Thursday, October 9, 2014

Things going on for RHCL Young Adults

Good Afternoon!

Your friendly Belt Branch YA programmer here, RAYE!  I just wanted to let y'all know some of the changes and upcoming happenings for our teens here.

First off, it has been about a month, but we have updated the teen area a bit.  Lots of table space and seating.  Including power strips!  No more having to sit in the little kids area for your laptop!  We also added a bean bag chair, a few pillows and an arm chair.  Do you remember the August programming, Upcycling for Our Community?  Well, we have one of the bottle cap beaded curtains up decorating our space as well.  How cool is that?

Next, it is October!  Do you know what that means?  Pumpkin flavored everything and Christmas decorations.  And, Halloween of course!  In the young adults section of the Belt Branch, I have put up a number of books that I was told were REALLY scary.  Are you brave enough to give one a try? *crazed cackle*

And in relation to Halloween and October, the Annual Boofest for the little ones is on October 25th.  The kiddies can come and trick-or-treat, play games and do crafts.  For our generous teens, this gives an opportunity to volunteer to help!  Wear a costume, have some candy, interact with a bunch of excited kids!  If interested in volunteering, please feel free to email me ( or stop by and see me.  (reference desk, Tues-Fri afternoons/evenings)

Whelp, it was wonderful visiting with you all!  I hope I will see some of you again soon.

Signing Off,
Raye B's
BBYAP (Belt Branch Young Adult Programmer)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Celebrate Banned Books in September!

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.  (
Month long activities:
  • Mugshot photo spot
  • Displayed banned books for young adults and kids, with listing on why they were banned and when.
  • Until the 24th, a polling tub for picking a favorite movie inspired by a banned or challenged book.

Teen activities on Thursdays:
  • 1st week: readings from excepts of banned young adult books
    • 5:30-6:30 story house Sept 4th
  • 2nd week: Discussion on books that were once considered threatening, now part of common curriculum, and why.
    • 5:30-6:30 story house Sept 11th
  • 3rd week: Collage of Censorship: Create book covers for banned books. Using magazines to create a colorful collage.   Displayed until end of September.
    • 5:30-6:30 story house Sept 18th
  • 4th week: banned book movie viewing (most popular of the poll)
    • 4:00-7:00 story house Sept 25th  (with beverages)

Programs are directed towards 
Tweens and Teens,
but all ages are welcome!
(young children with adult accompaniment)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Book Review: The Testing

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau 
After the Seven Stages War the United Commonwealth began “The Testing”.  The top graduates of each of the eighteen colonies will be brought to Tosu City to be tested on their abilities to help rebuild their country, receive a college education, and have a chance at a rewarding career.

Malencia “Cia” Vale is proud to be chosen. She is proud to be given the chance to prove her abilities as a university student and future leader. However, the night before she and her three fellow participants are to leave Cia’s father warns her “The Testing” is not as it appears and she should trust no one. 

Described as a page turner, “a surefire favorite for dystopian fans”, and “a devious thriller that fans of The Hunger Games will devour” The Testing is a must read. 

-- Review written by Mary Alice, Belt Branch teen 

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Which faction are you?

In anticipation of the movie coming soon (tomorrow actually-- YAY!), Barnes and Noble has created a recommended reading list for each of the factions in Veronica Roth's popular distopian series.

Some of their picks seem spot on, like Maze Runner for Dauntless and Hunger Games for Abnegation, but Harry Potter for Erudite? For a series of books with love as a central theme, I'm not sure it's a match.

Take a look at the complete list and see what you think: The Best Books for Readers in Every Divergent Faction.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

New to the Shelves

Book cover "Rose Under Fire"

Looking for something to read while you're waiting for spring? Here are a few new releases to keep you busy!

Are you a fan of Elizabeth Wein's bestselling Code Name Verity? Then try the companion novel Rose Under Fire. Rose, a young American pilot, is captured and sent to a women's concentration camp. This story of courage and friendship in World War II won the 2014 Schneider Family Book Award and will keep you riveted as Rose struggles for survival.

If historical fiction isn't your style, check out the Frozen, the first book in the Heart of Dread series by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston. Set in a future world where most of the earth is covered in ice, fifteen-year-old Cass must cross a poisoned sea to reach the Blue, a paradise where the sun still shines.

For even more science fiction fun, there's All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill. In this page-turning debut novel, Em must travel back in time to prevent a time machine that will destroy the world from ever being invented. Besides taking a new twist on the time travel concept, this story has murder, intrigue and romance. Even if science fiction is not usually your thing, give this book a try-- you might be surprised!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Fashionable covers

I LOVE the covers for Anna Godbersen's Luxe series. These historical fiction novels are set in 1890's Manhattan with covers that feature young socialites in gorgeous, full dresses with acres of fabric. But are these gowns really what high class ladies would have worn in 1899? According to Laura Perenic in a recent blog post on YALSA's website, not so much. In her post, Laura compares some eye-catching young adult book covers with the clothing captured in portraits from the time period and examples from museum collections. Some novels make the grade, others don't. Though the Luxe covers aren't completely accurate, I still think they are great from a design point-of-view. So, if the cover does its job (getting you to pick up the book) does it matter if it is historically accurate? Share your thoughts!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

"Fault in our Stars" Trailer

The bestselling book by John Green is coming to theaters June 6th, 2014! If you haven't read the book yet, here is the rundown (courtesy of

Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel's other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.
Take a look at the trailer and see what you think! And if you haven't read the book yet, now is the time! See if a copy is available at the library or download the e-book free from Overdrive.