Do you have a prom dress you no longer need? Please donate it to the library. We will be hosting our first Prom Dress Sale, giving area teens a great way to save money. The dresses will be sold at $10 each and proceeds from the event will be donated to the NYLA Library Disaster fund. The sale will take place in May in the Library.
Please bring your prom dress to the Adult Services desk. Thank you!
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Get free help by texting HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor will respond and help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment to stay safe and healthy. Visit Crisis Text Line for more information about this service.
For the month of February, we would like to set you up on a blind date with a book. Check out a wrapped book and be surprised when you get home!
Attention Haverstraw Library teens - you may now borrow a Switch console! Drop by the Adult Reference Desk at the Main Library for more information. That's not all! Switch and 3DS games are now available! Grab the video game case you would like to borrow, receive the cartridge at the Circulation Desk and enjoy!
Earn Community Service for every Book Review you submit! The book should be at a 6th grade reading level or higher. You will earn 2 hours for each book review you submit. There is a limit of 4 submissions per month/ maximum of 8 hours per month.
Your submission will be read and you will receive an acceptance email. If accepted Reviews will be posted on our website on the Library Teen page. Submit a Book Review here.
We have a new Community News bulletin board on the mid-level. If you have any good community news you'd like to share please bring it to the Circulation Desk. We would love to hear the accomplishments of our local teens!
Bang by Barry Lyga
When Sebastian Cody was only four-years-old, his life was changed forever when he picked up his father’s loaded gun to play with it. In a ripped-from-the-headlines plot twist, Sebastian shot and murdered his infant sister and destroyed his family forever.
Now, 10 years later, Sebastian is 14 and tired of dealing with the guilt and discrimination. For years, people have regarded him differently and asked him rude, painful questions about whether or not he remembers killing his sister and how he feels now. On top of that, his parents have since separated and neither one has ever treated him the same again. Add all of this to the regular woes of being a teenager and it becomes clear that Sebastian is in way over his head. He is ready to end it all with the very same item that set everything off: a gun.
- 1. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (Real Life)
- 2. One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus (Mystery)
- 3. Warcross by Marie Lu (Sci-fi)
- 4. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo (Fantasy)
- 5. Caraval by Stephanie Garber (Fantasy)
- 6. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (Real Life)
- 7. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez (Romance)
- 8. Paper Hearts by Ali Novak (Romance)
- 9. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (Supernatural)
- 10. Once and For All by Sarah Dessen (Romance)
Check out the summaries for the books listed above here.
by Elizabeth Acevedo
Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.
But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about.
With Mami's determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. So when she is invited to join her school's slam poetry club, she doesn't know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out. But she still can't stop thinking about performing her poems.
Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.
For other award winning books, check out:
The John Newbery Award
The Newbery Medal was named for the 18th Century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the American Library Association - Association for Library Service to Children, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American Literature for children.
The Alex Award
The Alex Awards, are funded by the Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust, which are announced annually in conjunction with National Library Week, honor the top 10 adult books for teenagers published during a calendar year.
You may also check out the Top 10 Teen Books as voted by teens for more reading suggestions!