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The Fault in Our Stars: The Movie, and What to Read Next

Posted on February 10th, 2014 by Becky.
Categories: Books, Events, Movies.

So, by now most of the internet has sobbed several times over the recently-released trailer for The Fault in Our Stars movie. If you haven’t, take a moment. We won’t look.

Whether you’re counting the seconds waiting for this amazing adaptation to come out, or giving it the side-eye because nothing can be as amazing as the original book, a lot of you are asking WHAT ELSE CAN I READ? For one thing, there’s This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl:

John Green says he never would have written The Fault in Our Stars, his best-selling novel narrated by a 16-year-old girl with cancer, had he not gotten to know Esther Earl, who was 16 when she died of cancer four years ago.

However, John makes sure to clarify that TFiOS’s Hazel is fictional and NOT based on Esther directly.

Want more? Check out these books we think TFiOS fans will enjoy.


Tesla-Mania Hits Bookdom

Posted on January 28th, 2014 by Becky.
Categories: Books.

Famous oddball inventor Nikola Tesla has gotten a lot of attention recently (possibly thanks to this viral post from The Oatmeal (heads-up: contains some salty language)). And though he’s long gone, his notoriety keeps growing. Not only has he been played by David Bowie onscreen and found his name attached to some of today’s newest electric cars, but you’ll see “Tesla” in many a new book title as well. Read on:


The Accelerati Trilogy, #1, by Neal Shusterman & Eric Elfman. After their home burns down, fourteen-year-old Nick, his younger brother, and their father move into a ramshackle Victorian house they've inherited. When Nick opens the door to his attic room, he's hit in the head by a toaster. That's just the beginning of his weird experiences with the old junk stored up there.


By Elizabeth Rusch. Here is the story of the ambitious young man who brought life-changing ideas to America, despite the obstructive efforts of his hero-turned-rival, Thomas Edison. From using alternating current to light up the Chicago World's Fair to harnessing Niagara to electrify New York City and beyond, Nikola Tesla was a revolutionary ahead of his time. Remote controls, fluorescent lights, X-rays, speedometers, cell phones, even the radio -- all resulted from Nikola Tesla's inventions.


Nick and Tesla series, #1, by Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith. After moving in with their eccentric uncle, Nick and Tesla encounter strange occurrences in their new neighborhood and build gadgets using simple household objects to help them solve the mysteries.


Make it!: No-Mess Tie-Dye Bandanas

Posted on January 21st, 2014 by Becky.
Categories: Art & Craftiness, Events.

What: Tie-dye bandanas

Who: Ages 12-18

When: This Thursday, January 23, 4:00-5:00pm (that’s 1-23, 4-5, for you numerologists)

How: Register here (or call 614-882-7277 x 5006)

Why: Is it possible to tie-dye indoors in the winter without making a huge mess?! We’ll find out when we decorate bandanas in this science-meets-crafting program for teens.


The Book Thief: Book vs. Movie

Posted on January 20th, 2014 by Becky.
Categories: Books, Events, Movies.

Friends, readers, moviegoers: do you have your Kleenex handy? Because I’m about to ask you about the book that, hands down, made me cry the hardest I’ve ever cried over a book. First, though, you should know that this book, like How I Live Now (posted about yesterday), was just made into a movie. And you know the danger of books made into movies, right?

Right. So you can see what you think if you’ve bawled your way through The Book Thief book (grab your tissues and reserve it here) and then see the movie (you can reserve the DVD here if you’re not going to the theater). Let us know what you think in the comments below!



How I Live Now: Book vs. Movie

Posted on January 19th, 2014 by Becky.
Categories: Books, Movies.

Did anyone see the movie How I Live Now? It started as a book — an award-winning book, as a matter of fact, snagging the Printz Award for best book written for teens the year it came out. Eight years later, it’s a movie!

Curious? Check out the book or reserve the DVD today!

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Suzanne Collins’ Favorite Novels as a Teen

Posted on November 24th, 2013 by Becky.
Categories: Books, Movies.

