Thursday, September 27, 2012

Celebrate the Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week celebrated Sept. 24-Oct.1, was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries which in some cases resulted in the book(s) being removed or banned. 

What's the difference between a challenge and a banning?

A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group.  A banning is the removal of those materials.  Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others.  

Why are books challenged?

Books usually are challenged with the best intentions—to protect others, frequently children, from difficult ideas and information. Often challenges are motivated by a desire to protect children from “inappropriate” sexual content or “offensive” language. The following were the top three reasons cited for challenging materials as reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom:
  1. the material was considered to be "sexually explicit"
  2. the material contained "offensive language"
  3. the materials was "unsuited to any age group"
More than a thousand books have been challenged since 1982. The challenges have occurred in every state and in hundreds of communities. Click here to see statistics about bans and challenges in the US from 1990 to 2010. BBW is sponsored by the American Library Association.

Waggoner Library has on display books that have been challenged along with information about why it was challenged. The display will be viewable through October 15th.  Come on by! 

Monday, September 24, 2012

National Hispanic Heritage Month

"Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America." (From National Hispanic Heritage Month website)  This 30-day period includes anniversaries of independence for several Latin American countries.  For more information, visit the National Hispanic Heritage Month website hosted by the Library of Congress.

Also check out some of the resources on Latino history and culture available at Waggoner Library:

Latino culture : a dynamic force in the changing American workplace / Nilda Chong and Francia Baez.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Constitution Day- 225th Anniversary

National Archives Rotunda

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
September 17 is designated as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787.  Many of you may have seen the Constitution and other founding documents at the National Archives in Washington D.C.  Take a few minutes and watch the following short video from the Archives Inside the Vault series to get a rare look at other documents related to the Constitution. 

Happy Constitution Day!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Teen Read Week

Teen Read Week is an initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Teen Read Week started in 1998.Libraries across the world celebrate Teen Read Week with a variety of special events and programs aimed at encouraging teens to read for pleasure and to visit their libraries for free reading materials.

Why is it important to celebrate? For a lot of reasons! Teens have so many options for entertainment, so it's important to remind them to spend time reading for pleasure: it's free, fun, and can be done anywhere! Research shows that teens who read for fun have better test scores and are more likely to succeed in the workforce

Teen Read Week is next month - come to the IRC to find favorite young adult books and encourage a teen in your life to READ! In fact, come read a book yourself! It is never to late to learn the joys of reading for pleasure!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

New Database: Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Gale's Opposing Viewpoints in Context is one of the new resources added to the Library's extensive list of electronic resources. With Opposing Viewpoints, patrons can explore issues from many perspectives. Example issues include Healthcare, Immigration, Offshore Drilling, Climate Change, Social Issues and more. Pro/con essays are included, as are primary source documents, overviews of topics, overviews of court-cases, periodical articles, statistical tables and more. The Opposing Viewpoints database contains over 14,000 essays taking different sides on issues. It also has nearly 6,000 statistical tables, charts and graphs.
This database can be accessed by clicking the Electronic Resources link from our main webpage or by clicking here.
For remote (off campus) access you will need to enter your name and TNU eleven digit barcode number on the login screen.
Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

National Hispanic Heritage

September we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

From Waggoner's reference collection the Biographical Dictionary of Hispanic Americans edited by Nicholas E. Meyer and published in 2001 profiles over 100 Hispanic Americans who have made major contributions to American culture.  

Latino literature in America by Bridget Kevane surveys the contributions of eight notable Latino writers offering analysis of their most important and popular fictional works. Authors include Julia Alvarez, Rudolfo Anaya, Sandra Cisneros, Oscar Hijuelos, and Ernesto Quiñonez.