Awesome Audio

Hey, summer readers! Do you know about our YA collection of audiobooks? For most popular books and Soaring Eagle Nominees, we like to carry a form of audiobook. Whether it be book on CD, Playaway, or e-audiobook, we offer our patrons many ways to listen to books. Without further ado, here are all your free resources our library offers you in audiobooks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

CD Audiobooks

Do you enjoy listening to stories on long car rides or on your CD player? CD Audiobooks are often the best choice for long road trips or with your family! With audiobooks by YA authors like JK Rowling, Rick Riordan, Victoria Aveyard, Alan Gratz, and Jennifer Nielsen, there is sure to be a series we have that you or your family will love!

Playaways
As technology advances, we mustn’t forget the invention of the Playaway! A Playaway is an audiobook in a pocket sized, mp3 player-like device. All it takes to read a Playaway are headphones and the provided battery. With a Playaway, you’ve got a convenient audiobook to listen to anywhere you go; no phone, CD, or internet required!

E-audiobooks (Libby and RB Digital)

For all you tech-savvy patrons with access to a phone, computer, tablet or iPad: a great audio resource for you are e-audiobooks! At the click of a button, you have access to hundreds of e-books and e-audiobooks on your device.

Libby is an app that’s free to anyone with a library card that gives you access to hundreds of the latest and greatest e-audiobooks and e-books in our library Overdrive collection. On Libby, there are no late fees; and once you download a book it requires no internet connection or data to enjoy reading or listening. You can also borrow 6 books and place up to 5 holds at a time. The Libby app is perfect for any bookworm who likes to multitask and utilize technology. It is easy to meet your reading goals and listen to all the stories you’ve ever wanted to explore with the Libby app!

*Sidenote: If you’re looking for Libby on a kindle, it is going to be found under the title of its parent app, Overdrive.

RB Digital also offers a collection of e-audiobooks that we may not have on Libby, plus magazines! An awesome feature of RB Digital is that there are no waiting on holds involved with downloading your e-audiobook or magazines. You can also have up to 15 books downloaded at once, 10 holds placed, and an unlimited number of magazines! As with Libby, your downloads check out for 14 days with the option to renew or return when desired. And once again, there are no late fees due to automatic returns on the RB Digital app! With RB Digital, you can listen to your stories wherever you can take your devices!

For more information or help finding or downloading any of these resources, stop on by the library for assistance or pamphlets on these resources! Overall, our e-audiobooks are such an amazing resource to anyone who loves reading and listening to stories, so definitely check these out!

Hogwarts Escape Room Round 2

Did you miss our Hogwarts Escape Room?

Never fear! The awesome staff in the Teen Room has decided to do it again and soon! Join us Wednesday, July 31 for our Hogwarts Escape Room redo! Sessions start at 2pm and run for 30 minutes; our last session will start at 5pm.

Welcome to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! You’ve been given detention by Professor Vector; the last student who had detention with him went missing after Professor Vector went to a Quidditch game. The student was never seen again; this will be your fate if you and your team do not successfully escape his classroom. Will you escape or will you fade away?

5 Great Summer Reads

Hello, summer readers! June is almost over, but summer reading is still going strong! If you’re having a hard time choosing what book or series you want to start next, here are 5 great summer reads that the YA staff recommends for teens!

Poet X

For those who enjoy books in verse, The Poet X is a beautifully written book about Xiomara, or X, who loves writing poetry to express herself. Her highly religious Dominican family has double standards when it comes to her brother, the golden child of the family who seems to do no wrong. X is by no means a wild card, although her family expects her to be a clean, grateful, God-loving girl. Struggling to feel accepted for herself at home, X puts her heart and soul into her poetry. This is a great book for all teens who struggle with feeling unaccepted among their family.

 

Seven Deadly Sins (Manga)

For all you manga lovers, the Seven Deadly Sins series is the most exciting adventure manga for the summer! Follow Meliodas and Princess Elizabeth as they set out to reunite all the outlawed Seven Deadly Sins to save the kingdom from the corrupt holy knights!

 

 

We Are Okay

After having a rough year, Marin is desperate for change and to find a place to belong again. Marin spends her summer almost alone in her college dorm since most students are home for summer break. Marin struggles with feelings of isolation and finding meaning while she is at her lowest. Luckily, she has the support of her best friend to get her through the days, although self-doubt and struggles with mental health make everyday tasks much harder. This is a great read for those of you who tend to struggle in the summers, feeling isolated and generally down when you have too much time on your hands and miss your friends.

