Free a Book at New Westminster Public Library

Faith Jones wrote about New Westminster Public Library’s Free a Book initiative to celebrate Freedom to Read Week. We’re encouraging patrons to release their own books, using the Book Crossing project. We’ve put up a display from our collection and are giving out the attached flyer (made by two of our artistically talented staffers). I’m…

Abortion is a dirty word

POPLINE is a free database of information on reproductive health. As with most databases, POPLINE has a list of stopwords that a search ignores. Usually, these are commonly occurring words like and and or. POPLINE has recently decided to make all abortion words stop words. This means that someone searching the POPLINE database for abortion…

purple dot collection

In the fall I went to the Metrotown branch of the Burnaby Public Library. I had heard rumors of a “purple dot” collection so I decided to find out more. The reference staff were lovely and explained that many of their instructional sex books and photography books were behind the circulation desk. Dummy video cases…

bazoongas!

BC writer Nikki Tate’s book Trouble on Tarragon Island was banned by the school librarian at Elizabeth Elementary in Kindersley, SK. The Globe and Mail has run two articles on this (Nov 13 and Nov 7) but you probably won’t be able to read them on their site as you need to pay for articles…