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Get Real with Graphic Novels

Do you sometimes find is harder to read books about real people, places, or events?  Have you ever tried reading graphic novels that are about real life things?  Check out the list below of graphic novels that tell the story of real life people, places, things, or events in history:

Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor

Chronicles the rise of Hip Hop music as it grew from the streets of New York City in the 1970’s to the rise of the emcee into 1981. Additional volumes will follow.

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The Great American Dust Bowl by Don Brown

The Dust Bowl is a desolate time in American history, where the earth was so ravaged that dust storms terrorized the land. What was worse about this time, was that it was caused by man. Brown describes the causes and the life of that terrible time, as well as what we can learn to prevent this from happening again.

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Gandhi: My Life is My Message written by Jason Quinn and illustrated by Sachin Nagar

Renouncing wealth, ambition and comfort, Gandhi led by example, becoming one with the people he sought to free, facing imprisonment, hardship and humiliation while never raising his voice in anger. His strategy of nonviolent protest would become the model for the U.S. Civil Rights movement led by Martin Luther King, Jr. and continues to change history throughout the world.

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The Gettysburg Address written by Jonathan Hennessey, art by Aaron McConnell, and lettering by Tom Orzechowski

A graphic adaptation of the Gettysburg Address explains the events of the War, drawing on first-hand accounts from soldiers, slaves, and key figures and providing an understanding of the speech that marked America’s new path.

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Vietnamerica by G.B. Tran

A memoir in graphic novel format about the author’s experiences as the son of Vietnamese immigrants who fled to America during the fall of Saigon describes how he learned his tragic ancestral history and the impact of the Vietnam War on his family while visiting their homeland years later.

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Primates: the Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks

This is the true story of three scientists who risked their lives for research that forever changed the way we think of primates- including ourselves.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 14, 2014 Categories: Graphic Novel, Music, Nonfiction

Book Trailer of the Week– William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope by Ian Doescher

This week’s book trailer of the week is for William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope by Ian Doescher.  If you like Star Wars or if you like Shakespeare or if you like Star Wars and Shakespeare, then this book is perfect for you!  It retells the fourth episode completely in Shakespeare’s language.  It is laugh out-loud funny and it is definitely a new spin on the classic movie.  And there are more on the way!  William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: The Empire Striketh Back was just published in March.  Click here to find William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope in the Library today!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 9, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fiction, Funny, Guys Reads, Movies, Science Fiction

Join us for the Teen Knitting/Crocheting Club!

Are you an expert with knitting or crochet needles, just learning, or want to learn?  Then join us on Friday, May 9, 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.

Click here to register for the Teen Knitting/Crocheting Club!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 8, 2014 Categories: Uncategorized

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:

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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!

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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

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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

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 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

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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