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2010 Banned Books Week in Second Life Schedule

Sunday, September 26th

4pm – 6pm SLT

Opening Concert featuring Trowzer Boa – Jazz Sax & the Robot Band
ALA Island Main Stage

Banned Books Week kicks off with SL Saxophonist Trowzer Boa.  Known as Dave Renz ( in real life, he has been playing professionally since the 1990’s.  Backed up by an interesting array of robot buddies you will find this performance innovative and exciting.


Monday, September 27th

4pm – 5pm SLT

Book Challenges Panel Discussion (presented by the Community Virtual Library)
Info Island Amphitheater in Second Life

Three Kansas librarians will share their experiences with book challenges within their libraries or in an advisory role at a state library agency level.  Emily Baker (Olathe Public Library), Gina Millsap (Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library) and Jo Budler (State Library of Kansas) will share actions their libraries have taken in developing policies, procedures and responses to complaints and challenges against library material.  Time will be given for questions and further discussion with the audience.


5:30pm – 7:00 pm SLT

Banned Books ”You Can’t Ban Imagination” Party
Info Island

Celebrate your right to read freely at this party with a theme pulled from science-fiction and fantasy based literature.

Tuesday, September 28th

6pm – 7pm SLT

Book Discussion Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird (presented by Community Virtual Library)
Info Island

HollyJean Allen leads a lively discussion about Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Renown and also censored for its frank portrayal of racial inequality and rape, this American classic celebrates its 40th year this year.


Wednesday, September 29th

6pm – 7pm SLT

Book Discussion: Ernest Hemingway’s Hills Like White Elephants
ALA Island Banned Books Town Square

Clicquot Oh leads a discussion group about Hemingway’s short story Hills Like White Elephants which was challenged in 2009 in Litchfield, N.H. Campbell High School when it was pulled from elective course classroom after parents voiced their concerns about a short-stories unit called “Love/Gender/Family Unit” that dealt with subject matters including abortion, cannibalism, homosexuality, and drug use. The parents said the stories promoted bad behavior and a “political agenda” and they shouldn’t be incorporated into classroom teachings.


Thursday, September 30th

Noon – 2pm SLT

Banned Books Week Trivia Game Show
ALA Island Banned Books Town Square

In the style of “Jeopardy” our host Bryan Anderton will lead three lucky contestants through three rounds of banned book related trivia. As they play our contestants will gain (and lose) points. Once Final Jeopardy Round is played the contestant with the most points is declared the winner. And while winning itself is, of course, a huge honor, that’s not all that’s at stake! First prize takes home 500 L$ as well as those prestigious bragging rights. Not to worry, our runners up will be rewarded as well, as thanks for playing.


Friday, October 1st

1pm – 4pm SLT

Banned Books Week Machinima Screening
ALA Island Main Stage

ALA and the Office for Intellectual Freedom put out the call for submissions for our first ever Machinima Contest ( ). We’ll be screening all of the entries and allowing the audience to cast their votes. After the jury discusses, winners will be announced. First prize is 10,000Ls.


Saturday, October 2nd

9am – 10am SLT

Book Discussion: Aldous Huxley’s  Brave New World
ALA Island Banned Books Town Square

Clicquot Oh leads a discussion group about Huxley’s dystopian classic Brave New World which was challenged in 2000 in a Foley, AL High School Library because a parent complained that its characters showed contempt for religion, marriage, and family.  The book was also challenged, but retained in the South Texas Independent School District in Mercedes, TX in 2003 when parents objected to the adult themes – sexuality, drugs, suicide – that appeared in the novel.


1pm – 3pm SLT

Banned Books Week 2010 Virtual Read Out
ALA Island Main Stage

Excerpts from banned and challenged books will be read aloud using voice chat. Participating readers will also discuss the titles they’ve selected.

4pm – 6pm SLT

Banned Books Week Closing Concert featuring Jewels Osterham
ALA Island Main Stage

Jewels has had a passion for music all of her life.  As a teenager, Jewels had vocal and piano training.  She is a huge fan of smooth jazz and pop music along with standards, blues and R&B.  A romantic at heart, Jewels favors love songs and ballads.  She has her own style and flair and enjoys the beautiful nightclubs of SL.


Available All Week Long

Community Virtual Library’s  Banned Book Week Banned Book Poster Display

Contact:  Rocky Vallejo

Learn more about banned and challenged books through an informative exhibit of poster entries.

Displays will be displayed on Info Island through October 9th.


Banned Books Interactive Display

This interactive display, designed by Clicquot Oh, explains the reasons why some books have been challenged. On display at the I Love Libraries lounge on ALA Island through October 2nd.


FREE! Banned Books Week Robot and Robot Tiny Avatar

This year’s Banned Books Week mascot is an adorable robot and he’s available as a freebie either as a stand-alone interactive display or as a tiny avatar to wear. Both are available from vendors at the ALA Island Main Stage. (Built and scripted by Sept Doigts)


Tidewater Community College
Tidewater Community College is celebrating Banned Book Week 2010 with a Second Life exhibit on the set of their latest video triumph “Banned Book Week at Rosie’s House,” starring Pat Swordthain as the Book Policeman and Gardenia Mills as Rosie and the Dragon.
Come to TCC Island, watch the video, and tour the set.

