Banned Books Week Celebration & Contest September 30 – October 6

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read has been observed during the last week of September each year since 1982. This annual event, sponsored by the American Library Association, reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.

Banned Books Week emphasizes the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them.

Please check these links for more information about Banned Books Week:

American Library Association Banned Books Week Announcement

Banned Books Week: Celebrating 30 Years of Liberating Literature interactive  timeline display

Books Challenged or Banned in 2010-2011 by Robert Doyle

And view this great video (link)

Please visit the Mira Costa Library to see our Banned Books Week Display, and participate in our Banned Books Week Contest. The contest requires you to answer 14 easy questions about frequently banned or challenged books. You can download a copy of the contest form here. Submissions are due by Wednesday, October 10. Check the links above to help you with clues.


Get Ready for the Geek Squad

Some of the new Geek Squad members at a planning get together.

Are you a geek? Do you enjoy using and helping other people with computer hardware. software, or mobile devices?  Then please consider joining the Mira Costa Geek Squad. This group will be offering their assistance to staff and students most days during lunch in the Mira Costa Library. If you would like to consider being a member of the squad, come to an organizational meeting during lunch on Thursday, September 27 in the library workroom.

Join TLC: The Library Club and Our #SWVBC

Do you like to read? Do you enjoy discussing books with others? Would you like to contribute a little time and ideas to library program? Then, please consider joining TLC: The Library Club. TLC will be having its first organizational meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 18, during lunch. And, the library club isn’t just an ordinary club; we are also a “Somewhat Virtual Book Club” or #SWVBC on Twitter. Last year, we formed a partnership with several school library clubs from across the country, and have been having monthly online discussions with our partner clubs in addition to our live meetings at Costa.

Our first virtual discussion will be on October 17. We will be reading and discussing Tilt by Ellen Hopkins, AND we are honored that Author Ellen Hopkins herself is joining us! So, join in the fun; join TLC: The Library Club.


Welcome to the 2012-2013 School Year!

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I would like to extend a huge welcome to new Mira Costa students and parents, and a warm welcome back to ongoing students and parents. This year is the second year that we have distributed textbooks during registration, enabling students to get books early, avoid loss of instructional time in classes during the first days of school, and get the library functioning as a library as quickly as possible. I am pleased to report that we were able to remove all the piles of textbooks from the main library area by last Thursday and start inviting students in to use the library as a library by mid-day the second day of school!

A big thank you goes to Cindy Gardner, our main office/textbook clerk; Jessica Curtiss, our library volunteer coordinator; and all our volunteers who participated in making our smooth textbook distribution and quick transition back to the library possible.

The best way to find out all about what the library offers is to come by for a visit! Please come see me soon! In the meantime, you can also check our updated Library Brochure and library orientation video. All Freshmen will get to learn about the library first-hand; I will be conducting two-day orientations for all Freshman English classes this month, starting on Thursday, September 6.

I’m excited to be embarking on my third year at Mira Costa, and committed to making our library program the best of the best!