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DW – Chattanooga Symphony – The Happiness Project

Dalton-Whitfield Library’s The Happiness Project presents the Chattanooga Symphony playing some upbeat music: October 30th at 5:30pm

Join the library and other members of the community in listening to some happy, upbeat music played by the Chattanooga Symphony.

While you’re here, make sure you pick up a fabric square for the Happiness Quilt. Draw or write what makes you happy on it and bring it back to the library so we can make a community-based quilt!

Find more information about the Happiness Project.


DW – The Happiness Project

Dalton-Whitfield Library is hosting The Happiness Project: September, October, and November

Adults and teens, join the library in reading and discussing books and then watching the movie! See below for the full schedule and the calendar for individual events. Kids, come to story time and explore what makes you happy!


  • 9th at 6pm: Discussion of Gretchin Rubin’s Project Happiness
  • 11th at 6pm: Gretchen Rubin’s Youtube Interview and Discussion


  • 7th at 6pm: Discussion of Chris Gardner’s Pursuit of Happyness
  • 9th at 6pm: Watch a Movie!
  • 21st at 6pm: Discussion of Julie Powell’s Julie and Julia
  • 23rd at 6pm: Watch a Movie!


  • 4th at 6pm: Discussion of Ben Carson’s Gifted Hands
  • 6th at 6pm: Watch a Movie!

October Children’s Program
Happy Harvest month! Children will explore what makes them happy during story times and enjoy upbeat music and movies.

  • 18th at 11:30am: Watch a Movie!
  • 25th at 11:30am: Watch a Movie!
  • 30th at 6pm: Chattanooga’s Symphony

Happiness Quilt
During the months of September through November, everyone is encouraged to submit a square to the library with what makes them happy written or drawn on it. These squares will be joined together to form the Happiness quilt. Library customers will be able to watch the quilt grow as new squares are added.


DW – LTTC Grand Opening

Dalton-Whitfield presents the Learning and Technology Training Center Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting on September 30 from 3:30pm to 6:30pm! The Ribbon Cutting will be at 5:30 pm.

Dalton-Whitfield Library is working with other community organizations to offer the Learning and Technology Training Center. The computer lab will be moving into the center, and there will be technology-based classes available, as well as spaces for tutors to work with students and a sitting area with electrical outlets and free wireless internet! Drop by during the grand opening to see the new space, enjoy refreshments, and learn what the LTTC has to offer you.

Get a first look at the LTTC which will have:

  • State of the art technology, including a 3-D printer
  • Convertible classrooms/Makerspaces
  • Comfortable seating area for laptop, tablet, and other wi-fi device use
  • Computer lab
  • Community Meeting Space
  • Private Tutoring Rooms
  • Free Computer and Job Training Classes
  • Collaborative Workspace

LTTC Grand Opening


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 – 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.
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  • “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.
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  • “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)
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  • “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)
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  • “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.
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  • “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?


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)
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  • “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?


New Teen Books – 6/13

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

Pawn by Aimée Carter

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Reached by Ally Condie

Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay

Torn by David Massey

Out of Nowhere by Maria Padian

Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron

Same Difference by Siobhan Vivian

  • Pawn by Aimée Carter.
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  • “You can be a VII. If you give up everything.

    For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.

    If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked–surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.

    There’s only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed…and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that’s not her own, she must decide which path to choose–and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she’s onyl beginning to understand.”

  • The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau.
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  • “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one and the same?

    The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few, who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing–their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.

    Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate, eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the even of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies: Trust no one.

    Surely, though, she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance. Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust.”

  • Reached by Ally Condie. (Book 3 of the Matched series)
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  • “All will be sorted.

    Cassia’s journey began with an error, a momentary glitch in the otherwise perfect facade of the Society. After crossing canyons to break free, she waits, silk and paper smuggled against her skin, ready for the final chapter.

    The wait is over.

