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Teen Book Spotlight--Family!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is on books that are all about families!!  Let’s face it, love ‘em or hate ‘em, where would we be without our families?  One of the things I love about YA is that there is such diversity throughout the collection and when it comes to books that feature families and family life, it is no exception plus sometimes it is very interesting reading about someone else’s family and then comparing yours (and realizing how lucky you may just be!).  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #yafamilystories as well a...

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Teen Book Spotlight--Music!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is on books that feature music!!  If you are anything like me then you love music; there always has to be some sort of song or rhythm going on in the background (because when it is quiet it is so weird) so why not have that carry over to what we read?  All of these titles have music woven throughout, some even with their own playlist, and we have an amazing offering of realistic, mystery, and even nonfiction so there is something for everyone.  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #yamusicalstories...

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Teen Book Spotlight--Games, Puzzles, and Mazes (oh my!!!)

Our teen book spotlight this week is on books that feature games (video, virtual, board, and so on), mazes, and puzzles because it is International Gaming Week!!!  I love games and puzzles because there are so many choices, you can complete them either with others or by yourself, and there is always a bit of challenge that makes the victory that much sweeter.  The titles we have this week will inspire you to take on some sort of gaming this week or you can just feel free to read about others and their gaming adventures.  These books and more can be found by searching the ca...

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Let's Celebrate...Day of the Dead!

November 1st-November 2nd is when the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) is celebrated in Mexico! During this colorful celebration, friends and families gather to remember the souls of those who have died.  More information can be learned by watching the amazing video (made by students who are members of Millbrook High School’s Club de Español) in which they explain all about this holiday!


Day of the Dead is one of the many celebrations and holidays we are featuring in our Fall family reading challenge called Family Traditions.  We encourage every family to sig...

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Teen Book Spotlight--NaNoWriMo Titles!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is on books that were started during NaNoWriMo and then were published!!!  NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and it takes place every November.  The goal of this month is to encourage individuals to explore their creative writing side; you set a goal for how many words you want to write throughout the month and then you start your story and see where it takes you.  These titles serve as encouragement for all who up for this challenge; if you are interested in participating this year more information can be found on the NaNoW...

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NaNoWriMo is here again!

Is there a story idea cooking in your brain? Have you been meaning to write that novel but just can’t find the motivation? Are you struggling with writer’s block and want some friends to commiserate with over Zoom? Look no further! NaNoWriMo is here once more!

What is NaNoWriMo?

NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. It’s just what it says on the tin: an annual writing project that takes place in the month of November, with the goal of writing a 50,000 word manuscript in 30 days. That’s a tall order! But there are a few things to keep in mind, mainly that t...

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Teen Book Spotlight--Spooky & Scary Titles!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is on books that are filled with spooks and scares!! Just in time to get you ready for Halloween, these books are filled with zombies, ghosts, spirits, unexplained happenings, and other spooky creatures that may have you reading with the lights turned on (I dare you to read with the lights turned off and just a flashlight).  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #yascary as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check back next week for a new teen book spotlight and if you have any book suggestions, please let us k...

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Teen Book Spotlight--Thrillers & Suspense!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is on books that are filled with thrills and suspense!!  These are the reads that are going to keep on the edge of your seat as you have no idea what is going to be on the next page.  You will find yourself holding your breath, either in fear or anticipation, and wanting to know what comes next; there may be some speechless or mouth dropped open moments.  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #yathriller as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check back next week for a new teen book spotlight and if ...

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Teen Book Spotlight--Elyse's Favorites (Part 1)!!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is on books that are some of my all time favorites!!! These are the books that kept me reading till 3:00 in the morning (we have all been there before), left me speechless and filled with emotions (including some crying on the couch), wanting to talk about it with someone instantly, and then telling everyone else they have to read it!  Some of these books are standalone titles while a few start a series; this was such a hard list to make.  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #elyse’sfavorites as well a...

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it's TeenTober!!!

It is that time of year--it’s not just October but it is TeenTober!!!!  TeenTober is a month-long celebration and event that recognizes our amazing teens in the library because they are literally amazing.  This year, we are celebrating a little differently (just like everything else it seems) and we are featuring our teens’ reading recommendations, amazing skills and talents, and passions.  New features will premier each week both in the library and online so be sure to check back often.  

We also encourage teens (and anyone else who loves YA) to read some...

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Teen Book Spotlight--Books to Movies!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is on books that have been made into movies!!  Let’s be real for a second--there are a ton of books that have been made into movies and the majority of them are not nearly as good as the source material.  The titles we are featuring this week are examples (at least in my opinion) of books that are better than the movie and I encourage you to read them and prove me otherwise!  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #youthbooktomovie as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check back next week for a new ...

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Teen Book Spotlight--Hispanic Heritage Month!!!

With it being Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th-October 15th), our teen book spotlight this week is on books that are authored by Latino and Latina authors!!!  These books are amazing and so many of these authors have written more than just the titles that are being featured--so if you like this one there are others you can read as well.  All of the titles featured are standalones so if you want a book that has a beginning, middle, and end these may be a perfect choice!  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #yahispanicheritag...

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Teen Book Spotlight--Siblings!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is on books that feature siblings because you know family always leads to some crazy times and amazing memories!  We have a great mix of realistic, fantasy, historical, and dystopian; I love books that feature siblings because they can be featured in any genre.  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #yasiblings as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check back next week for a new teen book spotlight and if you have any book suggestions, please let us know!!

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson-...

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Teen Book Spotlight--Football!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is on YA Football stories since it is the start of the NFL season!!!  With a combination of fiction and nonfiction, these titles provide different aspects and perspectives of the game of football and what it takes to play the game.  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #yafootballstories as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check back next week for a new teen book spotlight and if you have any book suggestions, please let us know!!

Dairy Queen by Catherine Murdock--15-year-old D.J. Schwenk pr...

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#LookToLibraries Campaign Guides Parents through Tough Topics

The American Library Association (ALA) has compiled great resources for parents and caregivers to help children navigate these challenging times in a campaign called #LookToLibraries.

Click here to access a Media Mentorship’s Tip Sheet. Look to a children’s library professional for help finding excellent resources to help monitor children and digital devices and their content.

Click here to Read this great blog about the technology debate vs. children: Should children have access to technology and how much?

Near and dear to our heart, this is a g...

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