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Showing posts from September, 2013

Scholastic Art & Writing Award

Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual and literary-arts organizations across the country to bring The Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published. Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.
For more information on the categories and how to submit, go to the Scholastic Award site.

Banned Books Week

Each year, the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of the top ten most frequently challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. The ALA condemns censorship and works to ensure free access to information.
A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness. The number of challenges reflects only incidents reported. We estimate that for every reported challenge, four or five remain unreported. Therefore, we do not claim comprehensiveness in recording challenges.

Over this recent past decade, 5,099* challenges were reported to the Office for Intellectual Freedom.
1,577 challenges due to "sexually explicit" material; 1,291 challenges due to "offensive language"; 989 challenges due to materials deemed "unsuited to age group"; 619 challenged due to "violence"' and 361 challe…

Halloween ComicFest

Comic shops are great destinations for Halloween and we want to give you a reason to visit your local comic shop! 14 Comic Book Publishers are producing 22 special edition comic books that will be available for free when you visit your local participating comic shop on Oct 26th - 27th.
The local store that is participating this year is:
BLU PLANET COMICS & GAMES 509 Central Avenue Massapequa, NY, 11758
(631) 565-7005

National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Below is a list of phone numbers and websites to go to if you need someone to talk to:

National Suicide Prevention Hotline  1-800-273-8255

National Hopeline Network   1-800-784-2733

Teen Line  1-800-852-8336

Long Island Crisis Center   679-1111

Youthline  1-877-968-8454

Trevor Project

To Write Love on Her Arms

Crisis Chat


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