    One young woman has raged against those who threaten to keep away what matters most–family, love, choice. Her quiet revolution is about to explode into a full-scale rebellion.”

  • Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay.
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  • “In the beginning was the darkness, and in the darkness was a girl, and in the girl was a secret…

    In the domed city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra, a Smooth Skin, is raised to be a human sacrifice whose death will ensure her city’s vitality. In the desert outside Yuan, Gem, a mutant beast, fights to save his people, known as the Monstrous, from starvation. Neither dreams that together, they could return balance to their worlds.

    Isra wants to help the city’s Banished people, second-class citizens despised for possessing Monstrous traits. But after she enlists the aid of her prisoner, Gem, who has been captured while trying to steal Yuan’s enchanted roses, she begins to care for him and question everything she has been brought up to believe.

    As secrets are revealed and Isra’s sight, which vanished during her childhood, returns, Isra will have to choose between duty to her people and the beast she has come to love.”

  • Torn by David Massey.
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  • “Caught in the crossfire

    In battle-scarred Afghanistan, a girl walks right into a hail of bullets: Elinor watches it with her own eyes. THe young British army medic risks the line of fire to rescue her, only to realize the girl is gone.

    To find the missing, mysterious child, Elinor enlists the help of an American Navy SEAL. But in all the confusion, with coalition troops fighting every day to maintain a fragile peace, could Ben have something to hide?

    Elinor came to Afghanistan with the hope of changing hearts and minds: What she’s about to discover will make her question everything she ever believed about love and war.”

  • Out of Nowhere by Maria Padian.
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  • “Some guys have all the luck.

    At least, high school senior Tom Bouchard does. Top of his class (currently number three) and top of his game (soccer), he’s the guy with the hot girlfriend and even hotter college prospects (if he ever gets his applications done). But here’s the thing about luck: it changes. And Tom’s idyllic life quickly gets turned upside down when he least expects it.

    His hometown becomes a ‘secondary migration’ location for Somali refugees fleeing their war-ravaged homeland, refugees Tom hasn’t thought much about until four of his new Somali classmates join the soccer team. The best is Saeed, who comes out of nowhere on the field to make impossible shots. And, thanks mainly to Saeed, the team is winning. Dominating, even.

    So when a jealous rival team questions Saeed’s past–and eligibility to play in high school–the winning streak that seemed to be too good to be true might be just that. And Tom is left to grapple with a culture he doesn’t understand, and a hometown that has been changed forever.”

  • Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron.
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  • “Love can be a real monster.

    Seventeen-year-old Boy has never left home. When you’re the son of Frankenstein’s Monster and the Bride, it’s tough to go out in public, unless you want to draw the attention of a torch-wielding mob. And since Boy and his family live in a secret enclave of monsters hidden under Times Square, it’s important they maintain a low profile.

    Boy’s only interactions with the world are through the Internet, where he’s a hacker extraordinaire who can hide his hulking body and stitched-together face behind a layer of code. When confict erupts at home, Boy runs away and embarks on a cross-country road trip with the granddaughters of Jekyll and Hyde, who introduce him to malls and diners, love and heartbreak. But no matter how far By runs, he can’t escape his demons–both literal and figurative–until he faces his family once more.”

  • Same Difference by Siobhan Vivian.
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  • “Sometimes a girl just needs a change…

    The last thing sixteen-year-old Emily wants is to pool hop and tan her way through another summer in Cherry Grove. Now that her best friend has a boyfriend, everything feels…different in a way Emily doesn’t quite understand. So when offered a spot at a prestigious art program in Philadelphia, Emily jumps at the chance to leave her hometown for a few hours a day.

    But it takes more than a change of scenery and a new group of friends to discover yourself. As Emily bounces between a suburb where everyone tries to fit in and a city where everyone wants to be unique, she struggles to find her own identity. And while the rules may change, the pressures remain the same. Friendships can be hard to navigate. Boys are both deeply mysterious and utterly predictable. And the light between right and wrong is always a little blurry.”

