Banned Books Week was created in 1982 after there was a sudden rush of challenges of books in schools and libraries. It is normally the last week in September and it is meant to focus on free and open access to all information. Banned Books Week brings together readers of all types.
The Teen Room will be holding the second annual Banned Books Reading Challenge September 1-October 3. Read any banned or challenged book during this time and log it in ReadSquared to earn points. Points earned will earn you an entry to win an awesome free prize!
Not sure what books have been challenged or banned? Stop by the Teen Room to see our display of books or talk to staff for suggestions. You can also check out the reading lists in ReadSquared. The winner will be announced Monday October 4.
Happy reading and may the odds be ever in your favor!
Continuing on with the mystery of “I don’t remember the title or author, but the cover was…” this week we’ll talk books with green on the cover. Here are four teen books with “green on the cover!”
Five Midnight by Ann Dávila Cardinal
Lupe has arrived in Puerto Rico for the summer and is staying with her uncle, who’s investigating a series of murders. While at one of the crime scenes she notices some clues that her uncle isn’t willing to look into. So, she does what any normal mystery-loving teen would do and follows the lead on her own. In enters Javier. Two of his four friends from childhood have died under peculiar circumstances. Together Lupe and Javier must work together in hopes to catch a killer, but will they find a murderer or a monster?
Turtle Under Ice by Juleah del Rosario
After the death of their mother several years ago, sisters Ariana and Rowena feel like they’ve drifted into their own corners of the world. Both trying to figure out how to exist without their mom. When Rowena awakens to find her sister missing, she is left to piece together what happened to Ariana. Turtle Under Ice is a novel told in dual perspectives and in verse.
Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery
Orphan Anne knows she’s not exactly what the Cuthberts were expecting. Anne is desperate for the Cuthberts to adopt her but in order to convince them she has to keep her temper under control. This means no rushing into scrapes and not saying the first thing that comes to mind. Anne hopes she can convince them to let her stay so she can one day call herself Anne of Green Gables.
Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price
The first book in A Jane Austen Murder Mystery series, Pride and Premeditation is the murder mystery of one of Jane Austen’s most beloved books, Pride and Prejudice. Lizzie Bennet is a huge law enthusiast and wants to prove she’s a formidable litigator. Unfortunately, women are only allowed in the court room as witnesses and the man accused already has a lawyer, Mr. Darcy. Instead of letting either of these deter her Lizzie decides to steal the client out from under Darcy and solve the murder. True to the murder mystery genre Lizzie discovers that being a lawyer can often be a dangerous job.
Do you have a book you need help finding but can’t remember the title? Stop by the Teen Room and we’ll do our best to find it!
It’s back-to-school season and we are very excited to share with you our new School Hacks Neighborhood here in the Young Adult department. This collection of books is designed to help you with your schoolwork. It is located in the non-fiction room and is on the first range of shelves when you walk in.
So, what’s in it
A selection of classic books, based on various required reading lists, including titles such as Fahrenheit 451, Wuthering Heights, Shakespeare’s works and more.
Books designed to help you with classroom concepts presented in unique ways. The Manga Guide to Physiology, Painless Chemistry, and Everything you need to ace math in one big fat notebook are just a few.
No Fear Shakespeare books. These books have the full text of the original plays and sonnets side-by-side with a translation into modern English to help you understand what’s going on.
Manga Classics: original classic books with manga illustrations. Manga is a style of Japanese graphic novels and comic books.
“I don’t remember the title or author, but the cover had pink on it…” This is a normal question asked of a librarian. Most people feel bad about asking this question, but don’t! We love the mystery and adventure of trying to find the book you’re looking for! So, here are five teen books with “pink on the cover!”
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
Shy and quiet Mia thinks life can’t get any worse than her mom dating her algebra teacher, but then her dad drops a bombshell on her: He’s not a politician; he’s the crown prince of Genovia! To make matters worse, Mia is now the heir to the throne. Mia decides to juggle princess duties and being normal at school, but her grandmother has different plans for her. This is the first book in the eleven-book series following Mia through her princess journey.
Alex & Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz
The year is 1777; Eliza and her sisters Angelica and Peggy are preparing for the biggest event of the year, the Schuylers’ Grand Ball. Nothing excites Eliza more than the rumor that Alexander Hamilton will be attending. Alexander is not only a mysterious young colonel but also the right-hand man to General George Washington. As the two meet, an epic love story takes hold and changes the course of history. This is the first book of the Alex and Eliza series.
What Every Girl Should Know by J. Albert Mann
Margaret has a list of things she doesn’t want to do: clean the dishes, clean the dirty diapers that pile up daily, disappoint her mother….. but most importantly, she doesn’t want to grow up to be a teacher or a mother. Margaret’s challenge is trying to make a difference while living in poverty in the late nineteenth century. What Every Girl Should Know is a historical fiction novel about the young life of Margaret Higgins Sanger.
Mean Girls by Micol Ostow based on the screen play by Tina Rey
Growing up with scientist parents in the African plains, Cady is no stranger to surviving in the wild. But when her family relocates to Illinois, Cady finds she may not be able to survive the wildest place in existence: high school. Cadie quickly finds herself as the newest member to the elite group,“The Plastics,” and she soon realizes Girl World has no rules. Ostow doesn’t just tell the story from Cady’s point of view but also those of Janis, Gretchen, Damian, Aaron, and Regina.
Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith
Starting college is the next adventure for Clare and Aidan, but first they have to decide if they want to stay together or break up. The couple remember their journey together, from the first date to the first kiss, the ups and downs and everything in between.
