Hello Library Teens!!
Summer is almost here. Check in the Teen Events area below for more information about upcoming events. Remember to check our website and stop by the library for new and upcoming information about Teen Events at the La Vergne Public Library. We have added new information about our Teen Writer’s Forum and the Anime Club, and we have also added to our “New YA Titles” tab. Keep checking for more updates! We look forward to seeing you at one of our Teen Events! .
YA Program Coordinators,
P.S. If you have any questions or comments, please feel from to drop us a line! You can call the La Vergne Public Library at (615) 793-7303 or you can email either Carol or Molly. We would love to hear from you!
All events are free and open to everyone age 12-18. They are held in Meeting Room 1 (front of the Library) unless otherwise noted.
Saturday, 3/2 @ 2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Have you ever wondered what candy can do under pressure? Come and find out just what candy is capable of (sorry, no fire involved) and practice your mad scientist skills.
Monday, 4/1 @ 5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
No Fooling! Come watch anime for an hour at the library. We will be watching a series from the library's own collection.
Saturday, 4/13 @ 2:00 p.m.
Earth Day: DIY Recycling Bin
Do your part to help the environment, make your own recycling bin. Not only will it be a helpful recycling bin, but also your own work of art!
Thursday, 4/18 @ 6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Teen Writer's Forum
Whether you are a creative writer, poet, song writer, or just need some help with your school paper, come to the writer's forum for help and inspiration.
Saturday, 4/27 @ 2:00 p.m.
Celebrate the most famous man in literature! Learn how to speak like Shakespeare, get to know some wacky facts about the man, and even make your own 17th century ruff (that neck accordion they used to wear).
Teen Writer’s Forum
Are you a teen who loves to write? Do you like to write poetry, short stories, novels, research material, mangas, comics, music, etc…? Join Carol for the La Vergne Public Library’s Teen Writer’s Forum. Come and show your work, or not, and get ideas from other teens who love to write just as much as you do!
When: Every 3rd Thursday of the month
Where: Meeting Room 1 (when you first walk into the lobby go down the hallway to the right and it is the 1st door on the right.)
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Come and get your creative writing juices flowing! Even if you do not write regularly, you’ll be surprised at how easily you can write something that you are proud of and that others will enjoy! If you have more questions or comments on how we can make Teen Writer’s Forum better, please contact either Carol (email@example.com) or Molly (firstname.lastname@example.org). We would love to hear from you!)
What could be better than spending time watching Anime? Watching anime with friends! Come join Molly and other teens who love to watch anime. There is nothing fancy, just an anime hangout, usually snacks are involved.
When: Every 1st Monday of the month
Where: Meeting Room 1 (when you first walk into the lobby go down the hallway to the left and it is the 1st door on the right.)
Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm
New YA Titles
It’s cold outside! Stay warm inside with these new books!
*book reviews taken from www.amazon.com *
The Second Trial by Rosemarie Boll [YA BOL]
Life has been turned upside down in an instant for Danny. Or so it seems to him. One night he heard his parents fighting, and when he emerged from his room he found his mother unconscious at the bottom of the stairs. He had no idea that the phone call to 9-1-1 would start a chain of events that would change everything forever. Now he and his mother and little sister are about to start a whole new life, complete with new names and new identities. Danny is furious with his mother for forcing him to leave everything he loves behind and begins to bury himself in bitterness and anger. What will it take for Danny to come to terms with his new life?
The Exorsistah by Claudia Burney [YA BUR]
Ever since her mom went crazy, Emme’s been wary of the gift they share for seeing demons, but she’s not about to let one get to her. So when an ugly beast lurks into Walgreens behind a dude who’s clearly up to no good, Emme tells it exactly where it can go. Problem is, the beautiful guy beside her at the magazine rack just helped her conquer the nasty duo, and now he wants her to join a group of demon-fighters led by an aging exorcist bombarded by requests to deliver people from evil. Shoot, and all she really hoped for was some breakfast.
