So…who has been to see Oz the Great and Powerful? I haven’t yet, but I would like to thank it for prompting this blog post, which has taught me a name I didn’t know existed for one of my favorite types of books: Portal Fiction!
How often have I gushed about how I love stepping into another world, like Alice, Coraline, or Tiffany Aching?! I read the term “portal fiction” and experienced that awesome “there’s a WORD for that?” feeling.
…these books feature protagonists who are transported from our own familiar world to another realm, where they encounter exhilarating adventures and come face to face with conundrums that challenge their perceptions and abilities, uncover hidden aptitudes, and help them learn about themselves.
Got any other favorite titles about stepping into another world? Add them in the comments!
The new book shelf in the teen room looks awesome these days–full of alternate history and steampunk machinery. New to steampunk? I like Wikipedia’s explanation:
Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. Therefore, steampunk works are often set in an alternate history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or American “Wild West”, in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has regained mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power.
Often fast-paced and fun, Steampunk gets a lot of attention…so give it a go! Check out our latest additions or browse our favorite steampunk novels from our catalog or through our Steampunk Explore guide. Want to look the part? Join us next week for our Cosplay: It’s Easier than you Think! program where we will be crafting steampunk goggles!
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger. Fans of Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate will be thrilled to know that she has a new series out–in the first book, readers enter an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is suprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage. Gail even has a super neat web site about the book at a special website dedicated to The Finishing School Series. Click on the image for more how-tos…
Legacy of the Clockwork Key by Kristen Bailey
A orphaned sixteen-year-old servant in Victorian England finds love while unraveling the secrets of a mysterious society of inventors and their most dangerous creation.
The Lazarus Machine by Paul Crilley
In an alternate 1899 London, seventeen-year-old Sebastian Tweed searches for his kidnapped father, uncovering both a horrific technological secret and a political conspiracy that could destroy the British Empire.
The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress
Cora, Nellie, and Michiko, teenaged assistants to three powerful men in Edwardian London, meet by chance at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered man, leading the three to work together to solve this and related crimes without drawing undue attention to themselves.
The manual of aeronautics : an illustrated guide to the Leviathan series by written by Scott Westerfeld
Illustrations and text provide detailed looks at the machines, uniforms, creatures, and characters of the Leviathan book series
Posted on March 1st, 2013 by Mickie.
Can’t get enough of Sam and Dean Winchester and their other worldly adventures? Do you like your horror not so black, but with cream and sugar? Could you laugh at a funeral? Fans of the darkly humorous CW series Supernatural will love these quirky, somewhat funny horror stories. Click on to see the books in our catalog…
Posted on February 26th, 2013 by Mickie.
Everyone has a story to tell…learn to tell yours through photographic art. In this workshop, you will learn about what makes a photograph good, and how images can tell amazing stories. Participants will be given cameras to use to photograph their story, then will be shown how to edit those photos for display. Photo stories will be displayed in the Library meeting rooms for the month of March…just in time for Teen Tech Week March 10-16!
Posted on February 19th, 2013 by Mickie.
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What do John Green, Anne Frank, Nerdfighteria and Saltwater pizza have to do with this month’s teen book challenge? Plenty! We’re reading The Fault in our Stars by John Green – it has had months of buzz and months on the best seller list and it is also a stone cold tear jerker….we love it! So get the book and come to the meeting. We’ll dry our saltwater tears with pizza.
And like they say in John Green’s hometown – Don’t Forget to Be Awesome.
Does your school require you to read at a certain AR Level?
Are you tired of trying to track down books that are at your level and are interesting and WPL owns them AND they are available to check out?
It is so much work to find the perfect book, it can bring on a full panda rage.
Yeah, we feel your frustration…but get ready, friends, your life is about to change.
Introducing the brand new Accelerated Reader Search brought to you by your friends at the Westerville Public Library.
Then use our tags to find subjects and genres that you enjoy…
And then limit by availability to show what you can take home with you today.
We are pretty excited about this so give it a whirl and let us know what you think – BUT WAIT, THAT’S NOT ALL!
Act now and we’ll throw in the helpful smiling face of your local librarian who would love to show you how this nifty AR Search works, how to pick out great books that you’ll love and much, much more. This special offer will not expire!
Have you heard? Monday was the big day for award announcements in libraryland for youth, and here at WPL, we gathered around our online streams of the announcements like it was the Oscars — ’cause, well, in our world, it pretty much is! The big awards you probably know about are the Caldecott (most distinguished American picture book for children) and Newbery (most distinguished contribution to American literature for children). But did you know there are awards for teen books as well?
In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, fifteen-year-old Shorty, a poor gang member from the slums of Site Soleil, is trapped in the rubble of a ruined hospital, and as he grows weaker he has visions and memories of his life of violence, his lost twin sister, and of Toussaint L’Ouverture, who liberated Haiti from French rule in the 1804.
