Friday, September 12, 2014

Special Display - YALSA BEST OF 2014!

Time for new special display in the YA room...

Each year, YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) comes up with a list of the BEST BOOKS published in the last 16 months. Here are the ones that SLPL owns. For the entire list, go to This list contains books recommended for ages 12-18. But who’s checking? Just have fun!

Limit: 2 books per card
Checkout: 2 weeks

I can make personal recommendations for Scarlet by Marissa Meyer and Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. They were totally fab!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September Sale! Get 'em While They're Hot!

The Book Corner @ SLPL is holding a special sale throughout the month of September...Teen Tales!
Summer was expensive. I don't know about you, but I spent a lot of moola at the beach, the drive-in, the concerts, the bluegrass festival, etc. And it was all great!

But now you can get awesome YA books with just the spare change you have left in your pocket or car cup holder!

Hardcover = $1.00
Softcover = $0.50

These prices include anything on the "special sale" shelf inside the library's front door. Series, classics, one-sies (stand-alone novels) and more!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

If I Stay

Need a movie suggestion for this weekend? Check out If I Stay based on the YA novel of the same name by Gayle Forman. Fair warning: you'll probably need some Kleenex.

Trouble viewing video? Click here.

Oh, Chloe Grace Moretz! You've grown up since Hugo

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It's over, it's over...

...theblondelibrarian says "It's over!"

Teen summer reading club...I remember when.
*insert sappy slideshow with good-time photos (Oh, wait, I didn't make one of those)

Summer may be (almost) over, but don't blub. We had a great time! THANK YOU to all of ya'll who joined the Teen Reading Club over the summer, and congrats to any and all prize winners. You worked hard to read 140,565 pages as a group. YOU'RE AWESOME!

But this wouldn't have been possible without our local sponsors:
Putt U
Copperhead Grille

and a special THANK YOU to Tales of Adventure Comics and Games in Coopersburg for supplying the Teen Reading Club with some serious prize packages. Stop by the store, pick up a new graphic novel and say thanks while you're at it.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

7 Days Left!

ONLY 7 DAYS LEFT to read and log books for the Teen Summer Reading Club!

Keep reading and logging until August 13 @ 5 pm. You can do it!

IMPORTANT: All raffle prize tickets must be picked up and placed in the bins by Aug. 13 @ 5 pm. So don't wait and think you'll drop it in before the closing program on Thursday night. 'Cause you can't.

All prize winners will be announced at the closing program on Thursday, Aug. 14th @ 7 pm. You don't have to be present to win, and you will be notified by phone if you do. But, if you want to watch the little kids get their prizes, and have some yummy snacks, stop on by!

REMEMBER: if you attain all 10 prize levels, you will get a bonus prize of free comics for a year from Tales of Adventure Comics and Games. Get it!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Impossible Knife of Memory review

What have I been reading this summer? Well....
The Impossible Knife of Memory - Laurie Halse Anderson
For a long time, Hayley has felt more like a parent than a daughter. Constantly on the move with her war vet father who suffers from serious PTSD, she has built impenetrable walls around herself to keep out the hurt, fear and feelings of helplessness. But now Dad says it's time to settle down in the town she knew in a younger, happier time. He also says she is going to finish high school. He doesn't mention how she's supposed to accomplish that between protecting him from himself, fending off nosy adults, and surviving on peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Danger rears up everywhere - her father's creepy "friend"/dealer, failing grades at school, and a possibly evil ex-stepmother who already left Hayley high and dry once. And then there's Finn. A nice boy, a star swimmer, and the first one Hayley is tempted to let through her defenses. But will he be able to handle the glass-shard-filled chaos that is her world?

A riveting portrayal from Anderson of the other dark side of PTSD - the typhoon of craziness it can bring to family members and dependents. Hayley is an incredibly strong girl - because she has to be. It's the only way she'll survive. She's always trying to anticipate her father's next move, and analyzing his present condition. Is he high, drunk, angry, weeping, screaming, armed, comatose, suicidal? Every second with her dad is a roller coaster ride with all these possibilities. She supports and protects him to the best of her ability, but she can't help remembering a time when things weren't so. There's a constant feeling of Hayley being on the knife's edge in this story - which is appropriate given the title. She has things under control, but barely. Any second it could go haywire. The intense ending doesn't leave room for shiny rainbows, but it does give a glimmer of hope in the all-encompassing power of love.

This is a serious book with a serious subject, but you won't be able to put it down. I call Anderson the Jodi Picoult of YA because she tackles the issues that nobody else wants in a heartbreaking and totally believable way. Well done!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ace those tests!

Thinking about the SAT, PSAT, ACT, GED or any of those other nerve-wracking tests? Don't be scared...we're here to help. SLPL is now offering access to the Testing and Education Reference Center (powered by Gale)
Take on-line practice tests and use test prep eBooks to obtain your education goals. Browse by "High School Tools",  "College Prep Tools", or even "Career Tools"
  • Over 300 practice tests and courses
  • Dozens of ebooks containing valuable study material and practice tests
  • Information on over 4,000 accredited schools
  • Scholarship search featuring $8 billion in available scholarships
  • Resume builder with over 1,000 brainstorming phrases to get you started
  • Career modules covering subjects from career change to salary negotiations
It's a big world out there. Get busy.

P.S. For those of you who prefer test prep you can hold in your hands, we have book copies in our YA room.