Sex Book Library

Sex in the Library
by Mary Jo Heller, Aarene Storms

Sex in the Library is the ideal source for collection development of materials dealing with sex and sexuality for teens. Both public and school librarians will benefit from the guidance for establishing selection policies in this area and for sharing those policies with teachers, parents, administrators and teens. The book provides no-holds-barred and no-body-parts-left-out reviews of more than 100 books to be considered for collections. The reviews include ratings on sexual content, language, and violence as well as recommended age level and the use of “alert” words – words that often spark controversy. Readers also will appreciate as the ideas for educating students and adults about the mission statements of school and public libraries.

The Men’s Health and Women’s Health Big Book of Sex
by Editors of Men’s Health, Editors of Women’s Health

Good health and a fit body are inextricably entwined with great sex. On a physical level, fitness makes one a more attractive and skilled lover. On an emotional level, studies show that body image plays a key role in sexual desire and satisfaction. Research has linked a healthy sex life to lower risks of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, and obesity.

Based on the latest research on sexual health, behavioral psychology, fitness, and nutrition, The Men’s Health and Women’s Health Big Book of Sex is brimming with useful tips, exercise photos, practical sidebars, and more. The two-sided book also features the Better-Sex Workout, the Better-Sex Diet, a Trouble-Shooter’s Guide to Sexual Health, and Q&A columns from the Men’s Health “Girl Next Door” and Women’s Health “Guy Next Door” and leading sexual health experts.

For Sex Education, See Librarian
by Martha Cornog, Timothy Perper

At long last, here is the definitive practical guide to sexuality materials in libraries and an annotated bibliography of nearly 600 recommended books for school and public libraries. Cornog and Perper, the preeminent experts on sexuality materials for libraries, provide guidelines for materials selection, reference, processing, access, programming, and dealing with problems of vandalism and censorship. The bibliography, organized into 5 topics and 48 subtopics, annotates a collection of recommended books and nonprint materials on sexuality information for children and adults, most published since 1985. Recommended works represent a wide variety of views, including Christian and conservative. Part I offers detailed guidance for selecting and processing sexuality materials, including vertical files, audiovisuals, and periodicals, and for doing reference on sexuality topics; lists a full range of topics and viewpoints that libraries should collect; addresses a variety of processing and access issues such as cataloging, programming, and vandalism; discusses how to deal with censorship issues relating to sexuality materials in the library; and reviews the history of libraries and sexuality materials. Part II, the annotated bibliography, is organized into 5 broad topics–sexuality and behavior, homosexuality and gender issues, life cycle issues, sex and society, and sexual problems–which are then divided into 48 subtopics. Each title is compared and contrasted with similar titles. Titles for young people include grade level appropriateness. Specialized acquisition sources are also listed for each of the 48 subtopics. Cornog and Perper point out that the key to selection of materials is balance and representativeness of a wide range of viewpoints. They have gone to great lengths to provide a wide variety of materials and viewpoints and to seek out interesting and valuable materials from large and small publishers and organizations. This is the definitive guide on sexuality information for public and school libraries.

Silenced in the Library: Banned Books in America
by Zeke Jarvis

Books ranging from classics such as A Farewell to Arms, Lord of the Rings, The Catcher in the Rye, and The Color Purple as well as best-selling books such as Are You There, God? It’s Me Margaret, titles in the Harry Potter series, and various books by bestselling novelist Stephen King have all been on the banned books list. What was the content that got them banned, who wanted them banned, and did the ban have the desired effect of minimizing the number of people who read the title—or did it have the opposite effect, inadvertently creating an even larger readership for the book?

Silenced in the Library: Banned Books in America provides a comprehensive examination of the challenges to major books as well as the final results of these selections being deemed “unfit for public consumption.” Included in its discussion are explanations of the true nature of the objections along with the motives of the authors, publishers, and major proponents of the books. Content is organized based on why the books were banned, such as sexual content, drug use, or religious objections. This approach helps readers to see trends in how people have approached the challenge of evaluating what is “proper” and shows how our societal consensus of what is acceptable has evolved over the years. Readers will come away with a fuller appreciation of the immense power of words on a page—or an eReader device—to inflame and outrage, influence opinion, incite thought, and even change the course of history.

Sex Magazines in the Library Collection
by Serial librarian (N.Y.), Serial librarian (New York).

This full-length scholarly study is devoted to a specific consideration of the sex magazine in the library and the inherent problems and issues attending its controversial presence.

It’s So Amazing!
by Robie H. Harris

How does a baby begin? What makes a baby male or female? How is a baby born? Children have plenty of questions about reproduction and babies?—?and about sex and sexuality, too. It’s So Amazing! provides the answers?—?with fun, accurate, comic-book-style artwork and a clear, lively text that reflects the interests of children age seven and up in how things work, while giving them a healthy understanding of their bodies. Created by the author and illustrator of It’s Perfectly Normal, this forthright and funny book has been newly updated for its fifteenth anniversary.

It’s Not the Stork!
by Robie H. Harris

“In their previous landmark volumes . . . Harris and Emberley established themselves as the purveyors of reader-friendly, straightforward information on human sexuality for readers as young as seven. Here they successfully tackle the big questions . . . for even younger kids.” – The Horn Book (starred review)

Young children are curious about almost everything, especially their bodies. And young children are not afraid to ask questions. What makes me a girl? What makes me a boy? Why are some parts of girls’ and boys’ bodies the same and why are some parts different? How was I made? Where do babies come from? Is it true that a stork brings babies to mommies and daddies?

IT’S NOT THE STORK! helps answer these endless and perfectly normal questions that preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary school children ask about how they began. Through lively, comfortable language and sensitive, engaging artwork, Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley address readers in a reassuring way, mindful of a child’s healthy desire for straightforward information. Two irresistible cartoon characters, a curious bird and a squeamish bee, provide comic relief and give voice to the full range of emotions and reactions children may experience while learning about their amazing bodies. Vetted and approved by science, health, and child development experts, the information is up-to-date, age-appropriate, and scientifically accurate, and always aimed at helping kids feel proud, knowledgeable, and comfortable about their own bodies, about how they were born, and about the family they are part of.

America’s War on Sex
by Marty Klein

In Alabama, it’s illegal to sell vibrators, but legal to buy a gun. In South Dakota, the governor won’t allow Columbia University’s teen sexuality information website on library computers. In California, the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Color Purple is banned from a high school library due to sexual content. These are just a few of the location-specific examples showing attempts to govern or control our sexual knowledge and activities, says author Marty Klein. At the same time, across the country, courts regularly decide child custody disputes based on the sexuality of one or both parents. Nationwide, the heated fight against same-sex marriage continues. And the academic front is not immune to attack. Congressional members recently launched an attempt to stop funds for all sex research in the United States. In all 50 states, battles rage on political, legal and social fronts regarding legislation and other actions focused on sex, sexuality and sexual education. Groups like Decency in America have more and more involvement with government. President Bush proposed to double the funding for abstinence-only sex education programs to $268 million in 2005. Join Marty Klein, an internationally known therapist who has appeared on shows from Donahue to Oprah and Today, as he focuses attention in this book on the power and injustice of America’s War on Sex. Introduced by American Civil Liberties Union President Nadine Strossen, this book will alarm readers.

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