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!

Register for Tickets to the Maker Faire

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The first ever Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire is two weeks from tomorrow! Join us Saturday, September 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Main Library at Goodwood for a family-friendly day celebrating creativity and resourcefulness. Click here to register. Tickets are free! Visit the official Maker Faire site or call 231-3750 for more information. We hope to see you on the 20th!

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Baton Rouge Room Movie Afternoon

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The Baton RoMcCrea 1971 (2013) Posteruge Room Archives is hosting a special movie afternoon this Saturday, August 30, from 4-6 p.m. at the Main Library. We will screen two Louisiana films: “McCrea 1971″ and “Louisiana During World War II”. The first selection, by Southeastern University graduate students Nicholas Brilleaux and Scott Caro, is a documentary about the Celebration of Life music festival in June 1971 in McCrea, Louisiana. Local uproar, an expensive legal battle, and disruptive summer weather wreaked havoc on the eight-day lineup, which originally included the likes of Pink Floyd and The Beach Boys. Shortages of food, water, and medical facilities contributed to the misery of festival-goers. The film combines long-lost footage and interviews with musicians and attendees to present the story of Louisiana’s forgotten rock festival.

The second film, produced by Jerry Sanson of LSU-Alexandria’s Department of History and Political Science and Southeastern’s History and Political Science Department Head William Robison, examines Louisiana’s many contributions to the Allied victory in World War II and how the war affected our state. The film features commentary from a dozen experts and addresses military maneuvers in Louisiana, the contributions of many Louisiana manufacturers to the war effort, and the war’s impact on the state’s politics, economy, culture, and race and gender relations. The documentary is based on Sanson’s book Louisiana During World War II: Politics and Society, 1939-1945.

Call 231-3752 for more information and come join us this Saturday!