Banned Books Week 2014

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banned-books-week-2014September 21-27 is Banned Books Week! It’s a celebration of the freedom to read under the protection of the First Amendment. Visit our Banned Books Week InfoGuide.

Find out more about banned books on the American Library Association site (ALA) and the Banned Books Week site. You can participate in the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out by creating videos on the virtues of the freedom to read. They will be featured on a dedicated YouTube channel.

According to the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, these were the most challenged books of 2013. How many have you read?

1) Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence

2) The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group

3) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

4) Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

5) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

6) A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl by Tanya Lee Stone
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit

7) Looking for Alaska by John Green
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

8) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

9) Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit

10) Bone (series) by Jeff Smith
Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

Mini Maker Faire Is Tomorrow!

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2014-09-02_10_18_59-Baton_Rouge_Mini_Maker_FaireTomorrow’s the big day! Join us at the Main Library at Goodwood from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a free day of fun for all ages. Offering a mix of high tech and low tech creativity, come see our featured “makers” demonstrate everything from 3D printing and robot technology to crocheting, painting, demonstrating music and crafting. Come visit and learn how to “make” all kinds of things. For more information, call (225) 231‑3712 or visit the official Maker Faire Baton Rouge website. You can also register for tickets in advance here (tickets are free but a bonus to registering online is you’ll be entered to win some great door prizes). Demonstrators with “making” booths include: an Occulus Rift developer, a graphic artist / designer on wearable technology, woodworkers, an upcycled book artist, a costume designer and prop maker, a creator of Arduino-controlled firing cannons, artists, crocheters and much more!

Women’s Week

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The Women’s Council of Greater Baton Rouge (WCGBR) is celebrating its 20th anniversary with Women’s Week, an annual celebration that kicks off tomorrow (Friday, September 19th) and runs through September 28th. This empowering event includes over 150 activities, workshops, and classes around the city. Check the schedule below to find out what events are being offered at Library branches! For more information, including complete activity listings and locations, click here or call (225) 302‑8018. Reach out on social media using #BRWW14 for Women’s Week and #WCGBR for the Women’s Council and of course #ebrpl.

• Career Inspiration: Online Job Hunting

If you are between 18 and 60 years old, you are likely spending around 2,000 hours per year at work. That’s a lot of hours if you don’t do something you enjoy. Come get inspired to learn about different career exploration techniques from noon‑1:30 p.m. on Monday, September 22, at the Main Library at Goodwood.

• Stuff Buster: De‑Clutter to De‑Stress

Are you feeling overwhelmed by all the stuff you’ve accumulated over the years? Your Library has the perfect program to get you started and on your way to simplifying your space! Local professional organizer Teresa Taylor will give you tips, techniques and products at 6 p.m. on Monday, September 22, at the Scotlandville Branch. Registration is required.

• Social Media for the Job Search

Want to learn more about how social media can assist you in a job search? Then you should meet us noon‑1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24, in the Main Library at Goodwood’s second floor Tech Lab to learn how LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter can help you find your next job.

• Let Food Be Thy Medicine

This special nutrition, health and inspiration workshop will be presented by Janel Chatman 9-10:30 a.m. Monday, September 22, in the Main Library’s Large Conference Room 102. For information, call (225) 252-6688.


Read an eBook Day

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Tomorrow is Read an eBook Day! Get ready for a celebration of eBooks on an international scale. On Thursday, September 18, library patrons and students will take part in the largest digital reading event to show appreciation and raise awareness for eBooks. Throughout the day, OverDrive will participate by giving away tablets and devices every hour through social media to readers who tell their eBook story on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #eBookDay. Readers can also comment directly on Did you know that since EBRPL first added eBooks to our catalog back in 2005, our patrons have downloaded over 725,000 ebooks? Check out an eBook and join the fun tomorrow! Don’t forget to tag us #ebrpl and #eBookDay to show us what you’re reading.


True Crime Book Club

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Join us Wednesday, September 24, at 7 p.m. for the first meeting of the True Crime Book Club! We’ll be meeting each month at the Main Library at Goodwood for a discussion of, you guessed it, a true crime book. Next week’s selection is a classic in American crime writing, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. For those who like to plan ahead, the October meeting will actually be an exciting author event instead of a book discussion (stay tuned for details). We hope to see you next Wednesday!