Painless Learning

Do you need a little extra help in school? Come down to the Teen Room and browse our titles in the 400’s and 500’s. In these Dewey ranges you’ll find books about learning languages, math and science. While we have many different books in those sections, this post will touch on one series in particular: the Barron’s Painless collection. These titles break down topics into smaller, more manageable chunks. Whether you need help with Spanish, grammar, math or science, we have you covered for your back to school needs. Several of the titles also include free online games to help you learn the concepts. Here are a few of the titles we have in the YA collection!

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Banned Books Reading Challenge

“We have an obligation to use the language. To push ourselves: to find out what words mean and how to deploy them, to communicate clearly, to say what we mean. We must not attempt to freeze language, or to pretend it is a dead thing that must be revered, but we should use it as a living thing, that flows, that borrows words, that allows meanings and pronunciations to change with time.” – Neil Gaiman

Our freedom to read is a great privilege and every year, libraries celebrate that privilege during Banned Books Week, September 27 through October 3 this year.  You can celebrate with us the whole month of September by participating in our Banned Books Reading Challenge via ReadSquared. Sign up by going to and clicking on the Teen Banned Books Reading Challenge link under events.

Every banned or challenged book you read during the month of September enters you into a drawing for a prize. Additional activities, called missions, are available in ReadSquared to earn more entries. Attending our Ted&Talk program on Wednesday, September 23 at 1:30pm gets you an entry as well!

Check out this website for list of frequently banned and challenged books: You can also stop by the Banned Books Week display or our desk in the CCPL Teen Room, or call us at 687-9227. We will be happy to pair you up with as many books as you want and answer any other questions you might have.

The prize winner will be announced at our BYOBook discussion on Thursday, October 1 at 4pm.


Upcoming and Rumored Book to TV Adaptations

Have you ever read a book that you enjoyed so much that you thought, I would love to see that turned into a movie or television series? Of course you have! Television has a slight advantage over movies. While movies have about 2 hours to flesh out characters, develop a plot, and wrap everything up, television has seasons to do the same. A television season has, on average, thirteen episodes to develop the world and characters, making them perfect for book adaptations. Here are some young adult book-to-television adaptations rumored or coming in the near future.

 Love, Victor                                                                                                                           Hulu – Premiered June 19,2020


Love, Simon is the 2018 film based on the book Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. The film followed 17-year-old Simon trying to find out the identity of the classmate he has fallen for online. Love, Victor is the follow-up television series to the movie and is narrated by Simon. Victor is a new student at Creekwood High School and is facing his own challenges with sexual orientation and home issues. He reaches out to Simon to help him.

 Cursed                                                                                                                                 Netflix – Premiered July 17, 2020


This new Netflix original series is based on the book by Thomas Wheeler. Cursed is a new twist on the classic King Arthur tale. Nimue has always had a connection to dark magic, something that makes her feared in her village. Her dying mother charges her with reuniting a sword with a legendary sorcerer. Along the way she finds a young Arthur while he is on his own quest.

 Shatter Me                                                                                                                               ABC Studios – Unknown release date


This series is based on the books by Tahereh Mafi. Seventeen-year-old Juliette has a special gift, but to her it feels like a curse. With one touch she can kill a grown man, and nobody knows why or how she has this gift. The Reestablishment only sees Juliette as an opportunity, as a weapon. Juliette must make a life changing choice: work with or against The Reestablishment. This series has been in the works for a while and sadly there has been nothing new posted since 2015.

 Shadow and Bone                                                                                                        Netflix- Late 2020


This new series is based on the Grishaverse; a world created by the Grisha Trilogy and the Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo. The world is split in two by a barrier of darkness called the Shadow Fold where unnatural evil creatures lurk and feast on humans. Alina Starkov is a soldier who uncovers a power that could unite her country. As she struggles to wield her power, dark forces are plotting against her.

