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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Cheers and Jeers

  • Cheers...to the library finding creative eduational ways to occupy children and jeers...to not knowing when to keep things to yourself.
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  • Cheers...to the library finding creative eduational ways to occupy children
        It can be challenging to keep kids of all ages content and happy during the summer that seems to have a peculiar and slow schedule all its own; parents work, babysitters can be expensive and hard to find and kids can become easily bored without the hype and routine of school.
     
        The Crookston Public Library does a fantastic job of providing fun, free and educational events for kids of all ages. 
        Through their “Dig  Into Reading” summer reading program, the diligent staff host an array of events that cover multiple topics and emphasize the importance of reading, including Dawn Resendiz from D & D Garden Center, who covered proper and natural gardening techniques through stories, plants, and most recently, animals, and Eric Bergeson, from Bergeson Nursery, who taught the importance of reading and writing through songs and vegetation.
     
        These wonderful and diverse events would not be possible without the Crookston Library Staff, with a special ‘thank you’ going out to their new program coordinator, Heidi Whiting.
     Imaginative and enthusiastic, Heidi schedules the library programs for kids grades k-12, gets kids excited and into what they’re talking about, gives out many special prizes, accentuates the importance of reading—and manages to do it all with a smile on her face and a spring in her step.
     
        It is through the hard-working staff at the Crookston Public Library that the kids and the community of Crookston is able to enjoy well-organized events and help to beat summer stress and boredom while remembering the importance of doing it all with a good book!
    – Torrie Greer, Times intern
    Jeers...to not knowing when to keep things to yourself
        In light of the recent scandal involving Food Network star Paula Deen using the "N" word, it is time to think about what is OK to say in public and what is better kept to yourself.
        These days it is hard to go anywhere without hearing a racial / cultural slur or an expletive. Yes, it is a person's prerogative to use these words, however many people may be offended by the choice to do so.
        Everyone says a word they wish they hadn't every now and then, but far too many people in public places use "swear words" as part of their everyday conversation, not caring if children, coworkers or even their grandmother overhears them.  Just as they may feel they have a right to say whatever they want to say, those on the other side of the coin feel that they have a right to be offended.
    Page 2 of 2 -     Can society draw a line to say what is and isn't OK? Probably not, since freedom of speech is a right and the definition of what is an offensive word is subjective. However, it would be nice if everyone could be more aware of the vocabulary they use and where they use it, reserving what could be considered hurtful words for private places.
    – Jaime Jensen

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