Celebrating Banned Graphic Novels

This year’s Banned Book Week takes the graphic novel as its focus. Comics and graphic novels have only risen in popularity—and will likely continue to do so, and the format’s commingling of the worlds of narrative and illustrative can lead to confusion regarding audience, intent and tone. The JTCC Libraries are proud to possess a growing, fascinating graphic novel collection! So, let’s turn our focus to two of our more infamous holdings: Persepolis was published in 2000 by a young Iranian woman, Marjane Satrapi. Satrapi was born and raised in Tehran, leaving for…continue reading →

The Popular Kids of Banned Books Week

Banned Book Week Continues….with the popular kids (a.k.a. the books with the highest number of challenges!) By 2014, controversial books tend to face “challenges,” rather than outright banishment. To challenge a book is to lodge a formal, written complaint to the school or library declaring a book to be inappropriate to that institution’s audience. Such challenges are usually based on themes considered controversial—be they based on religious, sexual and/or violent issues covered in the book. For example, in 2013 the following novels faced challenges based on the appropriateness of their content: The Perks…continue reading →

Celebrate Poetry This April!

  T. S. Eliot begins the elegiac The Waste Land with the following words: April is the cruelest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. Every April, poets, poetry lovers, librarians, and students of all stripes rejoice in the unnecessary excuse to “Celebrate Poetry Month!” The next time you visit your library, take a look at the poetry books on display…ask your librarian for help finding that special, particular book of verse…recommend a collection of poems be added to the collection…write your…continue reading →

Happy Birthday Gloria Steinem!

                      In synchronicity with Women’s History Month, trailblazing civil rights activist and proud feminist Gloria Steinem celebrates her 80th birthday this Tuesday, March 25. Visit your library and imagine, dream and plan. Take another look at the displays commemorating this important month, and maybe check out one of Steinem’s books! Ask your friendly librarian at the front desk to point you in the direction of our wonderful selection of books covering the civil, feminist and pacifist movements in the United States.continue reading →

Women’s History Month

  Arriving on the heels of Black History Month, comes Women’s History Month—a time to reflect upon, rediscover and rejoice in all the milestones that American women have achieved in the past century. On August 18, 1920, women finally gained the right to vote in this country. Since then, the United States has watched and cheered as its female citizens worked munitions factories during World War II, joined forces with the pacifist and civil rights movements in the 1960’s in the struggle for equal rights, began serving in greater numbers in the two…continue reading →

African American History Month

                      African American history is American history. Brush up on your history! Come into the Library during February and take a look at the displays celebrating African American History Month. Featured books include the topics of politics, new fiction, literature of the Harlem Renaissance, essays by noted African Americans from the 19th century, music, autobiographies, poetry and more. GVSU student's Craigslist ad seeking someone to write his write essay for me Easily! Professional academic essay writers are working for You on Your essay.…continue reading →