So…have you seen Catching Fire yet? Superfans of Suzanne Collins may want to check out this interview she gave at the National Book Festival a couple years ago. It includes something I hadn’t read about her before: her own favorite books as a teen! What better way to figure out a writer’s mind than study what she likes to read — especially what she read during her formative years?

  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  • Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Boris by Jaapter Haar
  • Germinal by Emile Zola
  • Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

Best of all, you can prove your superfandom by reading these books yourself. Yep, they’re all available at the library! (With the exception of Boris, which is out of print.) Have you already read any of these titles? Do you think they might have influenced Collins’ thinking in writing The Hunger Games trilogy? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!


Mark Your Calendars: 10 Top Tips for Student Success

Posted on October 26th, 2013 by Becky.
Categories: Events, Homework Help.

Got homework? (Who doesn’t?!)

Discover ten of the library’s best kept secrets for helping students Pre-K through 12th grade. Learn to access reliable information and resources quickly and easily. Once you know how, you can even do it from the comfort of your own home! :)

This program will take place in the Youth Services Activity Center on Saturday, November 2, 2:00-2:30pm. Spots are still open — register now!


2013 Teens’ Top Ten Winners Announced!

Posted on October 22nd, 2013 by Becky.
Categories: Books, Events.

MORE book voting news! Can you stand it?! It’s like Oscar season in libraryland. The end of Teen Read Week (Oct. 13-19, 2013) means that the teen nominations have been made, votes have been counted up nationally, and the winners have been announced. Ready to tear open the envelope…er, click play? DO IT:

The best news is, you can get all these awesome teen-approved great reads from the library.


Vote For Your Favorite Book!

Posted on October 21st, 2013 by Becky.
Categories: Books, Events.

Did you know YOU can vote for a book award that is special to Ohio? It’s true! The Buckeyes are one of the only State Reader’s Choice Awards in the country where books are both nominated and voted on by students, not adults. The students do all the nominating and voting online. Now that we’re down to the final vote, you can also pick up a ballot in the Teen Center of the library!

2013 Teen Nominees are The Fault in Our Stars, Goliath (Leviathan #3), Insurgent (Divergent #2), The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3), and Beautiful Chaos (Beautiful Creatures #3).

Which is your favorite? Vote online or in person by the November 10 deadline, and then watch the Buckeye Book Awards Facebook page for announcement of the winners! Go Ohio!


Book Suggestions Right Off the Screen

Posted on October 18th, 2013 by Becky.
Categories: Books, Technology.

So you’re looking for a book. Sure, sure, it’s super-new and hot and it’s probably checked out. You look it up at the library and…UGH. YES. ONE HUNDRED MILLION HOLDS. Okay, maybe not that many, but you’re not getting this book anytime soon. What to do?

Well, you know you can always see if you can get it from another library via SearchOhio or OhioLINK. Even that is a few days’ wait, though, so the next-best thing is a similar book to tide you over. How do you find one? Whenever possible, try this first. If that is not possible, never fear. Book suggestions have been built right into our library catalog!

How does this sorcery work, you say? First, look at the book you so sadly cannot get. Say it’s House of Hades. Scroll down until you see the section called NoveList results. NoveList is an awesome database that helps you find your next favorite book, AND you can see “You Might Also Like These” suggestions and “Books In This Series” right when you look up a title, like this:

Pretty cool, huh? Give it a try and see what you think!


Teen Read Week is here!!

Posted on October 15th, 2013 by Becky.
Categories: Art & Craftiness, Books, Events.

You guys! It’s that time! That week of the year when we already-crazy librarians get a little more crazed about one of our favorite things: READING! Teen Read Week is all about the celebration of teens reading for fun (raise your hand if your life could use some more fun reading…you too, eh?) and this year’s theme is Seek The Unknown @ Your Library. <cue spooky music>

OK, so even though you could interpret this as a little bit spooky, I love thinking of it as pursuing anything you want to know more about and can read about! What have you learned more about from reading? I’ll tell you one of mine, if you promise not to laugh: interior decorating. Yep. I think it has to do with being an artistic person and also really liking to hang out at home. At one point I got so into reading decorating books that I made my own Goodreads shelf to keep track of them. No joke!

