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Constitution Day – Monday, September 17 – Celebrate with Mystic Mobile Trivia

Monday, September 17, marks the 231st anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.

BSC is celebrating with trivia on Mystic Mobile (click on the Constitution Day tile).

Find the answers you need by using Library resources (online & physical) and win prizes!

 

 

 

 

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September 12: On This Day in 1940 – Lascaux Cave Paintings Discovered

Cave painting, Lascaux, Aquitaine, France

12 September
Some of the world’s oldest artwork was discovered this day in 1940 when four young boys stumbled across the Lascaux cave paintings in southern France.  Intrigued?  Read more about it here

Search our catalog for books, streaming video, and other sources on Lascaux and cave paintings.

LASCAUX: RUNNING DEER.
Running deer from the Cave of Lascaux, Montignac, France.

What Should I Read Next? Podcasts Can Help You Decide

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Library Hours – August 24 – September 3

Library Hours, August 24 – September 3

  • Friday, August 24 — 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 25 — CLOSED
  • Sunday, August 26 — CLOSED
  • Monday, August 27 – Thursday, August 30 — 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, August 31 — 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 1 — CLOSED
  • Sunday, September 2 — CLOSED
  • Monday, September 3 — CLOSED (Labor Day)

Regular Library Hours resume on Tuesday, September 4.

Library catalog, ebook collections, and databases available 24/7.

 

Open Lab Hours 

Library open lab (LEA Hall, Room 101)

  • Monday – Thursday — 5 to 8:45 p.m.

JSC open lab hours (Jack Science Center, Room 122)

  • Monday – Thursday — 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday — 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

 

Library & Open Lab Hours

Library Hours, August 13-20

  • Monday, August 13 – Friday, August 17 — 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 18 — Closed
  • Sunday, August 19 — Closed
  • Monday, August 20 — 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Evening classes begin at 4 p.m.

Academic year library hours begin Tuesday, August 21, the first full day of classes.

Open Lab Hours 

Library open lab (LEA Hall, Room 101) begin on Tuesday, August 21

  • Monday – Thursday — 5 to 8:45 p.m.

JSC open lab hours (Jack Science Center, Room 122)

  • Monday – Thursday — 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday — 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

 

 

Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2017

Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2017

The ALA (American Library Association) Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 354 challenges to library, school, and university materials in 2017. Of the 416 books challenged or banned in 2017, the Top 10 Most Challenged Books are:

  1. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Originally published in 2007, this New York Times bestseller has resurfaced as a controversial book after Netflix aired a TV series by the same name. This YA novel was challenged and banned in multiple school districts because it discusses suicide.

  1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Consistently challenged since its publication in 2007 for acknowledging issues such as poverty, alcoholism, and sexuality, this National Book Award winner was challenged in school curriculums because of profanity and situations that were deemed sexually explicit. [Note: This book was the 2008 BSC Campus Read selection.]

  1. Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier

This Stonewall Honor Award-winning, 2012 graphic novel from an acclaimed cartoonist was challenged and banned in school libraries because it includes LGBT characters and was considered “confusing.”

  1. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

This critically acclaimed, multigenerational novel was challenged and banned because it includes sexual violence and was thought to “lead to terrorism” and “promote Islam.”

  1. George by Alex Gino

Written for elementary-age children, this Lambda Literary Award winner was challenged and banned because it includes a transgender child.

  1. Sex is a Funny Word written by Cory Silverberg and illustrated by Fiona Smyth

This 2015 informational children’s book written by a certified sex educator was challenged because it addresses sex education and is believed to lead children to “want to have sex or ask questions about sex.”

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, considered an American classic, was challenged and banned because of violence and its use of the N-word.

  1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Despite winning multiple awards and being the most searched-for book on Goodreads during its debut year, this YA novel was challenged and banned in school libraries and curriculums because it was considered “pervasively vulgar” and because of drug use, profanity, and offensive language.

9.  And Tango Makes Three written by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson and illustrated by Henry Cole

Returning after a brief hiatus from the Top Ten Most Challenged list, this ALA Notable Children’s Book, published in 2005, was challenged and labeled because it features a same-sex relationship.

  1. I Am Jazz written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas

This autobiographical picture book co-written by the 13-year-old protagonist was challenged because it addresses gender identity.

Source: American Library Association (http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/NLW-Top10)

 

What’s New at the BSC Library?

We’re always adding new things to the Library collections.  Zero in on the latest by checking our What’s New … and Featured Arrivals links.