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Sources of good books for youngsters and teens

There’s no shortage of reading materials in the world, but who has time to browse all day to find good books? You can always ask the staff at the library, of course, and they are happy to make recommendations to meet the needs of local youngsters and teens. But if you want some other reliable sources, here is a list compiled by Better Homes and Gardens magazine:

• ALA Youth Media Awards: The American Library Association announces the top awards in children’s and young adult literature every January. You can find the winners of the Newberry Medal, the Caldecott Medal, the Odyssey Award and many other honors at

• Young adult booklists: Compiled by the Young Adult Library Services Association, these annual lists include myriad and diverse titles for readers ages 12-18. Find them at

• NYPL’s Stuff for the Teen Age: The New York Public Library’s frequently updated youth culture blog includes an annual roundup of the 100 best titles of the previous year. Go to Picks here go beyond books to include albums, video games and movies.

• Reading Rants: Launched by middle school librarian Jennifer Hubert in 1998, this feisty blog is subtitled “Out of the Ordinary Teen Book Lists.” Parents should note that the recommendations do not include age ranges or reading levels. To view these offbeat suggestions, go to

Programs for kids and teens

Kids in grades one to three are invited to Art Attack tomorrow (Friday, October 19), a fun and free crafts event from 2–3:15 p.m. Then, next Thursday, Oct. 25, is a free zombie cupcakes decorating session for teens in seventh through 12th grade from 4–5 p.m. Please let Kristine know you are coming so we have enough cupcakes for everyone.

High-tech training

Our free high-tech learning sessions continue. Informal sessions with Cody are set for this afternoon (Thursday, Oct. 18) from 3-5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon, and Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 10 a.m.–noon. We also have three more formal training sessions this month that require advance registration for space reasons: Monday, Oct. 22, from 1–3 p.m. you can learn how to download and use digital photos from your camera to your computer. Friday, Oct. 26, is a 3M e-book workshop from 10 a.m.–noon where you’ll learn about the library’s news e-book platform. Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 10 a.m.–noon is video conferencing made easy with an Introduction to Skype class. Again, for space reasons you need to register in advance for all three of those sessions.

‘Food and Feasts of Jesus’

Next Thursday, Oct. 25, local author Doug Neel will discuss the historical and cultural importance of 1st century meals at 6 p.m. He’ll also demonstrate and share his hummus recipe, one of many in his just-published book “The Food and Feasts of Jesus,” and have copies of the book to sell and sign. In addition to his writing and cooking skills, Doug is the rector of St. Patrick’s and well known in our community as an excellent speaker.

Film next Friday

“GMOs and Health,” the next movie in the free food politics film series, will be shown at 2 p.m. next Friday, Oct. 26. Popcorn will be served.

Two big events

Save the date of Saturday, Nov. 3, when games will be available to play all day in the library as part of International Games Day. In addition to games and puzzles, you’ll be introduced to our new Xbox 360 with Kinect. Also that day, visit the annual Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center to buy delicious homemade baked goods, candy and more. All proceeds from this bake sale come to your library. Many thanks to Liz Schnell and her committee for organizing the bake sale, and to the Mountain View Homemakers Club for taking over production of the highly popular bazaar.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Trust Your Eyes” by Linwood Barclay is a thriller in which two brothers suddenly find themselves into a frightening vortex of power and murder. “A Wanted Man” by Lee Child is the latest in the Jack Reacher suspense series. “More Than Sorrow” by Vicki Delany is a mystery set in Ontario, Canada. “Forever Rumpole” by John Mortimer is a collection that brings together 14 of Rumpole’s most entertaining adventures.

Large print westerns

“Shower of Gold” by Zane Grey has been fully restored to the author’s manuscript. “Love of Danger” by Max Brand narrates the legend of Robert Fernald in three related short stories. “Midnight Rider” by Ralph Cotton involves plans for the robbery of gold bullion from the U.S. Treasury Department. “Riders of the Coyote Moon” by L. P. Holmes tells of a fight for land between a rancher and Apache Indians. “Marble Range” by Robert J. Horton features a gambler with secrets to hide. “Johnny Montana” by Michael Zimmer is set in Montana’s gold country. “Wildfire” by Ralph Cotton is an adventure set in Arizona. “The Violent Land” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is part of the Family Jensen series. “The Ordeal of Jason Ord” by Lewis B. Patten features a young man accused of murdering his rescuer.

Other large print

“The Violets of March” by Sarah Jio is a historical romance that begins with the find of a diary. “The Kingmaker’s Daughter” by Philippas Gregory is a historical novel set in 15th century England. “Stranger in the Moonlight” by Jude Deveraux and “Somebody to Love” by Kristin Higgins are both romance stories. “A Killer Read” by Erika Chase is part of the Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery series.

Books on CD and MP3

The following books are available on both CD and MP3: “Severe Clear” by Stewart Woods, the latest in the Stone Barrington series; “Rapture” by J.R. Ward, the latest in The Fallen Angeles series; and “Trust Your Eyes” by Linwood Barclay, a novel about a schizophrenic computer genius who thinks he saw a murder. “The Tombs,” from the Fargo Adventure series by Clive Cussler and Thomas Perry, is available as a CD.

Other new fiction

“The Other Half of Me” by Morgan McCarthy is a coming-of-age story set in Wales; it comes with a reading group guide. “Black Dahlia & White Rose” by Joyce Carol Oates is a new collection of 11 short stories. “The People Forever Are Not Afraid” by Shani Boioanjiu is the story of two young women conscripted into the Israeli army.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Dianne Davis, Brenda Easley, Beverly Hawley, Karen Norris, Diana Smith and Patricia Waters.

Quotable quote

“Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.” — Winston Churchill.


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