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.

YA Romances Even a Cynic Might Love

Tired of zombies? Well, romance isn't dead as evidenced by some of the titles of 2017. Check out some of these newer titles for a sweet read:

  • Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith - Alice harbors a secret crush on her best friend, Teddy, with whom she’s bonded over their shared misfortune in life. When she buys him a lotto ticket for his 18th birthday and he wins $140 million, they begin to understand that money not only doesn’t buy happiness, it might take some away.
  • What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum - Popular Kit and outsider David form an unlikely bond in the most everyday of ways: Kit, reeling from her dad’s death, sits down with David for lunch. Kit soon finds that David’s odd inquisitiveness — at a time when everyone else around her is trying to be polite — feels like just the thing she needs.
  • Once and For All by Sarah Dessen - Louna’s summer job is helping brides plan their big day. The problem? Louna’s a cynic and doesn’t really believe in true love. After all, her first love ended tragically. Enter girl-magnet Ambrose, who — in Louna — has finally laid eyes on the one girl he’d like to keep around for a while (maybe for always). 
  • I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo - Desi Lee is what’s known as an overachiever. She can build a carburetor. She gets straight A’s. She was a 5-year-old CPR expert. But she’s never had a boyfriend. In that arena, she’s not even a C student. In her quest for romance — with her eyes on elusive artist Luka Drakos — Desi crafts a plan to win him over, using rules she’s penned from the Korean dramas she watches with her father. 
  • A Million Junes by Emily Henry - teens Jack “June” O’Donnell and Saul Angert are famed names of two Five Fingers, Michigan families: famed because the O’Donnells and Angerts are meant to hate one another. 
  • Romancing the Throne by Nadine Jolie Courtney - Charlotte and Libby Weston have never attended the same school, but when a scandal at Libby’s all-girls school looks like it could ruin her shot at the higher education of her dreams, Libby winds up at social-climbing Charlotte’s elite boarding school--the boarding school where Prince Edward, the next heir to the British throne, happens to be a student. Maybe sisters aren’t supposed to fall for the same guy, but who can mess with chemistry?
  • Cold Summer by Gwen Cole - Kale Jackson can time travel, even when he doesn’t want to. This means he might wind up watching friends die in World War II one day and be back in the present with post-traumatic stress disorder the next. When his ex, Harper, moves back to town, he wonders what life could be like if he could stop time traveling (and overcome his PTSD) once and for all. The already-high stakes are kicked up a notch when Harper sees Kale’s name listed in an old newspaper as a casualty of war. 
  • Alex & Eliza: A Love Story by Melissa de la Cruz - Alex and Eliza are Revolutionary War-era Alexander Hamilton, George Washington’s right-hand man, and Elizabeth Schuyler, a daughter of one of the United States’s most distinguished founding families. When the couple meets at a ball in 1777, a love story that will affect the country’s history begins.
  • Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han - Lara Jean, letter writer extraordinaire, has her life in order: she has Peter, the boyfriend she’s in love with; her dad is getting remarried to someone she likes; and her sister is on the way home for the wedding. But she has big life decisions looming about college and the future, and she finds that one’s head and heart aren’t always in agreement. This book is the sequel to To All the Boys I've Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

Happy Swooning!

Teen Summer Reading Grand Prize Winners

Congratulations to our teen summer reading grand prize winners! All winners have been contacted by phone.
1. Insta-Fun – Selah A.
2. Tune Time – Nick T.
3. Night at the Movies – Keirah W.
4. Emoji Pack – Madelyn S.
5. Stunt Drone – Addyson T.
6. Music Mania – Stella M.
7. Movie Night – Alli M.
8. I Need Coffee – Isaac B.
Thanks for reading with us this summer!

Teen Summer Reading Program

Summertime is a perfect time for reading--especially as a participant in the library's teen summer reading program. Besides all the great new books to discover, you can earn fun prizes as well as chances to win a grand prize. Our theme is Build a Better World, and teen reading hours will be tallied up as part of the library's goal to have 25,000 hours of reading completed by the community. If the goal is reached, then a donation will be made to support Habitat for Humanity, so your hours of reading will be beneficial to you and also help the community!

Here are some fun teen programs just for students entering grades 6-12:

  • June 20 at 1:30PM in Kimberly - Pet Plants: learn about succulents and make a little home for your very own
  • June 26 at 1PM in Little Chute - High School Street Art Stenciling Workshop: learn how to create and use stencils. Open to students in grades 9-12, and registration is required--call 788-7825.
  • July 11 at 1PM in Kimberly - Aubree's Blankets for Veterans: create a tie blanket for veterans
  • July 17 at 1PM in Little Chute - Teen Movie and Pizza
  • July 31 at 1:30PM in Little Chute - Kahoot Teen Trivia: bring a smartphone or tablet for fun trivia

The summer reading program runs June 12-August 4. Registration begins on May 30, so stop by either location to pick up your reading booklet. Read and help Build a Better World!

2017 Most Anticipated YA Books

Wondering what to read next or what to look forward to? Check out this list from Pop Crush and get your reading list ready for summer and beyond.