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It’s hot and humid, and the LibraryReads recommendations list for July is dripping with twisty, suspenseful and sometimes genre-blending thrillers! Kidnapping, murder on a cruise ship, a mysterious death in an Amish community and a reality show gone seriously awry – there are so many good stories to stow in your beach bag. Here are the top 10 titles publishing next month that librarians across the country love.
“Dark Matter” by Blake Crouch
“Once on the fast-track to academic stardom, Jason Dessen finds his quiet family life and career upended when a stranger kidnaps him. Suddenly Jason’s idle “what-ifs” become panicked “what-nows,” as the humble quantum physics professor from a small Chicago college gets to explore the roads not taken with a mind-bending invention that opens doors to other worlds. This fun science fiction thriller is also a thoughtful page-turner with heart that should appeal to fans of Harlan Coben.” – Elizabeth Eastin, Rogers Memorial Library, Southampton, NY
“The Woman in Cabin 10” by Ruth Ware
“An intruder in the middle of the night leaves Lo Blacklock feeling vulnerable. Trying to shake off her fears, she hopes her big break of covering the maiden voyage of the luxury cruise ship, the Aurora, will help. The first night of the voyage changes everything. What did she really see in the water and who was the woman in the cabin next door? The claustrophobic feeling of being on a ship and the twists and turns of who, and what, to believe keep you on the edge of your seat. Count on this being one of the hot reads this summer!” – Joseph Jones, Cuyahoga County Public Library, OH
“The Last One” by Alexandra Oliva
“The Last One tells the story of twelve contestants who are sent to the wilderness in a Survivor-like reality show. But while they’re away, the world changes completely and what is real and what is not begins to blur. It’s post-apocalyptic literary fiction at it’s best. With a fast pace and a wry sense of humor, this is the kind of book that will appeal to readers of literary fiction and genre fiction alike. It points out the absurdity of reality television without feeling condescending. As the readers wake up to the realities of a new world, it becomes difficult to put down.” – Leah White, Ela Area Public Library, Lake Zurich, IL
Here is the rest of the July list for your holds-placing pleasure:
- “Among the Wicked: A Kate Burkholder Novel” by Linda Castillo
- “The Unseen World” by Liz Moore
- “Truly Madly Guilty” by Liane Moriarty
- “All Is Not Forgotten” by Wendy Walker
- “The Hopefuls” by Jennifer Close
- “Siracusa” by Delia Ephron
- “Nine Women, One Dress” by Jane L. Rosen
Do you love games and gaming? Have you ever wondered how they were created? On July 8, the Columbia Public Library will welcome game developers Christopher Badell, Jay Sparks and others.
From 4:30-5:30 p.m. we’ll host a Q&A session with our game-creator guests. Then, from 6-9 p.m. there will be a special after-hours gaming night. We’ll have dozens of games like Sentinels of the Multiverse, Tao and Pandemic, but feel free to bring games you’d like to share, including Magic: The Gathering. Adults and children’s ages 10 and older.
Originally published at Mega Gamer Eve on July 8.
More a “Jane Eyre” tribute than an adaptation, “Jane Steele” tells the story of a Victorian woman, Jane Steele, who is inspired by her own reading of “Jane Eyre” to write a memoir. Like Eyre, Steele is orphaned at a young age, sent by a cruel aunt to a bleak boarding school led by a tyrant, and then becomes governess to the impish ward of a brooding and mysterious man. Jane Steele, however, handles things in a much different way than her literary counterpoint, accumulating a body count along the way. There are multiple mysteries involved: Will Jane be able to claim her inheritance? What’s going on in the cellar? Why does her employer always wear gloves? What happened to the missing jewels? Will Jane be exposed as a murderess? There’s a lot going on, but the storyline is never confusing or jumbled. All of those questions eventually get answered in a satisfying way, and the reader is left feeling justice has been served all the way around. Jane Steele may be the only time a reader is left rooting for a heroine who identifies herself as a serial killer.
Three words that describe this book: gothic, absorbing, different
You might want to pick this book up if: You enjoy a good gothic mystery or “Jane Eyre.”
