Winter reading program is coming

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by Morinville News Staff

The Morinville Community Library is offering book lovers of all ages an opportunity to win an e-reader simply by doing what readers love to do – read books. From Feb. 1 to 28 Morinville Community Library cardholders can receive an entry form for every five hours they spend reading. In early March, the library will make a draw for two Kobo mini e-readers locally, and participants will also be entered into a draw for one of 10 Kobo units being drawn by the Northern Lights Library System, the library service network to which Morinville belongs.

Library Assistant Manager Cheryl Pasechnik said the more patrons read, the more entries they can get through the month of February. “There’s no cost involved,” Pasechnik explained, adding the event has been sponsored by Shell. “It’s just a great way to read more. It’s a perfect time of the year for it.”

Banned Books Part Of Event

The month-long event will include the annual Freedom to Read Week, running Feb. 23 to Mar. 1. The event raises awareness of censorship and personal liberty with respect to the printed word.

“Freedom to Read Week is important to us because that’s the time of the year that we can remind everyone that when you come to the library, we cater to everyone,” said Library Manager Isabelle Cramp. “We don’t have any bias. We understand that everyone is in search of various entertainments and various information, and we just try to provide that service to everyone. It’s our way of showing people that some material gets challenged. When we tell someone that Little House on the Prairie was challenged or banned, I think that kind of opens their eyes to the fact that freedom to read and freedom of information can really be challenged by anyone that has an issue with what is out there. We really have a right to be able to read what we want.”
For more information on either program visit the library or their website at morinvillelibrary.ca.

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