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African American Authors for Teens

Virginia Civil Rights MemorialFebruary marks the celebration of African American History Month, a time when we celebrate and remember the contributions of African Americans to our American history and culture.  I’ve put together a list of several African American authors who write fiction and non-fiction for teen readers and a few of their works.  How will you celebrate?

Graphic Novels for the Uninitiated

comicsI used to think of myself as a fiction and non-fiction reader and would shy away from graphic novels and manga.  For one thing, I’m very picky about the visual arts; I know what I like and I know what I don’t like and I had a hard time finding any graphic novels that appealed to my aesthetic tastes.  On the other hand, I pretty much avoid superhero stories at all costs; I’m not big into fight scenes and I don’t like those rippling body suits they all seem to wear.  But I made a huge mistake in only thinking of myself as a fiction and non-fiction reader, because graphic novels are a format and sequential art form (and people much smarter than I am argue this).  Graphic novels can tell stories

Freeman Teen Advisory Board

monkeying aroundAre 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, January 31 @ 4:30 pm in the first floor Meeting Room.

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.

Tayshas Spotlight: Mystery & Suspense

MAGNIFYING GLASSAnother Tayshas Spotlight?  How many books are on this Tayshas Reading List?  The Tayshas Reading List highlights great reads for high school age teens and does not have a limit as to how many titles can be included!  Which is pretty sweet, because chances are anyone can find something on the list that appeals to him or her.  Below are mystery and suspense titles on this year’s list or check out the entire Tayshas Reading List!

What is Your Library Love Story?

book loveTexans love their libraries! According to a recent poll conducted by the Texas Library Association:
"An overwhelming majority of Texas voters say their public library is very important (79%, with an additional 13% saying fairly important) to their community and 90% are satisfied with their public library (including 72% who are very or extremely satisfied)."
But the numbers don’t always get to the heart of the story. Drop by the library to tell us your library love story!

Genre Busters!

genre mash-upWhat exactly is a genre? The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature defines genre as: “a distinctive type or category of literary composition, such as the epic, tragedy, comedy, novel, and short story.” So genres could include things like whether a book is a mystery or science fiction or romance, or how the text is presented, whether it is a play, a novel, a poem or a story. Like any other broad label, genre terms can be useful (like I’m not a big fan of romance and knowing this can help me find something I like better) or a hindrance (I like historical fiction, but sometimes romance is an element in these stories and I just have to get over it). And, when you look really closely at some books you enjoy, they can blend genres or make us rethink our neat little categories: the genre buster! Wha

Terry Pratchett Wins the Margaret A. Edwards Award!

terry pratchett The Margaret A. Edwards Award honors an author for his or her significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. Terry Pratchett writes amazing fantasy adventures that are intelligent and humorous. Check out some of Terry Pratchett’s books here @ HCPL

 

 

 

 

Alex Awards: Adult Books with Teen Appeal

alex awards logoEach year the Alex Awards honor ten books written for adults that have special appeal to teens, 12 to 18. Check out this year’s list or past winners.
 
 

2011 Alex Awards

 

Printz Award Winner & Honor Books Announced!

Frog: Kiss a Printz!The Newbery and Caldecott Awards are always big news. But Young Adults have their own set of awards, including the Michael L. Printz printz logoAward for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. This year’s winner and honor books were just announced this morning! There are always some interesting books chosen for the Printz Winner and Honor Books; check out them all!

Printz Winner

ship breaker bookjacket

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

 
 
 
 
 

Teens Drop Everything & Read @ Freeman!

Yesterday we had a great turnout for a new teen program: Drop Everything and Read Something! Join us once a month and read anything while you enjoy snacks and friendly company.  Meredith and Ash are on hand to help you find something to read and to give recommendations.  Our next Drop Everything and Read Something event will be February 2nd @ 4:30 in the Zone.  See you there!

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