Since 1990, the American Library Association (ALA) has recorded more than 10,000 book challenges. A challenge is a formal complaint requesting to remove a book from library shelves or a school’s curriculum.
Nearly 75 percent of challenges are made to schools or school library materials. One in four is made to public library materials. What’s more, these are just the challenges we know about — it’s estimated that less than 25 percent of challenges are actually reported and recorded to ALA.
Challenges are an attempt at censorship, and censorship denies our individual freedom to choose and think for ourselves.
That’s when things got even stranger.
“All of a sudden, here come the shirt up. She started flashing and, ‘Woo hoo,’ and I said, ‘And what respect is that for kids?’ There was none. And then she turned around and dropped her pants,” said Smith.
Hey, this is neat.
The Music City Center — well, humans who work for it — announced today that its four acre green roof is now home to 100,000 bees. One-hundred thousand.
From a press release:
The bees live in four hives on the green roof and are expected to produce an estimated 360 pounds of honey annually. Half of this honey will be used by the Music City Center culinary team, while the rest will be jarred for promotional use. The first harvest is expected to be ready in spring of 2016.
“We’ve made it a top priority to use local products in the kitchen and this is as local as it gets,” said Chef Max Knoepfel, Executive Chef of the Music City Center. “We can literally walk out the back door and get honey for anything we need. The bees should produce more than enough needed for the kitchen and we can give what’s leftover to clients and visitors.”
Aside from being a source of food, the bees are essential to a sustainable environment and there has been a decline in honeybee populations in the last few years. Last month, the Obama administration released its National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators.
“Honey bees play a key role in our ecosystem and the widespread use of insecticides is killing off the honey bees at an alarming rate,” said Jamie Meredith, the Music City Center’s beekeeper. “Bees fertilize about 85 percent of plants, so it’s incredibly important that we create a safe home for them.”
The Music City Center cost more than half-a-billion dollars to build and, although Mayor Karl Dean is already declaring it a massive success, we're not sure yet whether it will turn out to have been a great idea, a terrible idea, or a sort of meh idea. But for now, these bees are pretty neat.
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