Banned Books Week 9/24/17 – 9/30/17

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Banned Books Week is from September 24th thru the 30th 2017.

Banned Books Week:

  • highlights the value of free and open access to information
  • brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types
    • in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular

A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group.

  • they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others
  • they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice.

A banning is the removal of challenged materials.

Why are books banned or challenged?

Often challenges are motivated by a desire to protect children from “inappropriate” sexual content or “offensive” language. The following were the top three reasons cited for challenging materials as reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom:

  1. the material was considered to be “sexually explicit”
  2. the material contained “offensive language”
  3. the materials was “unsuited to any age group”

Free Access to Libraries for Minors, an interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights (ALA’s basic policy concerning access to information) states that, “Librarians and governing bodies should maintain that parents—and only parents—have the right and the responsibility to restrict the access of their children—and only their children—to library resources.” Censorship by librarians of constitutionally protected speech, whether for protection or for any other reason, violates the First Amendment.

These are the Top 10 Challenged Books by year:


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Challenges by Reasons:

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Challenges by Initiator:

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Challenges by Institution:

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Read a Challenged or Banned Book today!


Hispanic Heritage Month has arrived!

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Please come and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the library.  There are many events happening during the month (September 15th- October 15th).  There is a Latino Film Festival (recommended for Adults) happening in the Community Room on various dates in September and October.

like water for chocolate

  • Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua para Chocolate) – Rated R 
    • Saturday September 23rd- 2 pm.
    • In Spanish with English subtitles


  • My Family (Mi Familia) – Rated R  
    • Thursday September 28th- 6:30 pm
    • In Spanish and English with English subtitles

instructions not included

  • Instruction Not Included (No se Aceptan Devoluciones) – Rated PG-13
    • Tuesday October 4th- 6:30 pm
    • In Spanish with English subtitles

under the same moon

  • Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna) – Rated PG-13  
    • Tuesday October 10th- 6:30 pm
    • In Spanish with English subtitles

There is also a Book Club celebrating Hispanic Heritage.

Enrique's journey

  • Takes place:
    • on Thursday October 5th – 7 pm.
    • in the Community Room
  • Copies of Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario
    • available in Spanish and English
    • in the Reference Department

It is Back to School time again!!!!

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Schools in the area will be starting within the next couple of weeks.  Getting the correct school supplies is very important.  The elementary/middle school districts in the area are District 100 in South Berwyn and District 98 in North Berwyn.



School supplies

District 100 school supply lists:

(Click on the school name to be redirected to the lists)

District 98 school supply lists:

(Click on the school name to be redirected to the lists)

Additional Schools:

Registering to Vote Online

Did you know that you can

Register to Vote Online?  

It’s true!  All you need is your State ID/ Driver’s License #, date it was issued and the last 4 digits of your social security #.  Visit to start the registration process.  October 23, 2016 is the last day to register online.  In person registration at select locations are available until  November 7/8, 2016.  

Identification needed when registering in person:

If registering to vote in person, you must display two pieces of identification. Neither needs to be a photo ID, but one must include your current address. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Illinois driver’s license
  • Illinois state ID
  • Employee or student ID
  • Credit card
  • Social security card
  • Birth certificate
  • Utility bill in applicant’s name
  • Mail postmarked to the applicant
  • Valid U.S. passport
  • Lease or rental contract

Remembering September 11, 2001

There are a great deal of powerful images associated with the attacks on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center,the attack on the Pentagon as well as the downed flight near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  September 11th 2001 is a day that is burned into the memories of so many people.  They can remember what they were doing at the exact moment they found out about the attacks.    This terrible event brought so many people together and made Police and Fireman heroes.

According to CNN there was a total of 2,977  people were killed in New York City, Washington, DC and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Timeline (from CNN):

The North Tower of the World Trade Center was hit at 8:46 a.m.

The South Tower of the World Trade Center was hit at 9:03 a.m.

The Pentagon Building was hit at 9:37 a.m.

South Tower of WTC collapsed within 10 seconds at 9:59 a.m.

Flight crashes in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania at 10:03 a.m.

North Tower of WTC collapsed at 10:28 a.m.


Firefighters Raise A U.S. Flag At The Site Of The World Trade Center
NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 11: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY – NO COMMERCIAL SALES) Firefighters raise a U.S. flag at the site of the World Trade Center after two hijacked commercial airliners were flown into the buildings September 11, 2001 in New York. (Photo by 2001 The Record (Bergen Co. NJ)/Getty Images)
Soldiers spell out 9-11 WE REMEMBER
President Bush finds out about the attacks

Have you been to Las Vegas lately?

Las Vegas is a beautiful place to visit and is filled with many exciting and fun things to do.  I was lucky enough to recently go to Las Vegas for 5 days.  I was in awe of all the beautiful sights.

The Fountains at the Bellagio
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The Statue of Liberty at New York New York
The Gondolas at the Venetian
Bellagio Water Fountain and the Eiffel Tower at Paris Hotel


I particularly enjoyed taking part in the interactive display The CSI Experience that was inside MGM Grand.


It was very interesting as you become a Crime Scene Investigator.  You get to wear an official CSI vest and are given a sheet that provides you with steps to follow and spaces to write your observations.  At the end, you get to input all of your findings and receive a diploma.  They take graduation photos of you wearing and holding cool gear.


Are you intrigued to learn more about Forensics and Crime Scene Investigation?

There are many interesting books on forensics and crime scene investigation.  Here are a few that we have in our collection.

Forensics : What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, And More Tell Us About Crime. by Val McDermid


Trail of Blood: A Father, a Son and a Tell-Tale Crime Scene Investigation by Wanda Evans
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The Crime Scene : How Forensic Science Works by Mark W. Dale

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Summer Reading Program

The Berwyn Library’s Summer Reading Program is in full swing.  It runs until August 6th. Kids sign up for the Children’s SRP at the Youth Service Desk, Teens sign up at the Teen Services Desk and Adults sign up at the Reader’s Advisory Desk.

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Several staff members have already signed up.  The first book I plan on reading is The Midnight Assassin by Skip Hollandsworth.  It is a book from my favorite section- True Crime.  (Click on the book for more information regarding this interesting book.)midnight assassin


In need of a Notary?

Do you have a document that needs a signature notarized (verified)?  

There are several Notaries on staff at the Berwyn Library.  When needed, just call ahead and verify that there is an available notary on staff. You can call the Circulation department at 708-795-8000 x3086.

Fee: $0

Required: Photo ID

Service provided: verifying a signature on a document/ verifying who is signing the document.


Travel 2

Have you been thinking about going on a road trip?  Or taking a plane to somewhere fun and exciting?  If so, you have to check out our TRAVEL section located in Reference on the lower level.  Accompanying many useful travel books, DVD’s and magazines are some beautiful posters of great travel destinations.  Come on down and check it out today!  You may get some really great ideas.