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Johnny Appleseed Day

September 26th is Johnny Appleseed Day! This American pioneer was responsible for introducing apple trees to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and the northern part of West Virginia. He became an American legend for his kindness, generosity, leadership, and appreciation for nature. Help us commemorate his birth on September 26, 1774, and crack open a great read!

a tall tale book jacketJohnny Appleseed: a tall tale by Steven Kellogg

Presents the larger-than-life story of true American hero John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, describing his love of nature, his kindness to animals, and his physical fortitude. John Chapman, born in Massachusetts in 1774, loved animals and nature so much that he left home to live in the wilderness. Wherever he roamed, he cleared the land to plant apple trees. He gave the trees to settlers who followed, thus earning the fond name "Johnny Appleseed."

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International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Ahoy! September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! This special day began with two guys playing basketball while speaking like pirates. Then they created Talk Like a Pirate Day and participated with a few of their friends. It was a fairly low-key holiday, but became popular after being featured by a newspaper columnist who loved their idea. The rest is history.

In the spirit of this day, we can all learn how to speak like pirates by using the Mango database. We all need a bit of silliness in our lives so join us in this fun holiday. To get started, watch the brief tutorial below on how to get started with Mango.

Back to School Services 2013

It's that time of year again! School is about to start, and the library offers several great resources for kids and teens while they start the upcoming academic year. Check out the information below about some of our databases and tutoring opportunities that are available from your hometown library.

Brainfuse

Brainfuse is an excellent database with help for students from kindergarten to 12th grade. Students are able to access a 24-hour online writing lab where they can submit their papers for proof reading. They can also receive live homework assistance from online tutors.

To learn how to use Braifuse, feel free to attend the Brainfuse computer class in Shawnee on September 10th at 6:30 PM. Registration is required in advance to attend.

Learning Express

The Learning Express database provides access to a multitude of practice tests and skill strengthening for students from elementary school to grad school. Whether you're there to learn how to read or prepare for a graduate school entrace exams, Learning Express has something helpful to offer.

For additional information, high school students can attend a computer class in Shawnee on August 29th, September 3rd, October 1st, October 5th, and November 21st at 4:30 PM. This class will will teach attendees how to prepare for the ACT with Learning Express. Registration is required ahead of time.

Tutoring at the Library

Tutoring will be offered at some of the libraries once students get settled into their school routines. Take a look at the list below to see the schedule for a library near you.

Noble Homework Helpers - Students in 1st to 12th grade can receive free tutoring at the Noble Public Library from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM every Tuesday and Thursday while school is in session.

John Green's Birthday

John Green, a popular writer and YouTube sensation, was born on August 24, 1977. He has been awarded the Michael L. Printz Award and the Stonewall Honor Book in Children & Young Adult Literature award. He has also been recognized as a #1 best selling author of the New York Times Bestseller list. If you're interested in reading his heart wrenching tales, check out the following list of some of his books:

Paper Towns

One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q's neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.

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The Death Anniversary of Marilyn Monroe

On August 5, 1962, the classic Marilyn Monroe passed away tragically at the age of 36. The world fell in love with her unique combination of sensuality and approachability. She was the epitome of Hollywood glamour and had made 29 films during her movie career. Now, 51 years later, people are still talking about her success and personality. Let's take a moment to learn about her and review her accomplishments. You can do so by checking out the following titles:


Marilyn Monroe book jacketMarilyn Monroe by Barbara Leaming

Barbara Leaming's Marilyn Monroe is a complex, sympathetic portrait that will totally change the way we view the most enduring icon of American sexuality. To those who think they have heard all there is to hear about Marilyn Monroe, think again. Leaming's book tells a brand-new tale of sexual, psychological, and political intrigue of the highest order. Told for the first time in all its complexity, this is a compelling portrait of a woman at the center of a drama with immensely high stakes, a drama in which the other players are some of the most fascinating characters from the world's of movies, theater, and politics. It is a book that shines a bright light on one of the most tumultuous, frightening, and exciting periods in American culture.

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