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Important OverDrive App Update Information

With the version 3.2 update the OverDrive app for Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), and Windows 8 will no longer require Adobe Authorization when setting up the app on your device. Instead you will create an OverDrive account for authorization that will also allow your progress to sync across multiple devices.

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Banned Books Week 2014

This week, September 21 through 27, is Banned Books Week. This week highlights the importance of the First Amendment, intellectual freedom and the freedom to read. Here are a few banned titles to get you started.

For more information about banned or challenged books or for a list of books that are banned or challenged click here.

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Jesse Aarons has been practicing all summer so he can be the fastest runner in the fifth grade. And he almost is, until the new girl in school, Leslie Burke, outpaces him. The two become fast friends and spend most days in the woods behind Leslie's house, where they invent an enchanted land called Terabithia. One morning, Leslie goes to Terabithia without Jesse and a tragedy occurs. It will take the love of his family and the strength that Leslie has given him for Jesse to be able to deal with his grief.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father's servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons, their love, their sacrifices, their lies. A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.

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Talk Like a Pirate Day 2014

Talk Like a Pirate Day – proof that a good time can’t be contained.  Originally begun as in-joke between friends, one mention by Dave Barry turned the idea into an international sensation!

Want to brush up on your pirate speak before September 19th?  Why not log onto Mango – it can teach you to speak like a proper “gentleman o’ fortune” before you set foot on ship (or in your local hometown library).

Here are other sources that may help familiarize yourself with pirates' talk:

Pirate's Wish coverThe Pirates's Wish by Cassandra Clarke
TEEN F CLARKE

In this sequel to the Assassin's Curse, pirate Ananna and assassin Naji must face the Pirate Confederation, enemies from another world, and a curse -- all while marooned on an enchanted island.

Read more: Talk Like a Pirate Day 2014

Legos Galore

Many of the hometown libraries affiliated with the Pioneer Library System have become involved with Lego events, including the fun and interesting science of Lego robotics. If you would be interested in attending some Lego events at a library, we've compiled a list of library system happenings in September:

Noble Teen Tuesdays: Lego Robotics on September 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 5:30 pm
Purcell WeDo Legos for ages 5-12 on September 2 and 23 at 3:30 pm
SOKC Tween Lego Quest on September 2 at 4:30 pm
Norman Central Wonder Club: Lego Robotics on September 5 at 6 pm
Norman Central World Domination 101: Lego Robotics for Teens on September 8 at 6 pm
Blanchard Legoquest Come and Go for Grades K-5 on September 9 at 3:30 pm
Norman Central Adult Lego Robotics on September 13 at 10 am
Blanchard T3 Robot Program on September 18 at 4 pm
Moore Teen Lego Mindstorm Robots on September 20 at 10 am
SOKC Teen Lego Storystart on September 30 at 4:30 pm

The events require registration because of limited materials, so register online through the Event Calendar or call/visit your own library.

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The Wizard of Oz: Wonderful for 75 years

On August 25th  MGM's version of The Wizard of Oz will be 75 years old! On that date in 1939, the movie had its national debut. Of course we've got the movie and the original L. Frank Baum books. He wrote fourteen of his own, inspring other authors to continue his tale  Look below for a sample of modern adaptations and stories -- true or not -- that only exist because of Dorothy and her friends.

 

Dorothy Must Die Dorothy Must Die coverby Danielle Paige
TEEN F PAIGE

Paige's love and knowledge of Oz shine through this modern sequel to the Oz series. Amy Gumm, another girl from Kansas, is swept into an Oz where Dorothy has gone mad with power. Amy soon finds herself with a cast of strange allies including a goth munchkin, a winged monkey, and wicked witches galore! They all agree: Dorothy must die! And Amy must be the one to do it.

 

Wizard of Oz Lux Theater Cover

The Wizard of Oz by the Lux Radio Theatre 
Overdrive

Judy Garland performs this radio version of the Wizard of Oz. Lux Radio Theatre was known for big budget shows with popular 1930s Hollywood stars.

 

Oz graphic novel coverOz: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Eric Shanower, and Skottie Young 
CF OZ

When not creating X-Men and Avengers tales, Marvel brings Baum's work into the world of graphic novels. Delightful illustrations and a different style of storytelling make this well-known tale fresh and engaging.

Read more: The Wizard of Oz: Wonderful for 75 years

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