Banned Books Week

This week the literary world celebrates Banned Book week and remembers that the right to free speech and difference of opinion should never be taken for granted. Nowadays hardly any books are actually banned in the English speaking world but quite a few are challenged regularly, usually by parents on the grounds of age-appropriateness. However, a number of books and comic books are still censored for their content. You might be surprised to find that Australia has its own list of banned books although the bans have been lifted now. Did you know that ‘American Psycho’ is still technically banned in Queensland with sales of the book restricted to those over 18?  Some of the books available in our libraries are banned in other parts of the world. A list of banned books and the governments that ban them can be found on Wikipedia and is an interesting read.

American Library Association has released a list of ten most challenged books of 2017:

  1. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher (Reason: Suicide)
  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie (Reasons: Profanity, Sexually Explicit)
  3. Drama, written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier (Reason: LGBT Content)
  4. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini (Reasons: Sexual Violence, Religious Themes, “May Lead to Terrorism”)
  5. George, by Alex Gino (Reason: LGBT Content)
  6. Sex is a Funny Word, written by Cory Silverberg and illustrated by Fiona Smyth (Reason: Sex Education)
  7. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee (Reasons: Violence, Racial Slurs)
  8. The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas (Reasons: Drug Use, Profanity, “Pervasively Vulgar”)
  9. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, illustrated by Henry Cole (Reason: LGBT Content)
  10. I Am Jazz, written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas (Reason: Gender Identity)
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Australian Reading Hour

This Thursday 20 September, 2018 is Australian Reading Hour. We encourage you to take an hour of time out of your busy schedule to open a book and read, grow, escape, learn and relax. Read on your own or with a child, parent, partner or a friend. Rediscover the joys and benefits of reading!

In adults, reading has been shown to reduce stress by 68% more than listening to music, going for a walk, or having a cup of tea!

Reading is closely linked to increasing our understanding of our own identities.

In children, reading has been shown to help with identity formation, setting them up for success in the future.

It was found by Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic & Social Research that reading to children six to seven days a week puts them almost a year ahead of those who are not being read to.

Here are some titles that Parramatta library staff will be reading tomorrow:

Transcription by Kate Atkinson (Jody)

The mystery of three quarters by Sophie Hannah (Yan)

Gardening on a shoestring: 100 ways to create a garden on a budget by Alex Mitchell (Nathan)

The Republic by Plato (Ali)

Baba Yaga’s Assistant by Marika McCoola (Sharni)

All the pretty horses by Cormac McCarthy (Michael)

I hate never by Camilla Isley (Kate)

Educated by Tara Westover (Nisa)

Blind by Cath Weeks (Sarah P.)

Trying. Love, loose pants and the quest for a baby by H. Cossey (Sarah H.)

Overview of period drama DVDs

Our librarians, Katherine and Nisa provide an overview of popular period drama DVDs that are available at the library.

Click links below to reserve these items:

1) Medici: Masters of Florence [DVD]

2) The White Queen [DVD]

3) The White Princess [DVD]

4) The Borgias [DVD]

5) The Tudors [DVD]

6) Reign [DVD]

7) Versailles [DVD]

8) Victoria [DVD]

9) The Crown [DVD]

Better Reading Top 100 – Vote now!

Are you an avid reader, always on the lookout for new titles to get your hands on? If you answered yes, Better Reading thinks you’ll be thrilled to know that you can now enter the draw to win all 100 of Australia’s top 100 fiction books for 2018!

To enter, you just need to vote for your all-time favourite fiction book. It can be international or local, old or new, classic or debut – it just needs to be the book you love the most.

Better Reading will collate the 100 most-voted-for books, and then seven lucky winners will each receive a pack of all 100 titles.

Voting ends on Monday 8 October at 5pm, click here to enter now!