***Our next meeting will be on Saturday, February 13, 4-5 p.m. Hope to see you there!***

Thursday, January 21, 2016

What are your New Year's READolutions?

We'd love to hear them! Post them in the comments below. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • the 2016 Read Brave book
  • a book published this year
  • a book you can finish in a day
  • a book you’ve been meaning to read
  • a book recommended by your local librarian
  • a book chosen for you by a friend or sibling
  • a book chosen for you by a parent/guardian or teacher
  • a book that won an award
  • a book published before you were born
  • a book that intimidates you
  • a book you’ve already read at least once
  • attend a 2016 Read Brave event
  • keep a list of the books you read
  • keep a reading journal
  • visit your library at least once each month
  • recommend a favorite book to a friend
  • write a book blurb to display at your library
  • write a book review for the Teen Book Club blog

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Next meeting: This Saturday, January 9th!

Hey, Teens!

Our next book club meeting will be this Saturday, January 9 at 3:00 p.m. Here's what we've got planned:

~ READolutions! Snowflake craft! Snacks!

~ I requested copies of many of the books you recommended to each other at the last meeting. This way, they should be available for check out right away. (Don't forget your library card!)

~ We have a limited number of copies of our new Read Brave title to give out at the meeting. If you aren't able to come, please let me know, and if we have extra copies, I will try to save one for you at the desk to pick up.

~ We’d love your input on the Teen Area at the Hamline Midway Library. Our interior designer, Jen, has prepared some great redecoration examples and ideas for us. Bring your awesome sense of color & style, and be ready to share your thoughts.

Remember: If you are new to book club, or haven't been for awhile, we'd love to have you join us.

Hope to see you at the library on Saturday, January 9!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Next meeting: This Saturday!

Hello, Teen Readers!

We are meeting this Saturday, November 14, at the Hamline Midway Library from 3-4 p.m. We'll gather in our teen area and enjoy great book discussion & snacks together. We'll have some book recommendations for you plus a fun activity.

Hope to see you there!

~Caryl & Jean

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Teen Read Down: You're Invited!

We are having a party at the Hamline Midway Library on Saturday, October 31, from 2-4 p.m., and you are invited!

For the first hour (2-3), we will be hanging out in the auditorium, enjoying snacks and reading whatever we like. This is your last chance to read down your fines -- 15 minutes of reading in the library = $1 off your library fines. We'll have some books & reading material for you to choose from, but feel free to bring a book if you like. (And if you don't have any fines, that's fine! ;) You can still join us for this part.)

For the second hour (3-4), we will have snacks and socializing and some fun activities for you to choose from:
~ Button-making
~ A special craft to help decorate the Teen Area in our library
~ An interior designer will be there to get your input on redesigning the Teen Area. What would make you want to come and hang out at the library?

Come for whatever part of the afternoon you like.

Invite your friends! Feel free to forward this email to them.

We hope to see you there!

Caryl & Jean (Teen Book Club co-leaders), Shelly (library manager), and Jen (interior designer)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Teen Read Down

Got fines? Read them away!

During October, anyone ages 12-18 can read down fines and billed items from their Saint Paul Public Library cards.

Here's how it works:
  • Read in the library.
  • Sign in at the start of your reading time, and sign out at the end.
  • Read print media only (books, comics, magazines, newspapers, textbooks, etc.). If participants can’t read on their own, time spent listening to audiobooks or being read to also counts.
  • For every 15 minutes spent reading, earn one dollar off in fines or fees.

For more information, click here!

Stay tuned for Teen Read Down event announcements...

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Next Meeting: Saturday, September 12!

Hello, Teen Readers!

Our book club meets this Saturday, September 12, at the Hamline Midway Library at 2:30 p.m. New members are always welcome!

As always, we will enjoy some good book discussion and offer you some snacks.

We hope to see you on Saturday!

~Caryl & Jean

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Teen Lit Con (and more!)

Hello Teen Readers,

Teen Lit Con is right around the corner! Join us on Saturday, May 9 at Henry Sibley High School to celebrate teen literature and connect with some great authors.

The 2015 authors include:

Kirstin Cronn-Mills (author of Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, one of the books we’ll be discussing at our May 30 meeting)

Gene Luen Yang (author of American Born Chinese, one of our first Teen Book Club reads, and also Boxers & Saints, a favorite in last year’s Battle of the Books)

E. Lockhart (author of We Were Liars and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks)

And also:
Matt de la Peña
Gayle Forman
Steve Brezenoff
Jonathan Friesen
Rebecca Hahn
Patrick Jones
Pat Schmatz

You can learn more about Teen Lit Con on the website, teenlitcon.org.

Our next Teen Book Club meeting will be on Saturday, May 30 at the Hamline Midway Library from 2:30 to 3:30. We will be discussing two books:

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Also, remember to check out the Battle of the Books here on our blog!

We hope to see you at Teen Lit Con, hear from you on the blog, and/or discuss great books with you on May 30! Happy Spring!

~Caryl & Jean

Thursday, April 16, 2015

We Were Liars vs. West of the Moon

Which of these books would you choose to win?

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

"Surprising, thrilling, and beautifully executed in spare, precise, and lyrical prose, Lockhart spins a tragic family drama, the roots of which go back generations. And the ending? Shhhh. Not telling. (But it’s a doozy)." --Booklist (starred review)

Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Margi Preus expertly weaves original fiction with myth and folktale to tell the story of Astri, a young Norwegian girl desperate to join her father in America.

After being separated from her sister and sold to a cruel goat farmer, Astri makes a daring escape. She quickly retrieves her little sister, and, armed with a troll treasure, a book of spells and curses, and a possibly magic hairbrush, they set off for America. With a mysterious companion in tow and the malevolent "goatman" in pursuit, the girls head over the Norwegian mountains, through field and forest, and in and out of folktales and dreams as they steadily make their way east of the sun and west of the moon.

"Norwegian history, fiction and folklore intertwine seamlessly in this lively, fantastical adventure and moving coming-of-age story." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)