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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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Let’s Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

By Jessica
Teen Advisory Group member

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I’m going to start off this review by saying that I’m a big fan on Sarah J. Maas. Scratch that. I’m a HUGE fan of Sarah J. Maas to the point it’s kind of scary. If there was one thing (other than Harry Potter and Sherlock) that I obsess over, it’s definitely Maas’s books. That being said, I don’t mean any ill-will towards the third book of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (the beautiful, drool-worthy cover shown above), but it wasn’t my favorite.

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February at the Library


It’s that time of year again, where there is love in the air! If you’re like me then you also don’t care. Luckily the Library may have a few programs to get your mind of V-day, so may I present to you… the FEBRUARY BRIEFING!february-clip-art-whimsical-cartoon-text-doodle-month-44872747

Some things you may look forward to:


Gaming Unplugged: February 12th from 2-4 PM

Bibliomaniacs: February 15th from 4:30-5:30 PM

Spring Lock-in- FANDOMiCON: February 17th from 5-8 PM

Middle School Book Club: February 20th from 4:30-5:30 PM

Teen Advisory Group: February 22nd from 4:30-5:30 PM

The spring lock-in is this month! FANDOMiCON, a lock-in devoted to all your favorite fandoms. We will play games, eat pizza, and have fun, so bring your friends! (Note: You have to turn in a permission slip with your parent’s signature to come to the lock-in. Get one here.)


– Anyway, we’ll have a blast so I hope to see you there!

Signing out, Chidinma



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December at the Library!

Happy holidays everyone! It’s Chidinma with the weather. It’s cold.

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Actually, I’m here for….

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Some events to look forward to:

High School Anime: December 3rd from 1-4:30 PM

Middle School Anime: December 7th from 4:30-5:30 PM

Random Fandom- Chronicles of Narnia: December 8th from 4-5:30 PM

Gaming Unplugged: December 11th from 2-4 PM

Teen Writing Group: December 14th from 4:30-5:30 PM

Middle School Book Club: December 19th from 4:30-5:30 PM

Bibliomaniacs: December 21st from 4:30-5:30 PM

Bibliomaniacs is right when we get out for the holidays, so I expect to see you guys then! There is no TAG during December, and the next meeting will be in January.

Enjoy the break, because it’s the last you’ll get this year.

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Signing out, Chidinma.


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Why Do You Like Kpop?


Over the years, I’ve gotten this question more times than I can count, and it’s usually accompanied with one of these faces:

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Here’s my answer:

I got into Kpop in the sixth grade. I was 11, so I hadn’t really had the time to form a prejudice against music I whose lyrics I didn’t understand upon the first listen. Because of that, I never formed a prejudice against music in other languages, and since I never have had that prejudice, I don’t understand why other people do. Liking kpop or any music in another language makes sense to me because I don’t remember much of my life before then aside from Winx Club and the Jonas Brothers. That, and I sing in other languages in choir all the time, so is there any real difference in listening to it?

Now I listen to kpop because it’s opened so many doors for me. I don’t know if I’d be the culture-crazed person I am today without it. I’ve made friends through kpop, and I’m not afraid to try new things like foods (I’m a picky eater, or at least I’m apprehensive about what I put into my mouth), experiences, and other cultures, as well.

Plus — come on — have you seen some of these idols?

(this princess was actually named the most beautiful woman of 2014 in this video) (Nana of After School and its subgroup Orange Caramel)

wow what a cutie (Zelo from BAP)

Honestly, kpop has opened my mind so much as to what I do, who I hang out with, how I look at other aspects of life, etc. That’s why I’m bad at answering the “why do you like kpop” question. Then perhaps a better question would be: why don’t you like kpop?

Until Next Time,

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About the Teen: Jessica

I thought that because this blog has been a teensy bit quiet for a while, I’m going to end the streak and introduce myself!

So, hello!

The name is Jessica, and I love, love, LOVE to read. Some of my peers think I’m super strange because I love reading “a little too much,” as they would say.

I’m super awkward when it comes to people and my social skills… well, let’s just say that if given the choice, I would rather stay home and watch Netflix than go outside.

My favorite color is sky blue, and I’m bipetual (the word was from a TV show I watched long ago, and it means that I like both dogs and cats). I don’t watch TV often, but I’m a big fan of the BBC Sherlock TV show. I also enjoy watching Steven Universe and the Big Bang Theory.

Anyway, my favorite books (aside from Harry Potter and Percy Jackson series) are:

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Help by Katherine Stockett

Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

Red Rising by Pierce Brown (I haven’t read the rest of the series yet)

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

An interesting fact about me: I hate, absolutely HATE, the word moist. Even just typing it makes me cringe.

Now go watch BBC Sherlock if you haven’t already. Please? Pretty please with a cherry on top? It’s totally worth it.

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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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Superhero Showdown – Second 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. Now we’re pitting those winners against each other in head-to-head match-ups.  Go here  to vote for your favorites. Voting for this category will end on Thursday, July 23flashblack RavenIron superthanos at 11:45 p.m.

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8 Ways to Recover From a Book Slump

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I’m emerging – slowly – from that horrible affliction known to avid readers everywhere as …

The Book Slump.

You’ve probably been there, too, in some form or another.

It’s the reader’s version of an endless streak of gray, gloomy days in February. You have hundreds, if not (ahem) thousands of books on your “want-to-read” list, and yet nothing strikes your fancy. You may work in a library with a collection of five million items, yet you’re overwhelmed at the notion of choosing one book to read. Or, maybe you’re staring at an overflowing coffee table or nightstand with no less than your library’s maximum number of books that can be checked out and nothing is grabbing your attention.

Story of my life for the past few weeks and then some.

So, what can a reader do when The Book Slump strikes? Allow me to share some of my tried-and-true…

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Let’s Review: Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer


Bet that title pulled you in, eh?

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