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This week at Chatham County public libraries

By Jennifer B. Gillis
Posted Monday, September 26, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - This week Chatham Community Library celebrates the importance of first amendment rights and celebrates our right to read what we want. Come see the banned book room and see books that have been challenged or banned in countries around the world, including the U.S. Some of the titles might surprise you; for example a book for kindergarten-aged children called “A Visit to Cuba” was removed from school library shelves in Miami, Florida after parents complained that it did not accurately portray the horrors of communism.

Other books have been challenged or banned for reasons ranging from profanity to depictions of violence to unflattering portrayals of capitalism. Examples of books that were challenged or banned in 2010-2011 include Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, Snow Falling on Cedars, Water for Elephants, and The Koran. The banned book room is open during normal library hours: M, W, & F 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; T & Th 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fri 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sat 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Chatham Community Library, Pittsboro:

Tuesday, September 27

9:30 a.m. Infant/Toddler story time with Miss Beth

10:30 a.m. Preschool story time with Miss Beth

7:00 p.m. David Blevins presents "Wild North Carolina"

Photographer David Blevins will present a program of photographs from his recently published book Wild North Carolina: Discovering the Wonders of Our State’s Natural Communities. Blevins and co-author Michael Schafale trekked across North Carolina, capturing in photographs and in words the beauty, significance, and diversity of our state’s natural landscapes and its interconnected webs of plant and animal life. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and a book signing will follow the program. This program is free and open to the public; reservations are not required. For more information contact the library at (919) 545-8084.

Friday, September 30

10:30 a.m. Preschool story time with Miss Beth

Saturday, October 1

10:15 a.m. Doing More with Powerpoint

(pre-registration is required for this workshop, which will be held in the computer lab. Call the reference desk at (919) 545-8086.)

Wren Memorial Library, Siler City:

Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 10:30 a.m.: Preschool Story Time with Miss Beth. Newcomers welcome, registration not required. For more information contact the library at (919) 742-2016.

Goldston Library, Goldston:

Thursday, Sept. 29 at 10:30 a.m.: Preschool Story Time with Miss Beth. Newcomers welcome.


Join in Chatham Comunity Library's "Scary Shorts" Event!

Write an original scary story, not longer than 500 words. Chatham Community Library should be mentioned in the story. Submit in person at the library, or online at chathamlibraries.org
Kids under the age of 8 can submit scary pictures instead of a story, if they wish.
Selected participants will be invited to read their scary stories at the library's "Scary Shorts" event on Thursday, October 27 at 7 p.m., featuring guest author Bob Crowley, who will read from his ghost story "The Wanderer of New Hope."

For more information, contact the library at (919) 545-8084.

 
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