DW Teen Blog

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New Teen Books

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

The Boneshaker by Kate Milford book cover.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness book cover

Hidden by Helen Frost book cover.


  • The Boneshaker by Kate Milford.
    See what the book cover has to say:
  • “Strange things can happen at a crossroads, and the crossroads outside of Arcane, Missouri, is no exception. Thirteen-year-old Natalie Minks knows all the odd, mysterious tales about her little town. But even she is not prepared for the strangeness that is unleashed when Dr. Jake Limberleg’s Nostrum Fair and Technological Medicine Show rolls into Arcane with its bizarre tonics and elaborate, inexplicable machines.

    Natalie is fascinated by mechanical things of all sorts. So when she finally gets a close look at the machines within the intricate maze of the medicine show, she knows in her gut that something about this caravan of healers is not right…and that Arcane is in grave danger.”

  • A Monster Calls: A Novel by Patrick Ness.
    See what the book cover has to say:
  • “The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

    This monster, though, is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

    It wants the truth.”

  • Hidden: A Novel by Helen Frost.
    See what the book cover has to say:
  • “When Wren and Darra meet at age fourteen, they recognize each other instantly, though they’ve never actually seen each other. It has been six years since something happened that affected both of them profoundly: Darra’s father stole a car and drove it home, not knowing that Wren was hiding in the back. Darra was the only one who guessed that Wren stayed hidden in their locked garage.

    For Wren, hungry, thirsty, trapped, and terrified, the hours dragged on as she searched for a way out.

    Now, in Cabin Eight at Camp Oakwood, each girl knows the other’s most private secret–and neither of them wants to talk about what happened.

    For the most part, they manage to avoid each other, until their Lifesaving teacher introduces a game called Drown Last and Wren and Darra meet underwater in an intense encounter that leaves them both gasping for air–and answers–when they surface.”

Have you read any of these books?

New Teen Books

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

  • The Apothecary by Maile Meloy.
    See what the book jacket has to say:
  • “It’s 1952 and the Scott family has moved unexpectedly from Los Angeles to London. Janie Scott feels uncertain in her strange new school until she meets Benjamin Burrows, the local apothecary’s curiously defiant son, who dreams of becoming a spy.

    Benjamin’s father promises Janie a cure for homesickness, and it seems to work. But Mr. Burrows is no ordinary apothecary, and he holds dangerous secrets. When he disappears, Benjamin and Janie find themselves entrusted with his sacred book, the Pharmacopoeia. And Russian spies are intent on getting their hands on it.

    Discovering transformative elixirs they never imagined could exist, Janie and Benjamin embark on a dangerous quest to save the apothecary and prevent an impending nuclear disaster.”

  • The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan. Book One of the Heroes of the Olympus series (we have books two and three, too!).
    See what the book jacket has to say:
  • “Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper, and his best friend is a guy named Leo. They’re all students at the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids,” as Leo puts it. What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly? Jason doesn’t know anything–expect that everything seems very wrong.

    Piper has a secret. Her father, a famous actor, has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare about his being in trouble. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits during the school trip, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out, whether she wants to or not.

    Leo has a way with tools. When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. but there’s weird stuff, too–like the curse everyone keeps talking about, and some camper who’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them–including Leo–is related to a god. Does this have anything to do with Jason’s amnesia, or the fact that Leo keeps seeing ghosts?”

  • No Safety in Numbers by Dayna Lorentz.
    See what the book jacket has to say:
  • “They should have just stayed home. When a biological bomb is discovered in the air duct of a busy suburban mall, the entire complex is shut down and all those inside are quarantined. At first, there’s the novelty of being stuck in a mega mall with free food and gift certificates. But it isn’t long before supplies start dwindling and widespread panic surges through the place. Of thousands trapped, four teens, each with his or her own story, are anxious to escape and help their loved ones survive. But it isn’t easy to stay calm when the truth is deliberately kept secret. Marco, Lexi, Ryan, and Shay are about to find out that in desperate times people can change…and not always for the better.”

