The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Youth Librarian

Vote for the Top Ten Teen Books

Do you have a favorite book from the previous year or are you looking for a few good reads? Be sure to check out YALSA's Top Ten nominees and vote for your favorites now through October 19. All the books on the list were nominated by fellow teens. Voting is open to readers ages 12-19.

What does YALSA stand for? The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a national association of librarians, library workers and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18. 

One of my personal favorites from the list is The False Prince by Jennifer Nielson, which is the first title of the Ascendance trilogy. The second book, The Runaway King, is great, too, and I anticipate it will be on next year's Top Ten. Of course, now I am stuck in that awful place of having to wait for the third book to come out! I listened the the audio version, and I found both books to be riveting.

What are your favorites from the list? Post a comment and let me know.

Scrabble Tile Art for Teens

Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to the Little Chute Library on Tuesday, July 30 at 1:30-3:00 p.m. for our last teen program of the summer: Scrabble tile art. We will be attaching pictures to tiles to make jewelry or a keychain. All material will be supplied, but feel free to bring along any favorite mini pictures of your own. Hope to see you there, and bring your friends! You'll get a grand prize entry form just for attending the program.

Remember that Friday, August 2 is the very last day to get credit for any completed reading grids in your booklet. We will be drawing for the grand prizes on Monday, August 5.

Keep on reading!

Art from Down Under

In keeping with our "Beneath the Surface" underground theme, we are featuring art from down under for teens on Tuesday, July 23 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. in Kimberly. Artist Mary Tooley will guide you in creating colorful aboriginal art for a wall mural and for a piece to take home. Come let your creative side shine and bring your friends!


It's not exactly a zombie apocalypse, but it will be a fun afternoon for teens to hang out in the cool of the library and watch Warm Bodies and eat pizza from Jet's. We will also be giving away a copy of the movie at the end of the program. Bring your friends!

Noodles, Anyone?

This Tuesday features a favorite teen program--food with Noodles & Company! The chefs from the Darboy store will come to the Kimberly Library on June 9 at 1:30 p.m. to prepare two dishes: pesto and mac & cheese. Come hang out with friends and come hungry!

This program is for teens in grades 6-12 only, so sorry to the hungry parents and siblings. 

Guitar Clinic for Teens

Whether you play guitar or dream about playing guitar, come to the Kimberly Library this Tuesday, June 25 at 1:30 p.m. for a guitar clinic sponsored by Heid Music. Jason, an instructor at Heid Music who also has his own band, will show you cool tips and tricks about playing guitar and will also answer questions about forming a garage band. If you have a guitar, bring it along. If you don't, bring yourself and some friends to learn more the rockstar instrument. Anyone in grades 6-12 is invited to attend.

Teen CSI Program

How good are you at solving a crime? Find out on Tuesday, June 18 at 1:30 p.m. in Little Chute when Metro Police Department puts on a CSI program just for teens in grades 6-12. An officer will show you the step by step process of investigating a crime scene. Invite your friends!

Teen Summer Reading Program Promo Video

Join in the fun this summer as we go "Beneath the Surface" at the library.

The Fault In Our Stars

Enjoy a new book trailer about John Green's highly acclaimed young adult novel, The Fault in Our Stars, which is currently being made into a movie. Check it out at the library!

From Kelsey

Student Guest Reviewer--Adam

book coverCheck out Adam's review of the first book in the Unwanteds series:

By: Adam

Can you imagine a world where everything is assigned, there are no choices, everything is colorless and creativity can get you killed? This is the everyday life for, Quill, the closed in city where order and fear is what keeps people moving.

In this thriller, two twins have totally different lives. Alex, the creative one, knows he will be announced as an Unwanted, which will get him killed, because he has been caught more than twice coloring and being creative. Aaron however, has never been caught and is going to be a Wanted, which means he is important in the community. But when Alex is to be Eliminated, he is brought into a world where creativity is the point in life. But when he is found by his highly honored brother Aaron, Aaron wages war on the mysterious world, Artime. But can Alex convince the power hungry Aaron to live in peace and realize family is forever, no matter what, or is it too late?

In this completely captivating book, so many twists and turns show up that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. I would recommend this book to boys and girls ages 10 and up because of some choices and plots that characters make. So, can Alex keep the Aaron under control or will he grow as wild as the creatures and spells in Artime?