Reading – it’s good for you!
Celebrate YOUR freedom to read during Banned Books Week, September 22 to 28, 2013. For more information, visit http://www.ala.org/bbooks.
Read a Banned Book
Throughout the country, most children are starting a new academic year. Teachers are sending out their lists of required readings, and parents are beginning to gather books. In some cases, classics like “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” “The Catcher in the Rye,” and “To Kill a Mocking Bird,” may not be included in curriculum or available in the school library due to challenges made by parents or administrators.
Since 1990, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has recorded more than 10,000 book challenges, including 513 in 2008. A challenge is a formal, written complaint requesting a book be removed from library shelves or school curriculum. About three out of four of all challenges are to material in schools or school libraries, and one in four are to material in public libraries. OIF estimates that less than one-quarter of challenges are reported and recorded.
It is thanks to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, and students that most challenges are unsuccessful and reading materials like “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” “Slaughterhouse Five,” the Harry Potter series, and Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s Alice series, remain available.
The most challenged and/or restricted reading materials have been books for children. However, challenges are not simply an expression of a point of view; on the contrary, they are an attempt to remove materials from public use, thereby restricting the access of others. Even if the motivation to ban or challenge a book is well intentioned, the outcome is detrimental. Censorship denies our freedom as individuals to choose and think for ourselves. For children, decisions about what books to read should be made by the people who know them best—their parents!
In support of the right to choose books freely for ourselves, the ALA and Laguna Public Library are sponsoring Banned Books Week September 22 – 28, 2013, an annual celebration of our right to access books without censorship. This year’s observance commemorates the most basic freedom in a democratic society—the freedom to read freely—and encourages us not to take this freedom for granted.
American libraries are the cornerstones of our democracy. Libraries are for everyone, everywhere. Because libraries provide free access to a world of information, they bring opportunity to all people. Now, more than ever, celebrate the freedom to read @ your library! Read an old favorite or a new banned book this week.
The library will be hosting an open house on Wednesday, September 11th from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm @ the Laguna Public Library.
See what’s new @ the library; discover student resources; and get school supplies (Limited quantities) and ice cream!
For more information please call the library @ 505-552-6280.
Sign up for a library card during the month of September. A library card gives you access to over 10,000 books, DVDs, and audiobook titles at the Laguna Public Library! Watch the slideshow below to see 60 ways to use your library card.
The Laguna Public Library is now requiring a library card to be presented upon check out of all materials. Signing up is FREE! If you lost or misplaced your card, replacement cards are $1.00.
The library will be hosting a school supply drive during the month of August. Donations can be dropped off at the library.
See flyer with a listing of some supplies. Feel free to purchase items not listed.
Distribution will be at the end of August at a library open house. No income qualification will be used but supplies will be on a first come first served basis. Students attending local schools are eligible as well as college students.
If you know of students that need particular school supplies please let us know and we will do our best to help.
Sign up for the 2013 Summer Reading Program at the Laguna Public Library!
2013 Summer Reading Program Activities
6th Annual Summer Reading Program Fun Run and Walk
Saturday, June 1st, 2013
8:00 am registration; 9:00 am start
ALL AGES! Registration is FREE!
SRP Activity Dates: June 3rd – June 21st and July 8th – 26th
** FREE SUMMER LUNCH will be served @ the library from 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
• Monday (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm) Story and Reading time
• Tuesday (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm) Arts and Crafts
• Wednesday (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm) Gaming Day – Wii/Board/Computer
• Thursday (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm) Arts and Crafts
• Friday (1:00 pm/3:00 pm) Movie Day
Children 7 and under need a caretaker 13 years or older present. Register @ the library.
We will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 23rd at the K’awaika Center.
11:00 am – Welcome and Sign In
Easter Egg hunts will be by age groups: (Prizes available for each group)
11:15 am – Group 1 Hunt – Babies – 2 yrs. old
11:30 am – Group 2 Hunt – 3 – 5 yr. olds
11:45 am – Group 3 Hunt – 6 – 9 yr. olds
12:00 pm – Group 4 Hunt – 10 – 13 yr. olds
12:15 pm – Group 5 Hunt – 14 and older
Volunteers to help monitor activities are greatly appreciated.
**Children 7 and under will need to be accompanied by a caregiver 13 and older and cannot be left alone.
Pictures with the EASTER BUNNY will be available. We can email the picture to you.
Event photos may be used on the library webpage and facebook.