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Tonight there will be a Lunar Eclipse that will result in a Blood Moon. NASA’s website has some great information about it, and links to other webpages about the eclipse. EarthSky.org also provides a decent short FAQ about the eclipse.

If you’re interested in learning more about astronomy, check out our collection of items concerning the heavens, located primarily in the 520s.

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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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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

 

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Join in the American Library Association’s Library Card Contest! Here’s the basics, and go to their site for full details!

“September is Library Card Sign-up Month and we want to know how you use your library card to learn, explore, or even just to relax.  Or maybe your library card just makes you want to shout, “Excelsior,” like our Honorary Chair for Library Card Sign-up Month and legendary comic book creator, Stan Lee.

Share why you value your library card using our Library Card Sign-up Month word balloons or create your own. Creativity is encouraged!   Share on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #LibraryCardSignUp or add to our “My Library Card…” Flickr Group between September 2-23, 2014. All participants will be entered in a drawing for a comic book prize package.”

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We have some great events happening this week.  Will you have to be paying for college soon? Are you already?  Do you want help with your resume and cover writing skills? Or maybe you just want to take it easy and enjoy this week’s free movie Draft Day. 

How to Pay for College is on Tuesday, September 16 at 6:30 pm in the Community Room.  Education Funding Specialists of NJ are providing a free class that covers how to chose colleges, increasing your chances of getting in, and of course money tips.  Learn more about the topics covered here and sign up! Registration is required for this event.

Job Search: Creating a Winning Cover Letter & Resume is on Wednesday, September 17 at 7 pm in the Community Room.  Participants will get a chance to work on their materials as well as how to target their application materials to the job posting.  Learn more and register here, registration is required.

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Our free movie this week is Draft Day starring Kevin Costner.  The movie will be shown on Friday, September 19 at 2:00 PM.

On the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver (Kevin Costner) has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL. RatedPG-13 for brief strong language and sexual references; 110 minutes.  Registration is requested.

Don’t forget to check out the other events happening this month!

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