Teen Winter Reading!

Join us for our first ever Teen Winter Reading Challenge! Read whatever you want: every 150 pages or 150 minutes you track will earn you a chance to win one of our four awesome prize baskets! Teens are encouraged to signup using the ReadSquared app or stop by the desk to pick up a reading log. Teen can click here to sign up for the challenge. The challenge will run December 23-January 31. We’ll draw our 4 basket winners on February 1!

One of four different prize baskets! Includes: 1 plush throw, 1 ceramic mug with hot chocolate, 1 box of Swiss Miss Cocoa mix and a $30 Gold Bucks certificate!

What a Year!

Can you believe it’s almost the end of 2021? This year has been very busy for everyone and the same can be said for the Teen Room. Here’s a recap of what we’ve been doing!  

Teen Room staff hosted four escape rooms, a 3D printer workshop, and two Dungeons and Dragons workshops.  We also partnered to do two Writer’s workshops with author A. P. Mobley, and two art workshops with Ava Art Center.

Teen Summer Reading was a huge success. We had over 180 teens enrolled in the summer reading challenge, and we gave out almost 3000 grand prize tickets.

This fall, author Nathan Hale presented a cartooning workshop, and author Steve Sheinkin visited the junior high schools. The Teen Volunteers ran the Scholastic Book fair in early December and raised over $1400 in funds.  As a result, the volunteers donated over $700 in books to local youth service agencies.

In total, we had over 11,000 patron visits to the Teen Room this year! We can’t wait to see what 2022 brings us.

Happy New Year from the Teen Room!

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Teen Volunteer Scholastic Book Fair 2021

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!!!

The book fair is run entirely by the CCPL 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! Products you’ll find include holiday-themed books, childrens and teen fiction and nonfiction books, and stocking stuffers.

Join us in the lobby of the library:

 Monday, December 6, 5-7pm

Tuesday, December 7, 9:15-11:30am, 3-7pm

Wednesday, December 8, 9:15-11:30am, 1:30-7pm

Thursday, December 9, 9:15-11:30am, 3-7pm. The Children’s department will host Santa in the Wyoming Room  from 3-6pm.

Friday, December 10, 3:30-4:30pm.

If you could turn back time….

If you could go back to any time, when/where would you go? Would you visit the Titanic, witness the signing of the Declaration of Independence, or maybe become a member of a royal court? Historical fiction books can take you back to any time you want. Historical fiction are fictional stories taking place in a real time in the past. The events and details are as accurate as possible, and characters can be both real and fictional.  If you love history these books are for you.

Ground Zero by Alan Gratz  

Ground Zero follows two very different people whose lives were both changed due to the attacks on 9/11. September 11, 2001: Brandon is visiting his dad at work on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center. September 11, 2020: Reshmina has  grown up in the aftermath of the attack in Afghanistan and has the difficult choice of helping a wounded American solider after a battle erupts.

Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz

The Schuyler’s are proud to be one of the country’s founding families. Their three daughters; Angelica, Eliza and Peggy are getting ready for one of New York society’s biggest events: The Schuylers’ grand ball. Eliza would rather be aiding the colonists during the battle, but she is excited to find out that Alexander Hamilton himself has arrived. This epic love story changes American history forever,

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Joana, Emilia, and Florian are refugees on a desperate journey towards freedom now that World War II is drawing to a close. Their paths meet on a ship that promises salvation. Forced to unite, the three fight for survival as they find their courage, strength, and trust in each other. 

Fallout: Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War Showdown by Steve Sheinkin

This much anticipated follow up to Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the most Dangerous weapon, takes a journey into the Cold War. World War II is coming to a close and the Soviet Union refuses to be left behind and begins a close competition to build an even more destructive bomb than the Unites States. This book has spy planes, armed submarines, and undercover agents!

