Celebrate Banned Books Week!
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Inspire your imagination, widen your world Lithgow Public Library Winthrop Street, Augusta, Maine Newsletter October 2007 www.lithgow.lib.me.us 207-626-2415 Volume 8, Edition 10 Celebrate Banned Books Week! By Nelson Eubanks, Systems Librarian and Co-Chair Maine Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee Please join Maine and national libraries in celebrating banned books week October Events from September 29 – October 6, 2007. Banned books week is important to Maine libraries because we are uniquely positioned to defend intellectual freedom, guaranteed in our country by the first amendment of the Constitu- 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 —Toddler Time, 10 a.m., tion. Libraries promote intellectual freedom by providing free access to Youth Services — Bring your toddler (12 to 23 months) to this lap sit program. books and other media including those challenged and/or banned in certain Sing songs, hear stories, and learn nursery communities. Banned books week is an excellent opportunity for Maine rhymes while interacting with your child and libraries to remind the public that censorship challenges are a reality for both other care providers. staff and users. 3 — Books and Flicks, 5:30 p.m. According to the American Library Association most challenges directed at 3, 10, 17, 24, 31— Family Story Time, controversial books occur for three reasons; material is “sexually explicit”, 10 a.m., Youth Services — Stories, contains “offensive language” or is “unsuited to age group”. The group who educational activities and art projects most often challenges books is parents, and most of these protests occur in 4, 18 — Adult Computer Class, 9:30 a.m. school or public libraries. Outcomes of challenges depend on the individual situation and are best decided by a process outlined in a “challenge policy”. 5, 12, 19, 26 — Incredible Infants, 10 a.m., Youth Services — Stories, songs, and finger plays for infants and their caregivers Maine libraries have experienced banning attempts over the years and recent book challenges mirror the trends mentioned above. In 2006 the novel Girl 8 — Library closed — Columbus Day Interrupted made headlines when it was challenged by a student’s parent at Orono Public High school. The parent felt the book had “strong language” 9 — Allen Sockabasin, author of An Upriver Passamaquoddy, 6:30 p.m., Reading Room and “vivid descriptions (source boston.com). Portland librarian and MLA Intellectual Freedom co-chair Kelley McDaniel defended the book’s inclu- 9, 23 — Yarnies Knitting Group, 3 p.m. — For sion in a freshman English class during an interview by a local radio pro- preteen and teen knitters and people who gram. McDaniel emphasized that librarians collect all types of media and would like to learn how to knit! The group that the challenged novel was a notable book of the year. She also explained meets every other Tuesday how some librarians use acquisition policies that promote balanced collec- 18 — Page Turners, 6:30 p.m. — 4th to 8th tions, with the end result including materials possibly considered offensive grade students and adults can take part in this by some. Other recent book challenges based in Maine include Catcher in intergenerational book discussion. the Rye (Berwick, 2005, Paris, 1996) and Beloved (Madawaska, 1997). 23 — Conbrio music concert, 6:30 p.m., Reading Room The threat of censorship and its effects on intellectual freedom were of para- mount concern when our country was founded. Drafters of the Constitution 25 — Halloween Craft Afternoon, 3-5 p.m., recognized that censorship is dangerous to a democratic system of govern- Youth Services ment and ensured the public’s right to free speech and press was protected by 26 — Bookworms Book Group, 1 p.m., the first amendment. Many libraries are logical defenders of the first amend- Conference Room — Jane Eyre by Charlotte ment and intellectual freedom by promoting a wide variety of media items Brontë including those most often challenged or banned. Having approved policies 29 — Dream Makers, 3:30 p.m. that promote diverse collections and allow for neutral review of challenges Improvisation and creativity in this theater best serves both library and public interests. For more information about workshop for kids ages 8-13 banned books week or to see a list of most commonly challenged books check out the ALA website address below. http://www.ala.org/ala/oif/bannedbooksweek/bannedbooksweek.htm Election Day is coming Halloween Craft (November 6th) Afternoon Don’t forget to vote! Family Story Time Themes October 3 — Friends October 10 — Fire Fighters (with special guests) October 17 — Fall October 24 — Monsters October 31 — Halloween Celebrate Fire Prevention Week at the Library! Thursday, October 25 All Ages — In Youth Services October 7-13 3-5 p.m. Free computer classes are available! These one-on-one classes meet the first and third Thursday of each month from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Enjoy a Fall Sign up at the main desk. musical tradition at Lithgow Public Library Library Director Elizabeth Pohl Con Brio! Classical String Quartet Board of Trustees Tuesday, October 23 6:30 p.m. Joan Callahan Laurel Coleman Suzanne Q. Finn Con Brio! Is a traditional, classical string quartet celebrating twelve years of studying and performing together. The members John Finnegan Gabriella Howard are adult musicians who share a love of studying, teaching and Susan LaCasse Paul Riese performing outside their professional lives. Kirk Studstrup The foursome has studied with members of the Portland String Quartet, the DaPonte String Quartet and other national and inter- Library Hours: national visiting artists. The musicians are; Syd Sewall, violin; Diane Muckstadt, violin, Monday through Thursday MaryEllen Tracy, viola; and Madelon Welch, cello. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. This program is free and open to the public. Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays during July and August 9 a.m. to noon