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Books still matter – John Drinnan

first_imgNZ Herald 11 September 2015Books still matterBooksellers should be thanking Family First, which is seeking a changed designation for the prize-winning book Into The River. The family values lobby group believes the book by Ted Dawe is too sexual, and has obtained the first interim ban on a book in 22 years.There is something quaint about focusing on a book, given all the sex and violence on TV, and the fact that the most illiterate teen can see any number of sexual practices online.Family First director Bob McCoskrie accepted the disparity, but said Into The River had a high profile because it won top prize in the 2013 Children’s Book Awards. In my opinion that suggests the call for an age restriction is about carving a legal notch in Family First’s headboard, rather than protecting impressionable young readers.But McCoskrie does have a point in insisting on a reliable certification process, so people can make an informed choice.Meanwhile, Family First is delving into the media business – albeit in a very limited way. Family First TV – available on the internet – is a commercial relationship with a video-on-demand firm Good TV, which provide family-friendly entertainment. Good has similar arrangements with other groups and also trades in its own right.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11511047last_img read more

Alpena County Library cancels public programs through the end of March

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — The Alpena Public Library, like many other organizations locally and nationally is beginning to cancel events.The library had a number of activities lined up for reading month, but those will not go forth, as efforts to decrease the spread of Coronavirus are on the rise.Library director, Eric Magness-Eubank, says, “We are at our first stage of what we planned on possibly doing, and that is, we have cancelled our public programs through the end of March. We’ve cancelled three children’s story time programs, a teen movie,  a concert that was supposed to take place this Sunday.”They’ve cancelled additional teen programs as well, and limited use of the facility by outside groups. Library personnel have also removed all toys from the play area, heightened cleaning, and is requesting that patrons let employees know if they are sick.Eubank says the library does want to take every measure they can to keep the public safe. There is no word yet on if or when programming will resume. You can stay informed on dates, and even potential library closings by checking Alpena County Library’s website or by calling (989) 356–6188.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena County Library, Alpena Public Library, coronavirus, library, programming, programsContinue ReadingPrevious Presque Isle Electric & Gas to close its office to the public until April 6Next Michigan Works! April job fairs cancelledlast_img read more