By Barbara Mellon
Banned Book Week? Banned Book Month? Different libraries and organizations recognize one or the other, and sometimes even both. Here at the Andes Public Library we’ve done our own take on the event with an eye-catching display (see photo at right) created by Board president Buffy Calvert. A selection of once-banned volumes are symbolically encased by rope and lock. Included are such titles as 1984 by George Orwell, Sophie’s Choice by William Styron, The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy, Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak and even the Holy Bible. The guide 120 Banned Books is available to explain where, when and why these books were considered so troublesome that they needed to be removed from the shelves. Do check it out; you might be surprised at what you learn.
On Saturday, November 16th, from 3 – 6 PM, the Library will be holding one of its most enjoyable fundraisers, a Silent Auction. Included will be a wide range of items to bid on, from Gift Certificates for local eateries to original works by local artists and craftsmen, jewelry to a photo/portrait session. There’s sure to be something for everyone. If you’ve never been to a silent auction before, you might not know how much fun it can be. Bids are written on sheets located by each displayed item. The object is to continually check back on those things that interest you, and decide when and if to put in or raise a bid. The highest bid on the page when “Time” is called wins. Throughout the bidding process, you’ll also be chatting with friends and neighbors and nibbling on some tasty treats. Admission is free, so do come by for an entertaining afternoon. ~