Items filtered by date: August 2021

Sunday, 26 September 2021 22:42

Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.

Wilkes County Public Library is recognizing Banned Books Week September 26 – October 2.  This time of year reminds us that ‘freedom to read’ is supported by the Bill of Rights’ First Amendment. 

The American Library Association (ALA) actively advocates and educates in defense of intellectual freedom—the rights of library users to read, seek information, and speak freely as guaranteed by the First Amendment. Intellectual freedom is a core value of the library profession, and a basic right in our democratic society. A publicly supported library provides free, equitable, and confidential access to information for all people of its community.

Noel Perrin, born on September 18, 1927, is September's celebrated author.  He was most known for publishing essays in the New Yorker about life on his farm in Vermont and environmental issues.  As the magazine series developed, Perrin complied his work in a book entitled, First Person Rural.  These essays inspired other writers in what became known as a 'rural-writing' genre.  He was also a pioneer user of solar energy, and developed the first solar-powered generating system in Vermont tied in with the power grid of a public utility.

By Suzanne Moore, Wilkes County Librarian

Every day an average of twenty-two veterans die by suicide.  This is a sad fact that Mission 22 hopes to lower and one day eradicate by raising awareness. Mission 22 is a non-profit organization dedicated to healing with treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Injury and promoting mental wellness. 

DAR – Constitution Day

The Rendezvous Mountain Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) are observing Constitution Day, September 17, with an informative display at Wilkes County Public Library.  DAR is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization that strives to promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism.   

Friday, 03 September 2021 11:37

Remembering 9/11 at Wilkes Library

Wilkes County Public Library has a new display of informative posters to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 in its meeting room. There is a whole generation born after 9/11 who are learning about what happened on this tragic day that set the war on terrorism in motion.   The 9/11 Memorial Museum provided these posters and is also screening, on-demand, a short webinar (35 min) on September 10 and 11.   Visitors to the library will be able to view this program throughout the day.     

Wonder of the Day!