Mer L.'s blog

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

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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!

Teens’ Choice Film Festival

nothing on tv tonightJoin us every Thursday in January at 4:30 pm in the Teen Zone for a Freeman Teens’ Choice Film! Ballots are available in the Teen Zone. Make sure and voice your choice! Each week has a different theme:
January 6 – Chick Flicks
January 13 – Action & Adventure
January 20 – Comedy
January 27 – Science Fiction & Fantasy
Flickr CC: nothing on tv tonight Photo by: badjonni

Tayshas Spotlight: Rockin’ Nonfiction & Historical Fiction

ancient libraryWhat is this Tayshas Reading list, you might ask? The Tayshas Reading List is created by the Texas Library Association to promote reading for fun for teens in 9th – 12th grades. Check out some of these great nonfiction and historical fiction titles or the entire 2011 Reading List

Nonfiction & Historical Fiction Tayshas Titles


Holiday Movie Pajama Party

simon the cat in pajamasJoin us in your PJs in the Teen Zone on Tuesday, December 21 starting at 11:00 AM for a marathon of holiday movies! Bring a blanket, bring a friend, and enjoy movies and snacks. Simon the cat will, unfortunately, not be able to attend.

My Top 10 of 2010

2010Making a list of the top ten of anything is an incredibly difficult task, but I thought I might look through my journal of everything I’d read in 2010 and take a stab at a personal Top 10 of books published in the past year. I read so many wonderful titles in the past year, but there was no way I could have included them all and I had to make some very difficult decisions to limit my final list to only ten books. And I certainly couldn’t have read every book published in 2010 (!), so let me know what I’ve missed! What would you include on your personal Top Ten?

Mer’s Top Ten of 2010

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Tayshas Spotlight: Guys Read

guy readingWhat is this Tayshas Reading list, you might ask? The Tayshas Reading List is created by the Texas Library Association to promote reading for fun for teens in 9th – 12th grades. Check out some of these reads for guys or the entire 2011 Reading List

Guys Read Tayshas Titles


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