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    by sm | Sep 26, 2016

    These are even some more new teen fantasy fiction to ponder new worlds and ways ...

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    Scott M
    Scott M, Editor - Scott is known around Shawnee Branch and about town as the “Library Dude” and is kind of squirrelly!  His favorite short story is Leaf by Niggle written by JRR Tolkien and he also works for chocolate brownies and Rice-Crispy treats!

    by Cindy H | Sep 23, 2016
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    The breathtakingly beautiful Roza mysteriously appeared in Finn and Sean O'Sullivan's barn one day and seemed to be just what they needed; life had been tough since their father died when they were young and their mother abandoned them. Even though the boys know she must be hiding something they don't care, Roza brings happiness and light to the house and she just seems too good to be true. Until the day she disappears just as mysteriously as she appeared. Finn is the only witness to what really happened that night, but no one believes his story. Can Finn convince the people in Bone Gap that he isn't a liar or crazy? And why does it seem that so many fantastical things seem to happen in this small town?

    We get to follow the stories of Finn, Sean, Roza, and some other key players in this mystery. I had a really hard time putting this book down. There are also many twists and turns and surprises that I really did not expect. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes an engaging story with just enough fantasy to make you wonder if there are secrets in the world.
    by sm | Sep 19, 2016

    Here are some more new teen fantasy fiction to tickle your imagination this Fall...

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    Scott M
    Scott M, Editor - Scott is known around Shawnee Branch and about town as the “Library Dude” and is kind of squirrelly!  His favorite short story is Leaf by Niggle written by JRR Tolkien and he also works for chocolate brownies and Rice-Crispy treats!

    by Cindy H | Sep 16, 2016
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    This is the touching and inspirational story about a girl named Melody. She has cerebral palsy, which has confined her to a wheelchair and left her incapable of speech. Despite her physical limitations Melody is extremely bright and longs to be able to vocalize all of the thoughts in her head. Although her parents know she is smart, very few doctors and teachers seem to be unable to see it. Melody refuses to give up on her dream to finally be able to communicate; she is determined to find a way.

    Even though this is technically a fictional story, it still provides wonderful insight into the mind of someone with a disability. The reactions of the other characters in the story to Melody show the many different attitudes that people may have about those with disabilities. This story clearly shows that just because you have a disability that does not mean that you are limited in achieving great things, or feeling deeply; by the end of the story I felt like I had a greater understanding about cerebral palsy and disabilities in general. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a heartfelt story and wants to learn more about life through the eyes of someone struggling with physical limitations.​
    by Mari H. | Sep 13, 2016
    Homework Help has begun!

    What is Homework Help?
    A free community service since 1997, the program provides one-on-one homework help to students in grades 6-12.

    Who can use Homework Help?
    Students in grades 6-12 who need homework help (including math, science, and many other subjects) can attend. It is a great service for students of all academic levels.

    Is Homework Help free?
    Yes! Yes! Yes! Plus: it’s free.

    Do I need to register to come to Homework Help?
    No. Homework Help is a drop-in service, meaning you can come and go at any time during the hours it is offered. Some students visit us every night it is offered and stay the full two hours. Some students visit us only every once in a while and stay just until they have their question(s) answered.

    When is Homework Help?
    Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings, 6:00 to 8:00 pm during the school year.
    Note: There is no Homework Help when Fort Wayne Community Schools are closed for vacations or weather-related emergencies.

    Where is Homework Help?
    In the Teen department at Main Library on the 2nd floor.

    Who are the Helpers?
    Our trained volunteers are usually professionals (engineers, accountants, retired professors, etc.) with a desire to give back to their community by helping the next generation succeed.

    Will the Helpers give students the answers?
    No. Homework Helpers guide students but do not do the work for them. Helpers explain concepts and ask the right questions to help students analyze the problems and find their own solutions.

    What do the students need to bring with them?

    • Homework assignment
    • Textbook (if available)
    • Paper
    • Pencil or pen

    What is the difference between Homework Help and a tutoring service?
    Tutoring implies personal instruction in a subject area. Our Helpers are not teachers. They are here to help the students answer specific questions and complete specific homework assignments.

    What can I expect when I come to Homework Help?
    The Helpers set up at a table in the open area of Young Adults’ Services. They have blue signs at each end of the table that read, “Homework Help Available.” You may walk right up, sit down, take out your homework and let them know you are here for help. A Helper will be with you as soon as possible, often immediately.

    Some students only need help with one specific problem. Some students need help with the whole assignment. It is not uncommon for a student to come in, take out his or her homework assignment and say, “I just don’t get this.” A Helper will spend time with the student looking over the assignment and then tackling specific problems one by one, explaining how to solve them as they go.

