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When the Spanish influenza epidemic reaches Portland, Oregon, in 1918, seventeen-year-old Cleo leaves behind the comfort of her boarding school to work for the Red Cross.  This is well researched historical fiction based on the real-life pandemic considered to be the most devastating in recorded world history.

Wary of romance following her mother's second divorce and resisting her friends' attempts to fix her up with the hottest guy in school, Piper's life gets complicated when she receives a series of Valentines from a secret admirer.

In modern-day England, where witches live alongside humans, Nathan, son of a White witch and the most powerful Black witch, must escape captivity before his seventeenth birthday and receive the gifts that will determine his future.

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Photography Now and Then

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Want to take a picture? It's simple, right. You just pull out your phone and snap, it's done. Well, photography hasn't always been so easy. In the early days of photography, people had to hold completely still for up to 10 minutes. That's probably why no one is ever smiling in the photos. Then the image had to be processed with casutic chemicals in an extremely dark room. Photography was a time-comsuming, expensive process that often lead to more failed images than successful ones.  

In a new biography of one of the first professional female photographers, Stand There! She Shouted  by Susan Goldman Rubin, we learn how Julia Margaret Cameron turned failure (fuzzy, slightly out of focus photos) into a trademark style. Many of her photographs now hang in the Victoria and Albert Museum in England, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Often using family members as her subjects, a portrait of her great-niece Rachel Gurney taken in 1872 entitled “I Wait” is among one of Cameron's most recognized images.

"I Wait" by Julia Margaret Cameron (1872)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out these titles to learn more about how photographs have impacted history and how to take awesome photos of your life and times.

Embrace Your Geekness Day - July 13th

Embrace Your Geekness Day is Sunday July 13th! And it is time to celebrate all things Geek! And just in case your geekness is in full swing and you're wondering “hmm…what exactly makes one a geek? And is there a difference between a geek and nerd?” I really liked the...Read more

Cool Pool Reads

It's Summer!  The best place to be is at the pool, except when you are at the library!  When you are sitting in your deck chair hanging out in the sun (or shade), check out these reads to keep you cool.  ...Read more

The Fault in Our Stars Read Alikes

This blog entry is guest written by one of our summer interns, Sophia Fisher.  Sophia, a junior at Upper Arlington High School, has some read alike recommendations if you loved The Fault in Our Stars.

Loved The Fault in Our Stars? Read this next...Read more

Free Audiobooks All Summer

Don’t have time to read because the end of the school year is so busy?  Download 2 free audiobooks from the SYNC website.  Each summer SYNC provides access to free audiobooks all summer long.  You can download the...Read more

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Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of We Were Liars

    E. Lockhart
    We Were Liars
    Rating: 3.94/5
  • Cover of Hexed (Hexed, #1)

    Michelle Krys
    Hexed (Hexed, #1)
    Rating: 3.71/5
  • Cover of Reborn (Shadow Falls: After Dark #1)

    C.C. Hunter
    Reborn (Shadow Falls: After Dark #1)
    Rating: 4.42/5
  • Cover of Fool Me Twice (If Only . . . #1)

    Mandy Hubbard
    Fool Me Twice (If Only . . . #1)
    Rating: 3.55/5
  • Cover of Crater Trueblood and the Lunar Rescue Company (Helium-3, #3)

    Homer Hickam
    Crater Trueblood and the Lunar Rescue Company (Helium-3, #3)
    Rating: 3.29/5
  • Cover of Don't Call Me Baby

    Gwendolyn Heasley
    Don't Call Me Baby
    Rating: 3.73/5
  • Cover of While We Run (When We Wake, #2)

    Karen Healey
    While We Run (When We Wake, #2)
    Rating: 3.8/5
  • Cover of The End or Something Like That

    Ann Dee Ellis
    The End or Something Like That
    Rating: 3.6/5
  • Cover of Oblivion

    Sasha Dawn
    Oblivion
    Rating: 3.8/5
  • Cover of How to Meet Boys

    Catherine Clark
    How to Meet Boys
    Rating: 3.27/5
  • Cover of Blue Gold

    Elizabeth Stewart
    Blue Gold
    Rating: 3.56/5
  • Cover of The Dark World (Dark World, #1)

    Cara Lynn Shultz
    The Dark World (Dark World, #1)
    Rating: 3.77/5

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Teen Book Clubs

Pre-Pub Club

Read it before your friends do! Here’s a chance to snag an advanced reader copy of book that hasn't been published yet. Open to teens in grades 9-12. The Pre-Pub Club meets the last Wednesday of the month at 7pm except for May.

The UA High School Book Club

This club meets once a month in the LC classroom at 3:00 pm. Juice and cookies are provided by the Upper Arlington Public Library Friends of the Library Board. Each month the group decides on a book to read for the following meeting. Please join us - all are welcome!

Book Club in a Bag for Teens

Each Book Club in a Bag has 8-10 copies of a book in one handy carrier along with discussion guides and questions. Start your own book club today; we've got the materials ready for you!

For a list of titles available especially for teens, click here.

For general guidelines to starting and running a bookclub, click here.

How-To: Get a Book Club Started...and Keep it Going

You like to read. Your friends like to read. You almost have a book club! 

If you would like some info on how do you figure out what to read, get organized and keep the club alive, we have compiled some tips for you in this short guide that can help you.

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