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Announcing the winners of the 2016 Haiku Contest - all entries are now on display in the library!

Art Winners:

Erica Vienne

Natalie Gurnett

Isabella DeRubeis



Writing Winners:

Emma Mancini

Shelby Chinappi

Emily Daggar

Here is one of our Art Winners with her basket!


Also we have two events coming up next week - a Performance Poetry Workshop with RIT's Mental Graffiti from 6-8 pm  on Tuesday, April 19, and a visit with author Viviane Vande Velde on Thursday, April 21 at 6:30 pm at the teen writing group meeting.  Join us!  call the library to register at 225-8951, or register on our website calendar. 

 click here to see Vivian Vande Velde's website


A concept. Mental Graffiti is a poetry collective balanced on a concept, the power of the spoken word. A belief that the pen is mightier than the sword and can pierce a soul like no bullet can. Hiding hope in a metaphor and telling stories of human experience, Mental Graffiti aims to origami hearts and touch souls without leaving finger prints.

The Spoken word collective was founded February 2010 at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. The group consists of members hailing from various places such as New York City, Maryland, and California and just as diverse is their styles or poetry. Their fields of study range from engineering to hospitality.

Their accomplishments include 1st and 2nd place at the Verbal Blend spoken word slam at Syracuse University spring 2011, 1st and 2nd place at the 4th annual Langston Hughes Poetry Slam at the University of Rochester, 1st place in the Signature's Magazine poetry competition, and the R.I.T Creative Writing Contest 2010, 3rd place at R.I.T's Global Unification cultural Performance competition. Performances include venues all over the Rochester area including Venue night-club and lounge, Nazareth college, St. John Fisher, Floetic Rhythms, and R.I.T.. They have performed for people such as Nikki Giovanni, Joshua Bennett, Black Ice, and Oveous Maximus.


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The year 2000 inspired fear in many of us....Y2K was the buzzword for disaster with computer systems as the century turned.  We were listening to Britney Spears, NSYNC, and Eminem.  Beyonce' was still a member of Destiny's Child, and believe it or not Angelina Jolie married Billy Bob Thorton and Brad Pitt married Jennifer Aniston - how weird is that?  On TV we were watching The Gilmore Girls, CSI, Malcolm in the Middle, and Survivor.  At the theatre, Gladiator, X-men, and Remember the Titans all debuted.  The odd thing is, many of the books that were published in the year 2000 still have a following today, and some are even required reading in local high schools.  I was inspired to create this post by Epic Reads and PopSugar!  Let's start with one of my favorites:

  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling

Fourteen-year-old Harry Potter joins the Weasleys at the Quidditch World Cup, then enters his fourth year at Hogwarts Academy where he is mysteriously entered in an unusual contest that challenges his wizarding skills, friendships and character, amid signs that an old enemy is growing stronger.  This was one of my favorite Potter books - I loved the Quidditch World Cup scenes!

  The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

Fourteen-year-old Mia, who is trying to lead a normal life as a teenage girl in New York City, is shocked to learn that her father is the Prince of Genovia, a small European principality, and that she is a princess and the heir to the throne.  Loved the book, and loved the movie with Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews. 

 Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

A story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love.  An eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.  This classic has never had a cover redesign!

 Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

Caitlin can't afford to leave this dreamland, this half-sleeping state where everything and everyone can be kept at arm's length - Because then she'd have to face the ugly truth about her relationship with Rogerson: magnetic, fascinating--and very dangerous--Rogerson. What is it about Rogerson Biscoe...and why can't she leave him?  Sarah Dessen's novels of reality and teen issues, like the domestic violence at the core of Dreamland, still resonate with teens today!

 Monster by Walter Dean Myers

While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.

Other teen books published in the year 2000 that are still going strong:  Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson, Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan, Hope was Here by Joan Bauer, Give a Boy a Gun by Todd Strasser, Beast by Donna Jo Napoli, and Nory Ryan's Song by Patricia Reilly Giff. 





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Each time a girl opens a book and reads a womanless history, she learns she is worth less.  ~ Myra Pollack Sadker (from the National Women's History Project website)

Why should you care about women's rights?  Here's one fact that should get your attention:

By the time a college-educated woman turns 59, she will have lost almost $800,000 throughout her life due to the gender wage gap. (Institute for Women’s Policy Research).  Although some change has been promising, women still have a lot of ground to cover in their quest for equality.  For instance:

1.  Even at an all-time high, the share of seats held by women in the U. S. Congress is well below the women's share of the overall population.

