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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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Graphic Novels

 

Nonfiction

 

DVDs

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!

Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month by reading books written by these African American authors!

 

Jaime Adoff 

JaimeAdoff

 

Coe Booth

CoeBooth

 

Christopher Paul Curtis

ChristopherPaulCurtis

Tanina S. Davis

TanitaSDavis

 

Sharon M. Draper

SharonMDraper

Sharon Flake

SharonFlake

Lamar Giles

LamarGiles

Nikki Grimes

NikkiGrimes

Angela Johnson

AngelaJohnson

Varian Johnson

VarianJohnson

Julius Lester

JuliusLester

Walter Dean Myers

WalterDeanMyers

Sherri L. Smith

SherriLSmith

Brian F. Walker

BrianFWalker

Jacqueline Woodson

JacquelineWoodson

 

Ed Cho and Lee Cherolis Give Us Recommendations

Lee Cherolis & Ed Cho

Lee Cherolis & Ed Cho

Little Guardians, Book 3: Tane and the Spirit Dragon

Little Guardians, Book 3: Tane and the Spirit Dragon

During our YA Author Festival on September 10th, nine authors, including the creators of Little Guardians, Ed Cho and Lee Cherolis, joined us for panels, workshops, hang out sessions, book signings and a trivia contest. Ed and Lee make great trivia judges, in case you were wondering.
Not only did we ask them to tell us about the process of creating Little Guardians, but we also asked them to pull their favorite books from our collection!

 

After you read our copies of the Little Guardians, check out the creators’ favorites while you wait for their third book to hit our shelves!

 

 

Recommendations:

Bad Machinery by John Allison

Maus: a Survivor’s Tale by Art Spiegelman

Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson

Bone by Jeff Smith

Cardboard by Doug TenNapel

Astronaut Academy, Zero Gravity by Dave Roman

Scott Pilgrim by Scott O’Malley

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Battling Boy by Paul Pope

 

If you still can’t get enough of Little Guardians, check out their website!