Isn’t this what we all want: the chance to participate in activities that enrich our lives? In the past, a physical or cognitive disability often meant spectator-only status when it came to sports, but that’s become less true with each passing decade. Check out Special Olympics champion gymnast, Chelsea Werner. Color me impressed; I never even learned to do a proper cartwheel.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver started Special Olympics in 1968, inspired by her sister, Rosemary Kennedy, who had cognitive disabilities and had been left out of many areas of life. For the past twenty years, Shriver’s son, Timothy, has served as chair of the organization. In his book “Fully Alive,” he speaks about the history of the group and his own personal experiences working with the athletes. Shriver finds motivation for his work in his faith, but there’s plenty of inspiration here for people of all belief systems.
The 2005 documentary “Murderball” brought increased awareness to another group of athletes busy not sitting on the sidelines. The filmmakers followed the US quad (quadriplegia) Rugby team from training through competition in the 2004 Paralympics. The play is fast-paced and aggressive, and with specially designed wheelchairs, they manage to keep the contact aspect of the sport.
For a personal account of someone who refused to be stopped by his disability, check out John Maclean’s memoir “How Far Can You Go?” In 2013, Maclean realized his dream of walking again, 25 years after an accident that left him partially paralyzed. In the meantime, he competed as a wheelchair athlete in the Iron Man Triathlon, swam the English Channel, raced yachts and won a silver medal for rowing in the Paralympics.
As these athletes have shown us, inclusion isn’t an act of charity; it’s basic fairness. We all benefit when everyone has the opportunity to play.
“The sky is our sea here, our object of contemplation in all its moods and shades. My father taught me to observe it…My father loved to watch, in autumn, the long scarves of lonely birds, flying, finally together, toward home.”
~ George Hodgman, “Bettyville”
“Missouri in the springtime is pretty hard to beat, little boy.”
~ Betty Hodgman
Inspired by this year’s One Read selection, we invite Mid-Missouri artists to contribute works that explore the Midwestern landscape, rural communities, family houses or other scenes from this place we call home.
Cash prizes will be awarded for three winners, courtesy of Columbia’s Office of Cultural Affairs. The third place winner will receive $50, the second place winner $75 and the first place winner $125. The first place winner will also receive a $100 voucher towards a class at the Columbia Art League. Art will be displayed August 28 through September 24 at Orr Street Studios with a reception, awards and program on Tuesday, September 13 at 6:30 p.m.
- Artists must be at least 16 years of age.
- Artists may submit one work in any visual medium.
- Pieces should be ready for display; pieces without secure hanging wire cannot be accepted (no sawtooth hangers, please).
- Work should be labeled on the back with your name, phone number or email and title of the work.
- Submit artwork to Orr Street Studios (106 Orr Street, Columbia).
- Submission forms will be available at Orr Street on the dates below, or you may print and fill one out to bring in with your work.
- Submission dates are:
- Thursday, August 25, Noon-3 p.m
- Friday, August 26, Noon-3 p.m.
- Saturday, August 27, 10 a.m.-Noon
- At the end of the exhibit, artists can pick up their work Saturday, Sept 24, Noon-3 p.m. and Sunday, September 25, Noon-3 p.m.
Questions? Contact Lauren Williams at (573) 443-3161 or by email.
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Congratulations to Emily D., a Columbia Public Library patron, for winning our first Adult Summer Reading prize drawing. She is the recipient of a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card.
All it takes to be entered into our weekly drawings is to sign up for Adult Summer Reading. You can do this at any of our branch locations or Bookmobile stops or register online. Also, don’t forget that submitting book reviews increases your chances of winning. There are plenty of chances left to win this summer, so keep those reviews coming.
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I find that the first step in a new challenge for me is often to understand how someone else did it. When I wanted to start running (on purpose!), I didn’t consult a training plan. Instead, I read Haruki Murakami’s “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running” for inspiration. Similarly, when I wanted to cook at home more often, I didn’t check out a cookbook. I read “A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes From My Kitchen Table” by Molly Wizenberg. Sometimes the inspiration works the other way – I read “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life” by Barbara Kingsolver because it was a One Read finalist in 2008. It motivated me to eat locally-produced healthful food more often.
Other times, memoirs help me understand an experience that I hope to never have. Sonali Deraniyagala’s “Wave” recounts the deaths of her parents, husband and children in Sri Lanka during the 2004 tsunami. It is unfathomable to me (and probably to most people) how one could survive such loss, and I have recalled Deraniyagala’s strength many times since I read her memoir. Jean-Dominique Bauby fell into a coma following a stroke, and when he awoke, he found that he suffered from locked-in syndrome. He composed “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death” by blinking his left eyelid – the only body part he could move.
