Teen Winter Reading Program 2020:
Saturday, December 21st 2019 – Saturday, February 22nd 2020
No sign up necessary!
Stop by the library to pick up a Teen Winter Reading Bingo Card in the Teen area or from the Circulation Desk. Complete activities to get a Bingo (five squares in a row). Bring your Bingo card to the Circulation desk to receive a raffle ticket towards 4 raffles. Raffle prizes include gift cards, books and of course, the big jar of candy.
You can do as many Bingo Cards as you want. You will also receive a raffle ticket for every teen program you attend in January and February. Raffle winners will be picked at the end of the day on Saturday, February 22nd 2020 so please turn in all Bingo Cards and raffle tickets before then.
Upcoming Winter Events for Teens
Wednesday, January 8th @ 12:30pm: Movie and Hot Chocolate (and Cookies)
Wednesday, January 15th @ 3pm: DIY Hand Warmers
Thursday, January 22nd @ 3pm: Teen Edible Winter Art
Wednesday, January 29th @ 3:30pm: Harry Potter Half Birthday Party
Wednesday, February 5th @ 3pm: Teen Wii Play
Wednesday, February 12th @ 12:30pm: Movie and Milkshakes
Wednesday, February 19th @ 3:30pm: Teen Edible Art: Candy Necklaces
Thursday, February 20th @ 6:30pm: Teen Anime and Candy Sushi Night
What is a young adult?
For library services, we define a young adult as someone who is in middle school or high school. You might see us use the term "teen" interchangeably with "young adult” or “YA.”
What services do you offer to young adults?
We have a teen space that contains books as well as a selection of graphic novels, manga, and non-fiction titles appropriate for a YA audience. Keep in mind that the rest of the library has a lot to offer young adult patrons as well! Our juvenile and adult collections, online databases, and inter-library loan (ILL) services, are all available and useful to teens. If you are looking for YA audiobooks, you can find them shelved with the Adult audiobooks.
There are also work spaces, bean bag chairs, and computers specifically for teen use.
We are proud to offer programs just for teens, so they can connect with each other, share their interests, and unwind from all the stresses of everyday life. A complete list of clubs and events can be found here.
Who are the teen services librarians?
All of the librarians at the Reuben Hoar Library can assist young adults with their needs, but Jenna Cantino is generally responsible for matters regarding the teen space and its users. They are also enthusiastic readers of YA books and love to give recommendations or just chat about what they’ve been reading recently.
I'm a young adult, but I would like to read adult books. Is that okay?
Absolutely! Our YA books are chosen to appeal to as many middle- and high-schoolers as possible, but many readers find that their interests extend beyond the books on the YA shelves. Any time you need help finding a book that suits your needs, ask one of the librarians. Helping you find the perfect book is our favorite thing to do!
I'm an adult, but I would like to read YA books. Is that okay?
Lots of adults enjoy YA literature. These books tend to focus internally on character development, paying more attention to the turmoil and struggle inherent in the process of growing up rather than external adventures. YA books are often more straightforward in their presentation, which can be a relaxing change of pace for some.
If you're an adult and would like to browse the YA section, please feel free to do so, but remember to respect the teens' space.
What are some popular YA books?
You can view the New York Times' young adult best sellers below. It's perhaps the best source of staying up to date on what's trending in the market, but sometimes there's no accounting for taste.
- New York Times' Young Adult Best Sellers List
- Printz Award Winners
- ALA's Best Fiction for Young Adults (Reuben Hoar Library Annotations)
- Teens' Top Ten
- Best Young Adult Books from Goodreads
- Reading Rants
- Teen Reads
- No Flying No Tights
- The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys. At the Castellana Hilton in 1957 Madrid, eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson connects with Ana Moreno through photography and fate as Daniel discovers the incredibly dark side of the city under Generalissimo Franco's rule.
- Slayer by Kiersten White. Set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the first book in this series will introduce our new slayer as she grapples with incredible power she is just beginning to understand. If you like this one, make sure to check out the second book in the series Chosen.
Graphic Novels & Manga:
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell. Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends. Every autumn, all through high school, they've worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world They say good-bye every Halloween, and they're reunited every September 1. But this Halloween is different -- Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Josiah's ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn't ready to let him. What if -- instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut -- they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he's been mooning over for three years ... What if their last shift was an adventure?
The Midwinter Witch by Molly Knox Ostertag. As his extended family gathers for their annual Midwinter Festival magic competition, Aster decides to enter the contest meant for witches, despite the lingering discomfort and hostility of certain family members. Meanwhile, Ariel struggles to accept her new family's love while her estranged aunt attempts to lure her away by poisoning her self-esteem. This is the third book in The Witch Boy series. Make sure to read them all!
Books in a Series: