Monthly Archives: September 2011

Challenge Yourself…Not Books! And Maybe Win Somethin’!

Banned Books Week 2011

Think you’ve got some Banned Books Week smarts? Enter our Banned Books Week Challenge.  Complete the Crossword Puzzle & turn it in (either online or print the pdf & hand it over in person) before Monday October 3rd.  If you get an “A” (20 correct), you’ll be entered into our Grand Prize Drawing–1 lucky winner will get all of the goodies we can throw together (including a flash drive). Oh yeah, and the winner has to be able to pick it up at the library…we don’t  do delivery! The winner & the answers will be posted the week after the contest ends.

Wanna cheat? Stop by Rentschler Library between now & Sept. 30th to browse our banned books that are on display. You just might find some answers!

2. Maya Angelou knew why this [blank]sang caged, but reader’s wanted to keep her quiet.
5. Nabokov named his young female character this…a name now associated with teenage seductresses.
7. Toni Morrison’s [blank] Eye has been challenged for being “vulgar”, “obscene”, & graphic sexual scenes (including 2 rapes).
8. How can something so sweet be so offensive? It’s Cormier’s [blank] War.
9. Banners went nuts over this word being in “The Higher Power of Lucky”
11. The Grapes of Wrath, one of the most frequently challenged books EVER, was written by this man.
14. Just couldn’t see Ralph Ellison’s [blank] Man being banned for profanity.
16. Harry’s popular series is frequently banned for “promoting witchcraft”.
17. On which Farm did Orwell say the “masses will revolt”? The readers sure did.
19. The boy with the issues in Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye.
20. This baby penguin caused controversy for having 2 fathers.
21. What was Ray’s last name? The guy who wrote Fahrenheit 451?
22. Vonnegut’s “sexually explicit” Slaughterhouse [blank] got put on the chopping block.
23. Upton Sinclair’s socialist views caused this [blank] Book to be burned by the Nazis.
1. In what kitchen did Sendak’s naked cartoon boy cause a big stir?
3. Both Madonna & Miami Vice were popular this year, even if the novel with the same title was “too communist” for some.
4. The name of the dog that had too many farts for readers to handle.
6. Contrary to its name, folks hated the violence in this Toni Morrison book.
8. A bookseller had to do time for having this kind of Orange on his shelf in 1973.
10. Some readers thought this Son (of R. Wright) had too much violence, sex & profanity.
11. What kind of “Verses” got Salman Rushdie on a whole lotta peoples’ hit lists?
12. Her Tale (by Margaret Atwood) was challenged for profanity, sex & defamatory statements.
13. James Joyce wrote this LONG book, only to have it burned in the US, Ireland, England, & even Canada.
15. In what kind of a “…New World” did Huxley make promiscous sex “look like fun”?
18. The “n” word in Huckleberry Finn has been rewritten using what word?
19. What kind of Games was Collins writing to get her series on the 2010 Most Frequently Challenged list?

Think you got what it takes? Challenge yourself, not books.

A “Fast Unto Death”–Gandhi’s Legacy

“Real strength resides in your ability to express your ideals.” –Mahatma Gandhi

Did you know?

On September 16th of 1932, Mahatma Gandhi began a “fast unto death” to protest British support of a new Indian Constitution that would separate the Indian electorate by caste, thereby segregating the “untouchables” & ensuring that the social classes would remain unfairly divided. After just six days, the British accepted an alternate proposal & he was able to break the fast. However, Gandhi’s non-violent & steadfast commitment to social justice continued until “The Great Soul” was assassinated in 1948.

You can learn more about his influence at , or check out some of Rentschler Library’s books listed below.

Library Books on Gandhi

10 Years Later…We Remember September 11th

September 11th Display

Where were you on September 11th, 2001? Those of us old enough to remember will never forget the emotions of that day; those too young to remember have grown up in a world impacted by the tragic events. Now, ten years later, we remember the hope & despair, the fear & the courage, the heroes & the victims.

Stop by Rentschler Library now through September 15th to visit our Memorial Display honoring those lost & respecting the courage of those who survived. Featured books are available to browse or for checkout, or you can browse all of Rentschler Library’s books on September 11th in the library’s catalog.