Photos from Open Book Festival 2011

Posted on December 3, 2011 in St. Joseph County Public Library by Carolyn

Celebrate Banned Books Week 2011!

Posted on September 28, 2011 in Hesburgh Library by Carolyn

Banned Books: Read Out

Monday, September 26, 2011

Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame

^^ definitely click the above image to enlarge and admire the posters ND graphic design students created!

Naomi Bishop, a library in the Librarian-In-Residence program at Notre Dame, arranged a wonderful event to celebrate Banned Books which are a passion of hers.  Many LAND members were able to support and contribute to the event by reading passages from select “Banned Books.”

Personally, this was a mind opening event.  I listened to an excerpt of Brave New World done by Liz Carter ’13 with fresh ears.  The section was about the intensive genetic engineering process of the citizens…

Thought provoking quote:

“And that,” put in the Director sententiously, “that is the secret of happiness and virtue— liking what you’ve got to do. All conditioning aims at that: making people like their unescapable social destiny.”: The Director in chapter 1. After genetic engineering, social conditioning is the most important way for the government to enslave its people. The different caste members are conditioned to never yearn for a life other than their own. This is the second major instrument of social stability.

It’s a scary thought.  But it’s grounding and humbling when we think about life now, stereotypes, life conditions, etc.

But not only was the event thought provoking it also encouraged me to pick up some new books! Check them out yourself:

The 10 most challenged titles of 2010 were:

And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Reasons: homosexuality, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: offensive language, racism, religious viewpoint, sex education, sexually explicit, violence, unsuited to age group

Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Reasons: insensitivity, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit

Crank, by Ellen Hopkins
Reasons: drugs, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit

The Hunger Games (series), by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: sexually explicit, violence, unsuited to age group

Lush, by Natasha Friend
Reasons: drugs, sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group

What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
Reasons: sexism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America, by Barbara Ehrenreich
Reasons: drugs, inaccurate, offensive language, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint

Revolutionary Voices edited by Amy Sonnie
Reasons: homosexuality, sexually explicit

Twilight (series), by Stephenie Meyer
Reasons: sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence, unsuited to age group


Thanks to LAND members: Liz Carter ’13, Samantha Lessen ’15, Casey Connolly ’13, Caitlin Wilson ’12

Open Book Family Festival @ SJCPL

Posted on September 28, 2011 in St. Joseph County Public Library by Carolyn


Open Book Family Fest:
A Celebration of Words in Music and Stories

SJCPL Children’s Event 2011

LAND was fortunate to be able to participate in this South Bend library event for the 2nd year in a row.  Last year I was lucky enough to wear the Curious George costume.  It was an amazing experience to see the smiles on kids faces as they lit up and started screaming and dragging their parents towards the characters.  It was a pleasure to be able to provide these children with and share in their excitement!  I as well as the rest of my club members believe that children need continued encouragement to read.  This year I had the pleasure of being a “handler.”  This entailed leading a costumed character around and interacting verbally with the children since of course characters such as Curious George, Maisy Mouse, Clifford, Mouse (from If you give a mouse a cookie), and Froggy do not speak.  I was impressed to see that Clifford the Big Red Dog is still popular!! Many of the club members and I reminisced over our young days watching and reading Clifford.  I am glad that such a wholesome story has survived the years. 

All I can say is this event, really revived my own desire to read after seeing these kids and parents enjoying the books, authors, story tellers, and singers (plus a banjo player!-Jim Gill)
Enjoy some pictures that were taken by James Doan ’12 at the event!

Many thanks to LAND members: Crystal Lee ’13, Brendan Dolan ’14, Stefanie Weber ’12, Rebecca O’Neil ’15, Casey Connolly ’14, James Doan ’12, Janet Mostrom ’13, Naomi Bishop (Hesburgh Librarian), Samantha Lessen ’15, Liz Carter ’13, Emily Yates ’13


Welcome to Literacy Awareness Notre Dame!

Posted on August 30, 2011 in General by Carolyn

  • 40,000 adults in St. Joseph County cannot read or write above a 4th grade level.
  • Childhood is the most crucial time for developing lifelong literacy.
  • Play with awesome local kids at the Robinson Center & the Boys and Girls Club!
  • Write to a pen-pal at a local school!
  • Read and help at events at the St. Joseph County Public Library!
  • Fundraise at Scrabble Tournaments, bake sales, and other great events!
Bi-Weekly Meetings, WEDNESDAYS 9PM in the McNeil Room in LaFortune

Our first meeting is SEPTEMBER 7th!!