2.  The gender wage gap has barely budged - women still earn 78.3% of men.

3.  The number of women living below the poverty line has actually increased to 14.5%.

Girls, we still have work to do!  One fact that really upsets me is the number of women in films and media - 97% of all directors, producers, and people making decisions about women in television and films are MEN.  How are women portrayed in popular media?  Are they strong, heroic, or self-sufficient characters?  Most of the time, the answer is no.  I applaud Emma Watson, who realizes that the word "feminist" is not a dirty word.   Join her Goodreads book group, Our Shared Shelf, and read books and discuss women's issues. 

Here are a few non-fiction books I recommend if you want to read more about women's rights:

  check the catalog here  Only 52 pages, this little book is the transcription of the author's TED talk about Feminism.

  check the catalog here. There is something about the word "Feminism" that makes people uncomfortable.  This book presents a history of feminism, discussing the three waves of the movement and the issues that feminism addresses, including such topics as reproductive rights, domestic violence, income inequality, and body image.

check the catalog here.  Wonder Woman is a comprehensive look at the first and most important female super hero of DC Comics, from the Golden Age to the present day. Wonder Woman is the most popular female super hero of all time and a cultural icon. During her existence, she has served in the army, renounced her powers at the height of the feminist movement, and helped launch Gloria Steinem’s Ms. magazine. She has been—and continues to be—a trailblazing role model to girls and women and an integral part of the cultural zeitgeist. Loosely chronological,Wonder Womanexplores idiosyncratic creator William Moulton Marston’s interest in ideas of a "new woman" for the twentieth century; costume and character story changes over the decades; the influence on all other female comic book characters since her inception; and how Wonder Woman is still powerful and relevant in today’s comic book renaissance. The book contains more than 250 Wonder Woman illustrations, including covers, interior comic art, and sketch treatments, beginning with her inception in the early 1940s to present-day treatments of the character. Celebrated artists include Alex Ross, Jim Lee, George Perez, and Brian Bolland, to name only a few. The book will also feature rare covers and pin-up posters created for past special-edition comic books.Wonder Womanis certain to appeal to fanboys and fangirls, collectors, and newcomers to the comic book genre alike.





















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Calling all creative Monroe County teens!  As part of our celebration of National Poetry Month in April, the Greece Public Library invites teens ages 12-19 to showcase their creativity through art and haiku, the Japanese style of short-form poetry.  Each haiku must be featured on a two-dimensional artwork (such as a painting, drawing, print, or photo) both of which convey the same theme.  One winner will be selected for each category (art/writing) by a panel of judges.  Winners will receive either an art or writing themed gift basket, courtesy of the Friends of the Public Library.  There is still time to register for an Ink Painting demonstration or Japanese Art of Notan class!  Read more about the contest and workshops HERE.   All entries are due by March 24, 2016!

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 Are you secretly a Will & Kate fan?  A little bit obsessed with the British royal family?  The Heir and The Spare by Emily Albright is the book for you. 


Going all the way to England for college--to Oxford, no less--for college would be exciting enough. But no sooner does Evie set foot on English soil than she falls for a boy who turns out to be a real prince--in fact, second in line to the throne of England. Edmund is wonderful, even though loving him can be a royal pain, from the demands of his family to the stuck-up aristocrat who thinks she should be the one to win Edmund's heart. All that is swept aside, however, when the riddle of Evie's past surfaces, and the new couple becomes obsessed with figuring out who the real Evie is, with the growing suspicion that the truth will be a shocker.

 Do you wish you could travel through time?  Passenger by Alexandra Bracken is the book for you. 


Violin prodigy Etta Spencer had big plans for her future, but a tragic accident has put her once-bright career at risk. Closely tied to her musical skill, however, is a mysterious power she doesn't even know she has. When her two talents collide during a stressful performance, Etta is drawn back hundreds of years "through time." Etta wakes, confused and terrified, in 1776, in the midst a fierce sea battle. Nicholas Carter, the handsome young prize master of a privateering ship, has been hired to retrieve Etta and deliver her unharmed to the Ironwoods, a powerful family in the Colonies-the very same one that orchestrated her jump back, and one Nicholas himself has mysteries ties to. But discovering she can time travel is nothing compared to the shock of discovering the true reason the Ironwoods have snared her in their web. Another traveler has stolen an object of untold value from them, and, if Etta can find it, they will return her to her own time. Out of options, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the mysterious traveler. But as they draw closer to each other and the end of their search, the true nature of the object, and the dangerous game the Ironwoods are playing, comes to light-threatening to separate her not only from Nicholas, but her path home... forever.

