This year, Banned Books Week is September 24 – October 1. Banned Books Week is an annual event which celebrates the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. The American Library Association (ALA) says, "This week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States."
September is National Rice Month here in America! Time to think beyond the Chinese Take-Out and a dull side dish in terms of celebrating – rice’s time is now! Rice contributes thirty-four billion dollars to the United States economy’s activity every year, and provides nearly a hundred and thirty thousand jobs. The average American eats twenty five pounds of rice every year.
It's tempting to give in to the end-of-the-summer blues now that Labor Day has come and gone. But don't despair! The North Independence Branch has so many awesome programs this fall that we can practically compete with the new Kauffman Center! Well, maybe I exaggerate a ...wee...bit. However, our programs are free and super-fun. If you are reading this, then you already know how to navigate our web page pretty well.
It seems, every morning I am telling my coworkers about my latest crazy vivid dream. It is always entertaining and sometimes a little disturbing. The other night, I had a nightmare that was unfortunately just as vivid as my "normal" dreams. I began wondering what the different symbols meant and looked them up in a few of our dream dictionaries. While it answered my questions, it also got me thinking more deeply about what was going on in my life.
Despite the trend towards natural childbirth, including unmedicated labor and water births, the expecting population of Europe has jumped at the chance to find out the sex of their unborn child as early as 7 weeks after conception, a Boston Globe article reports.
Come join us for Family Storytime on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Starting September 14th, we’ll be meeting in our pajamas, and playing with our new parachute while we listen to stories for the whole family.
Bringing your child to storytime is an important step in fostering a love of reading, and parent participation makes this experience even better! So, put on your favorite jammies, and head over to the Colbern Road Branch for storytime fun. We look forward to seeing you there!
Every week, I prepare and present a program geared towards Homeschoolers, ages 7-12. This is a lot of fun! Before I decided to be a librarian, I originally wanted to be a teacher. This weekly program lets me be one for at least an hour a week.
If you like cute baby pictures and furry, loveable animals, check out the book Best Friends Forever by photographer Rachael Hale McKenna. There’s not much reading to be done with this book, but it sure will put a smile on your face and in your heart. I honestly had to laugh out loud at a few of the precious, fun loving photos. When showing this book to some of my co-workers, they had the same response and just couldn't contain the laughter and smiles.