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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2017
    Taste testing is back by popular demand! Can you handle the hot? Can you identify the sweet? Not sure what it is? Don’t be afraid… much.
    --registration may be required--
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    Main Library - Children's Services June 4, 2017 1:30 PM Families
    Georgetown Branch June 15, 2017 3:00 PM Teens
    Little Turtle Branch June 21, 2017 3:30 PM Teens
    Pontiac Branch June 22, 2017 3:30 PM Teens
    Waynedale Branch July 6, 2017 3:30 PM Teens
    Woodburn Branch July 12, 2017 4:00 PM Teens
    Main Library - Teens July 20, 2017 2:00 PM Teens
    New Haven Branch July 20, 2017 3:30 PM Teens
    Hessen Cassel Branch August 3, 2017 12:30 PM Teens

    by Dawn S | May 22, 2017
    Teens, learn to create and print a 3D .stl file. You will use Tinkercad software to download files from Thingiverse as well as other 3D file warehouse repositories.
    --registration may be required
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    Main Library - Teens June 29, 2017 2:00 PM
    Tecumseh Branch July 26, 2017 3:30 PM
    by Dawn S | May 22, 2017

    Begin your journey into using the Sparkfun Inventor's kit, which combines electronics and computer programming.

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    New Haven Branch June 8, 2017 3:30 PM Teens
    Aboite Branch June 12, 2017 2:00 PM Teens
    Hessen Cassel Branch June 15, 2017 12:30 PM Teens
    Main Library - Children's Services June 18, 2017 1:30 PM Families
    Monroeville Branch July 14, 2017 3:00 PM Teens
    Waynedale Branch July 18, 2017 3:30 PM Teens
    Shawnee Branch July 20, 2017 3:00 PM Teens
    by Cindy H | May 19, 2017
    If I should die before I wake
    Hilary is angry. Her father died when the building collapsed at his job because his Jewish employer skimped on the construction work. She was filled with so much rage she thought she might burst, until she met Brad. Brad showed her that it was her dad's "Jew boss" that killed him and that all Jews are evil people. Now she is part of a neo-Nazi group, the Aryan Warriors, that is committed to destroying the Jewish people. She has never felt so strong or such a sense of belonging; her mother did not take care of her when she was younger so the Warriors are the closest thing she has had to a family.

    One night after a big meeting Hilary and Brad are in a motorcycle accident that leaves her in a coma. She is taken to the closest hospital, which just happens to be a Jewish hospital, and put in a room with an old Jewish woman who is unconscious. Trapped in her body, she cannot help but think about how much she hates the Jews, this hospital, and most of all the old Jewish lady sharing her room. She finds herself drifting off, only to wake up as Chana, a young Jewish girl living in Poland during the Nazi occupation of World War II. Hilary begins to experience Chana's memories as if they were her own; it is a terrifying yet enlightening experience that will soon make Hilary question everything she believes.

    This book was at times extremely difficult to read. There are very graphic details involving hate groups, the Holocaust, and extreme acts of violence. I did learn a great deal about the Holocaust and the contrast between a young woman in the midst of a hate group and a young woman suffering horrors at the hands of Nazis is very powerful. I believe everyone could benefit from reading this book, but I would only recommend it for readers with the maturity to handle the subject matter. This book is available in print or ebook on Overdrive. Click the picture of the book's cover to place on hold!
    by sm | May 15, 2017

    These books are new teen adventure novels for some great end-of-school 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 sm | May 10, 2017
    2016 Teen Photography Competition
    by Mari H. | May 09, 2017
    The library offers many books that can help you learn techniques to manage stress and develop habits of self care. Here are just a few examples.

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     anxiety workbook for teens beyond the blues
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    Oftentimes, a self help book is not enough. Here are resources for times of crisis, when you need to speak to a person or find out where to seek professional help.

    NAMI -- the National Alliance on Mental Illness 
    1-800-950-NAMI (6264)
    or text "NAMI" to 741741

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    1-800-273-8255

    The Trevor Project -- Crisis and Suicide Prevention Lifeline for LGBTQ Youth

    1-866-488-7386

    United Way 211
    Call 211 to find out about local agencies that provide group and individual counseling as well as assistance for survivors of abuse or assault
    by SM | May 08, 2017

    Here are some more 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 SM | May 01, 2017

    Enjoy these 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 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.