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    by SM | Apr 26, 2017

    ​This past semester the Social Science Sleuths class at the Hessen Cassel branch has been learning about Environmental Sociology.  We finished out the class by having our own Earth Day clean up project around the library and community.

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    Submitted by Karen Nesius Roeger,
    Young Adult Specialist
    Hessen Cassel Branch

    by SM | Apr 24, 2017

    These novels are still more new teen romance or love stories to warm your heart this Spring...
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    by Cindy H | Apr 21, 2017
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    It is the first day of summer, Hattie's favorite time of the year. Even though her best (and only) friend Betsy will be on vacation the whole time Hattie always looks forward to the freedom summer gives her; time to walk around town, help her father in the art studio, and sip lemonade on their big front porch with the people who live in their boarding house. Hattie is surprised to learn that she has an uncle, Adam, one that she has never met or heard of, who will be moving in with her grandparents. He had been living in a special school for people with problems like him, but no one will talk to Hattie about what that means. She soon becomes friends with her excitable and talkative uncle. He seems to be one of the few people who understands her. Then a carnival comes to town and it seems like this is going to be the best summer ever! Even though Adam can be embarrassing sometimes and even a little scary when he gets in a bad mood, Hattie is very happy to have him around. She wishes that her parents and grandparents would let Adam have more fun, but they seem like they want to hide him away as much as possible. Even though she loves Adam, Hattie can't help but think that maybe there is something wrong with her. Does his illness run in the family? Can she catch it? It is clear that things will never be the same now that Adam is back in town.

    This story is set in 1960, in a small town called Millerton. Although the story is heartbreaking at times, you won't be able to help falling in love with the characters and want to know what happens to them. I highly recommend this book, it really helped me think about mental illness in a new way. It is available in print, audiobook, or ebook on Overdrive. Click the picture of the book's cover to place on hold!
    by SM | Apr 17, 2017

    Here are some more new teen romance or love stories to warm your heart this Spring...

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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 | Apr 10, 2017

    Here are some new teen romance or love stories to warm your heart while waiting for Spring to warm up...

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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 | Apr 07, 2017
    The Forgetting
    "At the first sunrising of the twelfth year, they will forget. They will lose their memories, and without their memories, they are lost. Their books will be their memories, their written past selves. They will write in their books. They will keep their books. They will write the truth, and the books will tell them who they have been. If a book is lost, then so are they Lost. I am made of my memories. Without memories, they are nothing."

    How would you live your life differently if you knew one day you could wake up and not remember anything about your life, except for what was written in the book around your neck? This is the reality for the people of Canaan. Every 12 years for some mysterious reason everyone loses their memories. They must write everything about themselves down in their books because without them they would have no way of knowing who they are, who their family is, or anything about their past at all after "The Forgetting". Nadia is different. Nadia remembers. She is scared to tell anyone else that she does, though, until Gray, the cheeky glassblower's son catches her breaking the rules and blackmails her into helping him do the same. Once Nadia begins opening up to someone it is clear there is no turning back from trying to find the truth, about why they forget and why she is the only one who can remember. The Forgetting is inevitable and getting close, is it possible that she and Gray could do something to stop it?

    This book is in my favorite genre, dystopian fiction with a hint of romance, like the Hunger Games or Divergent series. If you enjoy this genre you will definitely love this book! In the beginning there is a lot of information to take in and at times it can be a little confusing, but stick with it, everything becomes clearer and ultimately you will not want to put the book down. This book is available in print, Playaway, as an e-book on Overdrive, or digital audiobook on Hoopla. Click the picture of the book's cover to place on hold!
    by SM | Apr 03, 2017

    Here are some new teen mystery novels for you to solve as Spring warms up...

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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 Mari H. | Apr 02, 2017
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    At Main Library, we're celebrating National Poetry Month with events for teens.  Curtis Crisler returns as emcee and refreshments will be served.

    Open Mic

    Wednesday, April 12th, 7:00pm
    High school students are invited to perform their original works or favorite poems by other authors.  Time permitting, adults may also perform their works.

    Poetry Jam
    Wednesday, April 19th 7:00pm
    Middle school students:  perform your poems and take part in other fun poetic activities.
    by Mari H | Mar 27, 2017
    by sm | Mar 27, 2017

    Here are more new teen fantasy novels for you to explore this Spring....

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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 | Mar 24, 2017
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    Chanda is a sixteen year old girl living in Africa. She is smart and capable, but her family is poor. She watches her baby sister die of a horrible illness and cannot help but feel a great deal of guilt for the times she was annoyed with her sister's cries and neediness. Her mother is overcome with grief, and her stepfather is never around; he cheats and spends their money on alcohol. Chanda's best friend, Esther's parents died of AIDS so now she has to take care of herself and rumors are circulating that she is making money in unseemly and dangerous ways. Chanda tries to keep her family together and take care of her two younger siblings but when her mother seems to not be getting any better things start to feel hopeless. They live in a community filled with gossip; everyone is worried about the AIDS epidemic but no one wants to talk about it, or even admit that it is going on all around them. Chanda has dreams but will she ever be able to achieve them when it seems like bad luck follows her wherever she goes?

