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A good read!

I just finished reading a realistic fiction book called  This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills  (YA FIC Mills). I thoroughly enjoyed it- here's my review!

Summary: Sloane isn't expecting to fall in with a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida—especially not a group of friends so intense, so in love, so all-consuming. Yet that's exactly what happens. Sloane becomes closest to Vera, a social-media star who lights up any room, and Gabe, Vera's twin brother and the most serious person Sloane's ever met. When a beloved painting by the twins' late mother goes missing, Sloane takes on the responsibility of tracking it down, a journey that takes her across state lines—and ever deeper into the twins' lives.
Elena’s Review:
Sloane is sarcastic and hilarious which made me immediately like her a lot. We meet her, along with Vera and Gabe, while they are attending a house party. Somehow Sloane ends up stepping in to help Gabe when he is getting bullied. Of …

2017 Teen Choice Book of the Year: Nominate Your Favorites Now!

The five titles that get the most votes will become the finalists for the Teen Choice Book of the Year.
Just fill out the form on the Teenreads website by 11:59 PM (EST) on February 1, 2017. You can vote for titles that are on the provided list or write in your favorites if they aren’t listed. Just make sure your book was released in 2016! 

Click on the words "fill out the form" above  and the link will take you to where you can vote.

May the best book win!

Halloween Trivia & Superstitions

Halloween Trivia The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips.
The largest pumpkin ever measured was grown by Norm Craven, who broke the world record in 1993 with a 836 lb. pumpkin
Black and orange are typically associated with Halloween. Orange is a symbol of strength and endurance and, along with brown and gold, stands for the harvest and autumn. Black is typically a symbol of death and darkness and acts as a reminder that Halloween once was a festival that marked the boundaries between life and death.
The word "witch" comes from the Old English wicce, meaning "wise woman." In fact, wiccan were highly respected people at one time. According to popular belief, witches held one of their two main meetings, or sabbats, on Halloween night.
Trick-or-treating evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year.

Teens Top 10 Announced

The voting has ended and the teens have spoken. These are the winners of the Teens Top 10 of 2016.

1. Baker, Chandler. Alive. Stella Cross has received a heart transplant, but it has not stopped her emotional suffering. Then a mysterious boy named Levi Zin comes into her life. Stella’s pain goes away whenever she’s around Levi. However, Stella finds out a terrible secret about Levi. Can it be true?
2. Niven, Jennifer. All the Bright Places. Death plays a big role in the lives of high schoolers Theodore Finch and Violet Markey. He is constantly on the verge of suicide, and she is battling grief after her sister’s death. The Indiana teens come together to work on a project and soon develop a bond, showing each other what it’s like to live.                                                   
3. Brockenbrough, Martha. The Game of Love and Death. Set in Seattle in the 1920s, a romance develops between Flora, who is African American, and Henry, who is white. Despite some differences, the…

Fairy Tale & Folk Tale Retellings

I've recently been reading a lot of fairy tale & folk tale retellings, so I thought I'd create a short list of others and the tale they are based on.

Ahdieh, Renee                        The Wrath & the Dawn          Arabian Nights                                                 The Rose & the Dagger

Meyer, Marissa            Cinder                                     Cinderella                                      Scarlet                                     Red Riding Hood                                      Cress                                       Rapunzel                                      Winter                                     Snow White
Flinn, Alex                  Beastly                                    Beauty & the Beast                                     Cloaked                                   Various                                                Towering                                 Rapunzel                                             A Kis…

October is National Prevent Bullying Month

October is National Prevent Bullying Month. Below is a list of some of the fiction books we have on bullying.

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Twisted. YA FIC Anderson
Asher, Jay. 13 Reasons Why. YA FIC Asher
Butler, Dori Hillstead. The Truth about Truman School. YA FIC Butler; 6-8
Cohen, Joshua. Leverage. YA FIC Cohen
Crutcher, Chris. Period 8. YA FIC Crutcher
Deuker, Carl. Gutless. YA FIC Deuker
Falkoff, Michelle. Playlist for the Dead. YA FIC Falkoff
Fifty Cent. Playground. YA FIC Fifty Cent
Goldblatt, Mark. Twerp. YA FIC Goldblatt
Hensley, Joy. Rites of Passage. YA FIC Hensley
Howe, James. The Misfits. YA FIC Howe; 6-8
King, A.S. Everybody Sees the Ants. YA FIC King
Lo, Catherine. How it Ends. YA FIC Lo
Peters, Julie Ann. By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead. YA FIC Peters
Sher, Emil. Young Man with Camera. YA FIC Sher
Shulman, Mark. Scrawl. YA FIC Shulman
Summers, Courtney. Some Girls Are. YA FIC Summers

