Those who don't read good books have no advantage over those who can't.
- Mark Twain
Well it is. And how did you celebrate? By reading "The Notebook" again?
Books get challenged and banned for all sorts of reasons, but generally "quality" is not one of them. Often people take issue with the language used (as in Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn), or violence (as in The Hunger Games), or when - well - actually I don't know why on earth anyone would try to ban A Light In The Attic by Shel Silverstein. But in a country of 300 or so million individuals, no book is going to please everyone, no matter what those book clubs say. And some of those 300 million may not only dislike a book, but feel it is so wrong that other people (children in particular) should not be allowed to read it.
On the other end of the spectrum are those that get some idea that a challenged book is somehow "fighting the good fight", as if the author set out to offend people and challenge censorship (which is sometimes, but not often the case). They see, perhaps accurately, a nobility in fighting an unjust system, a la Atticus Finch in that famously challenged (and just plain famous) book To Kill a Mockingbird.
But as you consider both these sides, it's important to stay grounded in reality, and look at just which books are being challenged. As you consider books like To Kill a Mockingbird, Lord of the Flies, and A Wrinkle in Time, keep in mind that the most challenged book of 2013 was the epic, modern classic of American Stoicism: Captain Underpants.
The term "cyber-bullying" has gotten a lot of press recently, especially in education circles, and I think it's great that the world (school administrations in particular) has now realized the dark potential in the instant communication that the internet offers. I don't think this will surprise people to know, but anyone who spends any considerable amount of time on line, especially time spent interacting with strangers, is going to encounter someone who is, for lack of a better word, a jerk. Actually, there is a better word: troll. Why troll?
If you take the analogy of a mean-spirited creature who hides under a bridge waiting for unsuspecting people to trip-trap along, you're not too far off. An article on slate has revealed that research has confirmed what we all already know: so called "net trolls" are, to use a term from the article itself "horrible people." http://tinyurl.com/kpnbo7u
Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.
– Groucho Marx
As you know, the iPhone makes people do funny things. Like stay up all night to be in line to get one. And SOME people get there extra early so they can get the first one. Let me be a little specific here, I'm not talking about the first one sold at that store, or in that country. Because of their time zone, Australia was the first country to begin selling the iPhone 6. And this reporter interviewed the guy who was first in line, the guy who bought the very first one sold anywhere, ever. And then this happened:
You have to wonder, if he'd actually gotten some rest the night before, would he have been just a little quicker to react and maybe catch it. We'll never know. On the subject of damage to iPhones, here's a guy who decided to put his in a blender.
I'm not sure how you make a holiday officially national, but those pirates sure figured it out.
In the WHS library, we will be celebrating National Shh-Like-A-Pirate Day. Please be respectful of our traditions.
I promised I'd post at least one thing every day, and until I figure out some criteria for what warrants a blog post, here's a bit of interesting information, which hopefully may prove useful to you someday, perhaps on Jeopardy.
There is a variant of the classic rubik's cube called the V-Cube 7 which, instead of being three cubes to a side, is seven by seven by seven - hence the name. If you considered it a solid block of cubes, that would make a total of 343 cubes. As you know, these cubes are not solid, and can in fact rotate and transform into mind bogglingly complex permutations. The V-Cube 7 has... take a deep breath... 19.5 duoquinquagintillion different arrangements of tiny, brightly colored squares.
Right now you're probably saying, "But wait, Mr. or Mrs. Wellesley High School Librarian, I'm familiar with millions, billions, and trillions, but after quad- or quintillions things get a little fuzzy. Can't we just use scientific notation?"
We sure can! 19.5 duoquinquagintillion can be shortened to 19.5 x 10^160. That's a hundred and sixty zeros. Ok, technically one hundred and fifty nine, since one of those will actually be the five from the original number. Actually, this is just a rough estimate, to make it a little easier to explain the size of this absurd number. If you actually cared to calculate and write out every since digit it would be:19,500,551,183,731,307,835,329,126,754,019,748,794,904,992,692,043,434,567,152,132,912,323,232,706,135,469,180,065,278,712,755,853,360,682,328,551,719,137,311,299,993,600,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000Holy$*%&ItWentOffThePage!
That's more atoms than there are in the observable universe.
And yet this guy can solve it in under three minutes.
To ask why we need libraries at all, when there is so much information available elsewhere, is about as sensible as asking if roadmaps are necessary now that there are so very many roads. - Jon Bing
Let this be the first "official" blog post for the Wellesley High School Library, or Wilbury A. Crockett Library. Or WHSLibrary. Or "the library." or "That big room with all the books" ...
Aaaanyway, It's our goal to have at least ONE thing posted every school day, even if it's just a link, joke, or random thought. Hopefully we will at least amuse, if not inform, you. Speaking of informing, we'll also use this to keep people updated on library events and general goings-on, like clubs and meetings.
Most of you don't know this, but the library also has a facebook and twitter account and, in theory, this blog should auto-update facebook, which in turn should auto-update twitter. We tried for some sort of synergistic arrangement where all social media would update each other, but that created a feedback loop which threatened to destroy the universe. Naturally, this is against school policy (page 56 of your student handbook), so please learn from our example and avoid this sort of thing in the future.
At any rate, you're probably here because one of the library staff told you to check it out, so thank you for visiting. Please add/follow our facebook and twitter accounts to keep up to date on library current events. Odds are you're going to hear about this more than once, so we apologize in advance.