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It’s Banned Books Week: September 21 – 27

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Each year many organizations focus on Banned Books Week, and for good reason.  Banned and challenged books inhibit our freedom to read and promote censorship, both of which are intimately linked to our freedom of speech.  The American Library Association actively promotes recognition of Banned Books Week and encourages everyone to get involved.  Check out their site here.

Want to check out banned and challenged books from years past?  You can see those lists here.  Note that the Dave Pilkey series, Captain Underpants, has earned the top spot on the list for the past three years now.  Listen to Dave Pilkey’s public service message here and stick around to hear John Monforte read Maurice Sendak’s Into the Night Kitchen (another book on the banned/challenged list) while you are there.

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The focus of Banned Books Week this year is on graphic novels and comics.  NPR also featured Banned Books Week on it’s broadcast todayBone, by Jeff Smith, made the number ten spot on this year’s list.

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And your quiz of the day:  Which Banned Book are You?

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Stop by the Library to check out our displays of banned comics and graphic novels, as well as the DVDs we have of movies made from banned and challenged books.  Fight for your right to read – pick up a banned book today – it could set you free!

~ Julie Morris ~

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Come Celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day with Us on September 19th!!!

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Greetin’s and salutations me hearties!

Plan t’ join us in t’ Library on Friday, September 19, as we celebrate

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Several activities have been planned, including:

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Professor Tony Ketron will be speakin’ about modern day pirates in t’ Library at 10:30 in t’ East Readin’ Area on t’ 5th floor (just past t’ Administrative Offices, beyond 525).

He be currently writin’ a book about Somali pirates.

Coffee will be served and we’ll have some comfortable seatin’ available for you.

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Want t’ know what your true pirate name is?

We’ll have name generators available t’ quench your curiosity about such thin’s. And you can try on several t’ find which one suits you best.

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And if words be more t’ your likin’, Pirate Poetry will be available . . .

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How about throwin’ in t’ win a study room durin’ mid-terms or finals and gain a little knowledge along t’ way? Follow our treasure map t’ t’ booty and be entered into a drawin’ t’ win.

Details will be available at t’ Circulation Desk.

And of course you can don your finest pirate apparel if you like!

See you Friday in the Library!

Fair winds and following seas!

~ Mad Jenny Flint ~

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Need Plans Over the Holiday Weekend?

Don’t sweat it; the Charlotte Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation department has you covered. The Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte will host the Bearden Birthday Bash over the Labor Day Weekend, Friday, August 29th – Sunday, August 31st, at the Park which is located at 300 S. Church Street.

The festival is in celebration of the park’s namesake, Romare Bearden’s birthday and to commemorate the park’s one year anniversary. There will be live bands Friday evening through Sunday afternoon and Saturday afternoon Radio Disney will be at the park to host children’s activities.

Make sure to bring your lawn chairs or blankets and feel free to bring food and drinks (no glass) for a fun family picnic.

For more questions or for a schedule of the weekend events check here.

If you are unable to attend the Bearden Birthday bash but would still like to check out this awesome park check out one of the events below.

Party in the Park Series: This is a series of weekly performances featuring fun and energetic bands each Wednesday from 5:30-9 pm with live music starting at 6 pm. Lawn chairs and picnics are welcome, food and beverage will be available for purchase. Please no glass containers.

Upcoming performances:

  • September 3 Too Much Sylvia
  • September 10 The Swingin’ Medallions
  • September 17 Gal Friday
  • September 24 The Dickens

Music Box Lunch Series: These are small informal musical presentations featuring local and regional talent performing, noon – 1:30 pm.

Upcoming performances:

  • August 29 Tim Gordon
  • September 2 Neal Davenport
  • September 5 5 on Sundays duo
  • September 9 Gabriel Bello
  • September 12 Shane Tracy
  • September 16 Roy Daye
  • September 23 Carrie Marshall

Bearden Music Series: Come out each month to enjoy your Saturday in the park with evenings of Cajun, Beach Music and more! Bring your lawn chair and picnic blankets to relax or dance the night away with some of the region’s most popular musicians. Outside food and pets are welcomed, please no alcohol or glass containers. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

September 20 – Cajun

  • Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos
  • Bayou Diesel
  • Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys

Fitness Program:

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The 2014 fitness program provides high quality, full-service fitness programming, scheduling and support at Romare Bearden Park on a weekly basis. Programs include Yoga, Zumba and Boot Camp sessions. View the schedule. Classes are FREE until further notice. To register, click here and create an account.