Walton, K.M. Empty. YA FIC Walton

2016 Emmy Award Winners

The Emmy Awards were handed out last night and there were a few surprise winners. Here's the list:

Drama Series: “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Comedy Series: “Veep” (HBO)
Mini-Series or Movie: “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (FX)
TV Movie: “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (Masterpiece)” (PBS)
Variety Talk Series: “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)
Variety Sketch Series: “Key & Peele” (Comedy Central)
Actor in a Comedy Series: Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”
Actress in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Actor in a Drama Series: Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot”
Actress in a Drama Series: Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”
Actor in a Mini-Series or Movie: Courtney B. Vance, “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story”
Actress in a Mini-Series or Movie: Sarah Paulson, “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story”
Supporting Actor in a Drama: Ben Mendelsohn, “Bloodline”
Supporting Actress in a Drama: Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Supporting Actor in a …

Kids Safe Online NYS Poster Contest

The NYS Office of Information Technology Services, Enterprise Information Security Office (ITS EISO) is conducting a kindergarten through 12th grade computer safety contest in conjunction with the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC).
The goal of the contest is to engage young people in thinking about cyber security through the creation of posters that will encourage their peers to use the Internet safely and securely.
The sponsors of the contest believe that young people know best how their friends and classmates are using the Internet and can craft the messages and the images that will resonate with their girl studying with laptop peers and help them stay safe online.
The contest is designed to be fun and educational.  Enter the New York State contest to become eligible for the national contest! Winners will be awarded in New York in early 2017. Winners will be submitted to the national contest for each grade-band (k-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9 -12).
Entries may be u…

Disney Summer of Service Grant

Now through September 30, kids, 5-18 in the U.S., who are making a difference in their community have the chance to apply for a Disney Summer of Service grant through YSA.
Disney Summer of Service grants offer young changemakers $500 to gather their friends and turn creative ideas into projects that will positively impact their communities - making them healthier, greener and stronger.

Three hundred and forty winners will be awarded individual $500 grants to implement their projects and select grantees will have a chance to be recognized by Disney|ABC Television Group or their local ABC affiliate.
Grant applicants must be between the ages of 5 and 18, and live in the United States.
Legally, if you are younger than 13, you must have someone older than 13 prepare and submit the application for you.
Applications must be received by midnight on September 30, 2016, to be considered.
All applicants are required to have a sponsoring organization or school.
Grant checks are sent …

Teens Top Ten Voting Opens Monday

The 2016 Teens’ Top Ten voting begins Monday. To vote, go to the Top Ten website. Here is the list of nominees: 
Baker, Chandler. Alive. Disney/Hyperion. Stella Cross has received a heart transplant, but it has not stopped her emotional suffering. Then a mysterious boy named Levi Zin comes into her life. Stella’s pain goes away whenever she’s around Levi. However, Stella finds out a terrible secret about Levi. Can it be true?
Bardugo, Leigh. Six of Crows. Macmillan/Henry Holt & Co. Young criminal genius Kaz Brekker is offered the chance to pull off a dangerous theft that can make him rich. He recruits a gang of six dangerous misfits to help him with the heist. The book follows the crew’s crazy adventure and features plot twists, betrayals, and schemes aplenty.
Black, Holly. The Darkest Part of the Forest. Little, Brown & Co. In Fairfold, a place where both humans and Faeries live, siblings Hazel and Ben have grown up telling each other stories about the boy in the glass coffi…

August Teen Programs

Registration is open and there are spaces available for the following programs:

DIY Lip Balm & Lotion
Wednesday, August 17 at 7pm
You will learn to make your own lip balm & lotion!

Stir Fry
Thursday, August 18 at 7pm
Learn how to make chicken stir fry!

