Archive for August, 2022

Readers Dozen – September 2022

Since Banned Books Week (which is Sep 18-24), is so short, we’re giving you the entire month to complete the September Readers Dozen challenge to read a banned book! So, this month read a little irresponsibly and find a book – using the lists below, if you like – to find out why people want a certain title removed from the shelves.

Need ideas? Here are a few:

Top 10 Most Challenged Books (ALA – Office for Intellectual Freedom)

Banned Books (FIRE)

List of Book Banned by Governments (Wikipedia)

30 Banned Books You Should Probably Read Right Now (Readers Digest)

You can also come into the Library for more recommendations. Make sure you fill out your entry form by Oct 7 to be eligible for the yearly prize. Read free!

Readers Dozen August 2022

Just in time for back-to-school, our Readers Dozen challenge is tasking you with a fun assignment: read a book about a topic you know little to nothing about. Forget about the three “Rs” – teach yourself something fun in August. Whether you’ve always wanted to learn more about a subject, or wished you had time to delve into something new, now’s the time to dip into our vast collection of books-about-things-you-never-knew-existed.

Don’t know what you don’t know? Here are a few suggestions. Or, call us or drop in and we’ll help you find a match! Fill out your entry form here by Sep 7.


Forbidden Hollywood: The Pre-Code Era (1930-1934) When Sin Ruled the Movies – Mark A. Vieira

The Children’s Blizzard – David Laskin

13: The Story of the World’s Most Popular Superstition – Nahaniel Lachenmeyer

The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi, the World’s Most Astonishing Number – Mario Livio

Death in Yellowstone: Accidents and Foolhardiness in the First National Park – Lee H. Whittlesey

The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg – Nicholas Dawidoff

The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World’s Great Drinks – Amy Stewart

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary – Simon Winchester

The Facemaker: A Visionary Surgeon’s Battle to Mend the Disfigured Soldiers of WWI – Lindsey Fitzharris

The Art of Disney Costuming: Heroes, Villains, and Spaces Between – Jeff Kurtti

Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of 80s and 90s Teen Fiction – Gabrielle Moss

Pandora’s Jar: Women in Greek Myths – Natalie Haynes

The Last Slave Ship: The True Story of How Clotilda Was Found, Her Descendants, and an Extraordinary Reckoning – Ben Raines

How to Be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question – Michael Schur

The Secret Life of Groceries: The Dark Miracle of the American Supermarket – Benjamin Lorr