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Friday, September 27, 2013

Sign Up for October Programs Now!

Sign up for these great October programs now!

Teen Movie Night
Wed. Oct. 2
5:30-7:45 p.m.

Just in time for Halloween, catch the big-screen adaptation of the bestselling "Beautiful Creatures," about a teenage boy in a small Southern town who meets a mysterious new girl with the powers of witchcraft.  Rated PG-13, 124 min.  Starring Alice Englert. 

Teen Advisory Board
Thurs. Oct. 3
5:00-6:00 p.m.

Hang out with friends and help with planning programs and choosing library materials while possibly earning community services hours.

Teen Book Club
Wed. Oct. 16
6:00-7:00 p.m.

Join us for pizza as we discuss the spooky book of the month, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.  In this New York Times bestseller, a boy discovers a strange collection of curious photographs at an abandoned orphanage, which leads to an even greater and more dangerous mystery.

Halloween Caricatures
Sat. Oct. 19
1:00-2:00 p.m.

Renowned cartoonist Paul Merklein will be here to show you how to draw zombies, witches, vampires, ghosts, werewolves, and more!

Registration required for all programs.  You can sign-up in at the library, by phone at 973-835-5044, by email at, or online by clicking here

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Banned Books Week--Celebrate Your Freedom to Read!

What is Banned Books Week? 

Throughout history (and continuing today), schools and libraries have banned or received requests to ban books from their shelves.  The American Library Association (ALA) promotes the freedom to express one's opinions, even if they might be considered unpopular.  Below are some of the classics that have been banned or challenged:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie--Teen Fiction Alexie

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher--Teen Fiction Asher

Are You There God?  It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume--Juvenile Fiction Blume

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky--Teen Fiction Chbosky

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins--Teen Fiction Collins

The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney--Teen Fiction Cooney

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee--Adult Fiction Lee

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle--Juvenile Fiction L'Engle

The Giver by Lois Lowry--Juvenile Fiction Lowry

The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer--Teen Fiction Meyer

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling--Juvenile Fiction Rowling

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger--Adult Fiction Salinger

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck--Adult Fiction Steinbeck

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain--Adult Fiction Twain

Celebrate your freedom to read by checking out a banned or challenged book!*  You can read more about Banned Books Week here

*Riverdale Public Library recognizes that not all books are appropriate for all ages or reading levels.  It is the library's recommendation that parents and guardians review books before permitting teens to read them. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

New Books for September!

Look for these new books coming soon to Riverdale Public Library!

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black:  When 17-year-old Tana wakes up following a party in the aftermath of a violent vampire attack, she travels to Coldtown, a quarantined Massachusetts city full of vampires, with her ex-boyfriend and a mysterious vampire boy in tow.  New Fiction Black

Sure Signs of Crazy by Karen Harrington:  Twelve-year-old Sarah writes letters to her hero, To Kill a Mockingbird's Atticus Finch, for help understanding her mentally ill mother, her first real crush, and life in her small Texas town, all in the course of one momentous summer.  New Fiction Harrington

The Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer:  In the fourth Life as We Knew It book, it's been more than two years since a meteor knocked the moon off its orbit and the world changed forever.  Jon Evans and his family have left Pennsylvania, hoping to find a safe place to live, yet Jon remains haunted by the deaths of those he loved. His prowess on a soccer field has guaranteed him a home in a well-protected enclave, but Jon is painfully aware that a missed goal, a careless word, even falling in love, can put his life and the lives of his mother, his sister, Miranda, and her husband, Alex, in jeopardy. Can Jon risk doing what is right in a world gone so terribly wrong?  New Fiction Pfeffer

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell:  Feeling cast off when her best friend outgrows their shared love for a favorite celebrity, Cath, a dedicated fan-fiction writer, struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words, and worrying about her fragile father.  New Fiction Rowell

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater:  In book two of the Raven Boys series, magic is swirling around the Raven boys and Ronan Lynch's ability to pull objects from his dreams is almost out of control.  Worst of all, the mysterious Gray Man is stalking the Lynch family and looking for something called the Greywaren.   New Fiction Stiefvater


Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson:  At age eight, David watched as his father was killed by an Epic, a human with superhuman powers.  Now, ten years later, he joins the Reckoners--the only people who are trying to kill the Epics and end their tyranny.  New Fiction Sanderson

Risked by Margaret Haddix Peterson:  In the book six of the Missing series, Jonah and Katherine travel back in time to 1918 Russia just as Alexei, Anastasia, and the rest of Czar Nicholas II's family is about to be executed.  Includes fascinating facts about the Romanovs and the mystery surrounding their deaths.  New Fiction Peterson