Week 8: Topic 1
- Do you see any books on the ALA list that you've read or know about? List some of them and what you thought of the book.
2.What’s your take on limiting access to various books and other materials in public schools or local libraries? Do objections seem reasonable?
I don't think that a public library should be able to limit access however a school I feel is a little different. A school has an obligation to "protect" it's students and in protecting them I think that we are also somewhat responsible for protecting not only physically but mentally also. I think that at grade school age it should be up to the parents what their student is allowed to read. Most of the kids that come through my library for example know if their parents are alright with them reading Harry Potter for instance. I have had students say my mom says I can't read those and they don't.
3.Now think about the bookshelves at your home. List some of the books and authors that visitors would find on your bookshelves. What do those books and writers tell us about you and your interests/passions?
My bookshelves are full of cookbooks, old books from my grandparents, and lots of books for 4th grade and up that I read so I can tell my students about them or so I can decide if I think a parent might find something object able to it so I can put it in my permission only section. One of my favorite authors is James Patterson, both his young adult and his adult books. I fell in love with his books by reading some that I had in my library that I thought my students would like but they hadn't been picked up so I read them to see now when kids ask about a good book I usually point them in his direction or Rick Riordan, or Mull, or Haddix, or.... Needless to say I read a lot of young adult books.