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Vote NOW for Teens' Top Ten

Voting for the 2016 Teens' Top Ten official list is officially open!  The Teens' Top Ten is a teen choice list, with teens nominating and choosing their favorite books of the previous year.   The winners will be announced following Teen Read Week (October 9-15, 2016).  Vote for your favorite three titles from the 26 nominations.  You can watch a book trailer announcing all 26 titles.  You can also download the printable list, complete with annotations.  That's the easy part.  The hard part will be narrowing your favorites down to three!

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Medical Mysteries

Forget fiction!  Gail Jarrow has written three captivating books about real medical mysteries.

  • Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat (2014)
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    One hundred years ago, a mysterious and alarming illness spread across America's South, striking tens of thousands of victims. No one knew what caused it or how to treat it. People were left weak, disfigured, insane, and in some cases, dead. Award winning science and history writer Gail Jarrow tracks this disease, commonly known as pellagra, and highlights how doctors, scientists, and public health officials finally defeated it. Illustrated with 100 archival photographs, includes stories about real life pellagra victims and accounts of scientific investigations.
  • Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary (2015)
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    Typhoid fever is running rampant across America, striking down thousands of people. On a damp March morning in 1907, the dreaded disease pulls together three people at a New York City brownstone. Dr. George Soper, an epidemiologist, has traced an outbreak of typhoid fever to this house. Dr. S. Josephine Baker, a health department medical inspector, has been sent there to confront the suspected typhoid carrier. Mary Mallon, a cook for well-to-do New Yorkers, refuses to talk to either one of them. Her actions that day would lead to a notoriety that has lasted for more than a century.
  • Bubonic Plague: When Plague Invaded America (2016)
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    In March 1900, San Francisco s health department investigated a strange and horrible death in Chinatown. A man had died of bubonic plague, one of the world s deadliest diseases. But how could that be possible? "Bubonic Panic" tells the true story of America s first plague epidemic the public health doctors who desperately fought to end it, the political leaders who tried to keep it hidden, and the brave scientists who uncovered the plague s secrets. Once again, acclaimed author and scientific expert Gail Jarrow brings the history of a medical mystery to life in vivid and exciting detail for young readers.

If you're a teacher, take a look at the lesson ideas for each title.

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Book Clubs: Take Your Pick

We have more book club offerings beginning this September.  Read on, choose the one that's right for you . . . then read on!

  • Reading Sidekicks: Beginning Reader Book Club with Miss Polly
    Mondays at 6:30 p.m., once a month
    Emerging readers and their caregivers read a book by a selected author, then meet to discuss it and complete a related project.  Must be at least 5 to attend.  The first meeting will take place on Monday, September 19.  The theme is Yo! Chris Raschka.   Space is limited.  Sign up online or by phone (444-7830). 
  • Reader's Café: Upper Elementary Book Club with Miss Traci
    Mondays at 6:30 p.m., once a month
    Reader's Café serves up books from a different genre each month.  Pick a book from the chosen genre, read it, then meet and discuss.  The first meeting will take place on Monday, September 12.  The theme is Favorites.  Space is limited.  Sign up online or by phone (444-7830). 
  • Raging Readers: Middle School Book Club with Miss Anna Beth
    Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., once a month
    Middle school is tough, but book club is fun!  Meet with others to discuss different titles each month and get down on some snacks.  The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 13.  The theme is Favorites.  Space is limited.  Sign up online or by phone (444-7826). 


August 15-21, 2016 is National Aviation History Week.   August 19, 2016 is National Aviation Day.  It is also Orville Wright's birthday.  So, naturally, we must blog about a couple of great new books about pilots and flight.

First Flight Around the World: The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race by Tim Grove (2015)
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In 1924 the U.S. Army sent eight young men on a bold attempt to be the first to circumnavigate the globe by flight. Men from five other countries—Great Britain, France, Portugal, Italy, and Argentina—had the same goal. The race was on! First Flight Around the World documents the exciting journey of four American planes—the Chicago, Boston, New Orleans, and Seattle—and their crews on a race around the world. The trip held many challenges: extreme weather, tricky navigation, unfamiliar cultures, fragile planes, and few airfields. The world fliers risked their lives for the sake of national pride. Based in part on the journal of one of the crew members, First Lieutenant Leslie Arnold, along with commentary, newspaper reports, and archival images, First Flight Around the World is a captivating tale about American ingenuity, gumption, and perseverance.  Published in association with National Air and Space Museum.  A 2016 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist.

The Wrong Wrights by Chris KKientx, Steve Hockensmith & Lee Nielsen (2016)
Schoolmates Dominique, Eric, Josephine, and Ajay are excited about a field trip to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. When they get there, however, they find a very different museum than the one they were expecting. Not only is it much smaller, it's filled with balloons, blimps, and dirigibles, many of them with the same logo: BARRIS AIRSHIPS. Where's the Spirit of St. Louis? Where's the Apollo 11 command module? Where's the Wright Brothers' 1903 flyer? With the help of a museum "fabrications specialist," they travel through time to try and restore the Wright brothers to their well-earned place in history. Along the way they also learn about aerodynamics and other aviation principles from a wise-cracking A.I. named Smitty.  First volume in new graphic novel series, Secret Smithsonian Adventures.

I wish I had known about this at the beginning of our sports-themed summer reading program.  Andrew Luck, quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, is an avid reader.  And he wants to build a team of readers, which is why he has started a book club called the Andrew Luck Book Club.  Periodically, Andrew will post two titles to  One will be for Rookies and one for Veterans.  The Rookie titles will be for younger readers and feature some of Andrew's favorites from childhood.  The Veteran titles will be for older readers and feature titles he's currently enjoying.  To participate you simply read the book and post your thoughts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook using #ALBOOKCLUB.  Then head to the website to see what other readers are saying about the books.  You can even do a Q & A session with Andrew.  The current titles are The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis and The Martian by Andy Weir.  Andrew plans to launch his pairs of books in stages that correspond with the NFL schedule: off-season, mini-camp, summer training and pre-season. When the season starts, he'll bring in guest athletes to take over his chair until after the Super Bowl.  For more information about how all of this got started, take a look at


Teen Services

Teen Community Service Volunteer Guidelines

Volunteer applications are taken year round, but opportunities are available on a limited basis. During the school year times are available for special programs only. Applications will be held on file until opportunities arise. Volunteers are needed more during the summer to help with the library’s Summer Reading Program.


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