Coming Soon: Banned Books Week!

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

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Free ACT Test Prep and Practice Tests at LFPL

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! 

KAPLAN ACT Test Prep Book Cover

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Coming Soon: Fall/Winter Series Preview

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.

Raven Boys book cover

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3) by Maggie Stiefvater

Publication date: October 21, 2014

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DIY Pedicure

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.

Buzz on Beauty Book Cover

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!

Recommended Reading

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. 

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Get to Know Our Teen Staff!

Ashley (Shawnee)

  • 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

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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, 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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