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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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New Teen Discovery Kits!

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New Teen Discovery Kits available for check out!

The UAPL has two new Discovery Kits just for teens!  Discovery Kits contain traditional materials like books and add a hands-on component.  They’re a fun way to learn and experiment. 

Teen Discovery Kit: Learn the Ukulele contains Includes three books, two CDs, one ukulele and one ukulele carrying case. It’s a great way to try out the instrument!

Teen Discovery Kit: Explore Circuitry Includes four books, one Makey Makey kit and one Little Bits base kit. This kit is a fun introduction to circuits and how they work including how to make actual bananas function as a keyboard! (Sorry, bananas are not included in the kit.)

Blockbuster Movie Month!

clapboardFriday May 2nd the blockbuster movie season starts!  

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

UAPL Poetry Contest, 5-8 and 9-12 Division Winners

The teen advisory board of the UAPL recently held a poetry contest.  The 5-8 Division winner was Lexi R. and the 9-12 Division winner was Beth B.  Here are the two winning poems:


Meshed String by Lexi R.

(In... Read more

Music + Books = Soundtracks for Books!

Recently I learned that some authors are creating music playlist to go with their books. Most great movies have awesome music to go with them; something that captures key moments in the story, expands the feel of the whole experience, or even... Read more

2013: The Year in Graphic Novels

2013 has been another great year in reading manga and graphic novels!  This is our top 12 of the year, not in order of importance.  It is too hard to pick what should be #1!

1.) Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong. story by... Read more


Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of Rogue (Talon #2)

    Julie Kagawa
    Rogue (Talon #2)
    Rating: 4.08/5
  • Cover of The Novice (Summoner, #1)

    Taran Matharu
    The Novice (Summoner, #1)
    Rating: 4.2/5
  • Cover of Lion Heart (Scarlet, #3)

    A.C. Gaughen
    Lion Heart (Scarlet, #3)
    Rating: 4.16/5
  • Cover of The Revelation of Louisa May

    Michaela MacColl
    The Revelation of Louisa May
    Rating: 3.58/5
  • Cover of Flirty Dancing (The Ladybirds, #1)

    Jenny McLachlan
    Flirty Dancing (The Ladybirds, #1)
    Rating: 3.95/5
  • Cover of Saint Anything

    Sarah Dessen
    Saint Anything
    Rating: 4.1/5
  • Cover of A Matter of Heart

    Amy Fellner Dominy
    A Matter of Heart
    Rating: 3.85/5
  • Cover of Hit Count

    Chris Lynch
    Hit Count
    Rating: 3.67/5
  • Cover of Crimson Bound

    Rosamund Hodge
    Crimson Bound
    Rating: 3.79/5
  • Cover of Nil Unlocked (Nil, #2)

    Lynne Matson
    Nil Unlocked (Nil, #2)
    Rating: 4.52/5
  • Cover of Under the Spotlight (The Jamieson Collection #3)

    Angie Stanton
    Under the Spotlight (The Jamieson Collection #3)
    Rating: 3.67/5
  • Cover of Apple and Rain

    Sarah Crossan
    Apple and Rain
    Rating: 4.02/5


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....