DW – 14+ Coffee House, Spark a Reaction

Dalton-Whitfield Library presents a Mystery-themed 14+ Coffee house for Spark a Reaction: Tuesday, July 8th @ 3:00pm

14+ Coffee House: Tuesday, July 8th @ 3:00pm
Teens 14 to 18 can come to the coffee house and enjoy some snacks. Teen writers can share a mystery story or poem, or readers can read from stories they enjoy.

Rising 6th graders to rising 12th graders will get to participate in a summer full of reading, art, and fun with our Summer Reading Program. Most events will be on Thursdays at 3:00pm at the library.

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DW – Fine Freedom – 7/7

Dalton-Whitfield Library will be hosting a Fine “Freedom” Day! July 7th, all day long!

Ever been scared about the fines on a book/movie/CD you’ve kept way over its overdue date? July 7th is the day to bring the item in! We will forgive any overdue fees for items returned on July 7th at the Dalton-Whitfield library. This does not include any fees for damages.

We look forward to seeing you after Independence day with your overdue books, movies, music and more!

DW – Murder Mystery, Spark a Reaction

Dalton-Whitfield Library presents a Murder Mystery for Spark a Reaction: Thursday, July 3rd @ 3:00pm

CrimeMurder in the Library: Thursday, July 3rd @ 3:00pm
Come solve a murder! Using Janet Dickey’s A Murder Melodrama murder mystery, teens will need to figure out who killed the main character. There will be evidence to uncover and suspects to interrogate. Teens can work as teams with their friends or investigate on their own. Cropped image CC 2.0 on Flickr by silver marquis


Rising 6th graders to rising 12th graders will get to participate in a summer full of reading, art, and fun with our Summer Reading Program. Most events will be on Thursdays at 3:00pm at the library.

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DW – New Teen Books 7/1

The teen department has some new books that are ready for check out!

Payback Time by Carl Deuker

The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius edited by John Joseph Adams

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Fragments by Dan Wells

Ruins by Dan Wells

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science by Sean Connolly

15 Dangerously Mad Projects for the Evil Genius by Simon Monk

Electronic Circuits for the Evil Genius: 64 Lessons with Projects, 2nd ed. by Dave Cutcher


  • Payback Time by Carl Deuker.
    See what the book cover has to say:
  • “A reporter’s job is to find the missing pieces, and high school journalist Mitch True is on the verge of uncovering those pieces and nailing his first real story. If only he can get cornerback Angel Marichal to talk. Or Coach McNulty to explain why he never allows Angel’s obvious talent–his speed and strength–to shine on the field. What is Angel’s secret? And who profits from keeping the truth hidden?”

  • The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius edited by John Joseph Adams.
    See what the book cover has to say:
  • “Mad scientists have never had it so tough. In superhero comics, graphic novels, films, TV series, video games, and even works of what may be fiction, they are besieged by those who stand against them, devoid of sympathy for their irrational, megalomaniacal impulses to rule, destroy, or otherwise dominate the world as we know it.

    Dr. Frankenstein was the first truly mad scientist of the modern era. And what did it get him? Destroyed by his own creation. And Jules Verne’s Captain Nemo, a man ahead of his time as well as out of his head–what did he do to deserve persecution?

    Even Lex Luthor, by all accounts a genius, has been hindered not once, not twice, but so many times that it has taken hundreds of comic books, a few fill, and no fewer than ten full seasons of a television series to keep him properly thwarted.

    It’s just not fair. So those of us who are so twisted and sick that we love mad scientists have created this guide. Some of the names have been changed to protect the guilty, but you’ll recognize them. It doesn’t matter, though. This guide is not for you. It’s for them: the underhanded, over-brained paranoiacs who so desperately need our help.

    What lies behind those unfocused, restless eyes and drooling, wicked grins? Why–and how–do they concoct their nefarious plots? Why are they so set on taking over the world? If you’ve ever asked yourself any of these questions, you’re in luck, because we are exposing their secrets, aiding and abetting their evil. It all awaits, within.”