    On busy nights our Helpers will sometimes need to help two or more students at a time. In this case the Helper will generally get you started on an assignment, take time to help another student, then come back to check on your progress, and so on.

    Can I be a Homework Helper?
    Are you at least 16 years of age? Do you have a strong math and science background? Can you commit 2 hours, one night a week during the school year? Do you like helping kids? Then the answer may be “yes.” Visit Allen County Public Library’s Volunteer Services for more information.

    Have more questions? Contact the Teen department at 421-1255.

     

    by Scott M | Sep 12, 2016

    These novels are more new teen fantasy books for you to explore....

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    Scott M
    Scott M, Editor - Scott is known around Shawnee Branch and about town as the “Library Dude” and is kind of squirrelly!  His favorite short story is Leaf by Niggle written by JRR Tolkien and he also works for chocolate brownies and Rice-Crispy treats!

    by Cindy H | Sep 09, 2016
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    It is 1986 in Omaha, Nebraska. Eleanor is the new girl on the bus. It's hard being the new girl, especially because she's always had a hard time fitting in; she's a little chubby, has fiery red curly hair, and wears clothes like ties with over-sized men's flannel shirts with silk ribbons tied to her wrists.

    Park does his best to fit in, although he's always felt like somewhat of an outsider. He's part Korean, which definitely stands out among his nearly 100% white classmates. He's short and wears all black. He's neighbors with the most popular boy in school, so the cool kids mostly leave him alone; he even dated the most popular girl once-in 6th grade.

    When Eleanor walks on the bus for the first time, everyone shuns her. No one will make room for her to sit. Park feels embarrassed for her, and although he offers to let her sit with him he's not happy about it; he's actually angry. Why does she have to make it so hard on herself, dressing like she does? Doesn't she care what anyone else thinks about her?

    They sit every morning and afternoon in silence, until Park realizes she's been secretly reading his comic books over his shoulder. Eventually he begins bringing her comic books to read on her own. This is the bright spot of Eleanor's day, which is generally filled with the taunts and outright harassment of her popular classmates. An unlikely friendship begins to form, until it's clear there is something between them that means even more. Maybe everything.

    I absolutely loved this book. I think everyone can relate to feeling out of place, and what it's like to have a secret. Although it does have romance it isn't cheesy; some very real issues are dealt with. You will quickly become entrenched in the tale of Eleanor & Park.
    by sm | Sep 05, 2016

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    Scott M
    Scott M, Editor - Scott is known around Shawnee Branch and about town as the “Library Dude” and is kind of squirrelly!  His favorite short story is Leaf by Niggle written by JRR Tolkien and he also works for chocolate brownies and Rice-Crispy treats!

    by Cindy H | Sep 02, 2016
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    Nothing sucks more than being a teenager with cancer, and no one knows this better than Hazel. Her parents are constantly hovering around her, almost like they think she'll drop dead any second. They want her to get out and socialize, but all she wants to do is re-read the same book and watch re-runs of crappy reality television shows. Thanks to a trial drug called Phalanxifor Hazel has been able to stop the growth of the tumors ravaging her lungs, but the ones that are still there fill her lungs with fluid and make it impossible for her to breathe without the help of an oxygen tank. Each week she goes to the support group for other teenagers with cancer because her mom wants her to. She tries to tune out the group leader who says the same thing every time, the same drivel about living your best life today, and she can't help but sigh. Then one day someone new is there, a really attractive boy, and he's staring at her. He is inexplicably interested in her and even though she is trying to minimize the amount of people she will hurt when her body inevitably gives in to cancer she can't help but be drawn to him. Could it be possible to overlook everything they have going against them and find a little bit of happiness?

    This book portrays cancer and love in a raw and unapologetic way. It may give you a perspective on cancer that you didn't have before and will remind you just how fragile life can be. If you like the book there is also a movie that you may enjoy. I definitely recommend this book, just be warned-it might make you cry.
    by SM | Aug 29, 2016

    Enjoy even more new science-fiction novels for teens...

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    Scott M
    Scott M, Editor - Scott is known around Shawnee Branch and about town as the “Library Dude” and is kind of squirrelly!  His favorite short story is Leaf by Niggle written by JRR Tolkien and he also works for chocolate brownies and Rice-Crispy treats!

    by Cindy H | Aug 26, 2016
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    America was born into a world where people are ranked into numbered castes. America is a 5, which means that everyone in her family are artists. America loves to sing and play musical instruments and although times are often hard for her family she is mostly happy with her way of life. She has a big secret, however; she is in love with Aspen, who is a 6. They have to meet in secret and it will take money and a lot of persuading for her family to agree to let them be together. America is certain of her love for Aspen, though, and would do anything to be with him. Then something exciting happens across the country, the Selection. Prince Maxon is coming of age and will need to select a bride, so he will choose from a random selection of ladies from all across the country. America doesn't want to join, but Aspen convinces her that he wouldn't be able to live with himself if she didn't at least try, because being part of the Selection would mean that her and her entire family would have fame and riches bestowed upon them that they would have never thought possible. America agrees, thinking that she will never in a million years be one of those chosen...but what if she is? What would that mean for her relationship with Aspen? Would she ever have it in her to be a princess, to lead the country? It seems she is going to have the chance to find out.