Not all memoirs are about such serious topics. A.J. Jacobs has made a career out of undergoing challenges and then writing humorously about such challenges. Jacobs has followed the proscriptions and tenets of the Bible (“The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible”), implemented rigorous health routines (“Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection”), volunteered as a subject of science (“The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as An Experiment”) and attempted to improve his intellect (“The Know-it-all: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World”).
There are plenty of memoirs to help you meet your life challenges – whether self-imposed or circumstantial – at your library. These are just a few.
June is audiobook month, as well as the unofficial start of summer travel season. Spice up that long road trip with some good storytelling with a little help from your library!
1. Check out a 2016 Audie Award winner!
Named audiobook of the year, “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins (narrated by Clare Corbett) was last year’s “Gone Girl.” In this psychological thriller, a woman becomes emotionally entangled in a murder investigation because of something she witnesses on her daily commute. Or try the fiction winner, “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah (audiobook narrated by Polly Stone), which follows French sisters Viann and Isabelle as they resist German occupiers during WWII, each in her own way. If nonfiction is more your speed, pick up the winner in history/biography, “A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts” by Andrew Chaikin (narrated by Bronson Pinchot).
2. Entertain kids with audiobooks in the car.
If you have little ones in the backseat, check out some family-friendly audiobooks. “Circus Mirandus” by Cassie Beasley is reminiscent of Peter Pan and follows Micah Tuttle who, when he realizes that his grandfather’s stories of an enchanted circus are true, sets out to find the mysterious circus — and to use its magic to save his grandfather’s life. In Chris Grabenstein’s puzzle-filled “Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library,” 12-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero, the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello.
3. Suggest an audiobook selection for your book club.
Hoopla is a service available from your library that allows you to stream and download audiobooks (as well as eBooks, comics, movies and television shows). Sign up for an account (this quick start guide shows you how), download the app and borrow up to 10 items per month. Everyone in your book club can borrow the same book on Hoopla – there’s no limit to how many people can borrow an item at once! Try Ben Fountain’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Haftime Walk,” Neil Gaiman’s “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” or “Daring Greatly” by Brené Brown.
Whether you are a long-time fan of audiobooks or new to listening to books, take advantage of your library’s large collection of downloadable audiobooks, books on CD and playaways. Give a book a listen this summer!
Wii U “Mario Cart” Grand Prix
Wednesday, June 22 from 3-4:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Studio
Become a gold cup winner in “Mario Kart 8.” Snacks provided. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome. Registration required. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.
Thursday, June 30 from 2-3:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Studio
So you think you can dance? Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to cut a rug. We’ll dance our way from the original “Just Dance” game all the way through to “Just Dance 2016”! Snacks provided. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome. Registration begins June 14. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.
Originally published at Wii U Gaming Events.
Project Teen is a regular program hosted at each of our three library branches. We invite young adults ages 12-18 to join us for craft projects and pizza. In June, you can make your own game using cardboard and other recycled materials, or enjoy retro crafts like Shrinky Dinks, friendship bracelets and sun catchers!
Project Teen: Create a Game
Friday, June 17 from Noon-1:30 p.m.
Callaway County Public Library
Ages 12-18. No registration required.
Project Teen: Retro Crafts
Monday, June 20 from 1-2:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Studio
Ages 12-18. Registration begins June 7. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.
Project Teen: Create a Game
Tuesday, June 28 from 2-3 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library
Ages 12 and older. No registration required.
Originally published at Project Teen: Games and Crafts.
Use your camera to capture life in motion. Submit a photo in one of three categories by July 31 for a chance to win a Barnes & Noble gift card. This contest is open to anyone aged 12-18 in Boone and Callaway Counties. Find contest rules and submission guidelines online, or at your library.
Originally published at Teen Photo Contest Launches!.
The Gateway Readers Award honors a young adult novel that is selected by Missouri high school students. To be eligible to vote, students must read at least three of the finalists. Voting will occur at participating schools early next March, so you can use the summer months to get crack-a-lackin’ on this list! The winner will be announced in April 2017.