The Genius Wars by Catherine Jinks [YA JIN]
*this is the final book in the trilogy – read “Evil Genius” and “Genius Squad” before you start this one!*
Boy-genius Cadel Piggot has a new name (Cadel Greenaius), a new family, and a new life. No more illegal hacking, no more false identities, and most of all, no more Prosper English. But when his best friend Sonja is attacked, it is up to him to figure out who was behind it. Before he knows it, Cadel is crossing oceans and continents, barrelling back into the depths of the criminal activity he thought he had left behind, and coming face to face with Prosper English once again. Can Cadel track down Prosper before it is too late? And what rules will he have to break in the process?
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce [YA PEA]
For Scarlett and Rosie March, the world is not what it seems. Werewolves, called Fenris, live among them in the form of good-looking men who prey on pretty young girls. When a Fenris attacked the March girls, it killed their grandmother and left them emotionally and, for Scarlett, physically scarred. Since then, they have taken action and revenge. With the help of a friend, Silas, the girls are on a mission—to destroy as many Fenris as they can. Rosie and Scarlett are true heroines; smart, tough, and determined, but their special bond is put to test when the relationship between Rosie and Silas becomes more than just friendship.
Happyface by Stephen Edmond [YA SAC]
Happyface is a shy, artistic sophomore, awkwardly coping with life from the sidelines. When horrific tragedy tears his family apart, he finds himself living in a ratty apartment with his newly sober mom and attending a new high school. Bottling up his grief and fear, he pastes a big smile on his face and makes a fresh start as the class clown. It works for a while but, inevitably, the suppressed inner feelings build until Happyface blows up, finally giving him the chance to come clean and make an authentically fresh start without hiding behind a mask. The author tells the story via the illustrated journal, authentically capturing his up-and-down emotions with pencil-and-ink sketches, comics and doodles.
Simply Divine by Jacquelin Thomas [YA THO]
The daughter of two Hollywood superstars, Divine Matthews-Hardison lives the privileged life most fifteen-year-olds only dream of: she is all about designer clothes, awards ceremonies, parties, and having a name that opens doors. Divine could be a model, an actress, anything she wants. But then her family falls apart. Divine is sent to her uncle, a Georgia pastor with a modest country home and a big heart. Divine can not believe she has been sent to live with the family of her mom in the sticks. Doing chores, getting an allowance, and church-going are hardly what she is used to. But as the love and faith of a good family take hold in her heart, miraculous changes start to occur.
It’s kind of a funny story by Ned Vizzini [YA VIZ]
*read the book before you see the movie!*
When 15-year-old Craig Gilner is accepted by a prestigious Manhattan high school, the pressure becomes taxing, and he finds himself battling depression. Partying and drugs do not help. As his illness intensifies, he is aided by his supportive family and perceptive therapist. A prescription for Zoloft improves things, until Craig decides that he is better and stops taking it. In a revitalized state of depression, he calls a suicide-prevention hotline and then checks into a hospital, where the only space available is in the adult psychiatric wing. There, he receives the help he needs, discovers his hidden artistic talents, and connects with the quirky patients who have plenty of problems of their own, including Noelle, a girl his own age.
Rucker Park Setup by Paul Volponi [YA VOL]
Rucker Park—a place where basketball’s greatest pro players go up against street legends. Best friends Mackey and J.R. have waited their whole lives to win the basketball tournament here. But when the day of an important game arrives, J.R. is fatally stabbed. While Mackey didn’t wield the knife, he feels responsible. Now he has a score to settle, but the killer is watching his every move. Mackey is determined to finish the final game of the Rucker Park Tournament on his own terms. The question is, can he do it?
They Called Themselves the KKK: the birth of an American Terrorist Group by Susan Campbell Bartoletti [YA 322.42097 BAR]
Bartoletti follows multi-award-winning titles such as Hitler Youth (2005) with another standout contribution to youth history shelves. Here, she examines how the Ku Klux Klan formed and grew out of the ashes of the Civil War. Bartoletti writes in admirably clear, accessible language about one of the most complex periods in U.S. history. After the Civil War, the defeated South was a simmering cauldron of political, economic, and social instability. As the federal government struggled to provide law and order and to protect the rights of freed slaves, secret groups of Southern whites banded together to vent their anger over lost property, prosperity, and power. From six men in a law office in Pulaski, TN, KKK dens spread across the South targeting freed blacks and their supporters. Although the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871 was meant to end violence, KKK activity persisted through the 20th century, diminishing in the last 30 years as civil rights became a reality for all Americans. This important title should be required reading for young people as well as the adults in their lives.
Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes: unforgettable experiments that make science fun by Steve Spangler [YA 507.8 SPA PB]
From the creator of the mentos soda geyser–the viral video sensation–comes a collection of outrageously entertaining science experiments and cool tricks guaranteed to get ooohs and ahhhs! Author, celebrity teacher and science guy Steve Spangler teaches you how to transform the ordinary into the amazing as you make everyday items ooze, bubble, fizz, and pop! Make people wonder . . . How did you do that? From flying toilet paper to trash can smoke rings, erupting soda to exploding sandwich bags, the experiments in Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes will spark your imagination and totally impress your friends. Learn how to astound kids and kids-at-heart with easy and inexpensive experiments.
Mobile Suit Gundam Seed, volume 1 by Masatsugu Iwase [YA Graphic IWA PB]
Mobile Suit Gundam Seed, volume 2 by Masatsugu Iwase [YA Graphic IWA PB]
Mobile Suit Gundam Seed, volume 3 by Masatsugu Iwase [YA Graphic IWA PB]
Mobile Suit Gundam Seed, volume 4 by Masatsugu Iwase [YA Graphic IWA PB]
Mobile Suit Gundam Seed, volume 5 by Masatsugu Iwase [YA Graphic IWA PB]
In the world of the Cosmic Era, war rages between the genetically enhanced humans known as Coordinators and those who remain unmodified, the Naturals, who dominate the Earth Alliance. Struggling to catch up with the Coordinators’ superior technology, the Alliance secretly develops its own Gundam mobile suits. But through a twist of fate, a young Coordinator, Kira Yamato, becomes the pilot of the Alliance’s prototype . . . and is forced to fight his own people in order to protect his friends. This thrilling new series features all the best elements of the legendary Gundam saga—and reimagines the gripping story of men, women, and magnificent fighting machines in epic conflict.
Black is for Beginnings by Laurie Faria Stolarz [YA Graphic STO]
The Blue is for Nightmares series that put a spell on more than half a million readers continues – in graphic novel format! Prophetic dreams. Near-brushes with death. Killers pursuing her and her friends. Stacey Brown knows that being a hereditary witch is not all it is cracked up to be. Her nightmares are back. And all Stacey wants to do is go to Colorado and work things out with Jacob, who has not been able to remember her since he lost his memory in his brush with death. But before Stacey and Jacob can have a future, they must face their pasts. Black is for Beginnings reveals the never-before-seen backstory—and what lies ahead—for the young, spellcasting lovers.
Library wars : Love & war, volume 2 by Kiiro Yumi [YA Graphic YUM PB]
In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections, and with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves—the Library Forces! When the director of the Kanto Library Base gets sick, a temporary replacement is assigned, according to regulations. But Iku and her roommate Asako discover a trail of missing books that lead back to the temporary Director. Has he betrayed everything the Library Forces stands for and handed books over to the enemy?!
YA Sound Recordings
Need something to listen to in the car? In your room? Check out our collection of new YA books on CD! Experience your favorite books in a brand new way. Be sure to pick up one next time you are in the library!
New YA Sound Recordings @ La Vergne Public Library
Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher
[CD YA KATC]
With his mother working long hours and in pain from a romantic break-up, eighteen-year-old Logan feels alone and unloved until a zany new student arrives at his small-town Missouri high school, keeping a big secret.
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber
[CD YA SCHR]
When his parents insist that Perry take Gobi, their quiet, Lithuanian exchange student, to senior prom but after an incident at the dance he learns that Gobi is actually a trained assassin who needs him as a henchman, behind the wheel of his fathers precious Jaguar, on a mission in Manhattan.
Blood Red Road by Moira Young
[CD YA YOUN]
In a distant future, Lugh is kidnapped, and while his twin sister Saba and nine-year-old Emmi are trailing him across bleak Sand sea they are captured, too, and taken to brutal Hopetown, where Saba is forced to be a cage fight.
