Banned Books Week – Day 4

“One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present.” ― Golda Meir, My Life       Banned Books Week causes us to consider important questions each year--who has the authority to remove a book from a library and for what reasons? Why do libraries sometimes carry books that may contain offensive or morally problematic content? How does reading a book affect the reader? What about controversial issues in books? At the end, the library remains committed to providing access to a wide variety…continue reading →

Banned Books Week – Day 2

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” ― Joseph Brodsky   Some of the most celebrated authors and novels have been challenged in libraries across the country. On the 2017 list of most challenged books were masterpieces like To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Other classic literature titles are frequently challenged in some libraries: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, 1984 by George Orwell, and The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger. Other writers faced opposition…continue reading →

Banned Books Week

Because reading is among our greatest freedoms and is essential to our democracy Because the freedom to read is protected by our Constitution and privacy is essential to that freedom, without having our interest scrutinized by others Because we can be trusted to exercise critical judgment, to recognize propaganda and misinformation, to make our own decisions about what we read and believe, and to exercise the responsibility that comes with that freedom Because each year, the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to choose our reading material even if the…continue reading →

JTCC Library Welcomes New Director

The staff of the JTCC Library is thrilled to welcome Suzanne Sherry, our new library director. Suzanne has always been a bookworm, so the library is a natural career step—and all of us who are endlessly curious. She began working part-time at John Tyler while attending library school; first as a part-time library assistant, then as the Digital Library Specialist. During her time at Tyler Libraries she helped the Midlothian library move into its current location in Hamel Hall and built a new website. For two years she worked with the Office of…continue reading →

Stormy Weather

The upcoming storm may give us several days of heavy rain. You have your gallons of water, your extra batteries, your loaf of bread. Do you have your hurricane reading picked out yet? Stop by the library to stock up. We never run out of books. Here are a few stormy selections: Strange Weather by Joe Hill Chester & Midlothian Popular Fiction Description from "A collection of four chilling novels, ingeniously wrought gems of terror from the brilliantly imaginative, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman, Joe Hill. “Snapshot” is…continue reading →