Friday seems like a good day for a linky post about libraries.
I know I have seen photos of many of these libraries before, but really, can any book and library lover ever tire of looking at photos of amazing world libraries? Be sure to have a cup or towel ready to catch the drool.
Turn up your speakers for 10 Best Songs About Libraries and Librarians. I think my favorite one is “Library Rap” by MC Poindexter & The Study Crew. Prepare to get your groove on!
Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) comes out with a short list every year of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Get your pencils sharpened because here is the 2010 Notable Books List for adults.
This is not library related, but close enough. Menifee Union School District in California is reviewing whether they should ban dictionaries that have definitions of sexual terms from classrooms. The ban is being discussed after a parent of an elementary school child complained that her child found a definition for “oral sex” in the dictionary. I think this is one of the more ridiculous book challenges I have ever heard. And I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid my friends and I would regularly search dictionaries for “dirty words.” That’s what kids do. Besides, kids have to have somewhere to go to find out what the words they hear on the playground mean without having to ask an adult who will, inevitably, be shocked and appalled and the poor kid will end up confused and ashamed. Looking the words up in a dictionary is much better than looking them up on the internet where, no doubt, you can get plenty of visuals to go along with them.
Have a good weekend everyone!