The Columbus Public Library is celebrating Banned Books Week and invite our patrons to do the same by reading a banned book. I think many people will be surprised at some of the titles that have been banned in libraries across the country. The Color Purple written by Alice Walker, for instance, has been banned because of the graphic violence and troubling ideas about relations between races.  Of Mice and Men was challenged because of profanity and the portrayal of Jesus Christ.

Many books, too many to count, have been banned for several reasons.  Among these books are The Golden Compass, The Kite Runner, Brave New World, 1984, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Grapes of Wrath, Catcher in the Rye, and the Harry Potter seriesAnd probably the most famous banned book is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.  This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are hundreds more out there that are being taken out of libraries every year.

I understand that we may not like certain language or having to deal with certain situations while we are reading a book. And some of us do not want our children to be exposed to certain things in their reading. But we should ask ourselves, “Just because I am offended, should I keep others from reading it?’ The answer is “No”. If you are offended reading something, or better yet, watching it on tv or listening to it on the radio-Don’t read it or turn it off!

It is the job of the library to have materials for everyone to take advantage of. There may be some things on the shelf that someone is unhappy with, but if we took out these books, we would have nothing left!

So, stand up for your First Amendment right and READ A BANNED BOOK!!

We, at the library, also have a First Amendment display set up that explains about the First Amendment and how it affects libraries and its users. So, please come by and see it. I think you might be surprised at what you find out.

For more information on banned books and to see if you have read any visit the websites that I have posted.


Well, the first annual Adult Summer Library Program has come to an end.  Thanks to everyone involved that helped make it a great success!

Thanks to each speaker for providing us with great gardening information:  Susan Smith with Smith Landscaping, Mary Tuggle from Palmer Home, Steven Garner with Three Oaks Pottery, and Jeff Wilson with the MSU Extension Office.

Also, a big thanks to all of the sponsors, the list is too long to mention!

Congratulations to everyone that won the door prizes each week and to those who won prizes for each activity.  A BIG congratulations to Rose Mary Lamar for winning the barbeque grill that was donated by Lowe’s.

Again thanks to everyone involved; including library employees, volunteers, Friends of the Library, sponsors and of course all the participants! Hope everyone had a great time and hope to see everyone next summer.

Let’s try to make next years Summer Library Program an even bigger success!!!


Don’t forget about our First Annual Adult Summer Reading Program! It will be on Tuesday’s this month from 5:15-6:15.  The first 2 programs this month were very successful. Many people turned out to hear the speakers and to win lots of door prizes.

Tomorrow’s program is “Garden Pottery” with speaker Steven Garner from Three Oaks Pottery.  He will be talking about the history of garden pottery and how it is used today.  There will be a chance to win a door prize at the end of the program and other take home activities to win prizes!

So, come out to the library tomorrow afternoon for lots of fun and learning about garden pottery!

Next week will be “Turf Management” with Jeff Wilson and of course, more door prizes!!


Has there ever been a book that you are dying to read but just don’t have the time? If so , come check out our new Playaways! These are like books on tape, without the tape or CD.  It is like a small mp3 player with an audio book on it. You can just plug your earphones into it, press play, and listen to your favorite book.  They can also be played in your car with the correct audio cable or FM transmitter. Take them with you to the gym, walking your dog, or just around the house. They are very lightweight and portable. Kids love them, too. They like to take the playaways with them whereever they go.

Come to the Library and check out our variety of titles. We have fiction, non-fiction, and even juvenile and young adult titles.  Some of the authors we have are Fern Michaels, Kristin Hannah, J.A. Konrath. For the kids, we have Nancy Drew, R.L. Stine, Goosebumps, and House at Pooh Corner. Plus many more titles for all ages.

Also, for more information, check out some of the websites that I have posted.

If you love books, reading, and your library, come join us for the first annual Adult Summer Library Program entitled “Master the Art of Reading”.   With everything that goes on at the library; different programs, events, etc.,  it seems like it is all for the children and adults sometimes get left out. And even though childrens’ programs ARE important, adults need library programs too.  The purpose of this program is to catch the attention of adults and let them know what the library has to offer and remind them that reading is FUN!

