Soaring Eagle 2019-2020

It’s just about the time of year where the winners of the Soaring Eagle Book Award are announced! For those of you who might be unfamiliar with the Soaring Eagle Book Award program, let me give you a bit of a run down. Every year, teens in Wyoming have the chance to nominate their favorite books to appear on the list. A committee of teachers and librarians narrow those titles down to a final list of ten. Then the nominees are announced. Over the next few months, here at Campbell County Public Library, the staff members in the Teen Room read through all the nominated titles and create book talks for them. At the beginning of each school year we then present those book talks to the 7th and 8th graders at Twin Spruce and Sage Valley junior high schools. From February 15 – March 15 teens throughout the state who have read three or more of the titles have the chance to vote for their favorite and nominate new books for the next year. The titles cover many different topics including horror, science fiction, romance, non-fiction, graphic novels and so many others. Over the next few weeks we’ll present the book talks for the 2019-2020 nominees! This week we’ll go over the three stand-alone titles on the list. A stand-alone is a book that is not part of a series.


The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas

For sixteen-year-old Starr, life is difficult to navigate. Starr struggles with being herself when she feels like she has to act like somebody else, depending on where she is and who she’s with. Living in a poor, gang-ridden neighborhood, she’s seen as “being better than everybody else” because she attends a fancy, suburban prep-school. Then at school, where she’s the only African American student, she has to try to act “formal” enough, so she doesn’t get stereotyped as a hood rat. It is mentally exhausting.

This balance between her two worlds becomes even heavier after she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed, making the incident national news and putting Starr as the key eyewitness to the trial.

In the heat of the Black Lives Matter movement, Starr has to decide how to best get justice for Khalil when she is the only person alive who knows the true story. But what Starr does—or does not—say could enrage her community, or even endanger her and her family.


Hey, Kiddo

By Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Jarrett J. Krosoczka has written and illustrated over a dozen different books. With success like this you might be thinking he’s had an easy life, but you couldn’t be more wrong. As a child he was adopted by his grandparents due to his mom constantly being in and out of rehab and jail due to her drug addiction. His father wasn’t in the picture either; Jarrett never even knew his father’s name until he was a teenager and stumbled upon his birth certificate. His only escape from the darkness that was his life was through art and drawing, so he threw himself into classes for graphic design, drawing and basically any other forms of art. His passion for graphic novels helped push him to publish his first book, Good Night, Monkey Boy in 2001. Jarrett is a great example that it doesn’t matter where you come from; all that matters is your drive. This title is a graphic novel.


A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

By Atia Abawi

Tareq, a teenager living in a small city in Syria, is enjoying a typical evening at home with his family: his mom is fixing dinner; his dad is still at work at the family store; his younger siblings are playing; and his grandmother is helping with his twin baby brothers. Just a typical family evening that might happen in any country, right?

Typical until an air strike bombs Tareq’s city, destroying his home, his family, his past. In an instant, Tareq’s world is gone, replaced by a new reality – one that includes becoming a refugee to escape the war that is destroying his country.  In his journey to find a new life, Tareq will face starvation, unemployment, human traffickers, and the dangers of crossing the Mediterranean Sea to what he hopes will be safety and a new life for himself and his baby sister.  He will also find moments of breathtaking courage and human kindness in its purest form.

Written by a news journalist and based on the very real events of the Syrian war and refugee crisis, A Land of Permanent Goodbyes shows us that Tareq’s story could be any teenager’s story, if it is your destiny to live in a country devastated by war.


Did any of these titles sound interesting to you? Remember all these can be found at your school and public library; just stop in and ask! If none of these titles interest you, don’t worry. We still have seven more to show you!

Introducing Teen TED and Talk

TED Talks are awesome. They inspire and motivate and inform. They connect us with ideas and people and ourselves. They give us new perspective and insight and validation. They are like books …. books that have been condensed into 20-minute time slots.

This is what birthed the idea for TED and Talk, a book club-type encounter in which participants watch a TED Talk instead of reading a book. Reading a book is a major time commitment and time is a precious resource. Watching a TED Talk commits a fraction of the time a book does but provides equal opportunity for discussion and wonder and growth. And these are exactly the kinds of opportunities we strive to facilitate for you, the teens that we serve here at the library.