Space Boy (Graphic Novels)

Space Boy is the story of Amy, a girl with synesthesia. For some this means they see music; for others, they smell colors. For Amy, everyone she meets has a flavor, whether it’s the flavor of hot chocolate when she hugs her father, or pineapple and jalapeno when she chats with her best friend. After growing up on a mining colony in deep space, she is forced to move with her family back to Earth. Following 30 years of cryogenic stasis, she wakes up to find herself on a new world, with new technology all around her, and her only friends are now older and half a light year away. Amy struggles with adapting to her new life until she befriends Oliver, a boy with no taste.

Space Boy is a great story about dealing with change that hooks the reader at every turn, and the art style has a very cute simplicity to it while still developing a compelling and charming world.

Manga Classics (Manga)

Here’s a treat for manga and literature enthusiasts! The Manga Classics are a great new way to read some of our classic novels. Whether you struggle to comprehend wordier classic novels, or simply wish to experience one of these stories in a new style, all of us in YA highly recommend checking out the Manga Classics! Written in the classic manga style (read right to left), this collection offers a new way to enjoy some great classic stories.

We currently have the following books in the Manga Classics collection:

Great Expectations

The Jungle Book

Les Misérables

Macbeth

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Romeo and Juliet

The Scarlet Letter

 

We hope you enjoyed this month’s book review (clap clap) and happy reading!

 

Teen Summer Reading!

Are you participating in our Teen Summer Reading program?!

It’s super easy! Come down to the Teen room and grab a bingo sheet. Then all you have to do is read 3 hours or 300 pages, whatever is easiest for you. You keep track however you want. When you read 3 hrs or 300 pages you get to pick your prize. You can win a free book, a drawstring backpack, a water bottle, slime, pizza and so much more! Easy, right?

But wait, there’s more!!! Anytime you cross off a square 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; Find Your Zen, Baker’s Dozen, Gamers, Cup of Sunshine, and not one, but two Night at the Movies.

Find Your Zen comes with a fleece throw for stargazing, a cosmic magnetic sculpture, a Kylo Ren piggy bank, and $50 Goldbucks to be used at any participating stores in town.

Baker’s Dozen comes with two different mixes, pot holders, measuring cups and spoons, a $25 gift card to Alla Lala Cupcakes, and $25 gift card to Ice Cream Café.

Gamers comes with a 35mm mega acrylic D20, some magic cards, a deck case, and $50 gift card to Dungeons & Dugouts.

Cup of Sunshine comes with tea, hot cocoa mix, a reusable cup, a journal and a $50 gift card to Rapport.

Finally, our two Night at the Movies baskets come with buttered popcorn, four different kinds of candy, and a $50 gift card to Foothills Movie Theater, and all this comes in a big popcorn container!

Stop by the Teen room and pick up your reading log today! We will have our drawing for the grand prize baskets at our final party Wednesday, July 24, 1-4 pm; you do NOT have to be present to win! All other prizes will be passed out till August 19.

Teen Summer Reading is Out of This World!

 

 

This year, our summer reading program is theme is “A Universe of Stories” and we have a ton of fun activities in the Teen Room here at Campbell County Public Library! We’re kicking off the summer with a party on May 23, 3-5 pm! Join us down in the teen room for an open mic, and snacks, and you can even visit the Wyoming Stargazers’ Digital Planetarium up in the atrium! Make sure you                                                                 grab a ticket and reading log!

 

On June 19, 2-5:30, we will be hosting a Hogwarts Escape Room! Bring your friends to find the clues to escape Professor Vector’s office. But be warned; you only have 30 minutes!

 

 

 

Throughout the summer weekends we will be having a Star Wars Marathon starting on June 21, 1-4 pm. Catch up on all the movies before Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker opens in theaters this December!

 

 

We will be having a Space Escape Room on July 10, 2-4 pm. Your group is trapped in a space shuttle that will self-destruct if you do not solve the clues! See you there!

 

 

Finally, we will be having our End of Summer Party on July 24, 1-4 pm. There will be outdoor water games, snacks, and drawing for our six prize baskets. You do not have to be in attendance to win, but please come join us!

Make sure to stop by this summer, grab a reading log, and earn some awesome prizes! We’ll be having clubs and activities all summer!

Teen Volunteers!

The Library needs you!

Do you:

• Want to help your community?

• Enjoy hanging out with fun people?

• Like to eat snacks?

• Want to gain job skills before applying for the real thing?

• Want to build an impressive resume before graduating?

If you said “yes” to any of these, consider signing up to be a CCPL Teen Volunteer! Applications are available in the Teen Room of the library. Pick one up, and return, with a parent/guardian signature, by Friday, May 24, at 4:45 pm. Training and orientation will take place the following week. If you can’t volunteers this summer but would like to once school starts pick up an application and turn it in. We’ll hold on to it for our next orientation in September!

