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Five books you won’t believe were banned!

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Librarians and book lovers around the world celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week 2015 (September 27th – October 3rd). Here are five books you may be surprised to learn have been challenged and even banned from library collections and school assignments.


1. A Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Salinger’s classic coming-of-age novel was published in 1951 and in 1960 an Oklahoma teacher was fired for assigning it to an eleventh-grade English class. Since then it’s been the subject of numerous curricular and library challenges and outright bans all the way to the 21st century on grounds of profanity and sexual content.


2. Harry Potter [series] by J.K. Rowling

The exploits of “the boy who lived” have been challenged hundreds of times in schools and libraries, by critics concerned that the series presents violence, witchcraft, occult and Satanic themes, and that it undermines family values.


Beloved by Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize winner is considered a modern classic and an unflinching indictment of slavery, as seen through the eyes of its protagonist Sethe. It’s been challenged on numerous high school reading lists and was pulled from the curriculum of a senior AP English class in Louisville, Kentucky in 2007.


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The 1961 Pulitzer Prize winner remains one of the most challenged books of all time. Objections have been wide-ranging and include concerns about profanity and racial slurs used in the novel, as well as events depicted including racism, white supremacy, rape and incest.


Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel depicts her coming of age during the Iranian Revolution. Originally published in French, it was released in English in 2003 and lauded by the New York Times as one of the best books of the year. In 2013, Chicago public school administrators pulled it from classrooms. Further challenges objected to graphic language and images, scenes of torture and Islamic literature.

To learn more about the hundreds of books that have banned and challenged in schools and libraries around the nation, visit the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom Banned & Challenged Books site.

Welcome Class of 2019

Friday, August 28th, 2015


Welcome to UVM. We’re so excited for you and eager to welcome you to the UVM family. You’re going to learn extraordinary things in your time here.

Librarians REALLY like to help people. It’s kind of our thing. So please, stop by, introduce yourself and hear more about what we have to offer and how we can support you in your time at UVM.

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Members of the Libraries Move In Team, helping out

You can check out all kinds of stuff from our amazing collection, in-person and online. We’ve got online articles you’ll need for your classes, books, DVDs and even media equipment like cameras and GoPros. Stop by our reference desk to get started and we’ll help you find what you’re looking for.

About that reference desk…during the semester when you have a question or need help finding an article or a piece of information, we have librarians standing by. You can come to the library, call us, text us, chat with us, email us…you get the picture (did we mention we like helping people?).


We also have an amazing team of subject specialists who can help you with your research and assignments, organized by department. Find a match to your class or program and connect directly with someone who knows the resources in your area.

Want to learn more about what the library has to offer? Check out our 7 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Library. And stop by today!

You Can Borrow a Book, but you get to keep the ideas.

Be Our Friends!

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

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Did you know you can FRIEND, TWEET, POKE, & FOLLOW UVM LIBRARIES on social media?

We have a myriad of fun ways for you to interact with UVM Libraries, including:

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Click on the icons above to find out about new books, exhibits, events – or just explore student life in the libraries!


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We look forward to you interacting with us on social media!

Books for a Warm Season

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Always a Nerd

What do we recommend if you’re lucky enough to spend a few of these dog days of summer curled up by a pool or a pond? Check out our eclectic, library-approved picks.

Last dog on the hill : the extraordinary life of Lou by Steve Duno
Recommended by Wendy Gunther, Collection Development

“This is the true story of a man and his rescue dog Lou. While on vacation, driving through a rugged California countryside Steve Duno spots a half dozen feral dogs on the crest of a hill. The pack bolts for the trees, all but one flea infested, tick riddled puppy, the last dog on the hill, who pauses a moment, then runs towards the man, a decision that will forever change the life of the author, the 6 month old Rottweiler mix and hundreds of other people the pair come in contact with. Author Duno drew me in and quite frankly, still hasn’t let go. This is the kind of book you will not want to put down. A great summer read! I can’t recommend it highly enough.”

Eats, shoots & leaves : the zero tolerance approach to punctuation by Lynne Truss
Recommended by Kristin Florian, Dana Medical Library Collection Management

“This book is a light read despite being about grammar. The examples of mistakes are often hilarious; and you will find yourself laughing your way through the book, while learning a lot about punctuation. I particularly liked the chapter on semicolons, and the frequent blurbs about how grammar use has changed over time.”


Clothes, clothes, clothes : music, music, music : boys, boys, boys by Viv Albertine
Recommended by Sharon Thayer, Special Collections & Government Information

“This memoir by the lead guitarist of the British punk band The Slits, is a glimpse into her world. Becoming a musician at the same time as The Clash and The Sex Pistols were forming, not to mention hanging out with them, she and her band mates were fearless in staking a claim in this male-dominated music scene. Told in Albertine’s raw, honest, funny and totally personal voice, you feel you are along for the ride. Being just slightly younger than the author and living in London in 1975, this book resonates with me. “

The Summer book by Tove Jansson ; translated from the Swedish by Thomas Teal
Recommended by Angus Robertson, Access Services

“The author was a painter, writer and overall fascinating person who lived most of her life in Finland. She is probably best remembered as the author of the Moomin books for children which are very popular in Europe. It is a very wise, charming little book about an elderly artist and her six-year-old granddaughter as they spend the summer together on a remote island off the coast of Finland. The story explores themes of change and loss, and aging with a very deft, subtle tone. It is also written in very simple, beautiful language. It also happens to be a very quick read.”