Have you read any of these books?


New Teen Books – 6/9

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

Champion by Marie Lu

Cress by Marissa Meyer

The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Just One Year by Gayle Forman

Legend by Marie Lu

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

Prodigy by Marie Lu

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

  • Champion by Marie Lu. (A Legend Novel, Book 3)
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  • “He is a legend
    She is a prodigy
    Who will be champion?

    June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic–and each other–and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position.

    But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the onyl one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything.”

  • Cress by Marissa Meyer. (Book 3 of The Lunar Chronicles)
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  • “In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

    Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

    When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.”

  • The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler.
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  • “When her mom decides to leave Manhattan and open a cupcake bakery in Hog’s Hollow, Penny gets dragged along. She doesn’t know how she’ll survive high school without her lifelong friends and big-city comforts. To amek matters worse, her father is staying behind, and Mom isn’t talking about what the future holds for them. And as if that weren’t enough, Penny’s clumsiness leads to a cupcake-avalanche mishap at the Queen Bee’s birthday party that instantly makes her a social pariah.

    But small town life isn’t all bad. Penny finds bright spots in Hog’s Hollow–like the art studio and her free-spirited friend Tally. Then there’s Marcus, the cute and enigmatic boy who is always running on the beach…and into Penny.

    Just when Penny is settling in, her parents ask her to make a choice that will turn everything upside down again.”

  • The Eye of Minds by James Dashner.
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  • “Michael is a gamer.
    And like most gamers, he almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and it’s addictive. Thanks to technology, anyone with enough money can experience fantasy worlds, risk their life without the chance of death, or just hang around with VirtFriends. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Why bother following the rules when most of them are dumb, anyway?

    But some rules were made for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. And recent reports claim that one gamer is going beyond what any gamer has done before: he’s holding players hostage inside the VirtNet. The effects are horrific–the hostages have all been declared brain-dead. Yet the gamer’s motives are a mystery.

    The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker.

    And they’ve been watching Michael. They want him on their team. But the risk is enormous. If he accepts their challenge, Michael will need to go off the VirtNet grid. There are back alleys and corners in the system human eyes have never seen and predators he can’t even fathom–and there’s the possibility that the line between game and reality will be blurred forever.”

  • Just One Day by Gayle Forman.
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  • “When sheltered American good girl Allyson first encounters laid-back Dutch actor Willem at an underground performance of Twelfth Night, there’s an undeniable spark. So when fate brings them together a second time, Allyson takes an uncharacteristic leap, changes course, and follows Willem to Paris. After just one day together, the spark bursts into a flame…until Allyson wakes up after a whirlwind day shocked to discover Willem is gone.

    A life upended in one day turns into a year of self-discovery as Allyson embarks on a journey to break free from a lifetime of limits in order to find her true passions, and maybe even a true love.”

  • Just One Year by Gayle Forman. (Sequel to Just One Day)
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  • “When he opens his eyes, Willem doesn’t know where in the world he is–Prague or Dubrovnik or back in Amsterdam. All he knows is that he is once again alone, and that he needs to find a girl named Lulu. They shared one magical day in Paris, and something about that day–that girl–makes Willem wonder if they aren’t fated to be together. He travels all over the world, from Mexico to India, hoping to reconnect with her. But as months go by and Lulu remains elusive, Willem starts to question whether the hand of fate is as strong as he thought.”

  • Legend by Marie Lu. (A Legend Novel, Book 1)
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  • “Once known as the western coast of the United States, the Republic is now a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors, the Colonies.

    Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a military prodigy. Obedient, passionate, and committed to her country, she is being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest circles.

    Born into the slums of the Republic’s Lake Sector, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

    From very different worlds, June and Day have no reasons to cross paths–until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered, and Day becomes the prime suspect. Now, caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June tries desperately to avenge Metias’s death.

