Banned Books Week 2015

"Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association."

“Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association.”

“racism, vulgar language, bullying, and violence”
“discussions about teen sex”
“cartoon nudity”
“promotes the homosexual agenda”
“detrimental to Christian values”
“prejudicial to public order”
“bad book”

Listed above are actual reasons cited for removing books from library shelves and school reading lists. While the majority of these challenges fail, there are books banned in schools and libraries every year. To honor the victories and bring awareness to the harms of censorship, we at the Clayton State Library join other libraries, schools, and communities in celebrating Banned Books Week. Together we stand in support of the freedom to read, share, and express ideas even if they are unpopular. As stated in the Code of Ethics of the American Library Association,

“In a political system grounded in an informed citizenry, we are members of a profession explicitly committed to intellectual freedom and the freedom of access to information. We have a special obligation to ensure the free flow of information and ideas to present and future generations.”

During Banned Books Week, Sept. 27 – Oct. 3, we’re bringing you different ways to get involved and stay informed about the threats to intellectual freedom. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for news and updates throughout the week. We invite you to visit the library and check out a book from the Banned Book display. When you do, you’ll receive a card telling you why the book was banned and a special sticker proclaiming to the world that you are a reader of banned books. While you’re here, stop by the (pretend) burning book display and test your book banning skills. Can you guess the stupid reasons used to ban books like Winnie the Pooh and Webster’s Dictionary?


Book Lovers Day- Aug. 9

Sunday August 9th is Book Lovers Day, a day to tune out the world and get lost in a book. It should come as no surprise that the faculty and staff of the Clayton State Library are book lovers so we thought we’d share some of our favorite books and invite you to share yours. Click the image below to see the books we love. Then tell us about yours on the online bulletin board.

Books we Love Riddle cover

Books we Love Riddle cover

August Featured LibGuide: Information Sources

Information can come from any number of sources. We’re here to help you decide which one is right for your information need. Use the books, newspapers, magazines, trade journals, scholarly journals, statistics and multimedia tabs to learn about the characteristics, purpose and disadvantages of these different types of information sources and when to choose one over another.


New Resource: Book Review Index Plus

We have added a new online resource to our electronic resources collection. Book Review Index Plus indexes reviews from scholarly and popular English-language journals from 1965 to the present, primarily in the fields of general fiction and non-fiction, the humanities, and the social sciences.

Searching is possible by author or title of the book under review, or by the journal in which the review appeared. Advanced Search allows combining author, title, and journal, and also by reviewer, illustrator, publisher, and additional limiting by length of review, refereed journals only, date, and full-text reviews.


Got Questions? Ask a Librarian

January Featured LibGuide: Library Research

Need help getting started on your first paper or project? Need a scholarly article and don’t know where to get one? Tired of weeding through Google results? We have a solution for you! Check out the Library Research libguide for help on how to search smarter, to find relevant books & articles for your topic and to evaluate & cite your sources.

Library Research

Friday Fun: Bookish Art

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Talk about bringing a story to life! Check out this Web Urbanist blog post collecting 31 examples of extraordinary sculptures made out of books. From dime-store novels to classics to phone books, if you’ve never felt drawn into an amazing read, you will now. Some of the artists featured are:

On a side note, please do not attempt this with any library-owned items. Thanks! 🙂