Banned Books Week 2011

September 24-October 1 is Banned Books Week! It’s a celebration of the freedom to read under the protection of the First Amendment. Find out more about banned books on the American Library Association site (ALA) and the Banned Books Week site.

According to the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, these were the most challenged books of 2010:

1. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Reasons: homosexuality, religious viewpoint, and unsuited to age group

2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: offensive language, racism, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and violence

3. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Reasons: insensitivity, offensive language, racism, and sexually explicit

4. Crank, by Ellen Hopkins
Reasons: drugs, offensive language, and sexually explicit

5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and violence

6. Lush, by Natasha Friend
Reasons: drugs, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group

7. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
Reasons: sexism, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group

8. Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich
Reasons: drugs, inaccurate, offensive language, political viewpoint, and religious viewpoint

9. Revolutionary Voices, edited by Amy Sonnie
Reasons:  homosexuality and sexually explicit

10. Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer
Reasons: religious viewpoint and violence

Resume Workshop

On Tuesday, September 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. we’ll be hosting a resume workshop at the Baker Branch Library. During that time we’ll have laptops set up for you to work on your resume, with staff members providing assistance including resume templates and help with using resumes for online job applications. We’ll also have a resume handout for you with tips and useful websites.

There is no need to register, just come along anytime during the workshop hours. Don’t forget to bring a USB jump drive so you can save your completed resume. For more information please call 778-5940.

If you can’t make the workshop, take a look at some of the other employment resources we have including our online resume builder Optimal Resume, our Jobs & Employment InfoGuide and our Career Center (part of the River Center Branch Library)

Fairwood Branch Library Construction Project

Construction is under way on the newest addition to the library family, the Fairwood Branch Library, located at 12910 Old Hammond Highway. We’re so excited!

See  library designs, renderings, construction pictures and get updates on the progress of the library. Visit the Fairwood Branch Library Construction Project InfoGuide.

2011 Author-Illustrator Program: Jack Gantos

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s 34th annual Author/Illustrator Program features Jack Gantos. His books include the award winning titles, Joey Pigza Loses Control, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, and Hole in My Life.

Adults, teens and children are invited to attend a free program on Thursday, September 29, at 7:00 p.m., where Jack Gantos will speak at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library.

On Friday, September 30, beginning at 8:00 a.m., Gantos will present a program to teachers, librarians, writers, and parents at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch. Registration is required, and the fee is $25 for adults and $10 for students.

The Author/Illustrator Program affords teachers, librarians, parents and other interested adults an excellent opportunity for an exchange of ideas with prominent writers, artists, scholars, and performers of literature for children and young adults. Some notable artists in the field of literature who have been featured include Patricia and Fred McKissack, E. L. Konigsburg, Stephen Kellogg, Paula Danziger, Mercer Mayer and Richard Peck.

Both events will include a book sale and autograph session. For more information please call 231-3760 or pick up a registration form at your closest EBRPL branch.

Storytime at the Library

Here are our storytimes in September across the library branches. They are lots of fun for the kids so come along! Remember, you can see a complete list of storytimes each month by taking a look at our newsletter The Source. Available online and in print at the library.

Lapsit – For Babies Through Crawling

Bluebonnet Tuesdays, September 13, 20, 27, 10:30 a.m.

Jones Creek Thursdays, September 22, 29, 10:30 a.m.

Main Library Tuesdays, September 6, 13, 20, 27, 10:30 a.m.

Zachary Wednesdays, September 14, 21, 28, 10:30 a.m.

Toddler Time – For Walking Children Through Two Years Old

Baker Tuesdays, September 20, 27, 10:30 a.m.

Bluebonnet Wednesdays, September 14, 21, 28, 10:30 a.m.

Carver Wednesdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28, 10:00 a.m.

Thursdays, September 8, 15, 22, 29, 10:00 a.m.

Central Wednesdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28, 11:00 a.m.

Greenwell Springs Tuesdays, September 6, 13, 20, 27, 10:30 a.m.

Jones Creek Tuesdays, September 20, 27, 10:30 a.m.

Main Library Tuesdays, September 6, 13, 20, 27, 10:30 a.m.

Pride-Chaneyville Wednesdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28, 10:30 a.m.

Zachary Wednesdays, September 14, 21, 28, 10:00 a.m.

Preschool Storytime – For Children Three to Five Years Old

Baker Wednesdays, September 21, 28 10:30 a.m.

Bluebonnet Wednesdays, September 12, 19, 26 10:30 a.m.

Central Wednesdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28, 10:30 a.m.

Delmont Gardens Thursdays, September 8, 15, 22, 29, 10:30 a.m.

Eden Park Thursdays, September 8, 15, 22,29, 10:00 a.m.

Greenwell Springs Tuesdays, September 6, 13, 20, 27, 10:00 a.m.

Jones Creek Tuesdays, September 20, 27, 10:30 a.m.

Main Library Tuesdays, September 6, 13, 20, 27, 10:30 a.m.

Pride-Chaneyville Wednesdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28, 10:30 a.m.

River Center Thursdays, September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 10:00 a.m.

Scotlandville Wednesdays, September 14, 21, 28, 10:30 a.m.

Zachary Wednesdays, September 14, 21, 28, 10:00 a.m.

PJ or Night Storytimes

Greenwell Springs Thursdays, September 8, 15, 29, 7:00 p.m.

Jones Creek Wednesdays, September 21, 28, 7:00 p.m.

Family Storytime

Bluebonnet Mondays, September 12, 19, 26, 6:30 p.m.

Eden Park Tuesdays, September 6, 13, 20, 27, 5:00 p.m.

Combined Age Storytime

Bluebonnet Wednesdays, September 15, 22, 29, 10:30 a.m.

ACT Practice Test

Teens in grades 9-12 can take a free practice ACT test  on Saturday, September 24, 9:30-1:30p.m. This will be followed by a review session later in the week when scores are returned. The test are offered at two locations on that day:

Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library. Call 763-2270 to register. Review session will be on Wednesday, September 28, 6:00-7:00p.m.

Greenwell Springs Regional Branch Library. Call 274-4470 to register. Review session will be on Thursday, September 29, 6:00-7:00p.m.

Call to register asap as spaces are limited!

Arrive 15 minutes early and bring a #2 pencil and a calculator.

A Look Back at Summer

We hope you’ve had a great summer! Here are a few photos of library events held while the kids have been out of school. Please share your favorite summer library memory or program with us below.

We promoted literacy with NBA basketball star Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis

Farmer Minor and Daisy the Pig came to visit!

Harvey Rabbit and Friends toured around library branches with their puppet hijinks!

The One Book One Community program for Pete Earley’s Crazy was a great success!

SAT Practice

Teens in grades 9-12 can take a free practice SAT test at the Main Library on Saturday, August 27, 9:30a.m. to 2:00p.m. This will be followed by a review session on Thursday, September 1, at 6:30p.m. when students will get their scores back.

To find other SAT study and practice material, search the library catalog, or visit one of these databases, available 24/7: Learning Express contains practice questions, courses and guides. Tutor.com provides live online tutoring and other resources.

Call 231-3770 to register asap as spaces are limited!

Arrive 15 minutes early and bring a #2 pencil and a calculator.