Monthly Archives: September 2021

Banned Books Week 2021

Word Cloud of common reasons for book challenges.
Censorship is NOT cool.

It’s the beginning of this year’s Banned Books Week. A lot of books have been banned or challenged this year due to BOTH racism AND anti-racism, BLM, and LGBTQIA+ themes.

There are many webinars you can watch to expand your knowledge and enlighten yourself to what Banned Books Week means and how to advocate for your right to read.

You can check them out at the Banned Books Week website or head over to Pen America where they will be discussing topics like Gender Identity, Political and Historical Censorship, and the Erasure of Black Thought among other topics.

Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2020
Let people read what they want to read.

You can check out one of these books from your Lewisu Library, or request a copy from I-Share.

Meet Our New Grad Assistant!

Meet Isabel!

What is your position at the library and why did you choose to work for the Lewis Library?

I am a Graduate Assistant mainly working on projects and at the research desk. I chose to work for the Lewis Library because it’s the intersection of a lot of my passions: education, technology, and books! I feel that I have a lot to contribute to the Lewis Library but also a lot to learn from working here that I can take with me in my future as a high school teacher. 

Choose any movie or TV show title that represents the “story of your life.”  Which character are you from the movie/show?

I’d choose the reality tv show Survivor. If I was a character, I would be a contestant who makes it through to at least the jury (for anyone familiar with the show), using my wits and making alliances to make it far. I’d also be someone who isn’t a huge physical threat, but I’d work hard enough at camp so I can fly under the radar for the most part.  

If you could have any one superpower, what would you choose?

It would definitely be telekinesis. I like that it represents the power of the mind, and in a lot of the canon of comic books, movies, and television it’s one of the more powerful abilities out there. Also, it’s very convenient!

Libraries are constantly evolving. What are some things that you would like to see happen at the Lewis library?

I feel that for me as a student the library has become a place to destress, to take a quiet time for yourself whether you’re resting or still trying to be productive. I think I’d like to see the library lean into that a bit more by placing reminders that students deserve rest, providing treats and goodies perhaps, promoting strategies for self-care, etc.

What are you reading (or what was the last book you read)?

The last book I read was The Maidens by Alex Michaelides just before the fall semester started. It’s a mystery thriller surrounding Greek mythology and the students and faculty at the University of Cambridge. It kept me guessing until the very end! I highly recommend it!