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Don’t be Ashamed.

Read what you want to read. Don’t be afraid to ask about erotic novels, mental health, LGBT books, etc. The public library is for everyone. If you really don’t want to ask me, or my co-workers you can look them up on our online catalog.

For this reason libraries all our the world celebrate “Banned Book Week” which is an annual awareness campaign that celebrates the freedom to read, draws attention to banned and challenged books, and highlights persecuted individuals. Its goal is “to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society” (See the ALA).

Libraries and librarians attempt to ensure the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. We strive to keep material publicly available so that people can develop their own conclusions and opinions. So don’t judge and don’t be ashamed. Read what you want. 

Digital Services @ your library

What does a library have to offer? Traditional answers include books, movies, community space, and programs. Libraries have evolved to include emerging technologies such as eBooks, but did you know we also offer other great digital services?

flipsterFlipster is a digital magazine service that makes it easy for you to read your favorite magazines on your computer or mobile device. It’s especially beautiful and convenient for iPad users. To access it click on the Flipster link from the library’s research page found under the Magazines & Newspaper section. Sign in using your valid library card! From the main Flipster page you can then click on a magazine to view it within your browser. Some popular titles include: People Weekly, Car and Driver, HGTV magazine, and many others.

indieflix With your library card you also have access to a free movie streaming service. Indieflix features unlimited access to over 4,500 selections of independent films which include the best of Sundance, Cannes, and Tribeca film festivals. To access this service click the link from the library’s research page and find it under the Arts & Humanities subject heading. This service works on  all internet devices and even on Roku.

To access any of our digital services including eBooks, you will need a valid library card. If you don’t have a library card (yet)  You can apply for a temporary card online here, but you must visit the library within the next 30 days to complete registration. If it has been a long time since you’ve used your card renew it by coming down to the library. If you have outstanding fines to be paid you can do so in person, or online here.

Where are all of the funny books?

With the passing of Joan Rivers, we have had a few people inquire about some of her books. Comedic books that are not necessarily biographies tend to fall into the “black hole” of browsing.. the 800s. The 800s according to Mr. Dewey is set aside for literature. So unless you are an english major or a big fan of poetry the 800s might not be your usual browsing area. However, if you venture to the 814s-817s you will find books under the subject heading of “american wit and humor”. Joan Rivers, Bill Maher, Penn Jillette, and other authors sometimes have their books shelved in this area. If you would like to reminisce check out some of these books by Ms. Rivers:

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