May is National Bike Month

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It is time to ride! The weather is beautiful. The sun is shining. What better way to kick start the summer than with biking! National Bike Month is the month of May. It is sponsored by The League of American Bicyclists. Check out their site for links to bike month dates and events, guides about planning a bike event, information about the National Bike Challenge from May 1st - September 30th, bike safety tips, and more.(Note: Links open in new window)

Walk Bike to School LogoAnd to start Bike Month off pedaling fast, Bike to School Day is May 7th. The site Walk Bike to School has information about celebrating Bike to School Day as well as resources, activities, and safety tips for all year round.

The library also has a vast array of books related to biking. Check out the links below for how-to books, bike safety, history, and fiction. 

Happy Reading!


'Tis the season for something scary

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One of my favorite things about the month of October is having a good excuse to read some horror in time for Halloween. It's not a genre that I read all the time but every once in a while I get in the mood for something a little creepy and dare myself to read a horror or dark supernatural story. Whether it's filled with ghosts, monsters, witches or murder, a good horror story will keep you turning the pages all night long despite your unease. I have picked out a selection of some of my favorite spooky stories that I would recommend for this time of year.  


Military Teen Fiction

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Today is Veteran's Day, a day that America honors those men and women who currently serve, and have served, in the US military. Two of the most important people in my life served in the military: my grandmother, who served on the WAVES during WWII and taught men how to fly planes, but because she was a woman she wasn't actually allowed to fly them herself; and my husband, who served on the USAF for 20 years, during which he engaged in three wars and a number of insurgencies around the world, often in combat. 

Here at the library we get a number of teens who are curious about the military, and are interested in reading both fiction and non-fiction books about life as a soldier. Need some suggestions? Here ya' go! 

Soldier Doll by Jennifer Gold  I know, you're thrown by the fact that this is about a doll; don't be. The soldier doll is simply used to guide the reader through a number of wars, and to introduce us to the lives of the soldiers and civilians effected, and as a symbol–for hope, or death, only the reader can decide. 


The Right Fight by Chris Lynch  Readers who like to read about WWII will enjoy the newest Chris Lynch,  about a young man who is drafted immediately before the beginning of WWII and sent to the North African campaign. 


Violins of Autumn by Amy McAuley  Fans of spy novels will enjoy this WWII fiction about 17-year-old Betty who parachutes into German-occupied France to join the underground Resistance as a spy. 


Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly by Conrad Wesselhoeft  This book is awesome; it is actually on my Mock Printz list. Arlo Santiago lives life a moment at a time. His sister is slowly dying of a debilitating disease, and he and his family are still grieving over the death of his mother. To settle his mind he rides dirt bikes and plays drone warfare video games, both very well. So well in fact that the US military have taken notice and want him to fly real drones. 




True Tales to be Told For Teens: Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek

Maya Van Wagenen, stuck at the bottom of the social ladder, decided to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950's popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell. Can curlers, girdles, Vaseline, and a strand of pearls help Maya on her quest to becoming popular? The real-life results are painful, funny, and include a wonderful and unexpected surprise-meeting and befriending with Betty Cornell herself. Told with humor and grace, Maya's journey offers readers of all ages a thoroughly contemporary example of kindness and self-confidence.

Teen Video Challenge

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Calling all Teens! Spark your creativity and win some cash and fame!  Create a video promoting the summer reading slogan for 2014: Spark a Reaction and you could win $275 for yourself and $125 award for your library.  The contest is sponsored by the Collaborative Summer Reading Program.

One winning video created by a teen or a group of teens ages 13-18  will be selected as the winner and will be available to libraries across the nation.

To get the full scoop including criteria and judging guidelines, check out this link.  The deadline is February 14, 2014.

Here's a winning entry from last year. 

Super Power Saturdays - Teen Graphic Novels: We Started It All!

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Welcome back to Super Power Saturdays. Last week started us off with a look at teen super powers in fiction novels in the blog post Teen Super Powers. This week we will take a look at graphic novels and comics – the place that started it all, giving superheroes and super powers a place to really shine! Here are some fun graphic novel and comic picks:

For a look at Foiled, where fencing is a super power all its own, check out the book trailer below.


For links to these and other great graphic novels in our catalog see our Teen Graphic Novels - We Started It All! book list. 

Also, don't forget to check back June 27th for a look at other kinds of teen powers besides just super powers in Teen Powers Abound - All Kinds of Powers!, July 11th for a look at heroes in nonfiction in Teen NonFiction Flies!, and July 25th where we wrap things up by highlighting books on how to draw your own characters and create your own stories and graphic novels in Draw Me! Write Me!.

Happy “Super Powered” Reading!



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