Throughout the years, the American Library Association has kept track of banned and challenged books. Each fall the ALA and libraries across the United States come together in celebration of the freedom to read. The 2015 theme is celebrating YA literature.
We've put together display in the YA series area (between the Teen Room and the History Room) highlighting some of these banned books. Here you can choose from classic banned books, such as Brave New World and The Chocolate War or newer titles, like The Faults in Our Stars and Two Boys Kissing.
Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 through October 15. In celebration, we've put together a display of teen books by authors of Hispanic descent. You can find this collection above the Large Print collection, right next to the stairs and Teen books.
If you want more information about Hispanic Heritage Month, check out one of these sites. Otherwise, we'll see you in the library to pick up one of the books listed below!
As the United States moves to normalize relations with Cuba, enjoy some novels written about Cuban life and Cuban-Americans. Recent additions to the library's collection include the novel A Corner of the World by Mylene Fernandez-Pintado, a contemporary love story set in Havana that has characters asking, "Do I stay or do I go?" Also, the library has added the Cuban science fiction classic A Legend of the Future by Agustin de Rojas, and another title by Cuban author Leonard Padura – his 2009 novel The Man Who Loved Dogs. Enjoy the following list of titles.
Recent titles have taken a look at the closed society of North Korea – everything from one man’s escape from a political prison to an examination of how the country’s dictator Kim Jong-il ran the propaganda ministry and controlled the nation’s movie industry for years to help ensure a sealed culture. Check out the library’s offerings about the country’s history, politics and social life. The library also carries novels, mysteries and graphic novels set in North Korea or featuring characters affected by its history.
It's that time of year again -- school's starting soon. Before you hit the books, check one of these novels set in high schools. Some of these schools are so familiar they might seem like your own but some are, literally, out of this world. Science fiction, mystery, fantasy -- you name and we've got it! Check out one of these titles -- and if you want more? Ask a librarian!