Ep. 17: Banned Books Week 2016

MoreThanBooksLogoWelcome to Episode 17 of the “More Than Books” Podcast! Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more. Now available on iTunes!

“More Than Books” Podcast – Ep. 17: Banned Books Week 2016

Description:  In a special episode, Jake and guest host Caitlin come together to discuss three news stories detailing the banning and challenging of books and those that stand up for those materials. 

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CINAHL: A Valuable Resource for Healthcare Courses

MedicalSince this week, (September 26-30 2016) is National Health and IT (Information Technology) Week, we are highlighting one of our newest and all-inclusive health-related databases, CINAHL Complete.  CINAHL Complete (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) is offered through EBSCOhost , (one of our database vendors.)  It provides core nursing and allied health journal titles and complements some of the current nursing and health databases already available through the Bellevue University Library, such as ProQuest Family Health, ProQuest Health Management, and ProQuest Nursing/Allied Health Source. Continue reading

National Voter Registration Day

voter-registration_logo_2013Tuesday, September 27 is National Voter Registration Day across the United States.  There are several events planned throughout the country to help unregistered voters let their voice be heard at the ballot box.  The genesis of the National Registration Day came following the 2008 fiasco when 6 million eligible voters were kept out of the process because they were unaware of registration deadlines or did not have the information about how to register.  Continue reading

Banned Books Week

harry_potter_and_the_sorcerers_stoneThe Freeman/Lozier Library is celebrating Banned Books Week this week! Below is a list of events and contests for you to check out:

  • On September 27th, from 2:30 to 5:30 pm in Library Classroom 460 students and staff are welcome to come in and decorate cookies inspired by their favorite banned books!
  • On September 29th, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in the Student Center you can get your picture taken with your favorite banned book!

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National Museum Day!

hcl_4a-ext-5-in-hi-res-copyWhile it’s Banned Books week here at Bellevue University Library, museums all over the United States are gearing up to celebrate National Museum Day on September 24th, 2016. If you want to find out which museums are participating with the “Museum Day Live!” event supported by the Smithsonian Magazine, click past the break! Continue reading

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Far Over the Misty Mountains Cold

tolkien-weekAre you a fan of Lord of the Rings? How about The Hobbit? Maybe even The Silmarillion has caught your eye a time or two. As a Tolkien fan, it’s hard to know when to spend a whole week celebrating the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Well, you’re in luck as Tolkien Week is here! It started on Sunday the 18th, but don’t fret, it goes through Saturday the 24th! There is even a Hobbit Day which happens to be tomorrow. What a perfect day to celebrate Hobbit Day with the 22nd which is the birthday of Bilbo Baggins and Frodo Baggins.

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Banned Books Week and the Freedom to Read

Each year in the early fall, libraries and booksellers across the country bring the freedom to read to the forefront by celebrating Banned Books Week. This emphasis publicizes the many and varied titles that have been taken off shelves and made unavailable to EVERYONE because someone in a community doesn’t feel the content is worthy. For young children, there are cases where families need to make the decision what is to be allowed for them to experience. Some parents, grandparents, and older siblings may determine that the topic or the treatment the author gave is too racist, explicit, violent, or offensive for their young family members to understand. This protection of younger members is the prerogative of the family, but individual opinion should not prevent the work from being available to others who do not find the topic or treatment to be objectionable.

The banner and slogan for this year capitalizes on those who enjoy superheroes, graphic novels, and comic books.


In 2016, Banned Books Week is September 25 – October 1. Our Library on the Go team will preview some of the banned or challenged books that the Library owns in the upper lobby of the ESB from 11:30 – 1:00 on Friday, September 23. Those books, audio books, and DVDs can be found here.

The Bellevue University Library will be marking the week with displays, contests, blogs, and activities in the Student Center and in the library. Details of the local celebration will be included in a second blog to be posted on September 25. For those who are interested in more information about the history of Banned Books Week, please check these links:



Sisters In Law Book Review

Sisters in lawSisters In Law is a thorough and fascinating book about Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, the first two women justices appointed to the Supreme Court.  Author Linda Hirshman chronologically relates the personal journeys of each justice from their childhoods, through their political and legal careers, and onward to their seats on the bench of the highest court in the land.  Readers get a well-developed sense of the women’s characters from alternating stories of the private triumphs and tragedies that intersected the narrative of their public lives.  Continue reading

Hoist the Colors High

Alright mates, get ready to ready the cannons and break out your best, or worst as the case may be, pirate vocabulary because September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! While pillaging and plundering may not be socially acceptable anymore, and for good reason, there’s nothing to stop you from letting a little bit of buccaneer speech into your life for a day, savvy? Continue reading

Constitution Day

flagConstitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of one of the most influential legal documents in existence—the U.S. Constitution.  Since its creation on September 17, 1787, over 100 countries around the world have used it as a model for their own.  This document brought together ideas from many people and those who made significant contributions are called the “Founding Fathers.”  Continue reading