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Celebrate Your Freedom To Read With Banned Books Week!

Celebrate Your Freedom To Read With Banned Books Week!


Did you know that Charlotte’s Web, just ten years ago, was banned from some libraries in Kansas because “talking animals are blasphemous and unnatural”, or that the Diary of Anne Frank was once restricted because it may be “too depressing” for young readers?”

Throughout history books have been banned or restricted from access by those that would rather simply remove a book rather than read, think, and engage. Many of these are books that you may recognize: Alice in Wonderland (talking animals, again), 1984 (pro-communism), Lord of the Flies (depressing, again), Looking For Alaska (language, and content unsuited for the age-group), The Giver (for discussion relating to death). Each of these books are intense but amazing, and there are so many more.

Librarians,  however, wish to make books and information accessible to as many people as possible. These are the stories that make people think, that take people on adventures, that inspire readers.

Join us this week in celebrating Banned Book Week, where we feature books for all ages that for some reason or another have been contested, restricted, or banned throughout the years. We’ll also be having a Banned Books related activity at each of our branches:

  • Valencia Public Library: September 27th, 4-6p
  • Newhall Library: September 27th, 3:30-5:30p
  • Canyon Country Library: September 27th, 4-6p.

If you’re interested in more statistics as to why books are banned, and by who, take a look here.

9th Inning

9th Inning


…and the bases are loaded! We’re nearing the end of the game now, but there’s still time for a grand slam to end the game off right. If you’ve been keeping up with our featured missions, you may be very close to finishing off the Five Book Challenge already. If not, there’s still time with a bit of power reading to read and log five books before the end of the Summer Reading Program on the 30th to complete the Five Book Challenge!

All you have to do is log the five books that you need and stop in to our library to earn a free book, as easy as that!

Also, do remember to join us on the 30th for our Field Day Finale Celebration at Newhall Park from 9:00-12:00, we hope to see you there!


Missions Accomplished

Missions Accomplished


We’re getting towards the final stretch, and now is the perfect time to steal home by finishing the last big mission of the set, Mission 4. This one is also a little time sensitive, as you may have noticed, as one part of it involves the end of the Summer Reading Program, so now is the time to take care of this one now that’s it’s getting towards the end of July.

As usual, Reading is FUNdamental shows up again in this mission, and if you’ve been completing these missions in order you should have at least four books already finished counting this mission. That means just one more book and you’ve completed the Five Book Challenge, and still with a few weeks to go! This is the perfect time to finish up the challenge while also finishing up the last of the four mission sets!

You may have noticed if you’ve been checking in regularly the Rock the Vote polls going up here on the blog, a March Madness-esque bracket of books competing to be the last teen book standing, and there’s still time to vote if you haven’t already, even if we are nearing the end. The final vote is on the 28th, so be sure to hop onto the blog and vote for your favorite to win.

Have you ever wondered who are the people behind these blog posts? Ever need a little help finding a great book you’ll enjoy at the library? You’re welcome to Be a Team Player and come visit us at your local library. We’re the teen librarians, Dave at the Valencia Library, Meredith at the Old Town Newhall Library, and Nicole at the Canyon Country Library. Come say hello, and if you don’t see us you can always ask for us at one of the desks. We’ll give you a code to enter, and this part of the mission is done!

Have a plan to attend any competition or game during the summer? Take a picture at the game, sporting event, or competition and upload it in order to complete In the Game. It can be a group shot, a selfie, and any sort of competition of gaming event, and this part is as good as done.

Finally, the last part is a bit time sensitive. At the end of Summer Reading every year there is a big bash with tons of events, activities to try, some trivia to solve, and some performers to marvel at. This year is no different, we’ll be having our big Field Day party starting at 9:00am in Newhall Park! Attend and Have a Field Day, mark it off that you attended, and mission 4 is complete.

Mission 4 is a big one, because completing Mission 4 gets your name entered into a raffle to win an E-reader! Have fun completing the mission, and good luck in the drawing everyone!

Achievement Unlocked

Achievement Unlocked

Who doesn’t love finishing an achievement in games, seeing that icon pop up, raising your Gamerscore, the glory of saying ‘Oh, yeah, I got that one’? Missions are no different, they’re the achievements of Summer Reading; here’s a way to rack up more points with Mission 3 and earn a sweet reward at the end.

