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)