Have you read any of these? If so, let us know in the comments!

eBook Survey!

Northwest Georgia Regional Library System is considering purchasing eBooks. To help us determine which service we should go with, we need to know the devices our community uses the most.

Please take this survey: it’s totally anonymous and will only be used to determine how to best provide services.

Survey Link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/P7Q9969

Thanks for all your help!

Feel free to comment your questions, concerns, or suggestions.

DW Movies @ the Library

Dalton-Whitfield Library will be hosting movie showings at the library! These movies are free to watch and concessions will be available. Come take part in one of our showtimes or in several.

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Family Movie Day

Family Movie Day will be hosting movies on the 3rd and 4th Saturdays of the month. The movies will begin at 11:30 a.m. Additional showings may be offered on different days and at different hours. All ages are welcome to participate. Movies will be between G and PG.

Showtimes
June 21st, 2014 – Rated PG, animated comedy, our favorite blocky yellow people have to save the world.
June 28th, 2014 – Rated PG, animated comedy, our favorite blocky yellow people have to save the world.

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Teen Movie Night

Teen Movie Night will be hosting movies once or twice a month on a Friday evening. The movies will begin at 3:00 p.m. 6th grade and up are welcome. Movies will be between G and PG-13. For parents with concerns on ratings, feel free to view the movie with your child!

For teen movie information, please contact 706-876-1365.

Showtimes
May 30th, 2014 – Rated PG, two princesses learn to overcome their differences to save their kingdom.
June 13th, 2014 – Rated PG-13, zombies! some language, lots of violence.
June 27th, 2014 – Rated PG-13, a young boy goes to space to defeat some aliens.
July 11th, 2014 – Rated PG-13, follow everyone’s favorite detective as he solves some mysteries, violence.
July 25th, 2014 – Rated PG-13, follow everyone’s favorite detective for a second time as he solves mysteries relating to a possible war, violence.

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Classic Movie Matinée

Classic Movie Matinée will be hosting movies once or twice a month on a Thursday. The movies will begin at 2:00 p.m. All ages are welcome to participate. Movies will be rated G – PG-13 or not rated.

Showtimes
Showtimes TBA.

Come and enjoy our movie showings and bring your friends!

For more information, including the title of the movie showing, please contact the library at 706-876-1360. Keep checking an eye on the calendar for showtimes or pick up a calendar at the library.

Teen Read Week 2013

This week is Teen Read Week. This week is devoted to encouraging teens to read and gain literacy skills. To help draw teens into the library, we have a few events going on and all teens between 6th and 12th grade are invited! There is no specific time for these events. Just drop by the library and speak to Betsy to find out more information.

  • Scavenger Hunt: Search for some cards related to the clues given and for each one you find, receive one entry in a raffle for the book the hunt is based on. All cards must be found between October 15th and 19th.
  • Hoax Image/Photo: Using a photo the library provides, use a photo editor to make something cool/scary/funny/etc. appear in it. Participating earns you an entry into a raffle for a gift card for a small amount. This can be done at home if you have a program for it and there’s a program that Betsy can show you installed here. You do have to drop by to get the rules though. Entries will be posted on the teen blog.
  • Blind Book Drawing: Choose a book title from a box of titles, read the book and do a brief review to earn an entry into the raffle for the gift card (same as the hoax image). The more books you read/review, the more entries you can get. Reviews may be posted on the teen blog and on boards at the library.
    Note: Titles must be selected between October 15th and 19th. Reviews must be turned in by October 31st. Drawing will be held after that date.

Get the full rules for each event at the library!

Teen Read Week 2013 Flyer

Blind Book Drawing Flyer

Scavenger Hunt Flyer

Hoax Image Flyer

New Teen Books at Dalton

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

  • Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne.
    See what the book jacket has to say:
  • “Your mother hollers that you’re going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don’t stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don’t thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not–you launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner.
    Only, if it’s the last time you’ll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.
    But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.
    Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.
    …Six high school students (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world–as they know it–apart.”

