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Bad Art Is Good

Create something fantasticly terrible with a mishmash of materials at our Bad Art event on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 4 p.m.  The library supplies the mishmash; YOU supply the imagination.  You think creating Bad Art is enough to entice you to sign up online or by phone (444-7830)?  Then you'll be blown away by the next bit of info.  There will also be door prizes and food!  Woo-hoo!  This event is open to all bad artists age 10-17.  Sign up today!

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Staff Picks 2016 -- Teen Fiction

Darkness is a theme that echoes through most of our favorite teen books this year.  Is it the publishing industry, or is it us?  There is a printable list of all 46 titles available here.

All We Have Left by Wendy Mills
Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
Avenging the Owl by Melissa Hart
Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
The Crown by Kiera Cass
The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
The Darkest Hour by Carolyn Tung Richmond
The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid
Everland by Wendy Spinale
The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller
The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron
Four-Four-Two by Dean Hughes
Front Lines by Michael Grant
Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter
The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray
Goldfish by Nat Luurtsema
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson
Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Astey
The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows
Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff
The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies by Lindsay Ribar
The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
Starflight by Melissa Landers
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
The Steep & Thorny Way by Cat Winters
Still Life with Tornado by A. S. King
A Taste for Monsters by Matthew J. Kirby
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
The Transatlantic Conspiracy by G. D. Falksen
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Up from the Sea by Leza Lowitz
Up to This Pointe by Jennifer Longo
Warrior Witch by Danielle L. Jensen
Where You’ll Find Me by Natasha Friend

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Staff Picks 2016 -- Juvenile Nonfiction

This list covers topics from deep in the ocean to high in the sky . . . and everything in between.  There is a printable list of all 58 titles available here.

Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay by Susan Hood, illustrated by Sally Wern Comport
Alpha Bravo Charlie: The Complete Book of Nautical Codes by Sara Gillingham
Animals by the Numbers: A Book of Infographics by Steve Jenkins
Answering the Cry for Freedom: Stories of African Americans and the American Revolution by Gretchen Woelfle
Are You an Art Sleuth?: Look, Discover, Learn! by Brooke DiGiovanni Evans
Charles Darwin’s Around-the-World Adventure by Jennifer Thermes
The Deadliest Creature in the World by Brenda Z. Guiberson, illustrated by Gennady Spirin
Dive!: World War II Stories of Sailors & Submarines in the Pacific by Deborah Hopkinson
Factastic: A LEGO Adventure in the Real World by LEGO World
Fannie Never Flinched: One Woman’s Courage in the Struggle for American Labor Union Rights by Mary Cronk Farrell
Fearless Flyer: Ruth Law and Her Flying Machine by Heather Lang, illustrated by Raúl Cólon
The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial by Susan E. Goodman
Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles by Philippe Cousteau & Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by Meilo So
Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan
Giant Squid by Candace Fleming
Good Trick, Walking Stick! by Sheri Mabry Bestor
Grover Cleveland, Again!: A Treasury of American Presidents by Ken Burns
How to Build a Museum: Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture by Tonya Bolden
I Am NOT a Dinosaur! by Will Lach
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy, illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley
Ibn al-Haytham: The Man Who Discovered How We See by Libby Romero
In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives by Kenneth C. Davis
Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxane Orgill, illustrated by Francis Vallejo

2-4-6-8! Which books did we think were great? Find out at our Best Books of 2016: Championship Tailgate Party on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 4 p.m. Cheer for book talks of our team's favorite titles for kids and teens. Eat terrific tailgating food and win door prizes! (Yes, the prizes are brand new copies of our favorite books!) This event is geared for parents, teachers and fellow librarians, but everyone is welcome. You do not have to register for our tailgate party. Simply follow the stars (and cheers and delicious food smells).

We will begin posting our Staff Picks 2016 blog series on Tuesday, January 10, too! There will be four posts in the series -- picture books, juvenile fiction, juvenile nonfiction, and teen fiction.

Flying Lessons & Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh

Edited by We Need Diverse Books co-founder Oh, this collection of short stories embraces a wide cultural spectrum of authorship. Readers feel the angst that comes with getting to know the cool new California girl at a Pennsylvania school in Tim Federle’s “Secret Samantha,” narrated by gender-nonconforming Sam. They’ll thrill to Grace Lin’s “The Difficult Path,” the tale of a young Chinese servant girl who is captured by pirates, who save her from an arranged marriage to a horrible young boy from a wealthy family. Kwame Alexander contributes a short story in verse about a young Star Wars geek who is head over heels with the school's prettiest girl. Perhaps most poignantly, there is “Sometimes a Dream Needs a Push,” about a boy whose basketball-star father gives his wheelchair basketball team some crucial pointers, from Walter Dean Myers. These stories and others—from Matt de la Peña, Meg Medina, Kelly J. Baptist, Tim Tingle, Jacqueline Woodson, and Soman Chainani—ably contain universal themes: friendship, sibling rivalry, parental embarrassment, first crushes, and the trials and challenges that school can bring. Thumbnail biographies of the contributors and an introduction to the genesis and work of We Need Diverse Books round out the volume. [from Kirkus Reviews]


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