International Games Week

Let the games begin!

International Games Week kicked off yesterday and we’re celebrating all week long with displays in the library, special posts on social media (check out our Facebook and Instagram pages!), and an exciting game demo of the Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game.

International Games Week is an initiative from the American Library Association to show through the libraries around the world the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games.

It’s the perfect week to check out our wide selection of board games and video games to play with the whole family and make every night family game night!

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Lab Girl Read-Alikes

This year’s NEA Big Read: Wichita title is Lab Girl by Hope Jahren.

Lab Girl is a nature lover’s story about digging in dirt and discovering new things about old growth. It’s a scientist’s story about running experiments and waiting and wondering and asking for funds and fending off doubt. It’s a Midwesterner’s story of moving south and east and west and noticing the differences. It’s a girl’s story about growing up to be what she wants to be. And it’s a woman’s story about fighting stereotypes, sacrificing, feeling vulnerable, trusting in friendship, getting sick, getting help, finding love, and writing it all down. (via NEA Big Read: Wichita)

While you’re waiting for your copy of Lab Girl to come in, check out one of these read-alike titles sure to please science-lovers and plant-enthusiasts alike, no green thumb necessary.

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The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

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The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World From the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean

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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

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The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

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The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

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The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson

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Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell

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The Reason for Flowers: Their History, Culture, Biology, and How They Change Our Lives by Stephen Buchmann

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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

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A Garden of Marvels: How We Discovered That Flowers Have Sex, Leaves Eat Air, and Other Secrets of Plants by Ruth Kassinger [eBook]

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My Garden (Book) by Jamaica Kincaid

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Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

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The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

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The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf

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Enchantress of Numbers: A Novel of Ada Lovelace by Jennifer Chiaverini

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Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Reading Challenge: Read a Banned Book

The 2019 Reading Challenges are here!  Are you struggling with what to read in the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Reading Challenge categories? We can help! Throughout the year, we will highlight several juvenile, YA, and adult fiction (or non-fiction) books in most of the categories.
These aren’t the only books we have available in each category but are ideas that can help you spark inspiration, help clarify the category, and (hopefully) make your decision easier.

 

We’re continuing our discussion of books with the category “Read a Banned Book.”

 

This year, Banned Books Week falls on September 22nd through the 28th. Created in 1982, Banned Books Week spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in schools, libraries, and bookstores. Each year, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles lists of challenged books. This year’s theme is “Censorship leaves us in the dark.” Below are only a small selection of books banned or challenged each year in libraries and schools across the world.  We encourage you to read one or more of the below banned or challenged books:

 

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Reasons the book was challenged: profanity, sexual innuendo, violence
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Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Reason the book was challenged: concerns that the 11-year-old protagonist could set a bad example for kids
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Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling
Reasons the book was challenged: magical themes, anti-family, violence
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1984 by George Orwell
Reason the book was challenged: pro-Communism ideas
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Reasons the book was challenged: offensive language, racism
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Reasons the book was challenged: profanity, atheism
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Reasons the book was challenged: too much graphic and scientific information
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The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Reason the book was challenged: religious viewpoints
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Drama by Raina Tegemeier
Reason the book was challenged: LGBT Characters
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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Reason the book was challenged: offensive language
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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Reasons the book was challenged: religious viewpoints, violence, anti-family
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Bone (series) by Jeff Smith
Reasons the book was challenged: political viewpoints, racism, violence
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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Reason the book was challenged: religious viewpoints
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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Reasons the book was challenged: claims of witchcraft, claims of the work being obscene, references to God
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James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Reasons the book was challenged: the single-use of a swear word and references to tobacco and whiskey

 

Happy Reading!

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Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Reading Challenge: A Book with an LGBTQ+ Protagonist

The 2019 Reading Challenges are here!  Are you struggling with what to read in the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Reading Challenge categories? We can help! Throughout the year, we will highlight several juvenile, YA, and adult fiction (or non-fiction) books in most of the categories.
These aren’t the only books we have available in each category but are ideas that can help you spark inspiration, help clarify the category, and (hopefully) make your decision easier.

 

We’re continuing our discussion of books with the category “A Book with an LGBTQ+ Protagonist.”

 

Many LGTBQ+ individuals find community, understanding, and connection in books that feature characters like themselves.  For their friends and family, books with LGTBQ+ characters can be tools for understanding and supporting those they care about. As always, click on the book title or image to place the item on hold in our catalog.

 

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All I Love and Know by Judith Frank
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The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara
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Less by Andrew Sean Greer
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No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansans by C.J. Janovy
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Place to Belong by Claire Boston
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Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States by Samantha Allen
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Some Hell by Patrick Nathan
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Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala
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Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi
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Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality by Sarah McBride
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Willa & Hesper by Amy Feltman
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If I Was Your Girl by Meridith Russo
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The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Kahn
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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Makenzie Lee

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