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The Restricted Section – Banned Book Week Is Coming Your Way

The Restricted Section – Banned Book Week Is Coming Your Way

To many, the idea of banning or restricting access to books seems crazy; this is 2017, we don’t do that anymore, right? To the surprise of many, it’s still a very common occurrence, with books being challenged or removed from school and public libraries every year for all sorts of reasons. In some cases, it’s because content is deemed too sexual, or because characters may drink, smoke, or perform other such ‘bad behavior’ that readers may imitate. Sometimes, books are challenged and requested to be removed from library collections solely because of profanity, or the ever vague ‘offensive viewpoint’.

Most often, these books being challenged are for either children or teens; it’s rare for the top 10 most challenged books to not be made up almost entirely of children’s and young adult titles. Fan of Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell? It was #10 of 2016 for offensive language. Interested in some of John Green’s classics? Looking for Alaska by Green is #6 on the list.

To remember that we’re fortunate enough to have access to any of these books and more that people have tried to keep from others we’re commemorating Banned Books Week at our libraries, on the 29th. Check out what time our activity is at your local library below:

  • Valencia Library: 9/29; 5-6p
  • Canyon Country Library 9/29; 4-5:30p
  • Newhall Library 9/29; 3:30-5p

Find out more about banned books week here.

Heading Back To School?

Heading Back To School?

It’s about time for school to start up again; many of you may have just started school this last week, and it can be hard to shake off the rust after a long summer of not doing homework, studying for tests, or writing papers. The library is here to help!

Coming up beginning in September the library will be running a three part program Survival: The Middle School Years aimed at helping get back into things after the long summer break to help get on track early instead of having an uphill climb later.

Our September session will be all about organizational success, with the tips and resources you to get an edge keeping track of all the things the new year will bring. In October, we’ll be talking about the dos and don’ts of life online; does anything ever REALLY disappear on the internet? Then finally, in November, study tips to get all the information you need for a big test without staying up until four in the morning.

Come join us at your local library!

  • Canyon Country Library, September 5th, October 3rd, and November 7th, 4:00-5:30
  • Old Town Newhall Library, September 6th, October 4th, and November 1st, 3:30-5:00
  • Valencia Library, September 18th, October 16th, and November 20th, 3:30-5:00

Go Vegan!

Go Vegan!

 Imagine only eating a plant-based diet. Does the idea scare or intrigue you? There has been much research done in the areas of the benefits to veganism, for your body and for the environment. Why not try giving up burgers for an entire month? You might be surprised by how great you feel, how much your skin is glowing, or how well you sleep!

 

Here are some other interesting facts about veganism:

 

  • Eating vegan may improve your mood!
  • You can get vegan tattoos (for those 18+ only!)
  • There is a vegan substitute for almost anything! Bakers and cheese lovers rejoice!

 

Thinking vegan is a little too extreme? You can start slowly by cutting out meat and doing #MeatlessMonday as a challenge! 

 

 

References:

ARMSTRONG, J. K. (2015). THESE VEGETARIAN TIMES. Natural Health, 32-38.

 

Beezhold, B., Radnitz, C., Rinne, A., & DiMatteo, J. (2015). Vegans report less stress and anxiety than omnivores. Nutritional Neuroscience, 18(7), 289-296. doi:10.1179/1476830514Y.0000000164

 

Hanson, L. (2015). The Complete Guide to Even More Vegan Food Substitutions: The Latest and Greatest Methods for Veganizing Anything Using More Natural, Plant-Based Ingredients. Library Journal, 140(16), 102

 

SCARDELLI, L. (2016). TURNING POINT. Rodale’s Organic Life, 2(5), 25-27.

On the go? Take us with you!

On the go? Take us with you!
On the go? Take us with you!
  The Santa Clarita Public Library has mobile apps in all major stores so you can always use the library, from anywhere!
Download the apps for free on your smartphone or tablet, and have instant access to research databases, eBooks and streaming videos, and even manage your account!

 

 

 

 

 

Our newest app addition is Libby, by Overdrive. Libby is the one-tap reading app, designed beautifully with a simple to use interface, Libby is sure to become your favorite e-reading app! Learn more about Libby here!  
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SRP Thank Yous!

SRP Thank Yous!

 

This year’s summer reading program was an awesome success!!! Thank you to all those who participated!! And a HUGE thank you to the Santa Clarita Friends of the Library for helping us with this year’s SRP!!!

 

Some highlights from teen programs this summer!

Volunteer Spotlight: Leo

Volunteer Spotlight: Leo

We value each and every teen volunteer who shares their time with our library. The Santa Clarita Public Library can’t say enough about the incredible teens who volunteer with us, and who become the heart of our special events, fun teen programming, and general operation of library services.

 

Volunteer work can range from being here during our Summer Reading Program, assisting with shelving duties, being involved in our Teen Advisory Board, and being a Digital Literacy Volunteer Instructor for our digital literacy program.

 

This summer, we were thrilled to be approached by Leo Ouyang, a high school senior who was interested in teaching computer languages. Leo wanted to spend his summer volunteering with us for Summer Reading and as a volunteer instructor. His passion about computer science was evident during his sessions, where he used free online web platforms to demonstrate the basics of Python and C++.  Participants in his class practiced writing strings of code, including how to write a program that would do simple mathematical equations in order of operation.  Class attendance skill level ranged from intermediate knowledge to those who had never heard of the computer languages before.

 

Thanks Leo!

 

 

What motivated you to become a Digital Literacy Volunteer Instructor over the summer?

 

I had always been interested in teaching and computer science. So I figured, why not do something I love with a subject I love?

 

How did you learn computer languages? In school, self-taught, online courses?

 

I self-taught C++ (my first language), took online courses for Python, HTML, and CSS, and went to school for Java.

 

Why do you think it’s important to teach coding?

 

Computers are our future. They will play an increasingly large role within our lives as time passes. Learning to work with them will be as important as working with humans.
 

What was the best thing about volunteering your time this summer with Santa Clarita Public Library?

 

It was meeting new people and bringing them together. Even though I only had a few students, they all came from drastically different backgrounds yet we all found unity in an interest in computer science.
 

Tell us something surprising about yourself!

 

I was first inspired to code by playing video games, notably, Minecraft.

Get involved!

 

Teens ages 14 and up can assist with many activities such as organizing, shelving, helping children with their Homework and with after-school programs. All teens are required to be interviewed or attend an orientation. In order to be scheduled for an interview/orientation, please click on the link “sign-up to volunteer” and complete the application process. Be sure to indicate which library you are applying too.

 

Make your voice heard! Be part of your local Teen Advisory Board.

 

Help shape teen services at the library.

Acquire leadership skills AND earn volunteer service hours.

Interact with other Santa Clarita area teens.

New members are always welcome!

Enjoy snacks.

TAB meetings are held monthly during the school year, September through May (unless otherwise noted), at your local branch of the Santa Clarita Public Library.

 

For more information on the Teen Advisory Board, click here

 

To sign up as a volunteer, click here