Library recognizes banned book week

MPL is celebrating Intellectual Freedom with the 30th anniversary of Banned Book Week — Sept. 30 through Oct. 6. This annual event highlights our freedom to choose and our freedom to read whatever we choose. It has grown into a premier literary event and a national awareness and advocacy campaign around censorship. Our slogan this year is “Censorship Causes Blindness! READ!!”

Check out a banned or challenged book; see what they are and why they were banned, at your Library, your window on the world.

MPL Lending Seed Library: As you are tending your gardens, remember the seed bank. If you borrowed seeds, October will be the month to return some. If you didn’t borrow but have heritage or non-genetically modified seeds that you would like to donate, we have little labels and envelopes waiting for either or both! Thank you for your support and let’s keep sustainability alive and well in Mancos.

SAVE THE DATE: Mancos Public Library is excited to announce an evening with Katrina Blair, Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. Katrina began studying wild plants in her teens when she camped out alone for a summer with the intention of eating primarily wild foods. She later wrote “The Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants of the San Juan Mountains” for her senior project at Colorado College. In 1997 she completed an MA at John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, Calif. in Holistic Health Education. In 1998, Katrina founded Turtle Lake Refuge in Durango, Colo. The Refuge is a non-profit organization whose mission is to celebrate the connection between personal health and wild lands. Turtle Lake Refuge is also a wild harvested, locally grown and living foods café. Katrina teaches sustainable living practice classes through John F. Kennedy in California, San Juan College in New Mexico, and Fort Lewis College in Durango. Join us for a talk with Katrina about wild and living food and perhaps a sample of a “green” shake!

SAVE THE DATE: Oct. 16 at 7 p.m., Word Woman, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, award winning poet, will celebrate Western Week with us.