 For fans of sea lore, paranormal romance and also of "The Selection" series, The Siren by Kiera Cass is my pick for you. 


Forced to work as a Siren and lure strangers to their deaths after being rescued from drowning by the Ocean, Kahlen falls in love with a human and defies the rules of her service in order to follow her heart.

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If you are a teen ages 13-19 we want you to join our new teen writing group!  Each month we will work on a different prompt or exercise, and sometimes have a special guest.  Whether you consider yourself a seasoned writer, or you have never written anything before, this group is for you.  Each month we will have time to write, have an opportunity to share, and have snacks.  Here is a schedule of the upcoming group meetings - register online on the website calendar, or call the library at 225-8951. 

Thursday, February 18 from 6:30-7:30 pm.  Using some pictures, books, and prompts we will create some new haiku, which you may use to enter in our annual haiku contest.  This year the contest includes an artistic component - read more about the contest details HERE.

Thursday, March 24 from 6:30-7:30 pm.  "A picture is worth a thousand words".  Using dramatic photo prompts, we will create a short story. 

Thursday, April 21 from 6:30-7:30 pm.  Local author Vivian Vande Velde (author of Heir Apparent, and Deadly Pink) will discuss using all five senses in writing descriptions, and using facts you know to make Fantasy characters come to life.

Fact: A regular writing schedule keeps you motivated and makes those creative juices continue to flow. Join our teen writing group and discover the magical words within you!

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Did you know that monthly we have a one hour volunteer opportunity for teens?  Each month we do a simple project, and you get one hour of community service.  Teen Librarian Claire Talbot is happy to sign your logs or forms for school, scouts, or church.  This month a group of teens wrapped books for the February teen display "Blind Date with a Book" that will be in the teen area during the month of February.  In the past we've made cards for nursing homes and created bookmarks for the children's department.  On February 23 at 6:30 pm, we will be creating artwork for the Rochester Contemporary Art Center's Annual 6 x 6 art sale.  Read more about the sale and download an entry form HERE.   We supply the art supplies and paper - you provide the creativity.  You must register for TV night on our program calendar, or by calling the library at 225-8951.  Join us!  You'll be helping out your community, making new friends, and having fun.  Here are some examples of 6 x 6 artwork from 2015:




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The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association.  The award is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association.  And the winner is:  Bone Gap by Laura Ruby!

Bone Gap

Laura Ruby. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray.

Gr 10 Up–A thought-provoking look at our culture’s obsession with beauty. With echoes of the Persephone myth, this magical realism tale centers on Finn’s search for the missing Roza, his older brother’s love and the town sweetheart. Alternating chapters from his and her points of view reveal the sinister and otherworldly nature of Roza’s abductor. Ruby’s lush language, intricate plotting, and impeccable sentence-level writing make this a winning title for sophisticated teen readers.

The committee named two honor books: 

Out of Darkness

Ashley Hope Pérez. Carolrhoda Lab.

Gr 9 Up–Set in 1937 Texas and focusing on the events leading up to and immediately following the New London School explosion—the deadliest school disaster in American history—this melancholic novel tells the ill-fated love story of Mexican American Naomi and African American Wash. Pérez’s honest prose lyrically explores racism and sexism while giving voice to those who have been marginalized within American history. A compelling tearjerker.


The Ghosts of Heaven

Marcus Sedgwick. Rolling Brook.

Gr 9 Up–A bold, genre-bending epic that chronicles madness, obsession, and creation, from the Paleolithic era through the Witch Hunts and into the space-bound future.  Four linked stories boldly chronicle madness, obsession, and creation through the ages. Beginning with the cave-drawings of a young girl on the brink of creating the earliest form of writing, Sedgwick traverses history, plunging into the seventeenth century witch hunts and a 1920s insane asylum where a mad poet's obsession with spirals seems to be about to unhinge the world of the doctor trying to save him. Sedgwick moves beyond the boundaries of historical fiction and into the future in the book's final section, set upon a spaceship voyaging to settle another world for the first time. Merging Sedgwick's gift for suspense with science- and historical-fiction, Ghosts of Heaven is a tale is worthy of intense obsession..

