Wealth of new books for teens

Over the past several weeks, we have added two dozen new books for teens to the shelves of the Teen Center, a collection ranging from non-fiction books about health to novels about teens facing child abuse and crises in school. A sampling:

• A Teen Health series edited by Sandy Augustyn Lawton aimed at people in middle school and high school includes “Pregnancy Information for Teens,” “Learning Disabilities Information for Teens,” “Mental Health Information for Teens” and “Sprots Injuries Information for Teens.”

• Thrillers and adventure stories like “Echo” by Kate Morgenroth, “Holdup” by Terri Fields, “One Good Punch” by Rich Wallace, “Snakehead” by Anthony Horowitz and “Notes from the Midnight Driver” by Jordan Sonnenblick.

• Fantasy and supernatural including “Beastly” by Alex Flinn, “Epic” by Conor Kostick, “The Dangerous Days of Daniel X” by James Patterson and “The Alchemyst: The secrets of the immoral Nicholas Flamel” by Michael Scott.

• Other novels featuring teens facing the good and bad in life including “Strays” by Ron Koertge, “Deadline” by Chris Crutcher, “The Year of my Miraculous Reappearance” by Catherine Ryan Hyde, “Touching Snow” by M. Sindy Felin, “Boot Camp” by Todd Strasser and “Little Brother” by Cory Doctorow.

We hope our teen readers will come into the Teen Center to look at these and other books written especially for them.

Lifelong Learning

The second in the latest series of six free Lifelong Learning lectures at the library takes place this Saturday, Oct. 11, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. with “Lost cities: Petra, Machu Picchu, Mesa Verde plus a mystery city,” a presentation by journalist and biographer Judith Reynolds. She has visited each of these sites within the last few years and will discuss current ideas on the history, beauty and mystery surrounding them.

Fantasy and supernatural

“Faefever” by Karen Marie Moning is the story of a Dublin woman exploring the limits of her mysterious powers. We now have books six and seven of the Camulod Chronicles by Jack Whyte — “Uther” and “The Lance Thrower.”

Reference books

Kovels Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2009 is the latest version of the antiques annual to help you find the value of what you own quickly and easily.

The National Wildlife Federation’s “Field Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America” is a reference guide by Arthur V. Evans.

“The Traditional Bowyer’s Bible” is a four-volume set documenting bow design and performance, bows from around the world and much more.

How-to and self-help

We have two new books about cattle: ”“How to Raise Cattle” by the Future Farmers of America organization and “Grass-fed Cattle” by Julius Ruechel.

“Mat, Mount, and Frame It Yourself” by M. David Logan helps you frame your art, photos and treasurer memorabilia.

“Professional Painted Finishes” by Ina Brosseau Marx, Allen Marx and Robert Marx is a guide to the art and business of decorative painting.

Christian fiction

“Rebecca’s Reward” by Lauraine Snelling features a 19-year-old facing decisions about life and love.

“When a Soul Mends” by Cindy Woodsmall is book three in the Sisters of the Quilt series.

Other new novels

“The Guernsey, Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows is the story of the lives of book club members and a writer brought together when a man writes a letter to a name on the flyleaf of a secondhand volume by Charles Lamb.

“Moscow Rules” is the latest Gabriel Allon thriller by Daniel Silva.

“Damage Control” by J.A. Jance features Arizona sheriff Joanna Brady confrosting two complex cases.

“The Dirty Secrets Club” by Meg Gardiner is a mystery featuring forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett.

Baseball and softball

“Baseball for Dummies” by Hall of Fame player Joe Morgan offers facts and stats plus tips on how to play like a Major Leaguers.

“Baseball” by Dan Formosa and Paul Hamburger is an in-depth illustrated guide to the complete rules of baseball that has been revised and updated.

“Softball Skills and Drills” by Judi Garman is a resource for coaches and players who want to improve their game.

“Softball Fundamentals” by Rick Noren focuses on concise instruction and accompanying photos for each technique, plus 48 gamelike drills.

Quotable quote

“Public libraries are where smart teenagers go to learn about love and life from books when they tire of the lonely aridities of the Internet“– they are, therefore, the perfect place for smart teenagers to meet others whose intellect matches theirs.” — Canadian university librarian Madeleine Lefebvre in her book “Romance of Libraries.”

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Douglas Calhoun, Larence Gift, Ron Graydon, Barbara Lindley, Cynthia Mitchell, Roger Pessell, Steven Stuart, Joey Stuckwish, Evelyn Thomas and William Zinser.