Banned Books Week September 21 – 27, 2014

BBW14_Profile_op3Banned 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.

Stop in and check out some of the titles on our Staff Pick Banned Books Bookmarks today! You’ll be surprised by how many you’ve already read.  We encourage you to celebrate your freedom to read all month…all year really!

The books on our bookmarks have been banned or challenged within the last decade, including 2013.  If you want more information on Banned Books or Banned Books Week go to http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/

YALSA Teens’ Top Ten List 2014!

Teens Top Ten List 2014It is time to vote for your favorite Young Adult books of 2014!

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will be announcing the “Teens’ Top Ten” titles of 2014 on October 20th.

Voting will be held from August 15 – October 18, 2014.  click here to VOTE NOW!

Summer Reading Grand Raffle Update

The winners of the Library’s 2014 Young Adults Spark a Reaction Summer Reading Program have been selected and notified.  Thank you again to all of the tweens and teens that participated.  We hope that everyone had fun at the Library this summer!

Teen Summer Reading Program has ended!

The 2014 “Spark a Reaction” summer reading program for young adults, ages 11 – 18 has now ended.  The grand raffle drawing will be held on Thursday, September 4, 2014.  All three winners will be notified by phone.  Good luck everyone!

Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program @ FTPL

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 4th at 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 September Calendar tab located at the top of the Blog.)  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.

2014 Summer Reading Buddies Certificates are ready for pick-up!

Email notifications were sent out to all participants indicating that the 2014 Summer Reading Buddies Program has ended.  All materials are now available for pick-up at the Main Library.  Teen Buddies may pick-up their volunteer hour letter and certificate at the Adult Reference Desk.  Little Buddies may pick-up their certificates at the Children’s Reference Desk.

Arrangements can be made for those participants that would prefer to pick-up their materials at the Franklin Park Branch location instead.  Teen Buddies that will require a signature for their volunteer hours may email the program coordinator to make an appointment.

2014 Summer Reading Buddies Program is finished

kidsreadingThe Franklin Township Public Library’s 2014 Summer Reading Buddies Program is now finished.  Thank you to all of our participants for making this year’s program another success.  Email notifications will be going out shortly regarding certificates of completion and volunteer hours.  We hope that everyone had fun reading at the Library this summer!

Young Adult Programs in August

As summer continues, here’s a reminder that there will be lots of fun stuff going on at the Franklin Township Public Library this August.  The August calendar of events for young adults, ages 10 and up is now available online.  Click on the “August Calendar” tab at the top of the blog for links to the Library’s programs.

Young Adult programs in July

As we all start our countdowns to summer and vacations, here’s a reminder that there will be lots of fun stuff going on at the Franklin Township Public Library this summer. The July calendar of events for young adults, ages 10 and up is now available online. Click on the “July Calendar” tab at the top of the blog for links to the Library’s July programs.

Reading Buddies Registration is closed

Over the past several weeks there has been tremendous interest in the 2014 Summer Reading Buddies Program.  As a result, the Library is NO LONGER accepting applications.  Registration and waiting lists are full for both Teen and Little Buddies at this time.  All accepted applicants will be notified around June 12th 2014.