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Attention Teen Writers: Peculiar Writing Contest

Attention all writers! Ransom Riggs, author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, has opened a writing contest where the winner will receive a writing workshop led by the author himself for their library or classroom. If you are interested, learn more at


Also, don’t miss out on the latest installment of the Miss Peregrines’s Home for Peculiar Children series, A Map of Days.


Banned Books Week 2018

This week you will notice the library putting out “banned books.” This is for Banned Books Week, which is celebrated annually to bring awareness to censorship that not only happened historically but is still happening today.

Banned Books Week is to celebrate our right to decide what we want to read. While it is becoming less common for books to be banned from schools and libraries, books are still challenged every year. When books are banned from institutions, it limits many people’s freedom to choose for themselves. Below is a list of the top 10 books that were challenged, and possibly banned, last year according to the American Library Association:

Thirteen Reasons Why written by Jay Asher

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian written by Sherman Alexie

Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier

The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini

George written by Alex Gino

Sex is a Funny Word written by Cory Silverberg and illustrated by Fiona Smyth

To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee

The Hate U Give written by Angie Thomas

And Tango Makes Three written by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson and illustrated by Henry Cole

I Am Jazz written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas

For the reasons behind the challenging of these books and to get top ten challenged books of previous years, check out the American Library Association’s webpage on Banned Books.

Support your right to read by checking out some of these “banned” books!

Teen Summer Reading Club Winners

Summer Reading Club 2018 has ended. That means that books are all logged and grand prize winners have been drawn.

Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winners!

Hudson Maguire
Taylor Kline
Benjamin Mast
Emma Snyder
Emma Jensen
Autumn Wood
Brodie Stout
Audra Bloomer
Joseph Von Essen
Carter Jensen

More Prizes throughout the Summer

While you were all reading for chances to win your favorite grand prize, you had other opportunities to win throughout the summer. Between June 1st and August 1st, the Teen Summer Reading club gave away over 40 prizes. Here are some of those winners.

Top Five Readers

Together, you all logged 4,227 books, which is 92 more books than last year. However, these five readers were the ones who logged the most.

Savanna Whisman – 172 books logged
Melanie Williams – 115 books logged
Caleb Curry – 103 books logged
Keagan Rennier – 98 books logged
Annalese Schrank – 78 books logged

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean the library fun stops! Check out our events page for fun programs throughout the year and be on the lookout for Teen Winter Reading Club coming in February 2019, where there will be more prizes to win!

2017 – 2018 Eliot Rosewater Book Award Winner

In May, The Eliot Rosiewater Book Award (a.k.a. Rosie Award) winner is announced. This year’s winner is Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon.

The honor books for this year were Simon vs. the Homosapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli and Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

What is the Eliot Rosewater Book Award?

The Eliot Rosewater Award (a.k.a. the Rosie Award) is given to a book that is chosen by Indiana High School Students. Indiana students grades 9 through 12 read the nominated book and then rate them. The ratings are tabulated in May and the winner is announced.

If you would like to rate books for next year’s Rosie Award, the list of 2018-2019 nominated Rosie books are below.

2018-2019 Rosie Book list:

All We Have Left

The Assassin Game

The Boy in the Black Suit

Burn Baby Burn

Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose

Death Coming Up the Hill

Denton Little’s Deathdate


Girl in the Blue Coat

Highly Illogical Behavior

I Will Always Write Back

A List of Cages

A Madness So Discreet

One Paris Summer


Saving Red

The Serpent King


The Sun is also a Star

Superman: American Alien


Taking Flight

Three Dark Crowns

The Way I Used to Be

We’ll Never Be Apart

Christopher Hinchcliffe

On May 24, 2018 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm, Christopher Hinchcliffe, author of Chasing Checkers, will be visiting the library. He will talk about his book and will even have time for questions and a book signing. It is an author visit for readers, aspiring authors, and race fans alike.

If you haven’t checked out Chasing Checkers, you should. It is about Teddy “Chex” Clark, who is a Canadian teen that has just gotten a huge break towards his dream of being a Formula One driver.


If you are at all interested in racing, this is the book for you. The parts of the book that cover what it is like to be racing is extremely accurate.

James Hinchcliffe

It should be, as Hinchcliffe has a really good source to draw from: his brother, Indy Car racer and Dancing with the Stars contestant, James Hinchcliffe. By the end of the book, you will not only be wanting the next book in the series (which he has been working on), but you will also be looking up “How to become a race car driver” on Google.

Don’t know much about racing? Neither did I! However, Hinchcliffe does an amazing job of explaining racing jargon and concepts. The best part is that he flawlessly mixes it into the novel instead of halting the story with boring paragraphs dryly explaining. So no previous knowledge needed!

Check out Chasing Checkers and check out Christopher Hinchcliffe on May 24th at the Hancock County Public Library.