~Minerva Mims~

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What’s in a Day as a Charlotte Law Librarian?

We are excited to announce that the Charlotte School of Law Library won First Place in the “Best Video” category of the 2014 American Association of Law Libraries 2014 Day in the Life contest!

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In Spring of 2013, in preparation for our impending move to a high-rise in uptown Charlotte, we began a massive book giveaway initiative to rid the collection of redundant materials, free up space, and share these resources with our law students and local legal community. Through this project over thirteen thousand books found loving families, but in the midst of the madness, a few books ended up scampering away that needed to come back home. Enter the Librarians on Patrol – in October, six of our staff, both strong and brave, took a trip in a U-Haul across state lines to find our babies and bring them back so they could be stored, wrapped and transferred to our new library shelves come January 2014.

Featuring: Aaron Greene, Ashley Moye, Brian Trippodo, Cory Lenz, Kim Allman & Minerva Mims

Filmed October 11, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina and Rock Hill, South Carolina

“Addy Will Know” courtesy of SNMNMNM – snmnmnm.bandcamp.com/

~Ashley Moye~

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Summer Reading – Library Staff Picks

There are still a few weeks of summer left and we wanted to share some our suggestions for good reads you might want to take in before returning to school . . .


 

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Last month my book club read Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. It’s a really good book to read at the beach as it is 560 pages and keeps your attention. Rarely, is there a book that I would like to read again to pick up on the pieces I missed the first time through, but this is one.

In an interview, Kate Atkinson talked about wanting to write about the London Blitz but also wanting to experiment with a character who constantly dies and is reborn. That character, Ursula lives a a different path each time she dies and is born again.  The historical fiction account of World War II in combination with an interesting structure makes this a good read.

~ Betty Thomas ~


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I recently read and loved The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. Here’s the blurb from Amazon:

In The Golem and the Jinni, a chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York.

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life to by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic and dies at sea on the voyage from Poland. Chava is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York harbor in 1899.  Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire born in the ancient Syrian desert, trapped in an old copper flask, and released in New York City, though still not entirely free.

Ahmad and Chava become unlikely friends and soul mates with a mystical connection. Marvelous and compulsively readable, Helene Wecker’s debut novel The Golem and the Jinni weaves strands of Yiddish and Middle Eastern literature, historical fiction and magical fable, into a wondrously inventive and unforgettable tale.

~ Jamie Sunnycalb ~


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Tom Robbins’ warm, wise, and wonderfully weird novels—including Still Life With Woodpecker, Jitterbug Perfume, and Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates—provide an entryway into the frontier of his singular imagination. Madcap but sincere, pulsating with strong social and philosophical undercurrents, his irreverent classics have introduced countless readers to natural born hitchhiking cowgirls, born-again monkeys, a philosophizing can of beans, exiled royalty, and problematic redheads.  In Tibetan Peach Pie, Robbins turns that unparalleled literary sensibility inward, stitching together stories of his unconventional life, from his Appalachian childhood to his globetrotting adventures —told in his unique voice that combines the sweet and sly, the spiritual and earthy. (Amazon)

~ Julie Morris ~


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The Time Travelers’ Wife  – Audrey Niffenegger

Don’t let yourself be swayed by the soft focus movie trailer and think this is some sappy chick flick novel – this story, in book form, is literally one of the edgiest and rawest love stories I’ve ever picked up, featuring a punk rocker time traveling librarian.  It ended up on my lap as a screenplay many years ago when it was first being shopped around and I was so touched by the screenplay I immediately went on a hunt for the book, starved for more words, for the original story.  And the book itself was such a magnificent, moving piece that after I finished, I put it down and said something I’ve never said before ‘I can’t even read it again.  It’s too good.’  And it was a year before I cracked and opened the cover again.  I still haven’t gone back for my third helping…

~ Ashley Moye ~


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~Katie Brown~


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The Paris Wife by Paula McClain

The Paris Wife is a fictionalized, but well-researched account of Hemingway’s first marriage to Hadley Richardson, told from Richardson’s perspective. It captures the warmth between the two individuals and provides a peek into the artsy, ex-patriot society which included F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein and Ezra Pound. I had seen this book in various book stores over the last two years, but had always walked right by it.  I’d never been a fan of Ernest Hemingway. I just didn’t “get” him.  The only works of his I had read were some of the short “Nick Adams” stories and his memoir, A Moveable Feast.  I enjoyed the latter.