So please join us for our trial run of TED and Talk on January 21st at 1:30pm. We will be watching a talk by Sarah Kay, discussing the ideas, and, of course, enjoying snacks. If you’d like to check Ms. Kay’s talk out in advance, follow this link:


100 Books in a Year

Hello, teens! It is I, your humble teen librarian, Ashley! This blog is a synopsis of my year, where I challenged myself to read 100 books. 100 books! I thought it sounded crazy at first also, but that’s why I kept telling as many people as would listen about my reading challenge. Constantly telling others that “I AM” doing this was a great way for me to hold myself accountable. Now December is here, and I’ve read 93 books! I hope my 100 book reading adventure will inspire you to read more!

Why I decided to make this my goal

This was such a great experience. I know I sound like a broken record with the whole, “23 year old librarian discovers reading” narrative, although I realized that in and after college, I don’t remember reading a single book for fun. Working in the Teen Room changed that for me.

With recommending books as such a big part of my new job, I really wanted to read more and know the collection of books I had around me. With all of the new YA books, manga, and graphic novels coming in every month, I started accumulating name after name of books and authors I wanted to read.

Not to mention, at this time in 2018, my favorite Youtuber Pewdiepie was also doing monthly book reviews and talking about all the great experiences he was having from reading again. After his book review video in December, “720 Books in a Year” (which was clickbait; he read 72 books in the year), I was amazed at the idea of somebody reading 70 books in a year when I hadn’t even read one. I thought to myself, “If the person with the biggest channel on Youtube can find time to read 70 books, I’ve got to be able to read 100”.  And so I had a New Year’s resolution; in 2019, I was going to read 100 books.

How I managed my reading

By doing some simple math, I calculated if I monitor myself and keep on a schedule where I read about 7-10 books a month, I would make it to 100 by January. So that’s what I did. Just like you teens do with summer reading, I logged everything, kept track of what I have read and still want to read with a continuously growing “want to read” list. And now it’s December, and I will meet my goal.

I bet you’re still wondering how I made time to sit down and read about 9 books a month. My secret? I didn’t. In case you haven’t been keeping up with these blog posts, a library has so many more resources than just your standard books. We also have audiobooks, eaudiobooks, Playaways, graphic novels, manga, NoFear classics, along with graphic novel classic remakes.

The app I used to listen to most of my eaudiobooks was Libby, which is amazing and free to anyone with a library card. On Libby, you can read or listen to the most recent audiobooks wherever you want, at the speed you set, without fines, and without using data after downloading your book. For those of you who say that they don’t have time to read, I would respond with, “you likely have time to listen”. I listen to books everywhere! Any little downtime where I have a quiet break when I’m alone, I always have a great story to listen to.

To address some more assumptions, before you think that all I did was listen to books, that’s not true either. I happen to be a rather audible and visual learner, so eaudiobooks work really well for me along with graphic novels. Don’t get me wrong, I can sit down and binge a chapter book when I want to, but with holding myself to such a tight schedule it was a lot easier to listen to eaudiobooks in my down time.

One more note on my reading schedule: with 100 books at about 9 a month, you may think I was reading constantly; but again, not the case. I mainly binged through some really captivating books on the weekends, then throughout the week I’d just listen to a book or read when I felt like it; but by all means, I had a lot of time to still do the regular stuff I enjoy doing. I could still binge shows and anime with my friends, and the pressure of 100 books was never too overwhelming. My reading goals were always on my mind, but it really didn’t make too much extra work for me or take away from my day to day tasks. I found that making a “want to read list” really kept me on track and excited about what was next to come. It’s a small thing, but the feeling of crossing a book off of your list once you’ve read it is so satisfying.

You can too!

I know with so many different social media platforms out there and so much new content readily available, reading seems to be a thing of the past for a lot of people, or something strictly done for academics; but I’m here to remind you that it’s not. Reading is still amazing and easier than ever to get in touch with, not to mention it’s free to all with a library card!

This year, I read so many books that I always wanted to read, and I am so happy for that. I got to get in the minds of teens, kids, and some of the best authors I’ve had the pleasure of being introduced to.

My favorite kinds of YA books to read are historic fictions, remade classics, autobiographies, books with characters of different diversities, books in verse, and books with the topic of mental health.

Some of my favorite books I read were The Poet X, Ban This Book, The Disaster Artist, To Kill a Mockingbird, Fish in a Tree, Grenade, and Mary’s Monster.

I’m super happy I am going to reach my goal of 100 books in a year, although next year I’m going to give myself a little break and tone it down to 50 books. On that note, when was the last time you read a book for fun? Between school, homework, and whatever other events you are involved with, I know you can get pretty drained; however, I highly encourage you to try to find a book to read for fun. Whether it be a manga, graphic novel, biography, audiobook, etc., there is an amazing book out there waiting for you to find it. And a great place to start is the library!


