Urban Fiction

Central Library just started a new YA Urban fiction collection which is located on the red shelf right across from the elevators on Level 4.  Here are some of the titles available within this new collection.

The break-up diaries. Vol. 1.   The Break-Up Dairies

In “Hot Boyz,” Chance will do anything to become Ahmad’s girl, but a lie might blow up in everyone’s face; and in “The Boy Trap,” Gabrielle schemes to be Tyler’s pampered basketball wife, but her cheating ways put their relationship on the line.

Rumor central   Rumor Central by ReShonda Billingsley

After appearing on the reality show “Miami Divas,” Maya Morgan is offered her own television show, but stepping up to the fame means spilling secrets about her friends, and someone will do anything to shut her up.

Two the hard way   Two the Hard Way by Travis Hunter

Star high-school quarterback Romeo has everything on the right track until his older brother Kwamé gets out of jail, their absentee mother returns to their lives, and Romeo’s girlfriend Ngiai wants a serious relationship.

Reality check   Charly’s Epic Fiascos: Reality Check by Kelli London

Hoping to achieve stardom by participating in a traveling reality series, Charly, who readily accepts a sidekick role, finds her ambitions sabotaged by a mysterious adversary.

Crazy love   Crazy Love by Amir Abrams

Falling obsessively in love with Sincere Lewis, Kamiyah Nicols begins watching Sincere constantly, hacking into his online accounts and straining her own relationships with friends and family to assuage her growing anxieties.

All the wrong moves : a Fab life novel   All the Wrong Moves by Nikki Carter

After landing a recording contract, Sunday Tolliver tours with her diva cousin, Dreya, and becomes the object of affection of Truth, the tour’s bad-boy star, all in front of the lens of a reality television show.

Burning emerald   Burning Emerald by Jamie Reed

Struggling to maintain control over her inner demon with the help of her Cambion boyfriend, Samara is astonished when the most popular boy in school begins pursuing her before revealing that they share a secret connection from the past that could destroy Samara’s relationship with Caleb.

Download drama  Download Drama by Celeste Norfleet

Some people stand back when problems crop up. Kenisha Lewis steps up. And there’s a lot that needs fixing, from her family’s money worries to the run-down dance studio where she works part-time.

When the promo she makes for a dance studio fundraiser goes viral, Kenisha can’t believe the response. Who’d have guessed she’d become the latest YouTube sensation—or be asked to star in a video with rapper Taj? And now, Taj wants Kenisha to become her protégée, promising money and fame. Problems solved, right? Not quite. Her exciting new career is taking time away from school, family, friends and her boyfriend, Terrence.… Kenisha is sure she’s this close to having what she’s always wanted. But how much is she willing to give up to get it?

Maya's choice   Maya’s Choice by Earl Sewell

Maya’s summer is shaping up to be unforgettable—in both good and bad ways. First she’s sent to stay with her grandmother for a month. Living in the city, Maya is too far from her friend Keysha and her boyfriend, Misalo—and too near her rebellious cousin Viviana. When Maya finally comes home, her parents drop a bombshell—Viviana is moving in with them.

Her cousin has barely unpacked before she’s creating chaos. Truth is, Maya kind of likes the way life is a whole lot less predictable with Viviana around. But her motives are up for debate—especially when it comes to Misalo. And as Maya’s little sister, Anna, grows more fascinated with her cool older cousin, Maya begins to see that following where Viviana leads has its price. And it could cost Maya her reputation, her relationship…and maybe even her future….

Upgrade U   Upgrade U by Ni-Ni Simone

Life is poppin’ and seventeen-year-old Seven McKnight is rockin’ Stiles University’s hottest baller, Josiah Whitaker, on her arm when it all falls apart. With groupies threatening her basketball wife status and Josiah’s dreams of the NBA blowing up his ego, Seven finds herself in a tailspin…should she stay or leave? In steps the unbelievable fine sophomore heartthrob Zaire St. James, who’s been watching Seven and waiting for her chance. With Josiah doing his own thing, Seven finds herself falling for Zaire. But just when she decides to give Zaire her everything, Josiah becomes determined to win Seven back by any means necessary…

Teen Top Ten

These are the top ten best selling YA books this week according to the New York Times.

 

1. If I stay : a novel     If I Stay by Gayle Forman

While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weights whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.

 

2. The fault in our stars    The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life. Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

 

3. Where she went    Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Adam, now a rising rock star, and Mia, a successful cellist, reunite in New York and reconnect after the horrific events that tore them apart when Mia almost died in a car accident three years earlier.

 

4. Looking for Alaska : a novel     Looking for Alaska by John Green

Sixteen-year-old Miles’ first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.

 

5. The book thief   The Book Thief by Mark Zusak

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

 

6. Paper towns   Paper Towns by John Green

One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin “Q” Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q’s neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.

 

7.Eleanor & Park    Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits–smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

 

8. Isla and the happily ever after   Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Isla has had a crush on classmate Josh since their freshman year at the School of America in Paris, but after a chance encounter over the summer in Manhattan they return to France for their senior year where they are forced to confront challenges every young couple in love must face.

