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It’s apple picking season! If you don’t know where to go, don’t worry. One of our staffers found some of the best local farms in NJ for you to visit! Come in and check out the display and/or visit our special Apples page, which you can also find through our homepage!

Here’s a great list of fall festivals you can also take advantage of (and here’s one that’s more targetable).   Don’t forget to check out our calendars to see what we have going on as well.

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Yesterday kicked off Banned Books Week!  In case you haven’t been around the library lately, we are making it very easy for you to find and read banned books, as our current display contains some of the most banned or challenged book of the last decade.

Banned books are books that have been removed from the shelves of a library, bookstore, or classroom due to what some consider controversial content.  A book may be challenged (an attempt to ban) or banned on political, religious, sexual, or social grounds. The acts of banning or challenging a book are a serious matter, because these are forms of censorship which strike at our freedom to read.

There are 9 Bookmarks filled with some of the decade’s most banned and challenged books for you to peruse.  You’ll be surprised by how many you’ve already read!  These are at Circulation, Reference and the Display by the entertainment DVDs and new books.

All our Staff Picks of the Week this month have been Banned Books, so go check out those posts so far!  Children’s,  Nonfiction, & YA.

We encourage you to celebrate your freedom to read all week… all year really.

If you want more information on Banned Books or Banned Books Week go to: www.BannedBooksWeek.org/, the American Library Association, or even BuzzFeed

 

 

It’s the end of July, which means there are only 15 more days to log your summer reading!  While you’re doing that and picking your next selections, so you can win our great prizes and get entered in our Grand Prize drawings, here’s a fun interactive periodic table that goes with our summer reading theme!  Theme recommendations are available on our summer reading pages, and we have bookmark recommendations for adults as well.

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We have a wide variety of study materials for all kinds of exams: SAT, PSAT, ACT, MCAT, APs, GMAT, GRE, GED… we have the traditional study guides, tons of vocabulary builders, and free online resources when you use your library card. Check out the Careers and Education section of our online databases page, and try Learning Express Library to help build your skills in math, English, science, etc.  There are flyers in Reference and the YA room to help you out if you forget where to look, or you can view it by clicking: Test Prep Flyer.

For those of you starting to look at colleges, etc. you may want to look at Kaplan’s average SAT and ACT scores for 50 top colleges. Click on “Test Scores for Key Colleges”, and start exploring your test prep options today!

 

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Elton H. L. (Henry Lee) Wade was an amateur photographer who lived in the Middlebush area of Franklin Township for most of his life. The collection presented here is a small sample of the over 2,000 photographs taken by Mr. Wade during his lifetime.

Our staff has been working relentlessly to try to scan, archive, and catalog each of these images.  We’ve set up several online ‘exhibits’ for you to peruse, of some of Elton’s best and most interesting photographs.  He has images of the 1939-1940 World’s Fair, the Hindenburg, and New Jersey legend Lucy the Elephant, among others.  We are delighted to be able to share these photographs that document Mr. Wade’s life and that of the Franklin Township community in the early 20th century. Please check back frequently as new photographs will be added monthly!

For more information about Elton and the collection, please go here and click “Elton Wade Photograph Collection”.

Please visit the exhibit and let us know what you think!  Also, if there’s a place, person or object you recognize that we didn’t catch, please let us know!

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