“Red Rising” by Pierce Brown
Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Insti-tute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class.
“We Were Liars” by E. Lockhart
Spending the summers on her family’s private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teen-aged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.
“Love and Other Foreign Words” by Erin McCahan
Brilliant fifteen-year-old Josie has a knack for languages, but her sister’s engagement has Josie grappling with the nature of true love, her feelings for her best friend Stu, and how anyone can be truly herself, or truly in love, in a social language that is not her own.
“Don’t Look Back” by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Seventeen-year-old Sam seems to have every-thing until she and her best friend, Cassie, disappear one night. Now Sam has returned with amnesia, striving to be a much better person and aware that her not remembering may be the only thing keeping Cassie alive.
“The Book of Ivy” by Amy Engel
In an apocalyptic future where girls from the losing faction are forcibly married to boys of the winning faction, sixteen-year-old Ivy is tasked to kill her fiancé Bishop, although when she finally meets him, he is not the monster she has been led to believe.
“The Winner’s Curse” by Marie Rutkoski
An aristocratic girl who is a member of a war-mongering and enslaving empire purchases a slave, an act that sets in motion a rebellion that might overthrow her world as well as her heart.
“The Young Elites” by Marie Lu
Adelina Amouteru survived the blood fever, a deadly illness that killed many, but left others with strange markings and supernatural powers. Cast out by her family, Adelina joins the secret society of the Young Elites and discovers her own dangerous abilities.
“Made for You” by Melissa Marr
Southern small town darling Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital with the frightening ability to see through the eyes of the victims of a serial killer, and realizes that she, too, is a target of the depraved stalker.
“Free to Fall” by Lauren Miller
In a near-future world where everyone is controlled by their smartphones, sixteen-year-old Rory Vaughn suddenly begins listening to the voice within–which kids are taught to ignore– and discovers a terrible plot at the heart of the corporation that makes the devices.
“The Kiss of Deception” by Mary E. Pearson
Princess Lia is expected to have the revered gift of sight, but she does not. She knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to a prince she has never met in order to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom. Lia flees to a distant village and settles into a new life. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets, even as she finds herself falling in love.
“Nil” by Lynne Matson
Transported through a “gate” to the mysterious island of Nil, seventeen-year-old Charley has 365 days to escape–or she will die.
“Torn Away” by Jennifer Brown
In the aftermath of a tornado that has devastated her hometown of Elizabeth, Missouri, sixteen-year-old Jersey Cameron struggles to overcome her grief as she is sent to live with her only surviving relatives.
“Call Me By My Name” by John Ed Bradley
Growing up in Louisiana in the late 1960s, where segregation and prejudice still thrive, two high school football players, one white, one black, become friends, but some changes are too difficult to accept.
“Since You’ve Been Gone” by Morgan Matson
Quiet Emily’s sociable and daring best friend, Sloane, has disappeared leaving nothing but a random list of bizarre tasks for her to complete, but with unexpected help from popular classmate Frank Porter, Emily gives them a try.
“Some Boys” by Patty Blount
Shunned by her friends and even her father after she accuses the town golden boy of rape, Grace wonders if she can ever trust Ian, a classmate who is funny, kind, and has secrets of his own.
Originally published at 2016-17 Gateway Award Finalists.
To participate, you must read for 20 hours, share three book reviews and do seven of our suggested activities. Beginning July 5, when you finish, you’ll receive a free book and be entered into a drawing for some other fun rewards including a Kindle Fire!
This program is open to young adults ages 12-18 in Boone and Callaway counties. Summer Reading continues through August 13.
This year’s Summer Reading theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” We will be promoting books and offering programs that focus on wellness, fitness, sports and games of all sorts.
Put on your dancing shoes and join us for a Wii U “Just Dance” dance-off. Do you love tabletop games? Mark your calendars now for our Mega Gamer Eve in July. Later this summer, enjoy a relaxing yoga practice followed by a yummy smoothie. To receive email reminders of these and other teen events, sign up for our monthly newsletter!
Originally published at 2016 Teen Summer Reading Challenge.
The Truman Readers Award honors a book that is selected by Missouri junior high students. To be eligible to vote, students must read at least four of the finalists. Voting will occur at participating schools early next March, so you have plenty of time to knock these titles out like a champ. While the winner won’t be announced until April 2017, this is a great list of summer reads for students in sixth through eighth grade.
