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.
Did you know that March is Women’s History Month? In the United States, Women’s History Month traces its origins back to the first International Women’s Day in 1911, which then turned into Women’s History Week when President Jimmy Carter issued a presidential proclamation declaring March 8, 1980 as National Women’s History Week. This eventually developed into Women’s History Month when Congress passed Public Law 100-9, officially making March 1987 Women’s History Month, which then in turn led to additional resolutions in the years that followed to grant future presidents the authority to declare every March as Women’s History Month. The Katharine Brush Library is sharing in the celebration this year with our That’s What She Said display on the second floor. This display highlights quotes by women activists, scientists, politicians, and artists who have paved the way for women today and showcases books by and about some of these women, including Gloria Steinem, Hillary Clinton, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Eleanor Roosevelt.
The Katharine Brush Library is celebrating Black History Month all February long with a display of books about important black leaders, scientists, artists, musicians, and activists. Come check out exactly who we’re featuring … and feel free to pass along your own recommendations to us at the Reference desk! We just might add your suggestion to our display.