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Banned Books Week: To Kill a Mockingbird

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 08:49 -- Kelly Bradish

Today's featured banned book is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

About Banned Books Week

You've probably heard of Banned Books Week before, but do you know what it's about and why we draw attention to it?

You may not give it much thought, but the freedom to read is an important one. Libraries around the country mark Banned Books Week each year to remind everyone of the importance of open access to information, and the dangers presented by censorship.

As always, we welcome your feedback! Do you know of a book that was challenged in your hometown? Is one of your favorite books among the list of banned or challenged titles? What do you think about banned books? Tell us about it in a comment below or on our Facebook page!

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Banned Books Week: Celebrate the freedom to read!

Banned Books Week: Celebrate the freedom to read

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 08:42 -- Kelly Bradish

Banned Books Week is September 21-27, 2014.

Every year, we join libraries and bookstores around the country to spotlight our freedom to read, censorship issues, and titles that have been banned or challenged here in the United States. At our Library, we create displays, feature banned books near the Circulation Desk, and provide buttons for patrons who would like to take part.

We hope you take a moment to reflect on the motivation behind this event. The American Library Association explains:

It may surprise some to find out there are hundreds of reported attempts to ban books every year in the United States. It may be even more astounding for them to hear that since 1990, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has received reports of more than 18,000 attempts to remove materials in schools and libraries for content deemed by some as inappropriate, controversial or even dangerous.

Banned Books Week, Sept. 21 – 27, 2014, reminds Americans about the importance of preventing censorship and ensuring everyone’s freedom to read any book they choose. According to ALA’s OIF, for every banned book reported, there are many more that are not.

This year’s Banned Books Week is spotlighting graphic novels because, despite their literary merit and popularity as a format, they are often subject to censorship. Graphic novels continually show up on the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom’s Top 10 List of Most Frequently Challenged Books. The most current list for 2013 includes two graphic novels: Dav Pilkey’s "Captain Underpants" series at the top spot and Jeff Smith’s series "Bone" at #10.

“Our most basic freedom in a democratic society is our first amendment right of the freedom to read,” said ALA President Courtney Young. “Banned Books Week is an opportunity for all of us – community residents, librarians, authors and educators – to stand together protecting this fundamental right for everyone and for future generations. We can never take this precious right for granted.”

We'll be posting more about Banned Books Week here, on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. You can also explore titles and other banned books resources on our Pinterest board:


Enjoy a variety of films with IndieFlix!

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 09:46 -- Kelly Bradish

Cooler evenings bringing you inside for a movie night? Don't forget -- IndieFlix has more than 5,450 streaming movies and film clips for you to enjoy!

Here's how to access IndieFlix. Once you've tried it, be sure to let us know what you think on Facebook, Twitter or in a comment below.


Prepare for exams with LearningExpress Library

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:35 -- Kelly Bradish

Have you tried LearningExpress Library version 3.0?

You can access it from the website or by clicking here.

In addition to simpler navigation and additional content, the new LearningExpress Library includes video overviews of different site features. These user guides allow you to take a virtual tour of the new interface whenever you'd like!

LearningExpress Library provides study guides, eBooks and practice tests for major standardized exams like the GRE, Praxis, ASVAB and many others.

Note: LearningExpress Library 3.0 will not recognize usernames and passwords created for LearningExpress Library 2.0. If you already had an account in the older system, you'll need to create a new one for the new platform. For best results, use a campus internet connection/computer to register. After that, you can access the site and log in from anywhere.

Please let us know if you have any questions!


Try Freegal for all types of music -- free!

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 10:56 -- Kelly Bradish

Freegal, the free music download service, is quickly becoming a favorite among many students, faculty and staff. Have you tried it yet?

To give you an idea of what you can download from Freegal, here are the current top five songs:

  1. All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor
  2. Burnin' It Down - Jason Aldean
  3. Chandelier - Sia
  4. American Kids - Kenny Chesney
  5. All Of Me - John Legend

You can also stream three hours of music every day! Find out more about how Freegal works in our FAQ.

Click here to give it a try, and let us know if you have any questions!



'Quiet Dell' author to visit campus

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 15:49 -- Kelly Bradish

West Virginia author Jayne Anne Phillips, who has received acclaim for her novel Quiet Dell and other works, will speak on campus on Thursday, Sept. 11.

The event, sponsored by the Office of Student Activities, will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Falcon Center third floor conference rooms.

Admission is free and open to the public. Save the date!

Read more about the author in this FSUNow article and on her website:

Library hours for Labor Day weekend

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 15:46 -- Kelly Bradish

This weekend, the Library will be open as usual on Saturday -- 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

The Library will close at midnight on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 and remain closed Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 for Labor Day.

We will reopen at 7 AM Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014.

Have a safe, happy Labor Day!


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