Celebrate the Right to Read a Banned Book
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. CLPL will host the Crystal Lake Read Out on Sunday, September 27 where community members will read from banned books.
- Banned Books Resources @ CLPL
- See the American Library Association's Top 10 Frequently Challenged Books through the years.
- Get more information about Banned Books Week events and history at BannedBooksWeek.org. Teachers and parents, check out ReadWriteThink.org for resources and activities.
- Visit the Freedom to Read Foundation and celebrate your freedom to read.
- Learn more about--or join--the National Coalition Against Censorship.
Fruits and Vegetables - More Matters Month
Many adults and children do not eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. What can you do to get more? Check out the resources below to help you increase your fruit and vegetable intake.
- Fruits & Vegetables @ CLPL
- Follow these three simple steps to eat more fruits and vegetables, and discover new ways to eat a colorful variety with FruitsAndVeggiesMoreMatters.org.
- Take a look at the United States Department of Agriculture's seasonal Produce Guide that shows which fruits and vegetables are in season when.
- The truth about peas and beans: learn when you count them as vegetables, courtesy of ChooseMyPlate.gov.
- Now that you have fruits and vegetables, how do you store them? The American Heart Association offers tips and tricks to make your produce last longer.
National Hispanic Heritage Month
From September 15 to October 15, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
- National Hispanic Heritage Month @ CLPL
- Visit the Library of Congress's National Hispanic Heritage Month webpage to learn all about the history and traditions of this month.
- HispanicHeritageMonth.org has games, fun facts, and a list of local events to help you celebrate.
- Get the whole family in on the celebration! Time For Kids offers kid-friendly information, projects, and history Find family-friendly crafts, activities, and programs at Education.com.
- InfoPlease brings you educational tools, statistics, and more history about National HIspanic Heritage Month.
September is National Preparedness Month
During National Preparedness month, make a disaster plan with your community, your family, and for your pets. Plan to how to stay safe and communicate during the disasters that can affect you such as floods, hurricanes, power outages, tornados, or winter storms.
- Preparedness @ CLPL
- Ready Illinois and Ready.gov have information on hazards, making a plan, building a basic disaster supplies kit, local resources, and what happens after a disaster strikes.
- Download the Red Cross Emergency app to your phone or mobile device to get local, real-time alerts to keep you and your loved ones safe.
- FEMA has free, hazard-specific resources designed to help you plan, conduct, and promote your preparedness activities and discussions.
- Get tips and ideas on how to make a disaster preparedness plan with help from the Red Cross.