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November 22 came and went without my literary birthday recommendation. Blame it on the beginning of the holiday rush . . . Since this month’s chosen read celebrates an author born on December 12, this article will recommend two-in-one. I’ll start with the belated and end with the upcoming. I am also planning my ‘to-read list’ for the new year. This is always a hard chore since I want to read everything I hear about, and time never allows for that. I will begin hosting monthly in-person Literary Celebrations at the Roaring River Winery (in Traphill) beginning in January. Look for more information about this in our library news column, or call 336.838.2818 x 241
Why do we read YA books?
Young adult literature is one of the most exciting and diverse genres of literature out there. Although they are published with young people in mind, YA books are for everyone, young and old alike.
Young adult literature is incredibly popular among—you guessed it—young adults (teens, tweens, and anyone else who identifies as young). In fact, YA is so popular, that many avid book lovers keep reading these popular titles well on into adulthood.
“We have so much to be thankful for. One day a year hardly seems adequate…” - Anonymous
This quote means so much and is a special reminder for me when celebrating Thanksgiving. And on behalf of Wilkes County Public Library staff, we are especially grateful for all the community partners and Library Friends who contribute to making our library a place where everyone can be empowered and inspired.
We would also like to recognize all the veterans in our community and extend a special thank-you for their service. In honor of Veterans Day, the library’s community room is showcasing a photography exhibit by Martin Tucker, Vietnam veteran and photojournalist. Stop in the library through the month of November and see Vietnam photographs brought home by North Carolina Veterans.
by Suzanne Moore, Wilkes County Librarian
Coincidently, the month of October began with an observance of Banned Books Week and later, recognition of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos (b. October 18, 1741) whose literary worth is noted by his famous epistolary novel, Dangerous Liaisions. A banned book in its own time (1782).
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.