 Percy Jackson and the Olympians                                                                           Disney + – Unknown release date


Percy Jackson has already been brought to the big screen in two movies, in 2010 and 2013, covering the first two books in the series. Most fans of the books did not like these adaptations due to the inconsistency between the books and the films. Recently Rick Riordan tweeted that he was in works with Disney + to develop a new series that is faithful to the books.  The plan is to have each season cover a different book and he promises he will be working closely to make sure the fans enjoy it. Percy Jackson is a twelve-year-old demigod on one of the most dangerous quests of his life. He must find who stole the ultimate weapon: Zeus’s lightning bolt.

 Throne of Glass                                                                                                                  Hulu – Unknown release date 

Queen of Shadows is the upcoming television series and named after the fourth book in the Throne of Glass book series by Sarah J. Maas. Calaena is an assassin trying to get her freedom. She must compete along with other thieves and warriors to become the next royal assassin. It was being developed by Hulu, but with no news since 2016 this series is only a rumor right now.

 They Both Die at the End                                                                                              HBO- unknown release date


It was reported in February 2019 that the book by Adam Silvera was being turned into a thirty-minute series on HBO. There has been no news since then regarding the series. Rufus and Mateo both receive a phone call by death cast telling them they will die later that day. They don’t know where or the exact moment. They meet each other by the last friend app and spend their last day alive living together.

 The Chronicles of Narnia                                                                                                   Netflix- unknown release date

In 2018 it was reported that The Chronicles of Narnia was being rebooted by Netflix into both a series and a new movie.  In June 2019 the project was updated with new information on the creative architect of the series.  Netflix’s deal includes access to all seven books making for a full Narnia universe.  The Chronicles of Narnia follow the Pensive children during World War II. They find a way into Narnia through multiple hidden entrances: a wardrobe, and even a painting, and get pulled into a world of ice queens, satyrs and another war.

National Paperback Book Day

Books have been around for hundreds of years. The first books were heavy wood covered in leather and had stitched spines. Some of these books were works of art themselves, with gold edging on the pages and beautifully drawn pages. While these were great, they were hard to haul around and were expensive. Enter the paperback book. Created in the 1930s by Penguin Books Publishers, paperback books were cheaper and easier to carry. Paperbacks were offered to the public on July 30, 1935; making every         July 30th National Paperback Book Day. Here are some popular paperbacks the CCPL Teen Room has to offer.

Dead is the New Black- Marlene Perez 

Dead is the New Black is the first book in the Dead Is… series. The book follows Daisy Giordano as she attempts to help her mother investigate a string of attacks on teenage girls in their small town of Nightshade, California.

Jay’s Journal- Edited by Beatrice Sparks 





Jay’s Journal is presented as a first-person journal-style entry. Jay is a bright high school student who is depressed. He falls in with the wrong crowd that dabbles in drugs and the occult. Jay finds himself in a life he no longer recognizes until he no longer sees a way out.

The Babysitter – R L Stine

The Babysitter is the first in the series of the same name. Sixteen-year-old Jenny should have known that taking the babysitting job was a bad idea. First there was the creepy Hagen house; then the prank phone calls she keeps receiving. Finally, she receives a threatening note in her backpack, and she realizes this isn’t just a harmless game to scare her.

Midnighters; The Secret Hour – Scott Westerfeld

The first book in a trilogy, The Secret Hour follows Jessica Day as she learns that she is part of a group of people who have special abilities that help them fight ancient creatures. These creatures live in an hour hidden at midnight, and they are determined to destroy her.

The Mediator – Meg Cabot

Susannah, or Suze, is a mediator between the living and the dead. That’s right, she sees the dead and they won’t leave her alone until she helps them with their unfinished business. After moving to California for a fresh start the last thing Suze wants is a ghost with revenge on its  mind. That’s what she gets though, and it seems that Suze is in the way. The Mediator: Shadowland is the first book in this nine-book series by Meg Cabot.

