Banned Books Week Movie Celebration

The votes have been tallied, the results are in and the winner is…

To Kill a Mockingbird, with 41% of the vote!

Our runner up is Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, which we will be showing at our Harry Potter Costume Party in October. So join us this Monday, October 1st at 6:30 to celebrate our freedom to read (and watch) great stories during our Banned Books Week Movie Celebration!

Banned Books Week: Readers' Favorite Movie Viewing

In celebration Banned Books Week and our freedom to read, the Library will be showing a special movie Monday, October 1 at 7:00 PM. The movie will be determined in a readers' poll running until Friday, 9/21. What's your favorite banned book adaptation? There's still time to vote!

Bridge to Terabithia [videodisc] by Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media present a Hal Lieberman Company production; a Lauren Levine production

To kill a mockingbird [videodisc] by a Universal International presentation of a Pakula-Mulligan, Brentwood Productions picture

Of mice and men [videodisc] by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents a Russ Smith/Gary Sinise production

The great Gatsby [videodisc] by Paramount Pictures

Self-Help for Legal Issues

Michigan Legal Help is designed to help those with simple civil matters that cannot afford a lawyer on their own, providing forms and toolkits on a variety of civil matters ranging from family law and housing to consumer protection and expungement.

The Michigan Legal Help website is a project of the Solutions on Self Help Task Force.

Conquer Your Fear of the Creepy Crawlies

Check out these great reads about the creepiest, crawliest creatures around!

Incredible arachnids by John Townsend

Ant lions and lacewings by text by Elaine Pascoe; photographs by Dwight Kuhn

Goliath bird-eating spiders and other extreme bugs by Deirdre A. Prischmann

Creepy backyard invaders by Ruth Owen

Tarantula by Monica Harris

Spiders by Ann O. Squire

Overcoming Addiction

Check out these inspirational stories from people who have hit rock bottom and lived to tell the tale.

Broken: my story of addiction and redemption by William Cope Moyers with Katherine Ketcham

Fall to pieces: a memoir of drugs, rock 'n' roll, and mental illness by Mary Forsberg Weiland

Guts: the endless follies and tiny triumphs of a giant disaster by Kristen Johnston

Drinking: a love story by Caroline Knapp

The heroin diaries: a year in the life of a shattered rock star by Nikki Sixx ; with Ian Gittins

Conquer Your Health with Goals

Remember: your body is a temple. Take control of your health by setting (and meeting) goals to improve your health. Begin a new fitness routine. Make a plan to improve your eating habits. Take up an active hobby, such as bicycling or playing a sport. Make goals you can acheive this summer, for example:

  • Walk for 30 minutes, 5x a week
  • Quit drinking soda for (at least) one month
  • Find and join a local martial arts group and attend at least 3 meetings

Once you've met your first goal, log in and claim your badges! Need help getting started? Check out these online resources:

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