  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. (Book 2 of the Raven Cycle)
    See what the book cover has to say:
  • “If you could steal things from dreams, what would you take?

    Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself.

    One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams.

    And sometimes he’s not the only one who wants those things.

    Ronan is one of the raven boys–a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan’s secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface–changing everything in its wake.”

  • Fragments by Dan Wells. (Book 2 in the Partials Sequence)
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  • “Kira Walker has found the cure for RM, but the battle for the survival of humans and Partials is just the beginning. Kira has left East Meadow in a desperate search for clues to who she is. That the Partials themselves hold the cure for RM in their blood cannot be a coincidence–it must be part of a larger plan, a plan that involves Kira, a plan that could save both races. Her companions are Afa Demoux, an unhinged drifter and former employee of ParaGen, and Samm and Heron, the Partials who betrayed her and saved her life, the only ones who know her secret. But can she trust them?

    Meanwhile, back on Long Island, what’s left of humanity is gearing up for war with the Partials, and Marcus knows his only hope is to delay them until Kira returns. But Kira’s journey will take her deep into the overgrown wasteland of postapocalyptic America, and Kira and Marcus will both discover that their greatest enemy may be one they didn’t even know existed.”

  • Ruins by Dan Wells. (Book 3 in the Paritals Sequence)
    See what the book cover has to say:
  • “Our time is almost up.

    As the clock ticks closer and closer to the final Partial expiration date, humans and Partials stand on the brink of war. Caught in the middle, thousands of miles apart, are Samm and Kira. Samm, who is trapped on the far side of the continent beyond the vast toxic wasteland of the American Midwest; and Kira, now in the hands of Dr. Morgan, who is hell-bent on saving what’s left of the Partials, even if she has to destroy Kira to do it.

    The only hope lies in the hands of the scattered people of both races who seek a way to prevent the rapidly escalating conflict. But in their midst appears a mysterious figure, neither human nor Partial, with solemn warnings of a new apocalypse–one that none of them may be able to avert.”

  • In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters.
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  • “In a city filled with the dead and dying, while a nightmarish war rages halfway across the world, the grieving look for answers in photographs and séances.

    It’s 1918. San Diego. And a girl who doesn’t believe in spirits steps off the train and into a new life…”

  • The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science by Sean Connolly.
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  • “Stand back! Genius at work! Encase your little brother in a giant soap bubble. Drop Mentos in a bottle of diet soda and stand back as a geyser erupts. Launch a rocket made from a film canister.

    Here are 64 amazing experiments that snap, crackle, pop, ooze, crash, boom, and stink. Giant air cannons. Home made lightning. Marshmallows on steroids. Matchbox microphones. There’s even an introduction to alchemy. (Not sure what that is? Think ‘medieval wizard.’) None of these experiments requires special training, and all use stuff found in the kitchen or garden shed. You’d be irresponsible not to try them.”

  • 15 Dangerously Mad Projects for the Evil Genius by Simon Monk.
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  • “This wickedly inventive guide explains how to design and build 15 fiendishly fun electronics projects. Filled with photos and illustrations, 15 Dangerously Mad Projects for the Evil Genius includes step-by-step directions, as well as a construction primer for those who are new to electronics projects.

    Using easy-to-find components and equipment, this do-it-yourself book shows you how to create a variety of mischievous gadgets, such as a remote-controlled laser, motorized multicolor LEDs that write in the air, and a surveillance robot. You’ll also learn how to use the highly popular Arduino microcontroller with three of the projects.

    Build these devious devices to amaze your friends and confound your enemies: Coil gun, trebuchet, ping pong ball minigun, mini laser turret, balloon-popping laser gun, touch-activated laser sight, laser-grid intruder alarm, persistence of vision display, covert radio bug, laser voice transmitter, flash bomb, high-brightness LED strobe, levitation machine, snailbot, and surveillance robot.”