Stepanovych’s 1st Amendment / Banned Books Awareness Project
Kick off September 25th 2010 in conjunction with the American Library Association Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Loosely modeled after a scene from George Orwell’s 1984 and drawing from the words of Orwell and Bradbury regarding censorship. This instillation features a video of 46 of the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century that have been the target of ban attempts. The scene is a representation of a world where censorship has “cleansed” society… dreary, dull, used, and without “life”

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June 26 2010 ALA Annual Conference Meetings on ALA Island

From Maxito Ricardo —
The ALA VCL MIG (Virtual Communities and Libraries, Member Initiative Group) will have a program and business meeting this Saturday, June 26th in DC (District of Columbia) and SL (Second Life).  Everyone is welcome to attend and participate.

a.  Washington Convention Center, Room 303
b.  ALA Island in Second Life –

Start Times:
a.  1:30 p.m. EDT (Eastern Daylight Time)
b.  10:30 a.m. SLT (Second Life Time, also Pacific Daylight Time)

Duration:  2.5 hours max.

>>  Tom Boellstorff, author of Coming of Age in Second Life:  An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human, will speak about his studies
>>  Other discussions and presentations too numerous to mention.
>>  Business meeting to follow:  This is a MIG (Member Initiative Group).  Everyone’s ideas and input are welcome!

Another Program of Interest:  The ACRL VW IG (Virtual Worlds Interest Group) will be meeting in CAP South American beginning at 4:00 EDT (1:00 SLT) on Saturday.

More Info:
a.  Tom Peters (real life) ( or 816.616.6746)
b.  Maxito Ricardo (Second Life)


From Snow Scarmon —

The ALA Virtual Communities and Libraries Member Initiative Group will meet on Saturday, June 26th from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. EDT.  The Second Life attendees will convene on ALA Island in Second Life, at 10:30 am SL time.

Tom Boellstorff will speak about his 2008 book Coming of Age in Second Life: An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human.

Library and Information Science graduate students will talk about their experiences in Second Life, especially the Virtual Worlds: Libraries, Education, and Museums in-world conference held earlier this year.

We also plan to discuss future Virtual Communities and Libraries activities.  We also have heard a rumor (from a reliable source) that a surprise guest whom everyone will be interested in hearing plans to make an appearance at our meeting.


ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) Virtual Worlds Interest Group ALA 2010 Agenda for Annual Conference on Saturday, June 26 at 4pm ET | ALA Connect

ACRL Virtual Worlds Interest Group ALA 2010 Agenda

Simultaneous meeting in Washington, DC and in Second Life — June 26, 4:00 pm-5:30 ET (1:00 pm-2:30 SLT)
DC Location: CAP (Capital Hilton), South American Room
Second Life Location: ACRL parcel on ALA Island

The group will discuss Second Life, virtual world projects and issues related to virtual world libraries, library services, and learning.  All are welcome to attend.  Contact group convener Abbey Zenith inworld with any questions.

ALA 2010 Agenda:

Update on programs held in Second Life.

* Review and finalize operation procedures.
* Review roles and tasks.

* Discuss event and program ideas for:

Second Life  – Report from programming committee
ALA 2011 Midwinter Meeting
ACRL 2011 Conference
ALA 2011 Annual Conference

Can’t make it to the ALA Dance Party in Washington DC on June 25? Consider the Community Virtual Library’s TX 950 Pool Party on 6/25 at 6pm PT/SLT instead!

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Author Carleen Brice appearing at Story Mountain in Second Life TODAY, 7/26, at 3:30 pm PT/SLT

Looking to see if bestselling author Connie Briscoe/Second Life’s Zillow Dejavu would be visiting Second Life again anytime soon, as I missed the June 28 meeting of her Second Salon Book Club in Second Life, which featured Briscoe speaking with Kimberla Lawson Roby, I found out that Briscoe will be in Second Life TODAY, Sunday, July 26, hosting an interview and Q&A session with author Carleen Brice, the winner of the 2009 Black Caucus of the American Library Association First Novelist Award, at the Story Mountain Lodge on Athena Isle at 3:30 p.m. Second Life Time/Pacific Time. As noted on the Story Mountain Center fore Writers blog entry announcing this appearance, Chat With Bestselling Author Carleen Brice in Second Life July 26: All Second Life residents are warmly invited to attend this free event at Story Mountain. Teleport directly to Story Mountain, located on Athena Isle, by clicking this link to the SLURL:

As mentioned in the January 25, 2009 press release, BCALA announces the 2009 Literary Award Winners:

The recipient of the First Novelist Award is Carleen Brice for Orange Mint and Honey (One World/Ballentine). Shay Dixon, a broke and burned out graduate student, is forced to return home to live with her alcoholic mother who had abandoned her as a child. Her mother is now clean and sober and has another young daughter. Shay is forced to deal with her feelings for her mother and new sister. She needs to try to forgive her mother while healing herself in this honest and bittersweet journey to self-discovery.Carleen Brice, an editor and author of non-fiction books, lives in Denver.