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1.  The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey


A desperate teen (Chloë Grace Moretz) tries to save her younger brother as increasingly deadly attacks decimate most of the Earth.  Hits theatres on January 15, 2016.  Watch the official trailer HERE.




2.   Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith


Elizabeth Bennett (Lily James) protects her family and town from the undead. Coming to theatres on February 5, 2016. Watch the official trailer HERE.




3.   Allegiant by Veronica Roth


In the third installment of the Divergent series, Tris, Four, and her allies discover what's on the other side of the fence — and why. The book will be divided into two parts: 2016's Allegiant and 2017's Ascendent.  Shailene Woodley and Theo James will reprise their roles.  Release date: March 18, 2016.   Watch the official trailer HERE.




4.   Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll


Alice (Mia Wasikowska) travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp).  Coming to the big screen on May 27, 2016.  Watch the official trailer HERE.




5.   A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness


A young boy deals with bullying and his mother's illness by inventing a fantasy world filled with monsters and other creatures.  Felicity Jones will play Mum, with Liam Neeson and Sigourney Weaver costarring.  Release date: Oct. 14, 2016. Watch the teaser trailer HERE.




6.   Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J. K. Rowling


Rowling revisits the Harry Potter universe in this book about Newt Scamander, who "wrote" the textbook that Potter and his classmates would study.  Eddie Redmayne will star in the film trilogy; David Yates has signed on to direct.  Release date: Nov. 18, 2016.  Watch the official teaser trailer HERE




7.   Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs


A teenager named Jacob explores the ruins of a strange house on an island near Wales, UK.  Eva Green and Asa Butterfield will star, with Tim Burton directing.  Planned release date: Dec. 25, 2016.  Sign up for more information about the film HERE.




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For the past two years, I've challenged myself to read 100 books in a year.  This year, instead of focusing on reading so many books, I want to broaden my reading horizons, and challenge myself to read books I have not had the courage to try before.  I also want to expand my understanding of what I read, and take the time to enjoy it and appreciate it.  I plan to use an art journal to help me capture the books I read, the quotes I like, and anything that inspires me!  I am a Goodreads member, so I plan to track two of my challenges (the MCLS staff library challenge, and the Book Riot Read Harder challenge) with my account.  Considering a challenge yourself?  Try looking at Bustle's challenge, or PopSugar's Challenge.  Many have printable check off lists if you prefer to track your books the "old school" way.  There is a blog called A Little Reading that tracks many different types of challenges - find one that suits you!

Here's a few books on my "to be read" list this year (click on the cover to access the catalog):

 A classic I've always wanted to read but never found the time.  My son's favorite book.

  A book by an African author, and another classic.

 a rare glimpse into the suffering and mistreatment of Afghan women

 A Teen book, that deals honestly with mental illness.

 Well reviewed graphic novel that a lot of librarians are talking about!

Here's a link to my year in books on Goodreads.  I read 68 books, a total of 20,723 pages. My "most popular" book was Looking for Alaska by John Green - apparently over 1 million others read it in 2015, too!


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A uniquely Rochester tree - downtown at the Genesee Brewery.

Maybe it's because I have a December birthday, but I love Christmas music.  I love making my own Christmas mixes to play during the holiday season.  I love the classics like Bing Crosby, the soundtrack to a Charlie Brown Christmas, and so many more, I took an informal poll on Facebook and at work to see if people would share some of their favorite Christmas songs.  I even polled my kids to see what Christmas songs they love.  Here are some of Rochester’s favorites:

Mary Did You Know by Pentatonix—has captured the fancy of my daughter, Susan, and several of my friends, including teen librarian Ellen from Henrietta and MCLS Library Director, Patty Uttaro. We have the CD in the library collection, and it is also available for download with Freegal. 

Barnard Crossing librarian Stephanie loves the Lady Antebellum Christmas CD “On This Winter’s Night”, but “Last Christmas” by WHAM is her all time fave!

One of our regular patrons, Julie, recommends Andrea Bocelli and Katherine Jenkins singing "I Believe"—and says “it will give you chills!”

Several of my co-workers and a few friends love Josh Groban.  “O Holy Night” and “I’ll be Home for Christmas” were the favorites of Laura and Chris.

My son David still loves “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra Christmas Album.  Daughter Sarah loves the song “Silver Bells”, and listening to the Charlie Brown Christmas Album. 

Kimberly loves “Merry Christmas Darling” by the Carpenters

Anne loves the Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLachlan version of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”.

