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Winter Reading – Find Your Story

Teen Winter Reading Program pictureFebruary is the month for our Teen Winter Reading Program, and we want you to participate! Just stop by the Fiction/AV/Teen desk to let us know what you are reading this month, then enter the raffle for one of our awesome prizes!

Read any YA or Adult books you’d like, (graphic novels too!) and then fill out a raffle slip at the desk. Signup prizes are available on a first come, first served basis. Any and all books you read during the month of February qualify you for the raffle drawing. Good luck!

Friday Fundays and More!

picture of teen programs, board game, origamiEvery month the library offers a lot of fun programs for teens. You can always check the calendar to see what we have going on. Be sure to stop in and join us for some of these events. Come with a friend or meet new friends while you play games, create art and have a great time.

Friday Funday: Origami Crafts
Friday, January 11, 2019 from 4:30 to 6:00pm, in the Teen Space!

Friday Funday: Decorative Magnets
Friday, February 18 from 2:00 – 4:00, in the Teen Space!

Teen Board Game Afternoon
Friday, March 8 from 1:00 to 3:00, in Meeting Room 2A!


Snowy Outside, Warm in the Library

teen space collageThough it’s a snow day at many area schools, the Teen Space (and the library) is open! Come check out a board game, the PlayStation controllers or just find a comfy chair to read your favorite magazine, graphic novel or book, while overlooking the snowy trees lining Elmhurst Road.

YA Tales for Halloween

There’s nothing better to get you in the mood for Halloween than curling up on a chilly night with a scary book. Stop by the library to pick up one of these spooky reads.

The Name of the Star book coverThe Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

The day that Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school is also the day a series of brutal murders breaks out over the city, killings mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper spree of more than a century ago. Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him–the only one who can see him. And now Rory has become his next target.

The Beast Is an AnimalThe Beast Is an Animal book ocver by Peternelle Van Arsdale

Alys was seven the first time she saw the soul eaters, twin sisters who slowly grew into something not quite human– and feed off of human souls. When her village was attacked, Alys came to a strict world where fear of the soul eaters– and of the Beast they believe guides them– rules village life. Alys longs for the freedom of the forest while hiding a talent that would brand her a witch. When disaster strikes, Alys begins a journey through the darkest parts of the forest, where danger threatens her from the outside– and from within her own heart and soul.

Labyrinth LostLabyrith Lost book cover by Zoraida Cordova

Alex is a bruja and the most powerful witch in her family. But she’s hated magic ever since it made her father disappear into thin air. When a curse she performs to rid herself of magic backfires and her family vanishes, she must travel to Los Lagos, a land in-between as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland, to get her family back.

The Stranger GameThe Stranger Game book cover by Cylin Busby

When Nico Morris’s older sister mysteriously disappears, her parents, family, and friends are devastated. But Nico can never admit what she herself feels: relief at finally being free of Sarah’s daily cruelties. Then the best and worst thing happens: four years later, after dozens of false leads, Sarah is found. But this girl is much changed from the one Nico knew. She’s sweet and kind, when she had once been mean and abusive. Despite the happy ending, the dark details of that day continue to haunt Nico, and it becomes clear that more than one person knows the true story of what happened to Sarah.

Camp So-and-So book coverCamp So-and-So by Mary McCoy

Each letter invited its recipient to spend a week at Camp So-and-So, high in the Starveling Mountains. Each letter came with a glossy brochure with photographs of young women climbing rocks, performing Shakespeare, and spiking volleyballs. Each letter was signed in ink by the famed and reclusive Inge F. Yancey IV. By the end of the month, twenty-five applications had been completed. Had any of these girls tried to visit the camp for themselves on that day in February, they would have discovered that there was no such town and no such mountain and that no one within a fifty-mile radius had ever heard of Camp So-and-So.

If You Like…

The best and worst part of any great book is the end. If it’s a good ending, you get that satisfied feeling… that lasts until you realize that it’s OVER. Now what are you supposed to read?

Never fear, your trusty Teen Services Librarians are here with some great books to pair with that last one you loved!

Cover image: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir


If you liked An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir…


…try Blood and Sand by C. V. Wyk.



We Were Liars book cover


If you liked We Were Liars by E. Lockhart…


…try When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn.



For more great pairings, come see us at the Fiction / AV / Teen desk!