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Banned Books Week 2018

This week you will notice the library putting out “banned books.” This is for Banned Books Week, which is celebrated annually to bring awareness to censorship that not only happened historically but is still happening today.

Banned Books Week is to celebrate our right to decide what we want to read. While it is becoming less common for books to be banned from schools and libraries, books are still challenged every year. When books are banned from institutions, it limits many people’s freedom to choose for themselves. Below is a list of the top 10 books that were challenged, and possibly banned, last year according to the American Library Association:

Thirteen Reasons Why written by Jay Asher

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian written by Sherman Alexie

Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier

The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini

George written by Alex Gino

Sex is a Funny Word written by Cory Silverberg and illustrated by Fiona Smyth

To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee

The Hate U Give written by Angie Thomas

And Tango Makes Three written by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson and illustrated by Henry Cole

I Am Jazz written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas

For the reasons behind the challenging of these books and to get top ten challenged books of previous years, check out the American Library Association’s webpage on Banned Books.

Support your right to read by checking out some of these “banned” books!

Teen Summer Reading Club Winners

Summer Reading Club 2018 has ended. That means that books are all logged and grand prize winners have been drawn.

Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winners!

Hudson Maguire
Taylor Kline
Benjamin Mast
Emma Snyder
Emma Jensen
Autumn Wood
Brodie Stout
Audra Bloomer
Joseph Von Essen
Carter Jensen

More Prizes throughout the Summer

While you were all reading for chances to win your favorite grand prize, you had other opportunities to win throughout the summer. Between June 1st and August 1st, the Teen Summer Reading club gave away over 40 prizes. Here are some of those winners.

Top Five Readers

Together, you all logged 4,227 books, which is 92 more books than last year. However, these five readers were the ones who logged the most.

Savanna Whisman – 172 books logged
Melanie Williams – 115 books logged
Caleb Curry – 103 books logged
Keagan Rennier – 98 books logged
Annalese Schrank – 78 books logged

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean the library fun stops! Check out our events page for fun programs throughout the year and be on the lookout for Teen Winter Reading Club coming in February 2019, where there will be more prizes to win!

2017 – 2018 Eliot Rosewater Book Award Winner

In May, The Eliot Rosiewater Book Award (a.k.a. Rosie Award) winner is announced. This year’s winner is Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon.

The honor books for this year were Simon vs. the Homosapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli and Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

What is the Eliot Rosewater Book Award?

The Eliot Rosewater Award (a.k.a. the Rosie Award) is given to a book that is chosen by Indiana High School Students. Indiana students grades 9 through 12 read the nominated book and then rate them. The ratings are tabulated in May and the winner is announced.

If you would like to rate books for next year’s Rosie Award, the list of 2018-2019 nominated Rosie books are below.

2018-2019 Rosie Book list:

All We Have Left

The Assassin Game

The Boy in the Black Suit

Burn Baby Burn

Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose

Death Coming Up the Hill

Denton Little’s Deathdate

Flawed

Girl in the Blue Coat

Highly Illogical Behavior

I Will Always Write Back

A List of Cages

A Madness So Discreet

One Paris Summer

Riders

Saving Red

The Serpent King

Starflight

The Sun is also a Star

Superman: American Alien

Sweet

Taking Flight

Three Dark Crowns

The Way I Used to Be

We’ll Never Be Apart

Libraries Rock! Teen Summer Reading Club 2018

Summer is coming. That means that it is time to get excited about Teen Summer Reading Club. If haven’t seen me or Shelby at your school yet or you lost our handy-dandy Teen Summer Reading Club handout, I will give you the low down.

How It Works

Teen Summer Reading Club starts on June 1st and ends on August 1st. During this time, every book you log earns you a prize ticket. You can then choose one of ten prize boxes to put your ticket into. At the end of the summer, we draw a winner from each prize box.

The cool thing is you don’t have to just stick to novels. You can log graphic novels, audio books, magazines, and ebooks. Regardless, the more you read, the better your chances are to win one of the awesome prizes mentioned below. Plus when you log 5 books, you automatically get to choose a prize book to keep and a Sky Zone Fishers bookmark that serves as a thirty minute free jump pass.

Programs

Also during Summer Reading Club, the library is hopping with activities and programs for you. So come down some afternoon and join us to watch Into the Woods, or make guitar picks, or play Rock Band on the big screen. We will also be hosting our Lock-in this summer, where you can stay in the library after hours to watch a movie, eat some pizza, and hang out. To wrap up this crazy summer of fun, we will also be throwing a Color Party in July. We will be playing dodge-ball and color war using colored powder. It should be a messy fun time.

As if you needed more of a reason to come, you can win stuff for attending programs. At the end of each program, all participants will be given a Teen Summer Reading Club Scratch-off. You could win some candy, an extra prize slip, or an extra prize book.

Volunteering

Do you need volunteer hours or would like to help younger kids maintain their reading skills over the summer? If you thought “Ummm…Yeah,” you should sign up to be a Teen Volunteer for Teens Read the Way.

Every Thursday for 6 weeks, you can volunteer to be paired up with a Reading Buddy (age 3 to grade 5). For half of the time, you will sit with them and read books in the Children’s Room. (Pssstttt…. once you read 10 children’s books you can log that as one teen book! Just enter the title as “10 children’s books“) The second half you will be having fun with these kiddos doing activities like decorating guitars, going on a scavenger hunt, and making spin drums.

To thank you for your hard work throughout the summer, we throw a pizza party just for our Teen Volunteers. We watch a movie and hand out your Volunteer Letter that is your proof of the service you did this summer.

Prizes

Every book you read and log is another chance at one of these 10 prizes.

$100 Walmart Gift Card

4 thirty-minute free jump passes & Sky Zone swag

Basic Senior Picture Package

 

$50 McCleerey’s gift certificate

 

$50 Lucy Couture gift card

 

$50 Legacy Cinema gift card

 

$25 Indie Art Studio gift certificate

 

$50 Hometown Comics gift certificate

 

$75 Greenfield Music Center gift certificate

 

$50 GameStop gift card

 

Signing Up

You can register in the Teen Summer Reading Club RIGHT NOW. However, you can’t log any books until June 1st (sorry guys).

As an added bonus, by registering you are automatically entered in our Teen Weekly Prize Drawing that will be happening every Monday all summer long. You could win a small gift card to some yummy place around town!

            

Battle of the Books Champions

Yesterday, St. Michael Catholic School were the champions of Battle of the Books 2018!

St. Michael Catholic School: Abigail Hurst, Sophia Kemp, Abby Mulligan, Audrey Pechin, Tricia Schneider, Lauren Silcox, Kenzie Willett

Greenfield Central High School came in second and Doe Creek was right at their heels in 3rd.

Greenfield Central High School

Doe Creek Middle School Team 2

It was a tough battle and all 8 teams worked very hard.

    

For winning Battle of the Books, St. Michael got to take home the Battle of the Books travelling trophy and they will also have their names added to the Battle plaque in the Teen room. Each member got a $5 Starbucks gift card and a prize book.

You can learn more about Battle of the Books here. If you will be in 8th or 9th grade in Fall 2018 and are interested in competing in Battle of the Books 2019, keep an eye out at your school and on this blog for information on how to sign-up.