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Who Banned These Books? And Why?

The top 10 challenged books for 2013:

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
  2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violenceThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
    Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
  6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
    Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
    The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
  9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
    Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
    Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

Find some of these titles and more in an exhibit on the second floor of the LRC – through October.

Read more about banned and challenged books of the 21st century.

New Librarian!

Welcome Karen Tercho, SCC’s newest librarian.  Karen brings experience as an adjunct librarian at the CRC Library as well as full-time work as solo librarian at Bryan University. We asked Karen to list “Five Things You Don’t Know about Me.”  Now you know!

Karen Tercho

  1. I grew up in Massachusetts and have lived in Montreal (B.A. in cultural anthropology from McGill), Rhode Island (MLIS), and Brooklyn (life lessons). Since then I have sworn off cold winters. Viva California!
  2. I have big interest in the social sciences, especially ethnic and cultural studies, and I enjoy learning about technology, science, history, and baseball.
  3. In my free time I practice and teach yoga and am studying to become a certified Iyengar yoga teacher.
  4. I play the drums and used to play in bands. Being in a band means being in a relationship with multiple creative people, so I’m currently on hiatus.
  5. My travel bug:  India and Italy are my favorites so far, and the U.K. and Cambodia are next on my list.

Landscape and Wildlife Art by Linnea Fronce

Landscape and wildlife art by Sacramento artist Linnea Fronce is featured in the Special Events room on the third floor of the Sacramento City College Library from August 23 to Sept. 27.White Tailed Kite, Linnea Fronce 2005

A public reception in the Library is scheduled for 3:00 to 5:00 pm, Sept. 13 (Second Saturday).  This is a rare opportunity to view Linnea’s work.  Directions and parking: http://bit.ly/1sJ4FCY

View the exhibit during Library hours:  Monday – Thursday 7:30 am – 8 pm; Friday 7:30 am – 5 pm; Saturday 9 am – 3 pm.

Borrow Your Required Textbooks at the Library!

Please share this brief animation with your students and colleagues.  Access to required textbooks is a major factor in student success, and the SCC Library can help.

Share this link to the YouTube video with your students: http://youtu.be/mgigca5lc60

Look up a textbook in the SCC Library catalog.

We’ll see you in the Library!

With Feet of Their Own, Don’t Let These Pieces Walk Away!

LRC Third Floor Exhibit – The Art of Ming G. Fong and Sandy Fong Whetstone, Showcasing Through August 9

After witnessing the works of the talented father-daughter duo first-hand, it becomes apparent how Ming Fong and Sandy Fong Whetstone’s work truly tells a story all on its own. There is significance to each of their work, a story that is attempting to be told through the ages, and a viewpoint of these two that is reaching out to be shared with the rest of the world, one that only they can perceive.

One of the Many Pieces of Art by Ming FongMing Fong received training in Chinese Classics in China during the 1930’s, and the inspirations from Chinese cultural influences are clearly seen in his work. Calligraphy remains an essential part of his work, written (and translated in English for the exhibit) as a form of poetry, perfectly complementing the natural appeal of the people and elements of nature that helped shape the type of work Ming would eventually paint together. It’s no wonder why someone as talented as Ming would eventually become the primary source of inspiration for his own daughter’s work during her childhood, and even through to her adult years.

Departing from her father’s more classically-inspired works, Sandy Fong Whetstone takes an approach to art and a view on life that strikes you as uplifting and charming, with a childlike lens on the world. Though Sandy and her father both draw inspiration from nature, Sandy takes traditional ideas of animals and fruits and vegetation, and turns them on their heads. You can see the near life-size ceramic works of art of animals dressed in button-ups and personified with human clothing and characteristics, and eyes that are so accurately modeled, they could easily be mistaken for the real thing. And her interpretations of bipedal fruits and vegetables are so full of joy, you can’t help but want to view this exhibit before it has a chance to run away from you.

Stephen Passey

Borrow Library Books and Movies over the Break

Monday May 12 through Wednesday May 21, faculty, staff, and continuing students may check out library books and DVDs for the break (2 items for students).

All books and DVDs are due on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.  Find your book or movie –

  • in the library catalog
  • on the New Books and Popular Reading shelves on the second floor
  • in the library display (Careers, resumes, and interviews)
  • in the Media Center on the first floor

Have a Question?  Library Answers.

The Library will close for the break on Wednesday May 21 at 8:00 p.m. and reopen for Summer classes on Monday June 9 at 8:00 a.m.

One World Many StoriesMORE TO READ:  Follow londonchoirgirl as she reads her way around the world!

“In 2012, the world came to London for the Olympics and I went out to meet it. I read my way around all the globe’s 196 independent countries – plus one extra territory chosen by blog visitors – sampling one book from every nation.  I read a story from Swaziland, a novel from Nicaragua, a book from Brunei, a… well, you get the picture.”

Check out “A Year of Reading the World” to find books from all 196 UN recognized countries.

 

Need a Job? Library Can Help!

Grab a book from the May library display and find your new career.  Resumes, cover letters, interviews – library materials have you covered.  If you don’t see what you want in the display bookcase on the second floor, ask a librarian to help you connect with materials for your job search.  Come back and let us know when you get hired!

SCC Library catalog – search here for books and DVDs.

OneSearch – search here for everything.

Library display of books on careers, resumes, and interviews