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New Summerland Branch Taking Shape March 2, 2015

Excitement is continuing to build in Summerland and throughout the ORL as the new 8,000 square foot Summerland Library branch is rapidly taking shape.   Over February, local residents have seen it progress from a bare concrete slab to a fully framed structure.  

Over the next few weeks, the roofers will be working hard at getting it water-tight, the remaining interior walls will be finished, and the other trades such as electrical, plumbing, windows and door hardware will be hard at work.  

 

Check out these photos, taken at the end of February. The unique sloping roof is becoming evident, which is designed to place height only where needed. This not only gives it a unique appearance, but is a very sustainable design that avoids heating and cooling unnecessary space.

Summerland Branch construction site 

Summerland Branch construction site

 

The new library should be ready for occupancy by Summer 2015.

Celebrate Freedom to Read Week February 18, 2015

Every year we celebrate our freedom from censorship during Freedom to Read Week (February 22 to 28).

The library understands that everyone has the right to decide what is appropriate for their own family. We can’t block access to something that one group finds offensive because it might hold information that is valued by others. There were 67 challenges in public libraries reported in 2013 and over 150 reasons were given. Everyone has different ideas and libraries aim to reflect this diversity.

Sometimes people don’t want books to be available because they find the content upsetting, but these same books can inspire empathy, help people realize they aren’t alone in their suffering, raise awareness, or serve as a cautionary tale.

Here’s to open minds and open books!

Why were these books challenged?

The Hunger Games has been challenged for being too violent, especially because the violence is between children. Fans of the series argue that the book actually speaks against violence.

Thirteen Reasons Why has been challenged because it includes suicide, smoking, drugs, alcohol, and sexually explicit scenes. Fans of the book argue that it encourages teens to consider the consequences of their actions.  

To Kill A Mockingbird has been challenged for having racist language. Fans of the book argue that the language is used to show the racist persecution that African Americans faced, but that the book itself speaks against that racism.

The Da Vinci Code has been challenged for being blasphemous. Fans of the book argue that freedom of religion allows Canadians to choose whether they want to read it or it not.

The Walking Dead has been challenged for using profanity. Fans of the series don’t mind the language that character use in the heat of the moment. 

 

By Stephanie Vollick, Youth Services Librarian

 

Learn more about Freedom to Read Week at http://www.freedomtoread.ca/ 

 

Naramata Branch Hours Survey February 11, 2015

In 2015, the Naramata Branch's hours will be changing. Due to budget constraints they will likely be slightly reduced. Therefore it is critical that we retain the hours that are most important to you.

Please let us know when you would be most likely to use the library branch. 

Please fill out our online survey on or before March 10, 2015.  Paper copies of the survey will also be available in branch for those that need them.

Information about the Naramata Branch, its hours of opening, location, and programs may be found on the Naramata branch webpage.

Princeton Branch Hours Survey January 15, 2015

In 2015, the Princeton Branch's hours will be changing. Due to budget constraints they will likely be reduced. Therefore it is critical that we retain the hours that are most important to you.

Please let us know when you would be most likely to use the library branch. 

Please fill out our online survey [survey is now closed] on or before February 10, 2015.  Paper copies of the survey will also be available in branch for those that need them.

Information about the Princeton Branch, its hours of opening, location, and programs may be found on the Princeton branch webpage.

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