Tech Tips Tuesday: Library Tutorials

  Ever been to a library information session with your class, but walked away worrying about remembering the torrent of information the librarians hurled at you?  Don’t fear, the library tutorials are here!  On the library homepage you can find video tutorials that will guide you through the basics of using some of the most popular library resources.  If the tutorials do not cover all the information you need, be sure to check out the library workshop schedule to see if there is a session to give you the extra boost for acing…continue reading →

Banned Books Week Challenge at the Chester Library

    Looking for a challenge and a chance to win a prize while learning about banned books at the same time!?  Visit the Chester library this week to compete in the Banned Books Week Challenge!  Participants have until September 29th to answer the trivia questions and enter themselves into a drawing to win a $20.00 gift card from Barnes and Nobles!   Stop by the Chester library this week to fill out your entry form. You can compete online too!  Complete the following online version of the trivia questions! JTCC Banned Books…continue reading →

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 →

Banned Books Week! September 21-27!

  It's finally here!  Every librarian looks forward to celebrating Banned Books week!  The John Tyler libraries are no exception!  The Library Space blog will highlight banned books every day this week.  To kick-off the celebration we are going to start with information about Banned Books Week and the history behind recognizing the importance of the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 because a drastic rise in the number of challenged or banned books cropping up in libraries, bookstores, and schools.  Since this program started, more than 11,000 books…continue reading →