The library will be closed Wed. Nov 23 until we reopen on Sunday 27. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Here at Macdonald-Kelce we are grateful for the wisdom of the many writers, professors, and great minds whose work lives in the stacks of all the world’s libraries. Here’s a quote by Kurt Vonnegut, beloved author, free thinker, humorist and humanist, reflecting on humanity’s gift for love, and the ability to be joyful with what you have:
“I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.’” — Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country, 2007
There are books that address the experiences of marginalized groups in the US, books that bring to light the stories of immigrants, of the LGBTQ community, of the Indigenous peoples of the Americas, and other non-white race/ethnicities that make up a significant part of our country. Many of these books, especially YA and children’s’ books, unsettle those who don’t affiliate with these groups. In the article below, the author uses statistics from other recent studies to highlight the fact that diverse books are often targeted for censorship. She points to novels such as Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which the library has in the collection (find it on the second floor, PS3551.L35774 A27 2009).
This year’s Banned Books Week theme, diverse books, has been on my mind for some time. As Jamie LaRue, director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom, has noted, defining diversity is difficult. However, the definition used by the organization We Need Diverse Books is succinct and inclusive: “We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.”
You all may need a breather and a laugh after election day. What could be funnier than the 1976 Bucs? Come join us in Reeves Theater for an entertaining talk from Jason Vuic, author of The Yucks! Two Years in Tampa with the Losingest Team in NFL History. Sponsored by The Friends of the Macdonald-Kelce Library and The University of Tampa Honors Symposium.
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 6PM, Reeves Theater, Vaughn Center
Click here for PDF of flyer