Marlene loves “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” by Amy Grant

Linda loves “The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth” duet with Bing Crosby and David Bowie.  (I remember watching them perform this on a Christmas special!)

Pat loves “the Christmas Song aka Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”.  She once listened to it on the way to Lake George with the car windows wide open – in July!

My friend Lisa grew up listening to Robert Goulet’s Christmas, and Barbara Streisand.

Brighton Librarian Kory loves Casting Crowns version of “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” and Kenny Loggins “December”.

MCLS Director Patty Uttaro’s favorite song is “Carol of the Bells”.

My friend Pat likes a little known album by John Fahey called “The New Possibility Christmas Solo Album”.

Friend Sheila loves the song “Sleigh Ride” – any version!  I like the Boston Pops version, myself!

Sandy:  John Berry’s version of “Oh Holy Night”

Chris Q. loves the John Denver and Muppet Christmas Album. 

Cathy H. enjoys listening to Kelly Clarkson’s “Wrapped in Red” cd, and the Johnny Mathis Christmas Album brings back memories of listening with her family.

Betsy’s favorite song from this time of year is "Baby It's Cold Outside", because it was one of her dad's favorites and he would sort of tease her mom with it when the song played - a happy holiday memory for her.  Michael Buble recorded it a couple of years ago and she listens to that version on Spotify.

According to Wikipedia, the bestselling Christmas Single of all time in the United States is Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas is You”.  See the full list to check if your favorite made it!

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Hello Everyone!  Greetings from Oregon, where I will be attending the YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) National Conference in Portland, Oregon!  Thank you to the Harold Hacker Grant Committee, and the Town of Greece for this wonderful opportunity.  I flew out early to see some of this wonderful state before the conference begins on Friday morning.  Today, I flew in, rented a car and drove to the coast to the town of Cannon Beach, where I saw the wonder of Haystack Rock.  The monolith towers 235 feet over the beach, and is the home of sea birds and aquatic life.  It makes a stunning viewpoint for a sunset, which I was lucky enough to see today.  November is one of Oregon's rainiest months, so I considered myself pretty lucky!  It feels odd to be over 2,700 miles from home, but seeing the Pacific Ocean for the first time was worth the flight!  

Over the next few days, I will be attending conferences about teen volunteering, teens and technology, and learning about great new literature (including graphic novels) that are published just for teens.  I look forward to sharing what I learn with you all!  Here are my top three favorite photos from today:

b2ap3_thumbnail_DSCN9764-2-640x480.jpg BLACK OYSTER CATCHER

b2ap3_thumbnail_DSCN9810-2-640x480.jpg SUNSET AT CANNON BEACH


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1.    The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen


War is on the horizon in Carthya, and Jaron needs to protect his country. However, the ruler of Avenia has also captured Jaron’s best friend and love, Imogen. Jaron needs to save both his friend and his country, but everything that possibly could go wrong, does go wrong.

2.   I Become Shadow by Joe Shine


Ren Sharpe was abducted at fourteen, chosen by the mysterious F.A.T.E. Center to become a Shadow: an unstoppable guardian of a future leader/world changer. After four years of training, she is assigned to protect Gareth Young, one of these future beings, an easy assignment, until a team of trained and armed professionals attempt to abduct him in broad daylight. With nowhere else to turn, Ren breaks F.A.T.E. rules and tracks down the only person she can trust; a fellow Shadow named Junie Miller, and decides that her kidnappers may be able to see the future, but they are unprepared for the killing machines they've created. 

3.   To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han


Lara Jean has a teal hatbox under her bed filled with all her precious things, old feelings, and memories that should be buried forever. In that box, there are letters Lara has written to all the boys she has ever loved with no intention of ever sending them. One day, the hat box goes missing, marking the beginning of a series of confrontations she never thought she’d have to face.

4.   My Life With The Walter Boys by Ali Novak


As the perfect girl who had everything scheduled, always looked nice and studied hard, Jackie couldn't predict her parents’ accident. She also didn't see her future consisting of moving from New York to Colorado and living with twelve boys. How can she cope with her parents’ death, a dramatic change in lifestyle while still being the perfect girl she was?

5.   Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas


Celaena, the King’s Champion, has faced many challenges throughout her life, but none compare to what she must now face. As the King of Adarlan seeks to destroy all that she cares about, Celaena must learn to control her powers while deciding who should fight back: Celaena the assassin or Aelin the Fae princess.

