As part of the American Library Association’s “Choose Privacy Week,” Jim Campbell, host of WERU’s “Notes from the Electronic Cottage,” will be at the Belfast Free Library Tuesday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m., for an overview of what corporations and the government know about us and our personal lives, and for a discussion of what privacy means — or doesn’t mean — in today’s digital age.

The first ever “Choose Privacy Week,” May 2-8, is a new initiative sponsored by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom that invites library users into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age. The campaign gives libraries the tools they need to educate and engage users, and gives citizens the resources to think critically and make more informed choices about their privacy.

Privacy has long been the cornerstone of library services in America, a freedom that librarians defend every day. For more than 50 years, the ALA has defended the rights of library users to read, learn and be curious, because the freedom to read and receive ideas anonymously is at the heart of individual liberty in a democracy.

This program is free and open to the public. To get more information on National Privacy Week, visit or call the library at 338-3884, ext 10.