Book trailer sign!

There's a new sign up in the teen section that features book covers from newly released titles (or just interesting ones in general). Each cover has a QR code on it. If you scan the QR code from your smart phone, you can check out the book trailer for that book! Hopefully this will be a fun way for people to get introduced to some new titles.

New books to check out!

Just a couple of new things in the teen section this week. Lots of sequels and series in the world of teen fiction! Here's what we got in:


  • UnWholly by Neal Shusterman (Unwind trilogy #2)
  • Vanquished by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie (conclusion to the Crusade Trilogy)
  • The Obsidian Blade by Pete Hautman (The Klaatu Diskos book 1)


August's Craft Closet Cleanout!

On the 15th we had 21 people show up for the end of the summer Craft Closet Cleanout, where several tables were set up with a variety of crafts to work on. The domino decoupage magnets, while always messy, was a popular table, as was the duct tape crafts table! I was very impressed with everyone's ability to make cool and useful things from duct tape. I'm pretty sure the best I could hope for would be like, a wadded up ball of duct tape...
decoupage domino magnets

the domino decoupage table was constantly busy
the duct tape table
a duct tape iPod holder, complete with headphone pouch!
a photo holder, made from a rock and wire


New books to check out!

A couple of new titles came in today. Come in to the library (don't forget your umbrella today!) and check them out!


  • Cool Like That by Nikki Carter
  • Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
  • Nevermore by James Patterson (the final in the Maximum Ride series)
  • Over You by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
  • Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-shirt by Megan Nicolay
And here's the book trailer for Seraphina as a little something extra!


New titles! Mostly Scott Pilgrim.

I'm a huge fan of Scott Pilgrim, from the graphic novels that started it all, to the movie and the video game. So I'm happy to announce we now have the entire six book series of Scott Pilgrim available at the library. There's a few other new titles new to the collection as well:

  • Scott Pilgrim vol. 1-6 by Bryan Lee O'Malley
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  • The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies vol. 3) by Pittacus Lore


Teen Summer Reading Winners, Week 10

It's the final week of Summer Reading Winners. : ( But we're going out with a bang, with ten winners this week instead of the usual five!

Monet Allen-Kemp
won a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble.

Donald Lu
won two passes to Eastern State Penitentiary .

Anna Sheman
won a signed copy of Over My Head by Marie Lamba, and glow bracelets.

Manus Shields
won a hardcover copy of The Smoke Theif by Shana Abe, and a tie-die book cover.

Rosie Long
won a hardcover copy of The Temptress Four by Gaby Triana and Book Sox.

Tu Phan
won a hardcover copy of Secret Society by Tom Dolby and star sticky notes.

Kezia Mathew
won a hardcover copy of True Talents by David Lubar and a tie-die book cover.

Adrian Israel
won two tickets to Wynnewood Bowling Lanes

Jordan Christina Marie Foster
won a hardcover copy of True Talents by David Lubar and glow-in-the-dark alien stickers.

Rachel Ezeamaka
won a hardcover copy of The Kayla Chronicles by Sherri Winston and glow bracelets.

Congratulations to all the winners this Summer and thanks for participating!

New Stuff to Check Out!

I've got a bunch of new titles for you guys to check out! Let's get started:

  • Maya's Choice by Earl Sewell (part of the Kimani Tru series)
  • Monster by Walter Dean Myers
  • Can't Hold Me Down by Lyah B. Leflore
  • Can't Stop the Shine by Joyce E. Davis (part of the Kimani Tru series)
  • Search for Safety by John Langan (part of the Bluford High series)
  • Kendra by Coe Booth
  • Snitch by Allison van Diepen
  • Tears of a Tiger by Sharon M. Draper
  • Romiette and Julio by Sharon M. Draper
  • The Pact by Monica McKayhan (part of the Kimani Tru series)
  • Played by Dana Davidson 
  • Begging for Change by Sharon G. Flake
  • Lady J by L. Divine (part of the Drama High series)
  • All the Wrong Moves by Nikki Carter (part of the Fab Life series)
  • The Freedom Writers Diary by The Freedom Writers with Erin Gruwell
  • Bleach vol. 44-45 by Tite Kubo


Teen Summer Reading Winners, Week 9

Here's the winners for the week 9 prize drawing:

Tarzan MacMood, grade 9
won two bowling passes to Wynnewood Lanes.

Gonyeatona Paye, grade 9
won a signed copy of Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith, and candy.

Nikki Viswanathan, grade 10
won passes to Eastern State Penitentiary.

Amanjyot Singh, grade 7
won a hardcover copy of Games by Carol Gorman, and candy.

Anam Josan, grade 6
won a signed copy of Loser by Jerry Spinelli, and UFO stickers.

Congrats to all our winners, and remember that this Saturday, the 18th is the last day to be entered for next week's prize drawings! Make sure to get those summer reading slips in!


