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Tuesday, February 26, 2013


In honor of “Tell A Fairy Tale Day” (yes, there is such a day, and it actually is today), take a look at the fairy tale mash-up, which is a story that recombines elements or characters from multiple fairy tales to create a new story.

Some examples from the Teen Zone include:

Beauty (YA MCK) – Beauty & the Beast.

Beastly (YA FLI) – Beauty & the Beast told from the Beast’s viewpoint.

Book of Lost Things (YA CON)  Snow White, Red Riding Hood, and Rumplestiltskin are given new, often nightmarish life in this book.

Cinder (YA MEY) – The first volume of The Lunar Chronicles, a cyberpunk version of Cinderella.

Kill Me Softly (YA CRO) – Set in a place where Grimm’s fairy tales come to life.

Enchanted (YA KON) – Features a talking frog, Cinderella’s dropped slipper, and Jack’s beanstalk, among other components of various tales.



Friday, February 22, 2013

Voting has begun at your local high school for the 2013 Abraham Lincoln Award.  You have until March 15 to cast your ballot for your favorite book from a list of nominees that includes: Anna and the French Kiss, Clockwork Angel, Leviathan, Matched, Thirteen Reasons Why…and many more outstanding titles.  Come in this weekend to check them out!



Sunday, February 17, 2013

Need volunteer hours??  If you are in 7th through 12th grade and would like to volunteer at the library, you need to attend two FIT programs BEFORE YOU CAN VOLUNTEER.  Sign-up for the Summer Library Club volunteer table will be at the May 17, 2013, FIT meeting.  If you have never attended one of our teen programs, there's still time to qualify for summer volunteering.   Our March 15 FIT program will be: Stick With Us: Duck Tape!  The April 19 program is an interative mystery, "In the Shadow of the Vampyre."  Both require registration: either online or at the Youth Services Desk. 


Monday, January 28, 2013


The top 2012 teen books were announced today.  They are:

The Printz Award (top fiction):  IN DARKNESS  by Nick Lake Only the darkness is real. And the hunger. When a Haitian boy called 'Shorty' gets trapped in a hospital after an earthquake, he searches for food and water, trying to ignore all the dead bodies. Darkness is all that's there...until a former slave and revolutionary leader contacts the boy, closing a 200-year gap. The former slave died in darkness; is 'Shorty' destined to follow suit? Best Teen Non-Fiction:  BOMB: The Race to Build--and Steal--The World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin While the shockwaves would come later, there were more than rumblings about the atom bomb after a German laboratory chemist discovered what made uranium atoms split in two. Witness the story of the atom bomb as Germany, the Soviet Union, the United States, and Great Britain pursued the ultimate weapon. 

Odyssey Award: Best Audiobook for teens:  THE FAULT IN OUR STARS  by John Green Hazel Grace and Augustus meet at a cancer-kids support group. Hazel's lungs are filled with tumors; Augustus is (apparently) cancer-free after a leg amputation. Their love story takes most of the book to unfold, and as it does, author Green takes us through a painfully hopeful look at living with cancer. Hazel's aching narrative goes straight to the heart. As a reader, you can sometimes distance yourself from the pain she experiences, but as a listener, you are dragged wholesale into the drama and passion that is the girl's existence. Through expert pacing, tear-filled words, breaths of pain, and angst-ridden outbursts,the narrator becomes Hazel; the listener becomes Hazel's confidante. A great audio of an excellent book.

William C. Morris Award (First-time author): Seraphina  by Rachel Hartman Although there has been peace between humans and dragons for decades, there is still great mistrust between them. This is the world that Seraphina lives in. Her only desire is to pursue her musical career. But, as the anniversary of the treaty approaches, the fragile peace is threatened and she discovers that the cost of lasting peace may be the only real friend she's ever had.



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