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
[CD YA COLL]
By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion.
Defiance (Strange Angels; 4) by Lili St. Crow
[CD YA STCR]
When the fears of sixteen-year-old Dru come true and Sergej kidnaps her best friend Graves, she embarks on a suicidal rescue mission in which she will test Christophe and his training and try to defeat her mothers betrayer, Anna, for good.
Dreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando
[CD YA ALTE]
Jane, her twin brother Marcus, and their father have been on the road since her mothers departure years ago, but when they inherit a house on Coney Island, Jane not only begins to find a home, she learns much about her mother, too.
Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry
[CD YA MABE]
In post-apocalyptic America, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura and his friends set out into the great Rot & Ruin hoping to find a better future but are soon pitted against zombies, wild animals, insane murderers, and the horrors of Gameland.
Fallen in Love: A Fallen Novel in Stories by Lauren Kate
[CD YA KATE]
A collection of four love stories featuring Shelby, Miles, and other characters from the Fallen series.
Fox and Phoenix by Beth Bernobich
[CD YA BERN]
Sixteen-year-old Kai, a magicians apprentice and former street tough, must travel to the Phoenix Empire, where his friend Princess Lian is studying statecraft, and help her escape so she can return home before her father, the king, dies.
The Girl is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines
[CD YA HAIN]
In 1942 New York City, fifteen-year-old Iris grieves for her mother who committed suicide and for the loss of her life of privilege, and secretly helps her father with his detective business since he, having lost a leg at Pearl Harbor, struggles to make ends meet.
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
[CD YA CROW]
Told in alternating voices, an all-night adventure featuring Lucy, who is determined to find an elusive graffiti artist named Shadow, and Ed, the last person Lucy wants to spend time with, except for the fact that he may know how to find Shadow.
The Gray Wolf Throne (Seven Realms; 3) by Cinda Williams Chima
[CD YA CHIM]
Thief-turned-wizard Han Alister joins forces with Raisa ana Marianna, heir to the Queendom of the Fells, to defend her right to the Gray Wolf Throne.
How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr
[CD YA ZARR]
Told from their own viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Jill, in grief over the loss of her father, and Mandy, nearly nineteen, are thrown together when her mother agrees to adopt unborn child of Mandy, but nothing turns out as they had anticipated.
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
[CD YA SUMA]
Two years after sixteen-year-old Chloe discovered the dead body of classmate London floating in a Hudson Valley reservoir, she returns home to be with her devoted older sister Ruby, a town favorite, and finds that London is alive and well, and that Ruby may somehow have brought her back to life and persuaded everyone that nothing is amiss.
Irises by Francisco X. Stork
[CD YA STOR]
Kate, eighteen, and Mary, sixteen, must make some adult decisions about the course their lives should take when their loving but old-fashioned father dies suddenly, leaving them with their mother, who has been in a persistent vegetative state since an accident four years earlier.
Lost in Time by Melissa De la Cruz
[CD YA DELA]
Schuyler Van Alen and her love Jack Force go their separate ways after their trip to Florence, Italy, with Schuyler going to Egypt to fulfill the Van Alen legacy, while Jack returns to Manhattan to face his twin sister, Mimi, but things get even more complicated when Mimi jets off to Egypt while the Coven threatens to fall apart around her.
Mastiff by Tamora Pierce
[CD YA PIER]
Beka, having just lost her fiancé in a raid by slavers, is able to distract herself by going with her team on an important hunt at the request of the queen, unaware that the throne of Tortall depends on their success.
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
[CD YA COLL]
Having survived the Hunger Games twice before, Katniss Everdeen is lucky to be alive. However, she is far from safe. With the Capitol and President Snow blaming her for the strife plaguing District 12, Katniss must sacrifice herself to protect her loved ones.
Scrawl by Mark Shulman
[CD YA SHUL]
When eighth-grade school bully Tod and his friends get caught committing a crime on school property, his penalty–staying after school and writing in a journal under the eye of the school guidance counsellor–reveals aspects of himself that he prefers to keep hidden.
