READ THIS NOW: ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL


You know what I think, Bits and Bramblers? I think those “lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer” are here. But if you’re not a fan of hazy days with 100° heat (er…are there fans of hazy days with 100° heat?! Honestly?!) we’ve got lots for you to do here at the library. Like…I don’t know, let’s say…our Teen Summer Library Program.

But I don’t have to tell you about THAT, do I, Bits and Bramblers? You’re all ridiculously smart and generally awesome, and you’ve probably already completed the program, right?! You read 500 pages, and earned your $5 gift card to Barnes and Noble. You’ve read 100 pages, and earned your $8 gift card to Target, and you’re automatically entered in our grand prize drawing to win a Kindle Touch. Right? RIGHT?!

Okay, if you haven’t registered for the program yet, you’ve still got time. Just go to your faaaaavorite library location, and sign up today. I can even help you earn some quick pages–295 pages, to be exact. All you have to do is read Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Now…from the title alone, the book sounds like it will make you cry, and you will feel miserable for days after finishing it. It may make you cry. I’ll give you that. But I promise you’ll also laugh–in fact, I promise you’ll laugh waaaaaaay more than you’ll cry. So what are you waiting for? Check out this book trailer, then head to your faaaaaaavorite library location, ask about the Teen Summer Reading Program, and read ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRLTODAY!
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READ THIS NOW: CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS


Okay Bits and Bramblers, you know I’m a big fan of the Mortal Instruments Series. Which is why I was soooooo excited to read City of Fallen Angels. There were so many unanswered questions…like, what happened with Jace and Clary?! And Simon?!

And I meant to take my time reading it—really, I did. Only, after I read the first chapter, I just…kept going, until I had devoured the entire thing. Because it’s that good. So good that you should stop whatever it is you’re doing and READ IT NOW.


Unless you haven’t read the first three books—City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass. If you haven’t read those books, then my first question is WHY HAVEN’T YOU READ THOSE BOOKS?! and the second thing I’ll tell you, obviously, is to READ THEM NOW.

I’ll leave you with a video made by a new character to the Mortal Instruments world, Maureen Brown (*coughimportantcharactercough*) But watch close, because you’ll see a ton of your favorite characters–including Isabelle, Alec, and Magnus. So what are you waiting for?! Watch the video, get City of Fallen Angels, and READ IT NOW!
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READ THIS NOW: MY MOST EXCELLENT YEAR


You know what, Bits and Bramblers? I don’t think I can explain how much I love My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Fenway Park, and Mary Poppins. I love it so much, I’m sad that more people haven’t read it. Which is why I keep telling people to read it, ever since it was published in 2008. I mean, I’ve tried. A lot. But the thing is…for some reason, I’m not good at explaining why I love it so much.

In fact, I just end up babbling like a…crazy person. Yelling out things like, “Okay, so…the three main characters have to write about their most excellent year!” and, “So they use journals from their Freshman year, which was their most excellent year!” And that’s before I mention Fenway Park. And Mary Poppins.

That’s I decided to let our book trailer do most of the work for me. So watch, and then check out My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Fenway Park, and Mary Poppins, and READ IT NOW! (Did I mention I love the book? Because I do. I really, really do…)
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READ THIS NOW: Beat the Band


Okay, Bits and Bramblers…Teen Read Week is half over. But if you’re still looking for a good “book with beat” to read, I’ve got the perfect suggestion.

So again, I’m just going to go ahead and assume you’ve read Swim the Fly, by Don Calame. If not, you’re missing out on a pretty awesome story…which continues in the new book, Beat the Band.

Now Coop, Matt, and Sean are in the 10th grade, and Coop’s pretty sure it’s going to be the best semester ever—starting with the three of them winning the “Battle of the Bands” competition. For awhile, everything’s great—the guys even make it into the competition! Of course, that was before the great “fate” project in Health Class, along with the fact that…you know…none of the boys actually play an instrument.

Check out our book trailer for Beat the Band…then celebrate Teen Read Week by READING IT NOW!
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READ THIS NOW: Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall


We all have our favorite places in the mall, right? American Eagle Outfitters. Bath and Body Works. Hot Topic. Macys. Since both of Tessa’s parents work at the mall, she pretty much lives there—a full-fledged “mall brat.”

But when Tessa is badly injured in a dodge ball game gone horribly wrong, she finds herself floating…up. To…the mall?! Find out what happens to Tessa—and just where she ends up—by checking out Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall by Wendy Mass, and READING IT NOW! (Still not convinced? Check out our book trailer!)
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Make Waves: Read “Swim the Fly” NOW!


So…you’ve signed up for the Teen Summer Library Program, right (RIGHT?!) Now, you know all about how the program works…but what about our made-of-awesome TEEN GAMES?!

Every week until the end of July, we’ll have a different teen game, like Think Like an Egyptian, a Famous Boat Match-Up, and Wax On/Wax Off. If you play—and you get all your answers right—you’ll go into our drawing to win gift certificates to McDonalds or Taco Bell (again…what’s not to love?!)

