Celebrating the Freedom to Read

Kite RunnerColor Purple          September 21-27, 2014 is Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read.  Banned Books Week also draws attention to the harms of censorship.  According to the American Library Association, while books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

How many of these challenged books have you read?

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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For some, September is the most wonderful time of the year — is that Office Max commercial still on TV? For others, September says, sadly, summertime has come and gone.  Are you looking to escape to a different time? BookPage has published a list of 2014 books that will allow you to do just that.  Take a look! 




popular-a-memoir-by-maya-van-wagenenRegular Reader’s Corner followers know that I love spy novels and baseball books, but lately I have read and enjoyed several memoirs.  My favorite so far was written by an 8th grader.  Maya Van Wagenen wanted to be popular (she wasn’t), so her mother suggested that she follow the advice in a book that was published in 1951 called Betty Cornell’s Teenage Popularity Guide.  Maya followed the advice for a year and wrote about the reaction of her peers and what she learned. Her book is called Popular, and it is at times both hilarious and touching, while being genuinely thought provoking throughout.

Here is Maya being interviewed on The Today Show.

Speaking of popular memoirs, Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black, which has become a #1 Netflix original hit show, will be a guest here at the library on Monday, September 22 at 7:00. You can register here beginning on August 2nd.


July BookpageDisappointed you didn’t get a copy of the latest BookPage? You can read the same book reviews, interviews and features online!  The link is just to the right of where you’re reading right now under Find a Good Read or you can click here to read the latest issue.

The next time you’re in the Library, if the BookPage holder is empty, why not take a moment to look at our Readers’ Bookshelf filled with bookmarks and other reading suggestions? They are also available on our website

Last, but not least, you can always stop at the Ask-A-Librarian desk and ask for a good book recommendation!

Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library
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phone: 518.371.8622   fax: 518.371.3799