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Monday, September 25, 2006

ALA announces challenged books....

Harry Potter tops list of most challenged books of 21st Century

(CHICAGO) In anticipation of the 25th anniversary of Banned Books Week (September 23-30), the American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top 10 most challenged books from 2000-2005, with the Harry Potter series of books leading the pack. The 10 most challenged books of the 21st Century (2000-2005) are:

1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

2. "The Chocolate War" by Robert Cormier

3. Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

4. "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck

5. "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou

6. "Fallen Angels" by Walter Dean Myers

7. "It's Perfectly Normal" by Robie Harris

8. Scary Stories series by Alvin Schwartz

9. Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey

10. "Forever" by Judy Blume


Now readers can vote online for THEIR favorite challenged book by logging on at The ALA will announce the "winners" Monday, October 2.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Sherry says:

With the Kansas Book Festival about to take place in Wichita, I wanted everyone to know that you (and your users!) can learn more about favorite authors and books in the Literature Resource Center database.

The State Library's Kansas Library Card is the key to opening literary criticism and biographical information for authors, illustrators, etc.

And it is FREE!! If you look up Rosemary Wells and her book Bunny Cakes or Gordon Parks and his book The Learning Tree, you will find articles, criticism, and author information. There is a Fort Scott connection in there too! Try the Kansas Library Card today.

Thanks to:
Sherry Hawkins Backhus, MLS
Information Professional
"Who dares to teach must
never cease to learn."
John Cotton Dana

for this post.


Wednesday, September 06, 2006

The First Ever Kansas Book Festival


September 29-30, 2006 Lawrence-Dumont Stadium

The first ever Kansas Book Festival, a signature event in the Countdown to Statehood, features two days of continuous performances, readings,and workshops. The free Festival,celebrating books, art and Kansas heritage, runs

9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Friday, September 29, and
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, September 30,

at the Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita.

Governor Kathleen Sebelius and Kansas Poet Laureate Jonathan Holden are among the many authors, performers, and presenters featured at the Festival.

“The Kansas Book Festival will enhance cultural appreciation and awareness within our state," said Governor Kathleen Sebelius. "I encourage Kansans to mark their calendars and join us for this unique event.”

Featured Kansas authors include Don Coldsmith, Robert Day, Michael J.Everhart, Jim Hoy, Craig Miner, and William M. Tsutsui.

Performers and presentations include the Friends University Soulstice, Native American Exhibition Dancers, Lemuel Sheppard, Tropical Shores Steel Drum Band, and Wichita Children’s Theatre.

The Tribute to Gordon Parks on Saturday afternoon features jazz artist Queen Bey and filmmaker Kevin Wilmott.

The Festival culminates with a film screening of the new motion picture on Truman Capote, Infamous. Director Douglas McGrath will be in attendance at this special showing at the Warren Theaters. For more information visit

As part of the Festival, the Black, White and READ All Over Ball will be 8 - 11 p.m. Friday, September 29, at Exploration Place in Wichita. Jazz vocalist Donna Tucker will provide the entertainment for the evening along with a five-piece jazz instrumental group. The Ball will honor fifteen authors with 2006 Kansas Notable Books medals. Tickets are $50 per person. For more information contact Vikki Jo Stewart, Kansas State Library, 620-331-8218,

The 2006 Kansas Book Festival is produced by the Governor’s Cultural Affairs Council and the Kansas Center for the Book in cooperation with state and local organizations. For more information about the 2006 Kansas Book Festival, visit

Corporate sponsors to date include Spirit AeroSystems, Wichita Eagle, Kansas State Historical Society, and Kansas State Library.