Sunshine Award

17 03 2010

Wow! I got a sunshine award from Cate Masters, a terrific writer who has a great blog you should check out.

What this means is that not only does she think I have a blog to enjoy, but she’s spreading the sunshine she received. Now I get to do the same.

I get to pick 12 blogs I love to read and let them know it. Here’s my list:

Wolfy Chicks

Leap Books


Market My Words

Lily Stone

YA Edge

Susquehanna Writers

The Porch Swing Chronicles

Keli Gwyn

Middlewood Journal

LJ Patton

Through the Toll Booth

And for those bloggers, here’s the list of rules for passing along this award:

According to the guidelines, I will:
Put the logo on your blog in my post.
Pass the award onto 12 bloggers.
Link the nominees within this post.
Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blogs.
Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.

Banned Books Week

7 10 2009

Somehow Banned Books Week passed me by. It’s not the only thing I missed. Juggling so many projects causes me to totally lose track of time. But I did want to give a shout out to this Banned Books Week topic at Lily Stone’s blog: Should This Cover Be Banned?

When I was a librarian, I always got excited when Banned Books Week arrived, because I loved putting up Banned Books displays and hearing people say, “That was banned?” Then they’d stare in horror at some of the classics, and many of their favorite titles.

Once when I was putting up a Banned Books display in a case at a nearby mall, a man almost physically attacked me because I put a Bible in the shelf. He elbowed me aside and snatched the Bible. A tug of war ensued; I wasn’t about to let him steal library property.

I tried to “talk him down” by sympathizing with his distress. I agreed the Bible should have never been banned. Nor, I pointed out, should the other books. As I talked, he reluctantly loosened his grip, and eventually went away muttering that people who banned books should be shot. Not exactly my intent, but I did manage to get my point across.


Now I’m championing another cause: a banned book cover. Lily Stone’s blog gave most of the facts. Some teachers don’t want this cover in their classrooms because of the bullet holes and blood.

Should you ban a book cover as too violent  if the story’s about endangered Key deer being poached? And what about the educational value author Bonnie J. Doerr packed into its pages? As a former Science teacher, Doerr wants to get teens excited about caring for the environment. She’s planned lessons to relate the novel to many different areas of the curriculum. Wouldn’t it be a shame if this message never reached the intended audience?

I love Banned Books week because it represents freedom of choice–a privilege supported by the U.S. Constitution. Let’s allow our writers and artists to create by appreciating their visions rather than banning them.