We’ve been busy ordering new books and movies for all age groups and different tastes. Here is a brief sampling of recent arrivals:
BOOKS FOR ADULT READERS Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann; You Bring the Distant Near, Mitali Perkins; A Column of Fire, Ken Follett; The Water Princess, Susan Verde; The Blood of Emmett Till, Timothy Tyson; The Evangelicals, Frances Fitzgerald; and Never Caught, Erica Armstrong Dunbar.
BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS Dragon Was Terrible, Kelly Dipucchio; Woodpecker Wants a Waffle, Steve Breen; Elwood Bigfoot, Jill Esbaum; Albert’s Almost Amazing Adventure; Fly Guy – the entire collection, Todd Arnold; and Hank’s Big Day, Evan Kuhlman.
ADULT DVD’S The Martian; Arrival; Imitation Game; Hacksaw Ridge; Hell or High Water; Spotlight; Hidden Figures; Moonlight; Birdman; and, Gravity.
YOUTH MEDIA Moana; Zootopia; Kung Fu Panda series; and the entire collection of Studio Ghibli animations including the award winning Totoro, The Cat Returns, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.
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BANNED BOOKS WEEK – Sept. 24-30
“Homer’s Odyssey was once banned in Rome, because ‘it expressed Greek ideals of freedom dangerous to autocratic Rome.’” Other notable books that have been banned throughout history include Dante’s The Divine Comedy, Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, and the Bible’s Book of Ruth.
Here are five good reasons for kids to read banned books:
Today’s edgy is tomorrow’s classic. Original work pushes boundaries in topic, theme, plot, and structure. What’s shocking today may be assigned in English class five or 10 years from now if it has true literary merit. The Great Gatsby is high school staple today, but was shocking when its gin-soaked pages were published in 1925.
There’s more to a book than the swear words in it. Many books have been banned for language that your kid has encountered before or will soon. Even potty humor (like in Captain Underpants) has caused people to call for a ban. A character’s language may add realism to the story, or it may seem gratuitous or distracting; your kid can evaluate.
Kids crave relatable books. Banned books often deal with subjects that are realistic, timely, and topical. Young people may find a character going through exactly what they are, which makes it a powerful reading experience and helps the reader sort out thorny issues like grief, divorce, sexual assault, bullying, prejudice, and sexual identity. The compelling teen rebels story The Outsiders has been banned, yet many middle schoolers cite it as the book that turned them into a reader.
Controversial books are a type of virtual reality. Exploring complex topics like sexuality, violence, substance abuse, suicide, and racism through well-drawn characters lets kids contemplate morality and vast aspects of the human condition, build empathy for people unlike themselves, and possibly discover a mirror of their own experience. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is an eye-opening story of an African-American family facing racism in 1930s Mississippi, yet it’s been banned for having racial slurs.
They’ll kick off a conversation. What did people find so disturbing in a book that they wanted to ban it, and to what extent was it a product of its time or did it defy social norms of its era? For example, Harry Potter was banned by people who felt it promoted magic. Reading a challenged book is a learning experience and can help your kids define their own values and opinions of its content.
Visit the Chesterfield Public Library today!
Read and discuss a BANNED BOOK with your child.
The “New” Library building is now 20 years old! Join us on Saturday, July 22nd, 2017.
12 noon: Jason Purdy, Magician
12:30: Library Tour Maze
1:30 pm: Ice Cream and Cake
You can also preview the 2017 Silent Auction!
People of all ages won’t want to miss this evening with some furry, and not so furry friends! Wildlife Encounters always brings the excitement of natural and instinctive learning. This will be fun and interactive! Come join us at the Town Hall Friday, June 23rd at 6:30 pm. Courtesy of the Friends of the Library.
ANNUAL PLANT SWAP
SATURDAY, JUNE 3rd
CHESTERFIELD TOWN HALL
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Presented by The Friends of Chesterfield Library
Please join us and bring your plants to swap!
Our Guest Speaker will be ~Val Starbuck~ “Learning about Invasive Plants”
There will also be a Raffle for Hanging Plants & A Gardening Basket
Refreshments will be served
This week is National Volunteer Week, and the Chesterfield Library is very grateful to its amazing volunteers! From re-shelving to Storytime to book processing our volunteers help the library run smoothly. We thank you!
If you aren’t a volunteer and you would like to be one, please call us or stop in!