Words Have Power Banned Books Week Display

Words have power and access to diverse viewpoints makes us all more powerful by forcing us to think, question, and reexamine our own ideas, thereby encouraging personal growth and leading to better conversations and a greater community understanding. The Katherine Brush Library will be joining libraries across the country during the week of September 24-September 30 to mark the annual Banned Books Week celebration. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books highlighted during Banned Books Week — some of which we have on display on the second floor of the library — have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be challenged and/or banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read. Remember, words have power. Let’s use ours to speak up and out against censorship and book banning.


Review: A Good Country

A Good Country by Laleh_Khadivi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

How is an American teen radicalized? Thought-provoking and both timely and scary, A Good Country does an excellent job of showing why a young man, a second-generation immigrant of non-practising Muslim parents, can be convinced to leave everything and everyone behind to go to Syria. A troubling coming of age story, there is no clear resolution to the plot – this might leave some readers unsatisfied, but really reinforced for me the tenuous hold that teenagers have on how to belong, how to be loved and accepted, and on how to do “right” thing.
-Mrs. P.