The library has three monthly book clubs and a new club making its debut in October – True Crime Book Club. This club will meet quarterly and focuses primarily on crime and mystery.
The library’s book clubs are open to all community members and it is free to participate. Books assigned are available on special loan at the Circulation Desk, at both locations. Additional copies can be borrowed from the regular library collection in a variety of formats or through SRCS loan.
Below is more information and the schedule for the remainder of 2021, if you have any questions please contact Erika at (219) 306-4597 or email@example.com
Meeting at the Crown Point location:
Daytime Group: Meets every third Monday at 1 p.m. from 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Monday, October 18: Guest List by Lucy Foley
Monday, November 15: The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi
Monday, December 20: No assigned book- share your favorite recent read!
Monday, January 17: The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate
Monday, February 21: This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
Evening Group: Meets every second Thursday from 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 14: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Thursday, November 11: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Thursday, December 16: No assigned book- share your favorite recent read!
Thursday, January 13: Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane
Thursday, February 10: The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi
True Crime: Meets quarterly on the third Monday from 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Monday, October 18: The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
Meeting at the Winfield location:
Winfield Book Club: Meets every Tuesday from 1 – 2 p.m.
Tuesday, October 12: The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate
Tuesday, November 9: This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
Tuesday, December 14: No assigned book- share your favorite recent read!
Tuesday, January 11: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
Tuesday, February 8: Guest List by Lucy Foley
Books unite us. They reach across boundaries and build connections between readers. Censorship, on the other hand, divides us and creates barriers. One of our most important goals here at the Library is to provide free and equitable access to information and resources. Among the many implications of that word––access––is the notion of freedom: you are free to read, watch, play, or listen to whatever interests you.
The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 156 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services in 2020. Of the 273 books that were targeted, here are the most challenged, along with the reasons cited for censoring the books:
- George by Alex Gino
Reasons: Challenged, banned, and restricted for LGBTQIA+ content, conflicting with a religious viewpoint, and not reflecting “the values of our community”
- Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds
Reasons: Banned and challenged because of author’s public statements, and because of claims that the book contains “selective storytelling incidents” and does not encompass racism against all people
- All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
Reasons: Banned and challenged for profanity, drug use, and alcoholism, and because it was thought to promote anti-police views, contain divisive topics, and be “too much of a sensitive matter right now”
- Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Reasons: Banned, challenged, and restricted because it was thought to contain a political viewpoint and it was claimed to be biased against male students, and for the novel’s inclusion of rape and profanity
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: Banned and challenged for profanity, sexual references, and allegations of sexual misconduct by the author
- Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard, illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin
Reasons: Challenged for “divisive language” and because it was thought to promote anti-police views
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Reasons: Banned and challenged for racial slurs and their negative effect on students, featuring a “white savior” character, and its perception of the Black experience
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Reasons: Banned and challenged for racial slurs and racist stereotypes, and their negative effect on students
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Banned and challenged because it was considered sexually explicit and depicts child sexual abuse
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Reasons: Challenged for profanity, and it was thought to promote an anti-police message
This week, check out something that challenges your own thinking on a particular subject. Whether it changes your mind or expands it, you’ll find that the freedom to access information and resources is the freed to think for yourself.
It’s that time of year again! September is Library Card Sign-up Month! It’s the perfect time to get your little ones their very first card. It’s also a great time to remind friends, neighbors, and colleagues that they, too, can take advantage of the free resources, books, movies, and programming the Crown Point Community library provides by stopping in to get a library card. Help spread the word to celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month!
What is Library Card Sign-up Month?
Held annually every September since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month coincides with the beginning of the school year and serves as a reminder and encouragement for parents to sign their children up for their very own library card.
This year, ALA’s honorary chair of Library Card Sign-up Month is the 16-year-old founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, Marley Dias. Dias will use this platform to remind the public that a library card provides access to technology, multimedia content, and programming that strengthens communities.
The Crown Point Community Library will have special limited edition Baby Yoda library cards to distribute on a first-come, first-served basis. Anyone can qualify for this limited-edition library card (while supplies last). To apply for a library card, or if your card is lost or has expired, please visit either library location.
How do I apply for a library card? Applications may be filled out at the Circulation Desk at both library locations or apply online.
Do you already have a library card? Bring your current library card with you the next time you visit the Library to exchange it for the new special edition design.
Did you apply for a library card online? When you come to the Library to convert your virtual card to a physical card, you can ask for a special edition design.
While you’re at the library in September be sure to make sure your card is up-to-date. Does the library have the correct phone number, address, and email for you? Ask at the Circulation Desk when you check out to make sure we have your valid contact information. The library will send you late notices and hold notifications via email or text message if you opt into the program.
Celebrate with us all month long with these additional activities:
- Readers of all ages are invited to enter a raffle for a Super Jumbo Baby Yoda Rainbow Fidget toy or Plush Grogu!
- When you visit the library, take a selfie with a life-size Baby Yoda! Share it with us on social media using the hashtag #CPCLReads
- You can apply for a library card at any of our outreach events: Visit us at bulldog park at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday, September 18.
- September 20-25, kids and teens are invited to do a special Star Wars scavenger hunt at both library locations.
- Children ages 0-17 will receive a prize when they get their first library card.
- Enjoy take and make activities every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday at both library locations while supplies last. (Mondays for Preschoolers, Wednesdays for School Age, and Thursdays for Teens.)
- Name our book bike!