Banned Books Week

Hundreds of books are challenged or banned in U. S. libraries and schools every year. Some titles from Marlboro’s collection that were challenged or banned in other U.S. libraries in 2008-2009 are now on display in the library. Come on in and check them out — if you’re feeling dangerous.

Banned Books Week has compiled Mapping Book Censorship, a map which illustrates where challenges and bans have taken place in the U.S. from 2007 to 2009 (as reported by the American Library Association).

ACLU-Vermont is sponsoring An Evening Without at Norwich Congregational Church on Wednesday, September 30 at 7 pm. The event will feature Vermont writers reading selections from authors whose works have been banned.

Van trips to UMass libraries, 10/11 and 11/15

The library is sponsoring van trips to the UMass Amherst Libraries on Sunday, October 11th and Sunday, November 15.

On each date, the van will leave from the Dining Hall at 11:30 and return by 5:30. 

There is room for seven people on the October 11 trip. The first seven people to sign up in the library will have priority.The sign-up sheet is located on the Circulation Desk, near the self-checkout station. If you sign up but later find that you can’t go, please let us know so that we can give your spot to someone else.

A sign-up sheet for the November trip (which will have room for 15 people) will be made available in mid-October. Watch this space!

If you would like to better use your time while you are at the UMass Amherst Libraries, please make an appointment to meet with Emily (  before you go. She was a librarian at UMass before coming to Marlboro and can help you prepare to make the most of your 3.5 hours there.

Readings for Constitution Day

Marlboro will be celebrating Constitution Day on Wednesday, September 16. The highlight of the day will be a lecture by Dr. Mark A. Stoler at 1:30 pm in Ragle Hall. The title of his presentation is “‘If Men Were Angels’: Establishing the United States of America.”

Everyone has been encouraged to review Federalist Papers no. 10 and no. 51 before the lecture. These are freely available online via the following links:

FEDERALIST No. 10: The Union as a Safeguard Against Domestic Faction and Insurrection (James Madison)

FEDERALIST No. 51: The Structure of the Government Must Furnish the Proper Checks and Balances Between the Different Departments (Alexander Hamilton or James Madison)

Happy reading, and hope to see you at the lecture!

–Emily Alling
Library Director