Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read – Sept. 22-28



Celebrate the freedom to read with some of these banned books from the library collection. This bibliography represents challenged, banned, restricted and removed books reported in the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom of 2012-13. To read more about this year’s celebration, visit the American Library Association.

A few selections from our collection:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian / by Sherman Alexie
Salve Curriculum Library PZ7 .A382 A2 2007
Challenged by parents for sexual references and profanity not suitable for high school students.

bb2 The Handmaid’s Tale / by Margaret Atwood
Salve Main Collection PR9199.3.A8 H3 1986
Challenged as required reading for a high school advanced placement class because it is sexually explicit, violently graphic and morally corrupt.

bb3 The Kite Runner / by Khaled Hosseini
Salve Curriculum Library PS3608 .)832 K58 2004
Also available on a library Kindle as eBook.
Challenged for depicting a rape in graphic detail and vulgar language.

bb4 Uncle Bobby’s Wedding / by Sarah S. Brannen
Salve Curriculum Library PZ7 .B737514 Unc2008
Challenged for involving a young guinea pig and her beloved uncle, who is going to marry his male partner.

bb5The Glass Castle: a memoir / by Jeannette Walls
Salve Main Collection HV5132 .W35 2005
Challenged for including explicit language and references to child molestation, adolescent sexual exploits and violence.

bb6 Persepolis / by Marjane Satrapi
Salve Main Collection PS3563 .O8749 B433 1998
Removed from all Chicago public schools due to graphic illustrations and language.

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Complete the Smart Student Scavenger Hunt! Chance to Win an Amazon Gift Card!


Complete the Smart Student Scavenger Hunt!

Update: Congrats to Elizabeth Rigby and Emily Russell who each won a $50 Amazon gift card for completing the Smart Student Scavenger Hunt!


Starting on Sat. Sept. 21 through Mon. Sept. 30, come to the library and complete the “Smart Student Scavenger Hunt.” Start at the front Circulation desk or Information desk where you’ll receive your packet. Answer the questions on the packet and return the packet to the front desk –(the included library map will help guide you and you can always ask the friendly library staff for help too, we love to give hints!)

Your packet will be collected and in exchange the librarian on duty will stamp your Scavenger Hunt handout (included in your GST 110 packets; remember to bring your handout if you want to receive credit for completing the assignment!).

Upon completion, you will also be entered into a drawing for one of two $50 gift cards!

Drawing will be held on Oct. 1.
Winners will be notified by Salve email.
Have fun!

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Celebrate Constitution Day (Sept. 17)

Celebrate Constitution Day, September 17, 2013

Constitution Day is Sept. 17, commemorating the day in 1787 that 39 delegates signed the U.S. Constitution, sending the document to the states for ratification.To see the full text of the U.S. Constitution in its original form, visit the National Archives.

Visit the Constitution Day website for fun challenges, facts and quizzes!


The library has many books and eBooks about the formation of the U.S. Constitution.  Here are some highlights from the collection:

constcover1The annotated U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence edited by Jack N. Rakove.Salve Main Collection KF4527 .A56 2009. Also available online.

constcover2Harmonizing sentiments: the Declaration of Independence and the Jeffersonian idea of self government by Hans L. Eicholz. Available online.

constcover3American scripture: making the Declaration of Independence by Pauline Maie. Salve Main Collection E221 .M24 1997.

constcover4Clothed in robes of sovereignty: the Continental Congress and the people out of doors by Benjamin H. Irvin. Salve Main Collection E303 .I79 2011.

constcover5The idea of America: reflections on the birth of the United States by Gordon S. Wood. Salve Main Collection E302.1 .W77 2011.

constcover6The founding of America (DVD set) by A & E Television Networks. Salve Videos E302.5 .F68 2010 DVD.

Other interesting resources:

The National Constitution Center
The National Constitution Center is the first and only nonprofit, nonpartisan institution devoted to the most powerful vision of freedom ever expressed: the U.S. Constitution. The National Constitution Center is the first and only nonprofit, nonpartisan institution devoted to the most powerful vision of freedom ever expressed: the U.S. Constitution.

Bill of Rights Institute
The Institute is a not for profit charity focused on providing educational resources on America’s Founding documents and principles for teachers and students of American History and Civics.

Library of Congress U.S. Constitution Web Guide
This web guide includes primary source documents relating to the founding of the Constitutional Convention, the founding fathers and the signing of the Declaration of Independence, includes teaching aids.

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