12-year-old September is bored. She’s bored with Nebraska, bored with washing tea cups, bored with her mother, bored with her dog. She wants an adventure, and an adventure finds her with the fast talking Green Wind, who whisks her off to Fairyland where she must retrieve a spoon from an evil Marquess. Along the way, she encounters a lively and wonderful cast of characters that would put the Wizard of Oz and Wonderland to shame; including a wyvern ( like a dragon) named A-through-L who loves books (my kind of dragon) and a mysterious blue boy (he’s the color blue, not sad…) named Saturday.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente
Fairyland is in disorder, and it’s up to September and her newly acquired tribe of misfits to make things right. September is given a warning before entering Fairyland concerning fairy food…but does she listen?
This book is beautiful. And charming! Entrancing! Thoughtful! Marvelous! Superb writing. It’s imaginative, a bit odd and absurd in places and yet perfectly lovely. It might make you tear up in places….most excellent-est Young Adult novel EVER! In this teen librarian’s humble opinion.
If you enjoy Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, Patrick Ness, Neil Gaiman or Madeleine L’Engle you’ll love The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland. Try it out, you won’t regret it.
-Heather, Children and Youth Services, St. Matthews Branch
When I was in the 2nd grade, Stephen King’s IT was made into a TV movie. I’m pretty sure the movie wasn’t targeted to seven and eight year-olds, but everyone I knew stayed up late and somehow or another snuck a way to see the movie. If you don’t know, IT is about 7 kids who are being terrorized by what appears to be a clown who wants to kill them. I may be over-blowing the importance of the phrase (I was seven), but I have some serious memories of this creepy clown poking his head out of a sewer and beckoning to a little boy that “they all float down here”. “They” being the bodies of the dead that he–Pennywise– killed, and “here” being the sewer.
A few years later, I became obsessed with the show, Are You Afraid of the Dark? which introduced me Zeebo the clown. Creepy right? So, if you happen to meet a person of a certain age and they mention over the course of the conversation that they suffer from coulrophobia, it is possible that they may have spent some time hiding under the covers because they were traumatized in their youth.
Celebrate your freedom to read by participating in Banned Books Week from September 21-27. Banned Books Week began in 1982 in response to thousands of books being challenged in libraries, schools, and stores. Books are challenged for many reasons including: use of language, unsuited to age group, political viewpoints, and religious viewpoints just to name a few. In order for a book to be banned from a public library it must be put through a formal review process where several librarians read the book to determine if its content reflects the complaints made against the book. Keep in mind that it is rare for a book to be banned from a public library because it is the library’s mission to provide everyone with equal access to information.
These are the top ten most challenged books from 2013:
1. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
School is back in session, and for many of you that means it’s time to start thinking about life after high school. One of the first steps to future success is the ACT, and the library is here to help you improve your score and reach your academic goals! Listed below are the ACT prep programs we offer at the Louisville Free Public Library.
Don’t forget to take advantage of the free practice tests and resources available through the Learning Express Library!
If you’re looking to discover a new series before the school year starts, it’s not too late. In fact, being slow to jump on the bandwagon for trending series has its perks. For example, chances are the waiting list at your library is subsiding. Meaning you go from being number 237 on the wait list to suddenly finding the book on the shelf at your branch the moment you want it. No wait! And speaking of waiting, you no longer have to agonize over cliffhanger endings (sometimes for years) before the next installment is published. We all know how excruciating that can be, so check out some of the newest titles that will hit the library shelves at the end of this year, and get caught up on these fantastic series.
Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3) by Maggie Stiefvater
Publication date: October 21, 2014
The sun’s out and the feet come next! Ladies, this blog is directed towards you (but fellas you should do it too)! You do not want to be caught in the streets with worked over heels and toes while wearing the latest footwear and strappy sandals. Tell me who doesn’t like clean, pretty and healthy feet? Some people choose not to bother with their feet because who cares right? Wrong. People do care, I care. I want you to always put your best foot forward both figuratively and literally. One of the greatest setbacks for many of us females when it comes to our life long pursuits is our self-esteem.
During this time of your lives, you want to grow, experience, trail blaze, fit in, have fun, love and be loved. In amidst of all of that, your confidence, self-respect and healthy self-esteem will take you anywhere you want to go. In order to do so, your image should reflect all that you want to be and are. In other words, your hair, skin and nails should be healthy and well maintained. Now, maintenance can come at a cost. But being well put together does not mean going to spend $50 plus on a spa pedicure and full set manicure at a beauty salon. Everything I needed cost me less than $7 at the store, and some of the items you may already have at home. So, let me get off my soap box and get you all started on your do-it-yourself feet beautification routine!
The Buzz on Beauty: A Girl’s Guide to Looking and Feeling Your Best By Amy Gelman
You Glow Girl By Dianne York-Goldman and Mitchel P. Goldman, M.D.
- Adopted a cat that was found at the Portland library– her name is Luna Lovegood, and she and her other cat, Minerva McGonagall, don’t really get along.
Lynette (Highlands Teen Outpost)
- A very adventurous eater – will try anything once!
- Dabbles in graphic design
- When she was younger, she wanted to be a classical musician
- She once was a vegetarian for over a year – just to prove a point that she could do it
- She loves wheel-thrown pottery and can even throw a pretty good pot herself!
Angel (Bon Air)
- She grew up in a small village in Bavaria, which is the southeastern portion of Germany
- Zip-lined in the Alps when she was eleven years old
- She has rescued a baby copperhead, a few bees and many spiders from certain death
- Used to be deathly afraid of all three of the aforementioned rescuees
- Wants to write a novel someday
The 11th annual AnimeCon – a day-long celebration of anime and Asian culture – returns to the Main Library, Friday, August 1. The convention is free and open to teens 12-19. For a complete schedule of activities and anime screenings, click here.
Register here if you haven’t already.
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.
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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