  • Electronic Circuits for the Evil Genius: 64 Lessons with Projects, 2nd ed. by Dave Cutcher.
    See what the book cover has to say:
  • “Fully updated throughout, this wickedly inventive guide introduces electronic circuits and circuit design, both analog and digital, through a series of project you’ll complete one simple lesson at a time. The separate lessons build on each other and add up to projects you can put to practical use. You don’t need to know anything about electronics to get started.

    Using easy-to-find components and equipment, Electronic Circuits for the Evil Genius, Second Edition provides hours of rewarding–and slightly twisted–fun. You’ll gain valuable experience in circuit construction and design as you test, modify, and observe you results–skills you can put to work in other exciting circuit-building projects.

    Build these and other devious devices: Automatic night light, light-sensitive switch, analog-to-digital converter, voltage-controlled oscillator, op amp-controlled power amplifier, burglar alarm, logic gate-based toy, two-way intercom using transistors and op amps.”

Have you read any of these books?

DW – Light it Up! Spark a Reaction

Dalton-Whitfield Library presents Light it Up for Spark a Reaction: Thursday, June 26th @ 3:00pm

LEDsLight it Up: Thursday, June 26th @ 3:00pm
Teens have an opportunity to use household supplies to make LEDs light up. Simple things like watch batteries, paper clips, paper fasteners, and cardboard can create a circuit. Circuits can be used to make light up art and cards. There will be supplies for the first 20 teens to register. Cropped image CC 2.0 on Flickr by warrenski


Rising 6th graders to rising 12th graders will get to participate in a summer full of reading, art, and fun with our Summer Reading Program. Most events will be on Thursdays at 3:00pm at the library.

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DW – 11-13 Book Club, Spark a Reaction

Dalton-Whitfield Library presents an 11-13 Book Club for Spark a Reaction: Wednesday, June 25th @ 3:00pm

11-13 Book Club: Wednesday, June 25th @ 3:00pm
Read Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham and discuss the book with other teens. 11-13, please.

Rising 6th graders to rising 12th graders will get to participate in a summer full of reading, art, and fun with our Summer Reading Program. Most events will be on Thursdays at 3:00pm at the library.

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DW – 14+ Book Club, Spark a Reaction

Dalton-Whitfield Library presents a 14+ Book Club for Spark a Reaction: Tuesday, June 24th @ 3:00pm

14+ Book Club: Tuesday, June 24th @ 3:00pm
Read Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card and discuss the book with other teens. 14 and up, please.

Rising 6th graders to rising 12th graders will get to participate in a summer full of reading, art, and fun with our Summer Reading Program. Most events will be on Thursdays at 3:00pm at the library.

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DW – 11-13 Book Club, Spark a Reaction

Dalton-Whitfield Library presents an 11-13 Book Club for Spark a Reaction: Wednesday, July 23rd @ 3:00pm

11-13 Book Club: Wednesday, July 23rd @ 3:00pm
Read Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks and discuss the book with other teens. 11-13, please.

Rising 6th graders to rising 12th graders will get to participate in a summer full of reading, art, and fun with our Summer Reading Program. Most events will be on Thursdays at 3:00pm at the library.

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New Teen Books – 6/20

The teen department has some new books that are ready for check out!

Masquerade by Melissa de la Cruz

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

The Prey by Andrew Fukuda

Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson


  • Masquerade by Melissa de la Cruz. (A Blue Bloods novel, book 2)
    See what the book cover has to say:
  • “Schuyler Van Alen wants an explanation for the mysterious deaths of young vampires. With her best friend Oliver, Schuyler travels to Italy in the hope of finding the one man who can help–her grandfather. Meanwhile, back in New York, preparations are feverishly under way for the Four Hundred Ball, an exclusive gala hosted by the city’s wealthy, powerful, and unhuman–a true Blue Blood affair.

