Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Banned Book Week

"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."

Visit the website to see which books made the top 10 banned books for 2020-

Hispanic Awareness Month

The month runs 15 Sepetember -15 October. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Also, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, falls within this time.

Discover documents, exhibits, films, blog posts and more from the National Archives and Presidential Libraries that highlight Hispanic culture at 

Look to the library for Hispanic authors, on-line language programs, Spanish language books, music, and movies!

Difficult Donations

While most of our book donations are run of the mill, we do get larger donations that would seem to be a result of someone's passing. It's difficult. Book Riot has a helpful article on how to deal with your loved one's books. The author's key points are:

  • Start with a keep pile - also ask family/friends if there's books they'd like
  • Flip through every book - you'll be surprised what you'll find
  • Discard damaged books - especially if they're moldy
  • Donate (check the article for suggestions)
  • It's OK to wait - it's emotional
  • Don't feel guilty (wonderful advice in the article)

Friday, September 17, 2021


Quartz has an informative article about book delays. Basically, more people want physical books, lumber is in short supply and with COVID, there's a reduction in workers to make paper. Many books are printed in China. Port congestion, lack of shipping containers, a shortage of dockworkers and trucker are slowing the movement of books from warehouses to stores.

For the 2021 holiday season the key is to shop early. Huber said to preorder any books you’re looking forward and be flexible. Remember, independent-bookstores can help customers find a suitable replacement gift if the one they want is not in stock. Most important, they say: “Be nice to retail workers, as we cannot control the supply chain, and the shortages aren’t our fault.” The same advice applies to our library staff.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Fall Releases

Staff at LitHub has reviewed some of the new fall book releases. Of what they've read so far, here's their reviews and recommendations. Here's an additional 222 books released in July -December. Until then, here's some of their picks you can pick up right now and now.