This time of year, signs of the holiday season are everywhere. Decorations and candy have been in stores since Halloween, the radio is starting to play Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, and bell-ringers are on every corner collecting charitable donations. But for me I don’t really feel it’s the holiday season until I go to see The Nutcracker. It’s my favorite Christmas tradition. I love ballet, and before I realized I lacked the necessary coordination, grace, and body type, wanted to be a ballet dancer. Though I can’t dance, I still love to watch performances, and yes, read about ballerinas. Read More..
December 1st is the World Health Organization designated World AIDS Awareness Day. The theme is Getting to Zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero deaths. In order to promote awareness, we’re sharing young adult books that feature characters who must deal with living with this disease.
I’ve always wanted to visit every state in America, but so far, I’ve only about half way there. Luckily, if you read every book on this list, you can take a roadtrip across the country without ever leaving home! EpicReads asked their readers to help compile a list of a book set in each of the 50 states and they turned in into this handy map and list. Read More..
Do you like historical fiction? Science fiction? Fantasy? Then steampunk, which combines elements of all three, might be your new favorite genre.
But what is steampunk?
In its purest form, steampunk is fiction set in the late Victorian era (late 1800s through World War I) and usually in Great Britain, though it can be set in other locales (think the American Wild West). But instead of straight historical fiction, these stories are imbued with fantastical re-imaginings of steam era technologies. Think retro-futuristic weapons, transportation, and fashion. Though often set in the past, these stories offer alternative histories: a “what might have been” look at the future from the perspective of Victorians.
These novels all contain some aspect of steampunk. Whether you’re interested in science fiction, romance, fantasy, or historical fiction, steampunk has something to offer you.
For centuries, the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table have fascinated readers. Whether your interest is in the Lady of the Lake, Merlin, or Sir Lancelot, we have a story for you. Check out one of these books based on Arthurian legend!
October is the perfect month to curl up with a scary book. My favorite kind of spooky stories are about haunted houses, and my favorite of these is “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe. You can read it and other creepy tales in his collected works, available in the Teen Zone.
We have lots of novels that feature haunted houses, and you can check out to celebrate Teen Read Week. The Theme is “It Came from the Library” and culminates in a teen dance and costume party with crafts, snacks, games, prizes, a DJ, and a photo booth.
September 15-October 15 is designated as National Hispanic Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the contributions Hispanic people have made to American culture. Young adult literature is full of fantastic Hispanic authors that write everything from historical fiction to contemporary urban stories. Here’s a sampling of our collection.
This season means changing leaves, crisp autumn air, and a new crop of young adult dystopian novels to harvest right along with those pumpkins. Our first The Hunger Games flowchart was such a success, we updated it to include the hot new titles arriving on our new bookshelf this fall.
Tomorrow we’re hosting Star Wars Read Day at the library! After you compete in a Wookiee yelling contest and make some Star Wars crafts, don’t forget to stop by the Teen Zone and check out one of these great Star Wars reads. We have an excellent selection of graphic novels, nonfiction, and novels that explore every aspect of the Star Wars universe. Travel to a galaxy far away with one of these books!
October is a month for all sorts of monsters: vampires, werewolves, and our favorite, ZOMBIES! This month we’re hosting a workshop to help you survive the zombie apocalypse (any disaster, really) and a clinic for you to get your hair, makeup, and clothes zombified before heading out to Lawrence’s Zombie Walk. Get in the spirit by checking out one of these zombie books! Whether you like your horror with a dash of romance, a dose of horror, or just plain gore, we’ve got something for you.