Teen Tech Week is March 19-15, 2014!

Every year, we celebrate Teen Tech Week to encourage our patrons to discover how the Cherry Hill Public Library fosters opportunities for innovation and a love of technology! Here's how we'll be celebrating next week:

Teen Tech Week Kickoff Party
Food, music, and fun activities with a techie, DIY spin. Make a mini-button with our button-maker, try out new apps and digital games, create 8-bit-inspired crafts, play videos games on our big screen, and much more!
Saturday, March 8
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Lower Level, Half Conference Center

Prose and Cons
Never been to our writing club? Now's a good time to start! Beginners and newcomers welcome at this special meeting where will we try out web-based writing aids.
Wednesday, March 12
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Upper Level, Craft Room

Teen Movie Zone: Pixar Party
You're never too old for a good Pixar flick. Join us for some throwback fun -- we'll choose from a selection of classic Pixar movies. Cosplay is encouraged!
Saturday, March 15
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


2014 ALA Youth Media Awards!

Today the American Library Association announced the winners of their Youth Media Awards, the best books for children and young adults published in 2013. This teen librarian was excited to hear who would earn the prestigious Printz Award and the Morris Award for a debut author. Here's how it all went down:

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature for young adults


Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

Melissa the Teen Librarian says: I didn't expect a fantasy title! Printz committees love to honor books that reference other famous works of literature, so fantasy is often overlooked. As a big fan of fantasy, horror, and other "genre" fiction, I'm thrilled!

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

Melissa the Teen Librarian says: So happy to see Rainbow Rowell honored! Her books are my current obsession.

William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens


Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn

Melissa the Teen Librarian says: An Actual Teen recommended this title to me! I've heard it's the kind of book that messes with your mind a bit -- a psychological thriller crossed with a boarding school book.

Sex and Violence by Carrie Mesrobian
Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos
Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross
In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

Melissa the Teen Librarian's says: Adding all of these to my To-Read list immediately!

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults


The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb

Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd
Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II by Martin W. Sandler
Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America's First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone
The President Has Been Shot! The Assassination of John F. Kennedy by James L. Swanson

Melissa the Teen Librarian says: Narrative nonfiction is in a renaissance right now! Publishers are more interested than ever in producing nonfiction books for young people, and teachers/parents are looking for more nonfiction because of the implementation of the Common Core standards. If you need a nonfiction title for school and you don't want to slog through a boring old tome, any of the books that YALSA has honored in the past two years would make an excellent candidate.


Around the Library: January 2014

Teen Minecraft @ CHPL - January 16, 2014

January's FanTABulous Reads Display

Teen Flash Fiction Contest Flier


FanTABulous Reads

Divergent, Hunger Games, City of Bones -- been there, done that, right? Our Teen Activity Board put together this list of their favorite teen titles and we think it's a great guide if you want to read something a bit less... overexposed. Read on to learn about each book in the TAB member's own words.

Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator by Jennifer Allison
Gilda Joyce has been determined to connect with the “other side” ever since her dad died. An opportunity just happens to come up when Gilda invites herself over to a strange relative’s house in San Francisco. People who love mysteries should read this book!
Recommended by: Maya S. 

 The Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes
Ever since Paige and her best friends -- high school royalty -- got into a car accident on their way home from a party, Paige has been doubting herself and her way of life. This book has great character development and accurately depicts high school relationships!
Recommended by: Maya J.

 The Mediator: Shadowland by Meg Cabot
Suze is a mediator -- a liason between the living and the dead. She thought her life would get easier after her family moved , but there’s a ghost with revenge on her mind, and Suze is in the way. People who love fantasy, romance, and mystery should try this title!
Recommended by: Maya S. 