I had learned that a newly restored A Moveable Feast had been published and so, along with this title, I picked up The Paris Wife.  The novel permitted me to see Hemingway in a new and more vulnerable way and has the potential of motivating me to read The Sun Also Rises.

~ Susan Catterall ~


And if none of these suit your fancy, check out these recommended reading lists:


 

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~Julie Morris~

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July Happenings

*July 4th*

There’s so much to see and do this Independence Day weekend: Skyshow Fireworks Spectacular at Knights Stadium, USNWC Fireworks, Independence Day at Raffaldini Vineyards, White Lights 4th of July party, Red White and Pabst Blue Ribbon party, 11th Annual Pool Party Weekend, Red White and Belmont, Plaza Midwood Pig Pickin’, 4th of July at the Charlotte Museum of History, Coulwood Community 4th of July Parade, Indian Trail 4th of July Festival, Matthew’s People’s Parade, Waxhaw 4th of July Festival, Tega Cay 4th of July Celebration, 4th of July Festival at Birkdale Village

Music: Justin Timberlake, The Bacon Brothers, Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Vans Warped Tour, Leon Russell, Matty B, Pete Seeger: A Musical Tribute to Courage, Chop Shop Music Fest, The Neighbourhood, GooGoo Dolls, Daughtry, Plain White T’s, Beck, Marc Cohn, The Fray, OAR, Phillip Phillips, Bad Company, Lionel Richie, CeeLo Green, KISS, Def Leppard, Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Rascal Flats, Sheryl Crow, Micheal Franti and Spearhead, Sara Bareillis, Zak Waters, Swans, River Jam, Brother Edge, New Edition, Touche Amore,  King Buzzo (of Melvins), Hank 3, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Dirty Heads and Pepper, BarnStock

Musicbox Lunch Series at Romare Bearden Park

Performing Arts: Porgy and Bess, Dream a Little Dream, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Narrow Daylight, Brothers of the Knight

Booze&Chews: Queen’s Feast Charlotte Restaurant Week,SouthEast Crab Feast, Drink&Draw at Mellow Mushroom

Enjoy the last month for all you can eat Fall River Clam Bake for $20 at Emeril’s e2.

Just for laughs: Jerry Seinfeld, Lavell Crawford, Maria Bamford

Races: July 4th Spectacular 4 miler, River Jam Run, 25th Anniversary Prediction Run 5k

MoviesMade in 1984- Hollywood Films from 30 years ago

For the kiddos: Peter Pan Jr., Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series, Over the River and Through the Woods, Alien World and Androids, Paws to Read, Earth to Echo opens in theatres July 2nd, Kids Summer Paint Camp, Petapoolza at the Charlotte Nature Museum, Once Upon a Time…Exploring the World of Fairy Tales

Charlotte on the Cheap has a huge list for how to entertain the kids this summer.

Other fun eventsCharlotte Black Gay Pride, Hoshicon 2014, Charlotte Bachata and Salsa Festival, International Collectibles and Antiques Show, Color Festival, Martini and a Makeover, Zimsculpt, Charity Magic Show, Carowinds Military Days, FREE Fishing Day

Need even more fun in your summer? Creative Loafing has its own guide to summer 2014. Check it out here!

     ~Jamie Sunnycalb~

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I’d Rather Be in Detroit, Michigan

The 2014 Innovative Users Group annual meeting took place in Detroit, MI from May 6-9.  We traveled to Detroit with a modicum of skepticism, due to a lot of negative media attention focusing on the city.  We weren’t sure what to expect, but we were determined to keep an open mind.  And we’re so glad we did, as we were pleasantly surprised at every turn.

Take a look at the REAL Detroit we found on our trip.

All in all, Detroit is a modern city featuring a safe downtown area full of incredibly friendly locals, amazing food, and gorgeous architecture.   We were sad to go, and we’re hopeful that IUG will decide to return to the city for future conferences.

~Brian Trippodo & Ashley Moye~

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