Banned Books Week 2016



Banned Books Week is an annual celebration of the important role American libraries play in ensuring that all library users have free access to the materials they need, without fear of censorship or repercussion. It’s easy to think of censorship as something that happened in the past or happens in other places, but every year the American Library Association receives reports of hundreds of challenges from around the country. A challenge is what libraries call it when someone asks that a book be removed from the library’s collection, challenging the rights of other library users to access that information.

The phrase “banned book” suggests an authority figure outlawing a book for their own political gain or a strict librarian deciding that a book isn’t good enough to deserve a place in the library. In reality, most of the challenges reported to the American Library Association start with an ordinary library user who finds something in the library they disagree with and assumes that other library users share, or should share, their views.

The library exists for all members of the community and must serve them all equally. That means no individual gets to determine what others get to read. A book that offends one person may be very important to others. Libraries support the idea of intellectual freedom — each person’s freedom to read, think, and believe whatever they want. It’s this freedom that we celebrate each year during Banned Books Week.

Book Club

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Book Club!
Morning Meeting: Monday, September 19—11 AM
Branch Library, 2145 Johnson Road
Evening Meeting: Monday, September 19—6:30 AM
Kool Beanz Café, 1316 Niedringhaus Avenue

Join the Six Mile Regional Library Book Club for a morning or evening discussion of Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi! Copies of the book are available at both libraries.
Questions? Call 452-6244

Genealogy Club!

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Genealogy Club!

Thursday, September 15—1:00-2:00 PM (Third Thursday of Every Month)
History & Quiet Study Room, Downtown Library, 2001 Delmar Avenue

Visit the library and have your genealogy questions answered! Meet with others who are researching their family histories and discuss resources and search tips!
Questions? Call 452-6238 ext 4

Food Stamp Application Assistance & Information


Food Stamp Application Assistance & Information
Downtown Library, 2001 Delmar Avenue, Granite City
Tuesday, September 13 and 27 & October 11th and 25th— 3pm-5pm

Join a representative from the St. Louis Area Foodbank to discover more information on the SNAP (food stamp) application process, who is eligible to apply, and receive assistance in completing an application or case support for those already receiving SNAP benefits.
Questions? Contact Kelly Hall at the St. Louis Area Foodbank:(314) 292-5767 or

Coloring and Coffee

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Coloring and Coffee 
The 2nd Friday of each month (September 9) — 10:00 to 11:00 AM and
The 3nd Tuesday of each month (September 20) — 6:30-7:30 PM
Branch Library, 2145 Johnson Road
Pop over to the Branch Library for a relaxing morning of coloring, chatting, and coffee!
Questions? Call 452-6244

Voter Registration Drive

Voter Registration Drive

Voter Registration Drive

Every Wednesday 6-7:30 PM

History Room, Downtown Library, 2001 Delmar Avenue
Reading Room, Branch Library, 2145 Johnson Road

Stop in at the Delmar Avenue Library Quiet Study Room or the Johnson Road Library Wednesday Nights from 6:00 to 7:30 pm September 6th through October 11th.  Please bring 2 forms of Identification— one of which must include your current name and residence address. Identification can be, but is not limited to: Driver’s License, Social Security Card, Employee ID Card, Student ID Card, Credit Card, Library Card, Insurance Card, Selective Service Card, Civic Membership Card, Fraternal Membership Card, Union Membership Card, Professional Association Membership Card, Utility Bill, Checkbook, Military ID, Passport.

Questions? Call (618) 452-6244 or (618) 452-6238