Archive for September, 2011

September/October 2011 Exhibit – Banned Books Week

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September 24 – October 1 is being observed as Banned Books Week this year. Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read, and the importance of the First Amendment. It also highlights the benefits of free and open access to information, while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.  The WCC Library’s newspaper exhibit area highlights the books that have been banned over the past year, as well as books that have been banned through history.

A special thanks goes out to Lyndsey Dean, a student at the Wayne Early Middle College High School, who contributed a great deal to the library’s book display, and who is working on her senior project on banned books and censorship.

The American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom has a webpage that discusses banned books and lists the hundreds of books that have been banned over the years. You can search by year or author.

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September 2011 Exhibit – Constitution Day

The expanded WCC Library newspaper exhibit area highlights Constitution Day this month. Constitution Day commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, recognizing the rights  of all U. S. citizen, including those who became so either by being born in the U.S. or by naturalization. Books in the library exhibit include information about the Constitution as well as the Bill of Rights.

To learn more about the Constitution of the United States and Constitution Day visit the National Constitution Center website. Take a quiz to find out which founder you are most alike in personality, as well as try to answer a few questions found in the the Naturalization test.

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September 2011 Exhibit – Hispanic Heritage Month

September is Hispanic Heritage Month. The observation originated in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson, and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period each year, starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988. To celebrate Hispanic Heritage, books in the WCC Library bulletin board exhibit area include children’s books, biographies and books on Hispanic countries.

For more information about notable Hispanics or Hispanic countries, visit the Library of Congress Hispanic Heritage website.

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