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    by SM | Oct 16, 2017

    The books listed here are some more new teen fantasy fiction novels to enjoy this Fall ...

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    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 | Oct 09, 2017

    The books listed here are some new teen fantasy novels to enjoy as Fall begins...

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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 | Sep 29, 2017
    Do you have a secret desire to be a rock star? Do you have a song in your heart that is yearning to get out? Would you enjoy watching your friends, family, and neighbors perform songs while eating delicious snacks? If so, then the Aboite Branch's new all-ages program, the Super Awesome Karaoke Party, is for you! This program begins October 21st from 2-4pm and will be offered the 3rd Saturday of each month. Our new karaoke machine connects to YouTube, so an unlimited number of popular karaoke songs are at your disposal.

    Disclaimer: Must be prepared for fantastic fun in an extremely encouraging and judgment-free environment.

    Questions? Contact Cindy Harter, Youth Librarian at the Aboite Branch. 260-421-1310
    by sm | Sep 25, 2017

    The books listed here are some more new teen science-fiction novels to enjoy as Fall begins...

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    by sm | Sep 19, 2017

    The books listed here are some new teen science-fiction novels to enjoy as Summer fades into Fall...

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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 Mary Voors | Sep 13, 2017

    Hey Kids!

    Entries are now being accepted in the Allen County Public Library's annual Poetry Contest for kids and teens.

    This year there is no theme; young poets are encouraged to Just Write It! by choosing a favorite topic and writing a poem to submit. Entries from kids and young adults will be accepted at all ACPL locations through November 6, 2017.

    Hey Teachers!

    Many teachers use this contest as an opportunity to develop a poetry lesson plan and then enter all their students’ successful poetry work in the contest.

    This the 35th year the Allen County Public Library has offered this annual poetry contest. We will make booklets containing all the winning poems available for you to keep in your classroom to inspire future poets.

    Hey, Homeschoolers!

    This poetry contest is for you, too! Students in public, private, parochial, charter, online, and home schools can all participate. Just drop your poem off at any Allen County Library.

    Check out the official rules, get writing, and drop your poem off at your local library. We can't wait to read your poems!
    Complete rules for the 2017 ACPL Poetry Contest

    by SM | Sep 11, 2017

    These books are new teen adventure novels for some great Fall 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 | Sep 01, 2017
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    Jill wakes up in a hospital bed and she can't remember anything that has happened for the past few weeks. All she knows is that she was in some kind of accident. She desperately wants to talk to her best friend, Simone, but her parents won't let her have access to a phone. When she finally gets her chance and calls Simone's cell phone, no one answers, it just keeps ringing. She tries calling Simone's home phone, but when Simone's parents answer it is clear they do not want anything to do with her. Jill demands answers from her parents and finds out that when she was on a trip in Italy, a trip she doesn't remember going on, she was involved in a fatal car accident that resulted in Simone's death. Most people seem to think it's her fault, but Jill knows she would never hurt Simone. They were best friends, like sisters. Will Jill ever be able to regain her memories and find out the truth about what happened in the accident, and prove her innocence?

    This is a page-turning mystery novel. You will feel frustrated as Jill struggles with recovering from her horrible injuries, mourning the death of her best friend, and her parents trying to control her every move, all while facing accusations of murder and potentially facing a life in prison. You are given clues in the form of transcripts of police interviews, from both Italian and American police, as well as news reports, and posts on a blog called "Justice for Simone". Can you figure out what happened before the police? Will Jill ever be able to overcome the horrors of an event she can't remember? This is an exciting book that is easy to read and you won't want to put down.

    This book is available in print or as an audiobook at the library or as an ebook on Overdrive. Click the picture of the book's cover to place on hold!
    by SM | Aug 28, 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 Mari H. | Aug 24, 2017
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    Girls Who Code resumes September 6th at Main Library and runs through December 13th.  Girls in grades 6-12 are invited to join this free club that will meet each Wednesday from 6-8pm.   We'll learn the Core 4 elements of computer science and work together on an impact project led by professional coders Rhoda D'Wis and Tapan Mokha.

    We'll even spend a little time learning about physical computing with the Adafruit Circuit Playground.  Mari the librarian will show how you can get started building fun projects (including cosplay accessories) with these versatile, Arduino-compatible boards.  Each girl will receive a Circuit Playground to keep, courtesy of a Girls Who Code grant.

    Call 421-1255 to reserve a space. 
    by SM | Aug 21, 2017

    Here are even more new teen romance novels to enjoy as Summer fades ...

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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 | Aug 18, 2017
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    Sunny is an albino girl living in Nigeria who was born in the United States. She is smart and athletic, but struggles with bullying at school. One day after the most popular girl in her class starts a fight with her, she becomes friends with a boy named Orlu when he comes to her defense. He introduces her to Chichi, a mysterious and feisty girl who lives with her mother in a mud hut. They become friends, but she feels like they may be hiding something from her. What she'll soon realize is that there is a magical world that normal people, "lambs", aren't aware of. Orlu and Chichi have known of their "leopard" abilities since birth, but this is all new to Sunny. When they become friends with another boy who was sent to live in Nigeria after creating trouble in the United States, it seems that the four of them coming together is more than coincidence.

