New Titles @ MPL
We recently added a number of NEW books to our collection. This bookshelf showcases are new fiction titles. Browse and see what we have, see a title you want to read? You never know what treasures you'll find. So give us a call or come discover with us today!
October 29—Rosemary finds out that she is pregnant in Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
October 31—Jean Louise Finch (Scout) meets Mr. Arthur (Boo) Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
November 4—Alice goes through the looking glass in Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
November 10—Dorian Gray’s birthday in The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
December 3—The Soviet submarine Red October begins its voyage in The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
December 20—The ice skating race occurs in Hans Brinker by Mary Dodge
December 25—The Pequod sails from Nantucket in Moby Dick by Herman Melville
December 26—Sam McGee dies in The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert W. Service
October is National Reading Group Month. Its expressed goals are to celebrate the joys of shared reading, strengthen the community of the book, and promote a more literate, engaged community.
Naturally, the Madison Public Library shares those goals. So, there could be no better time to invite all interested readers to participate in a reading and discussion group at the Public Library. If this invitation appeals to you, let me know. I'm in the process of collecting titles for discussion and arranging a schedule. All suggestions, comments, and ideas are welcome. You can sign up at the Library, or reply to this blog. Please include your name, address, and a telephone number.
I think it would be great to have such an overwhelming response that we had to have two or three groups to accommodate everyone who is interested.
I’ve read banned books, and I bet you have, too. The list of banned books includes classics like Huckleberry Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird. Like me, you probably had no idea that there were any ideas so objectionable in those books that we needed to be protected from them. Obviously, someone saw something that I did not, and that difference of opinion is the very basis of the intellectual freedom we Americans enjoy.
We each have the right to hold any opinion on any subject, and we can communicate those opinions through a variety of means. Providing access to ideas and information of all kinds is the Public Library’s mission. Librarians everywhere adhere to the opinion of Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas that “Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.”
So the Madison Public Library has materials that frequently make the banned books lists, and the library will continue to make books like the Harry Potter series and others available to anyone who wants to read them. Frankly, if there isn’t something on the Public Library’s shelves that you disagree with, we’re not doing our job.
I find the exchange of ideas and discussion of differing viewpoints stimulating. It pushes me to consider the facts, weigh the information, and possibly draw some new conclusions. Take advantage of the Public Library’s open invitation to enjoy that kind of stimulation through books, magazines, newspapers, video, the Internet, and discussion.