Boxers by Gene Luen Yang

Little Bao has had enough of the foreign missionaries and solders bullying and robbing Chinese peasants. He recruits and army of Boxers, commoners trained in kung fu, to fight to free China from the “foreign devils.” The rebellion is successful, but at what cost? Many people are dying, including thousands of Chinese citizens who have converted to Christianity. The companion to this story is Saints, and it brings to life the other side of the Boxer Rebellion. Check out both graphic novels today.  

Library Links

Ground Zero

Alex and Eliza

Salt to the Sea

Fallout

Boxers & Saints

Spooky Creepy Ghostly Halloween

With Halloween less than a week away, check out one of these new edge-of-your-seat YA titles to set the mood.

Where Secrets Lie

Perfect for fans of Courtney Summers, this seductive and intense thriller unfolds in interwoven timelines of two summers as three friends are torn apart by buried secrets and star-crossed attraction…then pulled back together by tragedy. -From Publisher Simon & Schuster

The Woods Are Always Watching by Stephanie Perkins

New from bestselling author Stephanie Perkins, and the perfect companion to her New York Times bestseller There’s Someone Inside Your House. Best friends Neena and Josie spent high school as outsiders, but at least they had each other. Now, with college and a two-thousand-mile separation looming on the horizon, they have one last chance to be together—a three-day hike deep into the woods of the Pisgah National Forest. Simmering tensions lead to a detour off the trail and straight into a waking nightmare … and then into something far worse. Something that will test them in horrifying ways. -From Publisher Penguin Random House

The Haunting of Hill House meets Get Out in this chilling YA psychological thriller and modern take on the classic haunted house story from New York Times bestselling author Tiffany D. Jackson! – From Publisher Harper Collins

A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee

A dark, twisty thriller about a centuries-old, ivy-covered boarding school haunted by its history of witchcraft and two girls dangerously close to digging up the past. The dangerous romance and atmospheric setting makes it a perfect read for fans of dark academia. – From Publisher Penguin Random House

Our Last Echoes by Kate Alice Marshall

Melissa Albert meets Twin Peaks in this supernatural thriller about one girl’s hunt for the truth about her mother’s disappearance. – From Publisher Penguin Random House

Small Favors by Erin A. Craig

From the critically-acclaimed author of House of Salt and Sorrows comes a mesmerizing and chilling fairy-talesque novel about Ellerie Downing, a young woman in a small town with monsters lurking in the trees and dark desires hidden in the shadows—in Amity Falls, nothing is more dangerous than a wish come true. – From Publisher Penguin Random House

Library Link: Where Secrets Lie by Eva V. Gibson

Library Link: The Woods are Always Watching by Stephanie Perkins

Library Link: White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson

Library Link: A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee

Library Link: Our Last Echoes by Kate Alice Marshall

Library Link: Small Favors by Erin A. Craig

Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2020

This year Banned Books Week is September 26-October 2. Every year the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles a list of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books to inform the public  about censorship in libraries and schools. They get their information for media stories and reports sent to the OIF from communities around the U.S. ( Information from ala.org.) This is just a glimpse of challenges; it is estimated that 82-97% of book challenges remain unreported and/or receive no media coverage. Here is the list of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2020.

Library Link: George

Library Link: Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

Library Link: Speak

Library Link: The Absolutey True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Library Link: Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice

Library Link: To Kill a Mockingbird

Library Link: Of Mice and Men

Library Link: The Bluest Eye

Library Link: The Hate U Give

Banned Books Reading Challenge

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!

Sign up here: http://ccplswy.readsquared.com or download the app

The Cover was Green

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!”

Cover image for Five midnights

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?

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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.

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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.

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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!

Library Link: Five Midnights

Library Link: Turtle Under Ice

Library Link: Anne of Green Gables

Library Link: Pride and Premeditation

School Hacks Neighborhood

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.

Pink 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 (The Princess Diaries, #1)

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 and Eliza (Alex & Eliza, #1)

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

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

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

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.

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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.