Teens' Place

Connect with Your Librarians

Goodreads logo

Join our Youth Department's Goodreads Group: connect with your librarians and other Goodreads Group members to discuss and share book recommendations.

Summer Reading 2014 Updates

Watch our Summer Reading Club Update #6

Teens @ UAPL Blog

Embrace Your Geekness Day - July 13th

Jennifer's picture

Embrace Your Geekness Day is Sunday July 13th! And it is time to celebrate all things Geek! And just in case your geekness is in full swing and you're wondering “hmm…what exactly makes one a geek? And is there a difference between a geek and nerd?” I really liked the definition from the website Holiday Insights. According to them a geek is “an individual who is highly intelligent (brainy) and technically oriented. They are most often associated with the computer, and computer systems world. A geek is usually formal, studious and into his [or her ;-)] technical world, often to the exclusion of all else. A geek is closely related to a “Nerd”. A nerd however, may or may not possess technical expertise.”  So whether you are a geek or a nerd - tech savvy, a bookworm, own every comic book ever printed (or aspire to!), so immersed in games (video or otherwise) all else pales, or some other wonderful variety of geek - today is your day. Applaud your unique inner wonderfulness!

In honor of Geekness Day, and being of the bookish (and sciencey! and maybe even gamer!) sort of geek :-), I've listed some of my favorite books below. Some of the characters might qualify as geeks :-), some are just my favorites.

Book Cover for Geektastic

 

Oh, and don't forget to check out Geektatsic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci. It is a collection of short stories by prominent (and some might even say geeky ;-)) authors of teen literature covering all things, well, Geeky.

 

Happy Reading and have a Geektastic day!

 

 

 

Book Detective: Unscramble the Jumble to Reveal the Book

It's time for some summer fun! And what's better fun than word puzzles and books! ;-) So, I have combined a great list of novels with the fun of Word Jumbles. The theme of this list is dystopia - so if you're between books and not sure what to read next, eagerly waiting for book three of...Read more

SRC T-Shirt DIY

Check out what one of our crafty teen volunteers did with her Dig Into Reading t-shirt!  

...Read more

Babysitting 101: How To Make Extra Cash This Summer

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be your own boss? Do you want to take control of your own finances? Babysitting can be a very rewarding and profitable. However, there are a few things you need to know before you can start handing out your business cards. How do you change a...Read more

Dig Your Way Through Time This Summer!

Time weaves its way through every genre - fantasy, science fiction, romance, historical fiction, even realistic fiction - taking the reader into new worlds, realms, futures, pasts, and lives! We have some fantastic books about time - ones where the charcaters travel back in time, forward in...Read more

Free Audiobooks All Summer

For the past few years SYNC has offered two free audio titles for teens all summer long.  Each week features a young adult audiobook paired with a classic.  This year's line-up is diverse and interesting: Jane Eyre and Frankenstein...Read more

Pages

Upcoming & new Young Adult books

Images and ratings courtesy of Goodreads.com  Goodreads.com logo

  • Cover of Brazen

    Katherine Longshore
    Brazen
    Rating: 3.89/5
  • Cover of Say What You Will

    Cammie McGovern
    Say What You Will
    Rating: 3.86/5
  • Cover of Nil (Nil, #1)

    Lynne Matson
    Nil (Nil, #1)
    Rating: 3.87/5
  • Cover of No Dawn Without Darkness (No Safety in Numbers, #3)

    Dayna Lorentz
    No Dawn Without Darkness (No Safety in Numbers, #3)
    Rating: 3.98/5
  • Cover of Guardian (Proxy, #2)

    Alex London
    Guardian (Proxy, #2)
    Rating: 4.21/5
  • Cover of Savage Drift (Monument 14, #3)

    Emmy Laybourne
    Savage Drift (Monument 14, #3)
    Rating: 4.04/5
  • Cover of We Were Liars

    E. Lockhart
    We Were Liars
    Rating: 3.95/5
  • Cover of Hexed (Hexed, #1)

    Michelle Krys
    Hexed (Hexed, #1)
    Rating: 3.72/5
  • Cover of Reborn (Shadow Falls: After Dark #1)

    C.C. Hunter
    Reborn (Shadow Falls: After Dark #1)
    Rating: 4.41/5
  • Cover of Fool Me Twice (If Only . . . #1)

    Mandy Hubbard
    Fool Me Twice (If Only . . . #1)
    Rating: 3.53/5
  • Cover of Crater Trueblood and the Lunar Rescue Company (Helium-3, #3)

    Homer Hickam
    Crater Trueblood and the Lunar Rescue Company (Helium-3, #3)
    Rating: 3.13/5
  • Cover of Don't Call Me Baby

    Gwendolyn Heasley
    Don't Call Me Baby
    Rating: 3.72/5

Pages

Teen Book Clubs

Pre-Pub Club

Read it before your friends do! Here’s a chance to snag an advanced reader copy of book that hasn't been published yet. Open to teens in grades 9-12. The Pre-Pub Club meets the last Wednesday of the month at 7pm except for May.

The UA High School Book Club

This club meets once a month in the LC classroom at 3:00 pm. Juice and cookies are provided by the Upper Arlington Public Library Friends of the Library Board. Each month the group decides on a book to read for the following meeting. Please join us - all are welcome!

Book Club in a Bag for Teens

Each Book Club in a Bag has 8-10 copies of a book in one handy carrier along with discussion guides and questions. Start your own book club today; we've got the materials ready for you!

For a list of titles available especially for teens, click here.

For general guidelines to starting and running a bookclub, click here.

How-To: Get a Book Club Started...and Keep it Going

You like to read. Your friends like to read. You almost have a book club! 

If you would like some info on how do you figure out what to read, get organized and keep the club alive, we have compiled some tips for you in this short guide that can help you.