Banned Books Week 2013


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 and other professional associations, reminds us 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.

During Banned Books Week September 22-28, readers from across the United States and around the world will demonstrate their support for free speech by participating in a Virtual Read-Out of banned and challenged books. Participants, libraries and bookstores will upload videos at  for posting to the Banned Books Week YouTube Channel. Contributors are encouraged to share a reading, discuss the significance of their favorite banned book, or mention a local book challenge. Do consider participating!

More than 1,500 videos have been submitted since the read-out began in 2011, including many by bestselling authors.  Here are just a couple:

Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak:

Sherman Alexie, author of Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian:

Please check the Banned Books Week YouTube Channel for more videos, and these link for more information about Banned Books Week:

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

Books Challenged or Banned  2012-2013 by Robert Doyle

Frequently Challenged Top Novels of the 20th Century includes where challenged and the reasons for the challenge

Most Frequently Challenged Authors of the 21st Century

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 several easy questions about frequently banned or challenged books. You can download the Banned Books 2013 Contest Form here. Submissions are due by Wednesday, October 10. Check the links above to help you with clues.


New eBook Database Offers Thousands of New Titles

EBSCO eBooks

Welcome to the 2013-2014 School Year!

Just in time for the new school year – I just added approximately 6,400 new, recently-published books, mostly nonfiction, to our library collection! They aren’t books you can touch or feel, but they are, nevertheless, great sources for research. They are all part of our new subscription to EBSCOHost eBook High School Collection. All of the ebooks are available for unlimited simultaneous access, can be read either online or downloaded to iPads and other devices, and their contents can be searched. As a teacher librarian, you can be sure that I love print books, and print currently seems to be the mode of choice for fiction reading for most our students, but unlimited simultaneous access and the ability to search their contents are huge advantages of these ebooks for research.

You can access the EBSCOHost eBook High School Collection by visiting the library website ( and selecting Research – > Databases. Or, use this direct link. Then, enter the username and password. Come by the library for a handout with all our usernames and passwords, or email me. I will also soon be adding each of the books as records in our online library catalog ( so you can find them that way as well. Topics from all disciplines are included.

Here are just a few of the ebooks you may enjoy browsing:

graphic novels

goddesses in world cultureyouth and political participation

Check it out today!