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Book Trailer of the Week– Half Bad by Sally Green

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Half Bad by Sally Green.  In Nathan’ world good and evil are clearly defined: either you are a black witch or a white witch.  What happens when someone is both black and white?  That is the case for Nathan.  He was born as an illegitimate son of a white witch mother and a black witch father.  His punishment?  He is sentenced to live in a cage and beaten regularly.  Nathan is constantly looking for a way to escape, as his captors are waiting until he turns 17 and will receive his gifts.  However, no one is sure whether Nathan will be a good witch or a bad witch, but both sides want him!  What happens when Nathan escapes his cage, a month before he turns 17..?  Click here to find Half Bad in the Library!

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 2, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Join us for Craft with Comics for Teens on Saturday!

05_03WEB_TZ_CraftComicsWhile you are picking up your free comic at the Fiction/AV/Teen desk on Free Comic Book day, stop by and use comics to make a craft. You can collage with Modge Podge, create origami, or try other ideas for crafting with comics. Snacks and refreshments will be served. For teens in grades 6 – 12.  Click here to register for the program!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 1, 2014 Categories: Crafts, Events, Graphic Novel

Book Trailer of the Week– The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton.  Ava is seemingly an ordinary girl, except for the fact that she was born with wings.  Ava narrates her search to try and figure out her life by looking back at the generations of her family–most of whom failed miserably in love.  Part coming of age, part supernatural, and part historical fiction this novel unfolds until the very last page to tell the story of how Ava discovers the truth about her life.  Click here to find The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender in the Library!

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on April 25, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, Supernatural/Paranormal

Have you heard of Malala Yousafzai?

Malala Yousafzai is an amazing teen who has been nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize. She has survived both death threats and an assassination attempt by the Taliban.  Malala’s spirit transcends cultures and proves that, no matter what your age, your voice has power! The video link below is from an interview that aired on the Daily Show, October 8, 2013.

Another amazing video 0f Malala speaking to the UN on July 12, 2013.

If you would like to learn more about Malala Yousafzai you can also check out these books:

i am malala malala

 

 

 

By Barbara, Teen Outreach Librarian on April 24, 2014 Categories: Nonfiction

In Celebration of National Poetry Month!

During an April visit to  Lincoln Middle School,  students created spine poems in celebration of National Poetry Month.  Their poems were really cool and even inspirational. Students had a lot of fun making the poems and reading their poems to the class.  Click here and prepare to be amazed, as you watch a video of students sharing their awesome poems.   Can’t get enough, then how about these photo examples with the verses included. Thanks to everyone who made this a great visit. especially the students who were amazing.  This was a lot of fun and I do recommend you try this at home!

the summerThe summer I saved the world in 65 days chasing shadows. Going over the strange and beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavendar in the mystic city.

 

 

 

 

going overGoing over broken hearts, fences and other things.  To mend the fault line the summer I saved the world in 65 days. Chasing shadows hypnotize me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

when i wasWhen I was the greatest and gorgeous radio girl, all roads lead to Austen.  And the burning sky crashed into you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scarlet love lettersScarlet love letters to the dead.  Altered what we saw in the dark.

 

 

 

 

 

fat boyFat boy! Defy the carpet people before my eyes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a gril called fearlessA girl called fearless swam that rock.  Across a war tossed sea.

 

 

 

 

 

swim thatSwim that rock across a war-tossed sea.  Don’t look back! There will come a time caged warrior.

 

 

 

 

By Barbara, Teen Outreach Librarian on April 21, 2014 Categories: Art, Middle School, Trending

Book Trailer of the Week– Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Antigoddess by Kendare Blake.  The Gods of Olympus are coming to an end.  In alternating chapters, Athena narrates her fight to prevent the death of the old gods (including herself, where the end is coming from brown and white feathers overtaking her body’s organs).  Cassandra, a somewhat normal human girl–she just has psychic visions–narrates the other chapters.  Athena believes that Cassandra is the key to the Gods’ salvation, and she will stop at nothing to find Cassandra to determine how she will save them.  Click here to find Antigoddess in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on April 18, 2014 Categories: Uncategorized

YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten Nominees Announced today!

