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Posts by: Mary Ahlgren

Membership report, April, 2010

Our current membership is 570. That will change with people joining as they sign up for the NHLA conference. There are also a couple of other updates that need to be made.

Mary Ahlgren

Top 10 Banned Books of 2007

In the current issue of the Freedom to Read Foundation’s newsletter, ALA’s ten most frequently challenged books from 2007 are listed as follows:

  • And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
  • The Chocolate War by Rober Cormier
  • Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes
  • The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • TTYL by Lauren Myracle
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Quite a few familiar titles, with a few additions.  If you want to report a challenge to the Office for Intellectual Freedom at ALA, call (800)545-2433, ext. 4223.

Kudos to conference organizers

What an informative, elegant, and just plain fun (and funny) conference last week at the Mount Washington Hotel.  I learned a lot more that I expected, and laughed while I was learning, which is by far my favorite method.

I have a suggestion for a “track” for the 2008 NHLA Conference, and after several discussions with various other people in other roles within their libraries, think that it would be fairly popular.  It would start with…

  1. Hiring the right person for the job and the library

go to…

  1. Training for excellence
  2. Evaluations of staff and directors by directors and trustees
  3. Raises (scales, COL’s, merit?)

and end with…

  1. Dealing well with personnel problems

Any comments?

Thanks committee!!
Mary Ahlgren