Archive | September, 2010

Banned book stories, thus far. #BBW

27 Sep


It’s Banned Books Week (September 25 – October 2), not to be confused with the similarly-hashtagged event: Baltimore Beer Week.

A few links to share: the Times Learning Network offers 10 Ways to Celebrate Banned Books Week With The New York Times.

For it’s part, the ACLU is hosting its own related events throughout the week.

And the Huffington Post has gotten into the act, with several posts including 15 Iconic Movies Based On Banned Books.

Looking back at our own coverage, here are some of the events SLJ reported in 2010 thus far:

Celebrate Banned Books Week 2010 September 27

Anderson’s Speak Under Attack, Again September 23

NJ Library, Citing Child Pornography, Removes GLBT Book  July 27

Adam Rapp:The Metal Children and Book Banning in Schools 
May 25

Free Speech Groups Protest GLBT Book-Banning at NJ School District
May 19

Florida Mom Wants YA Library Books Labeled, Segregated April 26

Ann Brashares’s Sisterhood Series Under Fire  March 8

VA School Officials Deny Banning Anne Frank’s Diary
Feb 24

Banned Dictionary Returned to Shelves
January 31

Scales on Censorship

Going Rogue: What to do when a committee is threatened by one of its members
  September 2010

What’s New Pussycat? Should Edward Lear’s classic poem be banned from the classroom?
August 2010

Mature Content: To label or not to label, that is the question
May 2010

Success Stories: It’s tough to remove labels, but it’s not impossible
March 2010

The Blame Game: If a parent files a complaint, who’s responsible?  January 2010



October issue, done, ready to ship, that’s all she wrote.

24 Sep


We put this baby to bed today, with a good spankin’.

Oct preview: Angst and a little dish

16 Sep


Coming in our October issue: A close look at digital textbooks in the classroom as well as a piece on teaching about Islam. Rounding out the feature well: data-driven collaboration, which might help some librarians preserve their jobs. “Also,” writes Exec Editor Rick Margolis, “there’s a sweet feature on a librarian who realized that giving kids popular books to read (like the “Twilight” series) made more sense than just sticking to buy so-called high-quality children’s lit.”

Focus On, our monthly selection of books on a theme, considers teen angst.

Kelly Czarnecki writes about National Gaming Day (November 13).

And in tech: QR codes, the Kobo and Alex ereaders reviewed, and the debut of Richard Byrne, SLJ‘s new Cool Tools columnist.

OK some dish: They’re fighting debating over who will illustrate the December Best Books cover. Speaking of dish, the above shot, taken just now of the communal snack table, reveals the dietary habits of my LJ/SLJ colleagues. Consider bringing them an apple at the next conference (it’ll be our little secret).

We’re also gearing up for the Ebook Summit, as well as SLJ‘s own leadership summit next month. Busy, busy, busy.

Among our favorite illustrations this month

13 Sep


This gem by Harry Campbell illustrated our tech feature: “An Author in Every Classroom: Kids connecting with authors via Skype. It’s the next best thing to being there.”