Thorndike Library Newsletter
March 16, 2023

Censorship & Maine Libraries

Maine librarians are making headlines right now in the fight against censorship. A bill proposed in the Maine legislature aims to protect children in schools from "inappropriate and obscene materials" by banning certain books. Proponents of the bill say they don't want children to come into contact with materials they may find "humiliating or distressing." This comes at a time of national debate around censorship and book banning. Book challenges are historically rare in Maine, but we have seen 12 challenges in 2022 and 8 this year. The books being challenged usually have themes of racism, gender and sexual identity, or addiction. 
    Librarians and many others are concerned about this proposal. In addition to being vague and difficult to interpret, a bill banning these allegedly "obscene materials" would prevent librarians from helping patrons "learn about themselves, process their experiences, and understand the world around them."
    John Chrastka, the executive director of the Illinois non-profit EveryLibrary, says, "It is troubling to have librarians and educators labeled as trying to harm children. Sometimes there are difficult books in collections, but that does not mean they are obscene or harmful." We stand with Maine libraries in their fight against censorship!
Spring Break at the Library
Are you here over Spring break? Stop by the library and relax. Maybe you'll want to read a book or try your hand at one of our many puzzles. Of course, there are our comfie chairs that are great for all kinds of relaxing activities, including knitting!
Spring Break Library Hours:
Monday-Friday:  8am - 4pm
Saturday & Sunday:  Closed
March Holidays
March is filled with holidays and celebrations! Check out these books from the stacks to learn more about the history and context around these cultural celebrations.
Try our New Listening Station

In the back of the stacks, our new listening station is waiting for you to try.  Select from our collection of albums, CDs, and even those things called music cassettes, and enjoy a few tunes!
New Books
Our New Books display in the library lobby is where you'll find some of our newest acquisitions.  We are always happy to get  your suggestions for new purchases.   Just email

Featured Resource

Did you just finish a great book and want to read something similar?  Maybe you want to know what title is the next in a series.  Interested in some book recommendations?  NoveList Plus is the perfect resource to find book read-alikes, book discussions, reviews and more!

Go to our library homepage -> click on ARTICLES/DATABASES -> scroll down to NoveList Plus.  (Off-campus access is limited to current students, faculty and staff and requires our off-campust id/password.  Contact
From the College Archives...
Take a walk through time. See what people were saying about the College and what was being offered back in 1978/1979.  How much do you think we've changed?
  • Wondering what people were saying this school and human ecology were all about?  Check out the introduction on pages 3-5.
  • Do you recognize any faculty on pages 11-20?
  • Interested in what the curriculum looked like?  Check out pages 22-48.
  • Wondering what students were saying about the College?  It is all there on pages 52-60.

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Sunday:  10am - 12am

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