    But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths to which their country will go to keep its secrets.”

  • Linger by Maggie Stiefvater. (Book 2 of the Wolves of Mercy Falls)
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  • “The longing.
    Once Grace and Sam have found each other, they know they must fight to stay together. For Sam, this means a reckoning with his werewolf past. For Grace, it means facing a future that is less and less certain.

    The loss.
    Into their world comes a new wolf named Cole, whose past is full of hurt and danger. He is wrestling with his own demons, embracing the life of a wolf while denying the ties of being human.

    The linger.
    For Grace, Sam, and Cole, life is a constant struggle between two forces–wolf and human–with love baring its two sides as well. IT is harrowing and euphoric, freeing and entrapping, enticing and alarming. As their worlds fall apart, love is what lingers. But will it be enough?”

  • Prodigy by Marie Lu. (A Legend Novel, Book 2)
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  • “After escaping from the Republic’s stronghold of Los Angeles, June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the pair joins a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and who offers them passage to the Colonies. The Patriots have only one request–June and Day must assassinate the new Elector.

    It’s the chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long. But as June realizes that this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengeance, anger and blood? What if the Patriots are wrong?”

  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. (Book 2 of the Lunar Chronicles)
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  • “The fates of Cinder and Scarlet collide as a Lunar Threat spreads across the Earth…

    Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the best selling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison–even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

    Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information about her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.”

    Have you read any of these books?


DW – Early Closing

Due to air conditioning repairs, the library will be closing Wednesday, June 4th at 4:00pm. The library will reopen on Thursday, June 5th, at 10:00am. We apologize for any inconvenience!


DW – New Teen Books – 5/29

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

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Crossed by Ally Condie

Dark Lord by Jamie Thomson

The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

Matched by Ally Condie

Me, Him, Them, and It by Caela Carter

The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski

The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban

Winger by Andrew Smith

  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer. (Book one of the Lunar Chronicles)
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  • “Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits though: Cinder’s brain interface has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it ‘a matter of national security,’ but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.

    Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an ‘honor’ that no one has survived.

    But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.”

  • Crossed by Ally Condie. (Book two of the Matched Series)
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  • “Rules are different outside the society.

    Chasing down an uncertain future, Cassia makes her way to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky–taken by the Society to his sure death–only to find that he has escaped into the majestic, but treacherous, canyons. On this wild frontier are glimmers of a different life and the enthralling promise of rebellion. But even as Cassia sacrifices everything to reunite with Ky, ingenious surprises from Xander may change the game once again.”

  • Dark Lord by Jamie Thomson.
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  • “Greetings, puny humans: In your hands you are holding a tome of staggeringly evil genius. It is not for the faint of heart or for the whining masses. IT is for those willing to serve as my devoted minions while I plan my greatest feat yet: surviving life as a human boy and returning to my rightful place as the ruler of the Dark Lands. Before I can exact revenge, I must infiltrate this world and learn its ways.

    How, you might ask, is it possible that I, the Dark Lord, the Master of the Legions of Dread and Sorcerer Supreme, could be reduced to human form? And how is it possible that the Lord of Darkness could be forced to attend school and befriend such pitiful life forms?

    Only by reading my tale will you learn the truth behind the cataclysmic defeat that left me stranded on this accursed planet, Earth. But make no mistake, revenge will be mine…as soon as I finish my homework. Mwah, ha, ha!”

  • The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore. (Book Four of the I Am Number Four Series)
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  • “I thought things would change when I found the others. We would stop running. We would fight the Mogadorians. And we would win.

    But I was wrong. Even though we have come together, we barely escaped from the Mogadorians with our lives. And now we’re in hiding, trying to figure out our next move.

    The six of us are powerful–but we’re not yet strong enough to take on their entire army. We haven’t discovered the full extent of our Legacies. We haven’t learned to work together. And there’s still so much that we don’t know about the Elders or their plan for us. Time is running out, and there’s only one thing we know for certain: We need to find Number Five before they do.

