One of the most popular genres in Young Adult Literature is Contemporary Realistic Fiction. This genre provides believable stories that deal with the issues and struggles that today’s young adults can relate to. Topics include peer pressure, bullying, drug use, rape, incest, depression, eating disorders, suicide, pregnancy, disabilities, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Books like these are greatly needed as they can provide what’s known as “bibliotherapy” - reading for the purpose of healing. Unfortunately, many of these titles have been banned/challenged as having inappropriate content for the targeted age group.
Here are a couple of recommended titles that the JCC Libraries own:
Cut by Patricia McCormick. (Hultquist Library - PAPERBACK)
- Summary: Callie McPherson has been admitted into a residential treatment facility for self-mutilation. Refusing to speak to anyone at first, Callie finally opens up and confronts what triggered her to start harming herself.
- Themes: Depression/Anxiety, Self-Mutilation
- Reason for challenge/ban: Critics argue that Cut glamorizes self-mutilation and encourages readers to try doing it themselves.
- Positive message: You are not alone. There are others facing problems like yours. Reach out and talk to someone.
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (Cattaraugus Campus Library – Pab Anderson)
- Summary: Melinda Sordino has been ostracized by her peers for calling the police and breaking up an end-of-summer party. Melinda stops speaking to anyone and refuses to explain the real reason why she called the police.
- Themes: Bullying, Depression, Rape
- Reason for challenge/ban: Rape scene, referred to as “soft porn”
- Positive message: If you have been or you know someone who has been a victim of sexual assault, speak up!
For more recommended titles, visit our Young Adult Literature LibGuide: http://sunyjcc.libguides.com/yalit
JCC has the Silent Witness Program. If you have concerns about a fellow student, please don’t ignore it. Speak up! Report it here: http://www.sunyjcc.edu/student-life/campus-safety/silent-witness-form
Banned Books Week is Sept.27th-Oct.3rd. This is the celebration of the freedom to read. It was started in 1982 after a sudden rise in the number of challenges of books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association and over 300 reported in 2014 alone. Come celebrate your freedom to read at The Hultquist Library’s Banned Book Read Out. Wednesday Sept. 30th at Noon in the Pit. Read from your favorite banned book or just sit and enjoy listening to others. You might just find your next book to read. Pizza will be served.
Go to http://www.ala.org/bbooks/ for a list of Banned and challenged books.
The temperature is finally warming up and summer is right around the corner! Whether you are a tree hugger, animal lover, or just need some summer reading material, the Hultquist Library is the place for you! We have an extensive collection of magazines and a number of them focus on nature and wildlife! Here are a few magazines you may enjoy:
Audubon is the journal of the National Audubon Society. Audubon focuses on topics related to nature and wildlife, but a special emphasis is put on the habitats and behaviors of different types of birds.
Mother Earth News is a magazine that is perfect for somebody yearning for a self-sufficient lifestyle. This magazine features articles on organic gardening, DIY projects, and renewable energy.
National Geographic features articles on geography, history, and world culture as well as animals and wildlife. Colorful, dramatic photographs fill the pages.
National Wildlife is the official publication of the National Wildlife federation, the country’s largest conservation organization. The magazine contains information on the nation’s natural resources and environment.
Outside is a publication with a large amount of information on the great outdoors. Articles include expert advice on the best places to travel and what gear and equipment may be needed for a trip.
Peta’s Animal Times is a publication from the organization PETA, which stands for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The publication features animal rights stories and vegan recipes.
These are only a few of the magazines and publications we have at the library. There are many more that can help you pass the time on lazy, hot summer days! If you are interested in learning about what more we have to offer, please stop in for a visit!
What happens during an average day in the library? Today the JCC Libraries’ staff and librarians will be taking pictures, recording your comments, and gathering statistics to find out. This is an opportunity for us to capture “one day in the life” of our libraries with photos, stories and numbers and to highlight the services we provide and the impact we have on students, staff, faculty, and community members at JCC. Tell us why you are using the library today by taking our Snapshot Day Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WBP2YLF
Library Snapshot Day is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA).
The Hultquist Library will be participating in The Big Read and hosting a book discussion on April 15th @ noon. We will be discussing F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. A LibGuide (http://sunyjcc.libguides.com/content.php?pid=663648) has been created to accompany the discussion and provide insight into the 1920s era, the work, and the life of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Please join us for the discussion and refreshments. Free copies of the book are available at the Hultquist Library Reference Desk.
Are you a fashion lover? Are you looking for new ways to spruce up your spring wardrobe and make up styles? The Hultquist Library offers several beauty and fashion magazines that can give you some fresh ideas! Here are a few of the magazines that we currently offer for check out.
Cosmopolitan - Along with fashion and beauty, Cosmo features articles on women’s issues, relationship advice, and health.
Glamour - This magazine offers a variety of make- up and hair tutorials, outfit ideas (the latest fashion trends!) and even some celebrity gossip!
Vanity Fair - There are plenty of advertisements for new clothes and handbags in Vanity Fair. Aside from fashion, the magazine includes in-depth articles about current events and entertainment.
Vogue - Even the title of the magazine means “style” in French! Read Vogue for hundreds of pages of up and coming fashion trends. Vogue also features interviews with your favorite celebs!
If you are interested in finding out more, visit the Hultquist Library’s current periodical section near the Reference area! Remember, you can check out three magazines at a time for up to a week.
The Hultquist Library will be hosting a Big Read book discussion of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, from noon to 1 p.m. JCC English instructor, Gib Higgins, will be moderating the discussion. Refreshments will be served.
Stop by the Reference Desk at the Hultquist Library to register in advance for this event. The first 15 participants to register will receive a free copy of the book.
This event is part of the Jayhawk Journey: http://www.sunyjcc.edu/student-life/campus-life/jayhawk-journey.
For more information about the Big Read, visit: http://www.neabigread.org/books/greatgatsby/