Thursday, April 30, 2015

What's New for May 2015! Hot New Reads!

Get ready for some great new Teen fiction in May!  Here are a few of the hot new releases that will soon be on your library shelves!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (author of the Throne of Glass series)
A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.  She had me at Tamlin. Published on 5/5/2015.

The Heir by Kiera Cass.  It is time for the daughter of America Singer and Prince Maxon to have her chance at choosing a spouse.  PS.  Warner Brothers has purchased the rights to The Selection by Kiera Cass. Published on 5/5/2015.

Maximum Ride Forever by James Patterson. THE NINTH AND ULTIMATE MAXIMUM RIDE STORY IS HERE! Legions of Max fans won't be disappointed by this encore episode in the beloved series about the incredible adventures of a teenage girl who can fly. Published 5/18/2015

Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer. OFF THE PAGE is a stand-alone novel as well as a companion to the authors’ bestseller Between the Lines, and is perfect for readers looking for a fairytale ending. Fans of Sarah Dessen and Meg Cabot are sure to appreciate this novel about love, romance, and relationships.  Published 5/19/2015.

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen (Who is one of 30 authors coming to Teen Book Fest 2015 on Saturday, May 16 from 9am till 5 pm at Nazareth College. And it's FREE!) The uber-popular Sarah Dessen explores her signature themes of family, self-discovery, and change in her twelfth novel, sure to delight her legions of fans. Published 5/5/2015. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

What do Sia, Hozier, Jason Aldean and Walk the Moon have in common?

Quiz time. What do the following albums have in common? They are all available on Freegal, and part of your five free downloads a week with your library card! 
Never used Freegal? Listen to why you should try it!
*You can download up to 5 songs/week for free!
*Music is yours to keep
*No DRM (digital rights management)
*No new account to create
*No special software required
*Download directly to your computer
*or use the Freegal App to listen on your Apple or Android mobile device.

Here's a few of the top albums right now! There are millions of songs available, including the Sony Music Catalog. Try it - it's easy and FREE with your library card!


Monday, April 20, 2015

YALSA announces the Teen Top 10 finalists! Read and prepare to vote in August!

teens' top ten

The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted during National Library Week, and teens across the country are encouraged to read as many nominees as they can over the summer. Readers ages twelve to eighteen will then vote online between August and Teen Read Week to select their favorites. The 10 titles with the most votes become the year’s Teens’ Top Ten. If you want something good to read this summer, use this list for suggestions!

The nominees are as follows:
Alsaid, Adi. Let’s Get Lost. Harlequin Teen.
Armentrout, Jennifer L. Don’t Look Back. Disney Hyperion.
Blackburne, Livia. Midnight Thief. Disney Hyperion.
Blake, Kendare. Mortal Gods. Tor Teen.
Clare, Cassandra. The Bane Chronicles. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry.
Cremer, Andrea. The Inventor’s Secret. Penguin Group/Philomel.
Dellaira, Ava. Love Letters to the Dead. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus, Giroux Books.
Despain, Bree. Into the Dark: The Shadow Prince. Egmont.
Han, Jenny. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Simon & Schuster.
Howard, A.G. Unhinged. Abrams/Amulet Books.
Lu, Marie. The Young Elites. Penguin/G.P. Putnam's Sons.
Maas, Sarah J. Heir of Fire. Bloomsbury.
Matson, Morgan. Since You’ve Been Gone. Simon & Schuster.
Nielsen, Jennifer A. The Shadow Throne. Scholastic.
Novak, Ali. My Life with the Walter Boys. Sourcebooks.
Pearson, Mary E. The Kiss of Deception. Macmillan/ Henry Holt & Company.
Rutkoski, Marie. The Winner’s Curse. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
Scott, Victoria. Fire & Flood. Scholastic.
Shine, Joe. I Become Shadow. Soho Teen.
Smith, Andrew. Grasshopper Jungle. Penguin Group/Dutton Juvenile.
Smith, Jennifer E. The Geography of You and Me. Hachette/Poppy.
Stone, Juliana. Boys Like You. Sourcebooks.
Sundquist, Josh. We Should Hang Out Sometime. Little Brown & Company.
Talley, Robin. Lies We Tell Ourselves. Harlequin Teen.