Golden- Cameron Dokey

“Once upon a time is timeless.” In this retelling, Rapunzel’s mother made a deal with a sorceress before she was born, giving up Rapunzel. After living with the sorceress Melisande for sixteen years, Rapunzel learns Melisande has a daughter named Rue. Rue was cursed by a wizard long ago and now needs Rapunzel’s help. They only have two nights and the day in between to break the enchantment and save Rue or she will be cursed forever.

A Matter of Trust – Ann Schraff

A Matter of Trust in the second book in the Bluford High series. These books are stand-alone novels so you don’t have to read them in order, but they share the same characters and take place at Bluford High School. Darcy and Brisana were friends when they were younger, but that all changed when they started at Bluford High. Darcy hangs out with “the zeroes,” a group that Brisana can’t stand. The girls become rivals and when Brisana goes after Darcy’s boyfriend, Darcy knows she must do something to stop it all.

The Invisible Man – H.G. Wells

An English Inn has a strange new guest with bandages covering his entire body except for a small area over his obvious fake pink nose. The guest demands his solitude with his chemicals and beakers and activities. Soon the guest starts to run out of money at the same time mysterious burglaries happen around the town.

The Princess Bride – William Goldman

Are you in the mood for an adventure, pirates, a love story, and rodents of unusual size? Well, then The Princess Bride is just what you need. In this classic tale, Westly must save the beautiful Buttercup from the bad guys. On his way, he meets some quirky characters and encounters some detours that delay his rescue.

Everworld: Search for Senna – K.A. Applegate

David had a normal life for a teenager. He went to school, had friends, and a girlfriend Senna. There was something strange about her though. Before David knows it, Senna is swallowed up by the earth. Now David must go after her and enter a world he never could have imagined. This is the first book in the twelve-part series.

July Programs

We miss our teens! We are so sad about this hiatus from teen clubs and hanging out. But we are so happy to have some great programming to offer for the month of July. Call us at 687-9227 to sign up as we have limited spots for each program, except for the End-of-Summer Party.

Sip & Paint – July 11, 3-4:30pm

Get your paint on with BHSU art students Hope and Katie. We are talking legit artists here. Check out their Instagram pages if you don’t want to just take our word for it.

We’ll provide the supplies: paint, canvases, brushes, and beverages. Limited to 8 participants.

Trivia Tuesday – July 14 & 28, 1:30pm

Bring your mythology knowledge July 14th and your sports knowledge July 28th  and compete for yummy prizes. Limited to 8 participants per challenge.

Fantasy Makeup – July 16 & 27, 1:30pm

Tim and Sarah Bessette of the Gillette Drama Guild will teach you the tricks of the trade in applying dramatic fantasy makeup. Each session limited to 8 participants. You may only sign up for one session. All supplies will be provided.

Escape Room – July 22, 1:30-4pm

Our Greek mythology inspired escape room is sure to test your logic, puzzle and problem solving skills. Four sessions available, 1:30pm, 2:15pm, 3:00pm and 3:45pm. Limit 5 participants per session.

End-of-Summer Party – July 30, 1:30pm

We are thinking human tic-tac-toe, a Lego build challenge, charades, and a frozen t-shirt contest, but you’ll just have to come to find out exactly what we plan for this bash. All activities will be outside, including the drawings for our summer reading prize baskets.

Teen Summer Reading!

Are you participating in our Teen Summer Reading program?!

It’s super easy! Sign up now at Then all you have to do is read 150 minutes or 150 pages, whatever is easiest for you. You keep track however you want. Each time you read 150 minutes or 150 pages, you earn a take-home prize of your choice. You can win a free book, a drawstring backpack, a water bottle, pizza and so much more! Easy, right?

If you prefer, though, you can stop by the Teen Room for a paper log, and track your reading and prizes that way. In either the online or paper version, you will cross off squares on a bingo card as you read and complete other activities.

Take-home prizes may be collected at the CCPL Teen Room desk, or via curbside delivery, from June 15 through August 24.

A very special thank you to Domino’s Pizza of Gillette, the sponsor of the Teen Summer Reading pizza prize.

