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Gym Candy – My Favorite Book of All Time

Gym CandyTitle: Gym Candy
Author: Carl Deuker

Summary: Helped by his father to be a star player, football is the only thing that has ever really mattered to Mick Johnson, whose dedication and hard work can get him a spot on the varsity team his freshman year, then tries to hold onto his edge by using steroids, despite the consequences to his health and social life.

Gut reaction: My favorite book of all time.

Why: As an athlete this touches my heart. If you thought steroids make better athletes, then get ready to change your mind. The story never bores you whether the scene is a football game or a simple conversation with Mick and his father.

Who would like this book: People who like football.  And reading about the struggles of an athlete.

–El hombre mas fuerte, University, Teen Blogger


Game Day is here!

Are you ready? Send us your best 12s or game day shots & we’ll share them here, on our tumblr & twitter.

Also, you’re welcome to join us at the Central Library to watch the game on a huge screen in the auditorium.

Go ‘Hawks!!!








Celebrate Blue Friday @ Beacon Hill!

SeahawksIt is Blue Friday!  Enjoy arts, crafts, coloring as well as watching highlights of past games at Beacon Hill on Friday from 1 – 3 p.m.

Come celebrate the Seattle Seahawks! Share your stories and meet other 12s! This is a family-friendly event open to all ages.

This event is free and everyone is welcome. Registration not required.

For more information call Beacon Hill @ 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian!

Go ‘Hawks!


Need a place to watch the Seahawks game?

SeahawksLook no further!  We’re showing it at the Central Library!

Free tickets for seats will be available beginning at 4 p.m. at the auditorium entrance near the escalators. Auditorium doors will open for seating for ticket holders on a first come, first served basis beginning at 4:45 p.m. The auditorium can accommodate about 275 people.

The Library will get fans in the spirit by offering free Seahawks promotional items (limited numbers). Library staff members will be wearing their Seahawks jerseys…so be sure to wear all your gear, too!  And bring the noise, 12th Man!

Although the Central Library closes at 6 p.m. on Saturday, people in the auditorium will be allowed to stay until the game ends.

Go ‘Hawks!

Cracking the Hub: The Running Dream

Hub Reading ChallengeI’m about a month into The Hub Challenge and have just finished my fifth book.

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen was fantastic. We experience the year after a high school track star, Jessica, gets into an accident and has a leg amputated. If reading that sentence gives you the willies, you can imagine what Jessica’s character goes through. We see Jessica’s progress from anger, hopelessness, and despair as she at first comes to grips with her new reality. Then we see her slowly adjust, find hope, and effect change in her town.

Jessica does have a few assets to help her through this journey – a mega-supportive best friend, loving parents, a track coach who doesn’t give up on her, new friends, and an incredible work ethic. A year ago I heard good things from other librarians about this book, but I passed it over. I’m glad I gave it another chance. This year it’s on the Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults list, and last year it won the 2012 Schneider Family Book Award.

Teen Review: Bad Taste in Boys

Title:  Bad Taste in Boys

Author:  Carrie Harris

Summary:  Future physician Kate Grable is horrified when her high school’s football coach gives team members steroids, but the drugs turn players into zombies and Kate must find an antidote before the flesh-eating get to her or her friends.

Khoa’s summary: Super smarty Kate Grable gets to play doctor on the school football team.  She does it to get her college application good but also to be close to her quarterback crush.  But then something disturbing happens, Kate finds out that the coach is giving the players steroids, but after testing it, it is not actually steroids.  Whatever that vial is, it is causing the players to become zombies, and unless she can find an antidote, no one is safe!!

I started reading it because… the books look interesting; I really like mysterious books and it was on my school’s Bulldogs Reads.

I kept reading because… Even though this book has a main character of a girl, when I start reading it I can see the character come to life, and it really makes me curious what will happen next.

Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To Be: The next famous doctor.

Six Word Recap: Teen girl faces really dangerous zombies.

This book reminded me of Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry because the two books are related to zombies and scary stuff. It is mysterious, cool and a really good read.

Author’s Website: Carrie’s Blog

Khoa, Teen Blogger, Delridge

Book Shorts: Leverage



Title:  Leverage

Author:  Joshua C. Cohen

Summary:  High school sophomore Danny excels at gymnastics but is bullied, like the rest of the gymnasts, by members of the football team, until an emotionally and physically scarred new student joins the football team and forms an unlikely friendship with Danny.

I started reading it because…  I was intrigued by the unlikely friendship between the school’s star gymnast and the new football recruit.

I kept reading because… Warning: this book is sad and scary at times. But I kept reading because it’s also hopeful and shows that people can make a difference when they work together.

Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To: Start the next “It Gets Better” project.

Six Word Recap: Football player and gymnast fight bullying.

This book reminded me of Everybody Sees the Ants because… both have characters that are bullied and figure out a way to deal with it.