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3 Must-Read Books for Quarantine

By: Sowmya

A few months ago, we all had a million balls to juggle: school, extracurricular activities, social obligations… The list is endless. Now, especially since summer is starting, our schedules are much more open. With all this time on your hands, you can choose to bake yet another batch of bread, rewatch The Office, or maybe… crack open a good book. 

Here are three books that I’ve enjoyed during this quarantine, and hopefully, that you will enjoy, too!

  1. The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clementine Wamariya and Elizabeth Well

With seamless storytelling and a compelling voice, Clementine Wamariya details her experiences fleeing the Rwandan massacre, living in countless refugee camps, and her life in America. Throughout these horrific experiences, Wamariya and her sister survived through sheer determination and a strong will to live. Wamariya’s story is truly inspiring and helped put my everyday struggles into perspective. 

  1. Project You by Aubre Andrus

Filled with actionable tips on how to maximize wellness and achieve peace of mind, Project You is a useful book for those looking to transform their mindset. I love how simple and applicable the activities in this book are. We’ve all heard that a book can truly be healing, and Project You is a literal interpretation of that saying!

  1. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie 

In this murder mystery, 10 strangers are each sent an invitation to Soldier Island by a mysterious benefactor. Of course, they accept. However, the first evening at Soldier Island, the guests are accused of committing murder in the past. Soon, the systematic killing of each member of the group begins. Each character had a unique, fascinating backstory that kept my attention rapt throughout the book. Filled with suspense and plot twists, this psychological thriller left a lasting memory in my mind. 

Each of these books found a special place in my heart during quarantine by opening my mind to the struggles of others, helping me calm my racing thoughts, and best of all, transporting me to a new, vivid world!

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Insert the Theme Music from Law & Order Here

rffingerprintIn case you don’t know, Law & Order is a show that’s been on for a billion years, it’s almost always playing on USA at any time of day, and your favorite actor has probably made an appearance on it at some point.

L&O aside, we love crime shows. There are so many of them, and they’re all the same but different. Whether the dead body is in LA, New York, Miami, Vegas, or Hawaii, we love the mystery and we love the characters. That’s why September’s Random Fandom celebrates the upcoming seasons of all crime shows.

BTW, Random Fandom is THURSDAY at 4 p.m. One of you will play the dead body, one of you will be the killer, and the rest of you will have to figure it out before you run out of time in this special murder mystery based on our favorite crime show characters.

If you need to get into the mood, go to your Netflix queue and watch a few episodes of CSI or NCIS, listen to the mystery of an actual crime on Serial, or check out one of these books: Continue reading

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Happy Back to School Day!

Or Not-So-Happy Back to School Day, depending on your POV. The blog is back from its summer hiatus, so we’re starting off with an update of ALL THE THINGS.

taglogoThis Wednesday (8/24), 4:30-5:30

TAG, a.k.a. the Teen Advisory Group. If you’re not already in TAG, you can join at any time, but this Wednesday is the first meeting of the school year, and we’re talking about a lot, so it’s an important one to come to if you’re new. TAG plans Random Fandom every month, and you get volunteer hours if you need them, and all the cool kids will be there, and if you’re reading this, you’re cool and you should be there too. (Did the peer pressure work? Just checking.)

HS anime logoSaturday, September 3, 1-4:30

High School Anime (formerly known as Otaku Kyokai No Flower Mound) is open to freshmen and up. Watch movies, eat snacks, talk about cosplay and cons, geek out… you know, a normal Saturday 🙂 Screenings shown are for older audiences, so sorry, middle schoolers! Check out the next program below:

animedaze logoWednesday, September 7, 4:30-5:30

Watch short episodes of your favorite new and old shows, eat snacks, talk about cosplay and cons, and have fun! New this year, Anime Daze is open to everyone in grades 6-12, so if you feel like hanging out after school and watching anime, come join us!

Random Fandom logoThursday, September 8, 4-5:30

It’s all about the crime shows for September’s RANDOM FANDOM. CSI (and all its spin-offs), NCIS (and all its spin-offs), etc. We don’t know exactly what we’re doing yet, but that’s why you should come to TAG on Wednesday.

gaming unplugged logoSunday, September 11, 2-4

Come play games with us! We’ll have board and card games to choose from, or you can bring one from home with all of your closest friends/enemies to defeat them all in the game of your choice.

TWG logoWednesday, September 14, 4:30-5:30

If you’re an aspiring author, a Wrimo, write fanfic, have a Wattpad, or just post drabbles to your Tumblr, join the Teen Writing Group! We do writing exercises that might make you a better writer, you can get feedback from your fellow writers, and we play storytelling games to squash our inner editors (and it’s possible we may be nerds.) Every meeting, you can enter the door prize to win a free book! (All of the books at the library are free, right, but this one you don’t have to bring back.)

