Teen Services Blog

Reading Round Up: Young Adult Non-Fiction

Hi everyone! Fall is proving to be a challenging time for selecting new books for the young adult section because there are so many good ones that have come out recently. Both of my September and October lists had over 40 titles and I had to painstakingly whittle it down to a more manageable number…. Read more »

Banned Books Week 2020

Hi everyone! Did you know it’s Banned Books Week? Banned Books Week is all about standing up against censorship and bringing attention to frequently challenged and banned books. It might be hard to believe, but hundreds of books are banned or challenged all across the U.S. every year, with no apparent end in sight. What… Read more »

Fantasy Books for Fall

Hi everyone! It’s almost fall, my favorite season! The first official day of autumn is September 22, yet that hasn’t stopped me from shaking out my sweaters or drinking pumpkin spice lattes. More importantly I find myself transitioning into a very specific reading mood that always seems to strike when the cooler weather starts to… Read more »

Back to school? Me too!

Hi everyone. It’s back to school time! While I’m sure many of us are mourning summer’s inevitable end and slightly dreading the return to classrooms, you can take comfort in knowing that you’re not alone. I’m going back to school too! This summer I made the decision to return to college and pursue a degree… Read more »

Thoughts on Graphic Novels

Hi everyone! This week I want to talk about some particular types of books that are near and dear to my heart, graphic novels and manga (for anyone unsure of what manga is, it’s a Japanese graphic novel).  When I really started to blossom into the nerdy person I am today, I stumbled upon a… Read more »

Librarian Q&A: The Book Edition

Hi everyone! I’ve been a little stumped on what to write this week. I feel like I’ve been throwing too many recommendations at you lately and need to take a minor detour, and then I realized that I’ve never really told you anything about myself. Here’s the twist though – it’s all book related! So… Read more »

Summer Reading Recommendations Round 2

Hi everyone! Welcome back to another round of Summer Reading Recommendations. These recommendations are based on more of the prompts from the young adult summer reading bingo card (you can learn more about that here). Hopefully these suggestions can help you figure out what to read if you get stuck.  Let’s get to it. Classic… Read more »

Summer Reading Recommendations Round 1

Hi everyone! I hope your summer is going well so far. I know things are probably a lot different than how most of you anticipated them being, but I think it’s good for us to try to make the best out of a less than thrilling situation. At the library we’re trying to do just… Read more »

Pride Recommendations, #3

Hi Everyone! I’m back with my third and final list of Pride reading recommendations. I’m little sad to be at the end of Pride already, but I’ve really been enjoying these weeks of compiling lists to share with you all. I hope you all have been enjoying this as much as I have. This week… Read more »

Pride Recommendations, #2

Hi everyone! I’m back with more book recommendations to celebrate PRIDE. I’m finding it difficult to narrow my lists down with so many great books available featuring LGBTQ+, but I managed and have seven more titles to share with you this week. The plan was for six, but I have a lot of strong feelings… Read more »

Pride Recommendations, #1

Happy Pride everyone! It probably seems difficult to think about celebrating Pride in the current climate, but I think it’s important to acknowledge and honor in these times. It’s still okay for the LGBTQ+ community to observe this time and celebrate themselves; the celebrating may just be slightly more subdued than normal, or may involve… Read more »

Black Lives Matter Library Resources

Hi everyone. Given the current state of our country, I thought it would be helpful to offer a list of illuminating reading materials and movies we have at the library for young adults. Many of us are wondering “What can I do?” and I think further educating ourselves on this movement and history can be… Read more »

If You Like This, You Might Like This

Hi Everyone! I’ve been experiencing some serious writers block recently, which makes posting fresh content for you all really difficult. I don’t want any of you to miss out. In hopes of refreshing my creativity I’ve been spending as much time outside as I can, while pondering the things that I enjoy about reading and… Read more »

Reading Roundup: #2

Hi everyone! I’m back this week to talk about a couple of my favorite books we have in our digital collection, along with some new ones we recently acquired. I read a lot, and part of what I enjoy so much about reading is being able to talk about the book afterward, so I hope… Read more »

Non-Book Book Things

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all doing well and keeping entertained while the building is closed for a bit longer. As I’ve been racking my brain for topics to discuss here every week, I keep trying to come up with things that will (hopefully) broaden your horizon, which leads me to today’s topic. In our… Read more »

Books with Movies

Hi everyone! Kendall here. Another week has gone by and I don’t know about you, but I’m still adjusting to quarantine life. Just when I think I’ve gotten used to it, I start thinking about going out to the bookstore or my favorite coffee shop, and then I remember that I can’t. It’s all for… Read more »

Looking for an Escape?

Hi everyone! Another week has gone by, but I spent it wisely developing some fun, new content to help keep you all entertained while we’re stuck in our houses. I thought I would step away from books and writing this week to try something completely new to me. I developed a Star Wars themed digital… Read more »

Share Your Story

Hi everyone! Ruth Slaven Teen Services Librarian Kendall here. I’ve had a lot of conversations with various library staff members about how quickly life has changed for us all, how all of our lives have been impacted differently, but most of all how we can still serve our patrons and community during this time. As… Read more »

Reading Roundup #1

Hi everyone! This is Kendall, your Ruth Slaven Teen Services and Outreach Librarian. In these challenging times I find myself missing the library’s teen population very much and have been brainstorming ways to be available to you digitally. We decided it would be a great opportunity to roll out a new teen services page, and… Read more »