Whats New Category: Middle School

Graduation Reads

As school comes to a close, check out these characters who are experiencing the ups and downs of Middle School and High School too!

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie book coverSleeping Freshmen Never Lie
by David Lubar

Starting high school is never easy. Seniors take your lunch money. Girls you’ve known forever are suddenly beautiful and unattainable. And you can never get enough sleep. Could there be a worse time for Scott’s mother to announce she’s pregnant? Scott decides high school would be a lot less overwhelming if it came with a survival manual, so he begins to write down tips for his new sibling. Meanwhile, he’s trying his best to capture the attention of Julia, the freshman goddess. In the process, Scott manages to become involved in nearly everything the school has to offer. So while he tries to find his place in the confusing world of high school, win Julia’s heart, and keep his sanity, Scott will be recording all the details for his sibling’s—and your—enjoyment.

 

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between book coverHello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between
by Jennifer E. Smith

On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night leads them to family and friends, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

 

 

Eighth Grade Super Zero book coverEighth Grade Super Zero
by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

After half-heartedly joining his church youth group’s project at a homeless shelter near his Brooklyn middle school, eighth-grade “loser” Reggie McKnight is inspired to run for school office on a platform of making a real difference in the community.

 

 

 

 

A Prom to Remember book coverA Prom to Remember
by Sandy Hall

Cora: Dating Perfect Boyfriend Jamie. Has NO IDEA how to break up with him… Paisley: Anti-prom. Somehow nominated her anxiety-ridden best friend for prom king…Henry: Hates social situations. Invited to prom by the most popular girl in school. SEND HELP! Otis: Half of one of the cutest couples in his class. Not quite ready for a post-prom hotel room…Lizzie: Shy. Excited to go to prom. With a boy. Whose name she doesn’t know. Cameron: Loner. Over high school. Just wants to meet the mysterious girl who’s been leaving him notes…
Jacinta: Unnamed Nerd Girl #3. Determined to become the star of her own life, starting with prom…

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.

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!

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

 

 

stack of books book poetryGoing 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.

 

 

 

 

 

stack of books book poetryScarlet 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.

 

 

stack of books book poetrySwim that rock across a war-tossed sea.  Don’t look back! There will come a time caged warrior.

The Mostly True Story of Jack by Kelly Barnhill

The Mostly True Story of jack book coverThe Mostly True Story of Jack by Kelly Barnhill

I really liked the feel of this book. Throughout the story it was really easy to connect with Jack and the other characters and get wrapped up in the story. Jack has always felt invisible in his family and when his mother drops him off at his Aunt Mabel’s and Uncle Clive’s for a visit, he starts to unravel the mystery and magic behind why he never felt loved or part of his family, especially when he realizes in Hazelwood he can make friends and people do care about him.
Jack is very resistant to this whole idea of magic that the kids he meets in town keep mentions and that his uncle keeps nudging him to read about in book of the town’s history at first. Once Jack starts unraveling what really happened in Hazelwood and how he’s connected to it all things start to get interesting, with Mr. Avery, the richest man in town, who’s also the town bully’s dad, wanting him dead, his and Aunt and Uncle’s house starts talking to him, the nature around Jack seems to be reaching out to him and that’s just the beginning.