Pssssst! Read Any Banned Books Lately?

by Oletta Branstiter A School Library should challenge students. As an Intermediate public school Library Specialist, intimately acquainted with over 9,000 books in circulation, I can attest to the fact that over two dozen of the books on the American Library Association list of frequently challenged children’s books are either checked out or resting comfortably on the bookshelves in my library. This is my eighth year working in a public school library. I can count on the fingers of one hand the times a book in my library has been…

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Do Our Children Start School Too Early?

Angry Girl

by Oletta Branstiter How Early is Too Soon? Summer vacation is over. Kids all over America and the world are complaining about having to get up at the butt-crack of dawn to get to school on time. This is not what I mean. Remember, back in the “good old days”, when Summer Vacation didn’t end until after the glory of Labor Day? Now, some school districts open their campus doors in mid-August! Yeah, that’s not what I’m talking about, either. I’m referring to the age of our children. Do we…

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