Thank you to everyone who participated in National Voter Registration Day! There is still time to register to vote before the November 3rd election. If you would like any assistance, such as a copy or scan of your proof of residency to mail in or upload, please stop by the library and we can help you out. If you are not sure where you are supposed to vote, you can find out by visiting www.myvote.wi.gov, and searching your address. We are here to help answer any questions you may have! We want every person who is eligible and desires to vote to be able to.
Banned Books Week begins on Sunday and lasts the entire week. Banned Books Week is a national event that occurs yearly around this time. The week brings awareness to censorship, challenged and banned books, and celebrates the freedom to read! According to the Banned Books Week webpage, this week helps draw national attention to the harms of censorship through the removal of or restriction to information. We, as the library, celebrate the freedom to seek and express ideas and value free and open access to information, even those ideas that some may consider unorthodox or unpopular. This year’s slogan for Banned Books Week is “Censorship is a dead end. Find your freedom to read!”. Check out our Facebook page for daily posts and facts during the week.
Next week is also the Friends of the Library Book Sale! As the weather gets cooler, it is the perfect time to shop for a new book to curl up with. The book sale will begin on Monday, Sept. 28th 10 am – 4 pm. The Friends will be sorting through books in the Marten Center and visitors are welcome to come by and search for titles they wish to purchase. The books and other materials will not be well sorted in the Marten Community Center as they have been in previous years. Then, the books will make their way to the library to be laid out on tables, carts, etc. for Tuesday, Sept. 29th through Saturday, Oct. 3rd. Visitors are welcome to come to the library anytime during our open hours Tuesday through Saturday to look through the books for sale and make purchases. As space allows, more books will be added to the sale throughout the week. The sale will be donation based, as it was last year, and visitors can take what they want and pay what they are able to. Finally, when the sale is inside the library all library rules will still apply. This means that no more than ten people can be in the building at any one time, etc. We hope you can make some time to stop down and find a great new books to own!