    They caught Number One in Malaysia.
    Number Two in England.
    And Number Three in Kenya.
    I am Number Four. I was supposed to be next.
    But I’m still alive.
    This battle is far from over.”

  • Forever by Maggie Stiefvater. (Book three of the Wolves of Mercy Falls series)
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  • “Then. When Sam met Grace, he was a wolf and she was a girl. Eventually he found a way to become a boy, and their love moved from a curious distance to the intense closeness of shared lives.

    Now. That should’ve been the end of their story. But Grace was not meant to stay human. Now she is the wolf. And the wolves of Mercy Falls are about to be killed in one final, spectacular hunt.

    Forever. Sam would do anything for Grace. But can one boy and one love really change a hostile, predatory world? THe past, the present, and the future are about to collide in one pure moment–a moment of life or death, farewell or forever.”

  • Matched by Ally Condie. (Book one of the Matched Series)
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  • “In the Society, officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.

    Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the idea mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one…until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s ever known and a path no one else has ever dared follow–between perfection and passion.”

  • Me, Him, Them, and It by Caela Carter.
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  • “Me: Evelyn, closet good girl turned bad. When she decided to earn herself a bad reputation, Evelyn was never planning on falling in love.

    Him: Todd, supposed Friend with Benefits. She just wanted to piss them off. To make people take notice.

    Them: The cold, distant parents. She wasn’t planning on ruining her valedictorian status or losing her best friend, and she definitely wasn’t aiming to get pregnant.

    It: The baby growing inside her. Now, Evelyn needs a plan. And someone to help with the heart-wrenching decisions that are coming up fast.”

  • The Selection by Kiera Cass
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  • “For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

    But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

    Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself–and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.”

  • The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski
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  • “Darcy Jones doesn’t remember anything before the day she was abandoned as a child outside a Chicago firehouse. She has never really belonged anywhere–but she couldn’t have guessed that she comes from an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire didn’t happen and deadly creatures called Shades terrorize the human population.

    Memories begin to haunt Darcy when a new boy arrives at her high school, and he makes her feel both desire and desired in a way she hadn’t thought possible. But Conn’s interest in her is confusing. It doesn’t line up with the way he first looked at her.

    As if she were his enemy.

    When Conn betrays Darcy, she realizes she can’t rely on anything–not herself, not the laws of nature, and certainly not him.

    Darcy decides to infiltrate the Shadow Society and uncover the Shades’ latest terrorist plot. What she finds will change her world forever…”

  • The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban.
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  • “Tim Macbeth is a seventeen-year-old albino and a recent transfer to the prestigious Irving School, where the motto is ‘Enter here to be and find a friend.’ Tim does not expect to find a friend; all he really wants to do is escape his senior year unnoticed. Despite his efforts to blend into the background, he finds himself falling for the quintessential it-girl Vanessa Sheller, girlfriend of Irving’s most popular boy. To Tim’s surprise, Vanessa is into him too, but she can kiss her social status good-bye if anyone finds out. Tim and Vanessa begin a clandestine relationship while looming over them is the Tragedy Paper, Irving’s version of a senior-year thesis, assigned by the school’s least forgiving teacher, Mr. Simon.”

  • Winger by Andrew Smith
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  • “Ryan Dean West’s life is complicated.

    He’s a fourteen-year-old junior at Pine Mountain, a boarding school for rich kids. He’s stuck rooming with the biggest jerk on the rugby team in the dorm for miscreants and troublemakers. And he’s totally in love with his best friend, Annie, who thinks of him as a little kid.

    As Ryan Dean tries to get a handle on school, life, and rugby, he finds himself muddling through a lot of decisions and making some major mistakes along the way. But nothing can prepare him for what comes next. And when the unthinkable happens, Ryan Dean has to find a way to hold onto the important things–no matter what.”

    Have you read any of these books?