By Steve Zalusky

You may have encountered a book every once in a while that you not only disliked, but also found disgusting and even counter to your beliefs.  But would it every occur to you to try and prevent others from reading it?

Perhaps you have a book that you absolutely love, but others hate it so much that they would try to prevent you and others from obtaining it.

That these situations are not fantastic scenarios, difficult to imagine in today’s society, is proven by the number of book challenges reported to the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF).  A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group.

More than 320...


by Adam Parker, courtesy of The Post and Courier

In West Ashley’s Avondale neighborhood, an alley behind the shops and bars near Magnolia Street has become an outdoor exhibition space filled with large and small murals. Artists have painted images ranging from an enormous turkey vulture to small cartoon-like figures on the sides of the buildings.

On the Charleston peninsula, three murals by Shepard...


by Lindsey Simon

More than 90 million U.S. adults have low health literacy. Health literacy, which measures someone’s ability to access necessary health services and understand health information, is crucial for maintaining a high quality of life.

Public, school, academic and special libraries can play a key role in making health literacy attainable for all—which is why the American Library Association (ALA) and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) are collaborating to raise awareness for Health Literacy Month this October.

Library advocates can join the ALA and NNLM in highlighting how libraries promote health literacy by signing up for their...


by Phil Morehart, courtesy of American Libraries

Built in 1906, Norrington Center, the oldest Carnegie library remaining on a college campus in Missouri - is now a state of the art academic commons that serves as a library and meeting place for the university.  Renovations included collaborative and quiet areas, tech-enhanced classrooms for distance learning, and a coffee shop.

Project: Renovation

Architect: Helix Renovation + Design

Size: 11,700 square feet

Cost: $3.4...


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Beattie, Ann (author).
June 2017. 224p. Scribner, hardcover, $25 (9781501111389).
REVIEW. First published May 15, 2017 (Booklist). Accomplished short story writer Beattie (
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