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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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In honor of Banned Books Week, which starts tomorrow, 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 Young Adult books that are on ‘popular banned lists’ that are not also listed on the month’s new Staff Pick Banned Books Young Adult Bookmarks (there are 3).  Please note that this isn’t even the tip of the iceberg.  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.


Marked

P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast

Published: May 01, 2007 by St. Martin's Griffin
Find in the Library



Eleanor & Park

Rainbow Rowell

Published: Feb 26, 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin
Find in the Library



Neverwhere: A Novel

Neil Gaiman

Published: Aug 21, 2003 by Avon
Find in the Library


44184 Monster by Walter Dean Myers

231804   The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

46777   Tithe by Holly Black

375802  Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

334123  The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud (we also have the graphic novel!)

 

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Join us 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 defending jacobhas 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.

 

 

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Are you thinking about taking the MCAT? If so you should know that the test is changing in 2015.  The Library has materials for the current test and the 2015 test, so don’t worry we have you covered! Check out Call Number 378.1662 MCA.

We think the following links will help you out too:

You get a discount if you register early.  This also has deadlines and the year’s registration schedule.

Here’s a quick FAQ about the 2015 MCAT so you can decide which test to take.  This link also provides information on the test differences.

Also, they provide some links to free MCAT prep online, like at the Khan Academy‘s website and iCollaborative.

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