6.   The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare


Magnus Bane, the mysterious High Warlock of New York, has been alive for a long time and has a mysterious past unknown to most of his companions. In this thrilling novel, secrets and stories are revealed, of lovers, of adventures, and of friendships.

7.   The Young Elites by Marie Lu


Adelina Amounteru is a survivor of the plague, a Malfetto, a freak to the rest of society. The treatment of abuse over the years has caused a darkness to brew inside her. She believes there is hope for her yet as there is a group of other Malfettos, called the Young Elites. The Young Elites have not only survived the plague, but have developed unexplainable abilities. Is refuge with these people what Adelina always wanted, or are they just going to end up using her like everyone else?

8.   Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson


As Lia tries to run from her bounty hunters, she begins uncovering one of her kingdoms deceptive secrets, hidden by the years passed. Meanwhile, she begins falling in love with two men who are not who they seem to be...

9.   Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson


Emily and Sloane are the bestest friends having an amazing summer, until one day Sloane disappears. Sloane leaves behind a to-do list of 13 tasks Emily would normally never try without Sloane by her side. With the help of Frank Porter, and a few other friends, will Emily finish the list?

10.  The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith


Lucy and Owen get stuck in an elevator in a New York City blackout. When they finally get out of the elevator, they spend the night looking at the stars. Soon after the blackout, Lucy moves away to Scotland while Owen heads out west. With that night in-grained into their minds, they try to stay in touch with each other while trying to figure out what that night truly meant for both of them.


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Two popular websites, Buzzfeed and EpicReads have recently posted book recommendations based on your Zodiac sign.  I'm not sure how accurate the suggestions are, but it is a fun way to chose a new book!  I recently took the quiz on Buzzfeed and got The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. 


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Summary:  When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government "rehabilitation camp." She might have survived the mysterious disease that killed most of Americas children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.
Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.
When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she's on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her-East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby cant risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.
When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

A really great list with LOTS of suggestions was published this summer was published by EpicReads - be sure to check out this fun post. 

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Periodically, I run a report to see what items in the teen book collection are circulating.  It is always interesting to me to see what books circulate the most (or least) and helps to guide my purchases for the teen collection.  Here are the top 10 circulating books in the teen collection this year.  Perhaps you've checked one out?


1.  b2ap3_thumbnail_Mazerunner.jpg  The Maze Runner by James Dashner leads all teen books - it has been checked out 21 times!  Popular movies bring viewers back to the series that inspired them.


2.  b2ap3_thumbnail_the-scorch-trials.jpg Surprise!  The Scorch Trials also by James Dashner, and book 2 in the Maze Runner series was a close second - checked out 20 times.

3.  b2ap3_thumbnail_61EJOTbYhpL.jpg  A graphic novel called Sisters by Raina Telgemeier came in third, circulating 18 times.

4.  b2ap3_thumbnail_The_Death_Cure.jpg  The Maze Runner series obviously is very popular, with The Death Cure by James Dashner circulating 17 times so far this year.

5.  b2ap3_thumbnail_17396650.jpg  The Royals still Rule - Number 5 on the popularity list is Kate's Style:  Smart, Chic Fashion from a Royal Role Model by Caroline Jones.   Kate was also checked out 17 times! It was interesting to see a non-fiction book in the top five.

The other books rounding out our top 10 were Four:  A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth, Yu-Gi-Oh! (graphic novel), Garfield:  Lard of the Jungle by Jim Davis, Insurgent by Veronica Roth, and The Eye of Minds by James Dashner.  Four books in the top 10 were written by James Dashner - making him the favorite author of Greece Public Library teens this year.  Graphic Novels are still popular, especially Garfield - he remains a favorite year after year. 

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Today, Buzzfeed published a list of the "Best 37 Young Adult Novels".  Of course, being a teen librarian, I had to check out this list immediately.  After seeing the choices, I then turned to Goodreads, and promptly checked out Listopia for "The Top 100 YA Novels" according to Goodreads users.

OK - I have listed both "top 37 titles" for you.  See what you think of both lists.  What was left off that should have made it?  What book made it that surprised you?  Some of my favorite teen books that were NOT included are:  Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, Midwinter Blood by Marcus Sedgwick, Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King, Across the Universe by Beth Revis, A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray.  I am sort of amazed that The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, or The Princess Diaries were not mentioned on either list, too.  Classics like The Hobbit and the Chronicles of Narnia were forgotten as well.  I have to admit I love Harry Potter - one series that I have read several times, and can see myself reading again. 

