Banning Books Silences Stories

Did you know that September 23-29, 2018 is Banned Books Week? What is Banned Books Week? Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read! Launched in 1982 in response to a sudden increase in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries, Banned Books Week is usually held during the last week of September.  During this time, libraries across the country raise awareness about the value of free and open access to information. To learn more about why books have traditionally been challenged and banned, stop by the Katherine Brush Library this week and check out our Banned Books Week book display on the second floor.

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Review: Only Killers and Thieves

Only Killers and Thieves by Paul Howarth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“The guilt is collective, the responsibility shared…. History is forgetting. Afterward we write the account, the account becomes truth, and we tell ourselves it has always been this way, that others were responsible, that there was nothing we could have done.”

This is a riveting and heartbreaking debut novel. It is simultaneously a Western, great historical fiction, political commentary, an extraordinary character study – one of the best books I’ve read this year.
-Mrs. P.

Jewish American Heritage Month

Did you know that May is Jewish American Heritage Month? Since 2006, an annual proclamation has been made by the President of the United States to designate May as a time to recognize the achievements and contributions of Jewish Americans. Here at the Katharine Brush Library, we are recognizing Jewish American Heritage Month with a display on the first floor of books and ebooks that may be of interest to anyone looking to learn more about the history of Jewish Americans. Come check it out!