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  • Sep 11, 2018

    Calling all Volunteers!

    Do you love reading? Are you a natural with kids? Volunteer as a Big Buddy at your library with Reading Buddies! Once a week Big Buddy mentors pair up with Little Buddies (in grades 1-3), and read together, play reading-based games, and participate in group activities. Reading Buddies provides leadership, responsibility, and community service opportunities for high school aged mentors to help foster a love of reading in younger students. Fall session begins soon. Find an application...    Read More »

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    Aug 16, 2018

    Vote for your favorite books of 2018

    Did you read YA this year? Show your favorite books some love! The YALSA "Teens' Top Ten" is a "teen choice" list, were teens (just like you!) nominate and choose their favorite books of the year. Voting is now open (through October 13th). Teens aged 12-18 can vote for three of their favorite out of the 25 nominees. The winners will be announced after Teen Reads Week in October. Place your votes here!    Read More »

  • Jan 16, 2018

    The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

    There’s a reason The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas was the longest running YA novel at the #1 spot of the New York Times bestseller list. This emotionally-charged, addictive, and wonderful novel is one the best reads of 2017. Hands-down. The Hate U Give tells the story of sixteen-year-old Starr Carter, who lives in a poor neighborhood while attending a privilege private prep school. Starr, a black teen, finds an uneasy balance as she moves between her town worlds. That...    Read More »

  • Nov 27, 2017

    Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

    Published September 19th, Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu came out just in time to earn a spot on my Top Teen YA Novels of 2017. A delightful and inspirational novel, Mathieu sets Moxie in modern-day, rural-town Texas. Our main character, Viv, is your average Texan high schooler with one exception. She hates football.   Moxie Girls Fight Back Anyone who (like me) has lived in Texas or has even heard about Texas culture knows that Viv’s anti-football attitude...    Read More »

  • Nov 22, 2017

    Teen Writing Contest Winner: "The Basement" by Julian F.

    The Basement By Julian F. 3rd Place Winner at the Avon Public Library   He didn’t interact with anyone, so no one interacted with him. That’s how he could identify the new kids. They were the ones who would run up, slap him on the back, and say, “Hey, buddy!” That’s how he met the new kid. He felt a hand on his shoulder and turned to see a boy with fair hair, and pleasant facial features. He was slightly wide in the middle and stuttered as he spoke.    Read More »

  • Nov 16, 2017

    Teen Writing Contest Winner: "The Ghost" by Luis F.

    The Ghost By Luis F. 3rd Place Winner at the Eagle Library   Many people think that the ghost are attached to a place, to a specific physical place, the place where they lived when they were alive, other persons think the ghost are attached to the place where they die.    Read More »

  • Nov 15, 2017

    Teen Writing Contest Winner: "Popular" by Molly B.

    Popular By Molly B. 1st Place Winner at the Eagle Library    Read More »

  • Nov 14, 2017

    Teen Writing Contest Winner: "The Game" by Sophia T.

    The Game by Sophia T. 1st Place Winner at the Avon Public Library      Read More »

  • Sep 28, 2017

    Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

    Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee is a breath of fresh air for young adult readers who are tired of reading the same plotlines over and over and over again. Taking place in the past, this novel is the perfect antidote to the bombardment of dystopia novels overwhelming the YA distribution list of late. Mercy Wong is a first generation Chinese-American living with her parents in Chinatown, San Francisco in 1906. Yes, as in the same year as the Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.    Read More »

  • Aug 29, 2017

    Coming Soon to a Library Near You: Ten Exciting YA Novels

    Wow, August is almost over, and September’s lurking right around the corner. Goodbye warm temperatures and long summer days. Hello pumpkin spice and fall colors! With the weather scheduled to drop us into another long period of snow-ins and darkness, I’m already planning to curl up in front of my electric fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book. And – speaking of books (although aren't we always?) – here’s ten upcoming YA titles I’m super pumped for.    Read More »

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