Goodreads List                                    Buzzfeed List

Hunger Games Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Hopeless 
Diary of a Young Girl Hunger Games
Little Women Fault in our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars The Book Thief
The Lightning Thief Clockwork Angel
The Giver Aristotle and Dante discover the Universe
Anne of Green Gables Divergent
City of Bones Court of Thorns & Roses
Perks of Being a Wallflower The Darkest Minds
Wrinkle in Time Impulse
Divergent An Ember in the Ashes
Clockwork Angel Howl's Moving Castle
Vampire Academy A Monster Calls
Looking for Alaska Alanna the first adventure
Maze Runner Obsidian
Book Thief The False Prince
Hush, Hush the Demon King
Fangirl Since You've Been Gone
Eleanor & Park AngelFall
Graceling All the Bright Places
Anna and the French Kiss Perks of Being a Wallflower
Throne of Glass Lightning Thief
Just Listen Red Rising Pierce Brown
Obsidian Ann of Green Gables
The Truth about Forever Legend
Daughter of Smoke and Bone Eleanor & Park
Howl's Moving Castle I'll Give You the Sun
Pushing the Limits The Immortal Rules
Born at Midnight The Giver
Ruby Red To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Court of Thorns and Roses Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian
the Outsiders Brown Girl Dreaming
Legend A Wrinkle in Time
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Shatter Me
Cinder Under the Never Sky
It's Kind of a Funny Story Little Women
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A lot of great new books are being published in September.  Check this list and see what interests you!


The Boys in the Boat:  a Young Adult adaptation of Daniel James Brown bestseller.  Best pick for Non-Fiction.  Published Sept. 8, 2015.

Out of the depths of the Great Depression comes the astonishing tale of nine working-class boys from the American West who at the 1936 Olympics showed the world what true grit really meant. With rowers who were the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew was never expected to defeat the elite East Coast teams, yet they did, going on to shock the world by challenging the German boat rowing for Adolf Hitler.


Library of Souls:  The Third Novel in Miss Peregrine's Home series by Ransom Riggs.  Best pick for Fantasy and Horror.  Published Sept. 22, 2015.

Time is running out for the Peculiar Children. With a dangerous madman on the loose and their beloved Miss Peregrine still in danger, Jacob Portman and Emma Bloom are forced to stage the most daring of rescue missions. They’ll travel through a war-torn landscape, meet new allies, and face greater dangers than ever. . . . Will Jacob come into his own as the hero his fellow Peculiars know him to be? This action-packed adventure features more than 50 all-new Peculiar photographs.


Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith.   Best Pick for Romance.  Published September 1, 2015.

On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they'll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be.


Infinite in Between by Carolyn Mackler.  Best Pick for Realistic High School Drama.  Published September 1, 2015. 

Echoing aspects of John Hughes’s The Breakfast Club, Carolyn Mackler skillfully brings the stories of these five disparate teens together to create a distinct and cohesive whole—a novel about how we can all affect one another’s lives in the most unexpected and amazing ways.


Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman.  Best pick for Mystery and Western.  Published Sept. 1, 2015.

When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there's room for love in a heart so full of hate. In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation. 

Dumplin' by Julie Murphy.  Best Pick for Realistic Humor and Social Issues.  Published Sept. 15, 2015.
For fans of John Green and Rainbow Rowell comes this powerful novel with the most fearless heroine—self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson—from Julie Murphy, the acclaimed author of Side Effects May Vary. With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.


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Do the words "Summer Reading" or "Required Reading" strike fear in your heart?  Maybe it will comfort you to know that many adults not only remember their summer reading books, but they have re-read them multiple times!  Just last week I asked my friends on social media if they remembered their required reading for High School, and if so, did they still remember their favorite book.  I was amazed to get 39 comments on my post.  Two of my children David and Sarah (now in college and a college grad) loved and remember reading The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre' Dumas.  It is on my list to read now, too.  My daughter Susan loved Anna Karenina by Tolstoy, and my personal HS favorite was A Separate Peace by John Knowles.  Several people mentioned HATING Lord of the Flies and The Catcher in the Rye, and yet several people said they loved those books! Here are some (1/3 of the books mentioned!) of the books that people loved, have re-read, or just remember reading and having an impact on their lives.

Julie T.:   Great Expectations  by Charles Dickens and anything Shakespeare. They were my first introductions to legendary authors. GE probably made more of an impression because my crazy English teacher resembled Miss Havisham, and she was a character that sticks in my mind, even to this day.

