Teens

Cool Pool Reads

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It's Summer!  The best place to be is at the pool, except when you are at the library!  When you are sitting in your deck chair hanging out in the sun (or shade), check out these reads to keep you cool.  

  • Mermaid Park by Beth Mayall
  • Surrounded By Sharks by Michael Northrop
  • Stotan by Chris Crutcher
  • Of Poseidon (First in the Syrena Legacy Trilogy) by Anna Banks
  • The Vicious Deep (First in the Vicious Deep Series) by Zoraida Cordova
  • Swim the Fly by Don Calame

The Fault in Our Stars Read Alikes

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This blog entry is guest written by one of our summer interns, Sophia Fisher.  Sophia, a junior at Upper Arlington High School, has some read alike recommendations if you loved The Fault in Our Stars.

Loved The Fault in Our Stars? Read this next!

 

Fault in Our Stars cover imageThe Fault in Our Stars, a young adult novel by acclaimed author John Green, has flown off the shelves with the premier of The Fault in Our Stars movie.  If you loved this book (or movie), or if you are the 168th person in the request line for this fabulous novel, check out these read alikes.  They may help dampen any post-reading-an-emotional-book withdrawal that many fans of “The Fault in Our Stars” have experienced.

 

 

 

 

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Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.

Told in the alternating voices of Dash and Lily, two sixteen-year-olds carry on a wintry scavenger hunt at Christmas-time in New York, neither knowing quite what–or who–they will find.  This whirlwind romance is sure to captivate readers from the first page to the last.

 

 

 

Autobiography of a Face cover imageAutobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy

“I spent five years of my life being treated for cancer, but since then I've spent fifteen years being treated for nothing other than looking different from everyone else. It was the pain from that, from feeling ugly, that I always viewed as the great tragedy of my life. The fact that I had cancer seemed minor in comparison.”

Lucy Grealy is diagnosed with a potentially terminal cancer when she is nine years old.  When she returns to school, she faces taunts from classmates and friends.  This book captures the essence of true strength of truth and beauty, and addresses what it means to triumph over suffering.

 

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The Half Life of Planets by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin

An unlikely romance develops between a science-minded girl who is determined to reclaim her reputation and a boy with Asperger's Syndrome.  This is a story about two kids who discover that the best parts of people can’t be summed up easily.  Forget the cheesy cover­—it is worth it.

Free Audiobooks All Summer

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Don’t have time to read because the end of the school year is so busy?  Download 2 free audiobooks from the SYNC website.  Each summer SYNC provides access to free audiobooks all summer long.  You can download the audiobooks to any computer with Overdrive and then transfer the titles to an MP3 player (including iPods). 

The program pairs a classic title with something more contemporary.  For example:  The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie and Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro will be available from May 29-June 4.  Check back each week for new pairings across many genres: including historical fiction, murder mysteries, horror, and fantasy.

Get all the details and instruction for use at the SYNC webpage. (http://www.audiobooksync.com/)

May is National Bike Month

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It is time to ride! The weather is beautiful. The sun is shining. What better way to kick start the summer than with biking! National Bike Month is the month of May. It is sponsored by The League of American Bicyclists. Check out their site for links to bike month dates and events, guides about planning a bike event, information about the National Bike Challenge from May 1st - September 30th, bike safety tips, and more.(Note: Links open in new window)

Walk Bike to School LogoAnd to start Bike Month off pedaling fast, Bike to School Day is May 7th. The site Walk Bike to School has information about celebrating Bike to School Day as well as resources, activities, and safety tips for all year round.

The library also has a vast array of books related to biking. Check out the links below for how-to books, bike safety, history, and fiction. 

Happy Reading!

 

Blockbuster Movie Month!

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clapboardFriday May 2nd the blockbuster movie season starts!  

  • The Amazing Spider Man 2 - (May 2nd)
  • Godzilla - (May 16th)
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past - (May 23rd)
  • Maleficent - (May 30th) 

Watch the Amazing Spider Man battle super-villians from the mysterious company Oscorp. 

Godzilla, the world's most famous monster, battles Earth-made mutant monsters.

In X-men: Days of Future Past, Wolverine is sent to the past to change an event disastrous to both mutants and humans.

Maleficent is the live-action, dark horror fantasy of the Sleeping Beauty story.  There are no singing fairies in this Disney version!

May will be a fun month to go to the movies!

Free Comic Book Day is May 3rd

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Free Comic Book Day is one day each year - the first Saturday in May - when comic shops celebrate comics! Find out how area comic book stores plan to make the day special with face painting, giveaways of comic books and the appearance of your favorite characters at freecomicbookday.com and click on the Comic Book Day locator to find an event near you.

Check out the video below to see what Stan Lee has to say about Free Comic Book Day. (Note: Links open in new window)

UAPL logo The Library is also celebrating with a  Design Your Your Character graphic novel program. The program is on Saturday May 3rd at 1:00 pm. Local comic book artist Julian Dassai will be there and will give tips and techniques and walk you through the process of designing a character. So, get ready to draw!! Registration is required and the program is for 5th to 8th graders; register here.

The library also has a great collection of comics, manga, and graphic novels - everything from superheroes, to mystery, to realistic stories, to classics re-imagined in graphic novel form, and more. Check out the links below for some favorite picks.

Happy (Comic Book) Reading!

UAPL Poetry Contest, 5-8 and 9-12 Division Winners

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The teen advisory board of the UAPL recently held a poetry contest.  The 5-8 Division winner was Lexi R. and the 9-12 Division winner was Beth B.  Here are the two winning poems:

 

Meshed String by Lexi R.

(In celebration of Earth Day)

She sits on the meshed string

feeling the water splash up and hit her shoulders

feeling the grinning sun on her back

mixing with the dirt turning her skin a leathery brown

calloused hands

scratched and bruised limbs going unnoticed amongst the large swarms of insects

 

She sits on the meshed string

feeling the burn from her head to her toe, from the weeks of hard effort and work with little

rest

tired

hungry

sore

 

She sits on the meshed string

hearing the songs being sung by her friends

though she pays no attention

she hears the birds chirping

hears the coyotes howling

bears growling

 

She sits on the meshed string

knowing that soon they would eat

soon they would swim

soon they would sleep

She sits on the meshed string

feeling the blade of a paddles course through the water with fluid ease

noises not of industry or traffic but of swaying flora and restless fauna

 

She sits on the meshed string

driving the paddle blade in the water

pulling the paddle out

repeating the endless motion over

 

She sits on the meshed string

she sees the fishes pawing through the water

sees her friends smiling and laughing

sees the trees swaying around her

sees everything stop for just that moment

 

I sit in a wooden chair

writing this

thinking about what to write

thinking about my time sitting on the meshed string

 

Because I am her

 

Yet she is a different half of I

 

same hair

same person

same name

same likes and dislikes

 

Yet two entirely different people

 

Because she is I

 

 

Who Am I? by Beth B.

Did you see that scared looking girl today?

That is me, the daughter of Janine.

I am fourteen and go to the Metro school,

There I spend most of my days working.

 

There I am quiet, and have lost my way,

I don't know who I am anymore.

Writer, drawer, dreamer, stressor, a fool,

Maybe all, maybe none, I don't know.

 

I struggle in a sea of work and tears,

Not sure whether I'm happy or sad,

Both, neither, everyday, or not at all,

Lost, still unfound, searching for a way.

 

Here I stand,

Here I'll stay

Maybe onward

To my dying day.

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