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Meredith Myers, a.k.a.  the Stand-Up Librarian,  is the cool librarian every library patron wants behind their local reference desk or better still at the front of their library meeting room entertaining everyone and promoting library use and a love of reading!  It is obvious that the multi-talented Meredith has a lot going for her. (She has an “a.k.a.!” How many librarians can claim that! ).  She has an amazing array of outfits that she designed to help her embody the best and funniest aspects of literature and libraries!  Let’s see the late Melvil Dewey make a crowd of library patrons laugh with delight while teaching them to love books, libraries, and reading through song parodies, props, and stand up comedy… while wearing a Curious George bubble skirt and heels! Even if he could rock the library fashions, the whole being  dead part would pose a problem for the founder of library shelf order stuff! Meredith makes the king of call numbers look like a wrong number!

Meredith has a Masters in Library Science from the University of Southern Florida and has worked in numerous areas of library public service and reference while also employing her sharp wit and clever costumes to great effect as her “Glam-brarian” persona of The Stand Up Librarian!   Learn more about her at her website http://www.standuplibrarian.com.  She kindly donned her Nancy Drew dress to help us teach patrons to get a clue about library card sign up month!

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The American Library Association’s  Banned Books Week event began in 1982. The campaign attempts to make readers aware of books that have been challenged by individuals who objected to the content for one reason or another. In an effort to encourage all readers to freely choose to read what they wish to read and to evaluate all books based on an informed perspective, the A.L.A. annually promotes Banned Books Week as an educational program.  Listed below are ten of the Young Adult titles most frequently challenged during the 2014-2015 period.

  1. “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” Sherman Alexie
  2. “Persepolis,” Marjane Satrapi
  3. “The Bluest Eye,” Toni Morrison
  4. “The Kite Runner,” Khaled Hosseini
  5. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” Stephen Chbosky
  6. “Drama,” Raina Telgemeier
  7. “Chinese Handcuffs,” Chris Crutcher
  8. “The Giver,” Lois Lowry
  9. “The House on Mango Street,” Sandra Cisneros
  10. “Looking for Alaska,” John Green

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“I’ll get you my Pretty and your library card too!”  L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was a hit upon its 1900 publication. It not only spawned countless sequels but it inspired more than one stage or film production.  However, during the twentieth century it became the target of more than one attempt to ban it from school and library shelves! Some readers objected to the portrayal of any witch as “good” while  others disliked the concept that traits like courage and brains could be seen as commodities separate from God given characteristics.  One of the oddest complaints came from the  Library Director of the Detroit Public Library who banned the book because he felt it “had no value” for modern children and promoted negativism! Some readers disliked the way women were depicted as being equal to the male characters. Other readers felt it promoted socialism.  The book does differ in many ways from the popular 1939 movie version but it is worth reading in its own right.  If people don’t read it and other challenged books, someday these literary creations may find no place like home on library shelves so click your heels together and read this book!

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Shelf Discovery

We don’t mind if you keep your reading habits a secret….

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or shout them to the world!

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Top Ten Banned Books of 2014!

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According to the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom, these books were among the most frequently challenged by individual American library users who felt each book had some aspect of content- language or subject matter that made it unsuitable for inclusion in a public library.

  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (2007), by Sherman Alex
  • Persepolis (2004), by Marjane Satrapi
  • The Bluest Eye (1970), by Toni Morrison
  • Saga (2012), by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower (1990), by Stephen Chbosky
  • Drama (2012), by Raina Telgemeier
  • A Stolen Life (2011), by Jaycee Dugard
  • The Kite Runner (2003), by Khaled Hosseini
  • It’s Perfectly Normal (1994), by Robie Harris
  • And Tango Makes Three (2005), Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

 

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Happy little bluebirds may fly over the rainbow but all you have to do to be happy is stock up on these new books at your local Marion Library!  There’s no place like S.B.R.L.!

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The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

The Last Midwife by Sandra Dallas

Shadow Play  by Iris Johansen

After You by Jojo Moyes

Pretty Girls by Kari  Slaughter

The Lopsided Christmas Cake by Wanda & Jean Brunstetter

When Love Returns by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Christmas in Mustang Creek by Linda Lael Miller

Dashing Through The Snow by Debbie Macomber

The Photograph by Beverly Lewis

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

A Dirty South Love by Cash

Succession by Livi Michael

The Killing Lessons by Paul Black

The Murder House by James Patterson

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