“Pieces of Me” by Amber Kizer
After a car accident leaves her brain-dead, Jessica tries to prevent her parents from donating her organs and tissues, but then follows the lives of four fellow teens who are able to survive because she did not.
“Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek” by Maya Van Wagenen
A touchingly honest, candidly hysterical memoir from breakout teen author Maya Van Wagenen Stuck at the bottom of the social ladder.
“Grandmaster” by David Klass
Invited to a parent-child weekend chess tournament, fresh-man Daniel discovers that his father was once one of the country’s leading young players but that the intense competition surrounding the game proved to be unhealthy, a past they are forced to confront when they meet a former rival.
“The Body in the Woods” by April Henry
While helping the Portland County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue to seek a missing autistic man, teens Alexis, Nick, and Ruby find, instead, a body and join forces to find the girl’s murderer.
“Buzz Kill” by Beth Fantaskey
Seventeen-year-old Millie joins forces with her classmate, gorgeous but mysterious Chase Colton, to try to uncover who murdered head football coach “Hollerin’ Hank” Killdare–and why.
“Midnight Thief” by Livia Blackburne
Kyra, a highly skilled seventeen-year-old thief, joins a guild of assassins with questionable motives. Tristam, a young knight, fights against the vicious Demon Riders that are ravaging the city.
“Famous Last Words” by Katie Alender
High-school student Willa moves to California and attends a private school. She things that are not really there, like a dead body in the swimming pool, and her visions may be connected to a serial killer that is stalking young girls in Hollywood.
“Falls the Shadow” by Stefanie Gaither
When her sister Violet dies, Cate’s wealthy family brings home Violet’s clone, who fits in perfectly until Cate uncovers some-thing sinister about the cloning movement.
“Just a Drop of Water” by Kerry O’Malley Cerra
Jake and Sam are best friends, but after the attacks on September 11, their friendship is in danger of crumbling as Sam and his family succumb to hatred for being Muslim American.
“I Have a Bad Feeling About This” by Jeff Strand
Everything unathletic sixteen-year-old Henry was dreading about survival camp turns out to be true–or even worse–when armed killers arrive and survival takes on a whole new meaning for the campers.
“The Blood Guard” by Carter Roy
Ronan, a seemingly ordinary boy, is swept up in a some-times funny, sometimes scary, but always thrilling advenure, dashing from one danger to the next, using his wits to escape the Bend Sinister, a posse of evildoers with strange powers.
“Codename Zero” by Chris Rylander
Carson is a normal teen with a normal life until a desperate man gives him a package with a dire set of instructions. And that package is going to lead Carson to discover that there’s a secret government agency operating in his small, quiet North Dakota hometown.
Originally published at 2016-17 Truman Award Finalists.
“Bettyville” is a funny, tender memoir about a son coming home to a place he never quite fit to care for his aging mother.
Hodgman, after working for years as an editor in New York City, returns to Paris, Missouri and finds that his hometown and his mother Betty are both in extreme decline. The two share a fierce love, but a deep silence, as Betty has never been able to understand or accept his homosexuality. Hodgman reflects on his recovery from addiction, losing loved ones to the AIDS epidemic and his struggles to care for the still feisty but failing Betty. Funny, honest and tenderhearted, this memoir illuminates how a person is shaped by a family and community that are at once loving and damaging, flawed and beautiful.About the Author
George Hodgman grew up in Madison and Paris, Missouri. Hodgman is a veteran magazine and book editor who has worked at Simon & Schuster, Vanity Fair and Talk magazine. His writing has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Interview, W and Harper’s Bazaar, among other publications. His memoir “Bettyville” was a New York Times bestseller, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist. He lives in New York City and Paris, Missouri with his dog Raj.
