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 [grapes of wrath] 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 .
“He’ll be famous – a legend… there will be books written about Harry – every child in our world will know his name!” Professor McGonagall, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
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.
Along with the destruction of the main library building, the loss of two-thirds of the collection in the flood of 2008 was tremendously devastating to the staff of the Cedar Rapids Public Library. While the building construction project continues to progress, the collection development team at the CRPL have been working for months to develop the opening day collection.
Construction continues on the new Cedar Rapids Public Library and the progress is evident to passersby
Progress continues on the new Cedar Rapids Public Library as construction crews work to enclose the building before winter. Take a look at the latest images below. Remember to visit the blog regularly for updates on construction and all the great things happening at the Cedar Rapids Public Library!
Our latest project update from the good people at Ryan Companies is posted here. Please check out the construction progress here and as always be sure to visit the webcam for time-lapse images and regular updates. 120720 CR Public Library Project Update
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.
Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author series will present Wendy Delsol, author of [Frost by Wendy Delsol] the “Stork” trilogy for young adults, on Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center.
Construction continues on the new downtown library project. In the month since our Groundbreaking Celebration the building has been starting to take shape. Steel has been erected and the first floor slab has been poured.