August 06, 2011

Follow Up - Banned Books; L.A. Banks Passes Away; I-Phone Float App

This Saturday we'd like to share three pieces of news for you....

Remember that Missouri High School that Banned Certain Books

So last week, we told you about a high school in Missouri that banned two Y.A. novels from their school's library: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, and Twenty Boy Summer by Sara Ockler. 

Well, in response to this news, the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in Indianapolis announced that it would offer a free copy of Slaughterhouse-Five to 150 of the school's students, thanks to a generous donation from an anonymous donor.
The donor is hoping that this donation will help raise awareness on the issue at hand here, and that it will spur parents to get more involved.

Julia Whitehead, the executive director of the Vonnegut Library quoted Vonnegut himself who wrote: “All these people talk so eloquently about getting back to good old-fashioned values… and I say let’s get back to the good old-fashioned First Amendment of the good old-fashioned Constitution of the United States — and to hell with the censors! Give me knowledge or give me death!"

Now that's my kind of author!

Author Leslie Esdaile Banks (L.A. Banks) Has Passed Away
In a piece of sad news, L.A. Banks, the author of a best-selling series of vampire, romance, paranormal and non-fiction novels, passed away on Tuesday, August 2.
Leslie won the 2009 Romantic Times Booklover's Convention Career Achievement Award for paranormal fiction, the 2008 Essence Magazine Storyteller of theYear Award, and the 2008 Best 50 Women in Business Award for the State of Pennsylvania.
It was 1996, when she published her first novel, Sundance and since then, Leslie has written more than 40 novels. In 2003, she began the first of her 12-volume paranormal series; Vampire Huntress Legend series. She also wrote the Crimson Moon series. 

Leslie will be missed by the book-loving community.    

New I-Phone App for Word Lovers!

Alright, so I may be the only one who didn't know about this yet...but just in case there were others like me out there, lol, I'd thought I'd share this amazing new app I just learned about. 
On July 19, the document-sharing website, Scribd released their first iPhone application, named Float. 
According to the Huffington Post, "Float is a one-stop digital reading service that gives you all of your reading material in a single app. Allowing readers to access news articles, PDFs and blog posts, as well as social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter all in one place, this application is the first of it's kind." 

Check out the YouTube video for Float - I think it's awesome :)


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