October82014
Stress no more! SAT is now a breeze.

Stress no more! SAT is now a breeze.

3PM
Bad Kitty is bringing the readers to the library. Have you read one of the books?

Bad Kitty is bringing the readers to the library. Have you read one of the books?

April52014

The famed Fairy-Tale Ball starts in an hour (aka 2:00), the cumulative event of the season! Feel free to drag your younger siblings down if you want an excuse to dress up as a prince/princess/whatever suits your fancy.

April42014
//violently apologizes for not posting this earlier

//violently apologizes for not posting this earlier

April12014
March312014

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes now forming at Clarke County Library. Call (540) 536-1648 for information. Cosponsored by Handley Regional Library and Literacy Volunteers Winchester Area.

This isn’t a new book or fun activity, but I figure it’s still a pretty important thing that might help you, your family, or people you know. Just spreading the information—just in case, you know!

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes now forming at Clarke County Library. Call (540) 536-1648 for information. Cosponsored by Handley Regional Library and Literacy Volunteers Winchester Area.

This isn’t a new book or fun activity, but I figure it’s still a pretty important thing that might help you, your family, or people you know. Just spreading the information—just in case, you know!

March272014

I checked up on Mrs. Strader’s blog today to find a literal goldmine

Look. Look at it. A beautiful list of YA dystopian novels. I’m never leaving the house again.

March242014

Looks like the used booksale at the Bowman Library will also be taking place the 26 and the 27! 

How about I just give you all the information so I don’t clog up your dash. Click here! Sound good?

March212014
psssssst! These books are going to be really cheap so stop by when you can!

psssssst! These books are going to be really cheap so stop by when you can!

March192014

Preview night for Friends members only, 6-9 p.m. at the Bowman Library. Not a member yet? You can join at the door (or, if your parents are, hitch a ride. It’ll be cool. I think you can do that. Trust me.)

March182014

There’s a new book review: Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano! I think it’s about a serial killer? I don’t know, there’s too many books to read and I’m falling behind. 

March172014

Snow Day!

Branches of the Handley library aren’t going to be open today. Have an awesome day off!

March142014

Here’s wishing you a happy Pi day from the Handley Regional Library!

March132014

Here’s another book review by Jo Strader: Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau. It’s part of a series, so be sure to check out the others first! (If you want my opinion, it actually looks really good, and I’m not just saying that.)

3PM

Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska Challenged

fishingboatproceeds:

Earlier today I received an email from a high school English teacher in Strasburg, Colorado who plans to teach an elective Young Adult literature course. A group of parents created a petition to “cleanse” the book list, claiming that the majority of the books on the curriculum, “are profane, pornographic, violent, criminal, crass, crude, vile, and will result in the irreparable erosion of my students’ moral character.”

Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska have been targeted in particular, and the press attended the most recent school board meeting. The motion has been tabled for the next meeting at 7:00 pm on April 9th at Strasburg High School: 56729 e. Colorado Ave, Strasburg, CO 80136.

Please join me in emailing letters of support of the teacher at Strasburg who has heroically stood by her curriculum and stood alone at School Board meetings defending the books. It’s important to keep your letter as civil as possible, even if this kind of thing turns you into a giant squid of anger.

Letters should be addressed "To the School Board" and emailed to StrasburgYALiteratureCourse@gmail.com. It would also be a great help to attend the next School Board meeting if you live in the area.

I am extremely grateful to those who have come out in support of my books on the various occasions they have been challenged, who understand that I am not out to corrupt teenagers, and who further understand the importance of reading books critically and thoughtfully as a whole, rather than focusing on individual scenes ripped from their context. Thanks for supporting my books, and thanks for being awesome.

Full proposed curriculum below the jump.

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