Celebrate Banned Books Week by Reading the Classics! Pt. 3

Read Part 1 here and 2 here. #3 A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, by James Joyce, 1916 James Joyce’s first novel, and by far his least notorious. Like other novels  on this list it was banned in the U.S. under Comstock Law, but in the ensuing decades since its publication it’s […]

Celebrate Banned Books Week by Reading the Classics! Pt. 2

Read Part 1 here. #7 Catch-22, by Joseph Heller, 1961 Even those who haven’t read the novel know what a ‘Catch-22′ is–such is the influence that Catch-22 has had not only on literature, but on modern thought. The novel follows John Yossarian, a bombardier in World War II. Within the novel, ‘Catch-22′ is a requirement among […]

Ep. 8: Banned Books Week Special Edition

Welcome to Episode 8 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. 8: Banned Books Week Special Edition Description: In this episode of the […]

Celebrate Banned Books Week by Reading the Classics! Pt. 1

Best-of lists rarely get much popular press, but when the Modern Library published its 100 Best Novels list in 1998 it ignited a storm of equal parts criticism and appreciation. The list became ‘famous’ in a way that lists almost never do, entering classroom curricula and to this day even being used by booksellers and libraries to […]

Library Celebrates the Freedom to Read with Banned Book Week Activities

Banned Books Week has arrived! Each year, the Bellevue University Library puts together a committee to generate ideas, contests, and promotion for Banned Books Week. This year, the committee has outdone itself! Swing by the library and you will get an eyeful of treats. By putting together a display of slightly charred books (no actual […]

Practical Guide for Genealogy Provides Helpful Tools

BOOK REVIEW:  “Genealogy: A Practical Guide for Librarians” Although the title indicates that it is written for librarians, many aspects of this guide by Western Kentucky University librarian, Katherine Pennavaria, will benefit any person doing research on her/his family heritage. Early in the first chapter, the author urges anyone who decides to begin researching your […]

B for Banned Books Week

This week is Banned Books Week and I wanted to discuss comics since recently it was also National Comic Book Day. Whether you’re into Marvel comics, DC comics, or any other type, they’ve often been targeted. Our display case of banned books holds several comic books such as V for Vendetta and The Watchmen. Media […]

National Museum Day

Museum Day Live! is an annual event promoted by the Smithsonian Magazine and this year it will be happening on Saturday September 26th. It is meant to encourage the “spirit of the Smithsonian Museums” which have free admission to the public every day. There are numerous museums participating, including several fantastic ones in the area […]

Life-Changing Books

This month we will be celebrating Banned Books Week, also known as Celebrating the Freedom to Read Week.  I recently read an article that talked about the books that have have the power to motivate you to change your life.  I think that is one of the best reasons to celebrate our freedom to read […]

Constitution Day!

Today is Constitution Day here in the ol’ U.S. of A.! As a red-blooded American, it is important that we take time every year to look at our Constitution and try to gain a better understanding of what our founding fathers were trying to achieve, as well as celebrate that piece of paper that really […]