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. Additionally we have a page dedicated to our teens' research needs and special interests here.
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 and Catherine Sebastian are 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
- Falling Kingdoms, by Morgan Rhodes. On the island of Mytica, one boy’s thoughtless mistake turns the world on its head. Princess Cleo, Prince Magnus, and the rebel Jonas find themselves each trying to save their own kingdoms, and the mysterious Watchers enter the fray as magic begins to reappear in unexpected places. This is the first book in a sweeping high-fantasy series.
- Moxie, by Jennifer Mathieu.
Vivian Carter is fed up with a high school administration that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class. In a small Texas town where high school football reigns supreme, Viv, sixteen, starts a feminist revolution using anonymously-written zines. She's just blowing off steam, but what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution. This book is great for middle school and high school girls to learn what is and is not acceptable and what they can do about it.
Graphic Novels & Manga:
The Angel of Elhamburg, by Aki. Lalvan and Madeth have been friends for a long time, and now that they're trusted knight and high king respectively, their relationship will be strained by new challenges. What does it mean that Lalvan can see angels, yet they always seem to prefer to hang around Madeth? Things get worse when Madeth's new wife is drawn to Lalvan, and Madeth's son shares Lalvan's gift. A one-shot manga with some serious Shakespeare flavor.
Boxers, by Gene Luen Yang. The foreign devils have been bullying the poor Chinese villagers long enough. Imbued with the power of an ancient god, Little Bao seeks to cast out his enemies and free his country with the help of his own army. This story is a stylized exploration of the historical Boxer Rebellion. If you enjoy it, be sure to check out its companion volume, Saints.
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