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August 19, 2014

Read it loud, read it proud

Filed under: Alameda, Public Resources — Lauren Do @ 6:09 am

Squeee!   One of my favorite Alameda events is coming up really soon.   Oh by the way, if you haven’t yet gone through the process of signing your child up through Alameda Unified School District’s new online contact information portal you won’t be able to find out who their teacher is until they do.  At Ruby Bridges we were told that posting class lists on the windows are a big no no so you have to go into the office to find out your child’s teacher name and room number.  It’s kind of a pain, but I can see how, for security reasons, that they would want to keep that info largely confidential.  Although it makes it harder for besties to figure out if they’re in the same class together without parent intervention and coordination over texts.

Anyway, one of my favorite Alameda events is the banned book reading that the Alameda Free Library holds annually. So the week of September 21 through 27 the library will be hosting a read out at the main library. They would like to invite groups or individuals who are interested to sign up for a slot to read aloud from a book that has been challenged or banned somewhere for some reason.

If you’re interested you can sign up at the second floor reference desk or call 510-747-7713.  Some of the books on Banned Book list for the past few years that are relatively popular are the Captain Underpants series (no. 1 in both 2013 and 2012) and the Hunger Games (no. 5 in 2013)  50 Shades of Grey also made it on the banned list too and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian makes appearance for multiple years.   I caught a glimpse of And Tango Makes Three on the list too which reminded me of the whole Lesson 9 issue.   And this post that I had written a long time ago, relevant because of the Banned Books week and the whole Trish Spencer running for Mayor thing.   I know in the past few years Marie Gilmore has participated in this event.  Given Trish Spencer’s take on pulling books that have appeared on this banned book list, I wonder if she would be open to participating.  From that post:

Another argument offered by Trish Spencer was the because And Tango Makes Three was on the list of most challenged books that it should be replaced by a different book. I was dumbstruck by this argument and had to, once again, try to figure out if she actualy believed this or if she was kitchen sinking it. While she is absolutely correct that And Tango Makes Three has topped the list of most challenged books in 2006, 2007, and 2008 if we are then to use the criteria that any book that ends up on a most challenged books list must be removed from our children’s sights, then these books must also go:

The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini (2008 no. 9)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain (2007 no. 5, 2002 no. 7)
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker (2007 no. 6)
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou (2007 no. 8, 2004 no.9, 2002 no. 4, 2001 no. 4)
The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison (2006 no. 5)
Beloved, by Toni Morrison (2006 no. 9)
The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger (2005 no. 3, 2001 no. 6)
In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak (2004 no. 7)
Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck (2004 no. 10, 2003 no. 3, 2001 no. 2)
Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling (2003 no. 2, 2002 no.1, 2001 no. 1)



  1. I’m so in on that. What a great idea!

    Comment by Tim Coffey — August 19, 2014 @ 6:33 am

  2. I would say the odds that she even has a library card are less than 50/50

    Comment by notadave — August 19, 2014 @ 8:54 am

  3. When I first participated in our library’s Banned Books reading, the book I read out loud was A Farewell to Arms (Hemingway). I chose that exactly because it had been banned by the Dallas Texas school district while I was a student there. How many of us look back on books banned when we were students and wonder what those bans accomplished?

    Comment by KSD — August 19, 2014 @ 9:43 am

  4. This is actually a Terrible Idea for patrons of the library. In previous years, the readings have taken place at the bottom of the central stairs, where all the sound ascends directly up to where all the public computers are. It is bad enough that squalling children in strollers are allowed to disturb the library atmosphere. Out-loud readings of anything in the middle of the library just put it over the top. Alameda Main Library is already a dirty, poorly-lighted noisy place for books. And after a 2-week hiatus to allegedly “upgrade” the computers, they are as bad as ever. I hope they hold this event outside this year, like in the open-air part of the library behind the café.

    I doubt the readers of these banned books ever come to the library for any other reason. I have never seen Lauren Do there, either.

    Everyone who wants to concentrate & get some work done would do well to avoid the Alameda Library during this week of September.

    Comment by vigi — August 19, 2014 @ 10:25 am


    Comment by John P. — August 19, 2014 @ 11:00 am

  6. I want to be able to type my angry screeds in peace. Isn’t that what the library’s for?

    Comment by BC — August 19, 2014 @ 11:19 am

  7. I wonder if “The Giver” is on the list. I know some kids in my son’s class were really disturbed by it. The scene where the boy witnesses his father executing the baby who didn’t measure up to society’s standards was horrifying. Not into banning books, but age appropriateness should be considered when deciding whether or not to require students to read them.

    Comment by Denise Shelton — August 19, 2014 @ 3:48 pm

  8. Wonderful event! BTW, I have seen Lauren Do at the library, but one doesn’t have to go to the library to be a library patron these days because I borrow ebooks through them too 🙂

    Comment by Kevis Brownson — August 19, 2014 @ 6:13 pm

  9. Or maybe Lauren goes to the West End branch, or Bay Farm? I have never seen Vigi in the West End branch, so I guess she doesn’t go to the library, either.

    Comment by Kate Quick — August 19, 2014 @ 7:19 pm

  10. When I have been at the West End WPA, I haven’t seen Quick or Do. That is a clean well-lighted place for books…but the computers suck even worse there..


    Comment by vigi — August 19, 2014 @ 11:11 pm

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