Saturday, September 28, 2013

Episode 13: Banned Books

A conversation about how public libraries deal with challenges and the art of choosing material that people want to read and watch.

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Click here for OCLN catalog to place a "hold" one one of the 2012 Banned Books:

2012 Top Ten Banned Books

Out of 464 challenges as reported by the Office for Intellectual Freedom
  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey.   Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group
  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie.  Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  3. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher. Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.  Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
  5. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.  Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group
  6. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.  Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green.  Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  8. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz  Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence
  9. The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
  10. Beloved, by Toni Morrison   Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Episode 12- Arr! Talk Like A Pirate Day

Shiver me timbers! September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. To celebrate the occasion, library wenches Jessica and Suzanne talk about all the piratey things they like, pirate events in Massachusetts, and some pirate fact vs. fiction.

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Here are some of the books mentioned in the podcast. Here is our catalog if you would like to check them out yourself:

Like the idea of Alestorm's pirate metal? Listen to their song Of Treasure.

Pirate slang newbie? Here be a fine glossary of piratin' terms.

And here are the Pirate things to explore in Massachusetts. Let us know if we missed your favorite!

Pirates Cove Mini Golf
Pirate Museum, Salem MA
New England Pirate Faire
Whydah Museum

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Episode 11 - Following the Music Scene

Suzanne Gunnerson interviews blogger and fellow librarian, Michael Achille, about the music scene in and around Boston.

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Episode 10: Laughter Yoga at the Library

Ellen and Rose discuss the health benefits of laughing without jokes but with playfulness - a key element of their weekly practice of Laughter Yoga.

Laughter Yoga resources at the Duxbury Free Library:
  • Laughology - film by Albrt Nerenberg:  points out not only that humor is not synonymous with laughter but also that laughter has a longer history and a deeper purpose.
  • Laughter Friends: DVD Luaghter Yoga resource for kids. Laura Gentry
  • Laugh Your Way There: CD for laughing while in the car. Laura Gentry
  • Be Laughter: CD combines Yogic breath and laughtr exercises for an hour of balanced spirit-filled exercise.
  •  Web site of Robert Rivest:
  • Duxbury Free Library web page for weekly Laughter Yoga group: