Banned Books Week, Silent Library, Beaufort Rocks! Events at the Beaufort Branch Library

Jigsaw Puzzle Drop-in Tournament

Drop by any time between 9/05 and 9/30 to register for a one hour session to complete as much of the puzzle as possible. Prizes will be awarded for First and Second place. Adults and Teens.

For registration and information call 843-255-6458 or stop by the Reference Desk. *Participants may choose to begin their 1 hour session when they register (if time permits) or sign-up for a future time.

Time and Date of the Event: Sessions can be completed between Friday, September 1, 2017 and Saturday, September 30, 2017.

Location of Event: Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott St. Beaufort, SC 29902

Price of the Event: Free

Contact: Reference Department, 843-255-6458

Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Ahoy mateys! Gather the crew and join us for some pirate stories, craft, and treasure! Light snack provided. Ages 3-6.

Time and Date of the Event: Tuesday, September 19th , 4:00pm

Location of Event: Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott St. Beaufort, SC 29902

Price of the Event: Free

Contact: Children’s Department, 843-255-6441

Banned Books Week Display

"Because you banned my books, every kid in that county will read them." -Pat Conroy

In 2007, parents at a high school in Charleston, West Virginia, tried banning two of Pat Conroy's books- The Prince of Tides and Beach Music. After hearing about it from a student he wrote a letter to the editor of the local paper defending his books and the importance of all books that capture the violence and grit of reality, as well as his admiration for English teachers and education. He said: "The world of literature has everything in it, and it refuses to leave anything out. I have read like a man on fire my whole life because the genius of English teachers touched me with the dazzling beauty of language. Because of them I rode with Don Quixote and danced with Anna Karenina at a ball in St. Petersburg and lassoed a steer in Lonesome Dove and had nightmares about slavery in Beloved and walked the streets of Dublin in Ulysses and made up a hundred stories in The Arabian Nights and saw my mother killed by a baseball in A Prayer for Owen Meany. I've been in ten thousand cities and have introduced myself to a hundred thousand strangers in my exuberant reading career, all because I listened to my fabulous English teachers and soaked up every single thing those magnificent men and women had to give." All of the books he mentioned are now considered classics, and have been banned at various points in history.

This month we are celebrating Banned Books Week (Sept. 24-30th) by displaying books, classic and contemporary, that have been banned or challenged in the US. We have replaced the cover of the books with a description for why they have been banned and encourage our patrons to think about the books and why they have been banned. For example can you guess what novel by Harper Lee was called "institutionalized racism under the guise of good literature?" Or the "monument of modern decadence" by Earnest Hemingway? You might be surprised to discover a favorite novel was once banned, and discover a new favorite along the way. Celebrate your Freedom to Read by reading a banned book!