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2014 “Teens’ Top Ten” Winners Announced

Voting for this year’s Teens’ Top Ten took place from mid August through Teen Read Week, Oct. 12- 18, with more than 12,000 votes cast. There were 25 nominees that competed for the “top ten” list. Below are this year’s … Continue reading

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Great Graphic Novels for Children & Teens

Graphic novels are simply stories organized in a comic-strip format. With the popularity of books like “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and “Dork Diaries,” there has been dramatic growth in the quantity and quality of graphic novels available for children and teens. … Continue reading

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Voting Begins for “Teens’ Top Ten”

The “Teens’ Top Ten” is a list of recommended reading sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association. In fact, it’s the only reading list with titles nominated and voted on by teens. How does it work? Sixteen young adult … Continue reading

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2015 Gateway Award Nominees

The Gateway Readers Award honors a young adult novel that is selected by Missouri high school students. Even though this award is administered by the Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL), it is the responsibility of Missouri teens to vote on the actual winner. … Continue reading

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Tween Recommended Reads

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has created a Tween Recommended Reads booklist, intended to engage and encourage reading among those ages 10 to 12-years-old. This list has some familiar award-winning … Continue reading

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2015 Truman Award Nominees

The Truman Readers Award honors a book that is selected by Missouri junior high students. Even though this award is administered by the Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL), it is the responsibility of Missouri teens to choose the actual winner. This year’s … Continue reading

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2014 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list of recommended reading sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Sixteen young adult book clubs from libraries across … Continue reading

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Free Audiobook Downloads from SYNC

SYNC, a service of AudioFile Magazine, offers free young adult and classic audiobook downloads during the summer months. Through this program, you can download two free audiobook titles each week from May 15 through August 20. This summer’s lineup includes “Code … Continue reading

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Stream Free Music, Movies & Books From Your Library

With our new digital service, Hoopla, you can watch videos or listen to music and audiobooks with your computer or mobile device for free. Hoopla allows us to add music, movies and TV to our digital offerings for the first time. … Continue reading

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2014 Gateway & Truman Award Winners Announced

It turns out that our predictions for the 2014 Gateway and Truman award winners were spot-on. Veronica Roth is the recipient of this year’s Gateway Readers Award for her book, “Divergent.” In a future Chicago, Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define … Continue reading

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