A blog to keep up on what's happening for teens at Brooks Memorial Library including: • new books • events • resources available • fun website suggestions • ... and more.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Get Ready for Summer Reading Fun!

Summer is on its way, despite the recent weather's indications to the contrary. The summer months will bring both warmer weather and Brooks Memorial Library's annual Summer Reading Program. As past participants well know, the Summer Reading Program is a great way to spend some of your free time pursuing an activity that you enjoy. Best of all, you get a cool prize for completing the program.

Interested in signing up for the program? Stop by the library anytime between June 14 and June 26 to register. Registering for the program is a straightforward process and should only take a minute or two of your time. The library staff will be more than happy to help you. They also have a lot of great book recommendations, so check in with them whenever you think you've run out of things to read.

The program itself begins on June 28 and runs through August 7. If you want to qualify for a prize, you will need to read at least 2 hours per week for each of the six weeks of the program. A reading log will be kept at the library's circulation desk for you to chart your reading progress during the program. At the end of the program, all participants who have met the reading goal will be entered into a raffle. Raffle prizes will be distributed on or after August 14.

We hope that you'll choose to join in on what promises to be a really great summer reading program. And if you have any questions about the program, let us know!

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

YA Library Survey

Please take a minute to fill out our Young Adult Services Survey so we can provide you with all the things you desire from your local library...

Click here to take survey: Part One

Click here to take survey: Part Two

Be sure to complete Part One and Part Two.

Thank you!

Top Teen YA Books 2009

Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults

Selected by ALA young adult division called YALSA. Click here for the full list of 90 titles. Some of these titles are located in the Children's room or Adult collection.

  • Brennan, Sarah Rees. Demon's Lexicon. Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing/Margaret K. McElderry. 2009. (YA BRE)
  • Griffin, Paul. The Orange Houses. Penguin/Dial Books. 2009.
  • Herlong, M.H. The Great Wide Sea. Penguin/Viking. 2008. (YA HER)
  • Jinks, Catherine. The Reformed Vampire Support Group. Harcourt/ Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2009. (YA JIN)
  • Napoli, Donna Jo. Alligator Bayou. Random House / Knopf. 2009.
  • Small, David. Stitches: A Memoir. W.W. Norton & Co. 2009. (Biography SMALL)
  • Stead, Rebecca. When You Reach Me. Random House / Wendy Lamb Books. 2009. (J STE)
  • Stork, Francisco X. Marcelo in the Real World. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books. 2009.
  • Taylor, Laini. Lips Touch: Three Times. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. 2009. (YA TAY)
  • Walker, Sally M. Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland. Lerner/Carolrhoda Books. 2009. (On Order)

Monday, December 28, 2009

New YA Titles

New titles to check out in the library...

Che : a graphic biography
by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón
New York : Hill and Wang, c2009.

I am
a genius of unspeakable evil and
I want to be your class
by Josh Lieb
New York, NY : Razorbill, c2009.

The ref
ormed vampire support group
by Catherine Jinks
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009.


Monday, December 14, 2009

Love Tamora Pierce?

Check out Author Tamora Pierce over at ReaderGirlz...



Saturday, December 12, 2009

Art and Writing Contest

Wondering what to do over the holiday break?

Create a piece of art, video, or writing to submit by January 4, 2010 to...

And win regional and national RECOGNITION; a chance to EXHIBIT; and a $2,500 SCHOLARSHIP

Vermont Art Region

Regional Affiliate: Great River Arts Institute

Affiliate Supported by: Spheris Gallery and Reeves Contemporary.

Area of Service: State of Vermont

Online Registration: Participants and teachers must register at www.artandwriting.org. Please print the completed submission form and obtain required signatures.

Regional Instructions/Announcements: All artwork must be submitted as digital files on CD-ROM. Please check our website at www.greatriverarts.org for additional information.

Deadline and Submission

All submissions must be received by Monday, January 4, 2010.

Processing Fee: The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the national nonprofit organization that presents The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, requires standardized process fees of $5.00 for each individual category submission and $20.00 for each portfolio submission. Make checks payable to GRAI.

Fee Waiver: Any student who currently qualifies under the Federal School Lunch Act for the Free and Reduced Lunch program may request a submission fee waiver. Reduced fees are also available to students for whom fees would be a barrier to participation. A request from the student or the teacher for the submission fee waiver should be submitted on school letterhead and included with the work in place of the submission fee.

Regional Celebration

Exhibition: Saturday, February 13 – Saturday, February 20

Ceremony: Saturday, February 20, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Great River Arts Institute
33 Bridge St.
Bellows Falls, VT 05101

Kristen Fehrenbach
Phone: 802-463-3330
Email: alliance@greatriverarts.org


Wednesday, November 04, 2009


More than 11,000 teen voters chose Paper Towns as their favorite book in the 2009 Teens' Top Ten! The winners were announced during Teen Read Week by WWE Divas Brie Bella and Nikki Bella, with a special appearance by John Green. See the video...

Paper Towns by John Green (1st Floor YA GRE)
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (1st Floor YA MEY)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (1st Floor YA COL)
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (1st Floor YA CLA)
Identical by Ellen Hopkins (1st Floor YA HOP)
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (J GAI)
Wake by Lisa McMann (on order)
Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast ((1st Floor YA CAS)
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (1st Floor YA LOC)
Graceling by Kristin Cashore (1st Floor YA CAS)

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Let's get this web search thing straight...