The Library Lowdown


Professional Development Collection

The PD collection has a new look! Books are now organized by content and color-coded accordingly. Categories include Science, ELA, Math, Social Studies, Foreign Language, Classroom Management, Assignments and Assessment, and General Pedagogy. Look for the chart on the door to find which section you need. So come on down and check them out. Reading PD can be rewarding (wink, wink, nudge, nudge)!!

YA Book Club!!!!!

Do you want to be in the know on what your students are reading? Several of you have told me that you would love to be in a teachers YA Book Club, so I am going to try to get that up and running. If you are interested in joining, please take a moment to click on the link below and fill out the form.

National Banned Books Week is Sept. 22-28!!!

Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read. According to the American Library Association, there were 464 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2012, and many more go unreported. The 10 most challenged titles of 2012 were:

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group

  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group

  3. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group

  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit

  5. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.
    Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group

  6. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.
    Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit

  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green.
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group

  8. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
    Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence

  9. The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit

  10. Beloved, by Toni Morrison

    Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence

    How many have you read?