Thursday, September 27, 2007
According to the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), more than a book a day faces removal from free and open public access in U.S. schools and libraries. During Banned Books Week, September 29 - October 6, thousands of libraries and bookstores throughout the nation will celebrate a democratic society's most basic freedom - the freedom to read.
"Not every book is right for every reader," said ALA president Loriene Roy. "Libraries serve users from a variety of backgrounds - that's why libraries need - and have - such a wide range of materials. Individuals must have the right to choose what materials are suitable for themselves and their families."
Each year, the OIF receives hundreds of reports on books and other materials that were "challenged" by people who asked that they be removed from school or library shelves. There were 546 known attempts to remove books in 2006, and more than 9,200 attempts since the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom began to electronically compile and publish information book challenges in 1990. Challenges are defined as formal, written complaints filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness.
"Part of living in a democracy means respecting each other's differences and the right of all people to choose for themselves what they and their families read," said Judith F. Krug, director, OIF. "We must remain vigilant to assure that would-be censors don't threaten the very basis of our democracy."
Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the ALA, the Association of American Publishers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the National Association of College Stores. It is endorsed by the Library of Congress Center for the Book.
The Office for Intellectual Freedom is charged with implementing ALA policies concerning the concept of intellectual freedom as embodied in the Library Bill of Rights, the Association's basic policy on free access to libraries and library materials. The goal of the office is to educate librarians and the general public about the nature and importance of intellectual freedom in libraries.
The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 64,000 members.
We invite you to explore what the week means. Reflect on your freedom to read, cherish it, and, by all means, read what you want to read. As the author of Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury, said, "You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them."
(Source: The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression http://www.abffe.com and the American Library Association http://www.ala.org)
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
- Norma has My Father's Dragon, Ruby in Her Own Time, Pirates Don't Change Diapers, and A Mama for Owen (now what would you expect from a children's librarian?). And she has a Moultrie phone book and atlas.
- Jinx has Invisible Acts of Power by author Caroline Myss.
- Ann has a Moultrie phone book.
- Keva has a paperback, but couldn't remember the name.
- Aileen has Assassin's Apprentice, Sudoku and crossword puzzles.
- Gail has The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Ramona and recipe books.
- Irene has phone books, an atlas, and her teaching books for church.
- Melody has Sudoku; audio books, such as I Heard That Before; a phone book, atlas, the owner's manual to her truck (I bet we all have one, but she was the only one to say this), and one of her Bibles.
- Monique has an atlas and phone book.
So, I guess I should ask you: What's in your car to read? Other than the phone book and an atlas? If you don't have anything, be sure to come to the library and check out a good read. Or if you don't have time to read, check out those audio books. We have lots to choose from. . . . And it's still September, National Library Card Month. Drop by now and get that free library card! It will open a whole new world to you!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
On September 17, 1787, the United States Constitution was signed by 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia's Independence Hall. In honor of this historic event, President Bush declared the week of September 17 through September 23 as Constitution Week.
The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started many years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). The aims of the celebration are to (1) emphasize citizens' responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, preserving it for posterity; (2) inform the people that the Constitution is the basis for America's great heritage and the foundation for our way of life; and (3) encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.
This year the DAR took to schools over 700 bookmarks to be given to students. They furnished booklets and bookmarks free to the public, and Barbara Hendrick set up a magnificant display in the foyer of the main library. Lisa Horken loaned the flags for the display.
We hope you will take time to stop by the library and see this wonderful display. "Constitution Week is the perfect opportunity to read and study this great document which is the safeguard of our American liberties," stated DAR president general, Presley Merritt Wagoner. (Source: www.dar.org)
- Melody, our director, told me one of the best books she's read (and you can get the audio version als0) is Letters for Emily by Camron Wright. This book is for women and men! It was written by a man whose grandfather's poems inspired the book. The story opens in the final stages of Harry Whitney's life. Not only is he dying, he's losing his mind. With Alzheimer's disease looming, he decides to compile a book of his own poems as a final gift for Emily, his favorite granddaughter. When the family discovers the book, they also discover secrets hidden in each poem; secrets about Harry's past. And they not only discover important things about Harry, but themselves. It's a story that celebrates goodness, hope, love and life.
- Then Norma, our children's librarian, told me about Pirates Don't Change Diapers. When the pirate crew turns up at Jeremy Jacob's house and accidently wakes his baby sister, that wee scallywag howls louder than a storm on the high seas. Sure, there's buried treasure to be found, but nobody's digging up anything until Bonney Anne quits her caterwauling. So, quicker than you can say "scurvy dog," Braid Beard and his swashbuckling pirates become. . .babysitters? A hand-in-hand book with this one is How I Became A Pirate, same author and illustrator.
