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Teen Advisory Board: Sock It to Me

sock puppetMonday, January 25th @ 4:30 pm

Do want your voice to be heard? Are you creative? Do you have an inspired vision? Do you like to have fun!?! Join the Freeman Teen Advisory Board and help us plan upcoming teen programs and projects.
Flickr CC: Sock puppet with raw Sardine Photo by:willem velthoven 

Jim Murphy Wins the Margaret A. Edwards Award

The Margaret A. Edwards Award honors an author for his or her significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. Jim Murphy, perhaps best known for his non-fiction works, makes history come alive for teen readers. Check out some of Jim Murphy’s books here @ HCPL!

2010 Alex Awards: Teen Readers, Adult Books

alex awards logoThis year’s Alex Awards were just announced on Monday! The Alex Awards honor ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 to 18. Check out previous Alex winners, too!




What's a Printz?

The Printz Award winner and honor books were just announced yesterday! The Printz is awarded to a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. What were your favorites of the past year?



TAYSHAS 2010 Spotlight: Guy Reads

TAYSHAS Reading List IconThe TAYSHAS Reading List for 2010 was recently released and there are some great titles this year! The TAYSHAS Reading List promotes recreational reading for teens in 9th-12th grades. Check out some of these great reads for guys or the entire 2010 reading list!




New Year’s Resolutions: Body Image

tape measureDo you make New Year’s Resolutions? Pretty much every year I’ve made the same resolutions: to live a healthier life, to lose weight, and to get more exercise. In the past I did not feel very positively about my appearance; I felt self-conscious and uncomfortable in my own skin. It sometimes felt like I needed a radically different body type in order to fit in. But as time has gone by and I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to be more comfortable with myself and to make my New Year’s resolution about the benefits a healthier lifestyle brings to me personally, not what other people may think about my shape and size.  What are your New Year’s Resolutions?


2010 Lone Star Reading List

lonestar logoThe Lone Star Reading List for 2010 was recently released and there are some great titles this year! I’ve read several of them and am looking forward to reading some more! The Lone Star Reading List promotes recreational reading for teens in 6th – 8th grades.

Let It Snow, Let It Snow...

With weather reports that Houston might get snow and the temperatures dropping, I’ve been in the mood to curl up with a good book and a cup of hot cocoa. The list below includes books that take place in winter, in cold places, or just remind me of the cold. Brrr!


I'm Thankful For...

Books that make me laugh out loud!

Thanksgiving & TV Show Marathons

thanksgiving cranberriesI don’t get network or cable television at home and watch most of my favorite television shows online or on DVD, but whenever we visit family for the holidays it is always a perfect opportunity to catch up with shows I never otherwise get to watch (well, in addition to catching up with family, obviously).  While Dad and my uncle watch football, I’ll be huddled around another TV basking in the glow of holiday marathons, watching hours of consecutive episodes.

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