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Local Heroes Battle at the Library!

Posted on June 17th, 2013 by Mickie.
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Last Monday, the Westerville Library hosted an earth-shattering game tournament.  10 brave contenders tried their hand at Injustice: Gods Among Us, which is a brand new game that pits DC superheroes and villains against one another in the style of Mortal Kombat.


The fights were epic and the contestants displayed super-human sportsmanship, but the championship battle came down to Andrew B. (playing as Superman) and Lucas H. (playing as Deathstroke the Terminator).  Both competitors played their best, but when the dust settled, Deathstroke stood victorious over Superman:  Lucas H. won the tournament!


A special thanks to our heroic runners-up: Adam, Caleb, Brant, Allen, Erik, Cole, Reynolds and Nathan.  And be sure to check out our new teen book display Marvel vs DC for more super hero adventures.



Congratulations Team ROBOT–winner of the book display Challenge!

Posted on June 17th, 2013 by Mickie.
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Way to go Team Robot–you had the most book recommendations on the teen books display! Enjoy your badge of honor.

There are still more challenges to win–here’s how:

  • Log hours in the Summer Reading Program.
  • Attend a library program.
  • Take a picture of yourself reading and upload it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Don’t forget to tag us and tell us what team you are on!

See you at the library!


Team Book Display Challenge is ending!

Posted on June 13th, 2013 by Mickie.
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Have you added a book to the teen display yet? This team challenge is almost over! Hurry in to the library and add a favorite book to our display–make sure to write your Summer Reading Team name on it!! The Team with the most books on the display will win our first team challenge badge of honor!  What are you waiting for!? Lead your team to victory!!

This challenge ends Monday, June 17! Act now!


New Beta Books Review from Courtney!

Posted on June 11th, 2013 by Mickie.
Categories: Beta Books.

Thanks Courtney for submitting your review! Want to review for our blog? Stop into the Teen Room and get the scoop on joining Beta Books!

Courtney reviewed Ink by Amanda Sun.  This book will be published on July 13…

What did you think of this book, Courtney?

After reading just the back cover of the book I thought it might be a bit cheesy, so I didn’t go into it with high expectations. However, I was very surprised to find a superb writing style and elaborate story behind the beautiful art on the cover. The main character was not a drone of the plot and expressed relatable emotions and chose actions that were realistic. There was a balance of negative and positive atmosphere which made the story very well rounded.

How would you rate it?

4 stars – Awesome. I loved it and would give it to a friend.

Cover Story: What did you think of the cover?

The reason I picked up the book in the first place was the interesting design. It’s straightforward, easy to navigate and artistically designed. As an artist myself the painting drew me in and caused my interest to peak.


Thanks Courtney! If you would like to be first in line for this book when it is published, click here to reserve your copy today!


Ahem….BETA Bookers!

Posted on June 10th, 2013 by Mickie.
Categories: Beta Books.

Look what just came in the mail….


Wonder what I am talking about? Check it out….


Team Results for Week One and TEAM CHALLENGE!!

Posted on June 6th, 2013 by Mickie.
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The Summer Reading Program TEEN TEAMS are off and RUNNING! Looks like Team Narwhal is an early favorite, but it is early days my friends!

Keep reading and send your team to VICTORY!

Your challenge for this week? Help build our TEEN BOOK DISPLAY!

Respond to this blog with YOUR NAME, Your TEAM NAME and an AWESOME BOOK TITLE that you suggest to other teen readers and I’ll add that book to the display OR come into the teen room and add the book yourself! The Team with the MOST SUBMITTED suggestions will win the challenge and have the BOOK DISPLAY badge of honor displayed on our TEAM WALL in the teen room….what are you waiting for? GO!!!!!!!



Summer Reading Is Here!

Posted on May 28th, 2013 by Mickie.
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Are you ready to read? This year’s teams will battle for the ultimate bragging rights–who will read the most? Which team will attend the most programs? What exactly do the narwhals do with those horns? Stay tuned, dear readers, for the answers to these questions and MUCH more…we are just getting started!

Sign up today!


Beta Books Review-The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Posted on May 7th, 2013 by Mickie.
Categories: Beta Books.

