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Weekly WoW | 2015 Florida Library of the Year 
September 1, 2015
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Banned Books Week at BCL

Celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week, held this year from September 27-October 3. Banned Books Week highlights the value of free access to books and focuses on efforts across the country to remove or restrict such access.
 
Visit Broward County Library locations during Banned Books Week - or anytime at all - to enjoy the freedom to read what you want and to celebrate everyone's right to do so.
 
Free Banned Books Week Events at BCL
 
September 2, 24, 26 - Banned Books Week event, 10AM to 6PM, Imperial Point Library
Banned Books Week - Read-StrictedSeptember 9 - New Wednesday Evening Book Club Opens With Celebration of Banned Books Week and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, 6:30 to 7:45PM, Miramar Branch Library & Education Center
September 22, 23 - Banned Books Week event, 12 to 8PM, Imperial Point Library
September 24 - Banned Books Trivia Contest, 4 to 5PM, Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library
September 25 - Book Discussion/Movie, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, 1 to 3:30PM, Main Library  
September 28, 29, 30 and October 1, 2 - Free to Read Photo Booth! Ages 13-18, 10AM to 8PM, Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library
September 28 - Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird Round Table Discussion, 6:30 to 7:45PM, Carver Ranches Library
 
Banned Books Week: Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2014
 
Chained locked booksLibraries, schools and the media in the United States send reports on attempts to ban books to the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom. The ALA annually publishes a list of the most challenged books as a way to inform the public about censorship efforts that affect libraries and schools.
 
The Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2014 – Available At BCL

  1. A Stolen Life Jaycee Dugard Also available in large print, audiobook and eBook)
  2. And Tango Makes Three Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell (Also available as audiobook and eBook)
  3. Drama by Raina Telgemeier (Also available as eBook)
  4. It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
  5. Saga by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  6. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  7. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (Also available in large print, audiobook and eBook)
  8. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (Also available in large print, audiobook and eBook)
  9. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (Also available in large print, audiobook and eBook)
  10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (Also available as audiobook and eBook)

Broward County Libraries to Host “Broward Reads to Succeed: Early Literacy Conference" on September 17 at Lauderdale Lakes Library
 
Father and son reading a book togetherBroward County Libraries Division will host a free "Broward Reads to Succeed: Early Literacy Conference" on September 17 from 8:30AM to 1PM at Lauderdale Lakes Library/Educational Center.
 
The Early Literacy Conference, which focuses on ensuring that children are ready to learn to read before kindergarten, is open to the public and is designed for anyone who works with children ages birth to five.
 

Children’s book author Kelly Bennett
Children’s book author Kelly Bennett
Broward Reads to Succeed: Early Literacy Conference will feature four guest speakers:

Kelly Bennett, children's book author and writer of both fiction and non-fiction books including the award-winning Not Norman: A Goldfish Story, the “2015 Read for the Record” campaign book.

Dr. Lori Canning, Director of Early Learning/School Readiness for Broward County Public Schools.

Lisa McClure, Broward County Libraries' Community Engagement Manager.

Pat Mora, author and founder of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day)
Pat Mora, author and founder of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day)
Pat Mora, author of more than three dozen bilingual children's books and the founder of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), a celebration of children, families and reading. 

While the event is free and open to the public, space is limited. Participants must register by September 14 either by phone at 954-357-7317 or online at Broward.org/Library/Youth.
 
Broward County Libraries' Early Learning initiative is funded in part under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Florida Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.
 


Select Children’s Titles by Kelly Bennett and Pat Mora – Available at Broward County Library
September is Library Card Sign-up Month!
 
Black Broward County Library 2015 Library of the Year CardYour Broward County Library card is the only card you need to unlock a world of information and educational resources. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, so if you don’t have one yet, now’s a great time to apply. Encourage your friends and family to get one, too. They’re free to anyone living, working or going to school in Broward County.
 
With just this card, you can access more than three million books, videos, cassettes, CDs, DVDs, CD ROMs, and audiobooks. Your Broward County Library card also lets you access free downloadable music, streaming feature movies and documentaries as well as TV shows, eBooks, magazines and even comic books.
 
Getting a library card is easier than you think. You can apply online right now or when you visit any Broward County Library location.