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Archie the Goat and Skinny the Hen are trying to cross the moat.  In rhyming style they conduct all manner of scientific experiments to help them to the other side of the moat.  Sometimes the solution is easier that you think!  A rousing readloud for grades K and up.  

The story of Jordan Romero, who at the age of 13 became the youngest person ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest. By age 15, he had reached the summits of the world's seven highest mountains.

Pretty, popular Marijke Monti and over-achieving nerd-girl Lily Spencer have little in common–except that neither feels successful when it comes to love. They now have a budding friendship and a plan to act out grand gestures and get the guys of their dreams.

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Poetry Contest Winners for Grades 5-8 and 9-12

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Recently the Teen Advisory Board of the Upper Arlington Public Library held a poetry contest with three divisions.  The 5-8 grade winner was Ainsley D. whose poem” I Am Sunshine” appears below followed by the 9-12 grade winner, Beth B. for her poem “Wings”. Congratulations!

I Am Sunshine

I Am Sunshine
Dancing all around
I am beauty
Clothed in swirling clouds
I am happiness
Laughing at the sun
I am fearlessness
With my hair undone
I am wind
Knowing all things
I am fire
Love songs I sing
I am water
Quick and carefree
I am earth
Wrapped in mystery
I am a Girl. I am free

-by Ainsley D.

Wings

Tattered broken wings were my companions.
Dirty, frayed and unkept was their sad state.
I wandered alone like a poor phantom.
I suffered from an invisible weight.

In a silent moment I realized it.
I could not live with this oppressive weight,
I could no longer just stay here and sit.
It was time to start with a new, clean slate.

I brushed my wings until they were spotless,
And began to strech their unused muscles.
A fresh start in life brought a strange calmness.
It was a feeling that made me chuckle.

I push off from the ground and take to the sky.
I am free and I no longer cry.

-by Beth B. 

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

Blockbuster Movie Month!

clapboardFriday May 2nd the blockbuster movie season starts!  

  • The Amazing Spider Man 2 - (May 2nd)
  • ... Read more

Free Comic Book Day is May 3rd

Free Comic Book Day is one day each year - the first Saturday in May - when comic shops celebrate comics! Find out how area comic book stores plan to make the day special with face painting, giveaways of comic books and the appearance of your favorite characters at... Read more

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Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of The Forgotten Sisters (Princess Academy, #3)

    Shannon Hale
    The Forgotten Sisters (Princess Academy, #3)
    Rating: 4.18/5
  • Cover of Down from the Mountain

    Elizabeth Fixmer
    Down from the Mountain
    Rating: 3.65/5
  • Cover of The Bell Between Worlds (The Mirror Chronicles, #1)

    Ian Johnstone
    The Bell Between Worlds (The Mirror Chronicles, #1)
    Rating: 3.86/5
  • Cover of Finding the Worm

    Mark Goldblatt
    Finding the Worm
    Rating: 4.08/5
  • Cover of The Bargaining

    Carly Anne West
    The Bargaining
    Rating: 3.48/5
  • Cover of Better Than Perfect

    Melissa Kantor
    Better Than Perfect
    Rating: 3.36/5
  • Cover of The Distance Between Lost and Found

    Kathryn Holmes
    The Distance Between Lost and Found
    Rating: 3.74/5
  • Cover of Seeker (Seeker, #1)

    Arwen Elys Dayton
    Seeker (Seeker, #1)
    Rating: 3.36/5
  • Cover of Inherit Midnight

    Kate Kae Myers
    Inherit Midnight
    Rating: 3.64/5
  • Cover of Tunnel Vision

    Susan Adrian
    Tunnel Vision
    Rating: 4.11/5
  • Cover of Utopia, Iowa

    Brian Yansky
    Utopia, Iowa
    Rating: 3.38/5
  • Cover of I Remember You

    Cathleen Davitt Bell
    I Remember You
    Rating: 3.85/5

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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....