Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Vote for the Teens' Top Ten!

Voting has opened for YALSA's 2018 Teens' Top Ten! Teens can vote for their favorites between now and October 13th. The Teens' Top Ten will be announced on October 15th. This is one of the few best-of booklists that is chosen entirely by teens, so let your voice be heard on which books are the best of the best!

Check out the list of nominees below. The links will take you to our catalog, so you can request a hold on a copy.

The nominees are:

All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis
The Black Witch by Laurie Forest
Book of Lies by Teri Terry
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy
How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Invictus by Ryan Graudin
The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller*
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Paper Hearts by Ali Novak*
Remember Me Always by Renee Collins*
Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne*
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Warcross by Marie Lu
Waste of Space by Gina Damico
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

*Starred titles are not yet available at the library, but keep checking back!

Friday, August 24, 2018

Spotlight on DVD Teen Hangout

Dorris Van Doren has programs for teens (ages 12-18) all year round. Teen Hangout takes place every Thursday afternoon from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. Among some of the programs we had this summer were a Scott Pilgrim Interactive Movie Screening, rock painting, and more!

In keeping with the Summer Reading Program theme, Libraries Rock, teens were invited to create guitar pick jewelry. Among their creations were keychains, charm bracelets, necklaces, and many pairs of earrings. 

Teens also flocked to the library to take part in a Rock this Escape Room program, in which they were given a series of puzzles to solve in 90 minutes. Solving each puzzle led them to open the locks on a lockbox within the room. Teens worked together on the puzzles, flexing their teamwork and critical thinking skills.

Ultimately the group of teens were able to solve all the puzzles and open the box in just over 90 minutes.

Our teens participated in a Wreck this T-Shirt program this July. Each teen was provided a t-shirt and they were encouraged to design or redesign it in any way they like. They also learned how to make iron-on stencils for use with fabric spray paint.

Even though school is back in session for most of our teens, the fun still continues! Our latest Teen Hangout event gave our teens the opportunity to make their own plushies! They cut out patterns, sewed and stuffed their plushies.

We have a lot of fun programs planned for the fall, including a Haunted Escape Room, button making, papel picado, and much more!