It’s Banned Books Week September 23-29!
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
Come into the library, see and learn about Banned Books! Challenge the Challengers, Read a Banned Book today!
September is Library Card Sign Up Month!
September is Library Card Sign-up Month – a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all.
Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.
Today’s public libraries are thriving technology hubs that millions rely on as their first or only choice for Internet access and digital content. In addition to books, magazines, DVDs, computers, games, software and other multimedia materials, libraries provide access to e-books and e-book readers. Ninety percent of libraries offer access to e-books, an increase of 14 percent from 2012. Mobile devices, including e-book readers, which are available at 39 percent of libraries.
Often the library is the first point of contact in helping community members. From providing assistance to small business owners to assisting with access to e-government resources, libraries are changing lives through education.
Libraries are America’s great information equalizers – the only place people of all ages and backgrounds can find and freely use such a diversity of resources, along with the expert guidance of librarians.
Find out more about Cumberland County Public Library Card here.
Weekly Activities For Library Card Sign Up Month:
- Mustache Mondays – Every new sign up (or those card holders who feel like it) can take a silly picture with their favorite book or DVD and we will post it to our Facebook page so you can show the world the step you have taken towards becoming a lifelong learner!
- Free Library Card Replacement Wednesdays – We know that sometimes things happen and things are lost including your library card (gasp!) But you don’t need to worry about a thing we will replace it for free on Wednesdays in September! (you must physically come in this cannot be done over the phone or email).
- Fine Forgiveness Fridays! –If you have any outstanding fines come in on Fridays for amnesty day and you can have up to $10 forgiven on your fines! (You must physically come in to the library this cannot be done over the phone or via email).
Check Out our newest resource! Great for developing early literacy skills with kids!
Early World of Learning! Early World of Learning, World Book Online’s early childhood digital resource, is a child’s first encyclopedia, eBook, and introduction to core early concepts. With read-aloud across all functions, the 60 stories in “World of Reading” and “Trek’s Travels” tie learning together through videos, games, and printable activities. Twelve stories are available in both Spanish and English, and the worksheets also offer written instructions in Spanish. Classic songs, nursery rhymes, and fairy tales complete the program, and are often included in the lesson plan for each story