QUICK!! Call to register for these awesome programs at the library during Teen Read Week!

Teen Movie Afternoons: Showing “Clue” The ultimate mystery movie based on the best board game ever.  Come watch the movie and plan your strategy for Live Clue on Friday!  Snacks will be available for anyone watching!  October 16th @ 4pm
Crafternoons:  Come craft with us and help decorate the teen section! For our first crafternoon we’ll be re-purposing a table that we will use for future crafternoons!  Come explore the awesome world of Mod Podge and help to create a cool new table all for you.  Every Thursday we will be creating new and fun things during crafternoons so don’t forget to sign up! October 18th @ 4pm
LIVE Clue at the Library:  For our ultimate Teen Read Week event we will be playing a live version of Clue in the library! Help solve the mystery by exploring different parts of the library after hours!  There will be pizza!  October 19th from 7-9pm

Spirit Saturday:  Your librarians will be dressed as their favorite characters for the day in the spirit of Teen Read Week! Come to the library dressed as your favorite character, get a snack, check out a new book, and get your picture taken for our Facebook page! October 20th

Call to register for the Crafternoon and Live Clue today! (973) 345-8120, schneider@palsplus.org


Banned Books Week

This week is Banned Books Week!

Banned Books Week is the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read.  You may not think about it that much but many of the books you read have been censored or banned across the country.  Throughout history, books have been banned for a host of reasons, from politically controversial content to profane language or violence. The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees that writers may write and readers may read freely, but many books continue to draw scrutiny from certain officials and institutions.  Hundreds of books have been either removed or challenged in schools and libraries in the United States every year. According to the American Library Association (ALA), there were at least 326 in 2011.  ALA estimates that 70 to 80 percent are never reported.

Some books that have been banned or censored in the past are books you read in English class every year!

Some classic books that have been banned are:

 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Twain’s book is one of the most-challenged of all time and is frequently challenged even today because it is alleged the book is “racially insensitive,” “oppressive,” and “perpetuates racism.”

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Sendak’s work is beloved by children in the generations since its publication and has captured the collective imagination. Many parents and librarians, however, did much hand-wringing over the dark and disturbing nature of the story.

To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

Harper Lee’s great American tome stands as proof positive that the censorious impulse is alive and well in our country, even today. For some educators, the Pulitzer-prize winning book is one of the greatest texts teens can study in an American literature class. Others have called it a degrading, profane and racist work that “promotes white supremacy.”

and The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

Perhaps the firstgreat American novel that comes to the mind of the average person, this book chronicles the booze-infused and decadent lives of East Hampton socialites. It was challenged at the Baptist College in South Carolina because of the book’s language and mere references to sex.

In 2011 the 10 most challeneged books were:


  1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
    Reasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  2. The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  3. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence
  4. My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  6. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint
  7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
    Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit
  8. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit
  9. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
    Reasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    Reasons: offensive language; racism

If you haven’t read them you probably should!

Help fight censorship by checking out one of these banned books today!!

For more information on censorship and Banned Books Week check out these websites!