- Author’s Website
- Publisher’s Page
- New York Times Book Review
- Kirkus Review
- Author Interview on NPR’s Fresh Air
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Each winter, the public submits suggestions for next year’s One Read book. In January, a panel of community members reviews the suggestions, narrowing that list down to 10 titles, and then chooses two or three books to present for a public vote.Final 10 Selections
- Bettyville (Winner)
- The Book of Madness and Cures
- Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage
- H Is for Hawk
- Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (Runner-up)
- The Oregon Trail: An American Journey
- Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis
- Rocket Boys
- The Story of My Teeth
- The Wright Brothers
- 100 Questions & Answers About Fibromyalgia
- $2.00 a day: Living on Almost Nothing in America
Kathryn J. Edin
- The Aeronaut’s Windlass
- All the Light We Cannot See
- Almost Perfect
- At the Water’s Edge
- The August 5
- Bad Feminist: Essays
- Becoming White Smoke: A Tale of Courage and Yearning
- Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
- Between the World and Me
- Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science
- Brown Girl Dreaming
- The Chaperone
- Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
- Circling the Sun
- The Color of Water
- Cutting for Stone
- The Dark Is Rising
- The Daughters
- The Day the World Came to Town
- Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
- Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of A President
- A Divine Revelation of Hell
Mary K. Baxter
- A Dog’s Purpose
W. Bruce Cameron
- The Doll in the Garden
Mary Downing Hahn
- The Education of a Traitor
- The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
- Far From You
- Fates and Furies
- Fifty Shades of Grey
- Girl in Translation
- Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America
- The Giver
- The Great Controversy Between Christ and Satan
- The Heart Goes Last
- The Hobbit
- Home Grown Stories and Home Fried Lies
- I Hunt Killers
- I, Robot
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
- The Infiltrator: My Secret Life Inside the Dirty Banks Behind Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Cartel
- Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
- Kitchens of the Great Midwest
J. Ryan Stradal
- Lafayette in the Somewhat United States
- Life on the Mississippi
- Limping Through Life: A Farm Boy’s Polio Memoir
- The Little Paris Bookshop
- Little Women
Louisa May Alcott
- Lucky Us
- The Maid’s Version
- Mandela: My Prisoner, My Friend
- The Mark and the Void
- Maya’s Notebook
- The Memory Weaver
- Mercury 13: The True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight
- Mine to Tell
- Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town
- The Nightingale
- Nine Days in Heaven
Dennis & Nolene Prince
- The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
Alexander McCall Smith
- Nora Webster
- Notes From Boomerang Creek
- Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality
- The Peking Man Is Missing
- Perks of Being a Wallflower
- The Prince
- The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio
- The Prophet
- Racism Without Racists: Color-blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States
- Ready Player One
- Room Temperature
- The Sellout
- The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
- Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World
Linda R. Hirshman
- Slaves in the Family
- Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
- The Space Between Us
- The Sparrow
Mary Doria Russell
- The Story of Beautiful Girl
- The Stranger’s Child
- This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. the Climate
- Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier
- Truth: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power
- The Tsar of Love and Techno
- Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
- Voyage: A Novel of 1896
- Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration
- We Never Asked for Wings
- West With the Night
- What Was Mine
Helen Klein Ross
- Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
- Whistling Past the Graveyard
- Why Evolution Is True
Jerry A. Coyne
- A Wilder Rose
Susan Wittig Albert
- The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World
- A Wrinkle in Time
- Your Inner Fish: A Journey Into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body
Circuit Science: Teen
Columbia Public Library, Studio
Tuesday, June 7 from 2-3 p.m. –OR– 6-7 p.m.
Use Snap Circuits and our new Snap Rovers to discover the basics of electrical circuits. In this session, we’ll create a “Morse Code Generator,” construct an “Easy Rover” and more. Ages 12-18. Registration begins Tuesday, May 31. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.
Originally published at Explore Electronics with Snap Circuits.
Barnes and Noble Bookstore
Columbia Mall, 2208 Bernadette Dr.
Barnes & Noble will be hosting their first-ever Teen Book Festival from June 10-12. The event will include author events, writing workshops, panel discussions, trivia, games and giveaways. Special guests include Missouri authors Brian Katcher and Sarah Jude. For more information, contact Lisa LoPorto at (573) 445-4080, or visit the Barnes & Noble website.
Originally published at Barnes & Noble Teen Book Festival.
Wii U Family Game Time
Friday, May 27, 4-5:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Studio
Become a dancing superstar in Just Dance 2015, a gold cup winner in “Mario Kart 8” or a party animal in “Mario Party 10.” Snacks provided. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome. Registration required. To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161.
Originally published at Wii U Family Game Time on May 27.
