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September is Library Card Sign-up Month, 9th Graders Could Win a Prize

PGCMLS Teenage Takeover

Attention 9th Grade Students!

Any 9th grade student who gets a library card (or a student card) during the month of September will receive a limited edition prize and be entered into a drawing for an Xbox One.

10 Things Teens Can Do with a Library Card

  1. Teens sharing a tablet computer Checkout Books, Audio Books, Music CDs & more.
  2. Download eBooks, Audio Books, Magazines & more.
  3. Stream Music.The Smartest Card. Get It. Use It. @ your library. Celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month in September.
  4. Watch a Movie.
  5. Learn to Code.
  6. Learn a Language.
  7. Practice for the SAT, ACT or AP Exams.
  8. Publish an eBook.
  9. Chat with an Online Tutor.
  10. Research Homework Topics.

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Women's History Month Resources Online

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Biography in Context contains biographical full-text articles from reference books, magazines and newspapers. Use the Person Search to find information about women, both current and historic, involved in many fields of endeavor. 

Online Reference Books

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Research African American History via Your Online Library

Online Reference Books

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Online Research Databases

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The African American Experience

Research resource for African American history and culture, including primary sources, timelines, audio clips, photographs, maps, and other images.

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Biographies with related full-text articles from reference books, magazines and newspapers. Search for people, both current and historic from all eras and fields of endeavor.

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History articles covering all periods of American and World history.

Get Involved with TAB

Make a Difference at Your Library -- Join a Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

What is T.A.B.?

A Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is a group of teens who are interested in making a difference in their library. They volunteer to work together to make the library a better place for teens by putting together programs, talking about books, music and movies, or suggesting what they would like to see in the collection, for example.
You can join if you:

are 13-18 years old

are able to attend regular meetings

believe the library can be a cool place and you want to show us how.

Contact your local branch for details!

Smokin' Titles

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Do you want to know which books were hot among teens this year? Want to make sure you're up on what's popular? Check these titles out, some are sequels, some are fantasy, some are about love and life. There is something for everyone.  





Ten Hot Titles

Divergent by Veronica Roth


Divergent by Veronica Roth
Abnegation (selfless), Erudite (intelligence), Candor (honesty), Amity (peace), or Dauntless (brave): where would you fit? Beatrice lives in a society where she must choose either to remain with her family’s faction or set off towards independence and her beliefs. And what happens when the unity between these factions begins to fall apart?





The Fault in Our Stars



The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.








Legend by Marie Lu
In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.





Days of Blood & Starlight



Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war. This is not that world.

Ar student and monster's apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is--and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it. In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she'll go to avenge her people.





The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Hadley and Oliver fall in love on the flight from New York to London, but after a cinematic kiss they lose track of each other at the airport until fate brings them back together on a very momentous day.








Tilt by Ellen Hopkins
Three teens, connected by their parents' bad choices, tell in their own voices of their lives and loves as Shane finds his first boyfriend, Mikayla discovers that love can be pushed too far, and Harley loses herself in her quest for new experiences.





Shadow and Bone




Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protegé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.






Insurgent by Vernoica Roth
"As war surges in the dystopian society around her, sixteen-year-old Divergent Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves--and herself--while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love"-- Provided by publisher.




Throne of Glass


Throne of Glass by Sarah Mass
After she has served a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, Crown Prince Dorian offers eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien her freedom on the condition that she act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.









Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
Eighteen-year-old Bitterblue, queen of Monsea, realizes her heavy responsibility and the futility of relying on advisors who surround her with lies as she tries to help her people to heal from the thirty-five-year spell cast by her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities.


Chillers & Thrillers





Check out these bone-chilling, action-packed books that will give you shivers.






Bleeding Hearts by Alyxandra Harvey



Bleeding Hearts by Alyxandra Harvey
Lucy, her boyfriend Nicholas, and his brother Connor try to keep secret the undead drama of Violet Hill when Lucy's cousin Christabel comes to live there, but after Christabel is kidnapped by the ruthless Hel-Blar vampires, they must let her in on the secrets and the battle.





Switched by Amanda Hocking



Switched by Amanda Hocking
When Wendy Everly was six years old her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her, and eleven years later Wendy learns that her mother was right and that she is actually a changeling troll, who, at the age of seventeen, must be returned to her rightful home.




Starters by Lissa Price
Starters by Lissa Price
To support herself and her younger brother in a future Beverly Hills, sixteen-year-old Callie hires her body out to seniors who want to experience being young again, and she lives a fairy-tale life until she learns that her body will commit murder unless her mind can stop it.





UnWholly by Neal Shusterman


UnWholly (Unwind Trilogy #2) by Neal Shusterman
"Thanks to Connor, Lev, and Risa, and their high-profile revolt at Happy Jack Harvest Camp, people can no longer turn a blind eye to unwinding. Ridding society of troublesome teens and, in the same stroke, providing much-needed tissues for transplant might be convenient, but its morality has finally been brought into question. However, unwinding has become big business, and there are powerful political and corporate interests that want to see it not only continue, but expand, allowing the unwinding of prisoners and the impoverished. Cam is a teen who does not exist. He is made entirely out of the parts of other unwinds. Cam, a 21st century Frankenstein, struggles with a search for identity and meaning, as well as the concept of his own soul, if indeed a rewound being can have one. When a sadistic bounty hunter who takes "trophies" from the unwinds he captures starts to pursue Connor, Risa and Lev, Cam finds his fate inextricably bound with theirs"-- Provided by publisher.



The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey



The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey 
In 1888, twelve-year-old Will Henry chronicles his apprenticeship with Dr. Warthrop, a scientist who hunts and studies real-life monsters, as they discover and attempt to destroy a pod of Anthropophagi.







Una Gran Celebracion

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Hispanic Heritage Month- September 15 to October 15

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The month-long celebration began on September 15, the anniversary of independence for five Hispanic countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico achieved independence on September 16 while Chile gained independence on September 18.


Great Books For You (Teens)! This is just a smidgen of what's available. 

Mexican Whiteboy Matt De La Pena
Mexican Whiteboy by Matt De La Pena
Sixteen-year-old Danny searches for his identity amidst the confusion of being half- Mexican and half-white while spending a summer with his cousin and new friends on the baseball fields and back alleys of San Diego County, California. 
The Fortune of Carmen Navarro by Jen Bryant
The Fortune of Carmen Navarro by Jen Bryant
In this modern-day resetting of the story on which the opera, Carmen, was based, four teens tell of half-gypsy Carmen, who believes she will become a famous singer, military cadet Ryan's passion for her, and their best friends' efforts to protect them both.
Sweet 15 by Emily Adler and Alex Echevarria
Sweet 15 by Emily Adler and Alex Echevarria
Shortly before her fifteenth birthday, Destiny Lozada's traditional Puerto Rican mother and feminist older sister hijack her quinceañera, each pushing her own agenda and ignoring the possibility that Destiny, a skateboarding tomboy, might have her own ideas about the coming-of-age ritual she is about to participate in. 
Addicted to Her by Janet Nichols Lynch
Addicted to Her by Janet Nichols Lynch
After falling obsessively in love, high school wrestler Rafael Montoya must choose between a reckless young woman and responsibilities to his family and future. 
The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork
The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork
Seventeen-year-old Pancho is bent on avenging the senseless death of his sister, but after he meets D.Q, who is dying of cancer, and Marisol, one of D.Q.'s caregivers, both boys find their lives changed by their interactions. 
 What Can't Wait by Ashley Hope Perez
What Can't Wait by Ashley Hope Perez
Marooned in a broken-down Houston neighborhood--and in a Mexican immigrant family where making ends meet matters much more than making it to college--smart, talented Marissa seeks comfort elsewhere when her home life becomes unbearable.



Zombies -- Whether Fast or Slow...they still want to eat your brains!!!!

Are you prepared? Do you know how to survive if zombies start to attack? The Center for Disease Control has created a page detailing what to do if there is a Zombie Apocalypse. In the meantime, while you wait for the zombies to attack, perhaps you would like to read about zombie behavior, death and destruction in books available at your local library. For instance, have you read:

 The Undertakers: Rise of the Corpses
 by Ty Drago

 When the living dead invade Philadelphia, Will Ritter and a group of teenage resistance fighters, known as the Undertakers, are the only  
 ones that can see them to stop the invasion.


How to Draw Zombies
by Mike Butkus

Need I say more...



Pride and Prejudice and Zombies 

by Seth Grahame-Smith

A mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton--and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she's soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy.

This is simply a sampling of the wonderful, juicy brrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaaaainnnnnnnn.......oh, I mean, zombies that we have available at your local library.



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It's that time of year again... back to school time!

Want something to get your mind back into the "schoo" mode? Check these out!


Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar


Sleeping Freshman Never Lie by David Lubar

Ah the life of a freshman. The stuck combination locks. The upper classmen bullies. The homework. The girls who don't look at you. This is the life of Scott Hudson our faithful narrator. Join him as he navigates the hallways, joins the school play and tries to find his place in the brand new world of high school.




Airball: my life in briefs



Airball: My Life in Briefs by Lisa Harkrader

Uncoordinated Kansas seventh-grader Kirby Nickel braves his coach's ire and becomes captain of the basketball team in order to help him prove that NBA star Brett McGrew is the father he has never known.







