5 More Teen Top Ten Nominees


Here are some more of the YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association’s) nominees for the 2014 Teens’ Top Ten. The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country.

(View the complete listing of nominees here!)

Let us know which ones you’ve read and what you thought about them in the comments below!
–Michelle Frost

The Nightmare Affair


The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for “magickind,” sixteen-year-old Destiny Everhart feeds on the dreams of others, working with a handsome human student to find a killer.





Of Triton


Of Triton by Anna Banks

When her mother’s reappearance in the Syrena world turns the two kingdoms — Poseidon and Triton– against one another, Emma must risk everything she loves and reveal herself — and her Gift — to save a people she’s never known. Sequel to Of Poseidon.

Also available in Audio CD and downloadable audiobook formats.



Siege and Storm


Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Hunted across the True Sea and haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. (Grisha trilogy ; Book 2).





Love in the Time of Global Warming


Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block

After a devastating earthquake destroys the West Coast, causing seventeen-year-old Penelope to lose her home, her parents, and her ten-year-old brother, she navigates a dark world, holding hope and love in her hands and refusing to be defeated.




Earth Girl


Earth Girl by Janet Edwards

Abandoned on Earth because of her inability to survive on other planets, Jarra crafts a fake background for herself to join a class of norms who are excavating the dangerous ruins of the old cities.
Also available as a downloadable e-book.

Tumblebook Cloud is here!

What’s Tumblebook Cloud?   It’s an online collection of ebooks, enhanced novels, graphic novels, videos and audio books, which offers students and adults of all reading levels access to an amazing range of content.  We have a growing collection of Read-Alongs of Core Curriculum titles such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Hamlet, and The Great Gatsby. Plus, our enhanced novels include chapter/plot summaries, character sketches, and quizzes. In addition all of our books allow you to highlight portions of a book and add notes! Sweet!  Go to our downloadables page  to use your library card to get these free eBooks for anywhere and anytime.

–Michael Perry

Teen Tech Week wrap-up, or: Who won the iPod Touches?

We held 33 different Teen Tech Week programs during the month of March and served 390 people.

Over 170 of you filled out our crossword puzzle for the awesome USB bracelet prize and a whopping 400 teens entered into our drawing for the iPod Touches.

Who won them? Congrats to Jada Simpson, age 12 and Alex Hernandez, age 12, our two winners!

See you in the fall for Teen Read Week!!!

–Michael Perry

Teen Top Ten Nominees

YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association’s) has released the nominees for the 2014 Teens’ Top Ten. The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country.
Check out some of the nominees. (View the complete listing of nominees here!)


Sky on Fire


Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne

A group of survivors, originally trapped together in a superstore by a series of escalating disasters, has split in two — one group heading to Denver airport on a repaired school bus, the other remaining in the Sanctuary trying to rebuild the community they lost. But the world outside is dark and filled with dangerous chemicals that turn people into bloodthirsty monsters.





Teardrop by Lauren Kate

Since Eureka’s mother drowned, she wishes she were dead too, but after discovering that an ancient book is more than a story Eureka begins to believe that Ander is right about her being involved in strange things–and in grave danger.







Splintered by A.G. Howard

A descendant of the inspiration for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, sixteen-year-old Alyssa Gardner fears she is mentally ill like her mother until she finds that Wonderland is real and, if she passes a series of tests to fix Alice’s mistakes, she may save her family from their curse.




The Testing


The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Sixteen-year-old Malencia (Cia) Vale is chosen to participate in The Testing to attend the University; however, Cia is fearful when she figures out her friends who do not pass The Testing are disappearing.





The Eye of Minds


The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

Michael is a skilled internet gamer in a world of advanced technology. When a cyber-terrorist begins to threaten players, Michael is called upon to seek him and his secret’s out.


Which ones would YOU vote for? Would you recommend these to your friends? Let us know in the comments below.

–sent by Michelle Frost

Google Doodle Contest 2014, or Make Some Cash for College and Be Famous, Too!

Google Doodle? What’s that?

Have you ever visited Google.com and noticed that there is some artwork there in place of the word “Google”? That’s a “Google Doodle” and usually celebrates a famous person’s birthday, a particular event or a cultural icon. Famous people have included Harriet Tubman, Leon Foucault, and Maurice Sendak. A Doodle has been made for the first day of summer, National Library Week, and the 100th anniversary of the crossword puzzle. There’s even been one for Star Trek.

Every year, Google hold a contest for kids in grade K-12. All you have to do is print out the application form, doodle your version of the Google logo based off this year’s theme and submit it online or by mail. State prizes are $5000. National prizes are $50,000. More details are here: https://www.google.com/doodle4google/faq.html

This year’s theme is “If I Could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place…”

Here’s the site: https://www.google.com/doodle4google/ The deadline for your submission is March 20th, 2014. So go on, download the form and give it your best! What will your Doodle look like?

To get you inspired, here’s last year’s Doodle. It was done by Sabina Brady, 17. Good luck!!!


–Michael Perry