There’s also the Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, which went to The Fault in Our Stars, written by John Green, narrated by Kate Rudd, produced by Brilliance Audio:
And don’t forget the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. Believe me, when a nonfiction book gets an award, it’s GOOD. No dry textbook stuff here! Don’t miss this year’s winner, Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal- the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon:
In this suspenseful combination of science and history, Sheinkin masterfully exposes the international race to develop an atomic weapon and bring an end to World War II. This true-life spy thriller features an international cast of characters and will keep readers on the edge of their seats. -YALSA award site
Finally, I want to mention the The William C. Morris YA Debut Award, which honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens. Many of you already know this year’s winner, Rachel Hartman, and her book Seraphina:
In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.
These are just a few of the MANY awards that were announced this week. You can see a full list of the ALA Youth Media Awards (including honor books), and you can browse and reserve all the books from the library. Happy reading!
Posted on January 30th, 2013 by Mickie.
Categories: Art & Craftiness.
Have you tried cosplaying yet? Cosplay is short for costume play and it is a fun way to reinvent your self for a day! Come meet with other cosplayers, learn about cosplay events, share ideas and get creative! This month we will be sewing a DIY cosplay faux fur tail! It is free and we’ll supply the materials…don’t miss out!
Space is limited so sign up now!
Posted on January 22nd, 2013 by Mickie.
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We are reading a book a month for the Teen Book Challenge. Read with us…you don’t have to read every book, but if you want to read a bit and come to some fun hang outs, you’ll win an invitation to the book challenge party at the end of the year. Plus you’ll get to hang out with Mickie and Becky. Win. Win.
Next meeting is 1/23 @ 3:30pm. Be there.
Posted on January 20th, 2013 by Becky.
If you’ve read a teen book in the past, oh, 20 years, you’ve proooobably read (or at least heard of) Caroline B. Cooney’s The Face on the Milk Carton. When Janie is a teenager, she sees one of those “Missing Children” pictures on a carton of milk — and recognizes it as herself (!!!). Several other books followed that one, as readers demanded to know more of Janie’s story: Whatever Happened to Janie?, The Voice on the Radio, and What Janie Found. Well, Caroline B. Cooney was planning to stop there, but a question from her editor, Beverly Horowitz, got her wheels turning again:
I said to Caroline, ‘Gee, whatever happened to Janie and Reeve? By now they’d be in college,’ ” Horowitz recalls. “She said, ‘I’m finished with that.’ And then a few weeks later she called me and said, ‘Oh my goodness, I’m not finished with them.’
And so, the final book in the series, Janie Face to Face, came to be. Read more about it here! (Some spoilers if you haven’t read the rest of the series!) Curious? Browse and reserve all the Janie books (they even have spiffy new covers!).
Posted on January 4th, 2013 by Mickie.
Every New Year people all over the world watch a big sparkly ball drop, eat snack foods, make resolutions and change their online passwords….wait, what? Yes, you heard me correctly–now is the time to clean up your interwebs! Change your passwords every six months to protect yourself online. You already know better than to share passwords with your friends, but do you know how to create a super strong password that is also easy to remember?
Airy, another avid reader at Beta Books, our read-’em-before-they-are-published teen book club, has submitted our latest review! Check out her thoughts below. Curious? Get the scoop here, sign out a book from the Teen Center, and mark your calendar for the next meeting!
Author: Laura Buzo
What did you think of the cover? I think that the cover is okay.
Did you think it matched the story? Okay.
What did you think of the book?
The book was very interesting, and my favorite part is when Amelia and Chris’s relationship intensifies.
How would you rate this book? 4 stars — Awesome. I loved it and would give it to a friend.
Posted on December 19th, 2012 by Mickie.
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Each month of 2013 we will challenge you to read a book with us. Then get together with us for FOOD (yeah I said food) and fun as we bring the book to life. If you meet the monthly challenge of reading with us, you will also receive a badge of honor. Collect enough badges by the end of the year and you will earn an invitation to the Teen Challenge Bash!
So let me recap this:
Are you excited yet? You should be.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Old freaky pictures? Check. Abandoned mansions? Check. Secrets? Check.
Danger? Double check!
Sign up, get your copy of the book and meet us at the rendezvous point…the library on January 23 at 3:30.
Posted on December 14th, 2012 by Becky.
Categories: Art & Craftiness.
Did you know you can check out artwork from the library and take it home for a month…just like a book?!? It’s true! Take a look at our 380+ check-out-able (yes, I just made up that word) art pieces. Some are prints of famous works, while others are originals by local Westerville and Ohio artists. Click each title to see a thumbnail image of the piece. Never whine about your bare walls again!