Book advice

Need some help picking out a new read? I always have problems trying to figure out what to read next. Reading Rants! has helped me out a lot! This website provides “out of the ordinary Teen booklists” as well as a lot of good insight into each title. And the books aren’t broken down into the usual suspects like “Historical Fiction” or “Romance.” Instead, the clever reviewers have created different categories like “Fanging Around” (books about vampires) or “Reality Bytes” (non-fiction about teens, for teens). If you find yourself in a pinch or want to branch out, check it out! This website led me to my new favorite YA novel, Joy in the Morning by Betty Smith.

Weekly News Bite

Not much to report at this time…we’re all just waiting for summer to get here fast! This week, we have a T.A.B. meeting today (Monday), April 25th at 3:30 in the Carnegie Room. Don’t forget that Friday, April 29th, the Anderson Public Library will be closed all day for Staff Development Day. But Saturday, we will be hosting a Poetry Workshop for Teen and Tweens. Interested in helping or participating? Call 641.2456 for more information!

Booktalks at North Side

Okay, everyone, here are the books I brought to Mrs. Wildman’s class on Thursday, April 14th:

Overboard by Elizabeth Fama

Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn

Coraline by Neil Gaiman (I can’t get enough of this one!)

Godless by Pete Hautman

An American Plague: the true and terrifying story of the yellow fever epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy

Tiger by Jeff Stone (This is the first of the Five Ancestors series by Mr. Stone)

Big thanks go out to Mrs. Wildman and her awesome classes for inviting me today! I hope I see you all during the Summer Reading Program…you know who you are.

Weekly News Bite

This is a huge week for Teen Programming at APL! Last night, we hosted about 25 guests at the Teen Poetry Slam and it was fantastic. The runner-up was Tim; the winner was first-time competitor Tommy. Congratulations to everyone who participated!

Thursday, April 7th at 6:00PM in the Teen Room, we will be hosting a Get Crafty @ Your Library Night. Our task for the night will be hemp & bead jewelry. And Saturday, April 11th at 1:00PM, we will be having Get Reel for Teens: Afternoon at the Movies. Our feature film will be “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen,” starring Lindsay Lohan. This movie runs 86 minutes and is rated PG. Snacks will be provided by the Friends of Library.