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.
P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
Published: May 01, 2007 by St. Martin's Griffin
Find in the Library
Eleanor & Park
Published: Feb 26, 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin
Find in the Library
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Tithe by Holly Black
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud (we also have the graphic novel!)
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Sadly, summer is coming to the end. August 30 is the end of young adult summer reading! Don’t forget to log your books so you can collect your prizes and raffle tickets and be entered in the Grand Prize Drawing. August 30 is also the LAST DAY to collect prizes (and log reading) so come in soon!
If you’re in the children’s summer reading program, don’t forget to come in and collect your prizes! You can no longer log your books, but hurry in to get your prizes and something new to read.
The Young Adult August calendar is now available online! Check it out and sign up for some of our great events now, before they fill up. We have tie die, book bingo, jewelry making and more!
Have you met your summer reading goals yet? If not, maybe you should check out some of these retellings of classic and/or fairy tales. There are many more not on these lists, can you name any?
14 YA Retellings of Literary Classics
162 YA Retellings of Classic Literature and Fairy Tales
11 Adult Classic Retellings
Fairy Tale Retellings
This week (and every week this summer) we have tons of great programs both at the main library and the Franklin Park branch!
In the Children’s department we have puppet shows (every Monday at 2:30 PM this summer), learn to play chess (every Monday at 6:30 pm this summer), legos, a magic show, scrapbooking, the Muppets from Space movie, and much more! Our Children’s department has two programs a day, every day, Monday – Friday throughout the summer. Come enjoy!
Young Adults aren’t left out. This week “what’s an abacus?” and “young adult book bingo” are happening with great activities and prizes! The YA Yarn Club at the Franklin Park branch also starts this week, so break out the knitting and crochet!
Our adults have chess club, bobbin lacemaking, the Summer Concert series, free movies (Lone Survivor and The Grand Budapest Hotel for July), computer classes on Microsoft Excel and Powerpoint, and more this month!
Get all the details on these great programs and find out if you need to register at the appropriate calendar (links above). You’ll also be able to see where the event is held, at the Main or Franklin Park branch.
Come in, engage in one of our fantastic programs, and let us know what you think!
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Are you entering 1st-4th grade and can read independently? It’s time to apply to be a Summer Reading Buddy! The program is very nearly full, so get your application in fast.
This 6-week program takes place Monday evenings, at the Main Library – Children’s Department (July 7th – August 11th). Reading Buddies is a social program that promotes literacy through paired reading. Teens earn volunteer credit by helping young readers develop confidence in their reading and comprehension skills. Paired one hour reading sessions allow teens the opportunity to become mentors, and young readers the chance to make new friends while reading.
Please visit the Reading Buddies page for more information.
Applications are available now (please find on the Reading Buddies webpage above). Space is limited, and the deadline for all applications is Thursday, June 12, 2014! Teens are accepted on a first come, first serve basis so get your application in early!
Find out more about our teen programs and events at our Teen Page!
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