New African-American Teen Fiction!

We just purchased new and replacement books to update our teen African-American fiction collection, so look for these next time you're in!
  • The Break-Up Diaries, volume 2, by Nikki Carter and Kevin Elliott
  • On the Flip Side by Nikki Carter (Fab Life series)
  • Courtin' Jayd by L. Divine (Drama High series; replacement copy)
  • Holidaze by L. Divine (Drama High series; replacement copy)
  • Keep It Movin' by L. Divine (Drama High series; replacement copy)
  • Bang! by Sharon G. Flake (replacement copy)
  • If I Were Your Boyfriend by Earl Sewell (Kimani Tru; replacement copy)
  • The Break-Up Diaries, volume 1, by Ni-Ni Simone and Kelli London (replacement copy)
  • A Girl Like Me by Ni-Ni Simone (replacement copy)
  • No Boyz Allowed by Ni-Ni Simone
  • Teenage Love Affair by Ni-Ni Simone (replacement copy)
  • Homeboyz by Alan Lawrence Sitomer (replacement copy)
  • No Way Out by Peggy Kern (Bluford High series)
  • The Bully by Paul Langan (Bluford High series)
  • Payback by Paul Langan (Bluford High series)
  • Who Am I Without Him? by Sharon G. Flake
  • It's All Good by Nikki Carter
  • Not a Good Look by Nikki Carter (Fab Life series)
  • The Meltdown by L. Divine


Muppet Movie Madness!

Last Wednesday, 19 teens spent the afternoon enjoying a double feature of The Muppet Movie (1979) followed by The Muppets (2011).  We stopped the movies every so often to ask trivia questions, and correct answers got Kermit-shaped cookies!  We also held a "Creature Shop" cupcake contest, with lots of icing and toppings to decorate Muppet-inspired cupcakes. (Check out the photos below.)  Grace and Abbey were the winners, and they each got a Muppet bag with a Kermit Pez dispenser and a Muppet-ish monster rubber duckie!

We also did an easy Muppet hand puppet papercraft during the movies, but you can try these more time-consuming ones at home:
And, of course, no movie would be complete without coloring:
It was a fun afternoon, and Paul (the new teen librarian) was there to help!  Lots of teens have already met him, and we have one last summer teen program together this week.  Come to Craft Closet Cleanout this Wednesday, August 15, if you want to see me and meet Paul!!

I forgot to photograph the cookies, so here's my mom's vintage Kermit cookie cutter!

Winning cupcake #1 by Grace

Winning cupcake #2 by Abbey


Teen Summer Reading Winners, Week 8

Here are our week 8 prize winners:

Jaspinder Singh, grade 6
won a hardcover book, a folder, and a book cover.

Laurel Minott, grade 11
won Sprite earbuds and a signed copy of Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith.

Samantha Jeune, grade 12
won candy and a signed copy of Maya’s Choice by Earl Sewell.

Siaka Kosha, grade 7
won two games of bowling at Wynnewood Lanes.

Allison Billie, grade 6
won a $5 gift card to Dairy Queen.

We still have two weeks to go, so keep those slips coming!


I Love the High School Book Group!

Last Friday was my last meeting with the High School Book Group (aka Book Grub) as the Young Adult Librarian!  Like all of my recent "lasts," it was bittersweet.  Book Grub is one of my favorite programs, and I will really miss all of my members past and present!  Our new Young Adult Librarian, Paul, was there to learn the ropes...he has never led a book group.  So, he got quite an induction from the biggest, craziest, most off-topic group of them all (and a bunch of members weren't even there due to vacations...)!

Anyway, my Teen Advisory Board (TAB) members, led by Amie and Kim, put together a really sweet card and gift for me.  It was such a great surprise at the end of the book group meeting!  A lot of the TAB members had already signed the card, and I got everyone at book group to sign it as well.  I used the gift card today to buy some clothes for the babies, including cute new outfits for them to wear home from the hospital!  Thanks so much to all of you for being so thoughtful.  I will definitely bring the boys in for a visit in the fall!

The serious picture (with Paul and me in the back left)

The silly picture
A present!!!  :)


Teen Summer Reading Winners, Week 7

I'm a little late this week, but I finally picked our five winners!

Arsany Gheopreal, grade 6
won a hardcover book, as well as a folder and stretchy book cover.

Robin Martinelli, grade 7
won a hardcover book and glow-in-the-dark aliens.

Afsara Ahona, grade 10
won a signed copy of Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian and a journal.

Soemar Bargblor, grade 7
won a $5 gift card to Dairy Queen.

Samantha Kantner, grade 7
won two tickets to visit Eastern State Penitentiary.

You still have three weeks left, so bring in the slips!  I got a ton this week and I want more!!  :)