The American Library Association (ALA) calls out censorship with Banned Books Week 2018. This annual celebration of the freedom to read takes place this year September 23-29, with the theme “Banning Books Silences Stories.” At this library, on Saturday, September 29th, I will be presenting a program from 10:30 a.m. till noon. I would be happy to welcome assistance in reading aloud from banned books; no advance preparation is required, but feel free to bring your own material. My selections will be taken from the newest list compiled by the ALA (2017), as well as some perennial classics. The program will begin with an explanation of how books are challenged and banned.
On Thursday, September 20th, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Liz Coffey will return with another Healthy Home-Cooking Class, courtesy of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chenango County and Eat Smart New York. This is a real treat. You can watch Ms. Coffey prepare a recipe and sample it, too! She always has instructional handouts for participants to take home, as well.
This year, our library will be 75 years old. This year also marks our 30th anniversary in our present location at 7 East Main Street. We are in the planning process to celebrate these milestones in the not-too-distant future.
Something brand-new: On Wednesday, September 5, 2018, the Smyrna Public Library went online! If you do not already have a borrower’s card for the Four County Library System, now is the time to apply for one. It gives you access to the resources of over 40 libraries, and for the first time you will be able to see Smyrna’s own holdings. Our staff is here to assist you in this brave new world.