Banned Books Week

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on September 5, 2014
Sep 052014
 

Banned Books Week

Celebrate the Freedom to Read

Libraries and librarians have a long history of opposing censorship and promoting intellectual freedom. Banned Books Week celebrates the power of words and ideas and reminds us to be vigilant in protecting the First Amendment. From September 21-27 we’ll be showcasing titles that have been challenged or banned in schools and libraries across the country. Stop in at your NOPL library to pick up an “I Read Banned Books” sticker, and celebrate your right to read by checking out one of these “dangerous” books.

Here’s the American Library Association Office of Intellectual Freedom’s
“Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books” in 2013:

    1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
      Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
    2.  The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
      Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
    3.  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
      Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
    4.  Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
      Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
    5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
      Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
    6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
      Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
    7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
      Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
    8.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
      Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
    9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
      Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
    10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
      Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

Learn More at http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks

View a list of top 100  most frequently challenged books by decade or by year.

 

NOPL Library Banned Books Week Events

Family Fun Night-Celebrate Banned Books: Storytime and Craft
Tuesday, Sept 16th 6:30PM-7:30PM at NOPL @ North Syracuse, Community Room
Banned books week is September 21st-27th. Create a poster about your favorite banned book and it will be hung in the library. We will be reading from a selection of the most popular banned books.(For ages 5-12). Registration Required.

 

tokillmockingbird_coverBanned Books Week Movie Showing: To Kill a Mockingbird
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 1:00-3:30pm at NOPL @ Cicero, Community Room
The setting is a dusty Southern town during the Depression. A white woman accuses a black man of rape and the outcome of his trial is such a foregone conclusion that no lawyer will step forward to defend him– except the town’s most distinguished citizen. Runtime 130 min. Not Rated.

 

 

outsiders_coverBanned Books Week Movie Showing:The Outsiders
Wed. Sept. 24, 1:00-3:30pm at NOPL @ Cicero, Community Room
Teen rivalry in a small Southern town sets the stage for this dramatic interpretation of the novel by S.E. Hinton. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, The Outsiders tells the story of the ongoing conflict between the Greasers and the Socs in rural Oklahoma. Runtime 91 min. Rated PG.

 

 

 

Banned Books Week: Virtual Read-Out and Twitter Parties

Take part in a nation-wide virtual read-out of banned and challenged books by following local libraries, organizations, and bookstores on social media. Follow the Banned Book Week YouTube Channel and on Twitter #bannedbooksweek.

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Check out our “Risky” Reads Board on our Pinterest page.

 

 

A New Season of Crafting

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on September 3, 2014
Sep 032014
 

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Simple Stories Scrapbooking

Learn a new style of keeping memories with quick  scrapbook and stamping techniques.
Participants have the option of either watching and learning – or choosing to become fully immersed and make the project for $10.00 for supplies and materials (payable at time of class). Register for September’s class.

See more dates within our Events Calendar

Paper Arts Club

Presented by Lyn’s Paper Petunia

Join in for learning and creating with our Paper Arts Club! Participants have the option of either watching and learning – or if you chose – become fully immersed and make the monthly projects for $10.00 for supplies and materials (payable at time of class).

Registration Required for September’s class.

For more information, visit http://www.lynspaperpetunia.com/p/paper-arts-club.html

Book & Bake Sale at NOPL at Cicero

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on September 3, 2014
Sep 032014
 

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Book & Bake Sale- Sept. 20, 2014 at NOPL at Cicero
Join the Friends of the Cicero Library on September 20th for a Book and Bake Sale!  Choose from a wide selection of used books, videos, audiotapes and DVDs.  The sale is from 9:30am – 4:00pm, with a bag sale starting at 1:30pm.  All the books you can fit in a bag (bags are supplied) for only $2!
Aug 292014
 

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The Military History Lecture Series is organized by the Society for the Preservation of Military History(SPMH). Lectures occur monthly during the academic year at the North Syracuse Library, and are open to all.

The SPMH’s mission statement

Recognizing and understanding the importance of preserving and studying military history, our society dedicates itself to the gathering and dissemination of world military history. This applies especially to the archiving and collecting of artifacts, documents, and related materials that pertain to the unique military heritage of the United States and its veterans who have maintained our freedoms and way of life. The society will serve to educate our community about military history, the role of the Armed Forces, and through learning, promote their positive and vital role in our society.

Registration not required, but signing up will trigger an email reminder to be sent to you the day before the event. Click the title of the series to register.

Dates and Lecturers for the 2014-2015 Series

Location: NOPL at North Syracuse
Time: 6:30pm

September 11, 2014: The Battle of Khambula. Lecturer: Hal Flickinger

October 9, 2014: Military History 201. Lecturer: Tom Flickinger

November 13, 2014: Military History 202. Lecturer: Hal Flickinger

December 11, 2014: World War I: The Christmas Truce.

January 8, 2015: The 21st Century through the Lens of Military History. (A Panel Discussion)

February 12, 2015: Ending World War II in the Pacific. Lecturer: Hal Flickinger

March 12, 2015: World War I: The Khaki Jacks (British Naval Infantry) Lecturer: Tim Green

April 9, 2015: The Battle of Saipan. Lecturer: Kevin Lynch

May 14, 2015: Indian Warfare and Tactics in the West.  Lecturer: Hal Flickinger

June 11, 2015: The Tactics of Operation Enduring Freedom: A Critical Analysis. Lecturer: SGT Charles Preuss III.

FamilySearch Workshop

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on August 27, 2014
Aug 272014
 

FamilySearch Workshop

Find Your Ancestors using FamilySearch


Wednesday September 10, 2014
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
NOPL at Cicero, Community Room
Have you heard about FamilySearch?  It is the largest genealogy organization in the world and maintains a collection of records, resources, and services designed to help people learn more about their family history. Join genealogy expert Carl Smith as he demonstrates how people can use the newest features of FamilySearch.org to find their ancestors. Don’t miss it!

Aug 272014
 

Herb Academy Part 3

Herb Academy: Part 3


Tuesday September 9, 2014
6:30 PM to 7:45 PM
NOPL at Cicero, Community Room

THE HERB ACADEMY: 3 of 3

Really Simple Salad Dressings and Salads

 Never buy a bottled salad dressing again!  Join herbalist Deb Thorna and learn how to make great, fresh salad dressings – and salads – from fresh herbs, spices and a few other ingredients.  We’ll look at dressings for tossed, vegetable, and grain salads.  You will be given some recipes and knowledge to experiment on your own.  There will be samples!

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