Some tear-jerkers from the YA stacks.
How Peeta’s cake-decorating skills might actually have worked in the wild.
Who’s going to see Mockingkay: Part 1 in November? It opens on the 21st!
Check out this amazing book cover for Claudia Gray’s upcoming release, A Thousand Pieces of You:
I’m seriously loving this. The plot sounds incredible, too: time-hopping through multiple dimensions, murder, mystery and a healthy dose of science-fiction. Who can pass that up? Find out more here!
A Thousand Pieces of You will be released November 4, but you can put your copy on hold now. Reserve it on our catalog at home, or call the library anytime.
Meet Your Match @ CPL
Visit the library’s newest section of the website: The Readers’ Lounge, a place where you can find book lists, staff reviews, and receive personalized reading recommendations. Just fill out this online form and tell us some of your favorite genres, authors and books. We’ll send you a list of 5 books we think you should try based on your reading interests. Young Adult books are fair game!
For more help finding which books to read, you can also visit the library’s Information Desk. We’re happy to help — and if there’s one thing we know, it’s books.
Something to keep in mind.
Celebrate Banned Books Week: September 21-27, 2014
We’re celebrating Banned Books Week at CPL! Come check out our display in the Teen Zone, and take home one of these banned or challenged books. Each year, hundreds of challenges are received by the Office of Intellectual Freedom — these are attempts to limit access to or altogether remove controversial books from libraries, book stores or schools.
Some of literature’s most popular books are also its most debated: books like Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and The Golden Compass are challenged due to their more fantastic elements, while classics like To Kill a Mockingbird, Gone with the Wind and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are often rejected due to racist stereotypes or language.
Banned Books Week celebrates controversial books — and your right to read them. The library does not limit or censor material from its patrons in any way, which is as it should be. Be a reading renegade, and check out one of these banned books today!
Teen Book Club!
You asked for it — we’ve got it! A teen book club will be starting this September for students in grades 6-12. Each month, we’ll choose a theme or topic, and each member can choose their own book (or books!) to read. We’ll meet on the first or second Thursday of each month at 4PM. Our meeting dates for the rest of the year are:
Thursday, September 11, October 9, November 6 & December 4!
The first month’s theme (for our meeting on September 11) will be banned, challenged or censored books. This is in honor of Banned Books Week, a national event that celebrates the freedom to read whatever books you like! YA books are often ground zero for book challenges, including popular authors like John Green, J. K. Rowling, Laurie Halse Anderson and Judy Blume. Check out our display in the Teen Zone for ideas, or look online at sites like this one, this one, or this one for more titles!
We’ll meet in the Teen Zone to talk over what you’ve read — and if you can’t squeeze in another book before the 11th, feel free to join us anyway! We’d love to hear about the books you read during the summer.
September is National Library Card Month!
Help us hit a new record! The Concord Public Library is trying to sign-up 500 new patrons in the month of September. If you live in Concord or Penacook and don’t have your own library card, this is the perfect time to sign-up.
Teens in grades 9-12 can sign up for a Young Adult card, which gives you access to absolutely everything the library has to offer — books, magazines, movies and music, downloadable ebooks and audiobooks, databases that can help you learn a new language, study for the SATs, or do research for school, and access to our computers, printer, scanner and copier. If you already have a card but haven’t used it in a while, come on in to renew! We update library cards once a year.
Students in grades 6-8 can sign up for a children’s card, which has a lot of the same privileges. Make sure your parents are with you when you sign-up, for both children’s and teen cards. They will need to provide their driver’s license.
Library cards are a fantastic free perk for residents of Concord & Penacook. You can find applications for Young Adult cards in the new Teen Zone, and children’s applications are in the Children’s Room upstairs. Please stop by and help us reach our goal!
Teen Computer News!
We have moved the two teen-only computers out of the Teen Zone in order to have more options for our adult patrons. But if you don’t already know — a young adult card grants you access to any of our computers on the main floor! There are now ten of them floating around, which you can use for up to 90 minutes per day.
And new for our teen patrons: you can now check out Chromebooks! We have 8 available at the Service Desk. With a parent’s permission, you can check out one of these super-fast, lightweight laptops for 90 minutes per day. They can be used anywhere in the library, including the new Teen Zone.
I hope you like the new change!
Tumblr user fashion-by-the-book designs outfits to match her favorite YA titles. Check out this one, based on Isla and the Happily Ever After
by Stephanie Perkins!
Our copy of Isla and the Happily Ever After is on order, along with the other titles in this series. You can place a reserve before it arrives, and be the first in line to read it! [Note: you need a PIN in order to reserve books from home.]