July Supply Drive and Banned Books in Library News & Notes

Did you know that July carries the title of National Anti-Boredom month? The recognition of July as National Anti-Boredom Month was developed by Alan Caruba in the 1980’s.

He chose the month, says nationaldaycalendar.com because: “there’s not much going on and it’s the hotter part of the summer break from school.”

Mr. Caruba must not have had a public library nearby when he created this designation!

Summer reading for kids, teens and adults is in full swing and continues until the end of the month. There are programs, prizes and fun to be had for everyone.

In other news, the library held its first ever Fabric Swap. Attendees brought fabric from their collections that they were tired of and swapped it out with new-to-them cloth from someone else.

That’s not the only crafty event going on at the library. On July 16, The Applique Society will have its monthly meeting at the library from 9am to 11am. The society is an international non-profit organization devoted entirely to the art of appliqué in quilting. (Please note, the society was originally scheduled to meet on the 23rd.)

Threads of Time is a local chapter of the organization that meets monthly to share their love of applique of all types, including hand, machine, cotton, and wool, and to learn more about the history of applique in
quilting.

During the month of July, the library is collecting school supplies for the YMCA. Some of the items that the children need are: Backpacks, Binders/Dividers, Calculators, Clorox wipes, Colored pencils, Crayons (24 box), Elmer’s Glue, Erasers (pink), Glue sticks, Hand sanitizer, Highlighters, Index cards, Ink pens, Tissues, Pencils (#2), Mechanical pencils, Pencil sharpeners, Pocket folders, Rulers (12 inch), Scissors, Spiral notebooks.

The supply drive will end on July 31. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

There’s a new display near the library stairs that focuses on banned books. Patrons can check out books, audiobooks and DVDs of material that have been banned for various reasons. There is also a list of the ten most banned books of 2021.

In case you were curious, those most banned books of 2021 are: Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe, Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison, All Boy’s Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Out of Darkness by Ashley Perez Hope, The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson, Me and Early and the Dying Girl by Jessie Andrews, and finally, Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan
Kuklin.

Happy reading!

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