This is the blog for the Hancock County Public Library teens (6th grade - age 19). Check it for news, information and more!

Xbox, Wii, Twister, checkers, snacks, and you! Join us for Teen/Tween Gaming from 4-6pm in the Community Rooms @ our Main branch TODAY (4/22). Show us your inner Rock Band rockstar, Mario Kart expertise, or school me (Sarah) in chess! We’re just here to have fun so feel free to bring your A, B, C, or D game – Any way you bring it:


Sarah, currently reading The Glass Casket by McCormick Templeman and watching Tiger & Bunny Set 1



Yes, nothing is more typical than a poet hanging out in a cafe – So we’re celebrating National Poetry Month by giving you YA Cafe! Come in and create your favorite cafe beverages with the help of me, your former-barista-now-Teen Librarian. You can make lattes, caramel macchiatos, chai teas, etc. – Or make up your own concoction!

After you make your drinks we’ll have games set out and pencils for drawing or writing. Bring in a book to read or friends to chat with while you relax. I’m also going to give you the opportunity to create poems using book spines like this:


(Jaws theme anyone?!)

See you at the cafe!

Sarah – Reading Why We Took the Car, by Wolfgang Herrndorf


We’ve put the Teen Department on Twitter, HCPL peeps!

Follow me @HCPLibraryTeens!

Tweet you later!

Sarah, currently reading Manor of Secrets, by Katherine Longshore

Paper Towns has been given the green light for the silver screen!!!




For now, we can enjoy the fact that we only have to wait about 3 months before The Fault in Our Stars is released to a theater near you! :)


Sarah – Currently watching Kids on the Slope & reading Firecracker, by David Iserson

Our 1st ever Anime & Manga Club gathering starts today! 4-5:30 pm in Community Room B!

Join our group today in Community Room B from 4-5:30 and grab Japanese snacks while we decide on what anime to watch for the day. I have new manga series and anime cartoons which I will be unveiling during our club – All of which will be available to checkout and take home at the end! Make a paper fan or draw your favorite anime character while we watch cartoons and read manga.



We’ll vote on what activities, anime, and snacks we have for our next club. AND I have a kick-off prize to giveaway to one lucky club member:)

Grab a friend and come join fellow Otaku for Anime & Manga Club!!!

See you there!

Sarah, reading Bunny Drop Vol.8 by Yumi Unita


This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales is a book for anyone who’s ever struggled with fitting in, feeling like an outsider, or pursing your true passions because it might not “be cool.” Sixteen year-old Elise Dembowski has never been cool, but her sophomore year of high school will be different – She’s studied all summer on the key-points of being cool. This year will be different, thinks Elise. “This should have been a red flag, I realize in retrospect. Working really hard on anything is, by definition, not cool.” Needless to say, nothing changes and she is still uncool and bullied by her classmates despite her outward approach to fit the part. Elise is miserable and she almost gives up for good. Her only solace is found in music, and one night she happens to stumble upon an underground dance party where her passion in music is shared. How will Elise navigate her new found life as an underground nightclub DJ with her curfew and watchful parents? Dancing, vinyl, beat matching, and a pair of unicorn boots will keep the pages turning as readers live the life of an aspiring underground DJ.

Elise’s struggles to understand herself in her own mind are real and relatable throughout the book. Her friendships and relationships are real too, and readers will be right with Elise as she fights for her passion, makes new friends, and deals with her daily life.  “Sometimes people think they know you. They know a few facts about you, and they piece you together in a way that makes sense to them. And if you don’t know yourself very well, you might even believe that they are right. But the truth is, that isn’t you. That isn’t you at all.” This book will make a reader proud to embrace his or her flaws and talents and to use them to be extraordinary in his or her own way. This is a story I wish I had in high school, but even as a young adult – it still moved me. Please pick up this book – It is amazing and it will touch you with humor, raw passion, and totally lovable characters.