Middle School Monday:

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Nightbird by Alice Hoffman
Do you enjoy fantasy?  A touch of magic?  Alice Hoffman incorporates the magical into a story about fitting in, family, and belonging.  I am really enjoying this book! 

“Twig Fowler and her mother keep to themselves so that their neighbors in Sidwell, Massachusetts, won’t discover their secret: Twig’s older brother James has wings, thanks to a generations-old curse laid upon all Fowler men by Agnes Early, the Witch of Sidwell. Against their mother’s warnings, Twig befriends Julia, a descendent of Agnes Early, and James falls in love with Julia’s sister Agate, relationships that will ultimately bring secrets to light. Hoffman creates a witchy small town New England setting but populates it with realistic characters such as twelve-year-old Twig, who desperately wants a friend. Twig’s entirely mundane broken arm, incurred in a fall from a tree, contrasts nicely with James’s wings, which allow him to fly but keep him from living a normal life. The tone, mystical but not too dark, makes this a good choice for readers who want to imagine just a bit of magic in their lives.”
—Shoshana Flax, The Horn Book

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Coming Soon! An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

published April 28, 2015

Lots of buzz about Sabaa Tahir's book An Ember in the Ashes. It is racing up the Goodreads "To Be Read" shelf, and we will be getting it for our shelves soon! Marie Lu, author of the bestselling "Legend" series has this to say "I was so engrossed with this book that I missed a connecting flight. If that doesn't convince you to read An Ember in the Ashes, I don't know what will. An explosive, heartbreaking, epic debut that will keep you glued to the pages. I hope the world's ready for Sabaa Tahir."

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.  

Read more about Sabaa Tahir

Monday, April 13, 2015

April is Poetry Month: New Verse Novels and Don't forget the Haiku Contest

April is National Poetry Month!  We have several new poetry books in, as well as some new novels in verse.  Novels in verse are usually quick reads, but can really impact you with their strong emotional content.  I did not think I would like them, but once I read one I became a fan.  Also, don't forget our Haiku Contest - you have until April 30th to get those entries in and win Wegmans giftcards! 

Here's a few new books to check out:

check the catalog here

A tongue in cheek guide to life with poems.  For example, a few headings "If you are madly in love and others say you should be more cautious" or "If things turn out really sour and you need some sound advice" or "if you are on the receiving end of snobbery". 

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Please Excuse This Poem features one hundred acclaimed younger poets from truly diverse backgrounds and points of view, whose work has appeared everywhere from "The New Yorker" to Twitter, tackling a startling range of subjects in a startling range of poetic forms. Here is a cross-section of American poetry as it is "right now"--full of grit and love, sparkling with humor, searing the heart, smashing through boundaries on every page.

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A gorgeously told novel in verse written with intimacy and power, Audacity is inspired by the real-life story of Clara Lemlich, a spirited young woman who emigrated from Russia to New York at the turn of the twentieth century and fought tenaciously for equal rights.

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"On a hot summer night in a midwestern town, a high school teenage prank goes horrifically awry. Alcohol, guns, and a dare. Within minutes, as events collide, innocents becomes victims--with tragic outcomes altering lives forever, a grisly and unfortunate scenario all too familiar from current real-life headlines. But victims can also become survivors, and as we come to know each character through his/her own distinctive voice and their interactions with one another, we see how, despite pain and guilt, they can reach out to one another, find a new equilibrium, and survive"-- From website.

Monday, April 6, 2015

We Want to be Your Favorite Library!

Every year the Rochester Regional Library Council chooses a favorite public library based on patron voting and comments.  We want to be your favorite library!  We strive to be the best with what we offer for you, including:

1.  great new book selections with multiple copies
2.  carrying your school reading books
3.  free programs for you to attend, including free SAT/ACT practice tests
4.  a great space to study or meet, even if it is to watch the fish in our 20 foot long fish tank!
5.  additional choices in Overdrive e-books for Greece patrons.
6.  5 FREE music downloads per week with your library card and our Freegal service.
7.  free wi-fi and new wireless printing from your device (even from home)
8.  a new iPad station with 4 iPads loaded with news apps, and Safari internet explorer.
9.  Secondhand Prose - a bookstore right in the library that offers books at great prices!
10.  Volunteer opportunities in the summer for teens.


What do you love about your library?  Let us know!