So what about you? What new knowledge have you sought at the library or in books or reading?


Congrats to SRP Team Winners!

Posted on August 6th, 2013 by Mickie.
Categories: All posts.

The decorations have been taken down and the school year is on the looming–but we can’t turn our focus to school shoes shopping until the Summer Reading 2013 Badges of honor are awarded! Without further ado, here are your 2013 winners Westerville!

Let’s have a round of applause for TEAM ROBOT, winner of the team books display challenge!

Congratulations to TEAM ALICE for winning the “Most Library Programs Attended” badge of honor! Way to lead your team to victory by having fun at the library!

TEAM NARWHAL took the first prize for most hours logged with a whopping  6,119  hours read! Congrats Team Narwhal on your stunning SRP victory!


Here are the other team totals–great reading!

Alice: 3,328

Robot: 2,195

Gnome: 1,543





New ARCs!

Posted on July 15th, 2013 by Mickie.
Categories: Beta Books.

Check it out, BETA Bookers! New A.S. King, new Maggie Stiefvater, new Susan Beth Pfeffer, new Brandon Sanderson….and more! What are you waiting for! Get in here and get the good reads!

The next BETA Books meeting is this Wednesday at 4pm and we’ll have plenty to talk about. Also if you show up at the meeting you’ll earn points for your Summer Reading Team…(GO GNOMES!).  See you there!


Dear TeenScene 2013

Posted on June 29th, 2013 by Mickie.
Categories: All posts.


Greetings intrepid readers and welcome to the 2013 edition of Dear TeenScene, the feature in which we answer all of your burning questions regarding all things summer reading club! Today we have a great collection of letters from readers near and far, human and non-human, the seemingly normal and the… well… strange. Without further ado, let’s get right to our first letter.


Dear TeenScene,

I am robot model D-3725. I have registered for your human teen summer reading program, but am not equipped with the appropriate optical scanners to complete the tasks required. Could I just download eBooks to my internal hard drive? It is much more efficient and will allow me to avoid the pesky problem of accidently destroying books with my laser cannon. The thing tends to let loose when I get upset. You should have seen the devastation when I read the Hunger Games series…


Robot Model D-3725

Dear Robot Model D-3725,

Wow…that’s quite a problem. You don’t happen to live anywhere near the library do ya? Or anywhere near civilization for that matter…Anyway, in answer to your first question, it is perfectly acceptable to read eBooks to earn Summer Reading Program hours (you are reading the books right? Not just downloading them to your brain…cause that’s kinda cheating). The library offers access to a wide selection of downloadable eBooks and audiobooks through its website. As for your problem with your laser cannon, why don’t you try a book that will make you laugh, such as Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which also happens to be our Teen Book Challenge novel for the month of July. You can join us for pizza and conversation at the Teen Book Challenge meeting on July 30 after you read the book!

Happy Reading!


Dear TeenScene,

Hi! My name is Alice and I’m registered for the teen summer reading program. So here’s my problem, yesterday when I was reading by the riverbank, I got distracted by this really weird white rabbit who led me down this hole, where there was this large hall of doors, and then I shrank until I was really small, and then I grew until I was ginormous. I really didn’t like this so I cried a lot and I floated out of the hall in a sea of my tears. And then I met all of these really weird animals like a huge caterpillar and a cat with this crazy weird smile who would disappear… like magic! Then I went to this tea party with a weird man with a huge hat who kept telling me all of these lame jokes, and then I was playing croquet with this crazy queen who wanted to cut everyone’s head off. This queen was crazy, I mean really crazy. She put a man on trial for stealing her tarts. I mean really. And then, in the middle of the man’s trial, I kept growing and growing and growing until the queen wanted to cut my head off. And then I woke up…and yeah. Anyway, what I wanted to really ask is if you could recommend any books that would, like, not make me fall asleep?



Dear Alice,

…*blink*…*blink*….Okaaaaay. Well, from the state of your dreams, I would guess you have quite the vivid imagination. Why don’t you try a fantasy book like Rachel Hartman’s Seraphina or Sarah Cross’ Kill Me Softly. I think those should keep you awake!

Happy Reading!


