Titans of the Graphic Novel

Learn about and view the video of the Library program – Titans of the Graphic Novel: an Evening with Alison Bechdel and Harvey Pekar.

Banned Books Week

“Banned Books Week (September 25-October 2) is an annual celebration of intellectual freedom or, “The freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular.” Sponsored by the American Library Association, this year’s theme is ‘Think for Yourself and Let Others Do the Same’.

Every time period in history has depended on authors to challenge taboo subjects, educate people on sociological issues, and do it in an entertaining way.  Censorship prevents people, especially children and young adults, from being able to discover the wonderful characters, emotion, and ideology that are often found in controversial literature.  It makes me wonder; who would we all be if we would not have been able to discover the bizarre world of Holden Caulfield, or travel down the Mississippi River with Huck Finn?”

What is your favorite banned book?

Lindsey Levinsohn is a collection development specialist for OverDrive.

Think for Yourself and Let Others Do the Same’ provides a list of  books challenged or banned in 2009-2010. It includes suggestions on what you can do to protect your right to read and how to get invovled.

Teen Read Week

Teen Read starts October 1 and runs through October 23, 2010.  To get started download the Teen Read Week form.

For downloadable eBooks and eAudio books go to the Library’s eMedia Catalog. For reading suggestions track our suggestions in the Library blogs Bookin Las Vegas and eRead Me Vegas.

World Holidays – October

Cyprus – Independence Day – October 1
Celebrates Cyprus’ independence from Britain, gained in 1960.

Nigeria – National Day – October 1
Commemorates Nigeria’s independence after 60 years under British control (1900-1960).

India – Ghandi Jayanti (Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday) – October 2
Celebrates the birth of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Admirers embark on pilgrimages to the Raj Ghat in Delhi, where Gandhi was cremated. Spinning and weaving (which Gandhi promoted as a way to combat British monopolies) are also done in his honor on this day.

Germany – German Unification Day – October 3
Commemorates the reunification of East and West Germany. Germans celebrate with a street festival, speeches, and marches. Each year, festivities are held in a different German state.

North & South Korea – Han’gul Day – October 9
Commemorates the founding of the Korean alphabet, which was developed by scholars in 1446. It is celebrated with Confucian rituals, traditional dance performances, and calligraphy competitions.

Taiwan – Double Tenth Day – October 10
Named for its date (the tenth day of the tenth month), this day celebrates the Chinese Revolution in 1911, which led to the establishment of the Republic of China. Celebrated with rallies, parades, performances, and fireworks.

Peru – Senor de los Milagros (Lord of the Miracles) – October 18-28
An annual procession based around a wall painting of Christ made by an Angolan slave in Peru in the 1600s. Portions of the wall are carried through the streets of Lima and are followed by thousands of people.

Find out more about these holidays in CultureGrams.


“According to the National Crime Prevention Council, 43% of teens have been the victims of cyber bullying in the past year. To help parents, educators, and others better understand, prevent, and take action against this growing concern, ebrary is subsidizing a collection of e-books on cyber bullying. Additionally, ebrary employees have uploaded a number of government documents from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, U.S. Department of Justice, and other organizations.”

ebrary’s Cyberbullying Searchable Information Center

The Library also offers many print titles on bullying  as well.  Here are a few examples found in the library as well as online at ebrary:

Kids can also play Cyber Cadets to learn how to be safe on the Internet.  The Librarian’s Brain links to Cyber Cadets on our Games page.