Banned Books Week is an annual celebration of the important role American libraries play in ensuring that all library users have free access to the materials they need, without fear of censorship or repercussion. It’s easy to think of censorship as something that happened in the past or happens in other places, but every year the American Library Association receives reports of hundreds of challenges from around the country. A challenge is what libraries call it when someone asks that a book be removed from the library’s collection, challenging the rights of other library users to access that information.
The phrase “banned book” suggests an authority figure outlawing a book for their own political gain or a strict librarian deciding that a book isn’t good enough to deserve a place in the library. In reality, most of the challenges reported to the American Library Association start with an ordinary library user who finds something in the library they disagree with and assumes that other library users share, or should share, their views.
The library exists for all members of the community and must serve them all equally. That means no individual gets to determine what others get to read. A book that offends one person may be very important to others. Libraries support the idea of intellectual freedom — each person’s freedom to read, think, and believe whatever they want. It’s this freedom that we celebrate each year during Banned Books Week.
We are delighted to announce the consolidation of our eBook collections to one platform! The Cloud Library is now our exclusive platform for eBooks and downloadable audiobooks.Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
We are delighted to announce the consolidation of our eBook collections to one platform! The Cloud Library is now our exclusive platform for eBooks and downloadable audiobooks.
If you are already using the Cloud Library, you know that it is very easy to use. For those of you who are new to the Cloud Library, please visit ebook.3m.com to get set up or grab our general how-to brochure. We think you’ll love it.
If you have been using the Lewis & Clark Digital Consortium (Overdrive) for eBooks and downloadable audiobooks, please be aware that this service is migrating to the Cloud Library effective July 1, 2016; the links you use to access this collection will no longer work after that date. We sincerely regret any inconvenience this may cause. But know that all the titles that were available in the Overdrive consortium remain available to you (with very few exceptions). Also be aware that the migration will take a few weeks for the titles formerly available through Overdrive to appear in the Cloud Library.
If you are a Kindle user, please be advised that the Kindle Fire works with the Cloud Library, but basic Kindles do not. You may have another device, such as a smart phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer that you can use to access the Cloud Library.
It’s very easy to sign up for and use the Cloud Library. If you find you need a little help, simply stop in or contact us for one-on-one assistance. We are also setting up “open office hours” to help with the transition – check our website for dates and times.
Another benefit of the Cloud Library is that you can identify eBook titles and check them out right from the library’s online catalog, making it unnecessary for you to look in two places for reading material. Through this migration and consolidation you can look forward to an expanded selection of eBooks and downloadable audiobooks all in one easy-to-use place. Additionally, by doing this, SMRLD is saving money that can be used for other titles or services. Happy reading and listening!
Illinois public libraries migrating from the Lewis & Clark Digital Consortium to the Cloud Library include:
Auburn, Belleville, Bethalto, Breese, Brighton, Bunker Hill, Cahokia, Carrollton, Case-Halstead (Carlyle), Caseyville, Columbia, Daughtery (Dupo), Edwardsville, Fairview Heights, Germantown, Glen Carbon, Grand Prairie of the West (Virden), Hayner (Alton), Jerseyville, Louis Latzer (Highland), Maryville, Millstadt, Mississippi Valley (Collinsville & Fairmount City), Morrison-Talbott (Waterloo), Six Mile (Granite City, Mitchell, & Pontoon Beach), Smithton, Tri-Township (Troy), Valmeyer, and Wood River.
For more information visit our eBooks and eAudiobooks page or call 452-6238 ext 4
Earn Library Bucks by doing homework or reading in the library. Earn one Library Buck for every half hour of homework or reading done in the library. Up to a maximum of two Bucks per day. Spend your Library Bucks on school supplies, earbuds, flash drives and more. Remember to check in at the desk before you start.
Questions? Call 452-6238 ext 3
For the September book club, we will be reading “In the Woods” by Tana French!
Join the discussion on Monday, September 29 at 6:30 pm at Kool Beanz Cafe located at 1316 Niedringhaus Avenue!
Readers through age 17
Mon., June 23–
Sat., June 28
Come to the library to read away your fines. For
every half-hour that you read at the library (up
to 1 hour per day), you earn a library “buck.”
Library bucks have no monetary value and you
can’t exchange them for change, but you can use
them to pay any fines, lost item fees, and the cost
for a replacement library card.
Find out more at the youth services desk or call 452-6238 ext 3.