Today marks the beginning of Banned Books Week! Banned Books Week (September 22-28, 2019) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. For more information, visit the ALA.org website.
So who Bans/Challenges books? Where do these challenges take place? The Office for Intellectual Freedom shares these interesting stats:
Interested in checking out a banned/challenged book yourself? We have two special displays at the front desk featuring Banned/Challenged Adult, Young Adult and Kids books, as well as free bookmarks! Check one out today and celebrate your freedom to read!
Jr. Makers is today at 3:45pm and we're making bright and beautiful fireworks in a jar! Don't miss it!
Ordinary vases become extraordinary with the addition of colorful tissue paper patches and strips. Join us for Evening Tales tonight at 6pm to design your own vase and arrange flowers for a beautiful centerpiece.
The mission of the North Manchester Public Library is to provide materials, programs, and services necessary to meet the recreational and educational needs of the community in an easily-accessible facility, which is a community center of activity and information.