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School Summer Reading Books

If you are looking for your school’s required summer reading book, please stop by the second floor of the library and we can help you. We have the lists for almost every area school, and the books as well. Stop by and check out the display on the second floor with your summer reading books!


#SHOUTOUT – Teen Reading Program Step 2

Each week we’ll have a new #SHOUTOUT topic for you to share on social media. If you’re on social media, post your response, plus #SHOUTOUT #MPPLteens2017

If you’re not on social media just stop by the library and we will get you a paper slip to complete. You may also email your entry to teenmail@mppl.org

You can do each #SHOUTOUT one time, up to eight in all, if you chose.

Week 1 Write a 6-word book review. Exp: Through it all, Ponyboy stays gold. (The Outsiders)
Week 2 Describe yourself with 3 fictional characters. Exp:





Week 3 Explain a book plot badly. Exp: A spider keeps a farmer from eating bacon (Charlotte’s Web)
Week 4 Book spine poetry. Exp:





Week 5 Book/Character Playlist. Exp: “Enter Sandman” by Metallica, “Behind Blue Eyes” by The Who, “Stayin’ Alive” by The BeeGees (Voldemort)
Week 6 Emoji Book Translation
. Exp (for The Hunger Games):




Week 7 Booksnacks. Exp: Harry Potstickers
Week 8 BookFace
. Exp:


Summer Reading Has Begun!

Weekly prize drawings, free 3D printing, the opportunity to win a raspberry pi computer or a whole bunch of art supplies — must be Summer Reading!!

Stop by the library to register and get started!  From June 1 to July 31 read three books, create one #shoutout and attend one library program for your chance to win a grand prize and weekly prizes. Our reading program this year is Reading By Design, so grab your hardhat and slide rule* and stop by the second floor!

*Actual hardhat and slide rule not required

It’s Time for Exam Cram!!

Yep, finals can be grueling, but our job here is to make the studying part…

…as fun as possible!  Join us in the Teen Space June 6, 7 and 8 from 3 – 10 PM and we’ll provide healthy snacks, school supplies, and de-stressing activities (bubble wrap, anyone?) Extra special events include:


Wednesday, June 7 from 5 – 7PM = 10 minute slots of relaxing nature environments on the PlayStation VR

Thursday, June 8 from 6 – 7 = Therapy Dogs from Rainbow Assisted Therapy

And if you’re studying from home, check out some study-enhancing soundtracks on Hoopla.


May Is Mystery Month…

We’ve had a lot of dark and stormy nights recently, which is the perfect atmosphere for Mystery Month! Why not curl up by that rain-spattered, lightening-illuminated window with a great mystery inspired by the master detective Sherlock Holmes?

A Study in Charlotte book coverWhen their classmate dies and the circumstances seem too suspicious to be causally dismissed, the descendants of Sherlock Holmes and and John Watson join together to solve the mystery. Step into their Connecticut boarding school and let Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes take you on a suspenseful, hair-raising, and at times amusing adventure in Brittany Cavallaro’s A Study in Charlotte.



Down the Rabbit Hole book coverA typical small town teen finds herself caught up in a whirlwind of crime and detective work in Peter Abrahams modern day caper Down the Rabbit Hole. Between soccer, play practice, middle school and family life, Ingrid Levin-Hill must channel the cunning and quick-witted problem solving skills of her hero, Sherlock Holmes.



Lock and Mori book coverWhat happens when you combine teens, mysteries, secrets and passions? Well if you’re the competitive and brilliant English teens Lock and Mori, you make a shaky pact to see who can solve the crime first, promise to share all the clues with each other, and end up not knowing who you can trust.



In 1868 Sherlock Holmes wasn’t a famous detective, in fact he was just an ordinary teenage boy spending a summer with his aunt and uncle. But when an ordinary boy with an extraordinary intellect and a tendency for finding clues finds a dead body and some sinister people, the hero of 221b Baker Street must solve the mystery or risk losing his own life. Meet the young Holmes in Andy Lane’s Death Cloud.



Jackaby book coverTake a detective named R. F. Jackaby who has all the brains and analytical powers of Sherlock Holmes, add a female sidekick named Abigail Rook who has all the wit and wisdom of Dr. Watson, throw in a solid dose of the paranormal, and you’ll get a strong resemblance to the original super sleuthing duo in William Ritter’s Jackaby. Check out this page turner as Jackaby and Rook hunt for a serial killer on the loose in 1892 New England.

#BookfaceFriday and Teen Advisory Board

It’s #bookfaceFriday, and new Teen Librarians Evan and Andrea are getting in on the act!