Are you interested in checking out any of these items? The following library links will direct you straight to the book in our library catalog. From there you can place items on hold.
It’s the end of summer! Well, sort of. Come join us as we wrap up our Summer Reading program on July 28, 2021 from 1:30-4pm. Can you pick up things with your knees and run? Do you want to be a human ring toss? Come play these minute-to-win it games and have a snack. We will also hold a drawing for all the grand prizes you guys have been working so hard for! Can’t wait to see you!
June is Pride month and also Rainbow Book Month. Rainbow Book Month is a celebration of authors and writings that represent the lives and experiences of the LGBTQIA+ community and has been celebrated by the American Library Association (ALA) since 2015. Libraries include LGBTQIA+ resources in collections because libraries represent the communities they serve. Here are some LGBTQIA+ Fiction selections from our collection that you can come and check out!
A quick & easy guide to queer & trans identities by Mady M. Giulani, author, and J.R. Zuckerberg, illustrator This graphic novel covers a multitude of topics such as sexuality, gender identity and navigating relationships. The story is told through comics, interviews, and worksheets. A great start for those in the beginning of their journey and helpful for those in the middle of their journeys.
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann This book follows Alice, an asexual teen who has given up on finding love. But then she meets Takumi and she can’t stop thinking about him. She has to decide whether to risk their friendship for a love that might not be shared.
None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio When Kristin is voted homecoming queen, it seems like she is living her perfect life. She has a full scholarship to college and a boyfriend she is in love with. A visit to the doctor shatters her world: she is intersex. Kristin is having a hard time dealing with this news when someone leaks her secret to the school. Kristin must come to terms with her new self while dealing with the chaos around her.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell Simon is the worst Chosen One ever. Or so his roommate Baz says, and he’s probably right. Simon has a hard time getting his wand to work; his girlfriend broke up with him; and there is a monster running around wearing his face. This story is a spinoff of Rainbow Rowell’s other novel, Fangirl, and is loosely based on the Harry Potter series.
All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages by Saundra Mitchell This novel is a collection of stories by seventeen young adult authors across the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. These historical fiction stories include a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood in war-torn Mexico, two girls falling in love while mourning the death of their favorite rocker, Kurt Cobain, a forbidden love in a Spanish convent in the 1500’s, and more. The companion anthology, Out Now: Queer We Go Again!, is also available.
I’m a Wild Seed by Sharon Lee De La Cruz This graphic novel is the author’s colorful memoir. She reflects on how oppression was the cause for her late coming out and she invites us to discover the people and things that helped inform and shape her identity.
Music from another World by Robin Talley Tammy feels like she can’t be herself anywhere because she is a closeted lesbian. Not at her Christian school, conservative church, and not at her house where her aunt organizes antigay campaigns. She only has one outlet, writing letters in her diary to gay civil rights activist Harvey Milk. When she is matched with a like-minded pen pal, all that changes.
It’s that time of year again here in the Teen Room: as the school year draws to a close, we are gearing up for a fresh class of seventh graders and a spectacular Summer Reading Program. We are in the final countdown with less than a week until launch day.
On May 27th sixth graders officially become seventh graders and gain access to the full offerings of this Teen Room space. We could not be more excited and will be marking the occasion with treats.
But that’s not all! May 27th also marks the first day of our Tails and Tales Summer Reading Program. Come pick up a paper log at our Teen Room desk or check out our website at www.ccpls.org to register to log your minutes digitally.
We are so excited about both our prizes and programs this year and really hope you will be, too.
Please call us at 687-9227 or stop by the Teen Room desk with any questions.
2021 CCPLS Teen Summer Programs:
All programs at 1:30pm unless otherwise noted
Dungeons & Dragons Workshop: June 7 & 21; July 19
Escape Room: Tails Theme: June 8
Bingo/Trivia: June 14 & 28; July 12 & 26
Writers’ Workshop with A.P. Mobley: June 16 & July 21
Scavenger Hunt: June 21-July 3
Teen Afternoon Art in collaboration with AVA Community Art Center: June 23 & July 22
April is National Poetry Month and 2021 is the 25th anniversary of this celebration. There are a lot of different types of poetry: rhymed, free verse, haiku, novels in verse, and more. Poetry plays an important role in our culture with millions of readers from young to old.
Novels in verse are growing in popularity in Young Adult literature. They are novels written in a hybrid form, the story told through poetry. The novels use white space on the page to add to the drama and narrative of the story. To make finding these novels easier, the YA staff marks the spines of these books with a “Novels in Verse” sticker; look for these when browsing the shelves in the Teen Room.
Here are a few novels in verse we recommend:
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
This intense story only spans one minute and a couple seconds. William sets out to avenge his brother’s murder. While in the elevator of his apartment building, seven ghosts who knew William’s brother show up and expose secrets that Will needs to know.
The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
Michael is a mixed-race gay teen in London who has never felt Greek or Black enough. When he is older and comes out, he starts the journey of learning who he really is and where he belongs.
House Arrest by K.A. Holt
Timothy is on probation for the next year. He has to check in weekly with an officer and a therapist; and keep a journal for the entire time. He is also required to stay out of trouble, which turns out to be difficult as Timothy has to take severe measures to help out his family. This middle school story is touching and funny.
Have you ever wondered which pasta noodle is the best pasta noodle? Welcome to Bracket Wars: Pasta Edition! Each week teens can vote on their favorite pasta. The pasta with the most votes that week will advance to the next round. Winners are posted Wednesdays at 5pm. Teens who vote get entered in for a chance to win a $5 gift card! This last week penne beat out rotini for a place in the top four! This week vote between fettuccine and conchiglie.