Teen Volunteer Book Fair

Do you or someone you know like the smell of new books? Are you procrastinating buying gifts for the holidays? Well you’re in luck, next week will be the annual Teen Volunteer Scholastic Book Fair!!!

This book fair is run entirely by the library’s teen volunteers; not only do they run the fair, but they receive matching funds according to the profits from the fair. They use the money raised to purchase books from the fair to donate to various youth service agencies in our community. These agencies include GARF, Boys and Girls Club, the YES house, and many other agencies. The fair is a great time to shop for gifts for others or for yourself! There is a wide variety of books for you to choose from, making this a great place to stop by and get some early- or last-minute shopping taken care of. We have a ton of holiday books to choose from and a ton of stocking stuffers!

Join us in the lobby of the library:

Monday, December 9, 5-7pm

Tuesday, December 10, 10am-12pm, 3:30-7pm

Wednesday, December 11, 10am-12pm, 3:30-7pm

Thursday, December 12, 10am-12pm, 3:30-8:30pm. The Children’s department will host Santa in the Wyoming Room  from 5:30-7:30pm

Friday, December 13, 3:30-8:30pm. Craig Johnson will be speaking in the Wyoming Room at 6:30pm.

What would you like?

The Teen Room is a place dedicated to the teens in Gillette. That being said, we want to know if we are not meeting your expectations. Is there technology you are using in school and would like to continue to use here? Or some technology that you’ve heard of and want to try here? Maybe what you want isn’t technology, maybe it’s something else, like video games or board games. Whatever it might be, we want to know. Drop a comment in the comment section; come down and talk to us; or put an anonymous suggestion in our suggestion box in the Teen Room.

Guess who’s coming…

We are so excited it’s November. Why? Because Ellen Hopkins, that’s why!

November brings with it the remarkable opportunity to meet, listen to and speak with the New York Times bestselling author of 14 young adult novels.

If you are familiar with Ms. Hopkins’ works, we know you are as excited as we are. If not, let me tell you why you should be.

Ms. Hopkins’ brutally honest portrayals of drug addiction, suicide and sexual abuse have gotten her books both banned and chosen as required reading in high schools and drug court programs.

She writes in verse, like Homer, but a bit more relatable….proof that it is not the quantity of words that paints the pictures, but the quality. If the contest was “paint the most vivid visual imagery in the fewest words possible,” Ms. Hopkins would win every time.

Ms. Hopkins wants to meet you and speak with you. She writes these evocative novels because she wants to evoke conversation about these heavy and important topics, topics that need to be talked about, that need to have a bright light shined on their dark corners.

So, if you are in high school, don’t be absent November 14. Ms. Hopkins will be at your school ready to connect with you. If you are not in high school, don’t fret. She will be here at the library that evening at 7 pm. Join us and be ready to be inspired, motivated and moved.

The Library will have several of Ms. Hopkins’ titles available for purchase and signing, at the low price of $10 for a paperback book. You may purchase books at either of the high school visits, or at the public program on November 14. Books will also be available at the CCPL Teen Room from November 12 through 15.

3D Printing

Did you know the library has two 3D printers? We house one at the technology center for the adults to use and one in the Teen Room for our teens!

So, what can you print? Well just about anything you can think of! Obviously, there are some things that we can’t print since our 3D printer is only so big!

So, how do you print? There are two different ways for you to print. The first is by going to and searching for different premade designs. They have a plethora of different designs for you to choose from. Or option two, you can design your own 3D print! Once you find or create what you want to print, save it to a jump drive as a .3mf or .stl file. The only file type we cannot print is a .gcode. If you are at the library we have a drive for you to use or you can bring in your drive for us to print it. Then you pick what type of color filament you want.

Does it cost? There is a $0.10 per gram charge when using the 3D printer and you do need to pay for your print before we’ll print it. We’ll be able to tell you how much your print will be when you bring it in and once you pick out your filament.

So, how long does it take to print and when will it be ready? We might not print your print right away depending on how many prints are in front of yours and how long your print will take since we don’t let the printer run when we are closed. We’ll be able to tell you how long it will take when you bring it in.

What now? Then, wa-lah! Once we finish printing your design, we will call you and you can come pick up your print!

Spooky Season in the Teen Room

Happy spooky season, y’all! In case you haven’t noticed, we love this time of year in the Teen Room!