Schooled by Gordon Korman

Homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, Capricorn (Cap) Anderson has never watched television, tasted a pizza, or even heard of a wedgie. But when his grandmother lands in the hospital, Cap is forced to move in with a guidance counselor and attend the local middle school. While Cap knows a lot about tie-dyeing and Zen Buddhism, no education could prepare him for the politics of public school.





Looking for Alaska by John Green


Looking for Alaska by John Green

Miles has never had much luck with other teens his own age. When he has the chance to start over at boarding school he has new adventures, new crushes, new best friends and even a new nickname for his extremely skinny self: Pudge.





Happyface by Stephen Emond



Happyface by Stephen Emond

Happyface is starting over because he needs to leave his past behind. So with his drawings and his journey to help him, he's doing his best not to look back. But what happens if the things he wants to forget just won't leave him alone? Don't call Happyface a Wimpy-Kid read-alike.

Great Sports Reads

Did you enjoy the Olympics? We did and were inspired to create a list of sports themed teen books that are available at your library. The books are grouped by type of sport.


Playing the Field

Playing the Field by Phil Bildner

When seventeen-year-old Darcy Miller pretends to be a lesbian in order to play on the boys' baseball team, she must learn to battle discrimination on every playing field.



Samurai Shortstop

Samurai Shortstop by Alan Gratz

While obtaining a Western education at a prestigious Japanese boarding school in 1890, sixteen-year-old Toyo also receives traditional samurai training which has profound effects on both his baseball game and his relationship with his father.



Mexican Whiteboy

Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña

Sixteen-year-old Danny searches for his identity amidst the confusion of being half-Mexican and half-white while spending a summer with his cousin and new friends on the baseball fields and back alleys of San Diego County, California.






Leverage by Joshua C. Cohen

High school sophomore Danny excels at gymnastics but is bullied, like the rest of the gymnasts, by members of the football team, until an emotionally and physically scarred new student joins the football team and forms an unlikely friendship with Danny.



Stupid Fast

Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach

Just before his sixteenth birthday, Felton Reinstein has a sudden growth spurt that turns him from a small, jumpy, picked-on boy with the nickname of "Squirrel Nut" to a powerful athlete, leading to new friends, his first love, and the courage to confront his family's past and current problems.



Bad Taste in BoysBad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris 

Future physician Kate Grable is horrified when her high school's football coach gives team members steroids, but the drugs turn players into zombies and Kate must find an antidote before the flesh-eating monsters get to her or her friends.



Dairy QueenDairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school's rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.




Whalte Talk

Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher 

Intellectually and athletically gifted, TJ, a multiracial, adopted teenager, shuns organized sports and the gung-ho athletes at his high school until he agrees to form a swimming team and recruits some of the school's less popular students.



Swim the Fly

Swim the Fly by Don Calame 

Fifteen-year-old Matt Gratton and his two best friends, Coop and Sean, always set themselves a summertime goal. This year's? To see a real-live naked girl for the first time--quite a challenge, given that none of the guys has the nerve to even ask a girl out on a date. But catching a girl in the buff starts to look easy compared to Matt's other summertime aspiration: to swim the 100-yard butterfly (the hardest stroke known to God or man) as a way to impress Kelly West, the sizzling new star of the swim team



SoccerlandSoccerland by Beth Choat

Two years after her mother's death of cancer, fourteen-year-old Flora leaves the family's Maine farm for Colorado's International Sports Academy, where fierce competition could end their dream of Flora playing for U.S. Soccer.



WeregirlsWeregirls by Petru Popescu 

When sixteen-year-old Lily and her friends Nikki, Arielle, and Grazia start up a girl's soccer club at their South Pasadena high school and name their team The Weregirls, they soon discover some unusual things about themselves as they become drawn into the age-old struggle between good and evil.




Fighting Ruben Wolfe

Fighting Ruben Wolfe by Markus Zusak

Partly because of their family's poor finances and partly to prove themselves, brothers Ruben and Cameron take jobs as fighters and find themselves reacting very differently in the boxing ring.




The Contender by Robert Lipsyte

A Harlem high school dropout escapes from a gang of punks into a boxing gym, where he learns that being a contender is hard and often discouraging work, but that you don't know anything until you try.





Runner by Carl Deuker

Living with his alcoholic father on a broken-down sailboat on Puget Sound has been hard on seventeen-year-old Chance Taylor, but when his love of running leads to a high-paying job, he quickly learns that the money is not worth the risk.



Crossing Jordan

Crossing Jordan by Adrian Fogelin

Twelve-year-old Cass meets her new African-American neighbor, Jemmie, and despite their families' prejudices, they build a strong friendship around their mutual talent for running and a pact to read Jane Eyre.



Running DreamThe Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

When a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running again.



Pulling PrincesPulling Princes by Tyne O'Connell

Hoping to become more popular at her English boarding school, fifteen-year-old Californian Calypso Kelly invents a fake boyfriend, until she realizes that her wit and skill at fencing may be enough to attract the attention of a real-life prince.



SteelSteel by Carrie Vaughn

When Jill, a competitive high school fencer, goes with her family on vacation to the Bahamas, she's magically transported to an early-eighteenth-century pirate ship in the middle of the ocean.




Tiger ThreatTiger threat by Sigmund Brouwer

Hockey is Ray Hockaday's life. He has dreams of the NHL - serious dreams. Known for playing smart, he's the center for the Medicine Hat Tigers. Unfortunately his new coach seems to know his secret. Ray is scared. The brutal, physical side of hockey terrifies him, but according to the coach it's all part of the game and he better show he can handle it.


Cracking the IceCracking the Ice by Dave Hendrickson

In 1968, when fourteen-year-old Jessie Stackhouse wins a hockey scholarship to an elite New Hampshire boarding school, it seems the only thing standing between him and his dream of one day being the second African American to play in the National Hockey League is the bigotry of the coach, some students, and townspeople.



PinnedPinned by Alfred C. Martino.

Dealing with family problems, girls, and their own competitive natures, high school seniors Ivan Korske and Bobby Zane face each other in the final match of the New Jersey State Wrestling Championship.


Addicted to HerAddicted to Her by Janet Nichols Lynch.

After falling obsessively in love, high school wrestler Rafael Montoya must choose between a reckless young woman and responsibilities to his family and future.


Time is Ticking! Summer Reading Almost Ending!



Have you logged in your minutes or hours for an entry in the last Summer Reading Program drawing? We still have more awesome prizes left to give out to several lucky readers.  Summer Reading ends August 31, 2012. The last Teen Only drawing will be August 31. All you need is at least ONE ENTRY (240 minutes) EARNED.





Oh by the way, here are two winners of the June Prize Drawings winners from the Spauldings Branch. Congratulations to Monica Garvin and Leira Ford! As we get more pictures of other winners, they will be posted soon. Again, Kudos!

Summer Reading winnerSummer Reading Winner     



Congratulations June Mystery Prize Winners

Own the Night Summer Reading Program 2012

  • The first prize drawings for the Own the Night Summer Reading Program participants who read 240 minutes or more is over. The mystery prize drawings were:

CSPL T-shirts

Family Four Pack to the Newseum of Virginia 

International Spy Museum- 2 Tickets 

Congratulations to all the lucky winners! Don't stop now, there's still more prizes to win!



Own the Night... Summer Reading 2012

Summer Reading Program 2012 is here! Starts June 1, 2012. 

Own the Night Summer Reading Program 2012


How to Enter

For every 240 minutes (4 hours) spent reading, you'll be entered to win one of our awesome prizes!!!!

*Sign up online here or at your library and get a FREE Gift!

*Read and attend some exciting library programs!

*Log your time under your username or turn in your reading log at your local library.

*Read More! Don't forget after reading the first 240 minutes (4 hours), pick up your Own the Night Sportspack.



Stop by your Library and get these mini giveaways:

Free Book Coupon, Free California Tortilla Bookmark coupon, Pencils, Own the Night Sportspack and Bookmarks!

Prizes Available also include:

Own the Night T-Shirts, $15 Amazon Gift Cards, Amazon Kindles and more!!!!!!!




May is Mental Health Month

More than one in five Americans experiences some form of mental illness every year, from depression to schizophrenia.

Teen books that deal with mental health issues:

Med Head by James Patterson


Med Head: my knock-down, drag-out, drugged-up battle with my brain by James Patterson & Hail Friedman
"...Here is the harrowing and heroic true story of Cory Friedman, an ordinary teenager whose courage and determination to climb out of a lifelong medical turmoil and personal suffering enabled him to ultimately survive and thrive against all odds."--P.[4] of cover.   





Suicide Notes by Michael Ford


Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford
Brimming with sarcasm, fifteen-year-old Jeff describes his stay in a psychiatric ward after attempting to commit suicide.   






The Death of Jayson Porter


The Death of Jayson Porter by Jamie Adoff
In the Florida projects, sixteen-year-old Jayson struggles with the harsh realities of his life which include an abusive mother, a drug-addicted father, and not fitting in at his predominately white school, and bring him to the brink of suicide.      





Skim by Mariko Tamaki


Skim by Mariko Tamaki
"Skim" (Kimberly Keiko Cameron) is a not-slim would-be Wiccan goth who goes to a private girls' school. When her classmate Katie is dumped by her boyfriend, who then kills himself, the entire school goes into mourning overdrive. The popular clique stars a club to boost school spirit, but Skim sinks into an ever-deepening depression.  



Tears of a Tiger by Sharon M. Draper


Tears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper
Whether through their own self-destructive behavior or the suicide of a friend, the characters in these books are forced to deal with effects that suicide has on their lives.   





