join us for readings from books that have been banned or challenged

P.S.  There will be cookies

Banned Books Read Out – September 28

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” — Ray Bradbury 

Celebrate Your Freedom to Read
Banned Books Week 2011
Read Out!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Noon to 1 p.m.
BSC Library

Join us for readings by Dan Rogers’ Oral Interpretation class and other guest readers from books that have been banned or challenged.

Banned Books Week
September 24 – October 1, 2011

Learn by Seeing!

Check out the new library tutorials for demos of some library basics:

How to Renew Library Books

Basic and Browse Search (ODIN catalog)

How to Place a Hold

We’ll keep adding tutorials … Stay tuned!

 

TutorND – Homework Help & More!

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I Love My Librarian Award

♥ Show the Love! ♥ 

Through September 12: Nominations are open for the 2011 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times “I Love My Librarian” Award.

Learn more about the award in the digital supplement to American Libraries.

About the Award
The I Love My Librarian Award is unique.  Previous winners have referred to it as the “People’s Choice Award” of the library world because library users nominate librarians for the difference they make in their schools, campuses and communities.

 

From Scroll to Screen

 For a look at how the book has evolved from scroll to codex to ebook, check out this article by Lev Grossman (AKA The Mechanic Muse): “From Scroll to Screen” (New York Times Book Review, September 2, 2011). 

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