BANNED BOOKS WEEK 2019!
If you are new to Banned Books Week, it is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read whatever you want, the freedom to encounter, express and discuss new or different ideas, even (maybe even especially) ideas that some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
Usually held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types to recognize current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools.
Stand up for your rights and read a banned or challenged book today!
The Libraries Transform Book Pick is a new digital reading program that connects readers nationwide by offering free access to the same ebook through public libraries.
At the same time, it gives public libraries and the professionals working there opportunities to engage with readers about the ebook, as well as showcase digital collections and other library resources and programs.
Participating is easy! Do you have a public library card? Great! (And if you don’t, visit your library to get one.) Does your public library use Overdrive to serve your community’s ebook needs? (Most do, but if you aren’t sure, check back during October 7-21 to find a library.) All public libraries in the U.S. currently participating in OverDrive will be ready to lend unlimited copies of the ebook to borrowers during the reading period October 7-21, 2019, which makes it a great pick for your book club. Not a member of a book club? Discuss After the Flood with us on social media using the hashtag #LTBookPick.
Cool! But what are we reading?
The Book Pick: After the Flood by Kassandra Montag
Published by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Available for download October 7-21
Photo: © Nancy Kohler
An inventive and riveting epic saga, After the Flood signals the arrival of an extraordinary new talent.
A little more than a century from now, our world has been utterly transformed. After years of slowly overtaking the continent, rising floodwaters have obliterated America’s great coastal cities and then its heartland, leaving nothing but an archipelago of mountaintop colonies surrounded by a deep expanse of open water.
Stubbornly independent Myra and her precocious seven-year-old daughter, Pearl, fish from their small boat, the Bird, visiting dry land only to trade for supplies and information in the few remaining outposts of civilization. For seven years, Myra has grieved the loss of her oldest daughter, Row, who was stolen by her father after a monstrous deluge overtook their home in Nebraska. Then, in a violent confrontation with a stranger, Myra suddenly discovers that Row was last seen in a far-off encampment near the Arctic Circle. Throwing aside her usual caution, Myra and Pearl embark on a perilous voyage into the icy northern seas, hoping against hope that Row will still be there.
A note from Donna Seaman, the Booklist editor who helped select this title: “As we pondered the criteria for the Libraries Transform Book Pick,” Booklist’s Adult Books Editor Donna Seaman observed, “we found ourselves––and by ‘we’ I’m referring to myself, Senior Editor Susan Maguire and Associate Editor Annie Bostrom––galvanized by how the overarching theme of transformation is manifest in such totality and so very dramatically in Kassandra Montag’s After the Flood, a speculative epic set in a world ravaged by climate change. We also felt that the strong women protagonists in this tale of a mother’s quest for a lost daughter made for exciting reading, as does Montag’s skill in provoking us to think about timely issues as she holds us rapt with the timeless thrills of heroism, adventure, and suspense. After the Flood is an ideal catalyst for lively and probing book-club discussions.”
To celebrate National Library Card Signup Month, we are giving away a free DVD or Video Game checkout AND a free item from the Friends Book Sale Room for every new or renewed library card during September.
Additionally, anyone who comes to the library can sign up for a chance to win a $25 gift card for Java Lab.
Did you know?
That’s a lot of free (or mostly free) entertainment/instruction/information!
No wonder Americans go the library 3 times as often as they go to the movies. For a list of the programs coming up at the Moline Public Library you can click here to see our events calendar.
For more interesting (and impressive) library facts check out the list on ilovelibraries.org.
We are everywhere!
By “We” I mean public libraries, of course.
According to the American Library Association there are 16,568 public libraries (including branch locations) in the United States!
That’s more libraries than there are Starbucks! Than there are McDonald’s! More than all the KFCs, Taco Bells and Walmarts put together!
According to the Institute of Museum and Library Services, those 16,568 libraries serve over 297 million people, over 96% of the population! There are 3 libraries and 5.8 library outlets (branches, bookmobiles, etc.) for every 100,000 people.
It turns out we are a big part of life for a huge number of Americans. We’re just kind of quiet about it. Self-promotion is difficult when you have been quietly doing your job of providing free access to books, information, technology, services and educational, cultural and entertainment programming for the last couple of hundred years. We are working on it, but it is slow going.
The good news is that you can help. If you are one of those 297 million that we serve, and odds are good that your are, just keep us in mind. Remember us the next time you’re in line at Starbucks, and maybe make a note to let somebody know about how great the local library is.
It doesn’t matter where your are, there should be one nearby.
To recognize the diligence, dedication, and skill of library staff and librarians, the Tuesday of National Library Week has been designated National Library Workers Day!
So, if you are a library patron, consider giving your favorite library staff members a, “Good job,” or a, “Thank you for all your help,” today. Maybe even consider nominating them as a Star Library Worker.
If you are not a library patron, consider becoming a library patron and then doing that. 😉