But wait, there’s more!!! Anytime you cross off a square on your bingo card, you get a raffle ticket! You can use those tickets to enter for a chance to win one of our SIX prize baskets. Each basket has a different theme: Lazy Saturday; Just Craftin’ Around; Movie Lovers; Baker’s Dozen;                        We  Sweets; and Movie Survival Kit.

Lazy Saturday comes with: a gift card to Dungeons and Dugouts; Arizona Arnold Palmer Lite Tea; Inflatable Flamingo; Water Blasters; Play-Doh; Goofy String; Imagine Your Story Water Bottle; Scented Bubbles; Shark Sunglasses;  and 2 Coconut Cups.

Just Craftin’ Around has a 6×8 drawing pad; 8 piece sketching tin; Arizona green tea; colored pencils; Scented candle; screen cleaner;  comic notebook; pencil sharpeners;  crayons; glitter glue; narwhal eraser; and a Hobby Lobby gift card.

Movie Lovers comes with buttered popcorn; Bugles;  Corn chips; five types of candy and a  gift card to Foothills Movie theater.

Baker’s Dozen comes with a Sweet Cakes gift card; cupcake mix; mug cake treats; measuring cups and spoons; whisk and ladle; screen cleaner; ring phone holder;  and  Gillette Chamber of Commerce Gold Bucks.

We  Sweets comes with an Alla Lala Cupcakes gift card; Ice Cream Café gift card; two Arizona teas; eight types of candy; and pretzel crisps.

Movie Survival Kit comes with a Foothills movie theater gift card; buttered popcorn; five types of candy; BBQ Bugles; corn nuts;  and Arizona raspberry tea

We will have our drawing for the grand prize baskets at our final party Thursday, July 30, 1:30-4 pm; you do NOT have to be present to win!

We can’t wait to see you! Stay safe and keep reading!

High School Drama

Are you missing the drama of high school? Fear not!! We’ve got you covered with some new additions to our graphic novel collection here in the Teen Room. Hop online and place a hold on one of these epically dramatic options!

Gotham High by Melissa de la Cruz

Navigate the halls of Gotham High with Bruce, Selina and Jack, pre-Batman, Catwoman and The Joker.




Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: The Crucible by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

It’s Rosemary’s Baby meets The Omen meets The Exorcist in this deeply distressing reimagining of everyone’s favorite high school witch.




Kiss Number 8  by Colleen A.F. Venable

Kissing? It’s simple, right? Spend some time with Amanda and you’ll find out it’s anything but. Turns out it can get pretty complicated.





Sabrina the Teenage Witch by Kelly Thompson

Perhaps you prefer your high school witches to be a bit less terrifying. Lucky for you Sabrina is served up in a variety of flavors and this is one of the sweeter ones.




Welcome to the Teen Room! We hope even with the craziness of COVID-19 that you had a great last day of school. One exciting event for our sixth graders is you are now able to come hang out in the Teen Room… well, under normal circumstances you would! When we are finally able to have patrons age 15 and under in the building, you are able to visit the Teen Room! We wanted to take a minute and introduce ourselves, the Teen Room staff members, to you!

Hi, I’m Sarah and I have been with the library a little over 2 years now. I have been in Gillette almost my entire life; before that I grew up in Guernsey, WY. I went to college in Bismarck, ND and Gillette, WY, focusing on early education.  I am a fan of all things Whedon, Doctor Who, Supernatural, and Marvel. I like to read fantasy and horror novels; my favorite book is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I love to garden in my free time and cross stitch as well.



I’m Marie and I have worked at the library for 1.5 years. I will celebrate my 1-year anniversary in the Teen Room this July. I was born in Bergen, Norway but moved to a ranch in South Dakota when I was 3. I completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology from BHSU in Spearfish, SD and am currently working on a master’s degree in counseling from MSU-Billings. I love books and working for the library is my favorite job I’ve ever had. For me, trying to pick a favorite book is like trying to pick a favorite child; I just can’t. A YA novel that I especially love is The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier. Currently, I read a lot of non-fiction and am particularly interested in anthropology and esoteric philosophy.


