Fall is in the air

Fall has finally arrived after our long and very hot summer.   Our libraries are humming with activity right now, and I wanted to share some highlights of what will be happening this month.

This week—October 1-6—is Banned Books Week.  Hundreds of books have been either removed or challenged in schools and libraries in the United States every year. According to the American Library Association (ALA), there were at least 326 challenges or bans in 2011.  In addition, ALA estimates that 70 to 80 percent of challenges are never reported.  Staff members at our libraries have been involved in creating displays to highlight your freedom to read.

And yes, that’s Winnie the Pooh behind those bars.

In the middle of the month, we will be observing Teen Read Week.  TRW is a time to celebrate reading for fun and encourage teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms —books and magazines, e-books, audiobooks and more — and become regular library users.  We will have two different contests going on that week for teens, and the prize will be a gift card.

We have lots of preschool early literacy classes for children and their parents or caregivers, as well as movies, a chess club, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, scrapbooking, blood pressure checks, a Christmas light-making workshop, a Three Sisters gardening workshop, book discussions, Wii game nights, crafts for kids and the young-at-heart—and all this is just in the month of October!  If you want to know more about these opportunities to get together with your neighbors and friends to learn something new at the library, check out our calendars.  There is one for each branch, and you can find them here, on our website:  http://www.pcplib.org/programs.  Or keep up with us on Facebook!

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