We *heart* Banned Books!


…I seriously love banned books. They break my heart. I mean, they have to go around thinking they aren’t as good as all the other books, just because someone somewhere doesn’t like them. I feel like they need to be protected, you know? They need extra love, like everyone on the Island of Misfit Toys. You know…except for the fact that there’s nothing wrong with banned books.

Now…one of the reasons I loooooove the library is that we don’t ban books. You can find all sorts of books here, and chances are you’re not going to like all of them. Which is totally fine—but that doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with the book, or that it’s dangerous. But see…if you don’t like the content, you don’t have to read the book. It’s simple. So it baffles me as to why some people think the books need to be banned just because they don’t like them. Censoring what other people read just because you don’t care for it? Well, I just…I don’t get it, Bits and Bramblers.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…the fact that some people consider them so damaging and terrible that they shouldn’t be available to the public makes me want work hard to protect them even more, you know?

Which is why I think you should head to your faaaaaavorite library this week, and check out a banned book. Because we have them on the shelf, after all. And sure, there might be parts of the book you won’t like—maybe even the whole thing—but then you’ll bring it back, and get a book you might like more. Because you can. That’s how our country works…you can read whatever you want. So what are you waiting for? CELEBRATE BANNED BOOK WEEK BY READING A “BANNED” BOOK TODAY!
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Garrr…


…We missed Talk Like a Pirate Day! Awwwww, man…how did that happen?

I guess it’s because your faaaaaaavorite librarians have all been working pretty hard on our shiny new website, which we just debuted this week (haaaaave you visited mrcpl.org lately? If not, take a look around…and let us know what you think!)

Anyway, it’s possible that we were working on the last minute details and completely forgot to talk like a pirate. Even though it would have been waaaaaaay more fun to talk like a pirate while drinking lots of caffeine and working on the website (“Hey Matey! I do nay be seein’ th’ image on this page!” See? How is that not more fun?)

But really, why can’t EVERY day be talk like a pirate day? I mean, that’s how my favorite pirate of all time does it—Steve the Pirate, from the cinematic classic Dodgeball: A True Underdog’s Story. So even if you did celebrate “Speak Like a Seafarin’ Hearty Tide,” feel free to do it again today—or any day! You can even look at the library’s website (did I mention it’s shiny? And new?) and tell us what you think of it, in Pirate Speak! Use Steve as inspiration!
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Contain Your Enthusiasm: It’s Back-to-School Time!


…I know you’re excited, and why wouldn’t you be? Getting up early! Number 2 pencils! Math homework! Book reports! Gym class! Weird cafeteria food, and having to ask if you can go to the bathroom! Who doesn’t love back-to-school?!?!

Okay, so maybe that wasn’t really fair, listing all the really icky things about going back to school. I mean…it’s not all bad, right? You could have really cool teachers, and make awesome new friends, that are really good at Math and will help you with your homework.

And speaking of helping you with your homework…your faaaaaavorite library and faaaaavorite librarians are can help you there, too.

We’re pretty good when it comes to research. It’s almost like we’ve got magic powers, or something. Don’t believe me? Check out this movie to find out just how much the library can help YOU!
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