Questions?  Call the Young Adult department at 687-9227, or Darcy Acord, Youth Services Librarian, at 687-9229.

National Library Week Teen Edition

This month in the teen room, we have so many fun things going on! Summer may be around the corner, but hang tight! This month we’re celebrating libraries and what they mean to us for National Library Week!

 

National Library Week

This year’s theme for National Library Week is “Libraries = Strong Communities”.

Please share with us how the library impacts you and write on the room display, either “what the library means to you” or “why you’re visiting today”. Doing so may result in a piece of appreciation candy! Also, partake in the National Library Week themed makerspace with book art, page painting, or paint a book end! For those of you more drawn in by mind puzzles, the giant Sudoku board in the hallway may be for you!

 

Calling All Teens!

If you haven’t already taken a survey about ideas for our upcoming podcast, please do so! Your voice is very much heard and is being taken into consideration! Podcast Surveys are found on the tables of the teen room.

Another way to use your voice in the teen room would be to give us suggestions on what to rename this “Can’t Stop Reading” teen blog (meta, right!). As long as the language is appropriate, all suggestions are welcome! Leave your vote in the specified ballot box on the teen room desk!

Thanks Volunteers!

National Library Week also happens to fall on Volunteer Appreciation Week! Since September, our teen volunteers have given us a total of 472.75 hours of precious time! From everyone in YA, we appreciate all that our volunteers do for us and the library. You guys truly make our community a better place!

Check Out Our Soaring Eagle Award Winners!

Another big thank you to those who participated in reading and voting on our Soaring Eagle books this year! The winners have been posted and we’re even more excited to see what next year’s Soaring Eagle nominees will hold!

The Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

WINNER!

 

Project 1065 by Alan Gratz

1st Runner Up

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

2nd Runner Up!

Graphic Novels You Should Be Reading

I’m going to start off by saying that graphic novels are so much more than just superhero comics or manga (although those are awesome, and you should read those too!). There are a lot of graphic novels out there that don’t get the love and attention they deserve. For this post, I’d like to touch on two graphic novels that are amazing. These are available at our library, so come and check them out!

 

The Undertaking of Lily Chen

By Danica Novgorodoff

 

Let me start off by giving you the premise of this story: in some parts of rural China, people are selling the corpses of females. Why, you ask? Well it’s all part of a custom called “ghost marriages”. In this ancient tradition, husbands and wives are meant to share a grave, and if a man dies unmarried, essentially a piece of him is missing. To solve this problem, families will buy the dead body of a woman, marry the two dead people in a ceremony, and then bury them together. Mhmm that’s right! That’s only the beginning, friends. You can use your imagination to figure out just how people are “collecting” these women. Or you can read this graphic novel and find out for yourself! Part laugh-out-loud funny and part deeply moving and heavyhearted, this graphic novel is also paired with beautiful artwork. I hope you give it a chance; you won’t regret it. In fact, you might check out more than once!

Plutona

By Jeff Lemire, Emi Lenox, and Jordie Bellaire

        Now it’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Jeff Lemire. He’s written some great stuff (Essex County, The Descender and Sweet Tooth series, and a lot more) and Plutona is one of the great Young Adult graphic novels that he has published recently. Not only is the artwork super cool, but the story is just spot on. Speaking of the story, let’s get into that.  Imagine you have a favorite superhero (mine’s Batman) and you and some friends uh, you find him or her…dead. In a forest. You are seemingly the only ones who know this secret. What do you do in this situation? That’s the dilemma that Teddy, Dianne, Mie, Mike, and Ray find themselves in. This is a superhero tale with a twist, and I’m betting you’ll enjoy this graphic novel. It’s one of those that are really hard to put down. Good luck with that!

 

 

 

 

 

2018-2019 Soaring Eagle Nominees–Voting Now Open!

You may have heard the saying ‘those who forget history are doomed to repeat it’ or some variation of it. That being said, not everyone likes to read history text books; a great way to learn historic facts is reading historical fiction and lucky for us there were two great historical fiction novels on this year’s Soaring Eagle list. Let’s take a look at those now!

 

Stalking Jack the Ripper

By Kerri Maniscalso

London, 1888:  In the heat and humidity of late August, a serial killer terrorizes the low-class East End district, Whitechapel, murdering women and brutally dismembering their bodies. He becomes known as “Jack the Ripper” for the gory, bloody murder scenes he leaves behind.

