2008 Teens Top Ten winners!

21 10 2008

Once again the votes have been tallied. More than 8,000 teens cast a vote to create this year’s Teens’ Top Ten list. And here are our winners…

1. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

4. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

5. Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson

6. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

7. The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray

8. Extras by Scott Westerfeld

9. Before I Die by Jenny Downham

10. Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

The library owns all of these books, so please check our catalog or ask for help to find any of these titles.

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Teens’ Top Ten List

29 09 2008

Okay, folks. It’s getting down to the wire. In case you forgot, or you’re new to the scene, the Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen’s choice” list where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Voting goes on during Teen Read Week (October 12 – 18). And time is running out!

If you have already read nominated books throughout the year – you’re in good shape. I give you permission to chill. If not, what’s your holdup? Get to reading!

Check out the nominations here. Questions? Ask.

I’ll post a link when voting opens. VOTING IS NOW OPEN! Check it out — go here to vote.





Teens’ Top Ten Nominations

29 04 2008

It’s that time of year again! Twenty-four books have been nominated by teens across the country to be voted on (again, by teens) for the ultimate “Top Ten” list. Read as many titles as you can and encourage your friends to do so, as well. This is open to anyone 12-18, and you have until October to get your read on. Voting occurs during Teen Read Week — October 12-18, 2008 — and I’ll post more as the time gets closer.

And the nominees are:

Before I Die by Jenny Downham

Betrayed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Daemon Hall by Andrew Nance and Colin Polhemus, illus.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

Extras by Scott Westerfeld

Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks

Glass by Ellen Hopkins

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Ironside: A Modern Faery’s Tale by Holly Black

Jango by William Nicholson

Jinx by Meg Cabot

The Luxe by Anna Godberson

Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson

Saving Zoë by Alyson Noël

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George

The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray

Tamar by Mal Peet

Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

Don’t forget to check out our catalog to find these amazing titles! And stay tuned for more info.





Happy Teen Tech Week!

3 03 2008

Teen Tech WeekHooray! It’s finally here! Celebrate Teen Tech Week all month long (and a little into April, too) by attending any of a number of programs throughout the Library System. You can look forward to a variety of technology and music inspired programs including:

  •  Scene-It, the Music Trivia DVD Game
  •  Karaoke
  •  Internet Scavenger Hunt
  •  Photography Contest
  •  Video Gaming – for the first time ever (Beltsville Library)
  •  Teaching adults how to use their ‘new-fangled’ technology
  •  and more!

To find out what’s at your library, call your branch for details.





Teen Book Awards

18 01 2008

On January 14, in the City of Brotherly Love (that’s Philadelphia, in case you didn’t know), the American Library Association announced several important teen book awards.

The Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature was won by The White Darkness, written by Geraldine McCaughrean.

White DarknessWhen Uncle Victor whisks Sym away to Paris, she is delighted. He’s been so kind and attentive, preparing her a special diet, teaching her all about advanced science and the Antarctic, and taking good care of her and Mum ever since her father died. When the short jaunt turns into a surprise trip to Antarctica, Sym is even more thrilled at the chance to visit the final resting place of her secret confidant, the doomed polar explorer Titus Oates. But the trip soon becomes a struggle against a deadly wilderness and a lunatic’s ambitions.Ender’s GameEnder’s Shadow

The Margaret A. Edwards Award for lasting contribution to young adult literature was won by Orson Scott Card. He is famous for such titles as Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow.

The Alex Awards are given to adult books with teen appeal. This year, they were awarded to the following titles:

American ShaolinSpellman FilesBad MonkeysThe God of AnimalsBirth of an EmpireThe Night BirdsEssex County, Vol 1: Tales from the FarmMister PipThe Name of the WindA Long Way Gone

To find out more about these and other awards, go to www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists

Fore more information on these books in the library, ask a librarian or check out our catalog.





2007 Teens’ Top Ten Winners

25 10 2007

trophyOkay, I promised that I would post the winning books from the Teens’ Top Ten list – remember, this is the list of books that is voted on by teens. There is no surprise that Stephenie Meyer made the number one spot. For some reason, we just can’t get enough of Edward and Bella.

The library owns all of the books on the list except for All Hollow’s Eve, but if you guys are interested in getting that, let us know. Don’t forget to check the catalog or ask a librarian for help in getting one of these titles.

  1. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
  2. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
  3. How to Ruin a Summer Vacation by Simone Elkeles
  4. Maximum Ride: School’s Out — Forever by James Patterson
  5. Firegirl by Tony Abbott
  6. All Hallow’s Eve (13 Stories) by Vivian Vande Velde
  7. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  8. River Secrets by Shannon Hale
  9. Bad Kitty by Michele Jaffe
  10. Road of the Dead by Kevin Brooks




Teen Read Week Survey

16 10 2007

Smart GirlCare to share your opinion on reading? SmartGirl.org and Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) are offering a survey as part of Teen Read Week on what teens think about reading.