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April 15th: A Discussion of Libraries, Second Life and Education with Joe Sanchez at 6 p.m. Pacific Time/Second Life Time

ALA TechSource is proud to present its first virtual world event—a discussion of virtual worlds, libraries and education with Second Life (SL) expert Joe Sanchez, as his Second Life avatar, North Lamar. Sanchez, a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas, is the author of the February/March 2009 issue of Library Technology Reports, “Implementing Second Life: Ideas, Challenges and Innovations.”

Please join us at the Main Stage of ALA Island in Second Life on Wednesday, April 15 at 6 p.m. Pacific Time/Second Life Time for an exclusive interactive discussion and presentation of his work. We’ll be discussing virtual worlds and their potential to impact library service and freedom of information, as well as Joe’s work with library and information science college students using Second Life.

The main topic discussed will be role-playing in virtual worlds, as Joe mentions on his Educators Coop Blog, so we are asking all participants to come dressed as their favorite historical figure!

During the event we will participate in a role-playing activity so I ask that attendees come dressed as a favorite historical figure. We won’t be judging the avatars so homemade, default, slider-type avatars will be fine. This is a learning experience so please don’t feel the need to purchase a new avatar and by all means don’t be embarrassed if your avatar doesn’t look as good as you like. As you will see, role-play is more about being able to “play” the role rather than looking the part.

I think this will be a fun event and will get us (educators in SL) away from the typical slide show and lecture format that currently dominates educational events in SL.

Attendees to the event on ALA Island in Second Life will be able to get the chapter, “Virtual Worlds: Ideas, Challenges and Innovations,” from the February 2009 Library Technology Reports issue for free!

SPECIAL OFFER TO OUR FRIENDS IN THE LIBRARIANS OF SECOND LIFE GROUP!!: Get 15% off the purchase price of Joe Sanchez’s February/March 2009 issue of Library Technology Reports. Details on notecard in ALA TechSource vendor on ALA Island. Questions? Send an IM to Kay Tairov in Second Life or send an e-mail to <>.

About Joe Sanchez — Joe Sanchez is a doctoral candidate in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on collaboration in virtual worlds and the convergence of digital media, play, and learning. Joe has designed and taught two information studies courses, both of which have been covered in national media outlets such as the Chronicle of Higher Education, USA Today, and ABC News. Joe has been teaching in Second Life since the fall of 2006 and was recently awarded the first Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Academic Service Entrepreneur grant for service learning in a virtual world. His homepage is at

Library Technology Reports, February/March 2009, “Implementing Second Life: Ideas, Challenges and Innovations” by Joe Sanchez — Second Life is a virtual world owned by Linden Lab with over fifteen million users. It is currently one of the most popular 3-D social virtual worlds. The use of Second Life by libraries and universities has become a hotly debated topic in Library and Information Science circles. Early adopters of Second Life have been called evangelists, while nonusers of Second Life have been called Luddites who “don’t get it.” The goal of this report isn’t to feed the fire on either side of the debate, but rather to inform readers about the historical foundations of virtual worlds and to provide concrete examples of how virtual worlds have been used in the teaching and learning process from K–12 through higher education. This report examines the origins and evolution of virtual spaces, and explores several different instances of their practical application in an educational setting.

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Adventures in Children’s Literature: Careers for School, Public, and Academic Librarians on ALA Island on March 17, 2009 at 9:45 am PT/SLT

As announced in the press release dated March 10, 2009, Library careers in children’s literature celebrated in Second Life:

From 9:45 a.m. PT/SLT (Pacific Time/Second Life Time) until noon on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Recruitment Assembly will celebrate “Adventures in Children’s Literature: Careers for School, Public, and Academic Librarians” in Second Life.

Do you love children’s books? Are they inspiring you to consider a career as a librarian? Come join the assembly on ALA Island for an eclectic event celebrating library careers in children’s literature. We’ll hear from public librarians, school librarians and even academic librarians whose work involves promoting a love of reading in young people.

Main Stage on ALA Island — SLurl:

Nationally recognized children’s literature authors will be the highlight of this event.  Sessions will be presented via live video stream and will include:

All three artists will appear on the ALA Island’s Main Stage as part of the 41st Annual Children’s Literature Festival, taking place on the University of Central Missouri campus.

Sponsored by the American Library Association’s (ALA) Recruitment Assembly. Come join us!

For more information, contact Carol Smith at  – whose Second Life avatar is Mireille Zwilling.

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ACRL in SL Event – Meet Abbey Zenith and hear about the book “Virtual Worlds Real Libraries” at 6:00 pm PT/SLT at ALA Island (54, 192, 29)

The forthcoming publication, Virtual Worlds, Real Libraries: Librarians and Educators in Second Life and Other Multi-User Virtual Environments, was edited by Lori Bell and Rhonda B. Trueman, known in Second Life, respectively, as avatars Lorelei Junot and Abbey Zenith.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Lorelei Junot will not be appearing, but Abbey Zenith will be speaking about the book on ALA Island (54, 192, 29) at 6:00 pm Second Life Time/Pacific Time.

If you’d like, feel free to RSVP at Facebook, at:

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