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What's Trending? (Dec. 5-10)

Welcome back everyone!  December is officially here, but the weather is surprisingly mild for this time of year.  Whether you're begging for snow or enjoying the sight of the grass for a few more precious days, I hope you'll find something fun here at Let's Talk Trending!

What's Trending This Week? (Nov. 26-Dec. 2nd)

So, we're kicking this off a little late, but let's talk about all the exciting things going on this week!  Let's Talk Trending!

To start with, this week marks the end of November and the start of December.  Can you believe that 2017 is almost over??  Where did this year go?

Banned Books Week 2

Welcome to Day 2 of Banned Books Week postings.  Yesterday, we talked about the importance of Banned Books Week.  Today, I'm going to talk about a few banned books that might surprise you.  I was working with a coworker yesterday to add more books to the display, and found myself constantly questioning the titles she added.  Not because I didn't want them on the display*, but because I couldn't understand why that particular title would be banned.

Banned Books Week

Show your rebellious side and celebrate Banned Books Week with us!  This is one of my favorite times of the year, because its a perfect reminder of the importance of the library and the dangers of censorship.  By banning a book, you essentially are saying that no one should be allowed to read it.  And while your concerns are certainly legitimate, oftentimes, this leads to restricting access of books to other patrons.  A good way to think of it is like this: if everyone went into the stacks and pulled books that they didn't like or didn't agree with, we wouldn't have very many books on the shelves at all!  I once heard it put best: "A good library always has something to offend everyone".

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Death Note Comes to Netflix

As you might have guessed from my last blog post, I'm a huge fan of anime and manga.  And so are a lot of my friends.  It comes as no surprise, then, that I would be hearing a lot about the new live-action film adaptation of the Japanese series Death Note.  In fact, it's been all over my Facebook feed.  As with any adaptation, of course, there is bound to be some debate about whether or not this is worth watching.  While I'm spare you the details, generally reviews have been mixed, and as a huge fan of the series, myself, I'm not sure whether I should watch or not.  But, dear reader, you can rest assured that the original Death Note series comes with only the highest recommendations from me!

 

The Beginner's Guide to Anime and Manga

Anime and manga have become very popular.  And to a lot of the uninitiated, it doesn't make a lot of sense.  After all, what can so many adults find fascinating about watching children's cartoons and reading comic books?  Quite a bit, as it turns out!

National Library Lover's Month

Library, Image Credit to Rich Grundy

February is National Library Lover's Month!

Tennis

Tennis raquet and ball in the air

The Australian Open ended yesterday, and the results are in:

MEN'S SINGLES: Roger Federer (Switzerland)

WOMEN'S SINGLES: Serena Williams (USA)

MEN'S DOUBLES: Henri Kontinen (Finland) & John Peers (Australia)

WOMEN'S DOUBLES: Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) & Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic)

MIXED: Abigail Spears (USA) & Juan Sebastián Cabal (Columbia)

William Peter Blatty (1928-2017)

It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of author William Peter Blatty, who passed away on Thursday at age 89, after a battle with cancer.  His name might not be familiar to all of you, but certainly his works will be.  Blatty was a prolific author in the horror genre, although he's best known for his story of a 12-year old girl possessed by a demon: The Exorcist.  This chilling tale is not only Blatty's most famous work, but won him an Academy Award for Best Screenplay, and the film was the first horror movie nominated for Best Picture.