Today is Celebrate Teen Literature Day!  In honor of this awesome day the American Library Association’s Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has released the nominees for Teens’ Top Ten. To learn more about what goes into selecting the Teens’ Top Ten titles, click here.  The Top Ten will be announced the week after Teen Read Week (October 12-18, 2014).  If you want to try and read all 25 nominees before the Top Ten are announced, check out the list below!

nightmare affairof tritonsiege and stormlove in the time of global warming

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

Of Triton by Anna Banks

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Love In The Time Of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block

TestingEye of Mindsearth girlclockwork scarab

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

Earth Girl by Janet Edwards

The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

Maybe I WillGirl who was supopsed to dieSplinteredTeardrop

Maybe I Will by Laurie Gray

The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry

Splintered by A.G. Howard

Teardrop by Lauren Kate

openly straightsky on firesix months latereleanor and park

 Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg

 Monument 14: Sky On Fire by Emmy Laybourne

Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

This song will save your lifeSteelheartRithmatistThis is What Happy Looks Like

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

WingerMidsummer night screamBetween the devil and the deep blue seaIn the Shadow of Blackbirds5th Wave

Winger by Andrew Smith

A Midsummer Night’s Scream by R.L. Stine

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Tucholke

In The Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Join us tomorrow for Teen Open Creation: Recycled Crafts Edition!

04_18WEB_TZ_OC_RecycledJoin us tomorrow (Friday, April 18) for Teen Open Creation: Recycled Crafts Edition from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Library!

Stop by the Library and make something! In honor of Earth Day, this session focuses on recycling. We’ll provide supplies and instructional books for you to hack your toys, craft with paper, recycle a T-shirt, and upcycle everyday items. Feel free to bring your own projects to work on, too. As always, snacks and drinks will also be provided.

This teen program is part of our National Library Week celebration.  Join us for events celebrating National Library Week from Sunday, April 13 through Saturday, April 19. Learn how Lives Change @ Your Library!

Click here to register for this program!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on Categories: Crafts, Events

Book Trailer of the Week– You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beaudoin

This week’s book trailer of the week is for You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beaudoin.  This novel, written in the classic noir style, has all the classic characters to make it a good read.  Dalton Rev, the main character, is a traditional hard-boiled detective and at seventeen-years-old is trying to solve the mystery in his high school of who killed Wesley Payne.  Found hanging from the school’s goal post, Payne was involved in something that led to his murder.  Suspects are abound, including the jocks, the rockers, and the nerds.  Can Dalton solve the murder?  Click here to find You Killed Wesley Payne in the Library!

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on April 11, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, High School, Mystery

Interesting People! Great Nonfiction Reads for Teens.

Do you like reading about cool people and the incredible things they have done.  Check out this list of books about some really amazing people.

1 year1 Year, 100 Pounds by Whitney Holcombe

Holcombe chronicles how to transition from “the fat girl” to being a healthy, confident young woman.

 

 

boy woodenBoy in the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson

The biography of Leon Leyson, the only memoir published by a former Schindler’s List child.

 

 

charles and emmaCharles and Emma by Deborah Heiligman

Charles Darwin and his wife, Emma, were deeply in love and very supportive of each other, but their opinions often clashed. Emma was extremely religious, and Charles questioned God’s very existence.

 

 

code nameCode Name Pauline by  Pearl Cornioley

The as yet unpublished memoirs for young adults of the only female SOE agent to lead a French Resistance network during World War II.

 

 

boy who harnessedThe Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

An enterprising teenager in Malawi builds a windmill from scraps he finds around his village and brings electricity, and a future, to his family.

 

 

zoo stationZoo Station by Christiane F.

In 1978 Christiane F. testified against a man who had traded heroin for sex with teenage girls at Berlin’s notorious Zoo Station. In the course of that trial, Christiane F. became connected with two journalists who helped to turn her story, which begins with a dysfunctional but otherwise fairly normal childhood, into an acclaimed bestseller.

 

rapture practiceRapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler

Aaron Hartzler grew up in a home where he was taught that at any moment the Rapture could happen — that Jesus might come down in the twinkling of an eye and scoop Aaron and his whole family up to Heaven. As a kid, he was thrilled by the idea that every moment of every day might be his last one on Earth. But as Aaron turns sixteen, he finds himself more attached to his earthly life and curious about all the things his family forsakes for the Lord.

 

nazi hunters use thisThe Nazi Hunters by Neal Bascombe

Recounts how, sixteen years after the end of World War II, a team of undercover Israeli agents captured the Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann, in a remote area of Argentina and brought him to trial in Israel for crimes committed during the Holocaust.

By Barbara, Teen Outreach Librarian on April 10, 2014 Categories: Nonfiction