You by Charles Benoit



You by Charles Benoit
Fifteen-year-old Kyle discovers the shattering ramifications of the decisions he makes, and does not make, about school, the girl he likes, and his future.     



And then there is PROM....

It's that special party time of the year-PROM!!!!  

It's Our Prom So Deal With It.


It's Our Prom (so deal with it) by Julie Anne Peters
Told in separate voices, Azure, who is a lesbian, and Luke, who is bisexual, help plan an inclusive senior prom while Luke is writing and producing a musical about his life, both are working through the crush they have on their friend Radhika, and all three are dealing with problems at home.  





Ditched: a love story by Robin Mellom
When high school student Justina ends up in a ditch in the middle of the night after prom, she stumbles to a nearby 7-Eleven where she tries to recall exactly how she got there.     







Prom: a novel based on the major motion picture by Ellie O'Ryan
Nova Prescott is the president of this year's Prom Committee at Brookside High. After an accidental fire causes the prom decorations to go up in smoke, Jesse Richter is enlisted by the principal to do so community service and help Nova repair the damage. Will Nova go to the dance with Jesse (to whom she is attracted), or with Brandon Roberts (with whom Nova had wanted for ages to go to the prom)?  




The Anti-Prom



The Anti-Prom by Abby McDonald
On prom night, Bliss, Jolene, and Meg, students from the same high school who barely know one another, band together to get revenge against Bliss's boyfriend and her best friend, whom she caught together in the limousine they rented.  




Zombie Queen of Newbury High


Zombie queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby
While trying to cast a love spell on her date on the eve of the senior prom, Mia inadvertently infects her entire high school class with a virus that will turn them all into zombies.   




April is National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month

The Rose That Grew From Conrete by Tupac Shakur

The Rose that Grew from Concrete

Did you hear about the rose that grew
from a crack in the concrete?
Proving nature's law is wrong it
learned to walk with out having feet.
Funny it seems, but by keeping it's dreams,
it learned to breathe fresh air.
Long live the rose that grew from concrete
when no one else ever cared. ~Tupac

Poem taken from  The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupac Shakur TEEN 811.54 SHAKUR

Here are some other books to help inspire the poet within:

Fortune’s Bones: The Manumission Requiem by Marilyn Nelson


Fortune’s Bones: The Manumission Requiem by Marilyn Nelson TEEN 811.54 NELSON
Can we correct an ancient wrong? Consider this question with a collection of poetry honoring the life of
eighteenth-century slave Fortune, whose body was donated to science upon his death.




Take the Mic: The Art of Performance Poetry, Slam, and the Spoken Word by Marc Kelly Smith


Take the Mic: The Art of Performance Poetry, Slam, and the Spoken Word by Marc Kelly Smith Teen 811.5408 SMI
Have you ever enjoyed a slam or two and thought, "I could do this, "but felt apprehensive staring at the empty mic- or worse, you climbed up on stage and struggled? Let Marc Kelly Smith, the founder of Slam Poetry, teach you everything you need to be a confident performer, from writing a powerful poem, to stage techniques, to going on tour (f that's where your muse leads you) - Back Cover



Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry: How to Write a Poem by Jack Prelutsky


Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry: How to Write a Poem by Jack Prelutsky J 811.54 PRE
Do you want to write poems but don’t know where to begin? This humorous book contains lots of
exercises, pointers and ideas to help you!


Lip-Locking Book Covers

Books with a Kiss!

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony


Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony
After her mother died, Glory retreated into herself and her music. Her single father raised her as a piano prodigy, with a rigid schedule and the goal of playing sold-out shows across the globe. Now, as a teenager, Glory has disappeared. As we flash back to the events leading up to her disappearance, we see a girl on the precipice of disaster. Brilliant and lonely, Glory is drawn to an artistic new boy, Frank, who moves in next door. The farther she falls, the deeper she spirals into madness. Before long, Glory is unable to play anything but the song "Chopsticks." But nothing is what it seems, and Glory's reality is not reality at all. In this stunningly moving novel told in photographs, pictures, and words, it's up to the reader to decide what is real, what is imagined, and what has been madness all along....



Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles


Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
Living on the University of Colorado-Boulder campus with his older brother Alex, a college student and ex-gang member, high school senior Carlos is not ready to give up his wild ways until he meets a shy classmate named Kiara and becomes unwillingly involved in a drug ring.  





Try Not to Breathe by Jennifer Hubbard



Try Not to Breathe by Jennifer Hubbard
The summer Ryan is released from a mental hospital following his suicide attempt, he meets Nicki, who gets him to share his darkest secrets while hiding secrets of her own.     




The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard


The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard
Take Romeo and Juliet . Add The Outsiders . Mix thoroughly. Colt and Julia were secretly together for an entire year, and no one, not even Julia's boyfriend knew. They had nothing in common, with Julia in her country club world on Black Mountain and Colt from down on the flats, but it never mattered. Until Julia dies in a car accident, and Colt learns the price of secrecy. He can't mourn Julia openly, and he's tormented that he might have played a part in her death. When Julia's journal ends up in his hands, Colt relives their year together at the same time that he's desperately trying to forget her. But how do you get over someone who was never yours in the first place?



Played by Dana Davidson


Played by Dana Davidson
"When one of Ian's boys dares him to get plain-faced Kylie Winship to sleep with him in just three weeks, he thinks it'll be a breeze. Tall and fine, with honey-colored skin and eyes, Ian is used to getting what he wants from girls. And if he succeeds in playing Kylie, he'll be down with the most popular crew in his high school. But this girl, who everyone considers a nobody, is turning out to be more surprising than he ever could have imagined"--Back cover.




The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith


The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by  Jennifer E. Smith
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything? Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. She's stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's in seat 18C. Hadley's in 18A. Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.

Read Across Maryland

Read Across Maryland

Middle Schoolers! Join Read Across Maryland: 30 for 30 Program

Prince George's County Memorial Library System in partnership with area Title 1 middle schools, launches the Read Across Maryland Program in which students read at least 30 minutes for 30 days.  Beginning March 2 through March 31 celebrate Read Across Maryland month by reading with family, friends or by yourself.  Participating students in the middle school with the most reading minutes will be eligible for prizes like a Kindle Fire or gift card. Read 30 minutes for 30 days and make reading a habit that will last a lifetime.

This year Maryland State Educators Association (MSEA) has chosen Andrew Jackson Academy and Walker Mill Middle School in Prince George's County as pilot locations to see what happens when an entire school competes to read 30 minutes for 30 days. How many will keep the pace? How many will stay the course? How many will start to see reading in a different way? What kind of readers will we see at Andrew Jackson Academy and Walker Mill Middle School at the end of thirty days?

A Kick-off event was held at the Spauldings Branch Library featuring Prince George’s County author, hip-hop musician and actor Tray Chaney, best known as “Poot” from HBO’s The Wire. Tray was joined by 93.9 WKYS radio personality, Angie Ange and County Executive, Rushern L. Baker who together challenged students from each of the schools to read, read, read!

For more details about Read Across Maryland, visit

Check out Tray Chaney, aka "Poot" from HBO's The Wire- Radical Readers video, which was shot at Andrew Jackson Academy in Forestville, MD.   



Black History Month

February is Black History Month!


Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons


Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons: The Story of Phillis Wheatley
By Rinaldi, Ann

A fictionalized biography of the eighteenth-century African woman who, as a child, was brought to New England to be a slave, and after publishing her first poem when a teenager, gained renown throughout the colonies as an important black American poet.




Warriors Don't Cry



Warriors Don't Cry: The Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High
By Beals, Melba Patillo

Originally published more than a decade ago, this searing account of the 1957 integration of Central High School in Little Rock--an ALA Nonfiction Book of the Year--is written by one of the black teenagers chosen to become warriors on the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement.





by Williams-Garcia, Rita

The lives of Leticia, Dominique, and Trina are irrevocably intertwined through the course of one day in an urban high school after Leticia overhears Dominique's plans to beat up Trina and must decide whether or not to get involved. An acclaimed Coretta Scott King Honor author delivers a fast-paced, gritty narrative about the intertwined lives of three girls during one violent day in an urban high school. Told with refreshing honesty, this is an insightful look at high school dynamics and a revealing portrait of bullying.   




By Myers, Walter Dean

Teenage Reese, serving time at a juvenile detention facility, gets a lesson in making it through hard times from an unlikely friend with a harrowing past.     




Invisible Man


Invisible Man
By Ellison, Ralph Waldo

Invisible Man is a milestone in American literature, a book that has continued to engage readers since its appearance in 1952. A first novel by an unknown writer, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks, won the National Book Award for fiction, and established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century. The nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of "the Brotherhood," and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be.


Hip Hop World


Hip Hop World
By Higgins, Dalton

In Hip Hop World, Dalton Higgins comprehensively examines the hip hop scene as it exists throughout the world. The book reveals the form's musical inspirations from Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Jamaica, African American sex satirists, comedians, civil rights-fuelled funk musicians, spoken word luminaries, and dub and Nuyorican poetry.




The Rose That Grew From Concrete


The Rose That Grew from Concrete
By Shakur, Tupac

His talent was unbounded, a raw force that commanded attention and respect. His death was tragic -- a violent homage to the power of his voice. His legacy is indomitable -- remaining vibrant and alive. Here now, newly discovered, are Tupac's most honest and intimate thoughts conveyed through the pure art of poetry -- a mirror into his enigmatic life and its many contradictions. Written in his own hand at the age of nineteen, they embrace his spirit, his energy... and his ultimate message of hope.




