The Merryville branch will be closing early today, February 24, 2020. They will close at 5:00 pm. The branch will return to its regular hours tomorrow, February 25, 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience.
We are in the middle of Banned Books Week, but today is also the birthday of poet and children's book author Shel Silverstein.
"In 1974, Silverstein published a noteworthy and much-loved book of children’s poems entitled Where the Sidewalk Ends. These poems were noted for their engaging rhymes and zany humor, and for how they suggested life lessons to children without being preachy or didactic (the wry tale of 'Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout,' who would not take the garbage out, is a prime example). A second book of poems for children, The Light in the Attic (1981), also proved popular." [Read more @ Columbia Grangers World of Poetry]
During the 2014 ALA National Convention, our very own Associate Director of Public Services, Celise Reech-Harper, recorded this video with ALA's Office of Intellectual Freedom as part of the Banned Books Week Virtual Read Out. She describes the challenge against Where the Sidewalk Ends and reads "The One Who Stayed". Please enjoy the video below.