Our founding fathers protected our free speech knowing that a healthy, strong society must have a free exchange of ideas. Banning books is a fear-based exercise which tries to block this exchange by suppressing words that might inspire or enlighten. When I come across a book that has been banned, I immediately want to read it to find out what it is that someone else thinks I shouldn’t know. That is why banning a book will never work .
For the past thirty years, at the end of September, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom holds Banned Book Week celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Book Week is an opportunity to bring communities together: librarians, publishers, journalists, teachers and readers of all kinds, and remember the importance of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unpopular.
The Cedar Rapids Public Library is pleased to present author Jill Hathaway on Saturday, July 14, at 3:00 pm. Hathaway, an Iowa native and author of the book Slide will read from her book, answer audience questions, and discuss her current project. Light refreshments will be provided and all attendees are eligible to win a… View more
Progress on the new Cedar Rapids Public Library continues. Highlights include: Concrete floor slab pours continues Structural steel erection continues Structural steel fireproofing is ongoing Exterior wall framing has commenced Above ceiling mechanical rough-ins have started Here is a brief update with images from the construction manager Ryan Companies.
Nicolette Hahn Niman, author of the 2012 Linn Area Reads selection “Righteous [Righteous Porkchop by Nicolette Hahn Niman] Porkchop,” will give a presentation on Friday, May 11, at 7 p.m. at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center. The presentation is part of Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series.
Our reference staff has created these easy to follow instructions for using your new e-Reader with the Library!
The Cedar Rapids Public Library is partnering with the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center to host a blood drive Wednesday, December 21, from 10 am – 2 pm, at the CRPL West.
The Cedar Rapids Public Library invites veterans, family and friends to an Open House from 11 am to 1 pm at CRPL West on Friday, November 11.
Arts and crafts aren’t just for kids! The Cedar Rapids Public Library offers a monthly arts and crafts program called “open studio” on the first Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 8 pm. Open studio is designed specifically for adults (participants must be 14 to attend). Each month a different project is presented for up to… View more
The Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library this month celebrate 40 years of service in the community. For the past 40 years, the Friends have committed countless hours and dollars to their mission: The Friends supports the Cedar Rapids Public Library services and programs, promotes literacy through outreach programs that encourage and enhance reading throughout the community and conducts fundraising activities to assist with library and outreach projects.