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Reading Middlemarch

This post starts with a confession: Middlemarch, by George Eliot (pen name of Mary Anne Evans), is widely considered one of the greatest novels ever written––certainly the odds-on favorite for greatest English novel. It is my fiancée’s favorite novel and she has written about it extensively. She’s not alone––many of the greatest literary critics of … Read More

The Banned Books of Rutgers Special Collections and University Archives

Books have been banned, challenged, censored, or even burned by organizations, schools, and parent organizations for a of reasons.  What defines a banned or a challenged book?  A banned book is one that has been removed from the shelves completely.  Books that have been challenged are an attempt by a person or group to remove or … Read More

New Hungarian Law Challenges Librarians

A children’s book shredded in public by a member of the parliament. A poster outside a bookstore warning customers of books with “homosexual propaganda dangerous to children.” A mayor demanding that a book should be removed from a library display, upon (alleged) complaints from the public. Finally, a newsletter polling librarians whether professional organizations should raise … Read More

Staff Picks: Charles C. Mann’s 1493

I selected Charles C. Mann‘s (Twitter linked because no website is available) 1493: Uncovering the World New World Columbus Created as an audiobook commuting read. A patron recommended the book to me at my last library job. We would often swap non-fiction recommendations because few others at the library read the genre. Even fewer read it … Read More

“Wrens are soft as yarn” – 3D Image Tutorial

For this summer’s Summer Tales Creative Contest I submitted a 3D rendering of a “knitted” wren in a nest inspired by Li-Young Lee’s “Persimmons,” one of the poems selected for Summer Tales. “Persimmons” discusses language construction and living between intersectional identities. Lee’s speaker discusses getting into trouble at school with a teacher by confusing similar … Read More

Summer Tales Summary by Alissa

Hello, my name is Alissa Renales. My pronouns are they/them theirs. I am a Graduate Student in the School of Communications and Information and I will be graduating in December. My concentration is in Archives and Preservation. This summer I was lucky enough to be involved with the Summer Tales Book Club, the Rutgers University … Read More