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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!

Teen Summer Reading Club 2017

Guys, it is that wonderful time again. School is ending, the sun is coming out, and Teen Summer Reading Club is starting!

This year you don’t even have to wait to register for our Summer Reading Club. You can register right now!

The Club

  • For those going into 6th grade to 19 years old
  • Officially starts May 31st and ends August 1st
  • Earn 1 ticket for every book you log. Each ticket can be put in a prize box of your choice.
  • After logging 5 books, you get a free book to keep.
  • Print books, graphic novels, magazines, ebooks, audiobooks, and 10 children’s books can all be logged.
  • Drawings for prizes will take place on August 2nd. Prizes must be picked up by August 10th

 

The Prizes

 

The Programs

This year’s theme is “Build a Better World” so there will be many programs that revolve around that theme.

Some of the programs we have lined up for you are:

You can register right now by clicking on the links!

 

The Volunteer Opportunities

Building a Better World can also mean helping others, which is why we are having some programs where you can earn service hours.

Teens Read the Way: You can help children (age 3 to grade 5) keep their reading skills over the summer by reading with them and doing activities each week. At the end of the 6 weeks, those who volunteered will not only receive signed volunteer service hour letters but also a reward party with pizza and a movie.

Make Hospital Pillow Cases for Kids: Make fun pillow cases for kids in Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent. Not only will it be fun and bring some joy to a kid, but it will also earn you service time and you get to learn some basic sewing.

 

 

So come join us over the summer for fun programs, reading, and prizes!

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

Books in Verse

Verse is not just for short poems and sonnets, it’s for novels too. Try something new and read these books that are entirely in verse!

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!