- And, of course, most people have heard about that darling little baby hippo that survived the 2004 tsunami and made the giant tortoise its mother. It's like a National Geographic moment! Now there's a book about him titled A Mama for Owen. When the tsunami washed Owen's world away and the rain stopped, Owen befriends Mzee, a grayish-brown tortoise, who he plays with, snuggles with, and decides might turn out to be his best friend and brand-new mama. It's a heartwarming true tale of healing, adoption, and rebirth with splendid illustrations and oodles of love.
The books are here at the library. . .just takes a library card to check them out.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
- Leave Her to Heaven with Gene Tierney
- The Odd Couple with Jack Lemmon
- Mask of Zorro with Antonio Banderas
- The Man in the Iron Mask with Leonardo DiCaprio
- The Fugitive with Harrison Ford
- Liar Liar with Jim Carrey
- Sleepless in Seattle with Tom Hanks
- Cape Fear with Robert DeNiro
- The Last of the Mohicans with Daniel Day-Lewis
- Unforgettable with Ray Liotta
- City Slickers II with Billy Crystal
- Roommates with Peter Falk
- Dances with Wolves with Kevin Costner
- Bye Bye Birdie with Jason Alexander
- Drop Dead Gorgeous with Kirstie Alley
- The Santa Clause with Tim Allen
They're here just waiting for you. All it takes is a library card to check them out. A video and a bowl of popcorn sounds like a good thing!
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
- Get to know your librarian, the ultimate search engine at your library
- Pick up voter registration information
- Attend a lecture or workshop or meeting
- Call the reference desk if you have a question
- Ask for a recommended reading list for your kids (or yourself)
- Make photocopies
- Read the latest fashion magazine
- Trace your family tree
- Pick up tax forms
- Find a quiet spot, curl up with a good book and enjoy.
So, if you can do all of this without a library card, can you imagine how much more perfect the library will be when you have a library card. This is National Library Card Month. Your smartest card is just waiting for you to pick it up!!!
This coming Thursday, September 20, the Community Showcase will be held at the YMCA from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be 60 businesses displaying unique products, wares and services. Books & More will host the following local authors:
- Bobbie Jean Wright, author of Wild as the Southern Wind
- Janice Short, author of Tapestry of Love: Poetry of Faith, Hope and Love
- Clyde Short, author of Bleeding Blue
- Buddy McCoy, author of A Walk on the Beach
- Ren Summerlin, author of This Week's Episode
- Debbie Griffiths, Thomasville author of Little Lady, Big Dream.
This will be a great time for you to rub elbows with published writers, find out how they came about writing their books, and buy copies of those that interest you. Moultrie is lucky to have these great writers. Show your support by participating in this local community event.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
- Get a book from the Intra-Library Loan service
- Update your MySpace page
- Research new job opportunities
- Find a list of childcare centers in your area
- Learn about local candidates for office
- Learn how to use a database or computerized catalog
- Check out your favorite novel
- Pick up a DVD
- Get homework help
- Find a new recipe
- Connect with other people in the community
- Research your term paper
- Use the library's resources to start a small business
- Read a newspaper from another country
And we're here! Just waiting for you to come in and ask for YOUR library card. We are the Moultrie-Colquitt County Public Library System and we are here to serve you. (Source: American Library Association http://www.ala.org)
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
This month's Employee of the Month is Catherine M. Bryant, Genealogy and Administrative Assistant, who has been employed with the library for 41 years.
Beginning as a Bookmobile Librarian, she later was placed in charge of the library's film service, the audio-visual equipment and its repair, and the Intra-Library Loan service. She also has been secretary to the library board for more than 30 years. However, Catherine's greatest library love has been the Veterans History Project, which was named in her honor earlier this year. Since it was her desire that Veterans be honored and never forgotten, the Veterans Project was housed in the genealogy library. Catherine has worked hard for many years to raise money to support the project and acquire information on as many Veterans as she can add to the collection. One co-worker said: "Mrs. Bryant lays a foundation to help future generations develop a deeper understanding of peace."
Those of us at the library, who know Catherine, see a tiny, sweet, hard-working woman with the stature and power of a giant. And it is with love and congratulations that she is presented this honor. Thank you, Catherine, for your many years of dedication and caring service.