By Smith, Sherri L.

Read Sherri L. Smith's posts on the Penguin Blog Ida Mae Jones dreams of flight. Her daddy was a pilot and being black didn't stop him from fulfilling his dreams. But her daddy's gone now, and being a woman, and being black, are two strikes against her. When America enters the war with Germany and Japan, the Army creates the WASP, the Women's Airforce Service Pilots-and Ida suddenly sees a way to fly as well as do something significant to help her brother stationed in the Pacific. But even the WASP won't accept her as a black woman, forcing Ida Mae to make a difficult choice of "passing," of pretending to be white to be accepted into the program. Hiding one's racial heritage, denying one's family, denying one's self is a heavy burden. And while Ida Mae chases her dream, she must also decide who it is she really wants to be.




By Booth, Coe

Tyrell's got a lot going on. His father just got out of jail. His little brother is stuck in foster care. The dealers he's living with are taking bigger and bigger risks. And girls--they only seem to be adding to his problems. Everybody wants something from Tyrell. His father wants him to go back to being a child. His little brother wants his help. The guys he's staying with are pushing him to start dealing. And the girls he's talking to want his time, his money, his attention, and his love. Tyrell's got too much pressure, too many choices. He's got to figure out fast what he's going to do next--before he gets in so deep he can't get back out again"--Jacket cover.



Yummy: the Last Days of a Southside Shorty


Yummy: the Last days of a Southside Shorty
by Neri, Greg

Eleven-year old Roger is trying to make sense of his classmate Robert "Yummy" Sandifer's death, but first he has to make sense of Yummy's life. Yummy could be as tough as a pit bull sometimes. Other times he was as sweet as the sugary treats he loved to eat. Was Yummy some sort of monster, or just another kid? As Roger searches for the truth, he finds more and more questions. How did Yummy end up in so much trouble? Did he really kill someone? And why do all the answers seem to lead back to a gang-the same gang to which Roger's older brother belongs? Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty is a compelling graphic dramatization based on events that occurred in Chicago in 1994. This gritty exploration of youth gang life will force readers to question their own understandings of good and bad, right and wrong.

YA Writers You Oughta Know

The William C. Morris YA Debut Award

The William C. Morris YA Debut Award

Started in 2009, honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.

It is a cool, but honorable way to bring attention to writers who are relatively new to the YA lit world. Of course, we have to spotlight has be cast upon the 2012 winner and the 2012 finalists. Be sure to check them out in your spare.




2012 Winner

Where Things Come Back


Where Things Come Back
by John Corey Whaley

Seventeen-year-old Cullen's summer in Lily, Arkansas, is marked by his cousin's death by overdose, an alleged spotting of a woodpecker thought to be extinct, failed romances, and his younger brother's sudden disappearance. 




2012 Finalists

The Girl of Fire and ThornsPaper Covers RockUnder the MesquiteBetween Shades of Gray








The Girl of Fire and Thorns
by Rae Carson

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness. Elisa is the chosen one. But she is also the younger of two princesses. The one who has never done anything remarkable, and can't see how she ever will. Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king-a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs her to be the chosen one, not a failure of a princess. And he's not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies, seething with dark magic, are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people's savior, and he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake. Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn't die young. Most of the chosen do.


Paper Covers Rock
by Jenny Hubbard

In 1982 Buncombe County, North Carolina, sixteen-year-old Alex Stromm writes of the aftermath of the accidental drowning of a friend, as his English teacher reaches out to him while he and a fellow boarding school student try to cover things up.     


Under the Mesquite
by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

Throughout her high school years, as her mother battles cancer, Lupita takes on more responsibility for her house and seven younger siblings, while finding refuge in acting and writing poetry. A novel in verse.


Between Shades of Gray
by Ruta Sepetys
In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author's family, includes a historical note.     







Have you read The Hunger Games???

Have you thought about living in Panem? What would it be like? What would you eat?
Could you survive the Hunger Games if you were selected to go?

If you have, your local library will soon have plenty of books for you to devour:
hunger games cookbook
The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook
Create your very own delicious recipes from the
humble fare from District 12 to the extravagant Capital feasts.
The Hunger Games Tributes Guide
Follow the Tributes' journey from the Reaping to the Games,
with a look at all the highlights along the way-the Tribute Parade,
the stations of the Training Center, the interviews, and more.
hunger games movie companion
The Hunger Games Companion
The Hunger Games Companion includes fascinating background facts about the action in all three books, a revealing biography of the author, and amazing insights into the series' major themes and features -from the nature of evil, to weaponry and rebellions, to surviving the end of the world. It's everything fans have been hungering for since the very first book! 
Are you fascinated by the fashions of the Capitol and the Tributes, check out the recently launched Capitol Couture.


And the winner is...

Printz award


Today is a big day in the world of Libraries. It's the day of the American Library Association's Youth Media Awards. The ALA Youth Media Awards honor children's and young adult authors and illustrators, as well as producers of children's audio and video materials.  They'll be announcing the winners in the big categories like Caldecott, Newberry Award, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, Alex Awards, Margaret A. Edwards Award and of course, Printz.

The Printz Award is awarded every year to a book that "exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature." It's definitely like the Grammy or Oscars for the young adult lit world. The ALA Youth Media Awards are selected under a cloak of secrecy. This year, the announcements were made at 7:45 a. m. CT in Dallas and librarians, book sellers and authors across the world tuned in to their computers to see who was awarded the grand prize.

Follow the link to see who the winners are... 


Holds List

It's the new year! Time to get a jump on new books for 2012. Need some ideas of new books to place on your holds list?  What books you are chomping at the bit to read?

Here are some titles help you get started: 


Everneath by Brodi Ashton



Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Regretting her decision to forfeit her life on Earth to become an immortal on Everneath, a world between Earth and Hell, teenaged Nikki is given the chance to return to "the Surface" for six months, in this story loosely based on the "Hades and Persephone" myth.

The Fault In Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
Hallowed: An Uearthly Novel by Cynthia Hand
Hallowed: An Unearthly Novel by Cynthia Hand

For months Clara Gardner trained to face the fire from her visions, but she wasn't prepared for the choice she had to make that day. And in the aftermath, she discovered that nothing about being part angel is as straightforward as she thought. Now, torn between her love for Tucker and her complicated feelings about the roles she and Christian seem destined to play in a world that is both dangerous and beautiful, Clara struggles with a shocking revelation: Someone she loves will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning. In this compelling sequel to Unearthly , Cynthia Hand captures the joy of first love, the anguish of loss, and the confusion of becoming who you are.
Why We Broke Up By Daniel Handler
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

I'm telling you why we broke up, Ed. I'm writing it in this letter, the whole truth of why it happened. Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped.
Fallen in Love by Lauren Kate
Fallen in Love by Lauren Kate

What makes your heart race a little faster? Just in time for Valentine's Day, it's FALLEN IN LOVE, four wholly original new stories collected in a new novel set in the Middle Ages. FALLEN IN LOVE gives fans the much-talked about but never-revealed stories of FALLEN characters as they intertwine with the epic love story of Luce and Daniel. The stories include: Love Where You Least Expect It: The Valentine of Shelby and Miles, Love Lessons: The Valentine of Roland; Burning Love: The Valentine of Arriane; and Endless Love: The Valentine of Daniel and Lucinda.
Pandemonium by Laura Oliver
Pandemonium by Laura Oliver

After falling in love, Lena and Alex flee their oppressive society where love is outlawed and everyone must receive "the cure"--an operation that makes them immune to the delirium of love--but Lena alone manages to find her way to a community of resistance fighters, and although she is bereft without the boy she loves, her struggles seem to be leading her toward a new love.



Next Reads


Happy New Year!

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Author Spotlight- Maggie Stiefvater

The Scorpio Races

Best known for The Wolves of Mercy Falls series and her new bestselling novel The Scorpio Races, Maggie Stiefvater is definitely a writer to discover! She writes about homicidal fairies. She writes about werewolf love. Some are about neither. She's an avid reader, an award-winning colored pencil artist, and plays several musical instruments, including the Celtic harp, the piano, and the bagpipes. She also makes great cocktail party conversation.

In her latest book The Scorpio Races, nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. As she did in her bestselling The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, author Maggie Stiefvater takes us to the breaking point, where both love and life meet their greatest obstacles, and only the strong of heart can survive.

 To get the latest news on Maggie Stiefvater's novels, travel dates, and more, follow her blog.


Other Books to Read By Maggie Stiefvater:


Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)




Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)




Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3)




Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception ( Book of Faerie, #1)




Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie (Book of Faerie, #2)


All-Nighter Books

These books will hopefully keep you reading in the wee hours of the night. We have a mix of new teen fiction books packed with action, romance, and suspense.  But don't blame us if you are late for school!

Hades by Alexandra Adornetto

Hades by Alexandra Adornetto
Heaven Help Her. Bethany Church is an angel sent to Earth to keep dark forces at bay. Falling in love was never part of her mission, but the bond between Beth and her mortal boyfriend, Xavier Woods, is undeniably strong. But even Xavier's love, and the care of her archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, can't keep Beth from being tricked into a motorcycle ride that ends up in Hell. There, the demon Jake Thorn bargains for Beth's release back to Earth. But what he asks of her will destroy her, and quite possibly, her loved ones, as well.

