Learn to Draw Mexican Sugar Skulls

ThorntonSkullsHow to Draw Mexican Sugar Skulls
Tuesday, October 28, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
There are still spots available for Tuesday’s program! Join professional artist Christine Thornton to learn about the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos and some of the cheerfully creepy artwork that comes with it. Then make your own drawings inspired by colorful sugar skull candies. This is open to grades 4-8. Click here to register now.

 

 

October 23, 2014 at 2:16 pm Leave a comment

Teens’ Top Ten

The 2014 Teens’ Top Ten were just announced!  Teens all over the country voted for the best books of 2013/14 and here are the results:

1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
2. Splintered by A. G. Howard
3. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
4. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
5. Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne
6. Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
7. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
8. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
9. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
10. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

What do you think about this top ten? Agree? Disagree? Do you think there’s another book that definitely deserves to be on the list? Comment me!

Katie

October 20, 2014 at 12:11 pm Leave a comment

Try some realistic fiction…

TheseGentleWounds These Gentle Wounds
YA FIC DUNBAR

Fifteen-year-old Gordie is trying to build a new life after tragically losing his family, but when his abusive father returns, Gordie must confront the traumas of the past.
ThousandWords Thousand Words
YA FIC BROWN

Talked into sending a nude picture of herself to her boyfriend while she was drunk, Ashleigh became the center of a sexting scandal and is now in court-ordered community service, where she finds an unlikely ally, Mack.
Pieces Pieces
YA FIC LYNCH

Eric deals with the loss of his older brother Duane by meeting three of the seven recipients of Duane’s organs a year after his death, and pondering who they are to him, and he to them.
Tease Tease
YA FIC MACIEL

Sara, along with her best friend and three other classmates, face criminal charges for the bullying and harassment that led to a classmate’s shocking suicide.
DrBirdsAdvice Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets
YA FIC ROSKOS

Wrestling with depression and anxiety, Evan tries to cope by writing poems, hugging trees, and asking for advice from Dr. Bird, his imaginary therapist.Read our review of Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets.
SecretSideOfEmpty The Secret Side of Empty
YA FIC ANDREU

As her friends plan for life after high school, M.T. struggles to envision her future as an undocumented immigrant and becomes determined to make a life for herself.
ImpossibleKnife The Impossible Knife of Memory
YA FIC ANDERSON

Hayley has spent years with her dad trying to outrun his PTSD from the Iraq war. She hopes moving back to their home-town will help heal him, but it may be what pushes him over the edge.
NoPlace No Place
YA FIC STRASSER

When Dan’s family’s financial problems lead to the loss of their house, they go from living an average middle class life to being homeless and living in a local tent city called Dignityville.

October 17, 2014 at 3:20 pm Leave a comment

Read an eBook this Teen Read Week

Check out eMediaLibrary, your source for eBooks! Your library card number gets you access to hundreds of teen titles for free. Just be sure to set up your library card password in the library’s online catalog before going to eMediaLibrary. Keep reading for the fun of it and have a great Teen Read Week!

TRWeBooks

October 16, 2014 at 1:48 pm Leave a comment

Modern Mythology

Check out one of these books that take classic myths and remake them.

Furious Furious
YA FIC WOLFSTON

After becoming the Furies of Greek mythology, three angry high school girls take revenge on everyone who deserves it.
ChaosOfStars The Chaos of Stars
YA FIC WHITE

Sixteen-year-old Isadora, the mortal daughter of Isis and Osiris, is sick of being in the middle of family drama so she jumps at the chance to leave Egypt and start a new life in San Diego with her brother.
PromiseOfStars Promise of Shadows
YA FIC IRELAND

As a human/god offspring, Zephyr is destined for servitude. But when she uses a forbidden dark power, she discovers that she may be a dark goddess prophesied to change the balance of power.
EverythingBreaks Everything Breaks
YA FIC GROVE

After his best friends die in a car crash when he should have been driving, Tucker meets Charon, the Ferryman of Hades, and must decide whether to succumb to his grief or go on living.
Antigoddess Antigoddess
YA FIC BLAKE

Cassandra, a former prophetess, may be the key to a war started by Hera and other Olympians, who have become corrupt anti-gods determined to destroy their rivals.
Underworld Underworld
YA FIC CABOT

John, a death deity, takes Pierce Oliviera back to the Underworld against her will to keep her safe from the Furies, but will she ever escape his captivity?
Solstice Solstice
YA FIC HOOVER

When Piper gets her first taste of freedom, she finds a universe of gods and monsters where her true identity, kept secret from her, could make all the difference in the world. A unique mix of dystopia and the Persephone myth.
Vessel Vessel
YA FIC DURST

When the goddess Bayla fails to take over Liyana’s body, Liyana’s people abandon her, but she soon meets Korbyn, who says the souls of seven deities have been stolen and he needs Liyana to find them.

October 14, 2014 at 7:44 pm Leave a comment

Happy Teen Read Week!

It’s Teen Read Week! Come into the library and check out my TRW display in the upstairs display case. Pick up a giveaway book while supplies last! I’ve got about a dozen books to give away this week, so keep coming back to the display and to the teen section of the library, and you might get lucky and find a free book that’s perfect for you. Do you need something great to read this week? Check out 15 new book lists on themes from swords & sorcery to summer romance to realistic fiction and horror. Read for the fun of it this week and have a great TRW!

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October 13, 2014 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

New Sequels & Series Books

guardian2 Guardian
YA FIC LONDON

Sequel to: Proxy

In the new world led by the Rebooters, former Proxy Syd is the figurehead of the Revolution. But armed Machinists aren’t the only danger. People are falling ill and Guardians, the violent enforcers of the old system, are hit first. The government does nothing to help, so Syd decides it’s up to him to find a cure… and what he discovers leaves him stunned.
   
Toxic Toxic
YA FIC SHEPARD
Pretty Little Liars #15
After surviving their latest encounter with A, high school seniors Aria, Emily, Spencer, and Hanna must try to convince the police that the real A is still on the loose, all while trying to stay alive.
   
IAmTheMission I Am the Mission
YA FIC ZADOFF
Sequel to: Boy Nobody

Teen assassin Boy Nobody is sent on a mission to assassinate the head of a domestic terrorism cell, but his mission turns up more questions about his job than answers.

   
Idols Idols
YA FIC STOHL
Sequel to: Icons
In the near future, four teenagers discover that their emotions have been weaponized and that they have been genetically bred to end the alien occupation of Earth.
   
SavageDrift Savage Drift
YA FIC LAYBOURNE
Monument 14 #3
The survivors of the Monument 14 have finally made it to the safety of a Canadian refugee camp, but Josie, trapped in a brutal prison camp for exposed Type Os, may lose hope unless Niko and his companions can rescue her.
   
TakeMeOn Take Me On
YA FIC MCGARRY
Pushing the Limits #4

Abandoning kickboxing after a tragedy in the ring, champion fighter Haley is forced to train an attractive mixed martial arts student who secretly fights on Haley’s behalf to redeem his troubled past.
   
Sinner Sinner
YA FIC STIEFVATER
Sequel to: The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy

Former frontman for the band Narkotika Cole St. Clair returns to California in hopes of renewing his relationship with Isabel Culpeper.
   

October 9, 2014 at 2:22 pm Leave a comment

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