Every Tuesday during the month of June, there will be a program from 5:15-6:15 pm upstairs in the library’s meeting room.  Here is a list of the scheduled events:

  • REGISTRATION STARTS MONDAY, MAY 18TH!  Ask your librarian for a registration card.
  • June 2- “Mississippi Summer Flowers” with Susan Smith
  • June 9- “Making a Topiary” with Pat Wheeler
  • June 16- “History and Uses of Garden Pottery” with Steven Garner
  • June 23- “Turf Management” with Jeff Wilson

During the month, there will be several opportunities to win prizes through different contests, such as a Scavenger Hunt, Reading Log, Bingo, etc. Also at each scheduled event there will be a chance to win a door prize provided by different businesses throughout Columbus!

So if you love to read, want to meet new people, or just need a reason to get out of the house, COME JOIN US! Bring your husband, wife, or friends and Master the Art of Reading!!

Hope to see you there!!!

Since I have become an adult and am no longer required to read certain titles for school, I have read a variety of different books.  From political non-fiction to romance and mystery, they have all sparked my interest in some way.  However, by far, my favorite books are ones that have been turned into movies.  I enjoy reading the book and then watching the movie and compare the two.  It usually turns out that the book is much better.  When reading a book, I like to use my imagination and try to envision the characters in my own way. When watching a movie, there is nothing left to the imagination, nothing mysterious.  Nonetheless, there have been a few movies that are almost as good as the book.  One that comes to mind is Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks.  Even though the events differed between the book and the movie, they were both worth revisiting again and again.  Another movie that was just as good as the book was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, mainly because the movie did not venture far from the details of the book.  Also, the visual effects in the movie were just as one might imagine them while reading the story.

Over the years, many movies have been produced from their written counterpart.  Many classic movies were taken from books, some of them not widely known until after the movie.  Some examples are Gone With the Wind and The Color Purple.  Some “new” classics that were derived from books are Forrest Gump and Silence of the Lambs, and Stand By Me.  From mysteries, romances, and dramas to comic books and even non-fiction stories, there have been more movies to count that have been based on books. 

So this weekend, if you are wondering what kind of book to read, try something different and pick up one that has become a movie.  Some of the newer ones are Marley and Me, Frost/Nixon, The Reader, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.  And if you are looking for a something a little older, you can always go with the classic To Kill a Mockingbird. No matter what you choose, I encourage you to compare what you read to the movie and see the difference and decide for yourself which you like better.

Plain and Simple Romance

April 29, 2009

Beverly Lewis book

Beverly Lewis book

In today’s society, where we have to worry about what we might see on the television or hear on the radio and even have to worry about some of the books that we pick up for a weekend read, it is nice to know that there are books that offer all the characteristics of a romance without all the sex.  They are books written about the American Amish and are becoming extremely popular among romance readers. These aptly named “bonnet books” offer a new perspective on popular fiction.  The books have love, passion, romance but also offer humility and plainness of the Amish culture.  Authors such as Beverly Lewis, Cindy Woodsmall, and Wanda Brunstetter, just to name a few, have introduced us to a new plain and simple lifestyle.  Throw in a short history lesson and some Pennsylvania Dutch, and you have a brilliant formula for a romance novel! 

I have to be honest, before this blog, I did not know anything about these “bonnet novels” and then an article from Time Magazine came across my desk that explained all about them.  I am not usually a “romance” reader, but I decided to pick one of these books up and see what all the fuss was about.  I have to admit that at first I was a little skeptical, but as I kept reading, I changed my mind.  The book was very enjoyable and interesting in the way that it seemed so simple but at the same time so complex.  The characters had to deal with so many emotions, feelings, and situations that, in a way, everyone deals with. 

If you are a romance reader or not, you definitely should pick up one of these Amish books and give it a try.  In the library we have several of these books by different authors.  We have the Heritage of Lancaster County Series, the Postcard and Crossroad series, Annie’s People series, and Abram’s Daughter series by Beverly Lewis.  We also offer Daughter’s of Lancaster County series and the Sisters of Holmes County series by Wanda Brunstetter and some books by Cindy Woodsmall.  These books are checked out quite frequently, so if you would like to read one, you may have to put it on hold and have a short wait. However, if you are a romance reader, it is worth it!

Be sure to check out some of the posted websites to learn more about the Amish novels and authors.