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Teen Book Spotlight--2012 YA Titles!!!

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Our teen book spotlight this week is on books that were published in 2012 and are celebrating their 10th birthday!  I do not know what was in the water, air, or universe that year but there were so many amazing titles and authors to come out of that year of publishing that books we read today are still inspired by those groundbreaking works.  Many have been adapted into movies we were clamoring to see in the theaters since 2012 and some titles we are still talking about and recommending to others.  There is a mixture of stand alone titles as well as firsts in a series to fantasy, realistic,

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Tough Topics for Teens

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Being a teen is tough, and sometimes you need help! Take a look at some of the following Young Adult Nonfiction topics and find books on the topics relevant to you. You can find YA Nonfiction in the Adult Nonfiction section.

Abusive Relationships.................................362.8                 

Alcohol..........................................362.292 & 613.81               

Anxiety...............................................152.4 & 616.88                 

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Teen Book Spotlight--Titles with Numbers!!!

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Our teen book spotlight this week is on books that have numbers in their titles!!!  There are times when titles need more than just words to describe what is happening and to catch your attention as you browse the shelves.

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Teen Book Spotlight--Family Stories pt. 2!!!

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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 (both by blood and the ones we choose)?  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 famil

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Teen Book Spotlight--The Civil War!!!

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Our teen book spotlight this week is all about the Civil War!!  This time period in our history was one of our most horrific and devastating in numerous ways and impacted not only Americans at that time but we are still experiencing some of the ramifications today.  We have an amazing collection of fiction and nonfiction titles that explore t

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Teen Book Spotlight--Native American Stories!!!

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With it being Native American Heritage Month, our teen book spotlight this week is on books that are either authored by Native American and Indigenous authors or feature characters representing this heritage!!!  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

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Language Learning is Fun!

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Learning another language is exciting, helpful, and fun! If you’re looking to learn, we have just what you need. The library’s resources include a vast array of books, audiobooks, and even an app that can assist you: Mango. First, let’s see what books can help you get you started on your language-learning journey. 

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Book Review: Ain't Burned All The Bright

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Powerhouse author/illustrator duo and best friends, Jason Reynolds and Jason Griffin worked together during the pandemic to create  Ain’t Burned All The Bright.  This Young Adult book is weighty both in a physical sense and in subject matter. With over 350 pages of glossy, mesmerizing illustrations and spare text that becomes part of the artwork on each page, Ain’t Burned All The Bright  makes quite an impact. The story is centered around one black family during the Covid 19 pandemic and at a time of racial violence.

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Teen Book Spotlight--Characters as Authors!!!

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Our teen book spotlight this week is on books that feature a main character who is passionate about writing since it is the start of NaNoWriMo!  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

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Teen Book Spotlight--Favorite Thrillers!!!

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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

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Teen Book Spotlight--Books to Screen Pt. 2!!!

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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

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TEENtober

TeenTober is a nationwide celebration hosted by libraries every October. It aims to celebrate teens and promote year-round teen services and literacies. Handley Regional Library System uses the celebration to highlight the innovative ways we engage teens to learn new skills and fuel their passions in and out of the library.

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Teen Book Spotlight--Hispanic Heritage Month Pt. 3!!!

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

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Teen Book Spotlight--Fall Month Titles!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is on books that are all about getting in the Fall spirit as they are set in the Fall months!  These stories are sure to get you thinking about what it means to be in the Autumn season with apple picking, pumpkin carving, pumpkin spice lattes, and whatever else gets you in the Fall mood.  There is a wide vari

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Teen Book Spotlight--Fairy Tale Retellings!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is on books that are all about fairy tale retellings!  These are stories that have been inspired by books that are considered to be fairy tales that have been written in the past and are now used as inspiration for newer books.  Some follow the storylines pretty consistently while others completely turn the story on its head with role reversals, different points of view, settings, or even introducing elements such as science fiction and fantasy.  Some of them may be from fairy tales titles that you have heard of before while others may be completely new to

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