Not to mention this book offers a playlist at the end and features awesome music throughout the book. Music lovers unite! I was even compelled to add some music to Leila Sales’s list. Here are some songs and artist albums you can find in our collection:

David Bowie – Let’s Dance

Empire of the Sun – We are the People

Gorillaz – DareDamon Albarn’s band after BlurThe song Girls and Boys is mentioned and listed in the book.

Daft Punk – One More Time

Midnight City – M83 (Feat. on Warm Bodies soundtrack)Hoping to get their albums added to our collection!

Modest Mouse – DashboardAlso hoping to get their albums added to our collection!


What songs would you add to your own underground dance party? If we don’t have it – Request it! …OR tell me about it, and I’ll request it!

Play it loud!!!

- Sarah, currently re-reading Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb



Only 10 days until Divergent hits the big screen, and I’m stoked! How many of you will be at the midnight showing??

“I feel like someone breathed new air into my lungs. I am not Abnegation. I am not Dauntless. I am Divergent.” – Veronica Roth

-Sarah, currently reading This Song Will Save Your Life by Liela Sales

Come Ask Us Stuff!

February 28th, 2014

If you’re not sure whether the above statement is true or not – Come find me (Sarah) or venture to one of our reference desks and ask a friendly HCPL librarian! Pointing you in the right direction of citing sources and credible research materials for school papers is just one of the many things we would love to help you with any day. So when you have a question – Come ask! :)

- Sarah, currently reading Battling Boy by Paul Pope


Here we are again – The final week of February. You know what that means – 1 MORE CHANCE TO WIN FROM WINTER BOOK FEST! I’ve GIVEN AWAY OVER $100 IN FREE STUFF to 3 lucky peeps so far, and there is still one more prize left! Read, volunteer, donate a book, come to our last program for February – Tween/Teen Gaming. Our Xbox and Wii + tons of games + snacks will be set up for your gaming pleasure.

Are you going to miss out on your last chance to win $$$ for stuff you love?


Be like Sonic getting  rings and get your Winter Book Fest prize!


Don’t miss out and be like


See you at the library, HCPL peeps.

Sarah, currently LOVING Grasshopper Jungle: A History by Andrew Smith


Books That Aren’t for Reading

February 24th, 2014

**DISCLAIMER – Please refrain from creating the artistic visions below with OUR library books – Check out your school library instead (j/k!!!) :)**


Books are inspirational in so many ways – Check out this cool art created with books:


Book Shark, 2012, 3×3.5×8 fee7, by Mike Stilkey, Hong Kong Times Square

I think we’re going to need a bigger library!


Literature versus Traffic, 2012, by Luzinterruptus, Federation Square – Melbourne, Australia.


10,000 discarded library books made up this installation which stayed up for 1 month – Viewers could take home their favorite when the installation was taken down.


A Masked Ball, 1999, Quantum of Solace Festival, Lake Constance in Bregenz, Austria

Not a real book but an incredible simulation… A giant floating stage is the centerpiece of the Quantum of Solace Festival every year. I would love to see this festival someday.


Gravity Mixer, by Matej Krén, 2000 Czech Pavilion, Expo 2000, Hanover, Germany


For anyone who’s ever wanted to jump inside and live in a book… I know I have!


The Printed Word, by Random House Australia & The Galeries, 2011,  Sydney, Australia

Reminds me of the flying books in Harry Potter. This would look awesome in our library atrium – Future project arty peeps??


Biografias, by Alicia Martin, 2005, Casa de America, Madrid, Spain

Over 5,000 books were used in this installation. Wow!


Brian Dettmer, 2010

A new spin on the pop-up book! This artist uses surgical tools to make his amazing creations.


Untitled Book Sculpture, Jodi Harvey-Brown, 2012

….That feeling when the story seems to jump off the page and pulls you in….


Book Sculpture by Malena Valcárcel

The most awesome night light ever!


Man, all this book art has inspired me to check out like 100 books to read! How ’bout you? See you at the library soon! :)

- Sarah, currently reading: Grasshopper Jungle: A History by Andrew Smith (I’ve been waiting for this release! I’M SO EXCITED TO READ THIS BOOK!!!)