 

9.Thirteen reasons why : a novel   Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah’s voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

 

10.Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children   Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob on a journey to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow–impossible though it seems–they may still be alive.

 

 

 

 

 

Sundaes on Fridays

Friday, August 22 at 1 pm

In the Activity Room in Children’s World

Teens, grades 7-12 are invited to participate in a book discussion.  The book discussion will include activities where you can win prizes.  Plus make your own ice cream sundae!

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Final Week of Summer Reading

Want to have your overdue fines waived?   Then hurry in and sign up for our Teen Summer Reading Program before it ends on August 22nd.

Registration is easy!

Fill out a summer reading flyer, located in Children’s World or resister online at http://tinyurl.com/ocplspark. Or look for the Spark a Reaction link on OCPL’s home page.

Do your reporting online too!

For every 100 pages read, your name will be entered into a drawing to win cool prizes like tickets to: the MoST, Wonderworks at Destiny, Pole Position Raceway at Destiny, and the New York State Fair.  Plus overdue fines will be waived after reading and reporting on 5 books and earn virtual badges!

For teens ages 13-17  or enter grades 7-12.

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The MoST Visits the Library

The MoST Traveling Science Program will be visiting Central on

Wednesday, July 23 at 2 pm

Ever wonder why Pop Rocks and soda goes fizz? The MoST brings you an exciting selection of experiments that fizz, boom and pop!  You will be amazed and dazzled as you learn the science behind them.  This 45 minute interactive show is for people of all ages and designed to encourage further scientific experimentation!

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Spark a Reaction!

Looking for something to do this summer?  Then sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Program here at Central.

Registration is easy!

Fill out a summer reading flyer, located in Children’s World or resister online at http://tinyurl.com/ocplspark. Or look for the Spark a Reaction link on OCPL’s home page.

Do your reporting online too!

For every 100 pages read, your name will be entered into a drawing to win cool prizes like tickets to: the MoST, Wonderworks at Destiny, Pole Position Raceway at Destiny, and the New York State Fair.  Plus overdue fines will be waived after reading and reporting on 5 books and earn virtual badges!

For teens ages 13-17  or enter grades 7-12.

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New Books by a Familiar Face

Erin Butler, a librarian here at Central Library, has published two new YA novels.  Check them out:

 

blood hexBlood Hex

Two girls. Four centuries. One curse. Isabella and Thomas meet in secret during the witching hours while the rest of the villagers hide behind closed doors. And even though Isabella’s scared, she wants Thomas more. He’ll protect her from the night, from his father who’ll decide her future, and from the paranoia-fueled hunting parties taking away innocents. Centuries later, seventeen-year old Sarah runs away to an aunt she never knew she had. Her dad? Dead. Her mother? A liar. She wants the memories of a father she never got, but instead, discovers her father’s death wasn’t innocent. Everyone — the Wiccans, the townies, even her quasi-boyfriend — is hiding something.

 

how we lived   How We Lived

A new adult novel from Entangled’s Embrace imprint…
The secrets he’s keeping from that night could destroy everything again…

Nineteen-year-old Kelsey Larkin’s parents uninvited her to her brother’s funeral. She just wanted to wear jeans and a T-shirt–the clothes Kyle would’ve wanted her in–not wrap herself up in death. So she watched the funeral from afar, like an outsider. Which is just how she feels.

Chase came, though, just like she knew he would. Until a few months ago, the three of them had been best friends, and then Chase made a mistake that shattered both families. But when Kelsey looks at him, she doesn’t see her brother’s killer. She sees the boy next door who’s always taken care of her. She sees home. 

When Chase tells her his feelings run deeper than friendship, she can’t help but get lost in him. In Chase, she finally has the closure she’s been unable to find anywhere else. But the boy she’s falling in love with is still hiding secrets about the night Kyle died. Secrets that could destroy everything they have…again.

Spark a Reaction with Summer Reading

Sign-up now for our Teen Summer Reading Program.

 

Things to know about our Summer Reading Program:

  1. This year’s theme is Spark a Reaction, which focuses on science.
  2. The program runs from Monday, June 30-Monday, August 11.  Read the books you want and tell the librarian about them.  Each week you get to pick a prize for exploring a world of books!
  3. Plus every week will feature a new event/activity including: robotics with Kathy Ceceri, the MOST, Zoo to You, and The Dirtmeister, Steve Tomecek.
  4. Also this summer we will host special drop-in science experiments.
  5. Don’t forget that participating in the Summer Reading Program allows you to have the fines on your library card waived.
  6. To sign up just stop by the information desk in Children’s World and talk to the librarian.

*More information including dates for the programs and the science experiments will be provided in the weeks to come.

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Divergent Party

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Saturday, March 22 at 1 pm

Liked the book? Can’t wait to see the movie?  Join us for all things Divergent including:

Streaming Author Interview
Faction Aptitude Test
Divergent Tattoos (temporary)
Craft
Divergent Trivia/Jeopardy
Dauntless Cake
Snacks
Prizes

And a drawing for 2 free movie tickets!

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“One choice can transform you”

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 11 years to get that many views.

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