Young Adults

Teen Summer Reading 2020

Starting Monday June 15th, teens/tweens entering grades 6-12 can sign up *HERE* for the Teen Summer Reading Program. 

Log your hours read starting Monday, June 22nd to earn raffle tickets.  As you log your hours, you will be able to virtually submit your tickets to the raffle prize of your choice. 

This summer, the more read, the more tickets you earn!

You will earn 1 ticket for every 5 hours for the first 25 hours you read.
You will earn 2 tickets for every 5 hours for the next 25 hours you read  (hours 25-50).
You will earn 3 tickets for every 5 hours for the 25 hours after that you read (hours 50-75).
You will earn 4 tickets for every 5 hours for the next 25 hours you read (hours 75-100).
You will earn 5 tickets for every 5 hours you read after that (hours 100+).

There will be a total of 15 grand prize winners this year! Check out pictures of the prizes HERE!

Final raffle prizes include: books and gift cards for Kimball, iTunes, two giant jars of candy, a craft basket, a slime basket and an ice cream basket, as well as some Harry Potter prizes.   All hours must be logged by 4pm on Saturday, August 22nd. Grand prize winners will be notified on Monday, August 24th.

Teen Summer Programs

Starburst Flowers Take & Make: Available Monday, July 13th- Saturday, July 18th
Create an edible piece of art! Directions and supplies will be included in kits so you can do this activity whenever you want during this week. Please sign up ahead of time so we can put a kit aside for you to be picked up via curbside.

Paracord Bracelets Wednesday, July 22nd @ 4pm: 
Please sign up online. Materials will be available to pick up curbside starting July 15th. Instructions will be included but Jenna will be available on zoom on the 22nd @ 4pm to help you if you want!

Harry Potter Trivia Thursday, July 30th @ 7pm:
Play some HP trivia in honor of Harry's Birthday (a day early). Please sign up online so we can get you the Zoom link!

CD Scratch Out Art Take & Make: Available Monday, August 3rd- Saturday, August 8th
Recycle old Cds into a new piece of art. Directions and supplies will be included in kits so you can do this activity whenever you want during this week. Please sign up ahead of time so we can put a kit aside for you to be picked up via curbside.

Online Paint Night Thursday, August 13th @ 7pm
Please sign up online. Materials will be available to pick up curbside starting August 5th.

Candy Sushi Take & Make: Available Monday, August 17th- Saturday, August 22nd
Celebrate the last week of summer reading with something sweet! To really make it fun, make and eat your sushi while watching your favorite anime! Feel free to request some from the library! Please sign up ahead of time so we can put a kit aside for you to be picked up via curbside.

Access the school required summer reading lists *HERE* 
Call or email us if you want to get a copy of your book(s) from the library!

 

Not sure what to read this summer? Email Jenna at [email protected]! She's reads a ton of YA books and will love to share some of her favorites with you! She can find you books from within the library as well as ebooks!

 

Teen Resources


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.


Reading Links


Our Suggestions

Fiction:

  • 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!

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