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Column: 12 awesome books on Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“What are some good books?” my mom texted. … It was, evidently, the same reaction a lot of people had. RBG books shot up the Amazon charts this week. Columns share an author’s personal perspective and are often based on facts in the newspaper’s reporting.   When news broke about Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death last […]

Banned Books Week: The most challenged books in the US

Each year, the American Library Association uses Banned Books Week to highlight censorship. This year, Banned Books Week is Sept. 27 through Oct. 3. Article source:

Banned Books Week is here: See what books were challenged in Oregon in 2019-20

The freedom to read is the foundation of Banned Books Week, an annual awareness campaign by the American Library Association. This year’s campaign, whose mission is to spotlight current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools, runs Sept. 27-Oct. 3, with the theme “Censorship is a Dead End. Find Your Freedom to […]

Banned Books Week: Is your favorite one of the decade’s most-censored?

NEW YORK – Toni Morrison is on the list. So are John Green and Harper Lee. And John Steinbeck and Margaret Atwood. All wrote books that were among the 100 most subjected to censorship efforts over the past decade, as compiled by the American Library Association.  Sherman Alexie’s prize-winning “The Absolutely True Diary of a […]

Families are at the forefront in these 2 books for kids – The Virginian-Pilot – The Virginian

Told in three distinctive voices, this tale of a lost-and-found baby in Belle Beach, Long Island, is charming and light — but with a subtle undertow of sadness. Eleven-year-old Julie and her 6-year-old sister, Martha, stumble across a baby in a baby carrier outside the library, and somehow — without quite meaning to — walk […]

Here are 5 new nonfiction books for young readers

By Pamela Martinez The A. K. Smiley Public Library is open! The Young Readers’ Room and Underground Teen sections are excited to invite our patrons, young and old, back inside to browse, study and read! Here is a list of five non-fiction books you will find in the New Book area of the Young Readers’ […]

The art of picking books, and picking up lovers

In one of our most revered epics, the divine Hanuman is tasked with procuring the life-restoring Sanjeevani for his fallen comrade. Unable to identify the right shrub, he carries the entire hill back. Asked to write a list of book recommendations this week, I was tempted to follow suit by simply unloading all the books […]

Libraries focus on books challenged during “Banned Book Week”

The annual event was launched in the 1980s during a time of increased challenges and organized protests against books. The ALA and other groups have been promoting the event each year to celebrate the freedom to read. This year, Banned Book Week runs from Monday, Sept. 27 through Oct. 3. In addition to promoting Banned […]

County library branches let readers in to grab some books

The Orange County Public Libraries system opened its doors to visitors this week for the first time in more than six months and kids and adults returned to explore the entertainment and information that has been stored away on shelves for far too long. With coronavirus restrictions easing in the county, libraries are now permitted […]

We Want All of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Coffee Table Books

Since moving into their Santa Barbara home, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have given us a few glimpses into their new residence via Zoom calls. On Wednesday, the Duchess of Sussex gave another intimate view of their decor during the season finale of America’s Got Talent, when she surprised contestant Archie Williams, who served 37 […]