May 11, 2010

We’ve moved to a new new location.

Here it is!


June Teen Book Club

May 8, 2010

In a future world, all babies are born.  However, between the ages of 13 and 18 parents can make the decision to have you “unwound”.  Your body will then be harvested to be used in other people’s bodies.  In the book, three teens are coming of age and are trying to uphold their values and maybe save their own lives.

Come join us for a discussion of this book on Saturday June 5th from 1-2pm.  Pick up a Book Club copy of the book in the Teen Tower before the event.  New members are always welcome!


Pretty Little Liars New TV Show

May 8, 2010

Pretty Little Liars is being made into a TV Show on ABC Family.  It premiers Tuesday June 8 at 7pm.  Read the books before the show starts.  We own them all!


New Books- 2nd Week of May

May 8, 2010

Bullet Point by Peter Abrahams

The only thing seventeen-year-old Wyatt knew about his biological father was that he was serving a life sentence, but circumstances and a new girlfriend bring them together and soon Wyatt is working to prove his father’s innocence.

The Karma Club by Jessica Brody

When high school senior Maddy catches her boyfriend cheating on her, she devises a complicated plan to get revenge.

Tell Us We’re Home by Marina Budhos

Three immigrant girls from different parts of the world meet and become close friends in a small New Jersey town where their mothers have found domestic work, but their relationships are tested when one girl’s mother is accused of stealing a precious heirloom.

Stolen by Lucy Christopher

Sixteen-year-old Gemma, a British city-dweller, is abducted while on vacation with her parents and taken to the Australian outback, where she soon realizes that escape attempts are futile, and in time she learns that her captor is not as despicable as she first believed.

Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti

Lani and Jason, who is her best friend’s boyfriend, fall in love, causing Lani tremendous anguish and guilt.

Mistwood by Leah Cypess

Brought back from the Mistwood to protect the royal family, a girl who has no memory of being a shape-shifter encounters political and magical intrigue as she struggles with her growing feelings for the prince.

Stettin Station by David Downing

With American entry into WWII looming, Anglo-American John Russell searches for a way out of Germany.

Resistance: Book 1 by Carla Jablonski

Fighting on a secret front of World War II Paul and Marie’s bucolic French country town is almost untouched by the ravages of WWII, but the siblings still live in the shadow of war. Their father is a Prisoner of War, kept hostage by the Germans. When their friend Henri’s parents disappear and Henri goes into hiding because of his Jewish ancestry, Paul and Marie realize they must take a stand. But how can they convince the French Resistance that even children can help in their fight against injustice? Resistance is the first volume of a trilogy written by acclaimed teen author Carla Jablonski and illustrated by Leland Purvis.

Party by Tom Leveen

As eleven different high school students recount, in their own voices, events before, during, and after the same end-of-year party, the stories intersect and combine in unexpected ways.

After the Kiss by Terra Ela Mcvoy

This moment changes everything.  Becca has been head-over-heels for Alec from the instant they met. He’s a brainy jock with a poet’s heart—in other words, perfect for her.  Camille is careful with her words and protective of her heart, especially since Chicago. Then a new boy in her new town catches her off guard with a surprise kiss.  Too bad that new boy is Becca’s boyfriend, Alec.  Camille and Becca have never met, but their lives will unravel and intertwine in surprising ways as they deal with what happens after the kiss.

Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski

After accidentally dropping her cell phone into a fountain at the mall, fourteen-year-old Devi Banks starts to get phone calls–and an earful of advice on how to live her life to avoid making disastrous choices–from her seventeen-year-old self.

As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins

A teenaged boy encounters one comedic calamity after another when his train strands him in the middle of nowhere, and everything comes down to luck.

The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

In 1943, in a seaside town where their family has gone to be safe from war, thirteen-year-old Max Carver and sister, fifteen-year-old Alicia, with new friend Roland, face off against an evil magician who is striving to complete a bargain made before he died.

Thief Eyes by Janni Lee Simner

Haley’s mother disappeared while on a trip to Iceland, and a year later, when her father takes her there to find out what happened, Haley finds herself deeply involved in an ancient saga that began with her Nordic ancestors.

Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Sixteen-year-old Aura of Baltimore, Maryland, reluctantly works at her aunt’s law firm helping ghosts with wrongful death cases file suits in hopes of moving on, but it becomes personal when her boyfriend, a promising musician, dies and persistently haunts her.

Checkered Flag Cheater by Will Weaver

Sequel to Super Stock Rookie

Trace Bonham, a teenaged professional stock car racer, blows away the competition wherever he races, but with every victory Trace is increasingly aware that his winning is due to more than just his driving skills.


New Books First Week of May

April 29, 2010

Just so you all know, I will now be putting the new books up once a week.

Click on the book cover to put a book on hold.

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

In a futuristic world, teenaged, Nailer, scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.

The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy

After winning a coveted spot on the high school cheerleading squad, sixteen-year-old newcomer, Jess Parker, is still treated as an “outsider” by the majority of the student body thanks to the harassment campaign led by the popular cheerleader she displaced.

Sebastian Darke: Prince of Explorers by Philip Caveney

Third book in the Sebastian Darke Series

Sebastian and his companions are hired by a rich merchant to seek out the legendary lost city of Mendip, a quest that is challenged by fierce jungle tribes, warrior beasts, and the pleas of a beautiful girl.

The Reason by Marley Gibson

Ghost Huntress Book 3

It’s not every day that you have a premonition of your own demise. But two months after Kendall Moorehead had that dream or vision or whatever it was that showed her death, all is well in her world. Maybe some cosmic wires got crossed. Then Kendall gets a request from the mayor of Radisson, Georgia, to investigate the mayor’s manor. Emily and Loreen warn against it : this spirit is dangerous. But not even they can see just how dangerous.

Comeback by Vicki Grant

Ria’s dad is charming, happy-go-lucky, and rich. Too bad Ria is stuck living with her mother, who works hard, worries about money, and is usually tired and cranky. Her father shows up unexpectedly in a 1962 LeSabre and, in a grandiose gesture, hands the keys to his daughter’s boyfriend. Ria decides to tell her parents that it would be so much better for everyone if she lived with her dad. But then his plane is reported down, in an assumed suicide. What is worse is that Ria’s beloved father is now much maligned; apparently he was swindling his customers. In denial and in defense of him, Ria runs away with her brother in tow.

The Alpha Bet by Stephanie Hale

Grace Kelly Cook, a self-proclaimed “science geek,” starts college by allowing her roommate to help with a makeover, kissing a cute boy, and pledging a sorority, but she fears what will happen when others learn that she lied about her family connections and is only sixteen.

So Over My Head by Jenny B. Jones

Oklahoma seventeen-year-old Bella Kirkwood wages a full-scale war to win Luke back from his ex-girlfriend, tries to save her father from a diva with shady motives, and investigates the disappearance of a murdering magician.

The Carbon Diaries 2017 by Saci Lloyd

Sequel to The Carbon Diaries

In 2017, two years after England introduces carbon dioxide rationing to combat climatic change, eighteen-year-old Laura chronicles her first year at a London university as natural disasters and political upheaval disrupt her studies.

Conspiracy 365: May by Gabrielle Lord

On New Year’s Eve, 15-year-old Callum Ormond is chased down the street by a staggering, sick man with a deadly warning, “They killed your father. They’ll kill you. You must survive the next 365 days”. Hurled into a life on the run, with a price on his head, the fugitive is isolated and alone. Hunted by the law and ruthless criminals, Cal must somehow uncover the truth about his father’s mysterious death and a history-changing secret. 12 books, 12 months.

My Boyfriends’ Dogs: Tales of Adam and Eve by Dandi Daley Mackall

When high school senior Bailey Daley shows up at a St. Louis diner soaking wet in the middle of a rainy night, wearing her prom dress and leading three dogs, the owner invites her in to tell her story of searching in vain for the perfect boyfriend.

Sources of Light by Margaret McMullan

Fourteen-year-old Samantha and her mother move to Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962 after her father is killed in Vietnam, and during the year they spend there Sam encounters both love and hate as she learns about photography from a new friend of her mother’s and witnesses the prejudice and violence of the segregationists of the South.