Nancy N.:  The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton.  I've probably re-read the book 10 times!

Kim G.:  I absolutely hated "The Good Earth" by Pearl Buck. I loved "Catcher in the Rye". There are way too many excellent books out there to have kids read, instead of making them read something horrible that makes them hate reading.


Lynn A.:  A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens - there is more than one side to a story!

Lisa H.:  Dante's Divine Comedy - it shaped my faith.  (I was afraid of going to Hell!)

Keith S.:  Black Like Me - I reread it every few years...

Clare M.:  It was too long ago! But, When I read Steinbeck, I had the impression that this is what great writing and characters meant. I also recall hating Faulkner!


Alyssa R.:  Huck Finn by Mark Twain was my favorite!


Linda V.:  I hated Lord of the Flies.  I thought it was scary that people would act that way.


Pam M.:  Hands down, To Kill A Mockingbird. ....the right or perhaps privilege of justice explained simply, with the importance of kindness...wrapped with family tragedy.

Laurie D.:  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, Lord of the Flies by William Golding.  All three brought me deeply into the human psyche.

There were MANY more great books mentioned, and I thank everyone that participated in my poll.  One thing that I realized after reading the responses is that I need to read more great classic novels.  If you feel the same way, here are some helpful websites with suggestions.  One even has a handy dandy checklist to help you keep track.  You can also follow me on Goodreads, and get a lot of great suggestions. 

Let me know if you have any favorite novels from "Required Reading"

Claire TalbotTeen Librarian










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Do you enjoy a scary book?  You are not alone!  Here are a few new titles to read with the lights on:

b2ap3_thumbnail_51ytWTVdZML__SX329_BO1204203200_.jpg Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge

In post-World War I England, eleven-year-old Triss nearly drowns in a millpond known as "The Grimmer" and emerges with memory gaps, aware that something's terribly wrong.  She notices that dolls move and speak, and that she has a ravenous, uncontrollable hunger.  When she tries to set things right, she meets a twisted architect who has designs on her family.

b2ap3_thumbnail_20757532.jpg Shutter by Courtney Alameda

Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat -- a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She's aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the boy who developed her camera's technology; Jude, who can predict death; and Ryder, the boy Micheline has known and loved forever.
When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn't exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she's faced before . . . or die trying.

b2ap3_thumbnail_61YelkNMe3L__SX329_BO1204203200_.jpg Survive the Night by Danielle Vega

Casey regrets coming to Survive the Night, the all-night underground rave in the New York City subway. Her best friend Shana talked her into it, even though Casey just got out of rehab. Alone and lost in the dark, creepy tunnels, Casey doesn’t think Survive the Night could get any worse ...until she comes across Julie’s body, and the party turns deadly.




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We have lots of great programs for teens during the month of August.  If you are interested in tech, there are several great programs, and writers will enjoy the Teen Writing Clinic with local authors Charles Benoit and Deena Lipomi.  We also have a superhero craft necklace and a practice ACT planned.  There is also a special category just for teens in the Glimpses of Greece Photo Contest!  Register on the website calendar or call the library at 225-8951.  Here are the details:



Tuesday, August 4 at 2-4 pm, join us for a demonstration of our 3D printer.  Registration required.


Wednesday, August 5 at 2-3 pm create your own superhero Shrinky-Dink necklace.  Registration required.


Wednesday, August 12 at 4:30 pm - come and watch Sharknado 2 and make a shark craft!  Snacks provided.  Registration required.


Monday, August 17 from 10 am till 2 pm.  Take a practice ACT test proctored by Chariot Learning.  There is no fee for this program.  Bring snacks, pencils, and a calculator!  Registration require.


Teen Minecraft on Tuesday, August 18 from 2-5 pm.  Join us for pizza, drinks, and minecraft.  Bring your own account and device, or use one of our 6 accounts on our laptops.  First come, first serve.


Thursday, August 20 from 1-2 pm.  Online Pencil Animation Class for kids and teens.  Registration Required.


Monday, August 24 from 2-3 pm, Introduction to Tinkercad for Kids & Teens from 2-3 pm.  Registration required.


Tuesday, August 25 from 6:30-8:30 pm a writing clinic just for teens with local authors Charles Benoit and Deena Lipomi.  Registration require. 


Enter our "Glimpses of Greece" photo contest!  Entries are submitted on the website during the month of August. 








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