Stop by the Library for our Open Creepy Creation Session on Sunday, October 26, and make something! We will provide the space, supplies, and instructional books for you to create something. This month we will have some creepy creations for you to make just in time for Halloween. Want to make an original costume? Bring your costume and use our supplies to finish it in time for Halloween. Laptops and mobile devices are welcome, if that is your preferred method of creating. As always, snacks and drinks will also be provided.
YALSA announed the 2014 Teens’ Top Ten Titles today! Check out the video below to see the announcement.
Click on the title to find the any of the Teens’ Top Ten Titles in the Library:
1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
2. Splintered by A.G. Howard
3. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
4. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
5. Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne
6. Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
7. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
8. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
9. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
10. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner (more…)
YA VAN DRAANEN, W.
When a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running again.
YA SPINELLI, J.
In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.
YA SACHAR, L.
When his wealthy uncle, a champion bridge player who has lost his vision, asks seventeen-year-old Alton to be a cardturner for him, Alton has no idea how much he will ultimately learn from his eccentric relative. Includes appendix by Syd Fox with information about bridge.
YA MURDOCK, C.
After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school’s rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.
YA CRUTCHER, C.
Given the medical diagnosis of one year to live, high school senior Ben Wolf decides to fulfill his greatest fantasies, ponders his life’s purpose and legacy, and converses through dreams with a spiritual guide known as “Hey-Soos.”
YA SONNENBLICK, J.
After an injury ends former star pitcher Peter Friedman’s athletic dreams, he concentrates on photography which leads him to a girlfriend, new fame as a high school sports photographer, and a deeper relationship with the beloved grandfather who, when he realizes he’s becoming senile, gives Pete all of his professional camera gear.
YA BINGHAM, K.
After a shark attack causes the amputation of her right arm, fifteen-year-old Jane, an aspiring artist, struggles to come to terms with her loss and the changes it imposes on her day-to-day life and her plans for the future.
YA MCGOVERN, C.
Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can’t walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized. When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other’s lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.
YA DESSEN, S.
When she is abandoned by her alcoholic mother, high school senior Ruby winds up living with Cora, the sister she has not seen for ten years, and learns about Cora’s new life, what makes a family, how to allow people to help her when she needs it, and that she too has something to offer others.
YA PAULSEN, G.
After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents’ divorce.
This week is Teen Read Week!! It’s a nationally celebrated week where we celebrate all things teen and reading (click here to read more about Teen Read Week). This year’s theme is Turn Dreams into Reality @ your Library!
So… how can you turn dreams into reality @ the Library?
Library programs and events
Attend some of our programs! We offer Open Creations where you can create almost anything you can think of and learn new skills for creating. You can learn to knit or crochet at our Teen Knitting/Crocheting club. Some upcoming programs include our Open Drawing Session in December and we will have the author Mike Mullin visiting the Library on November, 4. Maybe one of your dreams is to meet a famous author!?
The MPPL Teen Advisory Board
If you dream is to make a difference in your community, be sure to check out our Teen Advisory Board. Our TAB does volunteer projects that help our community, as well as make a difference with the teen community at our Library. Our next meeting is October 27, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. If you interested, just stop by and try it out!
Our Library’s extensive web resources can also help you achieve your dreams!
Tutor.com is live homework help where you get one-on-one help from a tutor, 2 – 9 p.m., or you can use the Skills Center, 24/7.
Lynda.com helps you learn software, technology, creative, and business skills through video tutorials.
Want to learn a new language? Mango helps you learn over 50 languages, including ESL.
You can also check out some of our nonfiction books to help you achieve whatever your dream may be right now:
YA 371.3028 WEI
Offers strategies for studying, learning, and staying motivated in high school and college, featuring advice on managing time, writing essays, taking tests, and maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
YA 780.68 TUL
Part field guide, part artistic coaching session, this book explains the ins and outs of the music industry. Bob Tulipan shares his expertise to help musicians protect their art and their interests. Filled with anecdotes, interviews, sample templates for budgets and contracts, it addresses the hurdles every band faces.
YA 361.2083 DRA
Guides readers through nine steps to social change and discusses strategies on running an effective meeting, writing a petition, and lobbying governments.
YA 808.3 MAJ
Focuses on the skills and techniques necessary for good writing and combines inspirational anecdotes and writing prompts with practical writing guidance on how to develop characters and plot, make revisions, and overcome writer’s block.
YA 741.51 AMA
Presents a step-by-step guide to creating, publishing and marketing comic books, including developing compelling characters, approaching publishers, and adapting storylines for video games and movies.
As part of Teen Read Week™ and the Library’s Book Crossing program, teens can come to the Library and participate in a book discussion for the 2014 American Book Crossing title, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Snacks and refreshments will be served and chances to win small prizes.
In The Fault in Our Stars, Hazel Grace meets Augustus Waters in a weekly support group for teens with cancer. What follows is a love story that is capturing readers’ hearts both young and old. Though handkerchiefs may be needed to finish the novel, its inspirational message will be one you will never forget.
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
YA SF DASHNER, J.
This book is a great book for people that enjoy action and adventure. It’s full of great details and has a wonderful storyline.
Review by David
Divergent by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
I liked how Roth used terms that had common meanings but not commonly used. I also liked how she had a person go from one thing to another but she didn’t really change the person’s personality.
Review by Micaela
A Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
YA MASS, W.
This book is about a girl named Mia and her beloved cat, Mango. Mia has synesthesia, a disorder where someone sees colors or shapes related to the sense. It is a journey Mia must take to discover herself and others while holding onto her past.
Review by Audrey
The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
YA SHULMAN, P.
A great book that keeps you on the edge of your seat. There’s good vs evil, mystery and love, throughout the book. You discover magic is real and magic can do some really terrible things.
Review by Kyra
Red Scarf Girl by Ji-Li Jiang
YA 951.056 JIA
I really liked the book Red Scarf Girl. It was about what one girl experiences in the Chinese cultural revolution. It was a lot more interesting than I thought it would be. The author goes into great detail about her experiences and how they impacted her. It was a really touching book.
Review by Rachel
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
YA ROWELL, R.
This book is a marvelous, easy read. Park and Eleanor’s romance blooms and so will your love for this book. Must-read for those who love a heartwarming story. Highly recommend to all!
Review by Sarah
Champion by Marie Lu
YA SF LU, M.
This book was amazing with a lot of action and suspense. I would rate it a 10 out of 10. This book was amazing because of the climax building up.
Review by Gabby
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
YA GREEN, J.
Great story! Leaves the reader feeling emotions like sadness and laughter all in one epic romance. I enjoyed it and recommend it to almost anyone that hasn’t read it yet. This story definitely deserves its popularity. 5 stars.
Review by Erin
The Elite by Kiera Cass
YA CASS, K.
The Elite, the second book in The Selection series, was just as interesting and intricate as the first book. It was a perfect continuation of the first book and kept me reading. I couldn’t put it down and was impatient for the next one.
Review by Cassidy
Are you an expert with knitting or crochet needles, just learning, or want to learn? Then join us on Friday, October 3, from 4 – 6 p.m. for the monthly Teen Knitting/Crocheting Club meeting at the Library. We have yarn, needles, and the know-how to teach the basics of knitting and crocheting. You can also bring your own supplies – and your friends – for an afternoon of sharing ideas and conversation. Refreshments will be served.