Teen After Hours QR Code Scavenger Hunt

If you’re reading this post on the LFPL Teen Blog, you’re probably here because of the Teen After Hours Party QR Code Scavenger Hunt.


Congrats on making it past stage one!

Simply click the link below to move on to the next clue.  You may be interested to know that leaving a comment on our Teen Blog counts as one of the participation points for Teen Summer Reading program.

Feel free to check out the back log of blog posts and follow us as we publish articles each week.

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The Best Thing about Summer is the Road Trip

Sure, roller coasters are fantastic, barbeques are great, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with lounging by the pool all day.  But sometimes you just have to get away.  You’ll want to invite that friend who always makes you laugh and be sure to line up some great music.

Just pick a direction, or a fun destination (the Cardboard Boat Museum, maybe, or Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor) and hit the road!  If there’s no room for travel on your horizon, you can always linger over Roadtrippers.com, or you can browse some of these summer titles from the comfort of your lounge chair.

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour

How to Be Bad by E. Lockhart

How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski


-Susan, Youth Services, Iroquois Branch

FREE ACT Prep Programs

School is probably the last thing you want to think about in the middle of your summer vacation, but it’s never too early to start preparing for the ACT. The library hosts free ACT practice tests and ACT prep workshops to help you improve your score!

Our ACT Boot Camp will give you an overview of what to expect on the test, tools for tackling each section, and coping with test anxiety.


If test anxiety is something you struggle with, take advantage of our upcoming practice tests with Sylvan Learning. The free ACT practice test is the best way to adapt to the high stress test environment and see how you would score if you took the real thing. After your scores are returned, you’ll know exactly where to focus your studies as you prepare for your ACT.

If you’re interested in any of our ACT Prep programs be sure to contact one of the branches listed on the schedule.

-Ruth, Teen Services, Main Library, Teen Underground

Award Winning Books on the Red Carpet

Teen Summer Reading is in full-swing. Have you gotten your Summer Reading folder?  Along with prizes for completing your reading, there are a wide variety of activities and programs at a library branch near you. There is a main event Friday, July 11,  6-9 PM that is sure to draw a crowd: the Teen After Hours Party. Be a part of the very first Teen Choice Book Awards being presented at the party. Tell us which titles you think should win, by voting for your favorites.

One of the categories up for vote is Best Book-to-Movie.  Who will get the most votes: The Hunger Games, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Divergent, The Book Thief, or The Spectacular Now?  Have you read all the books that are nominees?

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Girly girl: my late-in-life love of the super girly

Ask anyone I went to school with, and they will tell you that Lynette Ruby was not a girly girl – that is to say if I am even remembered by my name, and not “that angry short girl with the pixie haircut.”  I thought giving in and having fun with something girly like a movie, book, or pop song would ultimately undo whatever tough personae I’d worked to cultivate.   There were certain things I would not allow myself to enjoy…well, not publicly at least.  There were pop bands I’d deny enjoying, movies I’d claim I didn’t want to see, books I wouldn’t read, and more feminine looks I would refuse to wear.

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Five by Five

Need a new series/obsession for the summer? Let me introduce you to the greatest television series of ALL TIME. Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Yes, you heard that right. Are you thinking silly blonde cheerleader and sparkly vampires? You would be wrong. Let me give you the low down on the greatest television series EVER. Did I already say that? It bears repeating.

Oh and if you think your high school is horrible wait till you check out Sunnydale High School…

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Teen Summer Reading Program is Now Underway!

Have you picked up your form yet? If you haven’t already, just stop by any LFPL branch to grab one. This year you will win a pair of ear buds and passes to cool places like Squire Boone Caverns, Rauch Planetarium, and the Louisville Science Center, as well as passes to Louisville Bats games and select UofL events. Want to participate in the Teen Summer Reading program this summer, but don’t know what to read? Here are some suggestions to get you started!

First up is Cinder by Marissa Meyer. This is an interesting retelling of Cinderella with Cinderella as a cyborg in a dystopian future. A deadly plague is making its way through New Beijing, where humans and androids live and work. Cinder is a cyborg, and gifted mechanic, who is hated by her stepmother and stepsisters. She catches the attention of Prince Kai and discovers that her mysterious past holds a secret that puts her at the center of an intergalactic struggle with ruthless lunar people.

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Dive into Podcasts

“A friendly desert community where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful, and mysterious lights pass overhead while we all pretend to sleep. Welcome to Night Vale.” 

So begins the first episode of the increasingly popular Welcome to Night Vale, where we get a glimpse into a community where all conspiracy theories are real, librarians are monstrous creatures that “SHOULD NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES BE APPROACHED,” and angels (which are all named Erika and do not exist) communicate through Old Woman Josie. We are listening in to the public radio show of the little town, headed by Cecil Palmer, our constant companion through all the trying times that you can imagine would occur in such a place.  Welcome to Night Vale is a podcast by Commonplace Books that updates twice a month.

Some of you might be wondering what a podcast is. (I imagine most of you are wondering about that surrealist nonsense in the previous paragraph, but I’m hoping at least one of you focused on the “podcast” part and not the “Erika” part, because this is my segue anyway).

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Looking for a Good Book?

Something to take your mind off of looming finals? (I am not condoning procrastination, but every one needs a study break right!)

We had a friendly competition here at the library, over the last few months, to see which group could read the most teen fiction books between February 1st and April 30th. I read a ton of great books, and it was fun to compete in a friendly manner (my group won!!) So if you love to read or even are a bit of a reluctant reader and want to have some motivation, why not challenge your friends to a book war! Below are some of my favorites that I read recently and loved.

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1) by Julie Kaga

After Allison is forced to flee the city, she joins a band of humans who are seeking a legend — a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the creatures threatening humans and vampires alike. (Vampires and Zombie-like creatures?!)

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Fictional Food: Recipes Inspired by Your Favorite Teen Fiction

My bookish friends, how often have you fantasized about wandering through Hogsmeade, slipping into the Three Broomsticks, and ordering yourself an excellent foaming hot tankard of Butterbeer? Or perhaps the tempting sweets of the White Witch from Chronicles of Narnia are more to your liking? Will it be Turkish Delight? Alice’s Looking-Glass Cake? Or Dauntless chocolate cake?

Some books are meant to be savored—some books devoured. Some, moreover, simply whet our appetites for food that we can never taste.
Or can we? Whether you’re culinary, literary, or both, I invite you to test out some of these fun cookbook compilations available in the library’s collection. Cook something right out of the pages of your favorite book! Be sure to check out some of these fun cookbooks.

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory—More Than 150 Magical Recipes for Wizards and Non-Wizards Alike by Dinah Bucholz

Offers many a tempting treat for wizard or muggle (though those looking for butterbeer will be sorely disappointed). Explore Diagon Alley delights, treats from the train, Great Hall favorites, holiday fare and much more!

 FEATURED RECIPE:Hagrid’s Rock Cakes


 Hagrid’s rock cakes, which are mentioned no less than three times in the Harry Potter books, are a standard with tea and hard as a rock if made authentically (to make a more palatable version don’t over bake and leave them out for several days like Hagrid probably did).

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