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    by sm | Dec 26, 2016

    Here are some new teen science-fiction novels for cold winter days and nights...


    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 | Dec 23, 2016
    Lady Catherine Pinkerton and her best friend Mary Ann have a dream to open the best bakery in the Kingdom of Hearts. Although it is not typical for a lady of her position to do hard work and run a business, there is nothing in the world she would rather do than bake and sell her delicious treats. One night she wakes up after a vivid dream of lemons and a yellow-eyed stranger to find a real live lemon tree has grown in her bedroom overnight. She decides to make some delicious lemon tarts to take to the king's ball, whimsical thoughts of her bakery in her head. It soon becomes clear, however, that her parents have other plans for her future. The King of Hearts is interested in making her Queen, but that is the last thing she wants to do. Then a mysterious new court joker shows up and it seems her life will never be the same, and that the choices she makes from now on could send her on a path she never could have dreamed of.

    Heartless is inspired by Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland stories and takes place before Alice's adventures. It is filled with many characters you will recognize, such as the White Rabbit and Mad Hatter. Although it is a fantasy story there is real drama taking place and I think most people will be able to relate to Lady Catherine's struggles to stay true to herself and follow her dreams. I would recommend this book to anyone who would like a fantasy tale that provides an intriguing twist on a familiar story.
    by Miss Heather | Dec 21, 2016

    Winter BreakLooking for winter break fun? ACPL’s got you covered! We are offering drop in events as well as scheduled programs. This list includes elementary thru teen events. Contact the hosting library for more details.

    Aboite Branch:

    Tabletop Crafts (a new craft each day), December 12-17
    Pokemon Party, Thursday, December 29, 2-3pm

    Georgetown Branch:
    Lego Club, Wednesdays, December 21 & 28 and January 4, 3-4:30pm

    Grabill Branch:
    Lego Club, Wednesday, January 4, 3:30-4:30pm

    Hessen Cassel Branch:
    Winter Break Fun (make-and-take crafts), December 21-January 4, 10am-6pm
    Winter Storybook Fun (stories, games, snack about snow), Wednesday, December 28, 10:30 and 2:30

    Main Library:
    Lego Club, Thursday, December 29, 3:30-4:30
    Noon Year's Eve Celebration on Saturday, December 31st from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
    Who Done It? Mystery Challenge, Tuesday, January 3, 2pm and 6:30

    New Haven Branch:
    Stuck in the Middle: Escape the Room, Tuesday, December 27, 2-4pm
    Get Your Lego On!: Wednesday, December 28 and January 3, 1-3pm
    Harry Potter Extravaganza, Friday, December 30, 2-4pm
    Winter Wonderland Masterpieces, Tuesday, January 3, 2pm

    Shawnee Branch:
    Lego Club: Wednesday, December 21 & 28, 3:30-4:30 pm

    Tecumseh Branch:
    Winterfest, December 22-January 4

    Waynedale Branch:
    Lego Club, Wednesday, December 28, 3:30-4:30

    Main Library:
    Creative Cookie Decorating, Thursday, December 22, 2pm
    Zentangle and Coloring, Tuesday, December 27, 2pm
    Jewelry Making, Wednesday, December 28, 2pm (Call 421-1255 to sign up)
    Virtual Reality, Thursday, December 29, 2pm
    Ian’s Awesome RPG: Dungeon Blitz, Friday, December 29, 2pm

    New Haven Branch:
    Teen Murder Mystery—Homicide at the Tacky Sweater Shindig, Thursday, December 22, 3:30pm
    Nail Art, Thursday, December 29, 3:30pm

    Tecumseh Branch:
    Teen Day, Wednesday, January 4, 3:30pm

    Waynedale Branch:
    Beatles Rock Band, Saturday, December 31, 10am-12pm

    Movie Night @ the Library Tuesday, December 27, 6:30 pm, Main Library Theater. Lower Level 2
    by Mari H. | Dec 19, 2016

    girls who code logo

    Girls in grades 6-12:  Now is your chance to get started learning how to write code with Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology.   Our group will be meeting on Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm beginning January 11th, at Main Library.

    Come to this informational session to learn about the program and brainstorm ideas for projects with our group's leader, Rhoda Diwis.  Please call 421-1255 to sign up.

    About our instructor:  Software developer, analyst and entrepreneur, Rhoda Diwis is a coder at heart and a lover of all things tech. Her interest in the exciting tech world was sparked when she joined an after-school computer club at the girls’ high school she attended. The wonder of building real-life solutions one line of code at a time led her to degrees and careers in computer technology, information systems and business management. Along the way, Rhoda founded a tech startup company to develop mobile apps for developing countries where none exist. She is passionate about empowering women and girls and strives to make a tangible contribution by mentoring girls who are building the next generation of all-things-tech.

    by SM | Dec 19, 2016

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


    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 | Dec 16, 2016

    Did you enjoy reading the Harry Potter series or watching the movies? Then check out these books!

    The Secret of Platform 13
    by Eva Ibbotson
    A forgotten door on an abandoned railway platform is the entrance to a magical kingdom--an island where humans live happily with mermaids, ogres, and other wonderful creatures. Carefully hidden from the world, the Island is only accessible when the door opens for nine days every nine years. When the beastly Mrs. Trottle kidnaps the Island's young prince, it's up to a strange band of rescuers to save him. But can the rescuers--an ogre, a hag, a wizard, and a fey--sneak around London unnoticed?

    The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
    When Alex finds out he is Unwanted, he expects to die. That is the way of the people of Quill. Each year, all the thirteen-year-olds are labeled as Wanted, Necessary, or Unwanted. Wanteds get more schooling and train to join the Quillitary. Necessaries keep the farms running. Unwanteds are set for elimination. It’s hard for Alex to leave behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted, but he makes peace with his fate—until he discovers that instead of a “death farm,” what awaits him is a magical place called Artimé. There, Alex and his fellow Unwanteds are encouraged to cultivate their creative abilities and use them magically. Everything Alex has ever known changes before his eyes, and it’s a wondrous transformation. But it’s a rare, unique occurrence for twins to be divided between Wanted and Unwanted, and as Alex and Aaron's bond stretches across their separation, a threat arises for the survival of Artim that will pit brother against brother in an ultimate magical battle. (Book 1 in Unwanteds series)

    The Lost Years by T.A. Barron

    When Merlin, suffering from a case of severe amnesia, discovers his strange powers, he becomes determined to discover his identity and flees to Fincayra where he fulfills his destiny, saving Fincayra from certain destruction and claiming his birthright and true name. (Book 1 in Merilin series)

    So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane

    Something stopped Nita's hand as it ran along the bookshelf. She looked and
    found that one of the books had a loose thread at the top of its spine. It was one of those So You Want to Be a... books, a series on careers. So You Want to Be a Pilot, and a Scientist...a Writer. But this one said, So You Want to Be a Wizard.
    I don't belive this, Nina thought. She shut the book and stood there holding it in her hand, confused, amazed, suspicious--and delighted. If it was a joke, it was a great one. If it wasn't...? (Book 1 in Young Wizards series)

    The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
    These three siblings have been in one orphanage after another for the last ten years, passed along like lost baggage. Yet these unwanted children are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being protected from a horrible evil of devastating power, an evil they know nothing about. Until now. Before long, Kate, Michael, and Emma are on a journey through time to dangerous and secret corners of the world...a journey of allies and enemies, of magic and mayhem. And — if an ancient prophesy is correct — what they do can change history, and it is up to them to set things right. (Book 1 in The Books of Beginning series)

    by Scott M | Dec 14, 2016

    ACPL Closed for the Holidays

    by Communications & Development | Nov 23, 2016
    The Allen County Public Library will be closed on:

    Friday, December 23, 2016,
    Saturday, December 24, 2016,
    Sunday, December 25, 2016,
    Monday, December 26, 2016,
    Sunday, January 1, 2017,
    & Monday, January 2, 2017.

    The Allen County Public Library will close at 5:00 pm on Saturday, December 31, 2016.
    by SM | Dec 12, 2016

    Even more new teen paranormal and horror fiction novels just in time for winter break...



    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 | Dec 09, 2016
    Did you enjoy reading the Harry Potter series or watching the movies? Then check out these books!

    The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
    golden compass
    Lyra Belacqua is content to run wild among the scholars of Jodan College, with her daemon familiar always by her side. But the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the heart of a terrible struggle-a struggle born of Gobblers and stolen children, witch clans and armored bears. And as she hurtles toward danger in the cold far North, Lyra never suspects the shocking truth: she alone is destined to win, or to lose, this more-than-mortal battle. (Book 1 in His Dark Materials series) There is also a movie version of this book!

    The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
    lightning thief
    After getting expelled from yet another school for yet another clash with mythological monsters only he can see, twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is taken to Camp Half-Blood, where he finally learns the truth about his unique abilities: He is a demigod, half human, half immortal. Even more stunning: His father is the Greek god Poseidon, ruler of the sea, making Percy one of the most powerful demigods alive. There's little time to process this news. All too soon, a cryptic prophecy from the Oracle sends Percy on his first quest, a mission to the Underworld to prevent a war among the gods of Olympus. (Book 1 in Percy Jackson series) There is also a movie version of this book!

    How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
    Chronicles the adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III as he tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan, the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, by catching and training a dragon. (Book 1 in How to Train Your Dragon series) There is also an animated movie version of this book!

    Magyk by Angie Sage
    Septimus Heap, the seventh son of the seventh son, disappears the night he is born, pronounced dead by the midwife. That same night, the baby's father, Silas Heap, comes across an abandoned child in the snow—a newborn girl with violet eyes. Who is this mysterious baby girl, and what really happened to the Heaps' beloved son Septimus? (Book 1 in Septimus Heap series)

    Inkheart by Cornelia Coraline Funke
    One cruel night, Meggie's father reads aloud from a book called INKHEART-- and an evil ruler escapes the boundaries of fiction and lands in their living room. Suddenly, Meggie is smack in the middle of the kind of adventure she has only read about in books. Meggie must learn to harness the magic that has conjured this nightmare. For only she can change the course of the story that has changed her life forever. (Book 1 in Inkworld series) There is also a movie version of this book!

    Winterling by Sarah Prineas
    Deeply connected to the earth, Fer grows up learning about herbs and their healing properties from her grandmother. Grand-Jane has worked hard to protect her granddaughter, but her homey magic cannot keep Fer from accidentally opening the portal between the human and fairy worlds. Once opened, Fer tumbles into a dangerous world of alliances and treachery. With the help of a puck, whose own loyalty is deeply divided, she attempts to discover the truth about her parents’ fate and the identity of the Lady who rules the land. Out of her element, in a world with different rules than her own, Fer must rely on her wits, strong character, and knowledge of herbs to see through enchantments, discover the truth, and heal the land. (Book 1 in Winterling series)

    Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
    Unaware that their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven, Kendra and her brother, Seth, venture into this magical land filled with dangerous and plotting witches, imps, and fairies. (Book 1 in Fablehaven series)

    by SM | Dec 05, 2016

    More new teen paranormal and horror fiction novels just in time for snowy days...



    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 | Dec 02, 2016

    Did you enjoy reading The Hunger Games series or watching the movies? Then check out these books!

    by Marie Lu

    What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets. (Book 1 in Legend series)

    Reboot by Amy Tintera

    A seventeen-year-old girl returns from death as a Reboot and is trained as an elite crime-fighting soldier…until she is given an order she refuses to obey. Wren Connolly died five years ago, only to Reboot after 178 minutes. Now she is one of the deadliest Reboots around . . . unlike her newest trainee, Callum 22, who is practically still human. As Wren tries to teach Callum how to be a soldier, his hopeful smile works its way past her defenses. Unfortunately, Callum’s big heart also makes him a liability, and Wren is ordered to eliminate him. To save Callum, Wren will have to risk it all. (Book 1 in Reboot series)

    The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

    It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die. At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them. Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

    Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

    The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation. Is Ender the general Earth so desperately needs? The only way to find out is to throw him into ever-harsher training at Battle School, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly. Ender Wiggin is six years old when his training begins. He will grow up fast. But Ender is not the only result of the experiment. His two older siblings, Peter and Valentine, are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Among the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives. (Book 1 in Ender Quintet) There is also a movie version of this book!

    Divergent by Veronica Roth
    One choice can transform you.
     Beatrice Prior's society is divided into five factions—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Beatrice must choose between staying with her Abnegation family and transferring factions. Her choice will shock her community and herself. But the newly christened Tris also has a secret, one she's determined to keep hidden, because in this worldwhat makes you different makes you dangerous. (Book 1 in Divergent series) Check out the movies, too!

    by Cindy H | Nov 25, 2016
    Mara Dyer does not know what's happening to her. She wakes up in the hospital to find out that her boyfriend and best friend died in a horrible accident that only she survived. She cannot remember what happened and she is so traumatized her family decides to move from Rhode Island to Miami, Florida so she can have a fresh start. It seems clear from the beginning that she is going to have a hard time fitting in and strange things seem to keep happening to her that she can't explain. Will she be able to overcome the horrible events of her past? Will she ever feel at home in Miami? And why does it seem like the mysterious boy with the English accent is the only one who might be able to understand her?

    I was absolutely riveted by this book. I immediately picked up the next book in the series, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, so I could find out what happened next. The books are written in the first person, by Mara, and it really makes you feel like you are experiencing her feelings and confusion with her. I think that anyone who likes stories with a bit of mystery and fantasy to them will really enjoy this story. And if you enjoy the first book, make sure to check out the rest of the series!
    by SM | Nov 21, 2016

    New teen paranormal and horror fiction novels just in time for the Holidays...



    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 | Nov 18, 2016
    Gutless is a story told from the perspective of a teen named Brock, who is entering high school and trying to overcome his tendency to back down in fear whenever challenges arise, whether that be in sports or personal conflicts. A boy he idolizes, Hunter, the star quarterback of the football team, is a jerk and bully to everyone outside of his circle. Brock still wants to be in that circle, so when he has the chance to be the wide receiver on the football team he tries to give it all he's got. He's fast and is great at catching the ball, but when things get tough he chickens out at the last minute every time. Enter the new kid at school, Richie Fang. Richie was born in China, and now he's here to make a name for himself; a star chess player, violinist, and star student, Richie's outgoing personality makes him the target of Hunter's cruelty. Brock and Richie become great friends, but it continues to be clear that Hunter is not going to back off Richie. Brock has some ideas on how to get Richie in the circle, but will it be enough? And finally, when the going gets tough can Brock learn to stand up for himself and what he believes in, to no longer be Gutless?

    I really loved this book. I am not really a fan of football, but even though football is a central component of the book I did not have a hard time following and getting deeply engrossed in Brock's story. I think everyone will be able to relate to dealing with bullying and feelings of insecurity. Whether you are interested in sports or not you will still have a hard time putting this book down once you get started, it's full of action and suspense while dealing with some tough topics. I highly recommend it!​

    by SM | Nov 14, 2016

    Check out these new teen mystery novels for reading in these cold and long dark nights...


    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 | Nov 11, 2016
    This book tells the story of a girl, Kat, whose young brother is suffering cancer. She tries to fight through her pain by using wit and sarcasm, but that only seems to alienate her from her friends and family. She has an online identity, Cipher, that she can escape to when things get tough, but sometimes it can be hard to separate her two selves. She is the best match in her family for a bone marrow transplant. Will her bone marrow be able to save her brother? Will she be able to focus on homework long enough to pass her sophomore year of high school? Will she be able to repair the relationships that have suffered while she was trying to take care of her brother and family?

    Although it is very sad at times, I really enjoyed this book. Kat is going through something that everyone hopes they never have to, watching a loved one suffer from a horrible illness. She tries to be the rock for her family but sometimes needs to remember to take care of herself and let others be there for her. I think everyone will find something to relate to in this book, even if you have never known anyone that was diagnosed with cancer.
    by Becky C | Nov 11, 2016
    Book Review:  The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud

    “Much to his annoyance, Bartimaeus the djinni has been enslaved by King Solomon the Great, who commands his empire with an all-powerful magic ring. But things get even worse for him when he meets Asmira, a young Sheban girl sent to Jerusalem on a deadly errand.” 
    Book description.

    The Ring of SolomonDon’t read this book if you dislike authors taking significant liberty with biblical characters: while Stroud’s Solomon is wise, there is no mention of God’s assistance and lots of mention of various spirits’ endeavors.  If you’re open to an alternative version of events though, this is a fun, albeit dark read.  Bartimaeus is dangerous: he is a slave and he’s generally treated horribly treated by his magician masters.  He’s also one of the most outrageously funny characters ever:  he’s snarky, he digresses from the story often, and like Izzy Spellman these detours are delivered via footnote.  Aside of always looking for a way to escape his bondage, he’s also always looking for a way to have a good time: hence, while working on Solomon’s new temple, he opts to do so in the shape of a hippo while singing ribald songs about the King himself.  Even better than his sense of humor though is his generally ethical nature; despite the things done to him and the things he’s forced to do, Bartimaeus can still recognize and respond to goodness.

    I loved the original series so I was delighted to discover this prequel.  Published between 2003 and 2005, it’s been awhile since I’ve enjoyed the 4th level djinni’s insolent wit and shenanigans.  I remember Faquarl so it was fun to see the rivalry between him and Bartimaeus again.  If memory serves, Bartimaeus often took the form of a young Solomon in the original trilogy which had me thinking that he had a longer relationship with the king than the prequel indicates – but it has been awhile, so I may not be remembering correctly.

    Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her thumb has no hint of green whatsoever but luckily her plants are forgiving. Her favorite books are The Shannara series by Terry Brooks.
    by SM | Nov 07, 2016

    Here are even more new teen romance novels to read while the leaves fall...



    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 | Nov 04, 2016

    Henry hasn't ever really had a crush before. His first kiss was his best friend Lola, who happens to be a lesbian. His parents have a fairy tale love story, so he feels like whenever he does fall in love for the first time he has to make it count. When a mysterious new student, Grace, walks in to class for the first time he definitely does not think she will be the future love of his life; she is wearing all boys' clothes, it looks like she's never combed her hair, and it seems like personal hygiene is a skill she hasn't quite mastered yet. When they are both chosen to be editors of the school newspaper, however, there might just be a spark between them that cannot be ignored. What Henry doesn't know is that Grace has experiences from her past that she may never be able to overcome. Can Henry break down the walls Grace has around her to see who she really is? Will Grace ever be able to let go of her past so she can have a future with him?

    Henry has a great group of friends and their witty banter is really entertaining, and I think many people will be able to relate to the feelings of angst that come with falling in love for the first time. Fans of Rainbow Rowell and John Green particularly will enjoy this book. If you are looking for a story about high school friendship, romance, and finding yourself this may be a good choice for you!
    by SM | Oct 31, 2016

    Here are yet some more new teen romance before October fades...



    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!