Hi, I’m Marcy, I’ve worked at the library for the past 10 years. I absolutely love what I do. I grew up in the military and got to live in some pretty exciting places, like Germany and England, before my dad retired and moved us to Gillette to be closer to my grandparents. I’m a fan of Supernatural, Grey’s Anatomy and The 100. I have two doggies, Jason a 12-year-old Golden Retriever and Lucy a 3-legged, 5-year-old Lab. I’m currently reading A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs.


Hi, I’m Darcy, and I’ve worked at the library since 2006; prior to that, I was an English and Spanish teacher.  I’m the Youth Services Librarian now, so I work with both the Children’s and Teen departments, but for the first eleven years of my job, I was exclusively in the Teen Room, so it’s still one of my favorite places in the library.  I grew up in South Dakota; graduated from Carroll College in Helena, MT with my B.A in English and Spanish a very long time ago; and completed my Master’s degree in Library Sciences in 2016.  I have six kids – mostly all grown – and one grandson. I read a little bit of everything; the YA novels I read most recently were Damsel and Red Hood by Elena K. Arnold, and I loved them.  I enjoy hiking, cross-country skiing, gardening, and traveling.

10 Lesser Known Book-to-Film Adaptations

If you had to think about young adult books that were turned into movies, chances are Hunger Games, Harry Potter, and Twilight are some of the first titles that pop into your head. There are many mainstream novels that have had film adaptations. This list is the opposite of that. Here are ten lesser-known young adult book-to-film adaptations.

Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson    


Speak is the 1999 book and the 2004 movie starring Kristen Stewart. The book/movie is about high school freshman Melinda Sordino. Melinda stops speaking and becomes isolated after she busts the end-of-summer high school party by calling the cops. Nobody will talk to her or acknowledge her. Only art class gives her some relief and therapy. There she is able to work through what really happened at that party, that an upperclassman raped her and is still a threat to her daily life. While trying to heal, Melinda learns the importance of speaking up for yourself.

The Spectacular Now –  Tim Tharp 


The Spectacular Now is the 2010 book and 2013 movie of the same name featuring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. This is the story of Sutter Keely: he’s a people person, the type of guy everyone wants at their party. He has no plans for college or work; he’s happy as long as he has plenty of ladies and Seagram’s. This all changes when he wakes up on a strange lawn, Aimee’s front lawn. Aimee is the opposite of Sutter, a social disaster. Sutter decides it up to him to show Aimee a good time and then let her go. But before he knows it, Sutter is in over his head. He realizes he can make a difference in someone else’s life or ruin it forever.

The Fallen – Lauren Kate 


Fallen is the 2009 book and 2017 movie of the same name. The movie features Jeremy Irvine, Addison Timlin and Harrison Gilbertson. The story follows Lucinda, “Luce”, Price as she arrives at the Sword and Cross boarding school for troubled teens. She meets some other students at the school, but she is instantly drawn to Daniel. He seems so familiar to her. Daniel, however, wants nothing to do with Luce, and he makes that clear to her. Luce will do whatever it takes to find out what Daniel is hiding from her, even if it kills her.

Cirque Du Freak – Darren Shan 


Cirque Du Freak: A Living Nightmare is book one in the Darren Shan saga. The Vampire’s Assistant is the 2009 movie based on the books, starring John C. Reily, Josh Hutcherson, and Chris Massoglia.  When the freak show Cirque Du Freak comes to town, Darren and his friend Steve sneak out to attend a show. In the middle of the show, Steve realizes one of the performers is a vampire. Steve stays after to confront the vampire while Darren hides in the shadows watching. Soon Darren is in the middle of the dark and dangerous world of vampires and monsters.

