Category Archives: Book Buzz

Summer Reading’s Most Popular Teen Titles

This year we had over 300 area young adults participate in the library’s annual Teen Summer Reading Challenge. As part of this program, teens were asked to read for 20 hours, complete seven library-related activities, and submit three book reviews. … 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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What We’re Reading: August 2013

Library staff are as voracious about summer reading as our patrons. They’ve tackled twisted fairy tales, stories of friendship in the midst of war and hard-hitting contemporary fiction that deals with bullying. There are also a few lighthearted romantic reads … Continue reading

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2014 Truman Award Nominees

The Truman Readers Award honors a book as 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. … Continue reading

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2014 Gateway Award Nominees

The Gateway Readers Award honors a young adult novel 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. Each year’s … Continue reading

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United States of YA

Travel the country without ever leaving home. The good people of EpicReads.com asked their readers to suggest a young adult novel that represents each state in America. With their signature creativity, they compiled a booklist to help you spend the … Continue reading

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2013 Teen Summer Reading Challenge

Registration for teen summer reading has begun! Sign up online, or at any of our three branches or bookmobile stops. The library is challenging area young adults ages 12-18 to read for 20 hours, share three book reviews and do seven of our … Continue reading

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2013 Nominees for “Teens’ Top Ten”

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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Battle of the Best-Sellers

Below is a list of recently released and best-selling young adult novels. Let us know which title you are looking forward to reading. Do you have a favorite book that should be on the list? Have you already read some … Continue reading

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2013 Gateway & Truman Award Winners Announced

It turns out that our predictions for the 2013 Gateway and Truman award winners were pretty accurate. Jonathan Maberry is the recipient of this year’s Gateway Readers Award for his book “Rot and Ruin.” The main character, Benny, has never known a world without zombies, … Continue reading

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