April Lindner Author Visit

Last night, 23 people came out to hear author April Lindner talk about her book, Jane!  The high school book group recently read and enjoyed this book, but we had more than just them at the event.  Lots of different people showed up including members of the Teen Advisory Board (TAB), people from the middle school book group, other teen readers, and even some adults!  This event was funded by the TAB with money raised from the Random-A-Thon.

April Lindner is a poet and English professor at St. Joe's, so we were really pleased that she could squeeze us into her busy end-of-the-semester schedule.  April talked to us about how she started writing for young adults, read us sections from Jane and her January 2013 release Catherine, and answered a lot of questions!

We learned that since Jane was originally written with adults in mind, the character was 21.  But, when it was published as a teen book, April decided to change Jane's age to 19.  Also, April is working on another retelling (in addition to Catherine, which is a retelling of Wuthering Heights), this time of A Room with a View by E. M. Forester.  At the end of the event, April signed copies of Jane.  Some people already had books, others bought them from me, and I was also able to snag some copies for summer prizes.  The whole event was a lot of fun, and we'd love to have April back again sometime!

If you liked Jane, go like it on Facebook!  Also, visit April's website for information about her life, her books, and where to see her in person if you missed this event.  These pictures are the best I got from my phone (I forgot my camera...again), but at least you can see April and the group in action!


Dance Dance Revolution

Yesterday, 11 teens showed up for our afternoon of DDR, snacks, and board games.  I think the promise of a $10 Wawa gift card for the tournament prize is what got everyone there on such a nice day!  We did a 12-person tournament--I took the extra spot and actually made it to the final round.  It was a three-way final--Amie came in first, with Laurel a close second.  I was a distant third.  Amie had an amazing 100 combo!  And she was happy to walk off with that gift card. 

If you like dancing games, be sure to join us on Wednesday, May 30, for Just Dance!


Fresh Picks

Here are the latest additions to the teen shelves!


Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter (Gallagher Girls series)
Fear by Michael Grant (Gone series)
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
The Blood by D. J. MacHale (Morpheus Road series)
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini (Inheritance series; replacement copy)

Bleach, volume 39, by Tite Kubo