Archives for September 2013

Banned Books

banned books

Every year in the United States, books are challenged, banned, and removed from school and public libraries.   Banned Books Week is the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read.  Since 1982, hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country have drawn attention to the problem of censorship by creating displays or exhibits of challenged and banned books.

locked up books

First floor display of the ATU Library.

This year, Banned Books Week is Sept. 22-28th, and to highlight this event we have created banned book displays on the first floor of the library.  You’ll be able to view some of the frequently challenged or banned books, and discover the reasons why they were or, in some cases, continue to be removed from libraries.

You can find seven of the top ten most challenged books of 2012 right here at Ross Pendergraft Library:

  1. Thirteen reasons why : a novel by Jay Asher.   Reasons:Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group
  2.  Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.   Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
  3.  And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.  Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group
  4. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.   Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  5. Looking for Alaska, by John Green.  Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  6. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz.   Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence
  7. Beloved, by Toni Morrison.  Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence

While a book may be banned from a library in the United States, governments around the world ban and punish the sale, writing, publishing, and even ownership of certain books.  For more information about banned books around the world, visit Beacon for Freedom of Expression, an international database of nearly 50,000 titles of censored works.  It also includes literature about  censorship and freedom of expression.

Celebrate your freedom to read–visit the ATU Library to learn about banned books weeks or take home one for yourself . . . if you dare!

Avast ye mateys!

September 19th is National Talk Like A Pirate Day, and to celebrate, we’re highlighting our new language learning tool Mango Languages to help you brush up on your Pirate speech.

Mango features five chapters on Pirate, including cultural notes, Pirate grammar, and conversational Pirate–as spoken (presumably) by real pirates.


First time users to Mango Languages will have to create a login username and password to use the system, as well as to save progress through the courses.  After that, it’s smooth sailing.


Mango Languages offer 60 other language course in addition to Pirate such as Spanish, French, Latin, Chinese, and Arabic.  So once you become fluent in Pirate, you can try your hand at other languages.

If you want additional practice in conversational Pirate, see our selection of Pirate movies available on DVD from the Music Lab on the second floor:

For more Pirate-culture materials, check with the land-lubber librarians over at the Reference desk or send a message via parrot or email to



New Additions

Calculator announcement pngIIIBreaking news: we now have graphing calculators for check-out at the Ross Pendergraft Library!  They are available at the Circulation Desk in three flavors: TI-82 , TI-83 Plus, and TI-84 Plus Silver.  You can check them out for 2 hours at a time, but they cannot leave the library.  However, you can renew them if you need them longer.

Just bring your Tech ID to the Circulation Desk to check one out.  Don’t let high calculator prices keep you away from such an integral part of most college-level math courses.

Lost in the Library?

If you’re new to Tech or just new to the Ross Pendergraft Library, we want to invite you to our Library Resources Workshop on Friday, Sept. 6th.  We are hosting two workshops that day:

  • Student Workshop at 1:00 in room 334
  • Faculty Workshop at 2:00 in room 334

These are hands-on workshops designed to teach you how to get the most from Library services, databases, and other collections.  If you are struggling with research or just want to know what tools we have to make your academic library easier, pop in for a quick demo of some our most useful services and collections.

Can’t make it to one of our workshops?  No problem–we have video tutorials on our library catalog, online resources, the Dewey Decimal system, and ILL.   We also have some research guides geared towards particular subjects and classes.

Still lost?  Contact your friendly neighborhood librarian:  We can also schedule individual consultations, as well as classroom instruction for faculty members.