Love Your Library This Month

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Because it’s Library Lovers Month this month!

There are lots of ways to celebrate your love for this wonderful institution; besides the link above, check this one out too. A simple way is to send a funny librarian-themed e-card to the guardians of our books! (More bookish e-cards here.)And another way is to print out these lovely bookmarks in honour of the month. (One more bookmark print-out here.)

Children’s Book Week (12.11.2007 – 18.11.2007)

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Being a frequent reader of children’s literature, I certainly encourage you to read one seeing as it’s Children’s Book Week from tomorrow onwards!

Here are some of my favourite children books I’d recommend to try!

1. Danny, Champion of the World – Roald Dahl
2. Tales of a Fourth-Grade Nothing – Judy Blume (and its subsequent books)
3. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
4. Because of Winn-Dixie – Kate DiCamillo
5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
6. The Music of Dolphins – Karen Hesse
7. I am David – Anne Holm
8. Island of the Blue Dolphins – Scott O’Dell
9. Hi There, Supermouse! – Jean Ure
10. Charlotte’s Web – E. B. White

If you want to know more about the titles I recommended, wikipedia is your best friend. 😉

What’s your favourite children’s book?

26th Banned Books Week (29.09.2007 – 06.10.2007)

Today is the last day of Banned Books Week. Get some tips on how to celebrate this week here.

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10 Most Challenged Books of 2006

1. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, for homosexuality, anti-family, and unsuited to age group;
2. Gossip Girls series by Cecily Von Ziegesar for homosexuality, sexual content, drugs, unsuited to age group, and offensive language;
3. Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor for sexual content and offensive language;
4. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler for sexual content, anti-family, offensive language, and unsuited to age group;
5. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison for sexual content, offensive language, and unsuited to age group;
6. Scary Stories series by Alvin Schwartz for occult/Satanism, unsuited to age group, violence, and insensitivity
7. Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher for homosexuality and offensive language.
8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky for homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language, and unsuited to age group
9. Beloved by Toni Morrison for offensive language, sexual content, and unsuited to age group;
10. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier for sexual content, offensive language, and violence.

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USA National Book Festival (29.09.2007)

If you have no plans tomorrow, why not meet a famous author or an NBA player?

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The Librarian of Congress and Laura Bush Invite Book Lovers of All Ages To Celebrate the Joy of Reading and Lifelong Literacy on the National Mall on Sept. 29

This year about 70 well-known authors, illustrators and poets will talk about their books in the following pavilions: Children; Teens & Children; Fiction & Fantasy; Mysteries & Thrillers; History & Biography; Home & Family; and Poetry. Festivalgoers can have books signed by their favorite authors, and children can meet ever-popular storybook and television characters and NBA/WNBA players appearing on the festival grounds throughout the day.

Roald Dahl’s Day (13.09.2007)

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Do the Roald Dahl Day Challenge!

1. Wear something yellow – it was Roald’s favourite colour!
2. Wear one or more items of clothing backwards.
3. Drop “gobblefunk”* into your conversations (the unique language created by Roald and most commonly used by the BFG).
4. Swap a Roald Dahl book with a friend.
5. Talk backwards.
6. Tell a silly joke – Roald loved swapping these with his kids.
7. Play an “unexpected” prank.
8. Give someone a treat – Roald was a great believer in treats, whether it was a bar of chocolate or a lovely surprise.
9. Write your own revolting rhyme.
10. Make up an Oompa Loompa dance and get all your friends to join in!

What about you? Print the certificate and get started on this crazy scrumdiddlyumptious challenge!

No. 3, checked. 😉

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Roald Dahl official website
Roald Dahl Day games & activities

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, and there are 30 ways for you to celebrate it. I think I’ve accomplished one of them:

Start a commonplace book
“Since the Renaissance, devoted readers have been copying their favorite poems and quotations into notebooks to form their own personal anthologies called commonplace books.”

I mean, aren’t all this blog posts of poems that I have here acts as a virtual commonplace book?

Anyway, a poem for you as usual, and a rather apt topic considering it’s National Poetry Month. I like this. Very spirited and passionate. Imagine how it would sound like when read out aloud.

Manifesto AKA Poetry

It has to be music.
Has to scream out from the shelves and never allow dust to settle.
It has to shake loose from the page,
stop conversations at the bar,
leave trails of itself hanging in the air
like ribbons of spot-lit cigarette smoke
It must be capable of writing itself on walls,
able to paint city skylines in glorious technicolour, or
a million shades of gray.
It has to take root in the cracks between paving stones
and spread its fingers out against the canvas of the sky.
It has to keep rhythm,
everyday rhythm.
It has to keep time.
It has to make news rhyme with actual fact
and truth rhyme with beauty.
It has to speak
Has to put words in peoples’ mouths
Make new shapes for tongues to hold
Open tired eyes to new ways of seeing.
It must birth its own language with lips capable of kissing scars
and it must stand
It must stand as testament to the fact
that words can draw blood
and make that blood sing

Jacob Sam-La Rose

Canada’s Freedom to Read Week (25.02.2007 – 03.03.2007)

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Freedom to read can never be taken for granted. Even in Canada, a free country by world standards, books and magazines are banned at the border. Books are removed from the shelves in Canadian libraries, schools and bookstores every day. Free speech on the Internet is under attack. Few of these stories make headlines, but they affect the right of Canadians to decide for themselves what they choose to read.

In the official website, you can find an elaborate challenged books list (which also informs the reasons these books are challenged) as well as materials to help promote the event.

From the challenged books list, I have read:

Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Fear Street & Goosebump series by R. L. Stine

Other notable books challenged in the list are:

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Bible
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Different Seasons by Stephen King
Sex by Madonna
Maxim for Men (magazine)
Foxfire by Joyce Carol Oates
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

An excellent link to complement this is Elaine Anderson’s Fahrenheit 451. She has come up with a wonderful idea called The Banned Book Challenge where you

Set a goal for yourself to read as many banned or challenged books as you wish between February 26 (Freedom to Read Week) and June 30, 2007. Visit the Pelham Public Library’s Fahrenheit 451: Banned Book Blog to set your goal and report on your progress. Just so you know you aren’t alone in this, I’ll let you know which “banned” authors are responding to the challenge to date.

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