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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 Nonfiction books (found in our adult shelves) that are on ‘popular banned lists’ that are not also listed on the month’s new Staff Pick Banned Books Adult Nonfiction Bookmark.  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.

228630 Black Boy by Richard Wright

871727 Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger (we also have the film based on the novel)

380645 I Saw Esau by Iona and Peter Opie


Kaffir Boy: The True Story Of A Black Youths Coming Of Age In Apartheid South Africa

Mark Mathabane

Published: Oct 07, 1998 by Free Press
Find in the Library


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Summer may be over but there are plenty of things to do in New Jersey this fall.  Here’s a great list of fall festivals you can start taking advantage of immediately!  It’s also the season to pick fruit and veggies, so keep that in mind as a fun fall activity as well.

Don’t forget to check out our calendars to see what we have going on as well!

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Ahoy, matey! September 19 is Talk Like a Pirate Day!  Brush up on your Pirate speak by going to our online databases page and click on “Mango Languages Online”.  You can quick start or create an account to start learning Pirate.  Or you can learn one of the over 60 other languages available including French, German, Arabic, Icelandic, Italian, Irish, Yiddish and many more. All available for free with your library card. Arrr!

Also, don’t forget to get your Pirate Name in place for Talk Like a Pirate Day.  Try here or here.

You can also check out books on pirates in our catalog.

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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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Labor Day traditionally signals the end of summer (learn more about the holiday by clicking the link or checking out one of our books on the history of the day). We won’t have reading prizes until winter again, but don’t worry, we have plenty of book recommendations to keep your mind sharp!  Why not try one of these suggestions collected by TED, from people like Rashida Jones and Bill Gates.  You can also check out the list they compiled last year.  They say they’re for summer reading, but we think they’re for all year. And if you read Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, and want more check out this list.

We hope you have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend and can’t wait to see you when we reopen Tuesday, September 2!

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