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Unrequired Reading

Teens with Something Extra

January 2016

SYNC 2015

March 2015

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for young adults. Starting again May 7th 2015, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week - a current young adult title along with a thematically paired classic or required summer reading title. Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at




Historical Fiction

February 2015

Not Caught in a Bad Romance

February 2014

Books You May Have Missed in 2013

December 2013


October 2013

Alice in Zombieland

Gena Showalter

A darkness strange and lovely

Susan Dennard

Flesh & bone

Jonathan Maberry


Ilsa J. Bick

Warm bodies

Isaac Marion


LGBT Reads

October 2013

Boyfriends with girlfriends

Alex Sanchez

Boy meets boy

David Levithan

Oddly normal

John Schwartz

Keeping you a secret

Julie Anne Peters

Totally Joe

James Howe


Steampunk Stories

September 2013


Scott Westerfeld

Etiquette & Espionage

Gail Carriger


Cherie Priest

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Alan Moore

The Map of Time

Félix J. Palma


Books About Freshman Year

September 2013

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Steven Chobsky


Laurie Halse Anderson

The Chocolate War

Robert Cormier

Save yourself

Kelly Braffet

Freshman year & other unnatural disasters

Meredith Zeitlin


Books to Make Playlists

August 2013


Cecil Castellucci

Nick & Norah's

infinite playlist

Rachel Cohn &

David Levithan

Just listen: a novel

Sarah Dessen

King Dork

Frank Portman

Eleanor & Park

Rainbow Rowell


Summer Vacation

June 2013

Glory be

Augusta Scattergood

Second chance summer

Morgan Matson

The summer of firsts and lasts

Terra Elan McVoy

Summer on the moon

Adrian Fogelin



June 2013

Be a fashionista

Create your own style and learn about fasion careers with these great books:


Coming Attractions

May 2013

Books into Movies

Check out these great books being made into movies this year!

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (May 10th)

Percy Jackson: The sea of monsters by Rick Riordan (Aug 16th)

Paranoia by Joseph Finder (Aug 16th)

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (Nov 1st)

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (Nov 22nd)

Latino Books Month

May 2013

Latino Books Month

During Latino Books Month, learn more about the culture, heritage and stories with these books:

How the García girls lost their accents by Julia Alvarez

The last summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork

The house on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros


April 2013

Upcycling Buttons

Upcycling is the process of using useless products to make products of better quality. It's recycling with a twist!

- Junk Drawer Jewelry

- Green Crafts

- Cool Crafts With Old Jeans

Get Cooking!

April 2013

Teens Cooking

Are you a fan of Emeril or Rachel Ray? Try your hand at preparing dishes at home:

- Teen Cuisine

- Real Food Real Fast

- Fun Food

- Teens cook: how to make what you want to eat

Youth Art Month

March 2013

Youth Art Month - Teen Painting

March is Youth Art Month. Express your creative side with inspiration from these great artists and get technique ideas too.

- Painting Techniques

- Mary Cassatt

- Pablo Picasso

- Jackson Pollock

- Georgia O'Keeffe

Teen Tech Week March 10-16th

March 2013

Teen Tech Week

This year's theme is "Check in @ your Library" and showcases all the digital resources your library has to offer you:

- Homework Help

- Research Databases

- eBooks, Music and Video Games

- Books about Online Safety and Cyberbullying


February 2013

Origami Paper Cranes

Ori meaning "folding" and gami meaning "paper" is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, which started in the 17th century. Learn more about it at the library:

- Books on origami

- Russian origami by Sergei Afonkin

- Origami videos on YouTube

Chinese New Year

February 2013

Chinese New Year Decorations

This year, Chinese New Year is on February 10, 2013. It will be the year of the Snake. Learn more about this holiday at the library:

- Chinese New Year crafts by Karen Bledsoe

- American born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

- Teen feng shui by Susan Levitt

Try making fortune cookies on your own with this recipe.

Foreign Languages

December 2012

Welcome in multiple languages

If you want to learn a foreign language, the first stop you should make is your local library! See these great resources:










Biographies of Great Scientists

December 2012

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