    This book opens up an exhilarating new magical world, I had a hard time putting it down! It is highly recommended for fans of the Harry Potter series; there are some similarities, such as the deep feelings of friendship and destiny, the use of juju knives instead of wands, and the idea that there is a separation of magical and non-magical people. I did not feel like the author was copying Harry Potter, though; it almost feels more real in some ways, like there really could be this magical world all around us, that is only visible to a few. I also really loved that the book is set in Nigeria. It is still very relatable but makes it all the more interesting to learn a bit about some of the culture there. If you enjoy this book, keep an eye out for the next book in the series, Akata Warrior, coming out in October 2017. This book is available in print or as an ebook on Overdrive. Click the picture of the book's cover to place on hold!
    by SM | Aug 16, 2017

    Hoopla, the digital service of the ACPL, has made several content deals in the last month bringing in thousands of new titles, including eBooks from HarperCollins and comics from Titan Comics.
    If you like to read Dr. Who, Assassin's Creed or even Minions comics on your devices then Hoopla will be the place for you!
    Titan Comics and Hoopla

     

    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 | Aug 14, 2017

    These books are more new teen romance novels to enjoy for the last of Summer ...

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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 | Aug 07, 2017

    These novels are new teen romance books to enjoy for the last of Summer ...

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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 | Aug 04, 2017
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    It is the year 1941. Lina lives with her father, mother, and younger brother in Lithuania. WWII is in full swing across Europe. The Soviets are beginning to occupy many Eastern European countries. People have been going into hiding, as rumors of families being taken away travel across the country. One fateful night, there is a pounding at the door. The Soviets are there, Lina and her family only have a few minutes to gather their belongings before they are violently carted away with a number of other Lithuanians. As they begin a terrifying journey to Siberia they try their best to stay together, but they are separated from her father, who is taken away to an unknown location. Lina is a gifted artist and uses her talents to portray the horrendous conditions and torments they face as they are starved, beaten, and forced into labor by the Soviet officers (the NKVD). Will they ever be reunited as a family and regain their freedom? Their chances seem slimmer with every passing day.

    This book is an extremely emotional and heartbreaking story of a girl and her family trying to survive the repressions and forced labor, along with many other Eastern Europeans, perpetrated by Josef Stalin and his officers during World War II. The author based the story on the recollections of real survivors of these events; it is estimated that 85-100 million people died or were killed as a result of Stalin's reign. This is an important story, but contains graphic violence that may not be appropriate for younger readers. This book has won several awards. I highly recommend it for anyone who appreciates realistic, historical fiction. It is available in print, or as an ebook or audiobook on Overdrive. Click the picture of the book's cover to place on hold!
    by Cindy H | Jul 21, 2017
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    Karl is determined that this will be his year to be normal. Karl has been an integral member of the school support group for troubled teens, that him and his friends lovingly coined "The Madman Underground". Karl's best friends are the Madmen, but he knows he'll have to separate himself from them if he has any hope of avoiding therapy, and the stereotypes that go with it. He finds that shaking the Madmen is going to be harder than he thought, and in the end, is it worth it to be normal anyway?

    This book is extremely engaging. The writer describes the characters and their lives in a way that makes them feel real, almost as though this was a work of nonfiction. It is set in the 1970s, but the story feels like it could take place in present day; I found the references to the time period interesting and informative. I would recommend this book to anyone who appreciates stories portraying realistic friendship and family struggles, resilience, and mental illness. This book is recommended for older teens and adults, as there are references to graphic violence, sex, and drug and alcohol abuse. Some people may feel uncomfortable with these aspects of the story, but if you can get past them it really is a captivating and at times agonizing story that will leave you wishing you could spend a day with the Madmen.

    This book is available in print or as an ebook on Overdrive. Click the picture of the book's cover to place on hold!
    by SM | Jul 10, 2017

    These books are new teen mystery novels to puzzle over and solve...

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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 | Jul 03, 2017

    Here are even more new teen fantasy novels for summer 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 | Jun 30, 2017
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    Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a beautiful story about the love and friendship of two boys living in El Paso, TX. It opens during the summer of 1987. Aristotle, or Ari, is a sweet but troubled teenager. His brother is in prison and he struggles with the fact that his parents don't like to talk about it. He mostly keeps to himself and ponders life and his apparent differences from most of the boys his age, until he meets Dante one day at the swimming pool. They bond over their rather unique names, “We laughed again. We couldn’t stop. I wondered what it was we were laughing about. Was it just our names? Were we laughing because we were relieved? Were we happy? Laughter was another one of life’s mysteries.” Dante is in many ways Ari's opposite; he is outspoken and comes from a very loving and affectionate family; Dante marvels at the fact that they kiss each other on the cheek. They form a deep bond over the summer, and it is lovely to see their relationship progress. Ari learns that he is not happier being a loner, and that Dante has a way of making him see the world in a different way. When a series of events occur that test their friendship, however, Ari has to decide what he wants in life and discover who he truly is.

    This is an excellent book that I had a hard time putting down. This book has won many awards; it is an excellent choice for anyone wanting a story about true love and friendship. Today is the last day of LGBTQ+ Pride Month and reading this book would be a great way to celebrate! Although homosexuality is not the primary focus of the book, it is an important aspect that helps make the story that much more beautiful. This book is available in print, audiobook, and as an ebook and audiobook on Overdrive. Click the picture of the book's cover to place on hold!