Scary Stories: Teen Edition

Because we’re all fond of the strange and unusual, we’re planning to host Scary Stories: Teen Edition on Thursday, October 17, 3pm! Join us for a spooky movie, popcorn, scary stories, and a spooky craft! Any teen is welcome and we’re planning on having a spook-tacular time! So, enter if you dare; you’re in for a scare!

  For those of you looking for some spooky reads, here are a couple new books that add a modern twist to classic horror– and just in time for Halloween!

Mary’s Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein

by Lita Judge

For those of you who enjoy a new spin on an old classic, you may love Mary’s Monster. Mary’s Monster pairs free verse poetry with page upon page of haunting black-and-white watercolored illustrations. The story follows the life of Mary Shelley and her family as she grows up without her mother, in a gloomy house with her sisters, father, and cruel step-mom. Desperate to escape the darkness around her family, Mary finds love with a man who loves writing and the macabre. Moving with uncertainty from one tragedy to the next, we get to experience Mary Shelley’s life and all the darkness she endured to create the story of Frankenstein. Follow Mary Shelley as you’ve never seen her before in this unique biography of the pregnant teenage runaway who became one of the greatest horror authors of all time.

Hocus Pocus & The All-New Sequel

Be spellbound by a fresh retelling of the original “Hocus Pocus” story, followed by the all-new sequel that continues the story with the next generation of Salem teens!

It’s always hard being the new kid in school, but when Max Dennison moves to Salem, Massachusetts, new problems seem appear in a puff of smoke. After he accidentally sets free the Sanderson sisters, a crazy coven of creepy witches, it’s up to Max, his sister, and their new friends to stop the Sanderson sisters from wreaking havoc on Salem.

Twenty-five years have passed since Max Dennison’s run-in with the Sanderson sisters. His seventeen-year-old daughter, Poppy, is set to enjoy a Halloween celebration like you can only find in Salem, but when events go awry, she finds herself facing the Sanderson sisters in all their tricky goodness.

His Hideous Heart

This one’s for you, Poe fans! His Hideous Heart follows thirteen of Edgar Allan Poe’s most popular tales retold by some hot YA authors. Combining modern Poe retellings along with the originals, this book is a perfectly unique Spooktober read. Whether you’re new to the world of Poe or are already familiar, take a chance on His Hideous Heart and revel in the terrors and thrills of his classic tales in a new way. Experience Poe’s stories like  never before in this delightful modern book.

A Call to Love

Hate exists in this world. We have all felt it, and sadly, we have most likely all perpetuated it at some point in some capacity. With the anniversary of  9/11, a true testament to the powerfully destructive force that is hate, upon us once more, it feels like a most poignant time to reflect upon hate and the intolerance and fear it facilitates, and conversely, and much more importantly, to reflect on its counter, love, and the tolerance and compassion it facilitates.

Our library shelves are littered with books telling stories steeped in hate. And reading them serves us. We do not need firsthand experience to learn lessons. When we read, we step into another world, we feel that world and when we leave it, we take with us the lessons and knowledge we gained while in it and can apply them to our own worlds.

Hate is run amok on the other side of our planet presently, driven by the same fear laden intolerance that exploded the Twin Towers here 17 year ago. Families torn apart, people brutally raped and murdered, lives destroyed. The three following books bring you into that world. We encourage you to be brave and go there from the safety of your own mind.

A Cave in the Clouds: A Young Woman’s Escape from ISIS by Badeeah Hassan AhmedA Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi

Refugee by Alan Gratz

We then challenge you to come back, not in despair, not in dissolution of humanity, but with a knowing that there is something you can do. You can love. Love yourself first. Treat yourself with kindness and respect. Nurture your mind, body and soul. Then extend that love outward to your fellow humans, knowing that just as you are not perfect, but you love yourself anyways, they are not perfect, and you love them anyways.

Bring Your Own Book Book Club!

Welcome back to school, teens! We hope everyone is enjoying their first weeks of school! For those of you who are new to the Teen Room, we have a lots of activities and projects to look forward to! This year, we’re so excited to resume the Bring Your Own Book Club!

BYOBook Club

This year, we’re starting a Bring Your Own Book Club! Rather than having everyone read the same book, we decided it would be fun if we had a “theme of the month” on the months where we’re having book club. Then, you can choose whatever book you want to bring as long as you can relate it to the theme. The first BYOBook Club we’ll be having is Friday, September 27, at 3:30pm in honor of Banned Books Week. What effect does banning books, or other forms of censorship, have on us today? Bring a banned or challenged book and let’s talk about that!