Sep 28

Two More Banned Book Faves

Today we feature two books ….    Miss Connie’s favorite banned/challenged book is Charlotte’s Web … a classic …. why was it challenged?web

n 2006, some parents in a Kansas school district decided that talking animals are blasphemous and unnatural; passages about the spider dying were also criticized as being “inappropriate subject matter for a children’s book.”

According to the parent group at the heart of the issue, ‘humans are the highest level of God’s creation and are the only creatures that can communicate vocally. Showing lower life forms with human abilities is sacrilegious and disrespectful to God.’

A junior high in Batley, West Yorkshire, England, which became the center of international attention in 2003 when the school’s Headteacher decreed that all books featuring pigs should be removed because it could potentially offend the school’s Muslim students and their parents.

Miss Celeste’s favorite is any and all of the Harry Potter books ….. why have they been challenged?

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Harry Potter is now the most banned book in America, according to the American Library Association. It is undeniable that themes of death and resurrection abound in the stories, as well as detailed depictions of potions and other hocus pocus. But while there are Christians who decry the celebration of witchcraft, there are other Christians who consider Harry’s journey an edifying allegory for Jesus Christ. That is another problem with banning books: it obscures the diversity of viewpoints within its potential readership. Thankfully at least 450 million copies have been sold, so there is little danger that an eager reader will not be able to drudge up a copy.

 

 

Sep 26

Banned Book Week !

The American Library Association sponsors Banned Book Week as a way to remind us all to celebrate our FREEDOM TO READ!   Libraries are all about Intellectual Freedom and against censorship.  It goes hand in hand with our belief in your privacy to read what you want.  Each day, and maybe twice a day, we will post on the website and our Facebook page our favorite banned books.  Some may surprise you.  Some may not.  We’ll also pass along some facts and trivia.  Be aware.  Everyone has the right to read and choose for themselves.  Read a banned book today and celebrate YOUR freedom to read!!!

 

Today’s favorite – Lord of The Flies by William Golding.   This is Miss Wendy’s personal favorite banned book.   The rest of the staff is fond of it as well.  🙂    If you haven’t read it, do.

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Aug 17

IT’S RUNZA TIME!

Anticipation ….  mouth watering… knowing you could eat at RUNZA on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, all day long …… and help out the library while you do!!!!      Next Tuesday is GREAT BOOKS FOR GREAT KIDS Day and Runza will donate 10% of sales all day to the Blair Public Library to help purchase books for children.     You can’t beat that!   GREAT FOOD and GREAT BOOKS for kids!!!!!

Please … MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  Eat at Runza on Tuesday — lunch or dinner … or both!!!!!!    Thanks for your support!!!GBGKMobile

Aug 02

Changes are Coming!

Good Afternoon!

Summer reading is over, and children’s programming does not resume until after Labor Day.  Even better, the new building is “moving right along….” and that means it’s time for us to start preparing the collection for the new space!

You may have noticed we have been changing the dvds around.  Covers are now on the dvds, as are the barcodes.  Once we move, you will no longer have to use the browser window to check out a movie!!

The other change that is happening this week is the merging of large print with the regular print.  Throughout the interviews we have held with readers the last two years, no serious objections have been raised to this change.  The new building will have shorter shelving, and this allows us to keep book series together!  We hope that by changing things around now, we will all have time to get use to it so it won’t seem so new or strange in the new building.  All large print books are marked with a “large print” sticker and the staff can help retrieve books from the tall shelves until we move!

We’ll try not to spring too many things on you at one time!    Thanks for your patience and understanding while we get our move on!!  🙂   Any questions, feel free to ask!

~~ Miss Gayle

Jul 14

GOOD NEWS!!! The Library Will Open This Evening….

The temporary HVAC system has been installed. The library will open this evening (Thursday) at 5:00 pm. Normal library hours will resume on Friday July 15th. All Summer Reading activities have been cancelled for the remainder of this week but will resume on Monday July 18th as scheduled.

Please Note: The book drop in the alley will be CLOSED until further notice. All returns will need to be brought inside the library.

Thank you, to all our patrons for your patience in this matter!

Jul 12

Library Remains Closed !!

Blair Public Library will remain closed until further notice due to electrical issues.

Wednesday:  all activities cancelled

Thursday:  10:30 Story time with Miss Wendy at the Depot will continue as planned. All other activities for the day will be cancelled.

Friday:  all activities cancelled.

Saturday:  To be announced.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Please continue to check the webpage and  our Facebook Page for updates.
www.facebook.com/Blair-Public-Library-128340143954

Jul 11

LIBRARY CLOSED !!!

The Library will be closed Tuesday, 7/12/16 due to building maintenance.

We closed today after our boiler room filled with smoke and the fire alarms sounded.  Electricians worked Monday afternoon and evening to repair the wiring and our HVAC repairmen will be working on Tuesday to ensure all connections are working correctly.

Tuesday morning’s summer reading program at City Chambers will go on as scheduled.  Come see the fabulous Fax Gilbert, mime and magician, and enjoy the show!  All afternoon activities are cancelled.

Thank you for your well wishes and thoughts during our time of excitement and adventure!  We’ll notify you as soon as possible when we can occupy the building!!!

~~~ Miss Gayle

 

Jun 24

May the Force be With You!

Star Wars at the Blair Public Library, THIS SATURDAY!

Back by popular demand. The 501st Legion will be sending representatives to the library starting at 10:30AM on Saturday, 6/25. Have your pictures taken with some of your favorites.

Everyone welcome and free to the public.

Questions? Call the library at 402-426-3617.

Don’t miss a single happening at the library. ‘Like’ us on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Blair-Public-Library-128340143954

Jun 20

Change of Program !!!!

There has been  a change in the summer reading program scheduled for Tuesday, June 21, 2016.

Our scheduled program, CAPOW! has been rescheduled for July 5th.  The Obstacle Course has been switched to June 21st.   The event will be held at the library.

This change was made due to the performer’s illness.  We appreciate your understanding!  See you tomorrow @ your library!

May 31

SUMMER READING SIGN UP!

It’s that time again!   Summer Reading registration is open!   There are over 100 programs this year as we CELEBRATE the last eight  years of summer reading in our current facility, while we CELEBRATE all the new and exciting stuff we can do in the new facility!!!!

Help us out – from the first craft day, the first program (is it the magician? the animals?  the Omaha Street Percussion Performers? ) to our fun Tuesdays (root beer floats anyone?) to our story times at the DEPOT, to our fun Fridays (Pet Expo anyone?  Bubbles?)  this year is set up for FUN!

Of course there’s lots of reading too!   Come sign up, pick up your info newsletter, and start reading!  Programs and Prizes begin Monday, June 6th!   Sign up ends July 6, 2016.

 

 

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