    This romantic yet suspenseful tale was hard for me to put down. America is a strong, kind, beautiful woman who you can't help but root for. She has difficult decisions to make and struggles with feelings of responsibility for herself and her family. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a book with romance and royalty, with just a hint of dystopia and intrigue. This book is part of a series, so if you enjoy this one make sure to check out the rest of the Selection books!
    by SM | Aug 24, 2016

    GEN Cemetary Program

    Sunday, October 2nd @ 1:00 – 3:00 pm  Lindenwood Cemetery,
    2324 W. Main Street, Fort Wayne
    Allison Singleton, presenter

    This program designed for teens will take place in Lindenwood Cemetery.  Come learn basic cemetery etiquette, participate in a scavenger hunt to search for unique gravestone carvings and symbolism, and learn how cemeteries can be helpful for family history research.  We will also participate in a brief tour of the cemetery.  Meet at the Lindenwood Parking Lot, 2324 W. Main Street, Fort Wayne.  Please dress comfortably for walking outside.  Call 421-1225 ask for Allison or 421-1255 ask for Cathy with questions or to sign up.

    by SM | Aug 22, 2016

    Here are some more new science-fiction novels for teens to enjoy...

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    Scott M
    Scott M, Editor - Scott is known around Shawnee Branch and about town as the “Library Dude” and is kind of squirrelly!  His favorite short story is Leaf by Niggle written by JRR Tolkien and he also works for chocolate brownies and Rice-Crispy treats!

    by Cindy H | Aug 12, 2016
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    This is the story of Vicky and her struggle with depression. Her depression became so severe that she tried to take her own life. Fortunately, she was found before it was too late. She is taken to Lakeview Hospital where she meets three other young people struggling with mental illness and personal issues. Their psychiatrist, Dr. Desai, encourages them to learn from each other and discover what gives their lives meaning. Vicky continues to struggle, but over time it seems like maybe she does have something to live for.

    This story is very powerful and will inspire anyone who struggles with mental illness to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The author personally dealt with extreme depression and that shines through in the realistic and insightful writing. I would recommend this poignant book to anyone who wants to learn more about mental illness.
    by SM | Aug 01, 2016

    Here are some more new teen science-fiction novels for the dog days of August...

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    Scott M
    Scott M, Editor - Scott is known around Shawnee Branch and about town as the “Library Dude” and is kind of squirrelly!  His favorite short story is Leaf by Niggle written by JRR Tolkien and he also works for chocolate brownies and Rice-Crispy treats!

    by SM | Jul 25, 2016

    Here are some new teen science-fiction novels for hot summer days and nights...

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    Scott M
    Scott M, Editor - Scott is known around Shawnee Branch and about town as the “Library Dude” and is kind of squirrelly!  His favorite short story is Leaf by Niggle written by JRR Tolkien and he also works for chocolate brownies and Rice-Crispy treats!

    by Cindy H | Jul 23, 2016
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    This is the story of Jude and Noah, twins who on the outside couldn't be more different. Jude is beautiful, free-spirited, and popular. Noah is an aspiring artist, nerdy, and constantly on the run from bullies. Something magical happens when they are together, though, like they can finally breathe. Until they start to let things come between them, and tragedy strikes. It seems like nothing can ever be the same; but sometimes change is good, necessary even. Sometimes you have to take a step outside of yourself to discover who you truly are.

    This is one of those books that will change the way you look at the world. It is about love and heartbreak, joy and sadness, and finding yourself. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants a wonderfully engaging story that will hopefully inspire you to dig a little deeper into who you truly are.
    by Scott M | Jul 21, 2016

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    Last chances to create one-of-kind art using alcohol inks on ceramic tile!

    Little Turtle Branch on July 21th @ 3:30 pm
    Dupont Branch on July 28th @ 3:00 pm


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    by Miss Heather | Jul 20, 2016
    This week's free audiobooks for teens! Download and listen away! Remember--listening to and audiobook counts for your summer reading time (and makes a car trip or the dog walk go quicker)!
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    by Miss Heather | Jun 28, 2016
    This week's free audiobooks for teens! Download and listen away! Remember--listening to and audiobook counts for your summer reading time!
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