Banned Books Week – Political Policy

Normally, the people of a country disapprove of messages undermining or questioning its authority and ideology. Books that hail from a country that represents that country as dystopia are quick to be challenged. Some authors who delve into such themes are often scrutinized, slandered, recipients of death threats, or in some cases exiled.

Here are some books we have in our collection that have been banned or challenged because the authors have described their own countries as an undesirable place to live due to the people in power.

The First Circle, Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr Isaevich DB022877

The story of a relatively comfortable Soviet prison camp that serves as a research center staffed by captive intellectuals. The camp parallels the first circle of Dante’s Inferno, the imaginary dwelling of the pre-Christian philosophers. When they are commanded to carry out a project, the prisoners must choose between integrity and comfort. Some strong language.

The Autobiography of Malcom X, X, Malcolm DB065510

The life of African American religious leader Malcolm X (1925-1965). The author describes his boyhood in Lansing, Michigan, street life in Harlem, conversion to the Black Muslim movement while imprisoned for robbery, and evolution into a high-profile spokesman for black dignity, power, and separatism.

Nineteen Eighty-Four, Orwell, George DB034268

Satire about an alternate London under a totalitarian regime overseen by the omnipresent Big Brother. Winston Smith, a Ministry of Truth bureaucrat, attempts an intellectual rebellion against the Party while he pursues an illicit romance. His actions lead to his imprisonment, torture, and reeducation by the Thought Police.

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New on NOBLE – 5 New issues of Diabetes Self Management

New on NOBLE, new Diabetes Self Management issues just in time for fall. Check out these 5 newly uploaded issues:

Lots more to download and listen to on NOBLE. Check out NOBLE for locally recorded Magazines and Books – https://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/lbph/read/download/noble

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New on NOBLE – 3 New Issues of Wildlife in North Carolina

New on NOBLE, 3 new issues of Wildlife in North Carolina. Check out the November/December 2016, January/February 2017 and May/June 2017 issues of Wildlife in North Carolina and learn more about all our state has to offer. While you’re there, check out all of the other locally recorded magazines we have to offer on NOBLE and make them part of your fall reading. Lots more to download and listen to on NOBLE. Check out NOBLE – https://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/lbph/read/download/noble for more local downloadable favorites.

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Banned Books Week – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain DB057349 BRX00512

In this story, the protagonist, Huckleberry (Huck) Finn, fakes his death to get away from his abusive father and encounters a runaway slave he knows, Jim, trying to avoid being separated from his wife and children by being sold to another slave owner. Despite it being against the law, Huck attempts to help the former slave escape to the northern states. Huck and Jim experience adventure after adventure, ultimately leading to Jim being caught. However, with the help of Huck’s friend Tom Sawyer they make an attempt to rescue Jim.

This book has been challenged and banned when it originally published and recently. When it was first published in 1884, this book was controversial because it featured friendship between a white boy and a black slave. Huck and Tom were technically aiding a criminal by helping Jim escape to freedom. In 2002, this booked sparked controversy again because the use of offensive language made some students feel uncomfortable.

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New on NOBLE – North Carolina Historical Review October 2016

New on NOBLE, another edition of North Carolina Historical Review for your downloading and listening pleasure. Check out the October 2016 edition of the NC Historical Review and learn more about the great history of the state of North Carolina. Lots more to download and listen to on NOBLE. Check out NOBLE – https://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/lbph/read/download/noble for more local downloadable favorites.

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Banned Books Week – 10 Most Challenged Books of 2016

The last week of September is recognized as Banned Books Week. When a book is challenged, it is threatening to deny others the access to knowledge by removing the book from a school’s curriculum and the library. This is a direct threat to the freedom of speech. Throughout 2016, 323 books were challenged to be banned.

The ten most challenged books of 2016 were challenged for featuring LBGT characters, descriptions of drug abuse, being sexually explicit, descriptions of violence, the criminal sexual allegations against Bill Cosby, and the use of offensive language. Here are some of the 10 most challenged books from 2016. You may see the full list created by the American Library Association by clicking the link at the end of the blog.