Name: Evan M.

Currently reading: Just finished March, vol. 3 by John Lewis, now diving in to Scythe by Neil Schusterman.

Likes: Movies, cats, comics, discovering something new to love, multi-sided dice, and the smell of wood smoke.

Dislikes: Bullies, tangled earbuds

Superpower: Research ninja


Name: Andrea J.

Currently Reading: City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson.

Currently Listening: Undisclosed podcast, season 2.

Likes: Science fiction, mac & cheese, the color green, and board games.

Dislikes: Soft drinks, judgy people

Superpower: Amazing Nerd Powers


Join us for the Teen Advisory Board meeting on Monday, February 27 at 4:30 p.m. to say hi and have some fun!

TAB Picks!


hive legend  Stormbreaker  eye-of-minds  enders-game  5th Wave

H.I.V.E. series by Mark Walden

Legend series by Marie Lu

Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz

Mortality Doctrine series by James Dashner

Ender Saga series by Orson Scott Card

The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey



pacificrim interstellar  timeless  babydaddy  younghungry   malcolmmiddle

Pacific Rim



Baby Daddy

Young and Hungry

Malcolm in the Middle






Uncharted 3






People to Follow


MisterFluffy and Griffpatch on Scratch


Kronos_Jackelhound on Instagram


Liza Koshy on YouTube

Dantdm on YouTube

NickatNyte on YouTube

Teen Novels to Read If You Like Star Wars


Cinder by Marissa Meyer


As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.


Starflight by Melissa Landers


Former high school enemies Solara Brooks and Doran Spaulding must team up when they find themselves aboard a renegade spaceship.


The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid


Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter. Raised side by side, Nemesis would give her life for Sidonia– and take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe. When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia’s father is participating in a rebellion, he summons her to the Galactic court to serve as a hostage. Nemesis must become Sidonia to save her. It’s a nest of vipers– and Nemesis finds within herself a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans.


Railhead by Philip Reeve


In a world of drones and androids Zen Starling is a human thief, but mostly he just likes to ride the Interstellar Express, the sentient trains that travel through the K gates from planet to planet, something only the Guardians understand–but now the mysterious Raven wants him to steal the Pyxis, an object that could either open up a new gate, challenging the Guardians, or put the entire gate system, and the universe itself in danger.


These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Sponner


Two star-crossed lovers must fight for survival when they crash land on a seemingly uninhabited planet.


Across the Universe by Beth Revis


Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet 300 years in the future, but 50 years before the ship’s scheduled landing, Amy is violently woken from her frozen slumber. Someone tried to kill her. The Godspeed is controlled by the tyrannical Eldest and Elder, his teenage heir, who is fascinated by Amy and eager to discover if he has what it takes to lead. Uncertain whether or not she can trust Elder, Amy does know that she and Elder must unlock the Godspeed’s secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again.


Avalon by Mindee Arnett


Seventeen-year-old Jeth Seagrave, the leader of a ragtag team of teenage mercenaries, skirts the line between honor and the law in an attempt to win freedom for his sister and himself in the form of their parents’ old spaceship, Avalon.


Tin Star by Cecil Castelucci


Beaten and left for dead, fourteen-year-old Tula Bane finds herself abandoned on a space station called Yertina Feray after traveling with the colonist group, Children of the Earth.


Insignia by S.J. Kincaid


Tom, a fourteen-year-old genius at virtual reality games, is recruited by the United States Military to begin training at the Pentagon Spire as a Combatant in World War III, controlling the mechanized drones that do the actual fighting off-planet.


Illuminae by Amt Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


The planet Kerenza is attacked, and Kady and Ezra find themselves on a space fleet fleeing the enemy, while their ship’s artificial intelligence system and a deadly plague may be the end of them all.


Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card


Child-hero Ender Wiggin must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if mankind is to survive.


Shade’s Children by Garth Nix


In a savage postnuclear world, four young fugitives attempt to overthrow the bloodthirsty rule of the Overlords with the help of Shade, their mysterious mentor.


The 100 by Kass Morgan


When 100 juvenile delinquents are sent on a mission to recolonize Earth, they get a second chance at freedom, friendship, and love, as they fight to survive in a dangerous new world.


Salvage by Alexandra Duncan


Ava, a teenage girl living aboard the male-dominated, conservative deep space merchant ship Parastrata, faces betrayal, banishment, and death. Taking her fate into her own hands, she flees to the Gyre, a floating continent of garbage and scrap in the Pacific Ocean. How will she build a future on an Earth ravaged by climate change?