Archive for September, 2018

Speak Out: Banned Books Week 2018

Monday, September 24, 2018

BBWBanner.jpgby Erin May

From September 23-September 29, it is Banned Books Week. What does this mean—is the library banning books? This week celebrates quite the opposite. Banned Books Week, organized by the American Library Association (ALA), celebrates “free and open access to information.”1 Even when books contain controversial or unpopular opinions and themes, individuals have the right to access and read these books. However, many individuals and institutions have challenged these books and their right to remain on shelves in schools and libraries. This contradicts the right to intellectual freedom.

Intellectual freedom is the right to access and read information from any point of view, without restrictions.2 This means that anyone should be allowed to read any book, on any topic, without worrying that they will not be allowed to do so. Censorship, or suppressing ideas that certain groups find objectionable, directly contradicts this idea. Because banning books is a form of censorship, it goes against the idea of intellectual freedom. Without this freedom, individuals cannot make their own decisions about gathering ideas to inform themselves about the world.

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Science Literacy Week 2018

Monday, September 17, 2018

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Celebrate your inner scientist during Science Literacy Week!

From September 17-23, Science Literacy Week (SLW) takes science out of the classroom and into the community, highlighting the wonder, magic, and excitement of science.

SLW began in 2014 as the brainchild of Jesse Hildebrand. A recent university grad, he wanted to share his love of science and get science books off library shelves and into the hands of readers. Clearly, his energy and passion for science is infectious: from a single city with 5 events in 2014, the week has mushroomed into a festival of science in more than 40 cities across Canada, with hundreds of scheduled events.

This year’s week will focus on space, with the Canadian Space Agency signed on as a special partner (watch astronaut David Saint-Jacques’ special invitation to participate here).  With everything from Lego building to genetic workshops, stargazing to makerspace explorations, there’s an activity for everyone. Plus, there are online webinars, and a host of local events right here in Kelowna. For a complete list of events, check out the SLW website at scienceliteracy.ca.

Of course, OC Library loves literacy of all stripes! Come visit our campus libraries and check out our Science Literacy Week displays, which pull together a sampling of the thousands of science-related resources that live in the library’s collection. For more info, check out our Science Literacy guide. Plus, watch our Facebook feed, and follow us on Twitter @OC_Lib for science shout-outs all week long.


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