Audrey Wadsworth, raised in an upright Victorian-era family, feels compelled to solve the murders, to figure out the identity of “Jack the Ripper” before he strikes again. Even though the women he kills are viewed as “throwaway” women by most of society, Audrey knows that no person deserves to die in such horrific murders.

As she becomes dangerously involved with the murder investigation, Audrey slowly realizes that “Jack the Ripper” may be closer to her than she thinks.  Could he be her eccentric uncle, who has his own personal collection of human organs and is always seeking more? Could it be the handsome, yet aggravating, Thomas – a fellow student in her uncle’s secret forensic science classes?

Or could it be someone even closer?  Perhaps, even, someone in Audrey’s own home?

 

Projekt 1065

By Alan Gratz

“You do what you have to do, even if it means doing something wrong.”

Michael O ‘Shaunessey is a thirteen year old boy growing up in Nazi Germany. Like any teenager he loathes the grown-up dinner parties, making small talk, listening to adults discuss Hitler and “the War”.

Unlike most teens, Michael has a huge secret. He goes to school daily as part of the Hitler Youth Corp. He is a good soldier by day: doing everything required of him to move up in the corp and prove his loyalty to Hitler and Germany.  At home when he leaves school and the public eye, he keeps his family’s secret: they work for the Allies, feeding information through the Irish embassy they work for to help the Allied Forces.  Although Michael is just a kid and not actually a spy, he finds himself challenged daily not to challenge the evil he sees happening all around. Children were encouraged to turn their family members in for violating any small rule; boys beat each other to just to prove their loyalty to the Fuhrer.

Michael befriends a new boy at school and protects him from the bullies. As he gets to know his new young friend he discovers the secret of Projekt 1065. Michael is determined to somehow get a copy of the plan and pass it on to his parents to send to the Allies. The story keeps you questioning with Michael , what would I do if I had to choose between doing what is necessary and doing something wrong.

 

Now, if you’ve been keeping up you’ve noticed we keep mentioning ten titles but we have only done nine; that’s because some titles don’t really fit well with any of the other books. This year that book is I Will Always Write Back, this is a nonficiton title. Don’t let the fact that it’s nonfiction scare you away, as this book will demand your attention.

 

I Will Always Write Back

By Caitlin Alifirenka & Martin Ganda with Liz Welch

Two people, two very different lives. Caitlin lives in Virginia, while Martin lives halfway around the world in Zimbabwe. Two individuals who by all means should have never met each other quickly become close lifelong friends. Everyone in Caitlin’s class wrote a letter to a penpal in a distant country. Martin is one of the lucky few in his class to receive a letter, which happens to be from Caitlin. As they correspond with each other, they learn how vastly different their worlds truly are. As Martin struggles to find ways to pay for school and feed his family, Caitlin struggles with backstabbing friends and dating. Even with the differences they have, they find peace and understanding through one another. From their first letter all the way to their first meeting, we see how a letter can spark a friendship that lasts decades, a friendship that changes both individuals for the better.

 

There you are –  all ten Soaring Eagle Nominees for 2018-2019. Voting is going on now through Mach 15, for our teens, 7th-12th grade, at your public library or at your school library. If you have read three or more of these books, you can vote for your favorite, as well as nominate another book to be on the list next year! If you haven’t read three,stop by your libraries to check some out, or visit our Libby app. Happy readings!!!!

 

Explore Tech in the Teen Room During Teen Tech Week!

If you were ever curious about the tech options for teens at the library, there are plenty of different technologies for you to explore!

3D pens – Draw awesome 3D objects with our 3D pens! From statues to glasses frames, there are a ton of fun things you can create. Use your imagination! These will be available for you to use in the makerspace for the first couple weeks in March.


Spheros – These round robots are a ton of fun. You can create your own coding system – they’ll go wherever you guide them! You can use a code someone else has created or create your own! Your sphero will dance, have a light show, and make various sounds.

3D Printer – Have you ever used a 3D printer? Now’s your chance to find out how cool they are. You can print out basically whatever you want (besides things outlined in our library policy) and we have a variety of filament colors as well. On Wednesday, March 6 teen librarians will be explaining how to use them and will provide an opportunity for you to print something. During the month of March 3D prints are free for teens, 7th-12th grade!


Ozobots – these little robots follow a code that you put before them and can create a variety of shapes and follow a lot of different paths. You can draw these paths yourself or use a coding system to teach your bots new tricks!

Here in the teen room we have two original ozobots and one Evobot. With light effects, sounds, and a variety of movements, the options are endless!
The teen room also has two iPads, 4 internet computers, more robotics, a computer lab for you to use whenever you need to do homework and much more. Come down and explore all we have to offer! See you during Teen Tech Week March 4-8!