Celebrate the Freedom to Read! September is Banned Books Month at the Pierson Library where we are once again celebrating one of our most cherished freedoms – the freedom to read. Each week during the month of September we will be featuring a picture a library staff read member with one of his or her favorite books that just happens to have been banned somewhere.
This week, Library Director Lara Keenan is pictured with one of her favorite books, “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley. Banned in Ireland when it first appeared in 1932, and removed from shelves and objected to ever since, “Brave New World” is still making waves today. The novel of a dystopian future was the third most complained about books in America as recently as 2010 with readers protesting over its sexually explicit scenes, “offensive” language and “insensitivity.”
Look for a special display at the library of banned books. Library visitors will be surprised to see some American Classics such as “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee and “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald as well as the popular children’s series featuring Captain Underpants on the list.
The banned book list always stimulates a great discussion – whether in the library or perhaps around your dinner table. The list may spark conversation between parents and children about the concept of censorship. Take advantage of this opportunity to select a book from the list for a “family read” and talk about whether it should have been banned and why or why not.
For further information about the “freedom to read,” a concept fully supported by the Pierson Library, go to the American Library Association’s website (www.ala.org).
Home school program kicks off this month. Home school students of all ages are invited to gather to read and discuss award nominated books! Kids K-3 read a different Red Clover book each month and take part in an accompanying project, while older kids discuss books from the 2013 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award list over snacks. This program is free of cost, and a great way to share great books with friends. Our new year of book discussions kicks off Friday, Sept. 13 at 10:30 am. DCF readers will start with a discussion of “Little Dog Lost” by Marion Dane Bauer.
Pierson Library book discussion group planning meeting Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 6:30 pm.
Do you want to talk about the books you read with other library patrons? Then please come to our book group planning meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 6:30 pm. Bring your list – or stack – of books you’ve enjoyed and help choose the book titles for following months.
Pierson Library daytime book club. The Daytime Book Club is reading “Zeitoun” by Dave Eggers, and will meet on Wednesday, Sept.18 at 10:30 am. in the library to discuss it. Interested readers are invited to join in, just call 985-5124 and we will reserve a book for you.