Mer L.'s blog

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

Dragon Mural by John WooMay is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month and an opportunity for us to celebrate the history of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans who have contributed to the United States’ success and those who continue to help make America a vibrant, unique, and culturally diverse nation.  Below I’ve picked some a few books featuring Asian American teen voices.  How will you celebrate?

Sports Reads for Tweens

soccer cleatsWelcome to another installment of Tween Reads!   This addition will focus on sports fiction titles by special request of Kathleen G! Keep your eyes peeled for other genres as the weeks go by.  This list isn’t meant to be exhaustive, but to give tweens and parents some initial guidance as they make their way over to the young adult shelves.  And some of these are titles that are new to the Children’s shelves or might have flown under the radar.  What are your favorite tween sports fiction reads?

Mer’s Tween Sports Reads Picks:

Horror for Tweens

[mb} Scary FacesWelcome to another installment of Tween Reads!  This week the focus will be on horror titles, but keep your eyes peeled for other genres as the weeks go by.  This list isn’t meant to be exhaustive, but to give tweens and parents some initial guidance as they make their way over to the young adult shelves.  And some of these are titles that are new to the Children’s shelves or might have flown under the radar.  What are your favorite tween horror reads?

Mysteries for Tweens

PrintSeveral times each week I meet with parents and tweens who feel like they have exhausted the children’s section and are ready to move on to the teen section, but maybe are not quite ready for everything in the teen section.  Starting <checking watch> right this minute, I will be featuring something new on the Children’s and Teen blogs: Tween Reads!  This week the focus will be on mysteries (mostly because I am a mystery junkie), but keep your eyes peeled for other genres as the weeks go by.  This list isn’t meant to be exhaustive, but to give tweens and parents some initial guidance as they make their way over to the young adult shelves.  And some of these are titles that are new to the Children’s shelves or might have flown under the radar.  W

Great Adult Books for Teens

Library booksBecause I work with teens and read young adult books almost exclusively, it is always pretty tempting to recommend young adult books to young adults.  Makes sense, right?  But just like elementary school kiddos eventually make their way from the children’s section to the books for teens, teenagers transition from the young adult collections to reading adult books.  Some folks plow right on by and start reading adult books almost exclusively, while others go back and forth between their favorite authors for teens and books published for an adult market.  I’ve put together a short list of adult books I’ve read or read about recently that I think some teen readers would really enjoy.  With your library card you also can access a database called

Read, Reduce, Renew, Recycle

Earth DayEarth Day is celebrated each year on April 22nd. But you don’t need to wait until Earth Day to learn more about protecting the environment or living a more ecologically-mindful existence. What will you do to celebrate Earth Day?

Freeman Teen Advisory Board

Monkey ToyAre you opinionated? Are you creative? Do you want to earn volunteer hours? Do you like food? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re the perfect candidate for the Teen Advisory Board (TAB). Our next meeting is Monday, March 28th @ 4:30 pm in the first floor Meeting Room.  We’ll be working on our decorated book cart for the Houston Art Car Parade.

What exactly is TAB, you might ask? The Freeman TAB provides an excellent leadership opportunity to local teens who provide input on Library programming and events, Library materials, and marketing. TAB members also participate in special volunteer and community-oriented projects.

International Teen Reads

Globe by stevecadmanWhether it takes place in the past or the present, I love to read a great book that takes place outside the United States.  I have always loved to travel and do not get as much of an opportunity to do it these days, but through a great story one can get a glimpse of and learn about another culture.  What great books have you read that take place internationally?

Women’s History Month: Real Stories of Real Gals

[Suffragettes with flag] (LOC)March is Women’s History Month and what better way to mark the occasion than to read about the lives of real girls and real women?  Who will you celebrate?

Teen Tech Week: Award Winning Audiobooks

headphonesThis week (March 6th-March 12th) is the national celebration of Teen Tech Week! What exactly is Teen Tech Week? This is a designated week when librarians and those who love libraries celebrate the non-print resources available through libraries (like audiobooks, eAudio, eBooks, etc.) and encourage people to use electronic resources creatively and ethically. The Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults list was released mid-January and Teen Tech Week might be a good time to check one out! Or see what other amazing resources HCPL has available to you online (like

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