This week, it’s Frozen Treats—Unwrapped. You just have to match the name of the treat with it’s picture on the poster (and sorry…there aren’t any free samples. And the pictures will make you want to eat the frozen treats. But if you play the game and win, you can get frozen treats at McDonalds or Taco Bell. See how that works?)
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Now, since you’ve signed up for the Summer Library Program, you need to read 1000 pages for your chance to win an $8 Target gift card, and go into the grand prize drawing to win an iPod. But where do you start?!

Well…we can knock 345 pages off your total, easy. So…haaaaaaave you read Swim the Fly? No? Well, watch our book trailer for Don Calame’s book, and then READ IT NOW!
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READ THIS NOW: 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES


Now, I don’t want to completely skip over spring, but…summer’s on the way! (…Maybe. It’s kind of hard to tell this week, isn’t it?) Anyway…get into the summer spirit by grabbing 13 Little Blue Envelopes and READING IT NOW.

I can’t tell you how much I absolutely love this book, Bits and Bramblers. And you’ll love it to, if you READ IT RIGHT NOW! Check out our book trailer (and then you’ll be ready for the sequel, The Last Blue Envelope, when it’s released next spring!)
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READ THIS NOW: Will Grayson, Will Grayson


So…what could be better than a new book by John Green or David Levithan? How about a book co-written by John “An Abundance of Katherines” Green and David “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” Levithan called Will Grayson, Will Grayson?

Check out our book trailer for this made-of-awesome book!
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Starved for the sequel????



Good news for those who are ready for another serving of “The Hunger Games” series by Suzanne Collins. Scholastic publishing company has announced that “Mockingjay,” the third and final installment in this series, will be released August 24, 2010. Sort of unfortunate timing if you ask me, but this series is so engrossing that it just may have teens wishing away their summer so that they can hurry up and get this book.

I’m know I’m one of those who can’t wait to once again “fear the reaper!”  Although Collins isn’t dishing anything about the plot of this book, we can be sure that there will be plenty of adventure, treachery and love triangle action.  Let the games begin!

If you haven’t already become hooked on “The Hunger Games” maybe this booktrailer by Justin Breaux of Saint Amant High School will help whet your appetite.



READ THIS NOW: City of Bones


Okay, so…I kinda came to the party late when it comes to the Mortal Instruments Trilogy by Cassandra Clare. I mean..I’d heard a lot of people taking about how much they loved the first book in the series, City of Bones, and the second book in the series, City of Ashes. Maybe it takes three books to sink in–because when everyone was talking about how amazing City of Glass, the third and final book in the trilogy, I finally got around to reading the series. And…wow. Everyone was right.

When City of Bones starts, sixteen-year-old Clary Fray and her best friend Simon are hanging out at the Pandemonium Club in Manhattan. Really, it’s kind of a boring night. That is, until Clary notices an annoying guy with blue hair being pulled into the store room by a group of beautiful-but-scary looking people covered in tattoos.

After that, things get messy fast. Especially when Clary frantically tries to tell Simon what she just saw—and he has no idea what she’s talking about, because he didn’t see anyone near the store room.

As it turns out, the annoying blue-haired guy isn’t a guy at all—he’s a demon. Then one of the scary beautiful people—a ridiculously good-looking blonde-haired guy—kills him. See, the beautiful tattoo-covered people are Shadowhunters—a group of demon hunters descended from angels. And they’re more than a little surprised that Clary can actually see them. Usually they’re invisible to normal people, or “mundanes.”

Clary’s ready to forget the whole thing—until the next day, when the scary/beautiful blonde guy shows up when she’s having coffee with Simon. His name is Jace, and he wants to talk about why Clary can see him. Things get even worse then when she goes home. Not only is her apartment is trashed, her mother’s missing, and there’s a dragon-like demon in her hallway.

So…maybe Clary’s not a mundane after all. In fact, it’s looking more and more like her mother’s disappearance is tied to an evil Shadowhunter named Valentine, and the Mortal Cup, a powerful object which has the power to turn a mundane into a Shadowhunter.

Before she knows it, she’s staying with Jace and his fellow Shadowhunters, and finds herself sucked up into their world of demons, wizards, vampires, and more, in a race to stop Valentine and save her mother.

…I know, right?!?! And trust me, it’s just as good as it sounds. So if you haven’t read the Mortal Instruments Trilogy, READ IT NOW…and thank me later! But if you’re not totally convinced, check out this awesome fan-made book trailer!


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SUMMER LIBRARY PROGRAM UPDATE! Guess how many of you signed up for the Teen Summer Library Program last week? Exactly 983 of you!

Wow…that’s…that’s…I can’t even think of a good way to describe it. You guys rock.

Now…if you’re not one of the 983…you still have time to register! Not only will you get free stuff when you sign up, but you’ll get a $5 gift card to Barnes and Noble when you read 500 pages, and an $8 gift card to either Best Buy or Target when you read 1000 pages! Plus you’ll go into the grand prize drawing for an iPod Shuffle! So what are you waiting for? Head to your faaaaaaaaaavorite M/RCPL branch and EXPRESS YOURSELF!!!!