Week 39: Banned Books Week and a Nice Fall Kickoff

We have been busy at the library! Fall is here and we are all in transition mode for the first week of autumn. Where to begin?

Last week, we held our Party in the Park event for all our toddlers and preschoolers. Books, fun, and treats were had by all and it was a great success, despite cloudy weather. Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages to see some of the photos we captured of the big event!

This week we have a lot going on. First, we are among the many libraries around the country celebrating Banned Books Week! What is Banned Books Week you ask?

Every year, books are challenged and/or censored in the United States for reasons ranging from language/profanity, to sexual situations, to LGBT+ themes, to religious reasons. Now while everyone is entitled to their opinions and, of course, parents/guardians are allowed to decide what is and is not appropriate for their child(ren), the purpose of a library is to help give everyone the information they seek. And this includes the books that have been banned/challenged by various institutions.

So all this week, we have up our display “Blind Date with a Banned Book.” All the books in the displays are wrapped so you do not know its title. This is so you don’t go judging the book by its cover and what you may have heard. The book is then marked with three reasons why it was banned or challenged. Once you reveal the book and read it, you are able to come up with your own thoughts about the books being banned or challenged. The purpose of this week and the display is to get people talking and have civil conversations about their right to read!

If you have any questions about Banned Books Week, more information can be found at the Banned Books Week website. And we are always here at the library to answer your questions. Our hope is to make this week a fun one to celebrate for all.

Coming up on Thursday the 27th from 6:30 to 8:30, we are holding our very first Sign Language Class! The event is being held in our meeting room downstairs and is looking to be a very popular event. We recommend you arrive a little early and if the event proves to be a success, we will work to schedule future classes.

Other events coming up this week are our Writer’s Roundtable on Wednesday the 26th from 1:00 to 2:00, and we will have our adult Afternoon Movie on Friday the 28th at 1:00. This week’s movie is The Staircase.

As for the website, we are still hard at work doing updates and adding new features for our patrons! Each month we will be updating our Hot Items & Collections page to feature sliders of new items that have been recently added to our collection in various categories. The categories include fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels (adult), audiobooks, youth (includes youth graphic novels), young adult (includes YA graphic novels), and DVDs.

We are also working to update the homework resource pages for our Kids and Tweens & Teens. Some of the websites that were previously listed were either out of date or no longer active. We are working to find you the best resources to make sure you are getting the right homework help and answers our children need. Hopefully these pages will be up to date and back up and running by the end of the week. If you have any questions about these resources, please do not hesitate to contact Adrianne.

Wishing you a fantastic first week of fall!


Upcoming Events:

  • Friday, September 28th @ 1:00pm: Adult Movie and Popcorn
  • Saturday, September 29th @ 10:00am: Quilters
  • Sunday, September 30th @ 11:00am: Harvest Festival
  • Monday, October 1st @ 10:30am: Family Story Time