This and That

I'm hosting a reading contest at the hospital where I work next month in honor of National Medical Librarians' Month. I usually have an open house on or around Halloween, my favorite holiday, but I thought this sounded more fun.

Anyone who works at the hospital, or the affiliated collection of physicians' clinics, can join the contest. All s/he has to do is count the number of book pages read--romance novels, short stories, mysteries, biographies, etc. I'll have weekly messages including the top three totals for motivation, random drawings for small prizes throughout the month, and the grand prize of a $50 gift certificate to the top reader's choice of bookstore.

I always worry that no one will participate when I offer something (in real life or on my blogs), so I'm happy to report that I have eleven registered about an hour after sending an e-mail message to my co-workers. I'll be okay if eleven is the total, even. Relief!!

The blog Mobile Libraries has a nice entry on comparing e-Book Readers if you're considering a purchase in the near-future. Check the blog entry here.

I enjoyed this essay, Twilight: At Home in the Logging Capital of the World by Jamie Passaro, immensely. Passaro grew up in Forks, Washington, moving there at the age of one. Although she no longer lives there, she provides a nice picture of the Real Forks, as opposed to the version in the Stephanie Meyer's novels.

Actually, Etude: New Voices in Literary Nonfiction, the host site for Passaro's essay, has a lot to offer. According to the site, Etude is published four times a year by the Literary Nonfiction program at the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication. See the Summer 2009 issue here, and you can browse issues back to 2002.

And you didn't think that I would forget that September 26-October 3 is this year's Banned Books Week, did you?

Here's a listing of the Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2008 with reasons for the challenges, as found here at the ALA's site.

**And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Reasons: anti-ethnic, anti-family, homosexuality, religious viewpoint, and unsuited to age group

**His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman
Reasons: political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, and violence

**TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group

**Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
Reasons: occult/satanism, religious viewpoint, and violence

**Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
Reasons: occult/satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, and violence

**The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: drugs, homosexuality, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, suicide, and unsuited to age group

**Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group

**Uncle Bobby's Wedding, by Sarah S. Brannen
Reasons: homosexuality and unsuited to age group

**The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group

**Flashcards of My Life, by Charise Mericle Harper
Reasons: sexually explicit and unsuited to age group

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