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Check it out — at the Monroe Library!

Welcome back, students!

Do you know about all the great services and equipment that we offer in the Learning Commons?

You can check out laptops (Macs, PCs and Eee PCs) and other cool equipment at the Learning Commons desk.  We have headphones, voice recorders, cameras, video recorders, webcams, flip cams, and much more.  We even have Midi Keyboards that you can borrow!

Besides equipment, you can also check out lockers and private study rooms.  And don’t forget about the great research help we offer!  Our librarians can help you locate scholarly articles, books, and even DVDs that are relevant to your research.  (And if you just need something fun to read, we can help you find that, too!)

So come on over to the Learning Commons desk and let us know what you need.  We’re here to help you!

Banned Books Week September 25 – October 2, 2010

Poster by Camden Forgia

Everyone knows that librarians are tough, gritty, rogue characters who will fight to the death in defense of the First Amendment. But did you know that the last week of September, librarians and readers everywhere celebrate the freedom to read? That’s right folks, September 25th marks the first day of Banned Book Week, a national event where we commemorate and celebrate books that have been challenged or banned by bookstores, schools, and libraries across the nation. Some famous banned books you may have heard of include J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer, and even Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants series.

Banned Books Week began in 1982 as a response to a sudden increase in the number of book challenges happening across the country. The ALA defines a challenge as an attempt to remove or restrict materials, and a ban as the removal of those materials. While book challenges may come from a sincere and well-meaning attempt to protect readers from content that may be deemed too sexual, violent, profane, or offensive, the line between protection and censorship is a fine one. The ALA states that only parents have the rights and responsibility to restrict what their own children read, so libraries fight censorship by refusing to ban books.

So what can you do to celebrate Banned Books Week? You can come to the Monroe Library and see our display of banned books, check out the American Library Association’s list of frequently challenged books, or find a Banned Books event either local or online. For more information, visit the American Library Association’s Banned and Challenged Books page and Banned Books Week.