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National Novel Writing Month

In case you didn’t know, today is the start of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). It is during this time when people challenge themselves to write a 50,000 word novel.

Some of your favorite YA authors have participated in NaNoWriMo and have written the first draft of what would become some of your favorite books.

 

How do I participate in NanoWriMo?

If you are a writer, or just like a challenge, you should try to write your own NaNoWriMo novel. You can do it by yourself or you can become a part of the NaNoWriMo community. All you have to do is sign-up for free using an email address at nanowrimo.org.

 
Not only can you track your word counts and get support from other NaNoWriMo participants, but you can also find great resources to help you through this challenge.

 

The Library is rooting for you

We are excited to help you with this amazing feat. Every Wednesday of November from 4pm to 5pm we will be opening the computer lab for anyone who is participating in NaNoWriMo.

 
Also, don’t forget that the library is full of awesome resources  to help get you started or get you through the rough patches.

Good luck!

June is LGBTQ Pride Month

Celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month by reading one of these YA fiction books!

 Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

 

 

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

 

 

More Happy than Not

 

 

Two Boys Kissing

 

 

 

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

 

 

 

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

 

 

 

 Boy Meets Boy

 

 

 

One Man Guy

 

 

 

Openly Straight

 

 

 

Ask the Passengers

 

 

 

Hero

 

 

 

Keeping You a Secret

 

 

 

I’ll Give You the Sun

 

 

 

Everything Leads to You

 

 

 

The Geography Club

 

 

Carry On

 

 

Annie on My Mind

 

 

 

I am J

 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

 

 

Rainbow Boys

 

 

 

We are the Ants

 

 

 

Of Fire and Stars

 

 

 

Parrotfish

 

 

 

The God Box

 

 

 

If I Was Your Girl

 

 

History is All You Left Me

 

 

 

Highly Illogical Behavior

 

 

 

The Porcupine of Truth

 

 

 

The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley

 

 

 

Fan Art

 

 

 

Am I Blue?

 

 

 

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children

 

 

 

The Difference Between You and Me

 

 

 

Empress of the World

 

 

Ash

 

 

 

The Upside of Unrequited

 

 

 

 

 

Reading Without Walls Challenge

In January 2016, Gene Luen Yang was appointed the fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. For his platform, he started the Reading Without Walls Challenge.

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The Reading Without Walls Challenge is super easy. Gene Luen Yang just wants you to read one book that  fits these three criteria:

When you have complete the challenge, take a picture of yourself with the book (or just the book) and share it on social media with the hashtag #ReadingWithoutWalls.

 

Now I would not issue a challenge if I would not complete it myself. So I read a book that actually fits all three criteria (because I am apparently an overachiever). I read Ronit and Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin, which is a modern day Romeo and Juliet with an Israeli girl and a Pakistani boy. It is written in verse and touches on the conflict between the Israelis and Pakistanis frequently. It was moving, beautiful, and entirely different from what I normally read.

 

If you are interested in this challenge but don’t know what book to read, come visit us at the library and ask us at the desk!

May the Fourth be with you

May 4th is Star Wars day! If you are a fan, I am sure you know that the library has a lot of Star Wars materials. Don’t miss out! Click on the heading and check out some of these items to celebrate!

 

 

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Top 10 Hidden Gems of the YA Nonfiction Section

In our YA nonfiction section, the normal types of books reside there. SAT prep workbooks, American history books, informational books with a bunch of statistics, sports, poems, ect. However, our YA section has some really unexpected books as well.

1. 100 Cats Who Changed Civilization

 

Until you have at least flipped through this book, you will have no idea how many important felines have existed in history. From the cat who helped Isaac Newton invent the cat door to the cat who became the first feline internet phenomenon, it covers it all. Amaze your friends with your weird cat knowledge.

 

 

 

2. Historical Heartthrobs

 

Sure, when asked who your celebrity crush is you can be normal and say Zayn Malik or Selena Gomez, but so many others have these fleeting celebrities as crushes. Find a new crush that has withstood the test of time in this book.

 

 

 

3. Fad Mania

 

From the Charleston to Silly Bandz, America has gone through some insane crazes. Learn about them all in this fun book. Impress others with your immense knowledge of popular culture through the ages.

 

 

 

4. Danger!

 

Ever think of how dangerous the world is? If you haven’t this book will tell you. 187 pages of danger await you between the covers. Try not to become agoraphobic.

 

 

 

5. Vargic’s Miscellany of Curious Maps

 

I bet you could guess what stereotype is most associated with Indiana but do you know the stereotypes associated with India or Canada? Ever guess what a map of video games would look like or the internet? Ever wonder how America was in compared to other countries when it comes to things like Miss World Winners, Speed limits, or Lightning fatalities? This book has it all. See your world in a different way.

 

 

 

6. Bad Girls

 

We have all heard the saying “Well behaved women rarely make history.” This book is full of women who are the basis of that phrase. Through cheeky writing and colorful illustrations, learn about some of the most infamous (and interesting) women in history.

 

 

 

 

7. The Elements

 

View the Table of Elements in a new way through beautiful photographs. Not only is this filled with information that will aid in a report that would make your science teacher swoon but it is also filled with amazing photographs of the elements. You have never thought the elements that make up the universe were this beautiful until after this book.

 

 

 

 

8. Oval Office Oddities

 

I am sure all those books outlining the life and career of our presidents are very interesting but I bet they don’t fill you in on these interesting tidbits of some of the most influential men in history. This book promises to give you peculiarities, firsts, and pets. It even lets you in on the first ladies and the president’s pets.

 

 

 

 

9. Last of the Giants

 

Lions, Tigers, and Bears! Learn about 13 huge creatures of the ancient world and how they became extinct. You will never look at modern day lions, tigers, or bears again after reading about their ginormous ancestors.

 

 

 

 

 

10. How They Croaked

 

For the morbidly curious, this book is the best treat. It tells you how some of the most famous people in history met their ultimate demise.

 

 

 

 

 

Find your own Hidden Gems in YA Nonfiction in the HCPL Teen Room!