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Literary Characters with October Birthdays

October has finally arrived, and we would like to celebrate some birthdays with you all! Some great literary characters are celebrating another year of life, so check out some of the stories they star in and appreciate what they bring to the tales!

Professor Minerva McGonagall - October 4th

Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone by J.K. Rowling

After 10 miserable years with his aunt and uncle, Harry Potter, a young boy with a great destiny, is rescued from their outrageous neglect and is invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Each book follows another year in Harry's education while more of his frightening destiny is revealed. Professor McGonagall in all of her glory and maternal qualities is introduced in the first installment of Rowling's Harry Potter series.

Winnie the Pooh - October 14th

Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne

The adventures of Christopher Robin and his friends, in which Pooh Bear uses a balloon to get honey, Piglet meets a Heffalump, and Eeyore has a birthday. Winnie the Pooh is a wonderful, sweet bear who loves and cares for his friends, but often gets into sticky situations.

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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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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.

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Golden Finds: Gold Rush Facts and Fiction

August is the anniversary of the 1896 Klondike Gold Rush. Some may only know of the event through Jack London's tales and Robert W. Service's poetry.  Here are books about the food, the people, the gold, and -- above all -- the adventure!    True crime, food, romance, and even science fiction all inspired by the rough, perilous, and mysterious lives of  prospectors and sourdoughs.


California Gold Rush Cooking cover

California Gold Rush Cooking

by Lisa golden Schroeder
CNF 641.5 SC

Taste what life was like for prospectors in the California Gold Rush.  Each recipe is followed by an explanation of why and how the food was eaten.  The rest of the history is as easily consumed as the recipes included in this volume, covering topics such as the everyday lives, vocabulary, and hardships from the time period.  The book is part of a series that explores other foods and historical periods.   

Classic Sourdoughs coverClassic Sourdoughs: a Home Baker's Handbook
by Ed Wood
ANF 641.815 WO

For an adult version of the cookbook, why not check out some sourdough recipes?  Did you know that sourdough starters were so common and so important during the Klondike Gold Rush that people who lasted the winter were called sourdoughs?  Sourdough starters not only can be used to make delicious breads, but also are extremely hardy and travel well.

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Batman's 75th Anniversary

The world’s most popular Super Hero turns 75. Also known as the Dark Knight and Caped Crusader, Batman first appeared in the comic book Detective Comics #27 on March 30, 1939, featuring artwork by Bob Kane and scripted by Bill Finger.

In addition to the popular comic books, he’s starred in billion-dollar blockbuster movies, TV series, and video games. To mark the anniversary, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Entertainment have plans for a year-long celebration, which includes a new commemorative 75th anniversary Batman logo and new Batman titles and products. “Batman Day” is Wednesday, July 23.

You can also celebrate Batman's anniversary by checking out these graphic novel titles:

Batman: Arkham City by Paul Dini (AFG)

An all new epic bridging the gap between the hit game BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM and its exciting, upcoming sequel BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY. Paul Dini (HARLEY QUINN, BATMAN: STREETS OF GOTHAM) is the game's writer and now tells this essential story that both gamers and Batman fans will want to read. Artist CARLOS D'ANDA provided visual concepts for the game and now brings his insider's expertise to this dark thriller.

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The King of Late Night

In February 2014, Jimmy Fallon became the sixth host of The Tonight Show, which first aired on NBC in 1954.  In the show's long and storied history, no one hosted longer or was more beloved than Johnny Carson.

Carson graced America's televisions for thirty years behind the Tonight Show desk, debuting as host in October of 1962 and reigning supreme over the late-night airwaves until his retirement in May of 1992.

Revisit some of television's classic comedy moments and learn more about this legendary performer with these items from the Pioneer catalog.

Johnny Carson by Henry Bushkin

During the apex of his reign, Carson's longtime lawyer and best friend was Henry Bushkin, who now shows us Johnny Carson with a breathtaking clarity and depth that nobody else could. A revealing and incisive account of the King of Late Night at the height of his fame and power, by his lawyer, wingman, fixer, and closest confidant.

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