If you Missed Banned Books Week….

Yes, yes, you probably didn’t – you avid reader you.

And yes, I’m no longer, technically, a librarian – as of July, which is why one of my favorite ‘holiday weeks’ to celebrate and go all for – rather blew right past and here it is now, October.

But a recent chat with a follower of Kevin Brennan’s over at What The Hell? blog, reminded me “Hey!  It’s that time of year!  Yippee!  Banned Books Week!”

And over I went to the American Library Association site to see the theme, look and see what books got challenged this year and why -only to learn…

Banned Books Week (September 22-28, 2019)

Well, durn it! I rather let that most joyous and fun time of the year go whooshing right by me.

But the theme this year, is worthy of Tony the Tiger – it’s Grrrr—eat!

Just for fun, I looked to see where I was “Yup, I’ve read” checklist for the top 100

I have worked my way up to having read 51 out of 100 of the top classics – I think when I last reported on, I was at 22 or 32 – and that was a couple of years ago – however, I read a lot of the new books coming out and in non-fiction sphere? Some of them are challenged before they even hit the library shelves – LOL, so if I live long enough to see new stuff become classic, maybe I’ll be ahead of the game…

I digress…this is really about..

The Bill of Rights

My chat over yonder regarding the awesomeness of library cards and such, gave me the urge to share my love of the Library Bill of Rights – and tell you how, at least where I worked, we were actively encouraged to live it to the full and max, every day.

How? By searching to find information for people, by saving them time, by helping with tech products and tech skills so they could access information or apply for a job….

By sharing community contacts – introducing new-comers to groups, clubs or individuals they had things in common with…

A love of knitting or woodworking. Passion for writing or singing. Where in town to get someone to help with yard work? Is there anyone who repairs small engines? What’s the proper way to format a resume now?

How do I apply for this job online if I’ve never had an email address?

Libraries can and should be the hub of the community – where folks are free to assemble, find and share ideas, but most of all, to connect.

Yes, no matter where I go, or what I do, I am, a librarian at heart, I guess – funny thing is, I ended up there because so much of ‘it’ lined right up with what I valued, held important and saw as a priority if we humans are serious about cleaning up the messes we make and trying for better next time…

So, Luanne? This is for you… I give you (drum roll, please…)

The Library Bill Of Rights

The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.

I. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.

II. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.

IV. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.

V. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.

VI. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.

VII. All people, regardless of origin, age, background, or views, possess a right to privacy and confidentiality in their library use. Libraries should advocate for, educate about, and protect people’s privacy, safeguarding all library use data, including personally identifiable information.

Adopted June 19, 1939, by the ALA Council; amended October 14, 1944; June 18, 1948; February 2, 1961; June 27, 1967; January 23, 1980; January 29, 2019.

Inclusion of “age” reaffirmed January 23, 1996.

Rights AND Responsibilities

Our library here is small. We don’t have separate meeting rooms with doors that can close and sound proof walls.

The Mystery Book Club would meet on the same weekend morning that kids who were allowed some freedom to go play ‘games’ on the computer were there too –

Which meant everyone, whether in spirited discussion or trash talking each other over something going on in cyber world battle, rather realized, while we advocate freedom of expression and access and all – we are now, for the moment, right back to English Commons Law –

In other words – this is a shared, communal space. Yes we each have rights, but we share this space, and so, we show courtesy and respect for the others in that shared space.

It varies, from library to library and given the challenges of each neighborhood, the needs to be met and the resources available to meet those needs.

I will tell you this – more school work requires access to a computer and internet. There are children in this locale that do not have internet access OR cell phone service where they live. They go to school, come to the library to do their homework (instead of riding the bus home) and mom or dad pick them up on the way home from work.

That is NOT a day care service – it is providing access to needed things in order for one to get their education.

When I worked there, I didn’t say a whole lot about these things….

And I sure as heck didn’t blog and run my potty mouth (typing fingers?) when op-eds or news or articles came out about how Libraries were obsolete and why would you need one when you can just stream what you want? Poppycosh!

But now, that I’m once more just a library patron, I can mouth off all I want and the library world can shake their head and say,

“Well, what can you do? Our patrons love what we provide, and well, they do have freedom to express their love of us…even if we don’t quite agree with how they do it…”

(said no librarian, ever, but they might, if I’m part of the equation…)

My local librarian would never tell you, but I will….

Here’s the book list I’m working my way through, just now – I’ll get back to whipping out the banned/challenged classic list, someday, but this post really caught my eye and thus far, have enjoyed the ones I’ve ordered in from the library:

11 Forgotten Books of the 1920’s worth reading now

After that, I’m going to dive into Nietzsche’s works – he and his works/quotes keep coming on my radar from many fronts, so figured, might as well give it a try – 🙂

On the Gutenberg front…

No…not Project Gutenberg, though I love that too…I’ve found pamphlets from ladies groups in the 1800’s there, that have cool recipes and patterns in them!

Word Press Gutenberg

I’m behind on reading stack, between video tutorials on new tools, getting smarter/quicker/more adept at utilizing the options with the Gutenberg block system and…. (hey! Guess What?!? I’m writing this in the block editor right now. I won’t, however, show you all I learned recently, because, really, who wants that many colors and backgrounds behind the words that makes it harder to read?)

I will say this – I imagine here on the free blog version, I’m on the latest, greatest WordPress version – didn’t quickly find in the dashboard like I do on self-hosted sites – but on that side of the equation? I played around with block editor on WP v. 5.2.3 and so MUCH better than my early attempts in late 2018 to try out the beta/plug-in, etc.

In fact, I built a small site, in under 12 hours, even while learning the durn thing and getting my work flow into line with new options/different ways to access things – –

I’m excited about the future possibilities, now and since these later versions automatically adds a new paragraph block when I hit enter, instead of waiting for me to stop/add another paragraph block, well, okay – that was the biggee that really drove me crazy in early, early days –

So, there’s my weekly check-in. I know not when my own website will be up so I can invite you to view, sign up for my newsletter, and you can quit hearing about biz stuff here…

Right now? No website up for me and I have more work than I can keep up with – so why would I shoot myself in the foot by ramping up and looking for more customers!?!?

Anyhoo – happy weekend.

Catch ya on the flipside…

(Yes, Yes, the recipes – – I got in some different supplies and am ‘experimenting’ – I also got gifted some plums and all ready to make my own version of “Country Fermented Easy Small Wine” – so I’ll have to report on that whole project too….

I miss the library sometimes…but man am I LOVING being at home to get some food experiment started and being here to check on it during ‘stretch breaks’ from my computer – – IT IS AWESOME!!!)

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