Thursday, November 16, 2017

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Teens' Top Ten

2017 Teens' Top Ten Announced!

Teens around the country picked these ten books as their favorites: 

Check one out today!

Kurt Dinan
Think of all the pranks you have ever wanted to pull.  The pranks in this story will top your wildest dreams. Don't Get Caught is the story of a competition between two teams of pranksters. The new kids on the block vs. the anonymous Chaos Club. In this war, cunningness and lots of luck will be the way to victory. Let the pranks begin!

Neal Shusterman
Humanity has overcome hunger, disease, war and even death. Now only Scythes can take life. What will happen to Citra and Rowan when they are chosen to be Scythe apprentices? Follow them as they struggle with their task and morality.

Nicola Yoon
Natasha and Daniel are polar opposites - Tasha believes in reason, science and things that can be proven. Daniel is a poet at heart and believes in Fate, the "meant to be," and true love. When circumstances beyond their control force them together, they have exactly one day - one day to stop Tasha's family from being deported, one day for Daniel to realize that doing what's expected of you doesn't mean you should do it. And above all else, one day to fall in love.  

Cassandra Clare
It's been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman who just wants to prove that her parents weren't killed by Sebastian in the Dark War. Now she has the chance to do just that, and get Mark back from the wild hunt.

Marieke Nijkamp
Four students, all connected in one way or another, speak from their perspective over a terrifying 54 minutes when, after a school-wide assembly, the auditorium doors won't open and someone begins shooting.

Marissa Meyer
The infamous line "Off with his head!" made her a terror in Wonderland. But before that she was just a girl with a dream, who fell in love. In this curious prequel inspired by Lewis Carroll's famous Alice in Wonderland, Meyer's tale of eccentricity, phenomenon and ultimately, ruination will keep you on the edge of your seat as you realize how Cath led her life to become the Queen of Hearts.

Kasie West
Music has the power to bring people together. When Lily writes a lyric of her favorite indie band on her desk, someone else responds. Lily and her mysterious friend seem to get closer and closer through their anonymous notes. What happens when she finds the true author of the notes?

Jenna Evans Welch
After the death of her mother, Lina goes to visit Italy at her mother's wish, as she'd lived in Italy for part of her life and loved it immensely. While in Italy, Lina discovers some well-kept secrets about her mother's life there and Lina's mysteriously absent father.

Leopoldo Gout
Dive into a new type of teen-genius novel as Gout pulls you into a roller-coaster of a plot. Hilarious and smart, Cai, Tunde and Rex show readers what the next generation of innovation looks like.

Meredith Russo
When Amanda moves to Lambertville, Kentucy after a string of bullying incidents led her to attempt suicide all she wants is to lead a normal life, make friends, and generally be happy for once. All of this seems possible until she meets Grant, who causes her to let down the walls around her heart. But the problem is that Amanda's past is haunting her. And in her past, she wasn't Amanda, she was Andrew.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

The mission of The Great Give Back is to provide a day of volunteer opportunities for the patrons of Suffolk County to participate in meaningful, service-oriented experiences.

12:00pm - 1:00pm: Assemble items to be given out with Thanksgiving baskets by St. Mary's Outreach program.

2:15pm - 3:30pm: Work with the EIPL Knitting & Crocheting Club to create decorative pom-poms that will be attached to winter hats of all sizes and donated to residents in need.

These volunteer opportunities are open to those in grades 7 through adults; you may participate in these events in addition to the limited three regular opportunities.  Register at the Reference Desk.  Call 631-581-9200 x5 today!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week
September 24 - September 30, 2017

Banned Books Week, celebrated annually, promotes and highlights the value of free and open access to information and the freedom to read  Everyone in the entire book community - librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers and readers - is brought together in the shared support o f the freedom to seek and express ideas.

To continue to raise awareness about the harms of censorship and the freedom to read, the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom publishes an annual list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books; and young adult books are not immune.

Here are some young adult books that have been challenged over the years (click on book jacket to check collection availability):
This One Summer
Mariko Tamaki
Rose and her parents have been going to Awago Beach since she was a little girl. It's her summer getaway, her refuge. Her friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting, and Rose and Windy have gotten tangled up in a tragedy-in-the-making in the small town of Awago Beach.
Reasons for Challenge: inclusion of LGBT characters, drug use and profanity, considered sexually explicit with mature themes.
Raina Telgemeier
Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school's production of Moon Over Mississippi, she's a terrible singer. Instead she's the set designer for the stage crew. But how can she do a good job when she doesn't know much about carpentry? Not to mention the onstage and offstage drama causes major craziness!
Reasons for Challenge: inclusion of LGBT characters, deemed sexually explicit and considered to have an offensive political viewpoint.
Two Boys Kissing
David Levithan
Based on true events, this is the story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32 hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record.
Reasons for Challenge: use of cover image of two boys kissing, considered to include sexually explicit LGBT content.
Looking for Alaska
John Green
Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.
Reasons for Challenge: inclusion of sexually explicit scene that may lead a student to "sexual experimentation."
Eleanor & Park
Rainbow Rowell
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits - smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
Reasons for Challenge: use of offensive language.
Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Sherman Alexie
Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
Reasons for Challenge: anti-family, cultural insensitivity, sex education, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language and "depictions of bullying."
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky
In a thought-provoking coming-of-age novel, Charlie struggles to cope with a complex world of high school as he deals with the confusions of sex and love, the temptations of drugs, and the pain of losing a close friend and a favorite aunt.
Reasons for Challenge: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group.
 Thirteen Reasons Why
Jay Asher
When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.
Reasons for Challenge: drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group.
The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins
In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.
Reasons for Challenge: anti-ethnic, anti-family, insensitive, offensive language, occult/satanic, violent.
 What My Mother Doesn't Know
Sonya Sones
 Sophie describes her relationships with a series of boys as she searches for Mr. Right.
Reasons for Challenge: nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Teens' Top Ten

A teen choice list created by members of teen books groups around the country.  Readers ages 12 - 18 may vote online until October 14, 2017.  The winners will be announced the week after.

 And the nominees are:

 Click here to view an annotated list of the nominees