Cayce-West Columbia staff have been caught reading banned books! Banned Books Week (September 21-27) is an annual event which celebrates the freedom to read and highlights the value of free and open access to information.
The top ten challenged books of 2013 as reported to the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom:
- Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
- The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
- Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
- The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
- A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
- Looking for Alaska, by John Green
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
- Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
- Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
We are excited that West Columbia City Council has approved Cayce-West Columbia Branch’s request to place a Little Free Library in Douglas Reeves Community Park. A Little Free Library is a freestanding box that contains a small exchange library. Each programming period, library assistant Kim Nix has a community project for the teens to work on. For the upcoming Fall/Winter schedule she thought a Little Free Library would be a great project to promote literacy and allow the teens to positively affect their local community. Kim put together and presented the proposal along with Teen Advisory Board member Ella Thomas at the last West Columbia City Council Meeting where it was positively received. The teens will be building the library with the help of a local builder Richard Murphy with R. G. Murphy Plumbing. The paint will be donated by Sherwin-Williams, and the city will assist with the installation at the park. We currently support the Little Free Library at the Cayce Riverwalk by supplying it with books and will do the same with this location.
A huge thanks to the University of South Carolina law students who spent afternoons at the Irmo and Cayce-West Columbia Branches dusting shelves, weeding books, and locating out of place items to be re-shelved as part of their community service efforts.
Read more at:
Irmo Branch Project
Cayce-West Columbia Branch Project