Vulture’s Wake by Kirsty Murray

In a future Australia, Callum, a kidnapped boy, and Bo, perhaps the only female survivor of a bird virus, travel through a lawless, battle-ridden landscape as Callum seeks his fathers and Bo tries to find a place to belong.

A Golden Web by Barbara Quick

In fourteenth-century Bologna, Alessandra Giliani, a brilliant young girl, defies convention and risks death in order to attend medical school at the university so that she can study anatomy.

Sorta Like a Rockstar by Matthew Quick

Although seventeen-year-old Amber Appleton is homeless, living in a school bus with her unfit mother, she is a relentless optimist who visits the elderly at a nursing home, teaches English to Korean Catholic women with the use of rhythm and blues music, and befriends a solitary Vietnam veteran and his dog, but eventually she experiences one burden more than she can bear and slips into a deep depression.

Three Rivers Rising by Jame Richards

Sixteen-year-old Celestia is a wealthy member of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, where she meets and falls in love with Peter, a hired hand who lives in the valley below, and by the time of the torrential rains that lead to the disastrous Johnstown flood of 1889, she has been disowned by her family and is staying with him in Johnstown.

Possessing Jessie by Nancy Springer

High school senior Jessie, blaming herself for her selfish, manipulative brother Jason’s death, tries to comfort her bereft mother by dressing and talking like him, but soon his spirit is taking over her life, while Jessie’s best friend Alisha desperately tries to save her.

Flirting With Disaster by Rhonda Stapleton

Stupid Cupid novel #2

Matchmaker…or heartbreaker? Felicity is a total romantic. That’s why she follows her heart–not the rules–in her job as cupid. But when Felicity turns her matchmaking magic on her best friend, Andy, it’s Andy who breaks their golden rule: Friends always come first. Andy is so wrapped up in her new guy that she’s ditching everyone else. How can Felicity stop her BFF from letting a BF come between them? Meanwhile, Felicity decides to get over her crush on Derek by setting him up with someone else–but in her impulsive haste, she accidentally matches him with the whole school, and now everyone is in love with him. The entire student body is headed toward heartbreak, just weeks before prom. Does Felicity have what it takes to make everyone’s heart happy…including her own?

Raven Speak by Diane L. Wilson

In 854, the bold fourteen-year-old daughter of a Viking chieftain, aided by her old and thin but equally intrepid horse and an ancient, one-eyed seer, must find a way to keep her clan together and save them from starvation.


My Castle Rock Teen Writing Contest Winners

April 25, 2010

The judges deliberated for over an hour. It was tough to choose their favorites because we had so many excellent entries. In the end they narrowed it down to the top three entries. The winners of the contest will receive a ribbon, a gift card for Borders book store (courtesy of the Best Buy Grant), and a free pass to the Douglas County Writers Conference on October 10, 2010 (courtesy of the Douglas County Library Foundation).

1st Place goes to Entry 8 – The Old Fence by Abby McFadden. Abby is 12 years old. Her writing style, topic, and amazing imagery wowed the judges as well as the online voters. Abby not only won the judges vote, but she overwhelmingly won the popular vote.

2nd Place goes to Entry 5 – Vampire in Castle Rock by Deborah Enoch. Deborah is 16 and is a member of the Young Writers Guild here at the library. Her use of suspense and her incorporation of Castle Rock’s most recognizable landmark made this story a winner.

3rd Place goes to Entry 7 – My Balloon’s Castle Rock Adventure by Erin Zellers. Erin is 12 years old. Her ability to rhyme while incorporating Castle Rock landmarks impressed the judges and the online voters. This poem won 2nd place in the popular vote.

Congratulations to all of the winners and to all of the teens who entered the contest. You all did an amazing job. All of the teens who entered will receive a critique from the judges. I would like to thank our judges: Caroline Stutson, Jessica Swaim, Jeff Crosby, and Shelly Ann Jackson. They gave of their time and expertise and we all appreciate it.


Yoga and Smoothies

April 22, 2010

Join us May 19th at 5pm for a Yoga Session with smoothies to follow.

Wear workout clothes and bring a towel or mat.

Learn how to do some relaxing, stretching and strengthening yoga poses that will make you feel better inside and out.