Category Archives: Summer Reading

Summer is Coming

Wolves in the forest

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Although we don’t have a cycle of seasons that results in years-long Winter, or Summers that take up most of an entire generation as in Game of Thrones, Louisville’s Summer IS coming. Months of sticky heat and near 100% humidity are just around the corner. Are you ready for it?

Come to the library and stock up on DVD series to bingewatch, catch up on comic books and manga, get a book to read, play games, or just hang out with your friends.

Check in on the Teen Blog to get your fix of the weird and wonderful, and keep you up on upcoming programs and special events! You can also check the calendar – filtered for teen programs – here, if you haven’t found it already.

Summer is Coming: feels good doesn’t it?

wolf rolling

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Girl Power Graphic Novels

If you like comics and love a great story full of action and girl power, you can’t go wrong with these three new graphic novels.

Princess with a crown

Princeless: Save Yourself by Jeremy Whitley

Princess Adrienne gets tired of waiting for a prince to rescue her and takes matters into her own hands. She escapes from her tower with the help of Sparky the dragon, and she sets off on an adventure to rescue her sisters.

Girl in rollerskates on book cover

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Astrid signs up for roller derby camp even though her best friend wants to go to dance camp. She works hard to master her skates while she makes new friends and finds a place on the roller derby team.

Ms Marvel book cover

Ms Marvel: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson

Start here to watch Kamala Khan morph from ordinary Muslim girl to extraordinary superhero while remaining true to herself. Two more issues are coming soon!

What are you reading this summer? We love to see your recommendations!

-Susan, Teen Services, Iroquois Branch

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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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.

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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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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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Teen Choice Book Awards – Vote Today!

This summer the Louisville Free Public Library will host its first-ever Teen Choice Book Awards. Vote for your favorites in each category, and then attend the Teen After-Hours party on July 11 from 6 – 9 p.m. when the winners will be unveiled. Vote as often as you like and tell your friends!