|Aurelia Pennekamp Elementary School Library||
September 23 to 29, 2018, is the American Library Association's "Banned Books Week." This year I will talk about the event with grades 4 and 5, using as examples several frequently banned books: And Tango Makes Three, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and The Adventures of Captain Underpants--all of which have been on the ALA's annual "Top Ten" lists of most banned and challenged books. Classes in grades 4 and 5 will also watch a short video by Dav Pilkey--it can be found on the Weekly Readalouds tab of this website. The graphic below shows books most challenged in 2017.
Barbara Siegemund-Broka, library resource specialist, maintains this blog to inform Pennekamp students and families about library news and related content. Any opinions expressed here are solely her own.
What's Ms. Barbara reading?
How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, by Jenny Odell
His eyes are soft. “Do you know why I became a librarian?”
I wait for him to tell me, because of course I don’t.
“Dewey,” he says. “As in the decimal system.”
I’m not sure if he’s joking or not, but he continues, “I like order. I like organization. The idea of all the information in the world, all organized, everything in its place—I like that idea.”
He clears his throat. “But I’ve been doing this job for a long time. And the thing I’ve learned is that stories aren’t about order and organization. They’re about feelings. And the feelings don’t always make sense. See, stories are like …” He pauses, brow furrowing, then nods, satisfied in finding the right comparison: “Water. Like rain. We can hold them tight, but they always slip through our fingers.”
I try to hide my shock. Joe doesn’t seem like the poetic type.
His caterpillar eyebrows knit together. “That can be scary. But remember that water gives us life. It connects continents. It connects people. And in quiet moments, when the water’s still, sometimes we can see our own reflection.”
--From When You Trap a Tiger, by Tae Heller, winner of the 2021 Newbery Medal