10 YA Books About Race

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This month, our book club discussed The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. It was the most highly rated book we have ever selected for YA Book Club–with five star ratings from everyone. The book’s exploration of race and racism is complex, realistic, and hyper-relevant to today’s social climate. With rich, full-bodied, diverse, and relatable […]

5 books you need to read in celebration of GLBT Book Month

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Read with Pride June is GLBT Book Month™, a national celebration of authors and books that reflect the GLBT experience. No longer a place for just books, libraries are transforming lives by fostering community, understanding and access to the very best in GLBT literature and community resources. Below are five of my favorite LGBTQ advocacy books and conversation starters. […]

YA Book Swap

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…wherein I cleaned out my home library and gave away hundreds of books. And others came to swap out their old books for some new stuff to read. And played board games. And listed our top 5 books of the year. Our official BEST OF 2015 list:  The Martian by Andy Weir — WINNER! (Nominated […]

Side Effects May Vary — a review

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If it’s been a while since you’ve read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, or seen the movie, but can still remember how much you loved Hazel and Gus, you might be ready for another cancer-plagued teen romance… but watch out, ’cause this one has a twist. Like its title suggests, Julie Murphy’s […]

Steampunk Books

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Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that incorporates the new with the old—the ‘old’ typically being set in Victorian London (or a similar place) with the old dresses, top hats, and those prim manners… And the ‘new’ being those futuristic inventions such as technology or objects with clockwork gadgets or steam-powered machinery.  It is […]

Sync YA Summer: Awesome Audios

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Is listening to an audiobook the same as reading a print book?  Some say yes; some say no.  It’s certainly a different experience and a lot depends on the performance of the audio narrator.  The important part is that it’s still a reading experience. Audiobooks are perfect for the multi-tasker! Perfect for your intellectual minds […]

What Could Be Scary About Food?

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Our Summer Reading Club theme this year. What could be scary about that? After all, summer is a time to drop in to the library, pick up a good book, fix a snack, and dive into words and tastiness. Well, later this summer, on August 7th, we have our infamous Fear Factor Food Challenge. No stomach as […]

Watch the Anime, Read the Manga

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Have you seen the new Toonami lineup yet? Yes, anime almost all night, every Saturday. Even better, we have the manga for almost the whole lineup. You can read the printed versions, which are often very different from the version which shows up on American television. The ones we have in the collection include: Bleach […]

Read it Before You See It

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2013 is an exciting year for book adaptations, especially for middle grade and young adult novels!  It’s halfway through the year, but there’s still plenty to look forward to.  Here are some noteworthy novels that have been adapted to the big screen and are out in theaters this year.