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I discovered this author while browsing our NEW bookshelves in the Teen Department last year.  I was trying to find a book with a male protagonist, which is harder and harder in the current publishing trend.  After the Shot Drops also included basketball and a diverse cast, so how could I resist?  It turned out to be one of my favorite books of the year.  Which is why I'm pumped that Ribay has a new book out this week!  Do I already have it checked out?  YES!

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay (Jun 18, 2019)
Shocked out of his senioritis slumber when his beloved cousin Jun is killed by the police in the Philippines for presumably using drugs, Jay makes a radical move to spend his spring break in the Philippines to find out the whole story. Once pen pals, Jay hasn’t corresponded with Jun in years and is wracked by guilt at ghosting his cousin. A mixed heritage (his mother is white) Filipino immigrant who grew up in suburban Michigan, Jay’s connection to current-day Philippines has dulled from assimilation. His internal tensions around culture, identity, and languages—as “a spoiled American”—are realistic. Told through a mix of first-person narration, Jun’s letters to Jay, and believable dialogue among a strong, full cast of characters, the result is a deeply emotional story about family ties, addiction, and the complexity of truth. The tender relationship between Jay and Jun is especially notable—as is the underlying commentary about the challenges and nuances between young men and their uncles, fathers, male friends, and male cousins.  Part coming-of-age story and part exposé of Duterte’s problematic policies, this powerful and courageous story offers readers a refreshingly emotional depiction of a young man of color with an earnest desire for the truth. [from Kirkus Reviews]

Read an excerpt here.

"Hey yo, I’m just like my country
I’m young, scrappy, and hungry
And I’m not throwing away my shot."

Are you ready for an epic song-rap-American history showdown?  Don't throw away your shot!  See who has the greatest knowledge of the Musical Phenomenon known as Hamilton at our Hamilton Musical Throw-Down on Monday, July 1, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.  We will play Name That Song, Finish the Lyrics, and Trivia. There will be snacks and a small Hamilton-themed craft.  Registration is open to rising 7th-12th graders.  Sign up online or by phone (444-7826) beginning 06/17.

"Difficult to see.  Always in motion is the future."

That's true, Yoda.  But I know for sure that the Hoover Library is hosting Jedi Crafts on Monday, June 24, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.  We're using our creative Force to decorate tumblers and make Star War's galaxies in a jar.  We're also making a "sweet" food craft to look like a favorite character.  This event is open to Jedi apprentices grades 7-12.  You can sign up online or by phone (444-7826) beginning 06/10.

In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, an armada of 7,000 ships carrying 160,000 Allied troops stormed the Normandy beaches of Nazi-occupied France. Up until then the Allied forces had suffered serious defeats, yet D-Day, as the invasion was called, spelled the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany and the Third Reich.  June 6, 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day.  The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA is hosting “The Final Salute”: a gathering of veterans and the general public for reflection and remembrance – the story of ordinary people in extraordinary moments.  If you'd like to learn more about these moments, take a look at one of these books.

D-Day: The WWII Invasion That Changed History by Deborah Hopkinson (2018)
The Split History of the D-Day Invasion by Michael Burgan (2018)
D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy, 1944 by Rick Atkinson (2015)
What Was D-Day? by Patricia Brennan Demuth (2015)

I Survived the Battle of D-Day, 1944 by Lauren Tarshis (2019)
Ranger in Time: D-Day: Battle on the Beach by Kate Messner (2018)

You've heard of Taco Tuesday, right?  Well, this isn't that.  For one thing, it's not on a Tuesday.  For another, it's more than just tasty tacos.  The Teen Spot is hosting Tacos and Trivia on Monday, June 10, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.  You'll get to show off your trivia skills (or lack of skills) while you eat free tacos.  We'll meet in the Youth Program Room, which is at the end of the starred hallway in the Kid Zone.  But this is not for kids.  It's for teens, grades 7-12.  Oh, and you can't just show up.  Give us a heads up.  That way we won't run out of tacos.  Because that would be a taco tragedy.  Sign up online beginning 05/27.  That's Memorial Day, so the library won't be open.  If you need to call to register, you can do that beginning 05/28.


Teen Services

Teen Volunteers

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.