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Teen Winter Reading Club Grand Prize Winners

February was Winter Reading at Hancock County Public Library. Like past years, we had 4 grand prizes that are given to drawing winners. This year we created even more chances to win by giving away weekly prizes to those who registered.

And this year’s Teen Winter Reading Club Grand Prize Winners were………

Alaina Ankney

Cordelia Wagar

Gavin Sims

Austin Chandler

Congratulations guys!

Weren’t very lucky during Winter Reading? Look out for 2018 Summer Reading which has even more chances to win!

2018 Battle of the Books

Every year, Hancock County Public Library’s Teen Services hosts Battle of the Books. Schools from around the county are invited to form a team of 8th and 9th graders to participate in a trivia-style competition that covers 10 books that are chosen by the Teen Services Librarian.

 
If your team wins Battle, bragging rights will not be the only prize you take home. The winning team gets to take the traveling Battle of the Books trophy to keep until next year. Also, each team member’s name will be etched on a plate that will be added to the Teen Room Battle of the Books plaque. In addition, each member of the winning team will also get to take home a gift card and a prize book.

 
This year’s competition will be held on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018. If you are currently in 8th or 9th grade and are interested in participating, either contact the Teen Services Librarian through the Teen Services contact form or talk to your school’s Battle of the Book coach.

 

2018 Battle Books

The Time Museum by Matthew Loux

The Time Museum by Matthew Loux

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

 

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee

Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

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!