Legend by Marie Lu

Legend By Marie Lu
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths--until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Spirits of the Noh by Thomas Randall

Spirits of the Noh by Thomas Randall
All the evil of the ages will plague you, until my thirst for vengeance is sated . . . Kara Foster is finally starting to fit in at her boarding school in Japan--after all, nothing bonds you with your classmates like having an ancient demon put a curse on you. Hoping life can go back to normal now that the demon has been put to rest, Kara joins her friends Sakura and Miho in putting on a play for the Noh drama club. It's the story of the Hannya, a snake demon who inhabits the body of a beautiful woman. When a few members of the Noh club go missing, Kara fears that the real Hannya has been awakened by the curse. Then Miho is abducted, and Kara must find her before the Hannya destroys her. But the demon is wily, and may be hidden in the last place any of them would think to look . .

Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts

Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts
Since mankind began, civilizations have always fallen: the Romans, the Greeks, the Aztecs…Now it's our turn. Huge earthquakes rock the world. Cities are destroyed. But something even more awful is happening. An ancient evil has been unleashed, turning everyday people into hunters, killers, crazies. Mason's mother is dying after a terrible car accident. As he endures a last vigil at her hospital bed, his school is bombed and razed to the ground, and everyone he knows is killed. Aries survives an earthquake aftershock on a bus, and thinks the worst is over when a mysterious stranger pulls her out of the wreckage, but she's about to discover a world changed forever. Clementine, the only survivor of an emergency town hall meeting that descends into murderous chaos, is on the run from savage strangers who used to be her friends and neighbors. And Michael witnesses a brutal road rage incident that is made much worse by the arrival of the police--who gun down the guilty party and then turn on the bystanders. Where do you go for justice when even the lawmakers have turned bad? These four teens are on the same road in a world gone mad.

Soul Thief by Jana G. Oliver

Soul Thief by Jana G. Oliver
Riley Blackthorne is beginning to learn that there are worse things than death by demon. And love is just one of them... Seventeen-year-old Riley has about had it up to here. After the devastating battle at the Tabernacle, trappers are dead and injured, her boyfriend Simon is gravely injured, and now her beloved late father's been illegally poached from his grave by a very powerful necromancer. As if that's not enough, there's Ori, one sizzling hot freelance demon hunter who's made himself Riley's unofficial body guard, and Beck, a super over-protective "friend" who acts more like a grouchy granddad.  With all the hassles, Riley's almost ready to leave Atlanta altogether. But as Atlanta's demon count increases, the Vatican finally sends its own Demon Hunters to take care of the city's "little" problem, and pandemonium breaks loose. Only Riley knows that she might be the center of Hell's attention: an extremely powerful Grade 5 demon is stalking her, and her luck can't last forever...


National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month

Are you a writer? Here's a challenge that is fairly easy to take on during the month of November. November is National Novel Writing Month. During the entire month, you can attempt to write the first draft of your novel. Check out the National Novel Write Month web site for more information on how to get started. Maybe some day we might see your novel listed on the New York Times Best Sellers List.

If you decided to take on the National Novel Writing Month Challenge, let us know, how is it going. Give us an update on our PGCMLS Teen Facebook page!

I Love Vampires!

You might already have your tickets purchased for the final installment of the Twilight saga, Breaking Dawn: Part 1 which hits theaters next Friday. In the meantime, check out this hilarious SNL digital short spoof of what the movie might have looked like if it had been about a different gothic character who doesn't exactly sparkle. 

If you totally dig vampire sagas be sure to check these books with a bite to the jugular.

Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz


Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz





Vampire Kisses



Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber





Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead



Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead





The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith



The Vampire Diaries by L. J. Smith


2011 Teens' Top 10!

Teens' Top Ten


Guess what teens? The YALSA TEEN TOP TEN has been decided by you (teens from all over the country) and posted. Check out the results right here!

1. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

3. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

4. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

5. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

6. Matched by Ally Condie

7. Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson

8. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

9. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

10. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer



Who doesn't like a good undead story? We do! Here are some good zombie stories that will make you run and scream in terror.


Bad taste in boys by Carrie Harris


Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris
Look at those crusty lips. Someone's been a very bad zombie. Kate Grable is horrified to find out that the football coach has given the team steroids. Worse yet, the steroids are having an unexpected effect, turning hot gridiron hunks into mindless flesh-eating zombies. No one is safe--not her cute crush Aaron, not her dorky brother, Jonah . . . not even Kate! She's got to find an antidote--before her entire high school ends up eating each other. So Kate, her best girlfriend, Rocky, and Aaron stage a frantic battle to save their town  . . . and stay hormonally human.




Ashes by Ilsa Bick


Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
Alex, a resourceful seventeen-year-old running from her incurable brain tumor, Tom, who has left the war in Afghanistan, and Ellie, an angry eight-year-old, join forces after an electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky and kills most of the world's population, turning some of those who remain into zombies and giving the others superhuman senses.




Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry


Rot & Ruin  by Jonathan Maberry
In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn’t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zombies for cash--but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human. If you like this try reading the second part which is Dust & Decay.




Zombie quess of Newbury High


Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby
Quiet, unpopular Mia is dating hot football god Rob, but when cheerleading goddess Samantha makes a move for him, Mia decides to cast a love spell on Rob. Unfortunately, Mia ends up inflicting a zombie virus onto her whole class, making herself their queen.





Undead Much? by Sacey Jay


Undead Much? by Stacey Jay
Sixteen-year-old Megan Berry learns the secret of why she is such a powerful Settler, gets help from a new friend in battling a siege from a zombie army, and tries to reach second base with her boyfriend, Ethan.     





Generation Dead by


Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
When dead teenagers who have come back to life start showing up at her high school, Phoebe, a goth girl, becomes interested in the phenomenon, and when she starts dating a "living impaired" boy, they encounter prejudice, fear, and hatred.     





I Love Him to Pieces


I Love Him to Pieces: or my date is dead weight or he only loves me for my brains by Evonne Tsang
St. Petersburg High school juniors Dicey Bell, a baseball star, and Jack Chen, who loves science and role-playing games, discover a mutual attraction when paired for a project, but on their first date, a zombie-producing fungus sends them on the run.



Jane Austen Meets Zombies


Austen's zombies

The cover art is priceless! The title, on the other hand, makes you scratch your head and wonder is Mr. Darcy a flesh eating zombie or is Elizabeth Bennett out to kill him despite her attraction to him? Not really! 

It’s a new literary mash-up called quirk classics, which humorously fuses old classic favorites like Jane Austen’s, Pride and Prejudice with flesh eating, brain consuming zombies or Louisa May Alcotts’ Little Women with werewolves.




Check out Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: the graphic novel and see Miss Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy kick some zombie butts. Here are more quirky classic series titles with more zombies, sea monsters, killer androids, and werewolves.

quirk classics book covers


Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: the graphic novel by Seth Grahame-Smith

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls: a prequel by Steve Hockensmith

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After by Steven Hockensmith

Little Women and Werewolves by Porter Grand

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Ben H. Winters

Android Karenia by Ben H. Winters



Celebrating Teen Read Week!

If you're looking for a book recommended for teens by teens, look no further than the Teen Summer Reading Book Reviews booklet.

All summer long, we asked the teens coming into the library to write a review of their favorite books that they read during the summer. We received many book reviews and in honor of Teen Read Week, we have compiled our second Annual Teen Summer Reading Book Reviews booklet.

Reviews include Celia Thomson's The Fallen, Sarah Dessen's Dreamland and R.L. Stine's Fear Street.

Hot, Hunky, MONSTER Boyfriends

What girl doesn’t like a hot and hunky vampire, zombie, fairy, or monster as a boyfriend?  Well these girls in this new teen graphic novel series just can't resist those irresistibly, sometimes quirky good looks and charm. If you like humor, drama and monsters, then check out the My Boyfriend is a Monster series. These new teen graphic novels are mixed with humor, lots of horror and quirky romance-- proving that sometimes you just can’t control who you are attracted to.

You can sneak-peak web comics of Graphic Universe’s new My Boyfriend is a Monster series on their website. New pages will be uploaded on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Also, meet the other boyfriends in the series, a faerie and vampire.  

If you dig zombie apocalypses, read I Love Him to Pieces, the first book in My Boyfriend is a Monster series, followed by Made for Each Other which will have you in stitches.

My Boyfriend is a Monster, # 1     My Boyfriend is a Monster, # 2

Books with a Chill

scary forest


October is here! There's a crisp, cool chill in the air. What better way to start off the month with some books that will give you goose bumps and hopefully bring your core temperature down a few degrees.  Get ready for teeth-chattering thrills that will leave you shaking.





Flip by Martyn Bedford


Flip by Martyn Bedford
One December night, 14-year-old Alex goes to bed. He wakes up to  find himself in the wrong bedroom, in an unfamiliar house, in a different part of the country, and it's the middle of June. Six months have disappeared overnight. The family at the breakfast table are total strangers. And when he looks in the mirror, another boy's face stares back at him.  A boy named Flip. Unless Alex finds out what's happened and how to get back to his own life,  he may be trapped forever inside a body that belongs to someone else.  Questions of identity, the will to survive, and what you're willing to sacrifice to be alive make this extraordinary book impossible to put down.



