BUHL — The first Buhl Public Library book talk for fall of 2017 coincides with the American Library Association’s (ALA) Banned Books Week (September 24-30th).

Banned Books Week is an annual ALA event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers — in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

The book being discussed at the Buhl library, 215 Broadway Ave North, on Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 7-9 p.m. is a book that has made the banned books list a number of times – John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men.” Written in 1937, it chronicles the adventures of two migrant workers in the Salinas Valley who are working toward a dream of a one-acre plot and a shack to call home. George is a small man and Lennie a huge man with the mind of a child. George has taught Lennie many things, but he cannot guard against all outside forces or predict how Lennie will react to them. The discussion is being led by Ellen Asay.

Sherri George will be back Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 7-9 p.m., to lead the discussion on Bill Bryson’s non-fiction work, “A Walk in the Woods – Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail.” After many years abroad humorist Bill Bryson decides to reacquaint himself with America by taking a 2,100-mile hike with a friend along the Appalachian Trail. The book records his observations of the trail — its history and the region, the people they meet along the way, and his thoughts on conserving one of America’s last great wildernesses.

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“The Martian” by Andy Weir is a story about an astronaut surviving an accident but is left stranded on Mars until a rescue mission can be mounted from Earth. This science fiction work portrays the harrowing experiences of being the only survivor left behind on the red planet and trying to let NASA know that he is still alive but having difficulties creating an environment in which he can survive. Curt Asay will lead the discussion from 7-9 p.m. on Nov. 21.

The book talks are free and open to everyone. If you have any questions about the programs or the books, please call the Buhl Public Library at 208-543-6500.

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