    But it’s at the after-party, a masquerade ball thrown by the cunning Mimi Force, that the real danger lurks. Hidden behind the masks is a revelation that will forever change the course of a young vampire’s destiny.”

  • Where She Went by Gayle Forman. (Sequel to If I Stay)
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  • “My first impulse is not to grab her or kiss her or yell at her. I simply want to touch her cheek, still flushed from the night’s performance. I want to cut through the space that separates us, measured in feet–not miles, not continents, not years–and take a callused finger to her face… But I can’t touch her. This is a privilege that’s been revoked.

    It’s been three years since Adam’s love saved Mia after the accident that annihilated life as she knew it…

    …and three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life forever.

    Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard’s rising star and Adam is L.A. tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As the explore the city that has become Mia’s home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future–and each other.”

  • The Prey by Andrew Fukuda. (Sequel to The Hunt)
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  • “With death only a heartbeat away, Gene and the remaining humans must find a way to survive long enough to escape the hungry predators chasing them through the night. But they’re not the only things following Gene. He’s haunted by Ashley June, whom he left behind, and his burgeoning feelings for Sissy, the human girl at his side.

    Their escape takes them to a refuge of humans living high in the mountains. Gene and his friends think they’re finally safe, but not everything here is as it seems, and before long, Gene must ask himself if the new world they’ve entered is just as evil as the one they left behind. As their enemies close in on them and push Gene and Sissy closer, one thing becomes painfully clear: all they have is each other…if they can stay alive.”

  • Darkness Fefore Dawn by J.A. London.
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  • “Only sunlight can save us.

    We built the wall to keep them out, to keep us safe. But it also makes us prisoners, trapped in what’s left of our ravaged city, fearing nightfall.

    After the death of my parents, it’s up to me–as the newest delegate for humanity–to bargain with our vampire overlord. I thought I was ready. I thought I knew everything there was to know about the monsters. Thena gain, nothing could have prepared me for Lord Valentine…or his son. Maybe not all vampires are killers. Maybe it’s safe to let one in.

    Only one thing is certain: Even the wall is not enough. A war is coming and we cannot hide forever.”

  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.
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  • “Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

    Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…But for Cath, being a fan is her life–and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

    Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fanfiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

    Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

    Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roomates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a chrarming, always-around boyfriend; a fiction-writing professor who thinks fanfiction is the end of the civilized world; a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words…and she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

    For cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?”

  • Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson.
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  • “Ten years ago, Calamity came.

    It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary people extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.

    Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man, you must crush his will.

    Now, in what was once Chicago, an astonishingly powerful Epic named Steelheart has installed himself as emperor. Steelheart possesses the strength of ten men and can control the elements. It is said that no bullet can harm him, no sword can split his skin, and no fire can burn him. He is invincible. Nobody fights back…nobody but the Reckoners.

    A shadowy group of ordinary humans, the Reckoners spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in.

    When Steelheart came to Chicago, he killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David has been studying, and planning, and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

    He has seen Steelheart bleed.

    And he wants revenge.”

Have you read any of these books?

DW – Robots 101, Spark a Reaction

Dalton-Whitfield Library presents Robots 101 for Spark a Reaction: Thursday, June 19th @ 3:00pm

RobotRobotics 101: Thursday, June 19th @ 3:00pm
Mr. Holloway from Dalton High school will be here to walk teens through building a simple line-tracking robot and programming it to follow a path. Teens will be paired up for this project, so bring a friend! Robots will remain at the library for future programs and for teens to use while at the library. 10 robot kits will be available, so there may be up to 10 groups of teens.Cropped and edited image CC 3.0 on Wikimedia by D.J. Shin


Rising 6th graders to rising 12th graders will get to participate in a summer full of reading, art, and fun with our Summer Reading Program. Most events will be on Thursdays at 3:00pm at the library.

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