What have you been reading

Next week is Teen Reads Week! What does this mean? We want you to accept our challenge of reading any book of your choosing next week.  Tell us on Facebook if you liked it, hated it, or … you tell us.

No idea what to read?  You can check out last years Top 10 Teen Reads (picked by teens like you), take a suggestion from one of our Staff Pick Bookmarks, or try YALSA’s Teen Book Finder app (available for Android and Apple)!

Don’t forget to vote for THIS year’s Teen Top 10 List too!

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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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