MS Book Club logoMonday, September 19, 4:30-5:30

The book of the month is Holes by Louis Sachar. Pick up your copy from the Youth Services Desk to read before the meeting, and bring it with you to discuss. This book club is only for grades 6-8!

bibliomaniacs logoWednesday, September 21, 4:30-5:30

Bring your favorite book, the book you hate, the book you’re currently reading, or anything you want to talk/rant about! This book club has NO ASSIGNED READING! We’ll fancast our favorite characters and hang out. This book club is only for grades 9-12!

taglogoWednesday, September 28, 4:30-5:30

And then we’re back to TAG to plan the October Random Fandom and talk about the upcoming volunteer opportunities for Haunted Library!

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Let’s Review: The Weight of Feathers



Isn’t that such an interesting cover? Too bad the story inside wasn’t as great. Because I’m trying to blog all of the books I read for the Hub Challenge (in the spirit of The Weight of Feathers, número tres es completa/numéro trois est terminée. Thanks, Google Translate.), I’m posting about a book I didn’t particularly care for. But…

I’m old, so if you get that reference, good on you! Check the book out for yourself. It’s a 2016 finalist for the Morris Award for debut authors. Click below to see my full review (copied from my Goodreads because I’m lazy like that).

♥ Heather, Youth Services Librarian

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Let’s Review: The Boston Girl

Hub Challenge book #2 is over and done with! Woo hoo!

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The Hub Challenge begins!

the hub 2016 reading challenge

Okay, so technically it began yesterday. I was far too excited making my list of the 25 books I’m going to read by June 23 to make post. Now that I’ve gotten my first book out of the way, here’s the deal of how the challenge works: Continue reading

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Raise your hand if you wish it was November 2016 already! (You can put your hands down. You know I can’t actually see them, right?)

You probably know that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is one of the books that J.K. Rowling wrote as a companion to the Harry Potter series, the book being Harry’s textbook from the Care of Magical Creatures class. If you’ve been living under a rock, you may not know the MOVIE is coming out next NOVEMBER, featuring Newt Scamander, the author of the textbook. This takes place pre-Tom Riddle, and in New York, which means we get to see American wizards! The first teaser trailer just got posted today, so watch it below!


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Unplugged – Games We Love

This is the first post in a new series that will review the games we have here at the library, give you the instructions, and if there’s a great video online, we’ll link to that too, all so you can be ready to play when you get here.

Before I dive into the first game, you should know that we have two big gaming days every year. The first is for International Games Day @ Your Library, held on Saturday, November 21.


I don’t have all of the specifics yet, but the games generally run all day, so grab your friends and come on by! Last year Boomerang Comics brought us a ton of games for people to play, so whether you’re just getting into this whole tabletop scene or you’re a hardcore player, there’s something for everyone.

Our second big event is International Tabletop Day!internationaltabletopday

The date for this one hasn’t been announced yet, but it’s on a Saturday around the end of March, beginning of April. Just like with International Games Day @ Your Library, if you game on International Tabletop Day, you’ll be joined by millions* of people all over the world doing the same thing you are, playing games!

*I don’t actually know that there’s millions, but there are events on all seven continents. Yes, seven. Even Antarctica. The scientists at Palmer Station, Antarctica, a research station managed by the National Science Foundation, were playing games on Tabletop Day. If they can, you can!

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Summer Reading Club is over!

Teen SRC


Summer Reading Club ended on July 30, and all of you together read an impressive 3,891 hours! I know the question on everyone’s mind is, “When will we know who won the raffle???????” The answer is…. maybe Friday, probably next week. Everyone has until the library closes on Thursday to fill out any raffle tickets they haven’t redeemed yet, and then we’ll do the drawing. I’ll notify the winners, and post here when that’s done (so if you don’t hear from me, sorry! Try again next year!)

You may also be wondering who was voted the ultimate superhero! Find out after the jump! Continue reading

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Superhero Showdown – Final Round

Want a way to earn extra raffle tickets in the Readers, Assemble! Summer Reading Club? One way is to vote each week for the best superhero from DC Comics and Marvel! Once you’ve voted, confirm that you’ve completed the week’s challenge on the Readers, Assemble! website, and come into the library to pick your raffle ticket!

You’ve voted for the best among all the categories. You’ve picked the best in head-to-head match-ups. Now it’s down to the final three.  Go here  to vote for your favorites. Voting for this category will end on Thursday, July 30. Once the votes are tallied, check back here for the ultimate superhero (or villain)!




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