Mission 3 starts out the same way as many of the other missions, simply read and log one book for Reading is FUNdamental. Now, if you’ve been keeping up with the missions so far you should be well on your way to completing the five book challenge (if you haven’t completed it already, that is!) This is an easy way to kill two birds with one stone and make progress towards two different missions. You might as well, right?

Did you know that you can get free music from the library? No, not like CDs you have to check out, free music, mp3s, that you keep! Power Anthem, the next part of Mission 3, is all about Freegal where you can download music for free, put it on as many devices as you’d like; that means no due date and no worries.

You can get to Freegal any time by just going to our website and taking a look under the E-library tab. If you just click on ‘Downloadable Music’ you’ll find yourself on Freegal. You can search by artist, album, song title, even genre. You can download five songs per week, but you can pick and choose songs of an album you want, or get an entire album over a couple weeks. To complete Power Anthem, all you have to do is download a song!

What’s your favorite subject? Do you love basketball, baseball, history, art, or gaming? You’ve probably noticed non-fiction in the library is all labeled by number; these numbers are marking what the subject is, the longer the number, the more specific it is. Pick a favorite subject and find out from our catalog or a helpful local librarian what the dewey decimal number is. Share this number with staff, and they will give you a code to enter; with that Dewey Know Where to Find It is done!

Ready, Set, Where do you Read is quick and easy; like the last part it’s about you, but instead of the ‘what’ this one is about the ‘where’! All you have to do is pick out your favorite spot to read. Is it on your bed, a nook at home, at the table, in the library, outside? Take a picture of your favorite spot and upload it. Easy!

When all is said and done, you’ll have some free songs, quick points, and a free book! Happy achievement hunting, and stay tuned for more mission breakdowns!

Your mission, if you choose to accept it…

Your mission, if you choose to accept it…

By now, you may have noticed there are a number of missions to complete during the summer reading program, everything from simply reading a book to taking selfies around Santa Clarita. If you haven’t yet signed up, jump in here, points and prizes await! Today, we’re going to be highlighting one of the mission sets for teens.

Mission two starts the way most missions start, Reading is FUNdamental, where all you have to do is read and log one book. Easy, right? This’ll also keep you on track for completing the Five Book Challenge of reading and logging five books during the summer, so you’re really working on two missions in one.

Database Grandmaster is another easy one, if you visit our website, just look under the tab at the top labeled E-library. This is where our articles and databases are, and there are many to choose from. Interested in languages? Check out Pronunciator! Looking for some tips on building a resume, or some one on one help on what can be approved? Check out JobNow! Explore around, and the mission is complete!

Attend one of our many teen programs throughout June and July to complete Power-Up With a Program. It can be Fandom Jeopardy, trivia on some of the biggest fandoms; Development Lab, which features different electronics to experiment with; even Pixel Pals, perler-bead made pixelated art! We have a huge amount of programs throughout Summer Reading, Valencia’s are generally on Tuesdays, Canyon Country’s on Wednesday, and Newhall on Thursday. We look forward to seeing you!

It’s a Sign is one of my favorites, and just involves keeping a sharp eye out. Hidden in our digital signage throughout the library is a secret code, starting with a hashtag. Take a look at our signage, especially the slides about teen programs, and see if you can pick out where the code is hidden.

The last one involves a bit of exploring. Wind, Water, Hart involves taking a picture around Santa Clarita and exploring the town. You have your choice of locations, wind, for the Vasquez Rocks up near Agua Dulce, water, for Castaic Lake, and Hart, for the William S. Hart Museum here in town. You can also take a picture at one of the many parks or museums around town, the choice is yours!

Complete these, and you’ve earned a big boost in points and a free book!

Create Solar-Powered Art for Teen Tech Week

Create Solar-Powered Art for Teen Tech Week

Sun Prints Tech Week DIY

Celebrate Teen Tech Week with a special DIY activity!

Create amazing imprints and designs with the power of the sun in just minutes for Teen Tech Week, part of the city of Santa Clarita’s ‘One Story, One City’ celebration.

Please join us!

  • Tuesday, March 8th from 4:00-6:00pm @ Canyon Country as part of DIY Designs
  • Wednesday, March 9th from 3:30-5:00pm @ Newhall as part of DIY Designs
  • Wednesday, March 9th from 4:00-6:00pm @ Valencia as part of Teen Study Hall