Weekend Reading

One of my book orders came in today and I was SOOO excited to see The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey! I’ve been waiting for what seems like FOREVER for this sequel to The 5th Wave. This is what I’ll be reading ALL weekend! *doing the happy dance*

infinite seaSurviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

Copyright © 2014 Follett School Solutions, Inc.

Some of my fave BANNED BOOKS!

As Banned Books Week comes to end, I hope the message of “celebrating your fREADom to read” stays strong. While we may not always agree with a book’s content, we shouldn’t keep others from the information. In fact, “banning” books often encourages people to seek out those very books that some want censored.

Here are a few of my favorite challenged/banned books:

the-giverIn 2003, “The Giver” was challenged as suggested reading for eighth-grade students in Blue Springs, MO, where parents called the book “lewd” and “twisted” and pleaded for it to be tossed out of the district. The book was reviewed by two committees and recommended for retention, but the controversy continued for more than two years. Lowry’s novel for young readers has frequently attracted objections due to its “mature themes” including suicide, sexuality, and euthanasia. “The Giver” received the Newbery Medal in 1994.

harry potterBeginning with “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” published in 1997, this series of seven novels dominated both bestseller lists and the imaginations of readers across the globe. At the same time, controversy over magic and witchcraft in the stories prompted frequent book banning attempts, and even book burnings. In 2002, the books were proposed for removal, along with more than fifty other titles, by a teachers’ prayer group at the high school in Russell Springs, KY because they dealt with ghosts, cults, and witchcraft. That same year, a federal judge overturned restricted access to “Harry Potter” after parents of a Cedarville, AK fourth-grader filed a lawsuit challenging the requirement that students present written permission from a parent to borrow the books. The novels were originally challenged because they characterized authority as “stupid” and portrayed “good witches and good magic.”

tokillamockingbirdPublished in 1960, “To Kill a Mockingbird” ranks among the true classics of modern American literature and explores complex themes of justice and compassion. It has also faced significant controversy due to its consideration of challenging issues such as rape and racial inequality. In 1995, the book was challenged in Moss Point, MS and at the Santa Cruz, CA Schools because of its racial themes. It was removed from the Southwood High School Library in Caddo Parish, LA that same year, because its language and content were found objectionable. “To Kill a Mockingbird” received the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and Harper Lee was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007.


All information sourced from the 2010 Banned Books Week resource guide,Banned Books: Celebrating Our Freedom to Read, edited by Robert P. Doyle (ALA, 2010); the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom; and additional content supplied by Angela Maycock, Assistant Director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.

Banned Books Week

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Celebrate your fREADom to read this week with the Tompkins Library!

Banned Books Week is an annual event that promotes the freedom to express one’s opinions even if that opinion might be considered unpopular, and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those viewpoints to all who wish to read them (American Library Association).

A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, while a banning is the removal of those materials. Books may be challenged or banned for a variety of reasons, including offensive language, being sexually explicit, or being unsuitable for an age group.

The Tompkins Library is celebrating with challenged/banned books displays and activities. Stop by and show your support for Banned Books Week by checking out a banned book!




Students can participate in a “Guess the banned book” contest for a FREE Chick-Fil-A sandwich! We LOVE our business partners!


Faculty and staff members will have the chance to win a FREE Starbuck’s gift card by participating in a Banned Books Week crossword. (Don’t pay attention to the date on the crossword. We loved Banned Books Week so much that we are celebrating for TWO weeks!)


FREE Must-Have Library Apps

Looking for some great apps to enhance your library experience? These apps are sure to help!



driveWith Google Drive, you can: View documents, PDFs, photos, videos; Search for files by name and content; Easily share files and folders with others; Set files or folders so anyone with a link can view, comment, or edit; Quickly access recent files; See file details and activity; Enable viewing of files offline
destiny questWith Destiny Quest, you can: Search for resources in your library; Checkout Follett ebooks to phone; Discover the Top 10 Most Popular titles and New Books at your library.
yalsaTeen Book Finder by YALSA helps teens, parents, librarians and library staff, educators, and anyone who loves YA literature access to the past three years’ of YALSA’s awards and lists on their smartphone.
remindGreat app for teachers! Remind allows teachers to send or schedule reminders, assignments, homework, assessments, or motivational messages directly to students’ and parents’ phones.
easybibThe EasyBib app allows users to create accurate MLA, APA, and Chicago style citations in seconds by scanning a book bar code or by typing the name of a book.
amlThe Access My School Library app allows students and staff free, unlimited access to our Tompkins Library Gale databases and ebooks. There is a one-time login set-up that requires our library password. Stop by the library for more information.
brytewaveThe BryteWave app gives students and staff access to your Tompkins Library bookshelf (including audio books and ebooks). Your experience is always synced across devices, so your notes and highlights stay with you at all times. Click HERE for more information. Stop by the library for setup information.