This October, our Staff Picks of the Week will all about spooktacular horror.   We have 4 new Spooky Staff Pick Bookmarks for you, available at the Circulation desk all month long to keep you in the Halloween spirit.

To kick off, our staffer recommends John Dies at the End by David Wong and it’s sequel This Book is Full of Spiders.  These are an extremely bizarre, but extremely excellent, horror/comedy fusion.   We think you should check out a copy today.

John Dies at the End

David Wong

Published: Sep 29, 2009 by Thomas Dunne Books
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We also have it as an audio book and DVD.

This Book Is Full of Spiders

David Wong

Published: Oct 02, 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books
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It’s National Reading Group Month!  Come in and join ours on Saturday, October 11 for a discussion of Defending Jacob by William Landay.  New members always welcome!  Meetings take place from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney for two decades.  His quiet suburb is stunned by a shocking crime: a young boy stabbed to death in a leafy park. And an even greater shock: the accused is Andy’s own son—shy, awkward, mysterious Jacob.  Andy believes in Jacob’s innocence. Any parent would. But the pressure mounts. Damning evidence. Doubt. A faltering marriage. The neighbors’ contempt. A murder trial that threatens to obliterate Andy’s family.

It is the ultimate test for any parent: How far would you go to protect your child? 

Limited copies available at the Reference Desk.  For more information about bookclubs and bookclub kits at FTPL please visit: bookclubs.

Bookclub is just one of our many great programs, don’t forget to check out our calendars for everything happening at your library!

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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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In honor of Banned Books Week, which ends today, every Staff Pick of the Week this month has featured Banned Books.  This is the last one, we promise.

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 Fiction & Classic books that are on ‘popular banned lists’ that are not also listed on the month’s new Staff Pick Banned Books Classics or Adult Fiction Bookmarks (there are 2 of each type).

Find out more at Banned Books Week’s official page.

Banned books are books that have been removed from the shelves of a library, bookstore, or classroom due to 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.


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Beloved by Toni Morrison

Animal Farm by George Orwell (1984 is also a banned book)

All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsburg

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

Carrie by Stephen King (a number of his works have been banned or challenged, you can see a good list here)


Please note we have some of these as audiobooks 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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