The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list of recommended reading sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association. Sixteen young adult book clubs from libraries across the country are responsible for narrowing down a list of nominees for teens to vote on nationwide. Below is this year’s full list of Top Ten nominations. Don’t forget that the library offers print, eBook and audiobook editions of many of the these titles!
“Alive” by Chandler Baker
Stella Cross has received a heart transplant, but it has not stopped her emotional suffering.
Then a mysterious boy named Levi Zin comes into her life. Stella’s pain goes away whenever she’s around Levi. However, Stella finds out a terrible secret about Levi. Can it be true?
“Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo
Young criminal genius Kaz Brekker is offered the chance to pull off a dangerous theft that can make him rich. He recruits a gang of six dangerous misfits to help him with the heist. The book follows the crew’s crazy adventure and features plot twists, betrayals, and schemes aplenty.
“The Darkest Part of the Forest” by Holly Black
In Fairfold, a place where both humans and Faeries live, siblings Hazel and Ben have grown up telling each other stories about the boy in the glass coffin in the woods. The boy has horns and ears pointy as knives, perhaps he’s a prince or a knight. Of course, they’ll never know because the boy will never wake. Then, unexpectedly, he does . . .
“The Witch Hunter” by Virginia Boecker
Elizabeth Grey is a witch hunter who is suddenly accused of being a witch. She is arrested and sentenced to burn. The only way for Elizabeth to avoid this fate is to help out her former enemy Nicholas Perevil, the most dangerous wizard around. The book is filled with magic and adventure, action and mystery and features a world full of witches, pirates and ghosts.
“The Game of Love and Death” by Martha Brockenbrough
Set in Seattle in the 1920s, a romance develops between Flora, who is African American, and Henry, who is white. Despite some differences, the pair has much in common, including a shared love of jazz music. However, it turns out that Flora and Henry actually are pawns in a game played by two other characters – Love and Death. This book is full of intrigue and is, at times, heartbreaking, and will have the reader racing to the final pages.
“Powerless” by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs
In a world full of powerful heroes and villains, Kenna is just a regular, powerless teenager who works in a lab. Then, three villains break into the lab, and Kenna decides to fight back. In the midst of this battle, Kenna is saved by a villain. Suddenly, she is forced to rethink her beliefs.
“Mechanica” by Betsy Cornwell
A new take on the classic story of Cinderella. Mechanica uses her wit and her mother’s old engineering textbooks to try to escape her stepmother and stepsisters. Mechanica is a strong, smart, and capable character in a book that has an inspirational message for teenage girls.
“You and Me and Him” by Kris Dinnison
Maggie is overweight. Nash is out of the closet. They are the best of friends. But that friendship is tested when they both develop feelings for the same boy, a new kid named Tom.
“The Summer After You & Me” by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
Lucy Giordano lives on the Jersey Shore and has a crush on a boy named Connor Malloy, whose family spends many summer weekends at the home next door. The pair eventually shares an unexpected romance. Then, Super Storm Sandy hits and alters Lucy’s life dramatically. Lucy and Connor go their separate ways. But several months later, Connor is scheduled to return to The Shore, which should definitely make for an interesting summer.
“The Devil You Know” by Trish Doller
Arcadia, or Cadie for short, is 18 years old and has been longing for something more in life ever since her mother died. Then she meets two handsome boys, cousins to one another, and they invite her and a friend on a camping trip. What seems like innocent fun takes a negative turn when Arcadia discovers one of the boys is hiding a terrible secret.
“Charlie, Presumed Dead” by Anne Heltzel
Charlie Price is presumed dead after his plane crashes. However, his body is never found. At his funeral, Lena and Aubrey meet and discover both were his girlfriend. Lena believes Charlie is still alive, and she and Aubrey set out on a journey across Europe and Asia to expose Charlie’s deceit. The girls try to work together, but the secrets they hide could prevent them from finding Charlie.
“Illuminae” by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Kady and Ezra have just broken up, and then their planet is bombed by a megacorporation. The pair escapes to a government ship, but must put their differences aside in order to survive and stop a plague that has resulted from the use of a bioweapon.
“When” by Victoria Laurie
High school junior Maddie Fynn has special powers that allow her to see numbers above a person’s forehead, which she soon discovers are death dates. She identifies the death date of a young boy, but is unable to prevent his disappearance. Then, Maddie becomes a suspect in a homicide investigation.
