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

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

 The Summer Reading Club has ended but that doesn't mean you have to stop reading!  With three weeks left of summer vacation there is still plenty of time to get in at least one more book.  Take a look at what has been recently added to the collection:

The Upside of Unrequited / Becky Albertelli
Avoiding relationships to protect her sensitive heart, plus-sized Molly supports her once-cynical twin, Cassie, when the latter has her out bout of lovesickness, a situation that is complicated by sibling dynamics and an unexpected romantic triangle. 


A wealthy dual citizen of Mexico and the United States rebels against his family's strict plans for his future in the aftermath of his older brother's tragic death, an event that compels him to secure a job with his favorite celebrity chef, a relationship that becomes complicated when he falls for his boss's daughter.

A high-action whodunit set in the age of social media finds Alexandria Prep senior Anna struggling with loneliness after being dumped by her boyfriend, a situation that is complicated by a mysterious culprit's efforts to hack messages and leak embarrassing photos of the school's popular kids.

In an alternate version of present-day Manhattan, magic is dying, and Esta, a Mageus with a talent for manipulating time, travels back to 1901 to stop the destruction of a book that can possibly restore magic, but in Old New York, Esta must navigate gangs, secret societies, and her feelings for another magician in order to save the future of magic.

The Unlikelies / Carrie Firestone
Sadie Sullivan's pre-senior year summer changes for the better when she and four other teens band together to right local wrongs, but the Unlikelies and their heady new friendships soon face obstacles that could tear them apart.

Dylan, a teen in remission from cancer, embarks on a mysterious ocean adventure in the hope of making a connection with Arden, his online best friend, who is secretly discovering the gender identity her father refuses to acknowledge.

Refugee / Alan Gratz
Although separated by continents and decades, Josef, a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany; Isabel, a Cuban girl trying to escape the riots and unrest plaguing her country in 1994; and Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015 whose homeland is torn apart by violence and destruction, embark on harrowing journeys in search of refuge, discovering shocking connections that tie their stories together.

Tom Grendel lives a quiet life - writing in his notebooks, mowing lawns for his elderly neighbors and pining for Willow, a girl next door who rejects the "manic-pixie-dream" label. But when Willow's brother, Rex (the bro-iest bro to ever don a jockstrap), starts throwing wild parties, the idyllic senior citizens' community where they live is transformed into a war zone. Tom is rightfully pissed - hid dad is an Iraq vet, and the noise from the parties triggers his PTSD - so he comes up with a plan to end the parties for good.

After eight years of separation childhood best friends are reunited. One is studying to be a professional ballerina, the other has a rare disease that is rapidly taking its toll. 

A simple mountain hike in Northern California turns deadly for a group of high school students, one of whom has killed before.

When her perfectly planned summer of quality time with her parents, her serious boyfriend, and her Bible camp unravels and long-hidden family secrets emerge, Lucy must figure out what she is made of and what grace really means.

When Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel meet at a Stanford University summer program, Dimple is avoiding her parents' obsession with "marriage prospects" but Rishi hopes to woo her into accepting an arranged marriage with him.

When the creator of the high school gossip app mysteriously dies in front of four high-profile students all four become suspects. It's up to them to solve the case.

A studious girl and quiet, straight-A boy start a controversial podcast together that challenges their courage and forces them to confront issues in the form of backlash and censorship.

Thirteen-year-old Felix Yz chronicles the final month before an experimental procedure meant to separate him from the fourth-dimensional creature, Zyx, with whom he was accidentally fused as a child.

Adam is a recently diagnosed schizophrenic and journals to his therapist about his family, friends and first loves as he undergoes a new drug trial for the mental illness that allows him to keep his secret for only so long.

When fourteen-year-old Sam Walsh returns home after three years in the custody of a kidnapper, his older sister Beth and childhood friend Josh must deal with survivors' guilt, their memories of what really happened the day Sam disappeared, and with the fact that Sam is not the boy they remember, but a troubled teen struggling to re-adapt to normal life.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Don't miss out!

There is one week left to participate in the Summer Reading Club and voting for the Photography Contest.

Make sure to stop by the library to report on the books you've read and cast a vote for your favorite photo in the Teen Bistro.

Both end at 6pm on Friday, August 11, 2017.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Third Annual EIPL Comic Con

Saturday, July 29, 2017, 9:30am - 4:15pm (check-in begins at 9:15am) 

The entire family is invited to attend programs and events throughout the library. All are encouraged to wear their favorite costume.  Special Guest, Marvel & DC Artist, John Stanisci will talk about his work and give a demonstration.  There will be popcorn, giveaways, Big Eye Makeup, drawing, drop-in crafts, a photo booth, green screen, TV shorts, a scavenger hunt, Minecraft, Wii, an all ages costume contest and much more.  We'll have a visit from the Star Wars Storm Troopers of the 501st Legion-Empire City Garrison along with a visit from The Saber Guild, Endor Temple.  Though there is no registration necessary for the day, there are several programs for which you must register; those programs have a code next to them.

Family Scavenger Hunt: 9:30am - 4:00pm, children
Visit the Coloring Station in the Reading Room
Visit the Photo Booth and enter to win a poster of yourself: 9:30am - 4:00pm
Stranger Things Breakfast: 9:30am - 10:00am, any age EIA214
Visit with Darth Vader and friends from the 501st Legion-Empire City Garrison: 10:00am - 11:30am
Blast Darth Vader and Storm Troopers with your own Nerf weapon: 11:00am
Play Board Games, grades 7-12 and adults: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Children, create a Drop-in Craft: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Play Comic Con Bingo, grades 1-4: 10:15am - 10:45am
Star Wars Drawing, grades 3-6: 10:00am - 11:00am EIJ570
Learn about the Creation of Star Wars, all ages, children under 10 with adult: 10:00am - 11:00am
Manga Big Eye Makeup, any age: 10:30am - 11:30am
Star Wars shootout: 11:00am
Fan Film instruction, grades 5 and up: 11:00am - 11:45am
SPECIAL GUEST, Drawing Superhero Basics with John Stanisci, ages 8 and up: 11:15am - 12:15pm
Green Screen Photos, all ages: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Teen Kawaii Drop-in Craft, grades 7-12, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Participate in the Costume Contest, all ages, register at front table: 12:15pm - 12:45pm
Attend the Wizard Academy, ages 4 and up with an adult: 12:45pm - 1:30pm 
Submerse yourself in Virtual Reality, grades 6 and up, call library to register: 1:15pm - 3:15pm
Watch TV Batman & Star Trek Shorts, all ages, under 10 with adult: 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Participate in the Teen Wii Tournament, grades 7-12: 2:45pm - 3:45pm EIY774

Make sure to take pictures when you're here and share them with our Facebook page!

Friday, July 14, 2017

 Enter our 9th Annual Young Adult Photography Contest!

Submit one or two 8" x 10" photo(s) by 9pm on Thursday, July 27, 2017.  Photos may be color or black and white and of any appropriate subject.  Please do not submit mounted or framed photos.

Photos will be hung in the Teen Bistro from Friday, July 28 through Friday, August 11, 2017.  During this time you and your peers may vote on your favorite photo.  The winner will be announced on Monday, August 12, 2017, and the photo will be permanently hung in our Teen Bistro.

Click here for entry form and rules.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017