One of our Beta Books reviewers has a review for you today! Thanks Jayla for giving us the scoop on this great new read before it has even been published!

Jayla reviewed:

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
This book is being released TODAY! Thanks Jayla! Keep reading!

I think, overall, the book was pretty good. While it was not, to me, exactly five-star quality, I don’t regret reading it. I loved the unexpected POV changes, and how the author never stated who was who. All of the voices for the different characters were distinct and unique. The author also created a perfect amount of tension. Since the ‘Others’ (a name the main character, Cassie, gave the aliens) looked just like normal humans, it really raised the question of who you could trust, since anyone could be the enemy.
Another thing I loved? The story was set in Ohio! I thought that was pretty cool. :)

I definitely wasn’t a fan of the romance, though. The love-story between Evan and Cassie seemed a little too forced and contrived. I also don’t understand how, after Cassie repeated over and over that she couldn’t trust anyone, she was suddenly okay with being cared for by a strange guy who read her diary and undressed her while she was unconscious, amongst other things.

However, I would still recommend The 5th Wave to a friend (especially to a friend who’s a fan of The Hunger Games series), because it’s fast-paced and engrossing, and the story line’s premise is really interesting. At any rate there is a lot of story yet to be told, so I’ll stick around for the sequel to see how it all turns out.

3 out of 5 stars – Pretty good. I wanted to see how it ended.

I love the cover design of the book and I wouldn’t change anything about it. Not only is it interesting, and will probably compel people to pick it up, but the cover also fits the story perfectly – especially the ending of the story.


New Books are Here!

Posted on May 5th, 2013 by Mickie.
Categories: Beta Books, Books.

New books are here! BOOKS that haven’t been published yet and are available for YOU to read before the rest of the world!
(Insert maniacal mad with power laugh). Come get some and be ready for our next meeting!

Have no idea what I’m talking about? Check it out

Welcome to the home base of Beta Books!

Love to read? Want to read books BEFORE they are published? ARCs are Advanced Reading Copies of books, and we’re looking for 6th-12th graders to read them.

The newest books will be revealed at our monthly meetings. Can’t make it? Stop in the Teen Center to sign out a book and share your thoughts online. (NOTE: Not all titles are appropriate for all ages. Use your best judgement to decide if a book is right for you.)

Reviews are posted on this blog in the Beta Books category.

Got questions? Email us!


10 Unexpected Things You Can Check Out at the Library

Posted on April 29th, 2013 by Becky.
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You know you can get books and movies and music, but did you know about these?

Here are 10 Unexpected Things You Can Check Out at the Westerville Public Library!

Hope there is something on this list you didn’t know and are excited to try!

1) Book baskets (or whatever you want to put in them!).

2) Bike locks (for bikes parked at the library).

3) Blu-rays.

4) Playaway Audiobooks and Playaway Views.

5) Artwork & art prints.

6) Kill A Watt EZ energy meter kits.

7) Nook e-readers (some restrictions apply).

8) Laptops (in-house only; some restrictions apply).

9) Videogames (in-house only).

10) Book Discussion Kits for kids & adults.


2013 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees Announced!

Posted on April 20th, 2013 by Mickie.
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The 28 titles that are nominees for The Young Adult Library Association’s  Teen’s Top Ten award have been announced. I am really excited because I haven’t read most of them yet–YEAH SUMMER READING!!! That is the fun…now that the nominees are announced we have all summer to read the books and then voting for the top ten will begin in August.

Why should you care about this? I’ll tell ya why–because this award is chosen BY teens FOR teens…not by your teachers or your auntie…these are the books that matter to you. So, speak up!I can’t vote on these—but you can!*

Here are the nominees…reserve your copy today!


*ASSUMING that the “YOU” who is reading this is, in fact, a teenager and NOT an alien life form masquerading as a teen human in order to spend your Earth days eating chips and playing video games…or an actual human adult.


Some Doors Shouldn’t be Opened: The Apprenticeship of Viktor Frankenstein

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

This April in The Teen Book Challenge we’ll be reading This Dark Endeavor by Printz Honor medalist, Kenneth Oppel.

