Books for Giving 2011: Teen Books

We know how it is: you want to give those teens on your list something to readthis Holiday Season, but don’t want your gift to be tossed aside amongst the socks and sweaters. Librarians Hayden and Jennifer offer some recent favorites that are as captivating as the lastest gadgets, and way more interesting than mere gift cards.

Hayden’s Picks:

Island’s End by Padma Venkatraman
Island's End, by Padma VenkatramanUido can travel to the Other World, where the spirits give her important messages about her tribe. Because of this gift, the tribe’s elderly spiritual leader chooses her as his successor. But can Uido save her people from annihilation? Though this book will likely appeal to fans of both fantasy and historical fiction, it is neither—Uido’s tribe is based on contemporary hunter-gathers who live on the Andaman Islands off the coast of India.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Karou was raised by monsters, but she doesn’t know much about their world. When she meets Akiva, Continue reading “Books for Giving 2011: Teen Books”

Books for Giving 2010 — Teen Books, Part 2

Wondering what to get the teen(s) on your list this year? This post is the second in a two-part series of recently published books for teens recommended by three youth services librarians at The Seattle Public Library.

Hayden’s picks (continued):

Smile by Raina Telgemeier
One night, 6th-grader Raina and her friends decide to race to her front door, with tragic results. Raina falls, knocking her front two teeth up into her skull. I know, gross! And that’s just the beginning of the tooth-related trauma documented in this graphic memoir. Tween girls will relate to Raina’s angst about her teeth, friends, boys and growing up.

Continue reading “Books for Giving 2010 — Teen Books, Part 2”

Books for Giving 2010 — Teen Books, Part 1

Need a last-minute gift for a teenager on your holiday shopping list? Try one of the books recommended by Abby, Hayden and Jennifer, three Teen and Children’s Librarians at The Seattle Public Library, who have selected 10 of their favorite books of 2010 for teen readers of all ages and tastes. This post is the first in a two-part series, so be sure to check back for some more great gift ideas tomorrow!

Abby’s picks:

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
On a cold Chicago night, two teenage boys, both named Will Grayson, meet accidentally in an unlikely place, and their lives are forever altered. Green and Levithan narrate the story in alternating chapters, each from the perspective of one of the Wills. Smart, touching and hilarious, this book is perfect for everyone who loves whip-smart dialogue and quirky, fully realized characters (the show is stolen by Tiny Cooper, friend of one Will Grayson and boyfriend of the other). Continue reading “Books for Giving 2010 — Teen Books, Part 1”

Teens can earn service learning credit at the Library

Are you, or is someone you know, currently a teenager? Does the  teenager in your life enjoy reading, writing and meeting other teens from all over the city? Does he or she happen to need service learning credit in order to graduate from high school?  If so, we recommend the library’s Teen Center Advisers program.

Teen Center Advisers are high school students who meet every other Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Teen Center on Level 3 of Central Library.  They review new books, create podcasts, make displays, write for the library’s teen blog, and help us shape teen services at the Library.

For more information about the TCAs, or to print out an application, go to our website.  Applications are due by October 27.  The first meeting of the year, from 4-5 on October 20 (that’s next Wednesday), is required.

Personalized reading suggestions for teens in Seattle!

For all you teens in Seattle — our incredible teen services librarians are ready to help you find a book you WANT to read. All you have to do is use the Ask-a-Librarian form to tell us a little bit about what you like to read. We’ll get back to you in a day or two with a list of five books that we think might be a good match for you.

Did you love Franny and Zooey? How about The Hunger Games? (And maybe you’re waiting for Mockingjay but need something now). How about Vampire Academy? Thirteen Reasons Why? Tell us a few books you liked (or types of books, like science fiction, fantasy, mysteries, horror, romantic comedies). You can even tell us about the ones you thought were total snoozers (as long as you still tell us about a couple you liked!).

Have questions? Ask a Librarian (you can email us any time of the day or night) or call us at the Teen Center at 206-615-1410 during the Central Library’s open hours.