Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Banned book Week this year is From September 29 through October 6, 2007.
Come to the library during Banned Book week and check out some of the books that patrons have deemed unacceptable for a library. Some of the titles can be viewed on the American Library Assiciation website:
Yes, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" is still on the list as is "Where the Wild Things Are" and "1984". How many of these books have you read. I was amazed by how many I have read and could find no reason to challange them. Can you figure out why they might have been challanged? Some of the reasons could be; sexual content, religion, violence, homosexual theme, occult, language, unsuitable age group. Which themes can you pick out for some on the list.
For an indepth look at some of the titles listed over the last few years take a look at the Google search for titles listed below.
The Easy section of the Canby Library gets a new look. The easy section includes picture books and easy reader books for children. The section was moved from the outer wall to the center area of the children's department. The books were taken off the vertical shelves and moved into book bins designed especially for children. The kids love them! They are just the right height for little people and there is no danger of materials falling off the shelves hitting someone on the head and everything is within their reach. They were made by Burton Hendrickson of Canby/Madison, from oak to match the color of the existing furnishings. The coloring table was moved into the center of the floor and beanbag chairs positioned around the area for relaxing. Stuffed animals can be found lurking among the books and a table of building blocks and toy box finish the area. The toys and a coloring table were suggested by some grade school children as a way to entertain their younger siblings while the older kids look at books. Thanks kids for the ideas.
On September 18, 2007, the General Federated Women's Club from Canby met at the Canby library for their annual meeting. The speaker for the evening was Kathie Behrens the Head Librarian for Canby and Madison. Kathie shared with the group the many changes that have taken place in the library over the last year and the plans for the future. She turned on the new wii gaming system, demonstrated how it was played and asked for volunteers to try it out. There were only 2 brave souls who opted to try their hand at playing a game. The evening was ended with bars and coffee and general conversation. The attendees walked around the library checking out the changes and orientating themselves with the new layout.