Teens

Cool Pool Reads

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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.  

  • Mermaid Park by Beth Mayall
  • Surrounded By Sharks by Michael Northrop
  • Stotan by Chris Crutcher
  • Of Poseidon (First in the Syrena Legacy Trilogy) by Anna Banks
  • The Vicious Deep (First in the Vicious Deep Series) by Zoraida Cordova
  • Swim the Fly by Don Calame

Book Sculpture

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snowman sculpture made from stacked books

It's fun to create sculpture from a stack of books. Here's the Youth Services Department snowman. What sculptures could you make with your own collection? We'd love to see pictures!

Distopian Novels for Teens: Willful Machines

Have a Happy New Year now because, in a near-future America, a sentient computer program named Charlotte will turn into a terrorist. Lee, the son of an ultraconservative President, is more concerned with keeping his Secret Service detail from finding out about his developing romance with Nico, the new guy at school, than Charlotte. However, when the spider-like robots that roam the school halls begin acting even stranger than usual, Lee realizes he is Charlotte's next target.

Your New Year's Reading Resolutions

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Are you sick of hearing about how people are going to stop eating sweets in the New Year?  Or maybe they resolve to be less lazy.  Perhaps this will be the year that your brother finally kicks that bad habit of biting his nails.

This year, instead of focusing on what you DON'T want to do, why not make a resolution that encourages you to explore the world, discover new things, and increase your brain activity! Reading is a great New Year's resolution that helps you push yourself to grow, learn, and live more in the New Year.

How do you make a resolution about reading, you ask?

1.  There are lots of lists available online. A great site for different types of booklists can be found on List Challenges. If you're a Gilmore Girls Fan, they have the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge. Or if you think you want to be an English major in college, you can always look at the English Student Book Challenge. Make it your New Year's Resolution to read 20 books on that list.  More or less is fine–pick what works for you!

2.  Goodreads, a website that allows you to keep track of the books you read, also has a yearly book challenge. You can challenge yourself to read a certain number of books. Remember it's always helpful to make a reading list that has a reasonable goal. It is not likely that you will be able to read 500 books next year unless you are reading more than one book a day. Maybe start with 24. That is two books a month. If you finish your goal early, you can always raise your goal at that time. Goodreads also has great lists to look at to draw inspiration. You can even see what your friends (and librarians) are reading!

3. If you are looking to expand your reading repertoire, POPSUGAR has an awesome reading list that has items like: a book by a female author, a book that scares you, a book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit. The list goes on! You can even count one book for more than one category if you'd like. It's a fun way to read something you'd never thought of reading before.

What's your reading resolution? We'd love to hear from you!

It's Time for Winter Fun! Elves, Faeries, Apps, and More!

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Winter Magic is upon us! And with the glistening snow, shiny icicles, and one of a kind snowflakes come wonderful books filled with magic! So get ready to curl up by a roaring fire, sip some hot cocoa, and fall into a magical tale about Elves, Faeries, Winter Fairytales, and Holiday Fun! (Links open in a new window)

And for some online fun check out the Website (and App) ElfYourself.com where you can upload your picture and turn yourself into an elf!

Elf Your Self APP

Books about Elves, Faeries, Winter Fairytales, and Holiday Fun!

Book Cover for Me, My Elf, and I by Swain   Book Cover for The Runes of Elfland by Froud   Book Cover for Lord of the Rings by Tolkien   Book Cover for Don't Expect Magic by McCullough   Book Cover for Winter's Child by Dokey   Book Cover for Shayla Witherwood by Torero   Book Cover for Bones of Fairies by Simner   Book Cover for Frost by Delsol   Book Cover for Let It Snow by Green, Johnson, and Myracle    Book Cover for Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Cohn    Book Cover for Decked with Holly by Bates    Book Cover for Winter's Kiss      

Happy Winter Reading!

Summer Intern in Youth Services at UAPL

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Our post today was written by Harriet, one of the UAPL 2015 Youth Summer Interns.  Harriet is returning for her second summer internship with the Youth Department, one of only three interns to hold that distinction throughtout the years.  

Dear Readers,

Throughout the school year you get to hear from our wonderful librarians for all your UAPL blog-reading needs.  However, for a select amount of time in the summer, interns take over.  Before this exciting time, it seems fitting to explain what we, as interns, do for the library.  Actually, a better question would be “What don't library interns do?” The first thing thing that pops into mind is “not work any place other than the Youth Department.” Yes, it is true we pull on-hold books from the Youth Department and take them to the front of the library, but for the most part we stick to our own Youth Department.

 If you see us in any section feel free to say hello!  We can be identified by our red and blue lanyards that script “intern” and our names. Other than that, we pretty much stick to our section, and participate in many of the amazing things our Youth Department does. Such as, prepare crafts, stamp weeded books, help out at youth events, pull missing and requested books and overall just help out.  

My favorite days are when planned events take place, because it is so rewarding to see partrons, young or old, with smiles on their faces. After all, our main goal as interns is to make the library as fun, and help it run as smoothly as possible.

Happy Reading,

Harriet (UAPL Youth Intern)

Sci-Fi Pick For Teens: Apollo's Outcasts

Jamey Barlowe has been unable to walk since childhood, the result of being born on the Moon. Jamey's father sends him, along with five other kids, back to the Moon to escape a political coup that has occurred overnight in the United States. Jamey will have to learn a whole new way to live, one that entails walking for the first time in his life. It won't be easy and it won't be safe. Jamey soon finds himself at the center of a dangerous political struggle stretching from the Earth to the Moon. 

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