The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Youth Librarian

About the Blog

The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Youth Librarian is a blog for teens. Youth Services Librarian, Ann Hardginski, will share info about great books for teens, cool websites, homework help, and other info related to teen services at the library.

March 27 Middle School Stencil Art Workshop

woman in red stencil outline

Our artist-in-residence, Stephanine LH Harvey, presents this special art workshop for middle schoolers. Roll up your sleeves and have fun while learning more about one of the most mysterious art forms around during this Little Chute Spring Break special event. Learning history of street art is just the start of getting immersed in the world of easily accessible art.  Learn how to create and use stencils. There really are endless possibilities for sharing and showing your art with the world. Open to students in sixth, seventh, and eight grade. Registration is required. Sign-up begins March 1. Call 788-7825.

March Book Madness

March Madness doesn't have to be just about basketball. How would you like some March BOOK Madness? Awesome teen reads are pitted against each other to see which book comes out on top. Check out the site to see the contenders and get your read on!

Twitter-Style Teen Reads App

Want to read suspenseful stories by text messages? Try the new Hooked app designed for ages 13-24. You will receive a series of text messages that will get you hooked enough to keep reading. The app is free, but there are paid versions to avoid the time delays between texts. Find out more in this article.

2016 Teens' Top Ten Winners

The moment everyone has been waiting for is finally here! The 2016 Teens' Top Ten titles are:

  1.  Alive by Chandler Baker. Disney/Hyperion. 9781484706831.
  2.  All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. Random House/Alfred A. Knopf. 9780385755887.
  3.  The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books. 9780545668347.
  4.  Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Macmillan/Henry Holt & Co. 9781627792127.
  5.  Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. Random House/Delacorte Press. 9780553496642.
  6.  Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone. Disney/Hyperion. 9781484705278.
  7.  The Novice: Summoner: Book One by Taran Matharu. Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends. 9781250080059.
  8.  Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.  Random House/Alfred A. Knopf. 9780553499117.
  9.  When by Victoria Laurie. Disney/Hyperion. 9781484700082.
  10. Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls. By Lynn Weingarten. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. 9781481418584.

A video<https://youtu.be/9VO4gtXBBh8> and list<http://www.ala.org/yalsa/teenstopten> featuring the winning titles can be found on the Teens' Top Ten<http://www.ala.org/yalsa/teenstopten> page.

Now through December 31, 2016, teens aged 12-18 can nominate their favorite titles to be considered as a 2017 Teens' Top Ten nominee via the public nomination form<http://www.ala.org/yalsa/public-nomination-form>. Book title nominations submitted in the current year will be used for consideration of the following year's list of nominees. For books to be eligible for consideration, they must be published between January 1- December 31, 2016.

Want to learn more about the Teens' Top Ten? Visit www.ala.org/yalsa/teenstopten<http://www.ala.org/yalsa/teenstopten>.

Vote for the Best Teen Book

Voting is now open for the Teens' Top Ten Books. You may vote for up to three titles through October 15. The list contains books nominated by fellow teens as the best books of the previous year. If you haven't read any or many, you now have a great list of teen reads to check out.