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte 


Wuthering Heights is the 1847 novel and 2003 made for TV movie starring Erika Christensen and Mike Vogel. This is Emily Bronte’s only published novel,  a passionate love story between Catherine and Heathcliff. After Heathcliff’s adopted father’s death, he is bullied by Catherine’s brother. Heathcliff leaves Wuthering Heights but returns years later. He is now a wealthy man who seeks revenge for the past wrongdoings done to him. The movie is a modern twist on this classic tale.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky  


The Perks of Being a Wallflower is the title of both this classic teen novel and the 2012 movie, starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller. Charlie is a high school freshman that is dealing with his best friend’s suicide while managing his mental illness. Sam and Patrick are two high school seniors who decide to take Charlie under their wing and show them what real life truly is.

Stardust – Neil Gaiman 


Stardust is the fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman and 2007 movie of the same name. The movie features Michelle Pfeifer, Dustin Hoffman, Charlie Cox, and Claire Danes.  The story follows young Tristan (Tristran in the book) and his adventures in the land of Faerie. Tristan has fallen in love with Victoria, and as a birthday gift offers to go fetch a fallen star on the other side of the wall.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – Jesse Andrews 


This book and 2015 movie of the same title stars Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, and Olivia Cooke.  Greg is a part of every social group at school without having any actual friends. That is, until his mom makes him befriend Rachel. Rachel is a girl he used to go to Hebrew school with who has been diagnosed with leukemia.

Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead 


Vampire Academy is the first book in the Vampire Academy series; the movie was released in 2014, featuring Lucy Fry and Dominic Sherwood. Vampire Princess Lissa and her guardian in-training Rose return to St. Vladimir’s Academy after a horrible incident made then run two years ago. One is focusing on mastering magic while the other studies physical training while trying to avoid the cliques, gossip, and plots of the other students.

I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith 


This 1948 book and 2003 movie starring Romola Garaj and Bill Nighy tell the story of Cassandra.  For six months of 1934, Cassandra tries to hone her writing skills. She fills her journals and notebooks full of stories of her rundown family castle home and her poor family.  By the time she writes her last entry, Cassandra’s life has changed greatly. The most important change is falling in love.


Soaring Eagle Sequels!

And the winner is…. Okay we don’t know the winner yet. Hopefully soon though! However, after going through and showing you all ten of the nominees for 2019-2020, several of those authors have published new titles! Some are sequels and some are not, but I wanted to take a minute to share with you a few new titles by some of our favorite authors.

Jennifer Lynn Barnes, author of Little White Lies, has the sequel published; the title is Deadly Little Scandals. This book continues to follow Sawyer as she searches for the truth some of the events that happened in book one. This one centers around Sawyer and her cousin Lily as they attempt to join a secret group called the White Gloves. This group is composed of girls from the most elite families and not just anyone can join. As the pair grows closer to the group, they discover secrets that are decades old, secrets that will change the life of the girls forever.

Becky Albertalli, one of the authors of What If It’s Us, is back again, cowriting the book Yes No Maybe So, with fellow author Aisha Saeed. This book follows Jamie and Maya. Jamie volunteers for a local senate candidate and does a lot of the behind-the-scenes-type things, but he will not knock on doors and talk to people about their views. Maya is already having one of the worst summers ever: her friends are busy; her trip has been cancelled; and to top it off, her mom has just signed her up to do political canvassing. As luck would have it, when Jamie hears Maya will be going door-to-door, he decides to sign up as well. As the two grow closer they must not only navigate the political world but also their cross-cultural romance.

Karen M. McManus is the author of the popular One of Us is Lying. Her newest book, One of Us is Next, happens a year after the events of One of Us is Lying and follows Bronwyn’s sister, Maeve. After Simon’s “About That” blog was taken down, no other gossip app could stand up, even though many have tried. Now students at Bayview are getting texts about a new game, Truth or Dare. As the students quickly learn, you should always pick dare. But as the dares get more and more dangerous, Maeve and her friends start searching for who is behind the text before the game turns deadly.

There you have three new books by some favorite authors. Follow us on Facebook at Campbell County, Wyoming Government for some virtual book talks!