Teen Read Week Activities

trw-color-logoHere’s what we’ve got going on at the Staunton Public Library for Teen Read Week:

  • Crafternoon – Sunday, 10/9 – any time between 1:30 and 4:30pm in the YA area – we’ll be making and playing with brushbots!
  • Fright Club – Monday, 10/10 – from 4:00-5:00pm in the YA area (the Book Sale will be in the 2nd Floor Board Room that day)
  • Tiny Kitchen – Monday, 10/10 – any time between 7:00 and 8:00pm in the YA area
  • Book Cover Scavenger Hunt – Tuesday, 10/11 – any time between 7:00 and 8:00 in the YA area
  • Anime Club – Wednesday, 10/12 – from 4:00-5:00pm in the downstairs Program Room (the Book Sale will be in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room that day)
  • Lego Challenge – Wednesday, 10/12 – any time between 7:00 and 8:00pm in the YA area
  • Post-It Note Art – Thursday, 10/13 – any time between 7:00 and 8:00pm in the YA area

Teens’ Top Ten voting will end on Saturday the 15th, so be sure to get your votes in at http://www.dogobooks.com/voting/2016-teens-top-reads. Results will be announced the week of October 17.

If you’re interested in the Book Sale next week, just a reminder that books are free to students on Saturday, October 15 after 1:00pm and all day Sunday the 16th. Don’t forget your student ID!

Vote for the Teens’ Top Ten

teens' top tenEvery year, YALSA (the Young Adult Library Services Association) gathers reader nominations for its Top Ten list. Teens vote for their top three favorites between August 15 and October 15, and then the winning list will be announced at the end of Teen Read Week on October 17.

Vote HERE for Your Favorites!                          YALSA Teens’ Top Ten Site

This year they’ve got 26 nominations, and I haven’t read a single one. Yikes!

  1. Alive by Chandler Baker
  2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  3. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
  4. The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
  5. The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
  6. Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs
  7. Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell
  8. You and Me and Him by Kris Dinnison
  9. The Summer After You & Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
  10. The Devil You Know by Trish Doller
  11. Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel
  12. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  13. When by Victoria Laurie
  14. The Novice: Summoner by Taran Matharu
  15. A Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  16. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  17. I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest
  18. Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt
  19. Con Academy by Joe Schrieber
  20. The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick
  21. The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmmons
  22. Black Widow Forever Red by Margaret Stohl
  23. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
  24. Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti
  25. Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten
  26. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Today at TAB we looked at some of the nominated titles that we currently have in our collection. Which ones looked interesting? Illuminae, a giant book “written” in documents and emails and text messages. The Witch Hunter, about a witch assassin in 16th century England who is framed for being a witch herself. The Game of Love and Death, about an interracial couple in the 1920s who are pawns in a giant game played by Love and Death. And I really want to read Six of Crows, but it’s been checked out so often that it’s never on the shelf. A good problem to have. STAY GOLD – Lizzy

Back to School Books

I can’t believe I’m writing this, considering it is only the second full week of August, but it’s Back to School time! Some of you even started classes last week. Ugh. Starting a new school year, even if you like school, is hard. So in honor of your return to the land of learning, here are some books featuring characters heading back to school, for better or for worse. (But mostly worse.) Stop by the Library to check one out. STAY GOLD – Lizzy

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson – You can only imagine what the first day of high school is like for Melinda, who called the cops on a huge high school party over the summer. Now her best friends won’t speak to her, her parents won’t listen to her, and she’s been “befriended” by a new girl who won’t stop talking. Would anyone even notice if she never spoke again?  Heartbreaking and wise and unforgettable. The movie adaptation with Kristen Stewart is also excellent. For ages 13 & up.

Tangerine by Edward Bloor – After part of Paul’s school disappears into a sinkhole (!), he chooses to attend Tangerine Middle School, which is in one of the poorer areas of town, in order to continue playing soccer. Paul, who is partially blind, slowly befriends his new teammates, but is drawn into the rivalries of his older brother, Erik, who may not be who Paul thinks he is. This one is strange and dark but an all-around good read. It’s in both the YA and Juvenile collections. For ages 11 & up.

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar  – “Keep away from seniors. Keep away from juniors. It’s probably a good idea to avoid sophomores, too.” This is one of Scott’s notes of advice to his new baby sibling, who he is trying to educate about the ways of the world. Unfortunately, Scott isn’t having the best time starting high school, with all the bullies, tough classes, and girls who are hot all of a sudden. Amusing and accurate. For ages 12 & up. Continue reading