Tove Jansson & Tuulikki Pietila

Tove Jansson & Tuulikki Pietila

Dry bones : a Walt Longmire mystery by Craig Johnson
Recommended by Mary VanBuren-Swasey, Resource Description & Analysis

“When the largest, most complete fossil of a Tyrannosaurus Rex is discovered in Absaroka County, it would appear to have nothing to do with Walt Longmire, Sheriff of the county. That is, until the Cheyenne rancher who finds her is found face down in a turtle pond. As a number of parties vie for ownership of the priceless remains, including rancher Danny Lone Elk’s family, the Cheyenne tribe, the Deputy Attorney General, and a cadre of FBI men, Walt must recruit undersheriff Victoria Moretti, Henry Standing Bear, and Dog (his faithful four-legged companion) to investigate a sixty-six million year-old cold case that’s starting to heat up fast.”

Feeling good : the new mood therapy by David D. Burns
Recommended by Jane Hendley, Resource Description & Analysis

“This book about cognitive therapy, though several years old, is still popular. I called it in at the recommendation of a sibling and it was overdue! For us perfectionists and those with obsessive compulsive disorder tendencies it tells us sadly that our feelings and impulses are not always rational though we may absolutely certain they are. The book helps one to think more rationally so as to be able to act more rationally. “

Station eleven : a novel by Emily St. John Mandel
Recommended by Susan Mower, Collection Management Services

“Not ANOTHER Post Apocalyptic book you might say? But trust me, this one is worth it. My gut reaction on finishing it was to sit down and re-read it immediately. As a library worker I do have to point out that there is NO time-travel in this book despite the subject assigned to it of: Time travel–Fiction.”

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Robert Frank and The Americans

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Image from The Americans

A rich new profile of photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank and his seminal work The Americans appeared in the July 2nd, 2015 New York Times. In 1955, with support secured by his mentor Walker Evans, the Swiss native Robert Frank began a series of road trips across America, visiting cities such as New Orleans and Los Angeles and more remote locales like Butte, Montana. Along the way he took 27,000 photographs and culled the lot down to 83 in his photographic monograph, The Americans, which was published in France in 1958 and the U.S. in 1960, with an introduction by Jack Kerouac.

Robert Frank

Times reporter Nicholas Dawidoff calls Frank (at 90), “the most influential photographer alive” and writes that art critic Peter Schjedahl considers The Americans “one of the basic American masterpieces of any medium.” Writing about the perceptive work in the New Yorker Anthony Lane asks, “was there ever a book as full of looking as Robert Frank’s?”

On publication, The Americans was panned for its critical gaze. Over time it has been praised for its unflinching look at race relations and for seeking out moments that were typically unseen.

Learn more about The Americans and Robert Frank:

Books at Bailey/Howe

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The Americans by Robert Frank, with an introduction by Jack Kerouac

Robert Frank's The Americans by Jonathan Day

Robert Frank’s The Americans : the art of documentary photography by Jonathan Day

“Jonathan Day revisits this pivotal work and contributes a thoughtful and revealing critical commentary. Though the importance of The Americans has been widely acknowledged, it still retains much of its mystery. This comprehensive analysis places it thoroughly in the context of contemporary photography, literature, music, and advertising from its own period through the present.”

Looking in: Robert Frank's The Americans

Looking in : Robert Frank’s The Americans by Sarah Greenough

“Looking In: Robert Frank’s “The Americans” celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of this prescient book. Drawing on newly examined archival sources, it provides a fascinating in-depth examination of the making of the photographs and the book’s construction, using vintage contact sheets, work prints and letters that literally chart Frank’s journey around the country on a Guggenheim grant in 1955-56.”

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Postcards from the road : Robert Frank’s ‘The Americans’ by Jonathan Day

“Jonathan Day has created a book that expounds, explores, and examines Frank’s work pictorially. Taking Frank’s iconic images as his point of reference, he shot new photographs that comment on the road and contemporary America.”

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An American journey : In Robert Frank’s footsteps

“Filmmaker Philippe Séclier decided to follow in Frank’s footsteps, retracing his path step by step. From Texas to Montana, from Nebraska to Louisiana, from New York to San Francisco, An American Journey is a 15,000 mile odyssey through contemporary America, moving between past and present, photography and cinema – beautifully capturing the wandering spirit of Robert Frank’s legendary journey.”

[UVM and FAHC affiliates can watch this documentary-length film online].

Image from The Americans

Around the web

The Man Who Saw America by Nicholas Dawidoff
New York Times, July 2, 2015

Road Show by Anthony Lane
New Yorker, September 14, 2009

Robert Frank’s Elevator Girl Sees Herself Years Later
NPR, August 30, 2009

Robert Frank's Elevator Girl