Friday, June 20, 2014

Campus Read Bringing Author Kathleen Norris to BSC in October

North Dakota and South Dakota are commemorating their 125th anniversary of entry into statehood with a special One Book collaboration that is being organized through a joint effort of the North Dakota Humanities Council, South Dakota Humanities Council, and the 125th Anniversary Committees from each state. 
The book chosen for the One Book collaboration is Dakota: a Spiritual Geography by Kathleen Norris. Dakota will also be BSC's Campus Read book this fall.

As part of the One Book project, author Kathleen Norris will conduct a sixteen-city tour in North and South Dakota to interact with readers and promote exploration of the book's themes. 

Norris will be at BSC on Saturday, October 4, at 2 p.m. in the Bavendick Stateroom at the NECE.

Click here for the complete North Dakota tour schedule.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

About Kathleen Norris - Author of Dakota, a Spiritual Geography

Kathleen Norris is the author of the 2014 Campus Read selection, Dakota: a Spiritual Geography.  This book is also part of a special One Book collaboration by the states of North Dakota and South Dakota to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the entry of both into statehood.

"Kathleen Norris is the award-winning poet, writer, and author of The New York Times bestsellers The Cloister Walk, Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith, and The Virgin of Bennington.  Exploring the spiritual life, her work is at once intimate and historical, rich in poetry and meditations, brimming with exasperation and reverence, deeply grounded in both nature and spirit, sometimes funny, and often provocative."  Read more ...

Monday, April 21, 2014

Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2013

The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom collects reports on book challenges from librarians, teachers, concerned individuals, and press reports. On April 15, OIF released the top ten most frequently challenged books list of 2013 as part of the State of America's Libraries Report.  

The number one most frequently challenged book of 2013 was Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants series, which ranked #1 for the second year in a row. The series also placed in the Top Ten in 2002, 2004, and 2005. 

Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2013 
(out of 307 challenges as reported by ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom)

1)      Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence

2)      The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence

3)      The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie (2008 Campus Read selection)
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group 

4)      Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

5)      The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (2012 Campus Read selection)
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group 

6)      A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit

7)      Looking for Alaska, by John Green
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

8)      The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

9)      Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit

10)  Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence