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    by Cindy H | Feb 24, 2017
    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...



    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
    lucky strikes
    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...


    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

    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...



    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
    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....


    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....


    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
    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....


    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 Heather G | Dec 31, 2016
    IMG_20161231_102945Our Teen Department at the Main Library has a little secret to share! Their "Kits for Teens" have been around for a few years but it is likely that most of you have never heard of them. Like the "Kits for Kids" from the Children's Department at Main, a set of books and parent/teacher guide is bundled in a bag to check out as one item. Unlike those blue bags for kids, these are gray and include 20 copies of just one title. These kits are intended to be used by a small group or classroom as they discuss a title together. The title pictured here is The Rock and the River by Fort Wayne native Kekla Magoon. Other titles available are listed below. If you'd like to see the full list via our catalog you may search "Kits for Teens." All are available to place on hold and send to your preferred pickup library.

    The Teen Department will be purchasing more of these kits in 2017. If you have titles you'd like to see included comment below! The budget isn't huge so there is no guarantee that your request will be purchased.

    All Quiet on the Western Front -- Erich Maria Remarque
    The Battle of Jericho -- Sharon Draper
    Between Shades of Gray -- Ruta Sepetys
    The Book Thief -- Markus Zusak
    Code Talkers -- Joseph Bruchac
    The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes -- Arthur Conan Doyle
    The Diary of a Young Girl -- Anne Frank
    The Doomsday Book -- Connie Willis
    Esperanza Rising -- Pam Munoz Ryan
    Flowers for Algernon -- Daniel Keyes
    The Freedom Writer's Diary -- Erin Gruwell
    The Giver -- Lois Lowry
    The Glory Field -- Walter Dean Myers
    The Great Gatsby -- F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone -- J. K. Rowling
    Hatchet -- Gary Paulsen
    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- Douglas Adams
    The Hobbit -- J. R. R. Tolkien
    The Hunger Games -- Suzanne Collins
    I Am the Messenger -- Markus Zusak
    Looking for Alaska -- John Green
    Lord of the Flies -- William Golding
    Maus: My Father Bleeds History  -- Art Spiegelman
    Milkweed -- Jerry Spinelli
    The Misfits -- James Howe
    Monster -- Walter Dean Myers
    Night -- Elie Wiesel
    The Number Devil -- Hans Magnus Enzenberger
    The Odyssey -- Homer, trans. Fagles
    Pride and Prejudice -- Jane Austen
    The Red Badge of Courage -- Stephen Crane
    The Rock and the River -- Kekla Magoon
    Romeo and Juliet -- William Shakespeare
    Salt: a Story of Friendship in a Time of War -- Helen Frost
    Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson
    Thirteen Reasons Why -- Jay Asher
    To Kill a Mockingbird -- Harper Lee
    The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 -- Christopher Paul Curtis
    by Cindy H | Dec 30, 2016
    If you haven't heard of Lin-Manuel Miranda's groundbreaking Tony award-winning musical Hamilton yet, it's time you checked it out! Hamilton utilizes many musical styles, including hip-hop, pop, and R&B, to tell the story of Alexander Hamilton, the Revolutionary War, and how the founding fathers worked together to create the United States of America. Hamilton: The Revolution provides behind the scenes and background information on the show directly from the creator. The script is also included, with footnotes by Miranda that give key insights into how this ingenious show came together.

    I would recommend starting out listening to the original cast recording.
    This will allow you to listen to the majority of the show from start to finish. The recording is available to check out on CD, or digitally on Hoopla. You can also watch when the cast performed a number from the show on the 2016 Tony Awards on YouTube here. If you love listening to Hamilton as much as I did, you'll want to read more about it in Hamilton: The Revolution, available to check out in book form or as an eBook on Overdrive. Disclaimer: there is some explicit language in the musical, so please keep that in mind.

    If you love musicals, history, and hip-hop you won't be able to get enough of Hamilton!
    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)