Parkersburg & Wood County Public Library

Connecting Community – Broadening Horizons


Control the Books! (Not really: Information wants to be free.)

Beginning November 1, 2019, Macmillan Publishers will allow libraries to purchase only one copy of each new eBook title for the first eight weeks after a book’s release.  This means WVREADS would only be able to get one copy for over 34,000 active users (that is for 66 library systems across the state of WV). Usually the […]

Censor The Books! (Actually Please Don’t…)

Each year, the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) records hundreds of attempts by individuals and groups to have books removed from libraries shelves and from classrooms. The OIF tracked 347 challenges to library, school and university materials and services. Overall, 483 books were challenged or banned in 2018. A challenge is […]

Remembering 9/11

  For those of us who experienced September 11, 2001 as a current event, our world was altered. We can clearly remember where we were when we learned the news. For younger Americans who were either not yet born or not old enough to understand, 9/11 is a hugely important historical marker. Eighteen years later, […]