  • The Theory of Everything: A Novel by J. J. Johnson.
    See what the book jacket has to say:
  • “Just because everyone else thinks you should be over doesn’t mean you are.
    Last year, Sarah’s best friend Jamie died in a freak accident. At the time, everyone was sad; now they’re just ready for Sarah to get over it and move on.
    But Sarah can’t move on, because she can’t stop reliving what happened. She’s still wrestling with guilt. She’s questioning the meaning of life. And she misses her best friend. Her grades are plummeting, her relationships are falling apart, and her normal voice seems to have been replaced with a snark box.
    In a last-ditch effort to pull it together, Sarah befriends Jamie’s twin brother Emmett, who may be the only other person who understands what she’s missing. When she gets a job working for the local eccentric, Sarah finally begins to understand the threads that connect us all, the benefit of giving people a chance, and the power of love.”

  • iBoy by Kevin Brooks.
    See what the book jacket has to say:
  • “What can he do with his new powers–and what are they doing to him?
    Before the attack, Tom Harvey was just an average teenager. But a head-on collision with high technology has turned him into an actualized App. Fragments of a shattered iPhone are embedded in his brain. and they’re having an extraordinary effect on his every thought.
    Because now Tom knows, sees, and can do more than any normal boy ever could.
    But with his new powers comes a choice: To avenge Lucy, the girl he loves, will he hunt down the vicious gangsters who hurt her? Will he take the law into his own electric hands and exterminate them from the South London housing projects where, by fear and violence, they rule?
    Not even his mental search engine can predict the shocking outcome of iBoy’s actions.”

  • Croak by Gina Damico.
    See what the book cover has to say:
  • “Sixteen-year-old Lex Bartleby has sucker-punched her last classmate. fed up with her punkish, wild behavior, her parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than shoveling manure.
    He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach her the family business.
    Lex quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated entirely by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next. Along with her infuriating yet intriguing partner, Driggs, and a rockstar crew of fellow Grim apprentices, Lex is soon zapping her targets like a natural born Killer.
    Yet her innate ability morphs into an unchecked desire for justice–or is it vengeance?–whenever she’s forced to Kill a murder victim, yearning to stop the attackers before they can strike again. So when people start to die–that is, people who aren’t supposed to be dying, people who have committed grievous crimes against the innocent–Lex’s curiosity is piqued. Her obsession grows as the bodies pile up, and a troubling question begins to swirl through her mind: if she succeeds in tracking down the murderer, will she stop the carnage–or will she ditch Croak and join in?”

  • Will’s Choice by Gail Griffith.
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  • “On March 11, 2001, seventeen-year-old Will ingested a near-fatal dose of his antidepressant medication, an event that would forever change his life and the lives of his family. In Will’s Choice, his mother, Gail Griffith, tells the story of her family’s struggle to renew Will’s interest in life and to regain their equilibrium in the aftermath.
    Griffith intersperses her own finely wrought prose with dozens of letters and journal entries from family and friends, including many from Will himself. A memoir with a social conscience, Will’s Choice lays bare the social and political challenges that American families face in combating this most mysterious and stigmatized of illnesses. In Gail Griffith, depressed teens have found themselves a formidable advocate, and in the evocative and fiercely compelling narrative of Will’s Choice, we all discover the promise of a second chance.”

  • My Anxious Mind: A Teen’s guide to Managing Anxiety and Panic by Michael Tompkins and Katherine Martinez, illustrated by Michael Sloan.
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  • “Can you spare 30 minutes to feel less anxious?
    Go ahead. Think about how your life would be different if you were less anxious. What would change? Would you try out for the basketball team? Ask someone out on a date? Would you sleep better and feel less tense? Would you feel calmer and happier?
    My Anxious Mind outlines a simple and proven plan to help you understand and deal with your anxiety and panic. It is chock full of simple-to-use tools and strategies that easily fit into any teen’s busy routine.”