Friday, September 25, 2009

Freedom to Read

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress endorsed a new list of bibliography of books that were challenged, restricted, removed, or banned in 2008 and 2009 as reported in the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom from May 2008-May 2009.

Banned Books Week 2009 is the twenty-eighth annual celebration of the freedom to read.
Our First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

Sexual aspect, profanity, and racism remain the major categories of objections and schools and school libraries have a desire to protect children and young adults from "bad" reading materials.
According to Robert P. Doyle, approximately 85 % of the challenges to library materials received no media attention and remain unreported.

Due to the commitment of parents, students, librarians, teachers, and other concerned citizens, more and more challenges are unsuccessful, and the reading material remains available. This is the reason we are celebrating the right of freedom to read.

There are many countries in the world, that have challenges in national literacy, freedom to read, and freedom to know. Some authors are living in exile and cannot enter the homeland, other are repressed and put in jail by their governments.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Banned Books Week

The week of September 26, designated to celebrate "the freedom to read." Since 1982, American Library Association conducts the Banned Books Week to remain us our intellectual freedom granted by United States Constitution.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Librarians' Wardrobe

Every career has an image. Image defines a person. Clothing is the person's signature. To be dressed appropriately and consistently helps to provide the positive image that we, librarians, carry on in our professional community.
Personal appearance is just as important as clothing. Grooming, personal hygiene, hairstyle, cosmetics, and fragrances, along with clothing, are the non-verbal messages and impressions we convey to other people at work, patrons and co-workers.
Librarians, with the capital "L," are our intelligentsia, with Master's degree in education. Why then, Librarians, in general, dress down?

Why Audiobooks?

Research has shown that books in the audio format are an useful tool to motivate poor readers. The audio books are also indispensable in helping English Language learners. The audio books are the perfect learning and teaching instrument to help improve reading skills and expand reading interests. Specifically, they are effective in growing vocabulary, comprehension, and reading fluency.
Despite our glittering new technologies-our cell phones, e-books, and iMacs, time travel is still possible only through literature. An inspired narrator can carry a listener back in time...