For the next month, the Katharine Brush Library will be featuring a Words Have Power book display on the second floor in observance of both Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March). Whether you pick up Barack Obama’s autobiography, scan the QR code for an ebook on Martin Luther King, Jr., choose a book about Gloria Steinem, or instead opt for a biography on Susan B. Anthony, there is something here to peak everyone’s interests. Come be inspired by the words of men and women who pushed boundaries, challenged the norms, and paved the way for future generations … you may even be surprised and even meet a new hero!
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.