Nightspell by Leah Cypress


Nightspell by Leah Cypress
Here be ghosts, the maps said, and that was all. In this haunted kingdom, ghosts linger-not just in the deepest forests or the darkest caverns, but alongside the living, as part of a twisted palace court that revels all night and sleeps through the daylight hours. Darri's sister was trapped in this place of fear and shadows as a child. And now Darri has a chance to save her sister . . . if she agrees to a betrothal with the prince of the dead. But nothing is simple in this eerie kingdom-not her sister, who has changed beyond recognition; not her plan, which will be thrown off track almost at once; and not the undead prince, who seems more alive than anyone else. In a court seething with the desire for vengeance, Darri holds the key to the balance between life and death. Can her warrior heart withstand the most wrenching choice of all?


Jasper Jones a novel by Craig Silvey


Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
Charlie Bucktin, a bookish thirteen year old, is startled one summer night by an urgent knock on his bedroom window. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in their small mining town, and he has come to ask for Charlie's help. Terribly afraid but desperate to impress, Charlie follows him into the night. Jasper takes him to his secret glade, where Charlie witnesses Jasper's horrible discovery. With his secret like a brick in his belly, Charlie is pushed and pulled by a town closing in on itself in fear and suspicion. He locks horns with his tempestuous mother, falls nervously in love, and battles to keep a lid on his zealous best friend. In the simmering summer where everything changes, Charlie learns why the truth of things is so hard to know, and even harder to hold in his heart.


I Don't Want to Kill You by Dan Wells


I Don’t Want to Kill You by Dan Wells
Dan Wells introduced us to John Wayne Cleaver in the chilling novels I Am Not a Serial Killer and Mr. Monster . In I Don't Want to Kill You, Cleaver faces his toughest challenge yet. John Wayne Cleaver has called a demon---literally called it on the phone---and challenged it to a fight. He' s faced two monsters already, barely escaping with his life, and now he' s done running; he' s taking the fight to them. As he wades through the town' s darkest secrets, searching for any sign of who the demon might be, one thing becomes all too clear: in a game of cat and mouse with a supernatural killer, you are always the mouse. If you are fan of Jeff Lindsay's Dexter series, you will

Don't Read with Caution


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Celebrate the Freedom to Read!

Banned Books Week



Nickel and Dimed. . . Crank . . . Brave New World. . . Twilight... The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian... And Tango Makes Three...

You might have read or heard of the books listed above. I have read mostly all of them and enjoyed reading them but there are others who didn't find much pleasure in reading them and challenged to have them removed from schools and libraries. The books listed are included in the list for the Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2010.

What's your favorite book? Chances are good that someone has tried to ban it. Every year, there are hundreds of attempts to remove books from schools and libraries. Every year libraries across the country put together displays to remind everyone that libraries are a place where people are free to make their own decisions about what they read. Celebrate YOUR freedom to read during Banned Books Week, September 25 to October 2, 2011. For more information, visit American Library Association website.

Check out or re-read a favorite banned book.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month / Mes de la Hispanidad



Hispanic Heritage Month - September 15 to October 15

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.




Great Books For You (Teens)!


Learning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a Refugee Boy by Carlos M.N. Eire

Learning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a Refugee Boy by Carlos M. Eire

Following the National-Book-Award-winning Waiting for Snow in Havana, comes the story of a stranger in a strange land, Eire (Waiting for Snow in Havana), one of 14,000 children airlifted out of Cuba in Operation Peter Pan in 1962, describes the classic American immigrant experience in Miami, Fla., with a mix of insightful observation, humor, and heartfelt emotion.    





Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

Living on the University of Colorado-Boulder campus with his older brother Alex, a college student and ex-gang member, high school senior Carlos is not ready to give up his wild ways until he meets a shy classmate named Kiara and becomes unwillingly involved in a drug ring.   





Messed Up by Janet Nichols Lynch

Messed Up by Janet Nichols Lynch

With his father out of the picture and his mom in prison, Mexican American fifteen-year-old R. D. has been living with his grandmother and her boyfriend, Earl. RD is repeating the eighth grade and planning to have an easy year. But after his grandmother takes off with a new boyfriend and Earl, unexpectedly dies heartbroken but determined to stay out trouble and a group home, R.D. is left to fend for himself while avoiding being caught. But how long can R. D. keep up the front?




Carmen: an Urban Adaptation of the Opera by Walter Dean Myers

Carmen: An Urban Adaptation of the Opera by Walter Dean Myers

Intense and gritty, the latest young adult novel from award-winning, critically acclaimed author Myers updates Bizet's opera with a hot, urban beat. A policeman's obsessive love for a tempestuous wig factory worker ends in tragedy in this updated version of Bizet's Carmen, set in Spanish Harlem, and told in screenplay format. 





Look out for these ...

♦ The Fortune of Carmen Navarro by Jen Bryant

♦  You Don't Have a Clue: Latino mystery stories for teens: credited by Sarah Cortez

♦ Sweet 15 by Emily Adler and Alex Echevarria

♦ Addicted to Her by Janet Nichols Lynch

♦ What Can (t) Wait by Ashley Hope Perez

♦ The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork

♦ The Fortune of Carmen Navarro by Jen Bryant

♦ He Forgot to Say Goodbye by Benjamin Alire Sá enz

♦ Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña

♦ Cuba 15: a novel by Nancy Osa

♦ Estrella’s Quinceañera by Malín Alegría





Smokin' Hot Books To Talk About

Modelland by Tyra Banks

Modelland by Tyra Banks

Supermodel and Harvard business student Tyra Banks makes her YA debut with a warped take on the world of modeling inspired by Banks' real-life experiences and her creative imagination, comes a a three-book series that centers on an awkward teenage girl who's selected to attend the exclusive Modelland academy, where magical Intoxibellas, the world's best models, are trained. Do you want to be on top? Modelland is waiting for you...



Wolfsbane: a Nightshade novel by Andrea R. Cremer

Wolfsbane: a Nightshade Novel by Andrea R. Cremer

This thrilling sequel to the much-talked-about Nightshade begins just where it ended Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemy, and she's certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an offer one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack and the man she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love can endure and still survive.



Witchlanders by Lena Coakley

Witchlanders by Lena Coakley

Ryder’s mother was once a great prophet and powerful witch, but she is slowly losing her mind to grief--and maiden’s woe, an addictive flower drug found in the Witchlands. Deadly monsters made out of dirt and sticks and stones are coming, she warns. There is an assassin in the mountains, she cautions the coven. But none believe her. Then the monsters come. In the wake of his village’s destruction, Ryder heads into the mountains on a quest to find the assassin and destroy the creator of the ghastly monsters. When he finds his twin--a spirit twin who is not the assassin, but is a sworn enemy of the Witchlanders--Ryder and Falpian awaken a long dormant magic and become entangled in the stirrings of new war between their peoples.


The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore

The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They tried to catch Number Four in Ohio—and failed.

I am Number Seven. One of six still alive. And I'm ready to fight.

In a Spanish convent, seventeen-year-old Marina longs to join forces with her fellow Loriens to prepare for battle with the Mogadorians who destroyed their home planet, while in the United States, John, Six, and Sam elude authorities who think John is a terrorist.


Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

When their stepmother casts Gretchen and Ansel out as teens, they are invited to stay with Sophia Kelly at her sweet shop. Life seems idyllic--until Gretchen meets handsome local outcast Samuel, and learns that girls have been vanishing at Sophia's annual chocolate festival, taken by the insatiable witch of Gretchen's nightmares. The cover art is wickedly sweet treat.


What's In Your Wallet?

School Supply List

Index cards
TI-84 calculator 
College rule notebook paper
3-ring notebook 
Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary
Library Card

September is Library Card Sign-up Month. Let your parents know that this is one of the most important school supply you should have in your wallet. It's FREE! All you have to do is bring mom, dad or your legal guardian over 18, of course, fill out an application and have proper identification (Photo I.D. and Proof of Address). That's it!

The library has lots of ways to learn more about something that you're interested in - on your own time! For instance, want to learn how to prepare a meal in under 30 minutes? What about how to make a wallet out of duct tape?  Or maybe you want to learn how to draw Anime characters. 

We have FREE music and books that you can download to your iPod or laptop with your library card. Need help with homework? No problem, we have Brainfuse (online tutoring), BYKI (online language learning), AskUsNow (24/7 live reference service) and tons of academic databases to help you complete those research papers and writing assignments.

Get the card that gives you access to a wealth of information and keep it in your wallet.

Get Schooled with Brainfuse!

It's that time of year again ... Back to School!

Yep! (I can sense the many groans and sob sounds from readers.)

But seriously, it's time to hit the books again!

And just in time for all those back-to-school essays, assignments, and tests, the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System has a new homework help tool available for you called Brainfuse.  It's really cool!


You can get live help from expert tutors on a tough homework problem, writing assistance, study for a test, get help with a foreign language class and MORE. It's a great place to get the help you need when you need it most. All you need is your library card.

Back to School

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I hate to be bitter grapes, but summer is slowly reaching an end. School just started and Maryland tax free week is over, we thought this would be a safe way to present you with a *super* short list of books for heading back to school. Here are some suggestions of books for those of you starting out somewhere new this school year.

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Before, Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole life has been one big non-event. Then he heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into a new life, and steals his heart. Nothing is ever the same.



 What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah DessenWhat Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Who is the real McLean? Following her parents' bitter divorce as she and her father move from town to town, seventeen-year-old Mclean reinvents herself at each school she attends until she is no longer sure she knows who she is or where she belongs.


