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National Hispanic Heritage Month - Sept. 15-Oct. 15
Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with a good book!
Dominican turned New Jerseyan author Junot Díaz will be out with a new work this month entitled This is How You Lose Her, a collection of short stories that examine the “haunting, impossible power of love” from the Dominican Republic to New Jersey and Boston. In a Booklist starred review, Díaz’s writing is described as “fast paced, unflinching, complexly funny, street-talking tough, perfectly made, and deeply sensitive.” Díaz’s first book, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, is a very popular book club selection and has won many awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Learn more…
History Alive @ Your Library
Five public libraries are among the several organizations that were awarded grants from The New Jersey Historical Commission for 2013. The funds are intended to help organizations preserve their collections and offer educational programs related to New Jersey history. According to the Independent Press, the funding represents the largest annual grant appropriation given by the Historical Commission. Learn more...
September is Library Card Sign up Month
Chances are you have a library card, but New Jersey libraries are always adding new and improved resources, events and more for patrons to enjoy. Check out our list of 52 Things To Do With Your Library Card! Here’s a sneak peek:
1. Take the kids to see a free movie.
2. Download an e-book.
3. Update your Facebook page.
4. Learn about job seeking resources.
5. Find a list of childcare centers in your area.
6. Learn about local candidates for office.
7. Pick up voter registration information.
8. Check out your favorite graphic novel.
9. Pick up a DVD.
10. Get free wireless access.
Banned Books Week - Sept. 30-Oct. 6
30 Years of Liberating Literature!
For the past thirty years, the American Library Association and libraries have been sponsoring “Banned Books Week,” an annual celebration of our right to access books without censorship. This year's observance commemorates the most basic freedom in a democratic society—the freedom to read freely—and encourages us not to take this freedom for granted. Learn more…
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