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Cures for Boredom: Laughter!

boredomSummer is definitely coming to a close. With just a few weeks remaining until school starts again, we’ve all got a limited amount of time to get in our extra sleep and to spend lazy afternoons hanging out with friends. But if you’re starting to feel twinges of boredom (there, really, is just so much time you can spend watching YouTube videos before your brain feels like it’s going to melt), check out a book that will make you laugh! What are your favorite funny books?

Mer’s Funny Picks:


Don’t Buy a Thrill...

creepy runner pictureWhen you can borrow one from the library! Want something that’ll keep you at the edge of your seat? Try a thriller – full of suspense, tension and excitement. What do you read just for thrills?

Mer’s Thriller Picks:


Weird Science

beakerJoin us next Wednesday, July 21st @ 2:30 pm in the Teen Zone for a science experiment that’s just plain weird.  Who knows? It might even give you an idea for your science fair project next year.
Flickr CC: Science Fun Photo by: jurvetson

Cures for Boredom: Adventure Stories

boredom is your fault graffitiAt this point we’re pretty much right in the middle of the summer break. Yes, we’ve had fun. Yes, we’ve been waking up late. Yes, we’ve been watching bad television. I don’t know about you, but at about this time during the summer I get a little stir crazy and restless. If you are feeling bored, check out a suspenseful tale of adventure or survival. It might just give you the jump-start you need.

Mer’s Cures for Boredom:


Grab a Bundle!

open bookHave you registered for the Teen Summer Reading Program? Well, you totally should if you haven’t. You still have plenty of time to finish your 5 books or 600 minutes before August 7th. To help you out, we’ve got book bundles by the first floor customer service desk. As you check out, check out a bundle! Each bundle has a theme (for example: Classic Science Fiction, Mystery Must-Reads, Music=Life, Tales of the City) and includes three books to get you started.
Flickr CC: Read OR Listen? Photo by: 

Get a Clue: Award Winners

eye spyI love a good mystery and each year the Mystery Writers of America present an Edgar Allan Poe (or Edgar) Award to the best Young Adult mystery. Below I’ve listed some recent (and not so recent) winners, but you can check out the full list as well. What are your favorite mysteries?

Edgar Award Winners for Best Young Adult Mystery:


Get Crafty

book bindingLooking for something fun and free to do? Want to create something unique for yourself or to give as a gift? Join us next Tuesday, July 6th @ 2:30pm in the Teen Zone for a book binding craft. Bring your own pictures to make a photo album or create your own journal. It’ll be a lot of fun – see you there!
Flickr CCMini Book III: Binding detail Photo by: B_Zedan

The Classics…Remixed

library shelvesMost of us have had to read our fair share of “classic” literature for school. It might have been Shakespeare; it might’ve been Mark Twain; it might’ve been one of the Brontë sisters. Whether you’ve read the classics (and are looking for a new take on the originals) or you’ve never been forced to read the classics (but are curious what some of them are about), I highly recommend checking out some remixed classics. What are your favorites? What do you suggest? *Bonus points if you can name the original tale that corresponds to the remix*

Mer’s Classics Remixed Picks:

Take Me To Your Reader!

alien or not?Have you registered for the Teen Summer Reading Program? If you haven’t, there is still plenty of time to sign up and complete it by reading 5 books or for 600 minutes. Next Wednesday, June 30th @ 2:30 pm you’re invited to join us in the Teen Zone to talk about all that you’ve been reading this summer: what you’ve loved, what you’ve hated, what you recommend and what you suggest we all avoid! It’ll be a lot of fun – see you there!
Flickr CC: Alien or not? Photo by:

Fairy Tale Endings…

fairy tale castleI’ve always been a little resistant to fairy tales. The whole “happily ever after” thing never sat well with me. But often the versions of fairy tales I saw or heard growing up bore little resemblance to their origins (which were sometimes just down-right creepy) and there are many retellings of fairy tales that put a whole new twist on some tired old tales. What fairy tales do you love or hate?

Mer’s Fairy Tale Reads:

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