“The Novice” by Taran Matharu
A blacksmith’s apprentice named Fletcher discovers he can summon demons from another world. He soon gets chased out of his village for a crime he did not commit, ending up at an academy for adepts, where he is trained to serve as a Battlemage in the Empire’s war against the savage Orcs. Eventually, Fletcher discovers the fate of the Empire is in his hands.
“Mark of the Thief” by Jennifer. A. Nielsen
Set in Ancient Rome, a young slave named Nic finds an amulet that gives him magic powers usually reserved for the Gods. After discovering a conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and start a war, Nic is forced to use the magic within to defeat the empire’s most ruthless leaders and save Rome.
“All the Bright Places” by Jennifer Niven
Death plays a big role in the lives of high schoolers Theodore Finch and Violet Markey. He is constantly on the verge of suicide, and she is battling grief after her sister’s death. The Indiana teens come together to work on a project and soon develop a bond, showing each other what it’s like to live.
“I Am Princess X” by Cherie Priest
When they were young, best friends Libby and May created a comic character named Princess X. Then Libby was killed in a car accident. Lonely and grieving, May soon discovers an underground culture centered around a web comic at IAmPrincessX.com. The similarities between those stories and Libby’s own stories are striking. Could her friend still be alive?
“Hold Me Like a Breath” by Tiffany Schmidt
Penelope Landlow has an autoimmune disease that forces her to remain indoors. She is also the daughter of a notorious crime family that is involved in the black market for organ transplants. Penelope soon gains her independence and is forced to survive on her own in the big city. She learns about love, loss and how to survive in an often dangerous world.
“Con Academy” by Joe Schreiber
Will Shea (aka Billy Humbert) is a con man who has scammed his way into Connaughton Academy, an exclusive school for the American elite. He soon meets Andrea Dufresne, who also has conned her way into the school. The pair soon makes a bet to see who can con the school bully, Brandt Rush, out of thousands of dollars.
“The Ghosts of Heaven” by Marcus Sedgwick
An epic story about the journey of discovery told in four episodes. The first, takes place during prehistoric times, as a girl picks up a stick and creates some of the first cave drawings. Next, we visit the 17th century and a girl named Anna, whom many believe is a witch. Episode three is set in a Long Island mental institution and features a mad poet who watches the ocean. Finally, a trip to the future, as a spaceship travels to settle another world.
“The Glass Arrow” by Kristen Simmons
Set in the future, Aya is a 15-year-old girl who has spent her life hiding in the mountains in order to avoid the fate of most women, who are treated like property and auctioned off for breeding. Then, she is caught. Desperate to escape, she relies on the assistance of a wolf and a mute boy in her search for freedom.
“Black Widow Forever Red” by Margaret Stohl
Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, is one of the world’s most lethal assassins, and she once rescued young Ava Orlova from being subjected to a series of military experiments. Now, Black Widow and Orlova, who is 15 years old and living in Brooklyn, team up again to stop Widow’s former teacher, the evil Ivan Somodorov, from wreaking havoc on the children of Eastern Europe.
“Every Last Word” by Tamara Ireland Stone
Samantha McAllister seems to have it all: she is beautiful, bright and part of the popular crowd in high school. But looks can be deceiving, and she is hiding the fact she has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Samantha’s life changes after she visits a place at school called Poet’s Corner and she begins hanging out with new friends like Caroline and AJ.
“Zeroes” by Scott Westerfeld
Six California teens have special powers that aren’t always welcome. Like Ethan, known as Scam, who has a voice inside of him that will sometimes speak out when it’s not the right time to do so. When that “power” gets Ethan in trouble, the other Zeroes are the only ones who can rescue him. However, the members of this group are not exactly the best of friends.
“Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls” by Lynn Weingarten
June and Delia were best friends who grew apart. Then, Delia commits suicide. Or, at least that’s what others have been told. June believes her former best friend has been murdered, and she goes on a quest to find the truth . . . which, it turns out, is very complicated.
“Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon
Maddy is a teenager with a serious autoimmune disease that prevents her from leaving the house. Yet, she seems content to stay home and read books. That is until a boy named Olly moves in next door. The two meet, and their quirky relationship is chronicled through emails, journal entries, IMs and old notes.
Originally published at 2016 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees.