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    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!

    by Cindy H | Feb 10, 2017
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    Melia's mother has just died and now she is responsible for taking care of her two younger siblings and the family gas station, Brenda's Oasis. She has never met her father and the only one looking out for her family is their lawyer, Chester. As if this wasn't enough to deal with, Harley Blevins, the owner of every other gas station in the area, is trying everything he can to get his hands on their store. Melia knows that soon people will start questioning who is going to take care of them and if they can't come up with something they will be separated, sent into foster care, and they will lose Brenda's Oasis. Can Melia come up with a solution despite a seemingly never-ending spell of bad luck?

    This book is set in the Depression-era (1930s) in Virginia. It is written from Melia's point of view. It is clear that she isn't very educated, although she is very tough and smart, so her accent and less-than-civilized way of talking comes out in the writing. This story has a lot of love, loss, heartbreak, and will keep you on the edge of your seat. I think anyone who appreciates a strong, independent character who will never give up will appreciate this book. I highly recommend it!
    by sm | Feb 08, 2017

    New teen paranormal and horror fiction novels with a spooky romance thrown in here or there...
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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. | Feb 06, 2017
    homework

    Knowledgeable volunteers are available to assist students in grades 6-12 with homework assignments in the area of math, science, social studies and language arts.   Students, please bring your text book or assignment sheet.  Homework Help takes place in the Main Library Teens department on the 2nd floor.  No appointment is necessary; just drop in!

    Days/time:  Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 PM
    by SM | Jan 30, 2017

    Here are some new teen romance or love stories to warm your heart in this winter...

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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 | Jan 27, 2017
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    Jacob's Grandpa Portman had fantastic stories, about the orphanage he grew up in, fighting in World War II, and his many adventures. Jacob wanted to be an explorer, just like his grandfather. As Jacob got older, however, he started to feel like the stories his grandfather told him couldn't possibly be real. Even after Grandpa Portman showed Jacob pictures, "proving" some of the most magical things to be true, Jacob felt cheated. He knew the pictures, like of a boy lifting a heavy boulder over his head and the girl who could levitate, must be some photographic trick. Eventually his grandpa just shrugged and gave up trying to convince him.

    Jacob's family was rich, his mother's family owned a large chain of pharmacies in Florida. As was family tradition, when he got into high school he started working at one, even though he hated it. No matter how much he tried to sabotage it he couldn't get fired. Now that he'd grown up he still loved and was close to his grandfather, but his grandfather had gotten older too and was prone to bouts of wildness and paranoia. One afternoon he got a particularly disturbing call from his grandfather, telling him he needed the key to his gun cabinet, which Jacob's father had taken to prevent him from doing anything crazy. When his grandfather wouldn't calm down, Jacob and his best friend go to check on him. The events that follow will take Jacob on a crazy adventure, where he will discover that perhaps his grandfather was not so crazy after all.

    Fans of fantasy stories like Harry Potter will love learning about a magical world that is all around us but invisible only to those special individuals, the most peculiar. I really enjoyed the story and hope that you will too! This title is available to check out as a book or eBook on Overdrive. And if you enjoy this book, check out the second title in the series, "Hollow City". There is also a movie version, check it out or put it on hold from the library today!
    by sm | Jan 23, 2017

    These novels are new teen mystery books for you to explore in this new year....
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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 | Jan 16, 2017

    Here are some more new teen fantasy novels for you to explore in this new year....
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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 | Jan 13, 2017
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    Macy thinks that being perfect is the only way she can survive after finding her father dead from a heart attack. She was supposed to be with him; he'd woken her up that morning for their regular jog and she'd decided to go back to sleep. Even though she woke up a few minutes later and ran to catch up to him, it was already too late. Now, her perfect boyfriend has just left for "Brain Camp" for the summer and she is going to take over his perfect job at the library, even though her coworkers there can't stand her. She is going to come home and cook dinner with her perfect mother, study her SAT words, iron her clothes, and go to bed at a decent hour each night. She thinks if she can maintain this routine, the pain of losing her father won't catch up to her. She will soon find out, however, that no one is perfect and that she can't avoid her feelings forever.

    This is the first book I've read by Sarah Dessen and it was even better than I expected. I really could relate to the characters. Although I did find some parts of the book predictable, I still couldn't put the book down. I think this would be a great book for anyone experiencing grief over the loss of a loved one. I also think that anyone who has dealt with feelings of insecurity will be able to relate to Macy. There are great examples of friendship and romantic relationships in this book, so I think there is something for everyone. If you enjoy this book, Sarah Dessen is a prolific writer so be sure to check out some of her other titles. This book, as well as many of her other titles, are available on Overdrive as an eBook, or click the picture of the cover to see where you can pick up or place a copy on hold!
    by SM | Jan 10, 2017

    These novels are new teen fantasy books for you to explore for the new year....
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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!