Torn by Margaret Peterson Haddix
[CD YA HADD]
Time travelers Jonah and Katherine arrive in 1611 to rescue missing child John Hudson, son of the explorer Henry Hudson, but just as the mutiny on the Discovery is supposed to start, Jonah and Katherines knowledge of history is tested once again, and they fear that more is at stake than just one boys life. Author s note includes facts about the explorations of Henry Hudson.
Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson
[CD YA ANDE]
Almost seventeen-year-old Alison, who has synesthesia, finds herself in a psychiatric facility accused of killing a classmate whose body cannot be found.
Unleashed by Nancy Holder
[CD YA HOLD]
Orphaned Kat McBride, nearly seventeen, must leave California to live with her grandfather in small-town Arkansas, where she is drawn into a paranormal world of feuding werewolf clans.
Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury
[CD YA BRAD]
Seventeen-year-old Agnes Wilkins is about to make her debut into 1815 London society at a lavish party, where she meets Lord Showalter, a wealthy and eligible man who collects Egyptian antiquities and who is hiding a dangerous secret.
Study guides for literature, U.S. history, and more – http://www.shmoop.com
Guide to websites covering every subject – http://www.discoveryeducation.com/students/index.cfm
Online dictionary – http://dictionary.reference.com/
Find articles from lots of different magazines, newspapers & scholarly journals – http://www.findarticles.com/
Literature study guides – http://www.sparknotes.com/
Good comprehensive reference guide – http://www.factmonster.com/
Foreign language translator – http://babelfish.yahoo.com/?lin=fr&translate_me=yes
Writing style guide – http://webster.commnet.edu/mla/index.shtml
Evaluating Internet sources – http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/college/11605_12337.cfm
Search for information about your favorite movie, movie star, director, etc.
Movies – http://www.imdb.com/
Movies – http://www.allmovie.com/
Cool News – http://www.aintitcoolnews.com/
Music – http://www.allmusic.com/
Music – http://www.mtv.com/
Game reviews, cheat codes and more – http://www.gamespot.com/
Gaming home page – http://www.gamespy.com/
For all your NFL needs… http://www.nfl.com/
Gnash and the rest of the Preds… http://www.nashvillepredators.com/
Your Nashville Sounds… http://www.nashvillesounds.com/
Basketball (even though we do not have a local team…yet)… http://www.nba.com/
Major League Baseball… http://mlb.mlb.com/
U.S. Soccer… http://www.ussoccer.com/
Help and Advice
If you can not talk to your parents or friends about your problems, or need more information from an impartial source, these sites may be of some help.
Al-Anon/Alateen – http://www.al-anon.alateen.org/
Child Abuse – http://www.childhelpusa.org/
Ask the Dietitian – http://www.dietitian.com/
Cool Nurse – http://www.coolnurse.com/
Go Ask Alice! (health questions) – http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children – http://www.missingkids.com/
Teen Advice Online — for teens, by teens – http://www.teenadviceonline.org/
Teen Advice – http://teenadvice.about.com/
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) – http://www.saddonline.com/
No Flying, No Tights (graphic novel reviews) – http://www.noflyingnotights.com/
Booklists based on genre or author – http://www.seemore.mi.org/booklists/fiction.html#Like
Search for a poem by title , keyword, poet, first or last line, etc. – http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/display/
The Slam — post your poems or short stories here for feedback from readers – http://www.cricketmag.com/activity_display.asp?id=208
College and Careers
Links to colleges and universities around the world, study abroad information, and more. – http://www.allaboutcollege.com/
Links to TN colleges and universities. – http://www.collegefortn.org/
The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid, including links to various financial aid forms. – http://www.finaid.com/
By the author of What Color is Your Parachute – http://www.jobhuntersbible.com/
Enter your specifications and get matched with the college of your dreams. – http://www.mycollegeguide.org/
Career, College and Job Guide – http://www.quintcareers.com/
Federal Student Aid website – http://studentaid.ed.gov/
Information about how to get into and pay for college. – http://www.supercollege.com/
Search jobs, post a resume, get career advice – http://www.monster.com/