Roses are red…

Violets are blue. If you like Wednesday, try these too! Are you obsessed with Wednesday Addams, Nevermore Academy, and all things spooky? Well, you’re in luck. Here are some books and shows to keep you in the creepy mood.

A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee

Dark Academia meets witchcraft in this twisting thriller. Felicity is returning to Dalloway School one year after her girlfriend died. The school is rumored to be haunted by five students, who were supposed witches. Ellis is the new girl at school, but already has quite the following. For some reason Felicity is drawn to her. But as the girls start digging in the past, history begins to repeat itself.

The Addams Family and Addams Family Values

This double DVD is guaranteed to give you a boost of nostalgia and keep you in the creepy and kooky mood. Lost uncles, first loves, new siblings, and a murderous nanny? What more could you want?!

The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky

Rachel is a loner; she likes to keep to herself usually watching horror movies. She soon takes the interest of a mysterious student society called “The Mary Shelley Club.” They make her complete fear tests, each one worse than the last. As the tests escalate, the society and Rachel become the target of a serial killer.

Supernatural: The complete First Season

“Dad’s on a hunting trip, and he hasn’t been home in a while.” Two brothers are on a road trip searching for their missing dad. While they drive across country they hunt and kill monsters and save people. This show is addicting, so don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Tales of Mystery and Madness by Edgar Allan Poe

Can’t go wrong with Poe, he is one of the most famous Alumni of Nevermore Academy after all. This collection of short stories include color illustrated images to go along with each story.  Each story is filled with the macabre, so prepare yourself for a spooky read. And maybe keep the lights on.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Volumes 1-3 by Sarah Rees Brennan

Sabrina Spellman knows her world is about to change; she turns 16 this October. She leads a double life, studying magic and spells with her aunts and attending normal school with her friends. Come her sixteenth birthday, though, she has to choose one and leave the other life behind forever. What choice will she make, and will it be the right one?

New Year, New Series!

Of manga, that is!

We’re very lucky to have an amazing collection of manga in our library, both upstairs and down.  The Teen Room collects the manga we think you all will enjoy, including these new series:

Apple Black , volumes 1 and 2

magic

fantasy

saving the world

magically-gifted

Blue Flag, volumes 1-6

romance

unrequited love

love triangles

high school

growing pains

Given, volumes 1 and 2

music

romance

rock ‘n’ roll

Tokyo Revengers, volumes 1-6

time travel

revenge

gangs

friendship

Come check out these new series to celebrate the New Year, or swing by for some old favorites!

Winter Solstice Escape Room

The Winter Solstice is the shortest day and the longest night of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. People all around the world celebrate the Winter Solstice differently. There are festivals, feasts, and sometimes gift giving. It is not the same day every year, but falls on December 21, 22, or 23.

This year the Winter Solstice is on December 21 at exactly 21:48 UTC and the Teen Room is celebrating by hosting an escape room! Teens have 30 minutes to try and solve the puzzles before the sun sets on them.  Sessions run from 2-4pm, call or stop by the Teen Room to sign up.

Want to stay in the festive mood? Here are some books you can read that happen during the Winter Solstice.

To Kill a Kingdom

The Devouring

I Shall Awaken

Black Sun

Soon

A little humor in the face of a flood

How the September/October basement flood happened, according to YA book titles!

It’s just a normal day in the hallway of the Campbell County Public Library basement!

The Valley and the Flood

Surely the water will only reach partway down the hall…

In Deeper Waters

Did someone leave their radio on in the basement?

Song Below Water

For the staff that stood between the shelves and the rising flood:

Between the Water & the Woods

If the flood had occurred during our “Oceans of Possibilities” Summer Reading program:

The Drowning Summer

What ultimately had to happen to all that water:

Flush

There were two titles that we couldn’t come up with a quippy explanation for!  Would you like to help us out?  Comment below with your suggestions for the following titles:

The River has Teeth

Still Waters

Read Some Native American YA Authors with Me!

Welcome back to the newly-drained Teen Room!

I recently bought a Book Challenge Activity Book, with little envelopes of “prizes” I can open when I complete the challenge written on the outside.

The outside of one of the envelopes says, “Read a book from an author of a different ethnicity than yours.”

That might have been a challenge for me once, but the Teen Room offers so many different diverse authors, I could easily open the envelope right away.  But never one to cheat the spirit of the system, (and always one to outdo myself!) I decided to mindfully begin reading even more diverse authors.

And in honor of Native American Heritage Month, here’s a short list of YA books whose authors are indigenous.

Diversify with me!

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

The Marrow Thieves, and Hunting by Stars by Cherie Dimaline

Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask by Anton Treuer

Walking in Two Worlds by Wab Kinew

A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger

Man Made Monsters by Andrea L. Rodgers

For even more of an offering, come check out the book display in the Non-Fiction area of the Teen Room!

Jennifer A. Nielsen Author Visit

Jennifer A. Nielsen, New York Times bestselling author, will be visiting 7th and 8th grade classes at your school from October 24-28. She is the author of many historical fictions such as Resistance, A Night Divided, and her newest book, Lines of Courage. She is also the author of the Mark of the Thief and Traitor’s Game series. One of her more popular titles is Words on Fire, a historical fiction story following a family of book smugglers in 1893 Lithuania.

Anyone who loves reading, writing, history, fantasy, or just wants to pick an author’s brain will enjoy her presentations.

For those who may miss Jennifer at school, join us at Campbell County Public Library Thursday, October 27 at 7pm in the Wyoming Room for a presentation by the author!

If you are interested in purchasing a book, a selection of Jennifer Nielsen’s books will be available for purchase and autograph at all events throughout the week.

See you there!

