Join us on Wednesday, April 26 at 7 p.m. to discuss this month’s chosen book, “Cry the Beloved County” by author, Alan Paton
Cry, the Beloved Country, the most famous and important novel in South Africa’s history, was an immediate worldwide bestseller in 1948. Alan Paton’s impassioned novel about a black man’s country under white man’s law is a work of searing beauty.
The quilt on display above the checkout desk throughout the month of March and April was created by Barbara Summey, our library volunteer who conducts Storytimes on the second Wednesday of each month.
In this quilt, Barbara honors children’s author Theodore Geisel, otherwise known as Dr. Seuss. Annually, on March 2, which is Dr. Seuss’s birthday, there is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books.
The North Plains Public Library reaffirms that we welcome and serve every member of our community. As we witness unrest across our nation following this month’s historic national election, and learn about acts of violence, discrimination and bigotry in our communities, we remind everyone that public libraries are a refuge and a place of common ground. We welcome and include all people, and want every member of our community to feel safe and comfortable using our spaces and resources. We expect that library users will show each other the same respect.
As the American Library Association President, Julie Todaro, wrote, “Our nation’s libraries serve all community members, including people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, and the most vulnerable in our communities, offering services and educational resources that transform communities, open minds and promote inclusion and diversity.”
The libraries of Washington County encourage you to use our libraries for education, entertainment and enlightenment. We continue to welcome everyone into our libraries, our shared community gathering spaces.