Dear TeenScene,

Stupid human scum and your stupid human summer reading program. How exactly is a gnome, such as myself, supposed to participate in such a cockamamy thing as a summer reading program when your library insists on only providing your ridiculous human books?! It’s discrimination! Did you ever think about the fact that gnomes live underground? And that human books are twice the size of a full grown gnome?! And that we have to renovate the front door of our house every time we have to drag a book down there?! Not to mention the blatant offenses to gnomes found in the the selection of titles you insist on calling a library collection. Just yesterday I found a copy of a Harry Potter book on your shelves, a book that portrays gnomes as having no more intelligence than a pill bug! And then, if that weren’t bad enough, in a horrific display of gnome-abuse, the characters hurl gnomes across fields…like a dog’s chew toy! I demand that your human library address these offenses at once or else a gnome will never again walk through your doors!

Most angrily yours,

The Honorable Mr. Bimpni Fudwick


Dear Mr. Fudwick,

Okay, okay, I get your point. So we haven’t exactly been up to snuff on providing materials and services to gnomes. We get it. At least we’re trying. It just so happens that on the day of our Summer Reading Program Kick-off event we let a bunch of your friends free to roam the library and do you know what they did? ya? They hid all over the library and refused to come out! And don’t think I didn’t see you hiding behind the fiction shelves Mr. Fudwick. If you don’t want to be noticed you should wear a more inconspicuously colored hat! Also, I see you failed to mention that we made the gnome one of our mascots for our teen summer reading program teams. If you want to increase gnome awareness in the library why don’t you sign up for the teen summer reading program, join the gnome team, and show everyone what you gnomes are made of!

Happy Reading!


Dear TeenScene,

Greetings from the Arctic! I just wanted to drop a line to let you know how excited I am to be able to participate in your teen summer reading program via the Internet. Being a water bound narwhal with a love for reading can be difficult, especially when you are bound to the Arctic waters. Thankfully, I was able to get a crab friend of mine to rewire a tracking device that some scientists attached to me so that I am able to access the Internet. Cool, huh? Anyway, I wanted to seek your advice. I have been having some difficulty finding books that I am able to read without them getting destroyed by the freezing salt water, not to mention piercing them on my horn! Can you help me?


An Eager Whale of a Reader


Dear AEWoaR,

I’m so glad to hear that you are enjoying the program! One question though…how exactly did a crab acquire the knowledge to rewire a tracking device?…And how are his skills with broadband? Because I haven’t been able to get Internet access for the last week and you seem to be getting it with no problem in the middle of the freaking Arctic Ocean! Just saying, if your crab friend is looking for some work… Anyway…as for your problem, you could try borrowing some eBooks or downloadable audiobooks. These can be accessed through the library website. I also have a book recommendation for you. Have you read After the Snow by S.D. Crockett? It’s a survival story that takes place in a future Ice Age. Given where you’re from, I thought you might like it.

Happy Reading


Well, that’s all the letters we have for today. Make sure to keep on reading and logging your hours to help your team win the SRC Most Reading Hours Logged Badge of Honor *trumpet sounds*. No really, this badge is awesome, check it out in the post below. You can also help your team compete by attending library programs and submitting a pic of yourself reading to any of the library’s social networking accounts. Have fun…and stay away from angry gnomes…and depressed robots…and drugs *cough* Alice *cough*…

Until next time…






New Team Challenges

Posted on June 21st, 2013 by Mickie.
Categories: All posts.

Robots took the first challenge…but you still have a chance to win!

Here’s how you can participate.

  • Attend a library program: Check our events calendar and come to an event. We’ll keep track of what team each attendee is on and the team with the most library program attendees will win a badge of honor!
  • Log your hours: Sign up for summer reading and start keeping track of the hours you have read. The team with the most logged hours is the winner! Not sure what to start reading? Look here.
  • Show us where are you reading: Take a picture of yourself reading and post it somewhere online–Twitter, Facebook, Instagram–wherever (or email and we’ll upload it for you. Tag the library in the photo and make sure you mention what team you are on. The team with the most pictures submitted will take the prize.

Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor. All challenges end on July 31, 2013

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