 The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
A high school student discovers that he is a member of a magical society. People who enjoy the fantasy genre should check out this book.
Recommended by: Meghna 

Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
During World War I, 16-year-old Hattie Brooks attempts to work the land willed to her from her uncle while trying to combat excessive nationalism and the communist scare sweeping across the U.S. My favorite historical fiction novel (and a clean read!)
Recommended by: Daria

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
A skillful thief is hand-selected from the king’s prison to go on a perilous journey and steal an ancient treasure for the king’s scholar. Anyone interested in a series filled with fantasy and adventure should read this book.
Recommended by: Daria

The Deadly Sister by Eliot Schrefer
A girl’s sister is accused of murder. In the process of protecting her, she uncovers many secrets about the victim and his twisted relationships. If you love murder mysteries, you should give this book a try.
Recommended by: Meghna

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
For the past six months, Hannah’s dead best friend Lillian has been haunting her. Now it’s one of the hottest summers in history and Hannah’s group of friends is collapsing, she’s falling for a local delinquent, and to top it all off, there’s a serial killer on the loose. Not a typical YA novel! This one will keep you entertained and make you think while it does it.
Recommended by: Maya J.


Read any of these? Let us know what you thought of them in the comments!


Summer Reading Club 2013 is Live!

Whether it's for fun or because you're one of the lucky ones who was assigned The Grapes of Wrath as your summer reading book, we're willing to bet you're reading up a storm this summer! Don't just sit there - register for our Summer Reading Program, log your minutes, and EARN PRIZES for all that page-turning you're doing! It's super simple:

1) Read! Duh. What counts as reading? Books, audiobooks, comics/graphic novels, manga, magazines & newspapers -- any deliberate act of reading works for us!

2) Track your minutes here: Read. Track. Win! (Create an account by clicking "Sign Me Up")

3) Nothing left to do but wait! For every 30 minutes you read, you'll be entered into our weekly prize raffle, where you could win awesome prizes like gift cards, free books, or coupons for free DVD/video game rentals at the library.

Bonus step: Submit online reviews to earn extra entries!

Good luck and happy reading!

P.S. Looking for information about teen events this summer? Check out our Summer Events Flyer.


What's Coming Up In Comics!

As summer approaches, so does our 2nd annual CHPL Comic Con! Last year's inaugural event was a big hit, and this year will be bigger and better. We've got awesome vendors, tons of activities for all ages, art on display, and tons more. In order to get you in the Comic Con mood, we're bringing you lots of exciting news!

The movie world is EXPLODING with superhero movie releases. You've got Man of Steel coming out June 14th, and The Wolverine coming out July 26th! All in all, it's a cinema summer that will be wrought with action, intense stares, and eye candy. While those are just the releases that will be in theaters this summer, there are also plenty more exciting movies coming out as well. The Avengers 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Thor: The Dark World, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, just to name a FEW. Which raises the question, what interesting characters will we see in the future?

There's been quite a stir surrounding this wily duo. Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are Magneto's powerful twin children. Quicksilver has the power of super speed while Scarlet Witch has the power of probability manipulation, which is just as cool as it sounds. They've got an origin story of epic proportions, a crazy family, and to top it all off, are hormone-crazy teenagers. So I'm hoping to see something very interesting from these characters when their movies come out. If you're like me and can't wait, come to the library and check out some X-Men graphic novels to get started!

This summer is gonna be super, pardon the pun. So all you have to do is kick back relax, and come to the Comic Con. Bonus points if you suit up.


Tween Read Thursday: How Mirka Met a Meteorite

It's high time we started reviewing more middle grade reads on this blog, don't you think? Welcome to our first Tween Read Thursday! Up first is a graphic novel that two of our librarians read and loved:

Hereville #2: How Mirka Met a Meteorite

An eleven-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl makes an unusual hero, but Mirka Herschberg is anything but usual. Committed to her family and her faith, Mirka also dreams of being a sword wielding dragon slayer. In this second installment of Mirka’s adventures, Mirka find herself facing off against a meteorite who has been transformed into her identical twin. At first, Mirka thinks having a meteorite doppelganger is pretty awesome and agrees to splitting her life in half. But doppelganger Mirka is not content with half a life and soon Mirka finds herself fighting to reclaim her place in Hereville. Check out this and the first book, Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword today!

Reviewed by: Alia