Happy Face by Stephen Emond


Happy Face by Stephen Emond

Just put on a happy face! After going through traumatic times, a troubled, socially awkward teenager moves to a new school where he tries to reinvent himself.



     The Big Crunch by Peter HautmanThe Big Crunch by Pete Hautman

June is starting at her sixth school in four years when she meets Wes, who has just broken up with a girlfriend, and although they do not share an instant or intense connection, attraction turns to love and they wonder where it will lead.

Summer TV Withdrawal

I like TV a lot. Seriously like a ridiculously embarrassing amount. Two of my favorite shows, So You Think You Can Dance has ended and MTV’s Teen Wolf is coming to the end of its season. And I'm definitely not ready to let go of Hell's Kitchen and MasterChef  just yet, either. After their summer runs I will be left with major t. v. withdrawal.  At least I still have my cooking shows. I figured now would be a good time to take a look at some books that may help the werewolf and dance voids in my life.

MTV's Teen Wolf is loosely based on the 1985 film starring Michael J. Fox. It is nothing like the Twilight series, with the exception of the werewolves all have rock hard abs and a six-pack like Twilight's Jacob, but the show has those typical teen clichés. It tells the story of Scott as he tries to walk the fine line between embracing his newfound powers after being bitten by an alpha werewolf or wanting to be with Allison, a girl he can’t get enough of. Warning: Most of the werewolves in these books don't have rock hard abs to visualize.

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce


Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
After a Ferris, or werewolf, killed their grandmother and almost killed them, sisters Scarlett and Rosie March devote themselves to hunting and killing the beasts that prey on teenage girls, learning how to lure them with red cloaks and occasionally using the help  their old friend, Silas, the woodsman's son.

Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright
This is a dangerous new vision of a classic fairy tale. The body of a young girl is discovered in a field of wheat. Her flesh mutilated by telltale claw marks. The Wolf has broken the peace. When Valerie learns that her sister has been killed by the legendary creature, she finds herself at the center of a dark mystery, one that has plagued her village for generations. It is revealed that the werewolf lives among them, and everyone in the village immediately becomes a suspect. Could her secret love Peter be behind the attacks on her town? Is it her betrothed, Henry? Or someone even closer to her? As the men in the village hunt for the beast, Valerie turns to her grandmother for help. She gives Valerie a handmade red riding cloak, and guides her through the web of lies and deception that has held her town together for so long. Will Valerie discover the werewolf's identity before the town is ripped apart?

Nightshade by Andrea R. Cremer


Nightshade by Andrea R. Cremer
Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything - including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?




So You Think You Can Dance is like American Idol except no singing, all out dancing. And it’s awesome! Dancers from the show have started popping up everywhere like Dancing With Stars’ Lacy Schwimmer and Chelsie Hightower and several are featured in the Step Up 3D movie. Hopefully these books will spark the inner dancer within you.

Raven by Allison Van Diepen


Raven by Allison Van Diepen
Zin dances with fire in every step, speaks in a honey-sweet voice, and sees with eyes that can peer into your soul. Nicole's friendship with him is the only thing that saves her from the boredom of school and the turmoil of her family life. It's no wonder she is madly in love with him. But she can't understand why he keeps her at a distance, even though she can feel his soul reaching out for hers. Zin is like no man Nicole has ever met, and he carries with him a very old secret. When Nicole uncovers the truth, her love may be the only thing that can save him from it.

Entwined by Heather Dixon Entwined by Heather Dixon
Azalea is trapped. Just when she should feel that everything is before her . . . beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing . . . it's taken away. All of it. The Keeper understands. He's trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. And so he extends an invitation. Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest. But there is a cost. The Keeper likes to keep things. Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.

Attitude! eight young dances come of age at the ailey school by Katherine Davis Fishman



Attitude! : eight young dancers come of age at the Ailey School by Katherine Davis Fishman
Follows eight young dancers through a year of study at one of our nation's premier dance schools and reveals how each ones artistic talent emerges and develops , at The Ailey School.

College Basics: Heading Off and Starting Out 101

truck moving furnitureHeading Off to College...

No more admissions applications to worry about or SAT booklets to fill in the circles, the acceptance letters are finalized and the financial aid has been dealt with for the first year, so far. Now you will be faced with sitting in a lecture hall with 100 plus students with a TA (teacher's assistance) as the instructor, dorm life or sharing a house with 7 total strangers. No need to freak out!  We got you covered with books on everything from picking a major, balancing your class schedule, finances, safe sex or none (whatever suits your lifestyle), Greek life to doing laundry and dealing with your roommate(s).

Here's a short list of books that offer college life assistance. There's plenty more at a branch near you!


The Naked Roommate : and 107 other issues you might run into in college by Harlan Cohen

The Naked Roommate : And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into In College by Harlan Cohen

The #1 selling college survival book in the country. It is the behind-the-scenes look at everything students need to know about college (but never knew they needed to know). Completely revised and updated, this essential guide used by hundreds of thousands of students is packed with expert advice on everything from managing money to managing stress-plus hilarious, outrageous, and telling stories from students on over 100 college campuses.  From sharing a bathroom with 40 strangers to sharing lecture notes, there's something for everyone.





The Everything College Survival Book  by Michael S.  Malone The Everything College Survival Book  by  Michael S. Malone

Readers learn to:      

  • Pack for the big move away from home
  • Manage their money
  • Make new friends
  • Balance academic and social life


Panicked student's guide to choosing a college major by Laurence Shatkin

Panicked Student's Guide to Choosing a College Major : How to Confidently Pick Your Ideal Path by Laurence Shatkin 

Need to declare a major right now? Don't panic. Dr. Laurence Shatkin guides you step-by-step through a self-evaluation and research process that helps you confidently make the right college major decision. First, you'' learn about the key parts of a college major decision. Then you'll quickly and systematically pinpoint the best majors for your interests and skills. Next you'll narrow your choices into a personal "hot list." Finally, you'll review college majors of interest along with their related careers to make your best choice. This book introduces and links 120 majors to approximately 250 careers. It includes college major descriptions and specializations, course sequences, and related career snapshots with pay and growth information. 




The Big-Ass Book of Home Decor by  Mark Montano

The Big-Ass Book of Home Decor by Mark Montano

Got a new place and need to decorate on a seriously low budget? Or maybe you bought all your furniture at a big box store, but it irritates you that it all looks like you bought it there. You have a solution--or, rather, a whole house full of solutions. In this newest Big-Ass Book, do-it-yourself guru Mark Montano presents 105 practical, simple, and decidedly boring projects for every space in your home. Montano's wizardry--accomplished with masking tape, spray paint, and glue--transforms everything from accessories, to walls and windows, to lighting, to major pieces like headboards, tables, dressers, and chairs. (And there's even a chapter on turning the anonymous items you got at IKEA into one-of-a-kind treasures.)




Eat Fresh Food : Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs by Rozanne GoldEat Fresh Food : awesome recipes for teen chefs by Rozanne Gold

Want to avoid the infamous Freshman 15? Step-by-step instructions and cooking tips are compiled in this cookbook for teens that features more than eighty recipes for healthy, tasty meals, treats, and desserts.




Web Sightings

If you need something to distract you from the intense heat wave, hopefully this will help. These are a couple of trending websites for teen readers and pop culture enthusiasts we thought you should stay inside and check out.

Snakkle, a totally cool name for a website. Its a hot, new pop culture trending website with amazing pictures of stars before they became famous. Take a look at Jay-Z as a kid in the Before They Were Stars- celebrity baby and kid photos or the 90s Nickelodeon kid stars like Saturday Night Live cast member, Kenan Thompson or Wild 'N Out host and Mariah Carey's hubby, Nick Cannon.

GotYa has a cool collection of international teen cover art and cover revamps plus interesting tidbits on newly published teen novels from an eclectic group of writers.

Omnivoracious is a blog by books featuring delicious news, reviews, interviews and guest author blogs. It has something for every genre reader, including teens and graphic novel readers. 

Sharks + Surfing + Shipwrecks= Happy Shark Week!

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Shark Week starts this Sunday, July 31st. We've got plenty of great books on sharks, surviving a shark attack, surfing, mermaids and shipwrecks and movies too, at the library -- come check them out!

Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board by Bethany Hamilton


Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board by Bethany Hamilton
Could you return to the water after losing an arm in a shark attack? Bethany did. Bethany Hamilton, a teenage surfer lost her arm in a shark attack off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii. Not even the loss of her arm keeps her from returning to surfing, the sport she loves. There is a movie too, starring Annasophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, and country-star singing sensation, Carrie Underwood.

The Mermaid's Mirror by L.K. Madigan The Mermaid's Mirror by L.K. Madigan
There's something drawing Lena to the water. It's making Lena sleepwalk to the beach. It's compelling her to surf even if it means putting herself in grave danger and going against her father's wishes. A woman emerges from the waves--a woman with a silvery tail. She has a message. When Lena finds a brown leather sea chest and uses the key to unlock it, she has no choice but to look into the watery depths of her secret past through the mysterious mermaid's mirror . . . Lena's life will never be the same.


 Boyfriends, Burritos & an Ocean of Trouble by Nancy N. Rue


Boyfriends, Burritos & an Ocean of Trouble by Nancy Rue
As she struggles to recover from the fallout of boyfriend Preston's abuse, fifteen-year-old Bryn receives help from her surfer grandmother and an unusual book. Nancy Rue tackles the tough real-life issues teen girls face.

