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The Maze Runner -- Remember, Survive, Run

I loved The Maze Runner by James Dashner.  But I'm a little worried about the movie, which hits theaters this weekend.  I finally saw a full preview for it, and I was totally freaked out by the Grievers!!!!  How am I going to make it through the whole film without covering my eyes?!?!  If you haven't read the book yet, I highly recommend you do!  The story is equal parts The Hunger Games and Lord of the Flies, survival at its most intense level.  Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up trapped in the middle of a maze, with no memory of the outside world.  He realizes he must work with the Glade's community of captives if he wants to escape and uncover his past.

The Maze Runner is available as a book, a book-on-CD, and on a Nook.  You can also download the audiobook and ebook from Overdrive.


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Join the New Teen Library Board!

Hoover teens in grades 7-12 have a new way to give back to their community, earn volunteer credit for school, and expand their circle of friends.  The Teen Library Board will have its inaugural meeting on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.  Teen librarian Wendy Geist will give an overview of how she wants the program to work -- board members will help plan teen programs and volunteer at children's events.  Applications will be available that night.  And snacks will be served!  So please join us!

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Tell Me There's a New Joan Bauer Book

I can do just that!  Joan Bauer's newest book, Tell Me, hits shelves on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.  Don't be led astray by the happy-go-lucky cover.  This story combines coming-of-age with crime drama.

The unofficial town motto is "Nothing bad ever happens in Rosemont" where twelve-year-old Anna has come to stay with her grandmother, Mim, hoping to forget her worries about her parents' troubled marriage. She'll be busy with the town's annual Flower Festival, a celebration with floats and bands that requires weeks of preparations. But before long, Anna finds herself involved in a very big problem. When she observes a girl her own age who seems to be being held against her will, Anna can't forget the girl's frightened eyes and she is determined to investigate. "When you see something, say something" she's been told—but what good does it do to speak if no one will listen? Luckily, a take-charge girl like Anna is not going to give up.

We're entering our third year of Reading Snapshots!  If you're just joining us, Reading Snapshots is a monthly blog post featuring the books our Kid Zone/Teen Spot staff have been reading.  Take a look and find your new favorite book!

Alvin Ho: Allergic to the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, and Other Tourist Attractions by Lenore Look (#6)
Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Making Money by Tommy Greenwald (#4)
Class B.U.R.P. by Jenny Meyerhoff (#2)
The Copernicus Legacy: The Forbidden Stone by Tony Abbott (#1)
Elvis and the Underdogs: Secrets, Secret Service, and Room Service by Jenny Lee (#2)
The Flint Heart by Katherine Paterson & John Paterson
Good Crooks: Missing Monkey! by Mary Amato (#1)
The Great Cheese Conspiracy by Jean Van Leeuwen
A Hundred Horses by Sarah Lean
The Julian Chapter by R. J. Palacio
Lulu and the Duck in the Park by Hilary McKay (#1)
Pigsticks and Harold and the Incredible Journey by Alex Milway

I love saying the title of this book.  In a spooky voice.  Again and again and again.  I do not love the bird on the cover though.  That crosses my creepy toleration line.  But I will admit that the combination is very effective, especially in that stark color scheme.  It's a perfect fit for the final book in Barry Lyga's I Hunt Killers trilogy.  Now I'm going to do something that I never ever ever EVER do.  I will include a series' plot spoiler in a blog.  DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE OTHER TWO BOOKS.  PROCEED STRAIGHT TO THE BOOK LIST AT THE BOTTOM.


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.