Monthly Archives: July 2012

Event: Gerald Chertavian, Author

 If you are like most young adults in this tough economic climate, you may find yourself well-educated but working a low-paying job – or worse, unemployed.  What options do you have when the competition is so intense?

Year UP is a non-profit organization whose mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing low-income urban young adults (ages 18-24) with an intensive one-year professional education and training program that will give them the skills, experience and support to empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.

Interested?  Our friends at Shelf Talk have some more info for you.

Four on a Theme: Hackers

 One of our teen scavenger hunt books is Little Brother, which is about three friends who get caught up in an anti-terrorism sweep by Homeland Security after some real terrorists blow up a bridge in San Francisco.  What is special about these three teens is that they know more about computer technology than the police forces who have captured them and are questioning them, and when the questioning turns to torture, the teens decide to turn the tables on the government.


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Fan Art @ the Library!


My name is Aviva, and I’m 12 years old, going into 7th grade.  The summer before 6th grade, I moved from Massachusetts (where I’d been living my whole life) to Seattle. I started drawing manga in 4th grade, teaching myself little by little by observing the art in graphic novels and animes.  Now, I’m a lot better and am fairly desperate to share my work and/or meet other manga artists my age. Continue reading

What to read when you’re not watching Game of Thrones…3

Sansa Stark may have read a few too many romances in which a handsome prince comes along and saves the fair maiden and then they live happily ever after. These books didn’t prepare her for a reality in which the handsome prince is more likely to make Sansa look at her father’s head on a pike. But she does have a lot of time on her hands, when she’s not busy assuring Cersei that she believes the surviving Starks are traitors or avoiding The Hound, so maybe reading some of these books will help Sansa Stark figure out how to take care of herself… Continue reading

Book Shorts: Lost Conspiracy

Lost Conspiracy

Title:  The Lost Conspiracy

Author:  Frances Hardinge

Summary: When a lie is exposed and their tribe turns against them, Hathin must find a way to save her sister Arilou – once considered the tribe’s oracle – and herself.

I started reading it because…  I wanted a good fantasy book.

I kept reading because… It was unlike any other fantasy I’ve read! A bizarre but believable world, a murder mystery, and great characters–one of them set on revenge.

Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To: Destroy Her Enemies.

Six Word Recap:  Who murdered the Lost, and why?

Even though the setting is very (very!) different, this book reminds me a little bit of The Hunger Games, because Hathin is so determined to survive, and to destroy her enemies. In a different way, it also reminded me a little of Nation by Terry Pratchett.

Websites of interest:  Frances Hardinge’s Twisted City

Tomorrow's Library Happenings

Check out the awesome events we have planned for teens all around the city tomorrow…at the same time!  Sadly, you’ll have to choose just one…or drive really fast!  😀  You can always look at the calendar on our website for more details. Continue reading

Unforgettable Teen Reads: House of Stairs

 Way back when I was a seventh grader, a nice librarian came to our school and talked about a bunch of books that she thought we’d like.  There must have been two dozen books, but I only remember one: House of Stairs, by William Sleator. Continue reading