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Get ready for the great Halloween Events at the Library!  If you haven’t been in, you haven’t had a chance to grab one of our great handouts, located at the Circulation and Children’s Desks.  If you want more information on any of the events, please check out the Children’s Calendar where you can also see if registration is required.

Events start Wednesday and end on Halloween with 2 Trick or Treat sessions in the Library! Come Trick or Treat in your costumes and get great goodies!

 

October 22 (W) : 7-8 PM Fractured Fairy Tales for Families (Children’s Program Room)

October 26 (Su) : 2-3 PM Robert Rogers Puppets presents Hobnobbin’ Goblins Puppet Show (Community Room)

October 28 (T) : 7-7:45 PM Halloween Make & Take for Kids, Ages 4-11 (Children’s Program Room)

October 29 (W) : 6:30-8:30 PM Adult Murder Mystery Gala (Community Rm) – Currently full

October 29 (W) : 7-8 PM Halloween Surprise for Kids and Families (Children’s Program Room)

October 31 (F) : 11-11:45 AM & 3:30-4:30 PM Halloween Trick or Treat (Start in Children’s)

 

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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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Think of the successful leaders you know.  They probably have one trait in common – the ability to communicate effectively.

This FREE six-week Youth Leadership Program, sponsored and conducted by members of the Conackamack Toastmasters, will be held Tuesday evenings from September 30th through November 4that the Main Library.  Young Adults ages, 13 – 18 are eligible to participate.

This program provides an emphasis on specialized speaking and leadership skills.  (For more information please visit the YA Calendar.)  Space is limited, and registration is required.  All interested young adults must contact the program coordinator Sheila Mason at Sheila.mason1@gmail.com to register for the program.

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In honor of Banned Books Week happening later this month, every Staff Pick of the Week this month will feature Banned Books.  There are hundreds, if not thousands, of books that people have attempted to ban, but we believe you should choose what you read – not someone else.  Young Adult books seem to be the highest targeted, but there is attempted censorship in every genre.  Here we list some absolutely wonderful Children’s books that are on ‘popular banned lists’ that are not also listed on the month’s new Staff Pick Banned Books Children’s Bookmark.  Please note that this isn’t even the tip of the iceberg.  Find out more at Banned Books Week’s official page.


Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? My First Reader

Bill Martin

Published: Jul 20, 2010 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Find in the Library


 


Where's Waldo?: Reissue

Martin Handford

Published: Oct 06, 1997 by Candlewick
Find in the Library


   The entire series.


The Witches

Roald Dahl

Published: Oct 01, 1983 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Find in the Library



Junie B. Jones and Her Big Fat Mouth (Junie B. Jones)

Barbara Park

Published: Sep 28, 1993 by Random House Books for Young Readers
Find in the Library


 The entire series.


A Wrinkle in Time

Madeleine L'Engle

Published: Jan 01, 1962 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Find in the Library


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Unfortunately for many, school will be back in session soon, if it isn’t already. Reading textbooks and memorizing facts isn’t very interesting, we know (unless you’re Hermione Granger). On the bright side, there are lots of people looking into textbook alternatives and looking for new, creative (and hopefully more fun) ways to learn.  For instance, Amplify Learning is working on all kinds of electronic learning projects, you can read a little about it here and at their website.

There’s also a lot of great open source education out there, like Khan Academy, Open Culture and websites like MathTV.

The library has tons of books on teaching and learning as well. Come in and check out the 370s.

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