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Banned & Challenged Books of 2010-2011 



Banned Books Week 2011 Throughout the country, most children are starting a new academic year. Teachers are sending out their lists of required readings, and parents are beginning to gather books. In some cases, classics like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Catcher in the Rye, and To Kill a Mocking Bird, may not be included in curriculum or available in the school library due to challenges made by parents or administrators.


Read the List of Banned & Challenged Books of 2010-2011.  


Since 1990, the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has recorded more than 10,000 book challenges, including 513 in 2008. A challenge is a formal, written complaint requesting a book be removed from library shelves or school curriculum. About three out of four of all challenges are to material in schools or school libraries, and one in four are to material in public libraries. OIF estimates that less than one-quarter of challenges are reported and recorded.


It is thanks to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, and students that most challenges are unsuccessful and reading materials like I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Slaughterhouse Five, the Harry Potter series, and Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's Alice series,  remain available.


In support of the right to choose books freely for ourselves, the ALA and Chelsea District Library are sponsoring Banned Books Week September 24-October 1, an annual celebration of our right to access books without censorship. This year's observance commemorates the most basic freedom in a democratic society-the freedom to read freely-and encourages us not to take this freedom for granted.


American libraries are the cornerstones of our democracy. Libraries are for everyone, everywhere. Because libraries provide free access to a world of information, they bring opportunity to all people. Now, more than ever, celebrate the freedom to read at your library! Read an old favorite or a new banned book this week.




Meet Our New Youth & Teen Librarian: Robin     


Please welcome Robin, our new Youth & Teen Services Librarian! She comes to us with experience as the former Head of Youth Services at the Lyon Township Public Library, and worked as a substitute librarian at Chelsea District Library from 2008-09. Robin has volunteered for the past two years at Kids Read Comics and has also been active in The Library Network, having served as the secretary of the Teen Services Committee.


Robin is the mother of Truman, 2 and and lives in Plymouth with her husband, Paul. She loves chess and rock climbing and being a librarian. 



Chelsea Reads Together Kicks Off October 2    


Chelsea Reads Together  

 Obesity had been a constant struggle for every member of the Morelli family. A turning point came when Ron and his 18-year-old son Mike became contestants on NBC's hit weight loss show the Biggest Loser season 7. Ron and Mike were one of the last two teams in the competition and Mike went on to win runner-up in the show's finale.  


Back at home in South Lyon, the Morelli family challenged themselves to break their bad habits and take up a more active, healthy lifestyle. In 2011, they published a book: Fat Family/Fit Family: How We Beat Obesity and You Can Too. Join us to hear their story.


 Come to the kick-off, pick up your Passport to the Blue Zones and be entered to win a Barnes and Noble Color Nook!


 No registration required....drop in!

Sunday, October 2 | 2-3:30pm  

Washington Street Education Center Auditorium

500 Washington Street


Passport to the Blue Zones Wellness Challenge        

Passport to the Blue ZonesComplete lifestyle tips inspired by each Blue Zone: Sardinia, Okinawa, Loma Linda, CA and Costa Rica, then bring your completed passport to the 2nd level Information Desk to pick up prizes.  



Passports can be picked up at the Chelsea Reads Together Kickoff on Sunday, October 2. 

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The Chelsea District Library is nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide equal access to quality resources that serve the lifelong cultural, educational and informational needs and interests of all people.  The Library currently serves 14,000 residents in the Chelsea district - City of Chelsea plus Dexter, Lima, Lyndon and Sylvan townships and more than 20,000 individuals visit the Library each month.  The Library's state-of-the-art facility is an access point for information including: books, periodicals, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, downloadable e-books, subscription databases as well as access to the Internet.  In addition to providing dynamic services to complement and support local schools and other important community needs, the Chelsea District Library strives to present timely, interesting and high-quality programs and events to engage and enrich the Chelsea community.


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