    This story was a very intense portrayal of one girl's experience with the AIDS epidemic. Although her exact location is not specified, it is probably somewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa. You cannot help but feel the helplessness and anxiety she feels as she deals with family death and illness, helping raise her siblings, and a best friend who is struggling to survive on her own. Despite the difficult subject matter, I really enjoyed this book. I like books that feel like they could be based on a true story, and this definitely feels very realistic. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes stories about different cultures and overcoming difficult obstacles. This book is available in print at the library or as an e-book on Overdrive. There is also a movie based on the book, Life, Above All, that is available at the library as well. If you enjoy this book, check out the sequel, Chanda's Wars.
    by Mari H. | Mar 23, 2017

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    The due dates for end of year research papers are looming....

    Did you know the library subscribes to databases that can help you complete these assignments?  If you are looking for encyclopedia articles, newspapers, magazines, and journals for your research, our databases have you covered.  

    Why use the databases when a web search is faster?  The databases contain vetted content that the library pays to access.  Although there are some great informational sites available on the open Internet, there are also millions of not-so-good web sites.  The library's subscription databases provide high quality information and are updated regularly.  

    Here's how to access them:

    Visit the library’s home page at http://www.acpl.lib.in.us to get started. Click on Research and then Research Tools.  The databases are grouped in collections.   Click on Teens to see some of the products that are popular with middle school and high school students. You will need to enter your library card number (without spaces) to access the databases from home.

    Here are a few examples of the products you can access:

    • Opposing Viewpoints in Context – This is the go-to product for research on current events and social issues.  Here you will find viewpoint essays from both sides of an issue as well as magazine, newspaper, and reference content on each topic.
    • Science in Context – All areas of science and its history are covered here.  If you need supporting information for a science experiment or you are researching animals, biomes, or outer space, give this one a try.
    • Literature Resource Center – Here is where you’ll find biographical information on authors as well as criticism of their works.
    • Gale Virtual Reference Library – Technically, it’s not a database, it’s an e-book platform that is keyword searchable.  It houses many digital reference books that might come in handy for your research.

    Don't forget the library also has hundreds of thousands of books and other materials available to check out or use within the library.   If you need help finding information, just give us a call at 421-1255 or send an email to ask@acpl.info.

    by SM | Mar 20, 2017

    Here are even more new teen fantasy novels for you to explore as you wait for Spring....
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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 | Mar 13, 2017

    Here are some more new teen fantasy novels for you to explore as you wait for Spring....
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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 | Mar 10, 2017
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    Alia is a Muslim girl who aspires to draw graphic novels. She draws the adventures of Lia, her courageous alter ego, for her friends, but she is too insecure to really consider it a viable career path. She would really like to go to a special art program at NYU, but she recently got into some trouble at school and her parents don't think she deserves any special privileges. Today, September 11, 2001 is the last day that she can turn in the permission slip. She decides last minute to go before school to talk to her dad at work. He works in the World Trade Center. Can she convince him to sign the permission slip so she can follow her dreams?

    Fast-forward to Jesse. Jesse's brother, Travis, died in 9/11 almost 15 years ago. To this day no one in her family knows why he was there. Since she was just a baby she doesn't really remember it and no one will talk about it with her. It has destroyed her parent's marriage and her other brother moved 7,000 miles away to Africa to get away from it all. Will her family ever be able to move on from her brother's tragic death?

    This book switches back and forth between Alia and Jesse's stories. It is really fascinating to hear the perspectives of two girls who, although they are about the same age, have very different experiences. You soon see they are connected in unexpected ways. The author took a lot of time researching the real stories of those impacted by 9/11 to create the characters and timeline so they have a very authentic feel. After reading this wonderful and heart-wrenching book I feel like I have a much greater understanding of what happened and how it affected and continues to affect people to this day. I highly recommend this book not only for those who want to learn more about 9/11, but for anyone looking for an excellent and intense story about growing up, redemption, and tolerance.

    This book is available in print at your local library branch and as an e-book via Overdrive. Click the picture of the book cover to place on hold!
    by sm | Mar 06, 2017

    Here are more new teen science-fiction novels to dream about on dark March days...

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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 | Feb 27, 2017

    Here are some new teen science-fiction novels to explore new worlds with...

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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 | Feb 24, 2017
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    Nuclear war has started. You only have 40 minutes until everything you've ever known is obliterated. Thankfully your billionaire father created a complex underground world for you and your whole family to live in while you wait the 15 years for radiation levels to decline to safe levels. Only your whole family didn't make it, and you know it is your fault.

    This is the story of Eli and how he spends his time in the underground compound his father secretly designed for their family to wait out the end of the world. His twin brother and best friend, Eddy, and grandmother didn't make it in time and he will never forgive himself for that. Even though the compound has every luxury he could possibly want, it can never be the same without his twin. As he gets older he starts to suspect that perhaps his father didn't tell them the complete truth about their situation. Will he be able to figure out what is going on before it's too late?

    This fast-paced book is great choice for anyone who loves dystopian thrillers like The Hunger Games or Divergent series. I couldn't put it down! If you enjoy this book, check out the next book in the series, The Fallout. The Compound is available as a book or e-book on Overdrive!
    by Mari H. | Feb 22, 2017
    young writers

    High school students who love to write are invited to join the Young Writers Group at Main Library, led by Dr. Michael Levan.  The group meets on 4th Thursdays at 7:00pm.  The next meeting is February 23rd.

    Michael says:  "Each session will be a mix of workshopping drafts, in-class writing exercises, craft talks where we learn about strategies to improve our work, and in discussion of contemporary poetry and prose. The Workshop is open to students interested in writing poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction."

    Please call 421-1255 to sign up.
    by SM | Feb 13, 2017

    These books are new teen adventure novels for some great winter reading...

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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!

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