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
In 1914, an expedition headed by Sir Ernest Shackleton set out to be the first to cross the continent of Antarctica. Shipwrecked and marooned for months on end, their ill-fated voyage became a triumphant story of indomitable courage and faith in the face of astounding obstacles. A bestseller since it was first published in 1959, Alfred Lansing's Endurance now features a foreword and afterword from Dr. James Dobson--inspiring every reader to persevere no matter how impossible the challenge.


 Fool's Gold: Color Me Consumed by Melody Carlson


Fool's Gold: Color Me Consumed by Melody Carlson
Hannah Johnson is pretty happy as a missionary kid in Papua New Guinea. But when she visits her cousin Vanessa for a summer in America, everything changes. Vanessa and her friends try to catch Hannah up on all the latest fashions, but in the end, Hannah feels hopeless. She doesn't think she'll ever be able to keep up with the rich girls--but that doesn't stop her from trying. In the process, Hannah is forced to come to grips with what she values most: beauty on the inside or beauty on the outside.

Wave Warrior by Lesley Choyce Wave Warrior by Lesley Choyce

Ben is determined to learn to surf. In the rough North Atlantic waters near his home, only the tough can make it on the water. His first attempt is a disaster. Then he meets Ray, a surfing veteran from California. Ray promises to teach him to surf--and to face his inner demons. As Ben becomes more comfortable on his board he learns to face his fears and prove that he has what it takes to become a Wave Warrior.


Movies: (You will need an adult library card to check out the movies, if you are under 18.)

JAWS Soul Surfer: the movieShark Week 20th Anniversary CollectorBlue Crush DVD

If You Liked the Hunger Games Trilogy... Pt. 2

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What does Lena, identical twins- Melody and Harmony, Cassia, and Amy all have in common? Its being a teenage girl and dealing with the drama in trying to live in these grim, futuristic societies.  Katniss Everdeen got the ball rolling as the leading lady in Suzanne Collin's bestseller, the Hunger Games. Now here are a few other ladies who face the challenges of living in these futuristic worlds of bias societies, destruction and crazy government control. If you can't get your hands on these books, some are available as free ebooks and audio books thru Overdrive.


Delirium by Lauren Oliver


Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Can love make you delirious? Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.


Bumped by Megan McCaffertyBumped by Megan McCafferty
To be a prize member of society, all you have to do is be a teenage girl and able to conceive a child. Sounds interesting?  In 2036 New Jersey, when teens are expected to become fanatically religious wives and mothers or high-priced surrogates for couples made infertile by a widespread virus, sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony find in one another, not just DNA, but the courage to believe they have choices.



Matched by Allyson Condie


Matched by Allyson Condie

All her life, Cassia has never had a choice. The Society dictates everything: when and how to play, where to work, where to live, what to eat and wear, when to die, and most importantly to Cassia as she turns 17, who to marry. When she is Matched with her best friend Xander, things couldn't be more perfect. But why did her neighbor Ky's face show up on her match disk as well?  Like, seriously awkward?


Across the Universe by Beth RevisAcross the Universe by Beth Revis

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, 300 years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end 50 years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules. Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone - one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship - tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next. Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.



If You Liked the Hunger Games Trilogy...

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Suzanne Collin's bestselling Hunger Games trilogy has sparked a frenzy in well-crafted dystopian fiction. Here are some spellbinding teen novels that explore the grim, richly imagined futuristic worlds. Look for the next blog on girls in dystopian worlds and the ultra classics... hint Bradbury, Orwell and Huxley.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner


 The Maze Runner by James Dashner

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade--a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they've closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift. Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up--the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.



Ship Breaker by Paolo BacigalupiShip Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

In America's Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota--and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it's worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life. . . .


Blood Red Road by Moira Young   


Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. When a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba's world is shattered. Her beloved twin brother Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.  



Gone by Michael Grant Gone by Michael Grant

It's a scenario that every kid has dreamed about: adults suddenly disappear, and kids have free reign (Booklist).In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have "The Power" and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.  


Incarceron by Ann Aguirre


Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells, but also metal forests, dilapidated cities, and vast wilderness. Finn, a seventeen-year-old prisoner, has no memory of his childhood and is sure that he came from Outside Incarceron. Very few prisoners believe that there is an Outside, however, which makes escape seems impossible. And then Finn finds a crystal key that allows him to communicate with a girl named Claudia. She claims to live Outside - she is the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, and doomed to an arranged marriage. Finn is determined to escape the prison and Claudia believes she can help him. But they don't realize that there is more to Incarceron than meets the eye, and escape will take their greatest courage and cost more than they know. Because Incarceron is alive.

Enclave by Ann AguirreEnclave by Ann Aguirre

New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20’s. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters ”or Freaks ”who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings. And when Deuce and Fade are exiled from the enclave, the girl born in darkness must survive in daylight, in the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs. As the two are guided by Fade’s long-ago memories, they face dangers, and feelings, unlike any they’ve ever known.  

Books to Movies Teasers

Sorry to interrupt your regularly scheduled... well, you know, blog posts to pass along these trailers that caught our eye.

First up is Hugo based on the book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. It's a thick book so you might want to do a read-it then see-it combo or vice versa.


Next, a flash back to comic books from your childhood, The Adventures of Tintin: the Secret of the Unicorn (based on the comic by Hergé).




Finally, return to the scene of the crime with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes character starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, as Watson, his brainy partner in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. This is a mystery that can't wait to be solved.




Great Graphics @ your library

What's New....

Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol

Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol

Anya could really use a friend. But her new Bff isn't kidding about the "Forever" part... Of all the things Anya expected to find at the bottom of an old well, a new friend was not one of them. Especially not a new friend who's been dead for a century. Falling down a well is bad enough, but Anya's normal life might actually be worse. She's embarrassed by her family, self-conscious about her body, and she's pretty much given up on fitting in at school. A new friend even a ghost is just what she needs. Or so she thinks.




Level Up by Gene Luen YangLevel Up by Gene Luen Yang

What do you get when you pair four pesky little angels and a video game obsessed teen who is undecided of his future?  Meet Dennis, the son of Chinese immigrants, yearns to play video games like his friends and, upon his strict father's death, becomes obsessed with them but later, realizing how his father sacrificed for him. He chooses a nobler path with the help of four adorable and bossy angels straight out of a sappy greeting card and take charge of his life.



The Maltese Mummy by Trina RobbinsThe Maltese Mummy by Tina Robbins

As the founders of the Chicagoland Detective Agency, a haiku-writing girl and a boy with a talking dog have more than enough cases on their hands (and paws) when a friend vanishes, a mummy's amulet disappears, and an evil scientist stalks human brains and hearts. This is the second volume in the Chicagoland Detective Agency graphic-novel series with teen sleuths Megan and Raf and their talking-dog partner, Bradley. Don't forget to read the first volume in the Chicagoland Detective Agency graphic-novel series, The Drained Brains Caper.





Page by Paige by Laura Lee GulledgePage by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge

Paige Turner has just moved to New York with her family, and she's having some trouble adjusting to the big city. In the pages of her sketchbook, she tries to make sense of her new life, including trying out her secret identity: artist. As she makes friends and starts to explore the city, she slowly brings her secret identity out into the open, a process that is equal parts terrifying and rewarding. 


Beauty Queens

The 2011 Miss USA Pageant came down to a battle between two best friends. Now imagine, teen beauty queens, a LOST- like island. Mysteries and dangers. No access to email. No spray tans, Vaseline, exfoliating creams or curling irons. Oh, the horror, the torture! OMG! Oh, how funny!

Beauty Queens by Libba BrayFrom best-selling, Printz Award-winning author, Libba Bray comes the story of a planeload of teen beauty queens who crash on a mysterious island, struggle to survive and get along with one another, combat the island's other diabolical occupants, and  learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.

Get your copy of Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. Libba Bray conducted an interview with herself (interesting enough) talking about her latest book, Beauty Queens. Enjoy!

This One's For You, Dad.

Have you purchased your card or polo shirt for dad yet? Father's Day is fast approaching and here are some recommendations for books that are a good (though weird) match for the day. None of these fathers are in the running for a Father of the Year award, but the relationships they have with their children will keep you reading and wanting more.   

Split by Swati Avashti
Split by Swati Avashti  A teenaged boy thrown out of his house by his abusive father goes to live with his older brother, who ran away from home years ago to escape the abuse.     
Girl Stolen by April Henry
Girl, Stolen by April Henry When an impulsive carjacking turns into a kidnapping, Griffin, a high school dropout, finds himself more in sympathy with his wealthy, blind victim, sixteen-year-old Cheyenne, than with his greedy father. 
The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
The First Part Last by Angela Johnson Bobby's carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father and must care for his adored baby daughter.   
Motorcyles, Sushi and One Strange Book by Nancy Rue
Motorcycles, Sushi & One Strange Book: [real life] by Nancy Rue Fifteen-year-old Jessie Hatcher, forced to go to Florida with the father she thought was dead, finds that his faith, a book that seems to speak to her heart, and new friends help her get control of her ADHD and her life.   
Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends, an abusive father, and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him until he finds an ally in Lil Spicer--a fiery young lady. Together, they find a safe haven in the local library, inspiration in learning about the plates of John James Audubon's birds, and a hilarious adventure on a Broadway stage.