For more information on Jennifer A. Nielsen visit her website at http://jennielsen.com/

Banned Books Week

September 18-24 is Banned Books Week, an annual celebration for the freedom to read. In 2021, the Office for Intellectual Freedom, or the OIF, tracked 729 book challenges. This was more than double the number of reported challenges in 2020, affected 1,597 titles, and was the most challenges in the history of the OIF.

There’s always been some confusion on the difference between a challenged book and a banned book. So, let’s take a look at what they are. Challenges are an attempt to remove or restrict a title for whatever reason. Banning books are removing them from the library completely. Even though a book may be banned or challenged in another state/library doesn’t mean it will be removed from your library. It simply means it was challenged/banned at that location. Challenging and banning books happens all over. In 2022, books have been banned in multiple states including Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri.  

Campbell County Public Library has not banned any books and believes in your intellectual freedom to read what you want. And that’s one of the best ways to celebrate Banned Books Week,  read banned books! You can search online for popular banned books; you’d be surprised what’s on there (The Lorax?!?!). You can also ask the librarians at your public or school library for help as well. Meanwhile, here is a list of the most challenged books in 2021.

Harry Potter: Read for Your House

Calling all muggles, witches, and wizards! CCPLS is hosting a Harry Potter themed reading challenge from September 1-October 24. The Harry Potter: Read for your House challenge will be completely tracked in the Readsquared website/app. If you need your username and/or password, stop by the Teen Room desk and we can help you. Pick your house and start logging your pages/minutes to earn points for your house. All members of the winning house that log will receive a small prize and will be entered to win a bigger prize drawing.

Don’t know your Hogwarts house? No problem! You can take the Pottermore sorting hat quiz, any other Hogwarts house quiz, or you can just pick a house.

You can read anything, not just Harry Potter literature. Happy Reading!

Readsquared

National Culinary Month

Did you know that July is National Culinary Month? It is also National Peach Month, National Blueberry Month, and National Ice Cream Month. What I’m saying is that if you love food, this is your month! We have a lot of great cookbooks down in the Teen Room, but also fiction books with a food theme. Here are a couple, but come visit us to see more!

The Heart-Break Bakery by A.R. Capetta

Syd loves to bake and works at the Proud Muffin bakery.  Syd uses baking for any big issue or problem in their life. So, when Syd is dumped, they obviously whip up a batch of brownies. There is only one problem: everyone who eats Syd’s break-up brownies ends up breaking up. Can their magical baking talents fix this problem, or just cause more?

Radha & Jai’s Recipe for Romance by Nisha Sharma 

Radha is on her way to becoming one of the best kathak dancers and Jai is captain of a Bollywood dance team. Both of their future dreams are shattered due to family issues. Radha tries to reinvent herself at the Academy of Arts and Jai realizes she might be just what he needs for a knockout last year.

Bloom by Kevin Panetta

Ari wants nothing more than to move to the big city with his band, but first he has to talk his dad into letting him quit his job at the family bakery. He likes the job, but he doesn’t want to be there forever wasting away. Ari starts to interview candidates to take over for him when he meets Hector, and all of his plans change. This graphic novel has a heartwarming story and beautiful images to go with.

Donuts and Other Proclamations of Love by Jared Reck

Oscar and Lou couldn’t be any different. Oscar hates school and wants nothing to do with college. Lou has valedictorian in her sights and lofty college goals. A relationship neither of them anticipated grows when Lou and Oscar must work together on a service project reducing food waste in their high school.

Library Links

The Heart-Break Bakery

Radha & Jai’s Recipe for Romance

Bloom

Donuts and Other Proclamations of Love

Diverse Books

Did you know libraries are for everyone! Campbell County Public Library is no different. We have a very diverse collection of books for you to choose from! But why is diversity important in a collection? Diversity is important because it shows people that they aren’t alone in the world; there are others who have similar experiences. It also helps teach people about experiences they may never have. Having a diverse collection builds empathy in readers. Here’s four diverse books for you to pick from!

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

The children of Lucille are all told there are no more monsters. But how can that be true when Jam meets Pet, a monster with horns and claws? Pet tells Jam they’ve come to hunt a monster that lurks in Jam’s best friend’s house. Jam now must not only fight to protect her friend but also uncover the truth. Emezi’s debut novel raises the difficult question about what choices you can make when society is in denial.

This Is My Brain in Love by I.W. Gregorio

Jos Wu has two wishes: to make it through high school without dying of boredom, and to direct a short film with her best friend.

Will also has two goals: to get assigned to a position with the school paper and to find a summer job.

But when things don’t go their way Jos and Will find an unlikely friendship in each other. They think that the only thing getting in the way is family prejudices but quickly find out it’s their anxiety and depression. This Is My Brain in Love is a contemporary romance that explores mental health, race, and self-acceptance.

Last Night At the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

1954 in America is not a safe place for two girls to fall in love; Chinatown makes it even more unsafe for Lily and Kath. The two are willing to risk everything to let their love survive. For Lily a Chinese American, that might include her father’s deportation despite his hard-won citizenship.

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

Miel and Sam are best friends who are inseparable and a little strange. Miel can grow roses out of her wrists and Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in trees. But even Miel and Sam stay away from the Bonner girls, four sisters who are rumored to be witches. Now the Bonner girls want the roses that grow form Miel’s wrist, convinced that the roses can make anyone fall in love. When the Moon Was Ours is an exploration of love and identity.

If you’re interested in more diverse books just let us know and we’d love to help you! Don’t forget to sign up for our Summer Reading

Library Link: Pet

Library Link: This Is My Brain in Love

Library Link: Last Night At the Telegraph Club

Library Link: When the Moon Was Ours