In this dark and mysterious book we learn about Viktor Frankenstein’s teen years–before he created life, when he tried to save it. We’ll read about his doomed twin brother Konrad…his first love Elizabeth…and the beginning of the obsession that would take over his life.

This is a book club meeting you won’t want to miss. Reserve your slice of book club pizza today…

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Astrological Readers’ Advisory: Books for Aries

Posted on April 3rd, 2013 by Mickie.
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Are you an Aries? Do you know any Aries? If you are an Aries or you know an Aries, I don’t need to tell you about this powerful astrological sign. But what should an Aries be reading?

Running from March 21 to April 19, people born under this sign of the Ram are known to be powerful personalities. Often seen as passionate, romantic, powerful, impulsive and firey! The HATE anything boring, ambiguous or mundane. SO–what exactly do these firey busy-bodies like to read? Scroll on down for a heaping helping of Aries reads right in time for your birthday Aries!

OMG! Margo may be an Aries! She is wild and unpredictable and after a wild midnight adventure with mild mannered Q--Margo is missing! Q is obsessed with her and the clues he is sure she left him about what she is doing and where she has gone.

Everyone has a wild friend, but what if hanging out with your wild friend could get you ARRESTED!? Julie wants to be cool and doesn't want her wild child best friend to ditch her but can Julie stand the pressure of living outside the law?

As a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, high-schooler Vee is unhappy to be watched constantly but finds it exhilarating to be paired with handsome Ian taking ever riskier dares--until the stakes become too high.

Aries are often good leaders...this story finds Cassie relocating to New Salem, pursuing a romance with Adam, and assuming joint leadership over an elite coven of witches whose loyalty is tested as Cassie prepares to confront a latest evil force.

Talk about a Aries style power struggle!! In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have "The Power" and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.

The dark side of an Aries...controlling and power hungry: In Omaha, Nebraska, twelve-year-old Oliver Watson has everyone convinced that he is extremely stupid and lazy, but he is actually a very wealthy, evil genius, and when he decides to run for seventh-grade class president, nothing will stand in his way.

You know what else Aries are know for? They inspire people to be better and DO better! American-educated Jordanian Luma Mufleh founds a youth soccer team comprised of children from Liberia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Balkan states, and elsewhere in the refugee settlement town of Clarkston, Georgia, bringing the children together to discover their common bonds as they adjust to life in a new homeland.

Finally--Aries are wildly romantic and passionate about their beliefs. When passions collide--then the fireworks begin: The crumbling friendship between writer Lita and entrepreneurial Adam is compromised by unexpected jealousies over each other's romantic entanglements, stolen blog posts and a premature offer to sell a new self-help book



All right–do you agree? Any books to add to Aries’ reading list? Give me a shout back in the comments.
Till next time, stay firey!





Teen Challenge Accepted; Pizza Approved

Posted on March 27th, 2013 by Mickie.
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Our 2013 Teen Challenge is under way! This month’s book was all about the poetry of life and words…Ellen Hopkin’s dramatic teen novel in verse, Tilt. We dissected the book and made our own poems and of course ate our way through a few pizzas for book club energy. We sent Ellen Hopkins some pictures of our meeting and she wrote back! WOW!

Our teens have read 3/12 of our book challenges and have made those books come to life at our monthly book club meeting…

In January we read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and even got some feedback from the book’s author about our awesomely peculiar collages!!

In February we read John Green’s bestseller tear-jerker The Fault in our Stars, then we dried our tears with pizza and made some book swag…

Next month’s book and meeting explores the dark world of Frankenstein…are you UP FOR THE CHALLENGE?


Get a CLUE at It’s a Mystery for Teens!

Posted on March 21st, 2013 by Mickie.
Categories: Events.

Peacocks and Mustard and Scarlet, OH MY! There has been a murder in the library! Who done it?! What did they use? Where did it happen? Are you going to eat the rest of those snacks?

Find out the answers to these questions, watch the classic whodunit movie CLUE on the big screen and see if you have what it takes to solve the mystery! Space is limited so reserve today!

Work together on a life-sized game board (huge dice included) to figure out the clues and find the murderer!