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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

Teen Tech Week: Mix & Mash @ Your Library

Teen Tech Week begins next week and is celebrated nationally to promote non-print resources available through your library and to encourage creativity in the use of technology.  Here at Freeman we have audiobook collections, music CDs, DVDs and laptops available for check out, but with your library card you can access online copies of magazines, journals, and reference books as well as download eBooks, eAudio, music and movies.  There are so many resources available to you (for school and for fun) with your library card!

Drop Everything & Read Something!

Reading on the sofaJoin us in the Teen Zone on Wednesday, March 2nd @ 4:30 pm for reading, book recommendations, and snacks!  Ash and Meredith will be on hand to help you find something interesting to read or bring something along with you.

Do you have ideas of other great programs we could have here at Freeman?  Leave us a comment, e-mail me, visit us at the Library or consider joining the Teen Advisory Board!

Women’s History Month: Strong Females in Fiction

Operating a hand drill at Vultee-Nashville, woman is working on a "Vengeance" dive bomber, Tennessee (LOC)March is Women’s History Month and what better way to mark the occasion than to celebrate some strong female leads in fiction!  Who are your favorite females of YA fiction?

Teen Advisory Board

hey! a bookcart shaped like a bus!Are 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, February 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.

Love Hurts: Anti-Romance Reads

stormie steve suffers broken heart of unrequited loveSome folks like to read happily-ever-after tales.  And some people would rather read about the darker side of romantic attachments: when things go wrong, when everything does not turn out a-okay, or when love is just plain complicated.  So for those of you who prefer a little dash of anti-romance, this list is for you.  What are your favorite “love hurts” reads?

Freeman Teens Read

freeman teens readJoin us in the Teen Zone on Wednesday, February 23rd @ 4:30 pm for our monthly Freeman Teens Read program.  Share your favorite games, books, songs, movies or television shows while we munch on tasty snacks.  Ash and Meredith will be on hand to give their recommendations too!  We always have a great conversation and get great suggestions, both old and new, for all types of media.  See you there!

Check Me Out!: Great Unsung Reads

bookshelf editDon’t get me wrong, I’m as likely as the next person to read a bestseller.  I’m a big fan of the Hunger Games and I’ve read all the Twilight books and as soon as I heard about Sara Shepard’s newest book, I was on the request list.  But I think all of us have those books in our lives that we really LOVED and it seems like no one else has re

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