  • George Gino, Alex, DB082273
    • When people look at George, they think they see a boy, but she knows she’s really a girl. A class play pushes George to take action. George and her friend Kelly come up with a plan so that everyone can know who she truly is.
  • I am Jazz! Herthel, Jessica and Jennings, Jazz DB085028 BR021044
    • Autobiography of Jazz Jennings, who recounts her early awareness that she is a girl in spite of male anatomy, and the acceptance she finds through a wise doctor who explains her natural transgender status.
  • Two Boys Kissing, Levithan, David BR020465 DB078286
    • A chorus of men who died of AIDS observes and yearns to help a cross-section of today’s gay teens who navigate new love, long-term relationships, coming out, self-acceptance, and more.
  • Looking for Alaska, John Green, DB061873
    • Entering boarding school in Alabama, sixteen-year-old Miles “Pudge” Halter encounters new experiences: challenging classes, extreme pranks, and Alaska Young, a moody, sexy girl whose death in a car crash might be a suicide.
  • The Meanest Thing to Say, Bill Cosby, DB045512
    • Michael, a new boy in the second grade, wants to play a game to see who can say the meanest thing. Little Bill’s dad gives him an idea of how to turn the game around, and Little Bill makes friends with Michael.
      • The entire Little Bill series was challenged.
  • Eleanor and Park, Rowell, Rainbow, DB076406
    • After socially painful circumstances toss Eleanor and Park together, they form an unlikely–and extraordinary–romance. Although the two sixteen-year-olds know that the odds of remaining together forever are slim, they find the courage to try.

See the full list of the 10 most challenged books of 2016 provided in the link below.

http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10

 

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Did You Know – NCLBPH Descriptive Video

Did you know the North Carolina Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped offers descriptive videos for its patrons? For a one time membership fee of $20 dollars, patrons are able to receive descriptive videos in the mail as they would with their favorite books. Descriptive Videos are movies and TV shows which use a voice to describe what’s happening on the screen in great detail. These videos can be enjoyed by everyone, both sighted and visually impaired. On our this webpage, you’ll learn how to be a member, see a demonstration of a descriptive video, and learn how to access our video catalog.

Learn more about our Descriptive Video Service by clicking the link below!

https://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/lbph/services/descriptive-videos

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New on NOBLE – Blind Justice

For your reading pleasure, a new Digital Talking Book on NOBLE –  Blind Justice by Craig B. Brown – dbx01233. In this autobiography, recorded by Triangle Radio Reading Service, talks about Judge Craig Brown’s life and legal career, as a fixture in the Durham, North Carolina, criminal justice system for most of his adult life. He was an outspoken critic of the system and its effect on the disadvantaged victims of gang violence. In this hard hitting book by an active participant in many nationally famous trials, he tells of his life and his career as a judge in one of North Carolina’s most active judicial districts. Download it today from NOBLE – https://files.nc.gov/dncr-statelibrary/LBPH/NOBLE/books/db-blindjustice-dbx01233.zip

Check out NOBLE – http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/lbph/noble.html for more local downloadable favorites in both audio and braille.

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New on NOBLE – A Fork in the Road

For your reading pleasure, a new Digital Talking Book on NOBLE – A Fork In the Road: A Story of Chronic Illness, Fortitude, Faith, and our Nation by Craig B Brown – DBX01232. In this memoir, recorded by Triangle Radio Reading Service, blind, retired Judge Craig B. Brown revisits his 35-year battle with Behcet’s Syndrome, a disease which ultimately blinded him, but which led to his 13 years of private legal practice before he became the fourth blind judge in the history of North Carolina. The book broadens to include the common train wrecks that all of us face, such the death of your parents, loss of employment, and divorce, among other things. Download it today from NOBLE – https://files.nc.gov/dncr-statelibrary/LBPH/NOBLE/books/db-forkintheroad-dbx01232.zip

Check out NOBLE – http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/lbph/noble.html for more local downloadable favorites in both audio and braille.

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New on NOBLE – 3 New 2017 Our State Magazines

New on NOBLE, just in time to get ready for fall, comes 3 new editions of Our State magazine.

Check out the February 2017, June 2017 and July 2017 editions of Our State magazine. While you’re there you can also check out some of the other favorite magazines there, such as Carolina Country, Dialogue Magazine and even Tar Heel Talk.

Lots more to download and listen to on NOBLE. Check out NOBLE – https://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/lbph/read/download/noble for more local downloadable favorites.

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