Harry Potter Party
Monday, August 22 at 3pm
Celebrate the Boy Who Lived

Teen Iron Chef
Wednesday, August 24 at 3pm
Compete against each other to see who can make the best dessert using specific ingredients.

To register for any of these events, you only need your library card! You can register online on our EventKeeper

Spider-Man Anniversary

On August 10, 1962, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko introduced a new superhero for Marvel Comics in issue #15 of Amazing Fantasy. Peter Parker finally got his own comic book in March of 1963.

Check out a preview of the first appearance on the Marvel website.

Diverse Reads

Below is a sample of some of the diverse books in the collection.

Diverse Reads
Abdel-Fattah, Randa.  Does My Head Look Big in This?   Orchard Books, 2007.                                  YA FIC Abdel-Fattah                       Year Eleven at an exclusive prep school in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, would be tough enough, but it is further complicated for Amal when she decides to wear the hijab, the Muslim head scarf, full-time as a badge of her faith--without losing her identity or sense of style.
Alexie, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Little Brown, 2009.                       YA FIC Alexie Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
Alonge, L J. Justin. Penguin, 2016. YA Sports FIC Alonge Justin is having a tough summer in his gritty Oakland neighborhood. In order to distance himself from his alcoholic father and his…

Teen Writing Contest

The Houston Public Library is running its first teen writing contest. Subjects for your short story or poem are limited only by your imagination. Entries will be judged on originality, use of language and technical skill. You can submit to both categories – short story and poetry.
Categories: 1A – Poetry: Grades 6-8 1B – Short Story:  Grades 6-8 2A – Poetry: Grades 9-12 2B – Short Story: Grades 9-12
All entries will have to adhere to contest rules and deadlines. Entries will be judged on the following: Originality Use of Language Technical Skill
Prizes for Each Category: 1st Prize = $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card 2nd Prize = $15 Barnes & Noble Gift Card 3rd Prize = $10 Barnes & Noble Gift Card
How to Submit Entry:

By Mail: Houston Public Library | Attn: Rebecca Denham - Teen Room | 500 McKinney St., 77002. Use the fillable PDF form.
Online: complete the form below. Don't forget to upload your document file!
Contest Submission Rules:
Participants must be a current student b…

Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design Origins Awards Winners

The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design has announced the winners of the 2016 Origins Awards. The nominees and winners were selected by the Academy.  Game of the Year
Codenames (Czech Games), designed by Vlaada Chv├ítil. Board Games
Star Wars: Imperial Assault (Fantasy Flight Games), designed by Justin Kemppainen, Corey Konieczka, Jonathan Ying.
Also winner of the Origins Fan Favorite award! Card Games
7 Wonders Duel (Repos Productions), designed by Antoine Bauza, Bruno Cathala.
 Also winner of the Origins Fan Favorite award! Collectible Games
DC Comics Dice Masters: War of Light (WizKids), designed by Mike Elliott, Eric M. Lang.
Also winner of the Origins Fan Favorite award! Family Games
Codenames (Czech Games Edition), designed by Vlaada Chvatil.
 Also winner of the Origins Fan Favorite award! Game Accessories
Terrain Tiles (Lost Battalion Games), designed by Becky Siebe.
Fan Favorite Winner:  Castle Panic: The Dark Titan (Fireside Games), designed by Justin De Witt Miniatures Games

2016 Tony Award Winners

Best play
"The Humans"
Best musical
Best revival of a play
"A View From the Bridge"
Best revival of a musical
"The Color Purple"
Best book of a musical
Lin-Manuel Miranda, "Hamilton"
Best original score
Lin-Manuel Miranda, "Hamilton"
Best leading actor in a play
Frank Langella, "The Father"
Best leading actress in a play
Jessica Lange, "Long Day's Journey into Night"
Best leading actor in a musical
Leslie Odom Jr., "Hamilton"
Best leading actress in a musical
Cynthia Erivo, "The Color Purple"
Best featured actor in a play
Reed Birney, "The Humans"
Best featured actress in a play
Jayne Houdyshell, "The Humans"
Best featured actor in a musical
Daveed Diggs, "Hamilton"
Best featured actress in a musical
Renee Elise Goldsberry, "Hamilton" Best scenic design of a play

David Zinn, "The Humans"
Best scenic design of a musical
David Rockwell, "She Loves Me…