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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.

It's time for a rematch.  Stop reading this blog if you haven't already devoured and loved Warcross by Marie Lu.

Wildcard by Marie Lu (September 18, 2018)
Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo's new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she's always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.  Determined to put a stop to Hideo's grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone's put a bounty on Emika's head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn't all that he seems--and his protection comes at a price.  Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?

In this explosive sequel, Lu delivers an addictive finale that will hold you captive till the very last page.

Not enough time in day?  Too much to do?  This program is just for you!  I'm talking about our upcoming Adulting 101: Time Management class on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.  Wendy, our teen librarian, will introduce you to a few time management techniques that will make you more efficient.  This program is for teens 13+.  We'd like to know just how many people plan to come, so go ahead and sign up online.  You can also call us at 444-7826.

Johnny Tremain won the Newbery Medal in 1944.  Which means 2018 is it's 75th anniversary!   This book was a staple of required reading when I was in school, and it still is today.  And now there's a beautiful new edition to celebrate this diamond anniversary.

"Johnny Tremain is one of the finest historical novels ever written for children. To read this riveting novel is to live through the defining events leading up to the American Revolutionary War. Fourteen-year-old Johnny Tremain, an apprentice silversmith with a bright future, injures his hand in an accident, forcing him to look for other work. In his new job as a horse boy, he encounters John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and Dr. Joseph Warren. Soon Johnny is involved in pivotal events from the Boston Tea Party to the shots fired at Lexington. For this anniversary edition, Nathan Hale brings his distinct graphic-novel storytelling to a new foreword."

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