Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Silencing a Mockingbird

For the next couple of weeks the library will highlight a banned or challenged book to increase awareness. Today's featured title is To Kill a Mockingbird.

Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, was banned from a Canadian classroom in 2009 because of racial slurs and offensive language found in the book.

Source: R. Doyle. Books Challenged or Banned in 2009-2010.

To learn more about banned or challenged books, stop by the library or go to the American Library Association's website

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Banned Books Week 2015

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association

Each year during September, Sullivan University Library joins the American Library Association in observing Banned Books Week event. An annual celebration of our right to access books and materials without censorship, Banned Books Week commemorates the most basic freedom in a democratic society—the freedom to read freely—and encourages us not to take this freedom for granted. Since 1990, the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has recorded more than 10,000 book challenges. A challenge is a formal, written complaint requesting a book be removed from library shelves or school curriculum. (ALA, 2015).

To help celebrate the freedom to read, the Sullivan University librarians invite students, faculty, and staff to come to the library between the hours of 7:30am and 6pm, Monday-Friday, to have their pictures made with a banned or challenged book. We have several books in the library that have been banned or challenged, and you may take your picture with one from the library’s collection or a favorite banned or challenged book that you own already. With your permission, your picture will be posted on the library’s Facebook page (

Even if you decide not to have your picture taken, please visit the library to browse through the Banned Books Week display, and go to the library’s Facebook page ( and blog ( to see some of the books that have been banned or challenged. Source: American Library Association. (2015, August 18). Banned and Challenged Books: Clip Art and Free Downloads. Retrieved from:

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Back to School Shopping

Five Little Monkeys Go Shopping by Eileen Christelow; JF C
There is bound to be chaos when five little monkeys go school shopping.

Sunday Shopping by Sally Derby and illustrated by Shadra Strickland; JF D
A girl and her grandmother spend Sunday evenings looking through the ads and dreaming about the things they would buy if they had the money.

New Socks by Bob Shea; JF S
Join a spunky chick as it prances around the house with its new socks.

Underwear by Mary Elise Monsell and illustrated by Lynn Munsinger
A zebra and an orangutan like underwear a lot. When they meet Bismark Buffalo and find out that he does not like underwear, they do what they can to change his mind about underclothes.

A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka; JF R
This wordless, Caldecott medal-winning book is about what happens to a dog whose ball gets destroyed.

Toy Boat by Randall de Seve and illustrated by Loren Long

Find out what happens when a toy boat floats away from its owner and goes out to sea. 

Monday, August 31, 2015

You’ve Got a Friend

You’ve Got a Friend
Chu's first day of school
Will I have a friend?
Rosie Sprout's time to shine
Best best friends
Chu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Adam Rex; JF G
Chu, the panda from Chu’s Day is back, and he is very nervous about his first day of school.

Will I Have a Friend? By Miriam Cohen and illustrated by Lillian Hoban; JF C
Jim is not sure if he will have a friend at school. His worries are over though when he befriends another child.

Rosie Sprout’s Time to Shine by Allison Wortche and illustrated by Patrice Barton; JF W
Rosie and her classmates have a project to grow something. Rosie is usually outshined by other classmates, but with this project, Rosie outshines them.

Best Best Friends by Margaret Chodos-Irvine; JF C
Clare and Mary are best friends until jealousy and hurt feelings create problems for them. Read the story to find out if they are able to make-up and be friends again.