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This week, there are two major news items tied to Louisa May Alcott's classic novel!

1. For 150 years, Little Women has inspired women of all ages. It’s a timeless classic, passed down from generation to generation. Originally published on Sept. 30, 1868, Little Women continues to encourage, challenge and push readers to new heights. And there is now the 150th Anniversary Illustrated Edition featuring the art of Shreya Gupta.

2. Little Women is getting a modern update in a new movie starring Lea Thompson and Lucas Grabeel.  From girls playing in the attic to women living with purpose, the March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy—are committed to always supporting each other. Yet, growing up sometimes means growing apart.  An aspiring writer, Jo leaves for New York determined to publish a novel. In the wake of rejected draft upon draft, her editor challenges Jo to write about something more interesting—her family.  When tragedy brings the sisters back home, sticking together takes on new meaning. As Jo comforts her sick sister, Beth asks for one thing: a story.  Jo knows the perfect one … by heart.

BONUS!
Read The New York Times article 'Little Women' Marches On: Fans Celebrate the Novels 150th Anniversary.

Banned Books Week is September 23-29, 2018!  This year's theme is BANNING BOOKS SILENCES STORIES.  SPEAK OUT!  This means you should celebrate not just this week but every week.  And you should do more than read one of the most banned books of 2017.  You should speak out whenever you encounter censorship.  You can learn more and find ways to spread the word on the resources page of the official website.  You'll also find information about a new initiative called Dear Banned Author.   This is a letter-writing campaign hosted by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. During Banned Books Week, readers are encouraged to write to their favorite banned or challenged authors, sharing what their stories meant to them. The goal of the campaign is to not only raise awareness of books that are threatened with censorship and support authors, but also encourage thoughtful discussions about the power of words and how essential it is to have access to a variety of viewpoints in libraries.

BONUS!
The Fiction Department has a book display to help you find titles.  And, of course, you can always ask any librarian or staff member for a recommendation.

Storytime Allstars: It's Fall, Y'all!
Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.

Join me (Miss Katie Jane) as I celebrate the first day of fall with silly stories and songs about apples and autumn leaves.  We'll also watch a short movie about a ultra-prepared squirrel while we snack on something fall-tastic.  No registration required.  Simply follow the stars.

Kid Lit Coffee Break
Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 3 p.m.

Adults who love children's literature get a chance to relax and talk about books with me (Miss Katie Jane).  We'll also get to sample coffee, cookies, and brownies from East 59, the café in the library.  And there will be door prizes!  No RSVP needed.  Just follow the stars.

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