By Jolene Kronschnabel, Library Director

Banned Books Week 2020, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will be held September 27 through October 3. The theme of this year’s event is “Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark. Keep the Light On!” Check out banned and challenged books from our display, read freely, and judge the content for yourself.

Stop in for straw rockets, the Kid’s Kit children can pick up this week as a fun activity to create at home. Free Kid’s Kits are take and make craft and science projects available to families and day cares.

Join the online discussion of Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott. Bridges has unlimited checkouts of the eBook and audiobook of this classic novel. A question about this book will be posted each weekday for ten days on the Hawkins Memorial Library Facebook page. Following the lives of the four March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy—the novel details their passage from childhood to womanhood and is loosely based on the author and her three sisters.

National Punctuation Day commemorates all punctuation on September 24th. A period, a comma, a semicolon, a question mark and an exclamation point are examples of some of the punctuation used in writing. They separate sentences and their elements to clarify meaning. Without them, meaning would be lost or up for interpretation.

The Libraries Transform Book Pick available now on Bridges is Book of the Little Axe, by Lauren Francis-Sharma This digital reading program connects readers nationwide by offering free access to the same eBook through public libraries. Ambitious and masterfully-wrought, this book is an incredible journey, spanning decades and oceans from Trinidad to the American West during the tumultuous days of warring colonial powers and westward expansion. You have until September 28 to download a copy.

From July 2019 through June 2020 library users saved more than $170,000 by checking out materials from Hawkins Memorial Library rather than purchasing them. Patrons also checked out over 17,500 books, 4,200 movies, and 2,500 magazines. The library is a great value to this community. Use it!

The library has a lot to offer – for free. We have books, eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies, newspapers, computers, programs and more. September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. If you are not already a patron, come in, sign-up, and start using your library.