Hillsborough Library Teens

Jul 22

Batman’s 75th Anniversary

This July, the Dark Knight turns 75!

To celebrate, the Hillsborough Library will be giving away FREE goody bags on Saturday, July 26.  Stop by the Children’s Desk for your good bag including: a poster, bookmark, tattoo, pins and a Batman mask.

To earn your goody bag you must either:

Talk in your best Batman voice
or
Tell us your favorite Gotham character

We can’t wait to see all of you Batman fans this Saturday!

*Available while supplies last!

Jul 19

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Jul 18

Frozen: Winter in July

We had SO much fun at our Frozen movie party last night!  We ate Italian Ice and had a massive singalong to everyone’s favorite movie.

We even had some celebrities stop by…. 

Special thanks to the Cappabiancas!

We still have plenty more teen programs this summer!  Make sure you check our website to see what’s coming up next: Click HERE

Jul 10

Hillsborough Library Teen Reads

This summer, we’ll be featuring exceptional book reviews written by our own teen volunteers.  See what everyone else is reading and get some great recommendations.  Check back often for more Teen Reads!

     The Peculiars
     by Maureen Doyle McQuerry

     In this steampunk-fantasy novel, a heroine goes on an adventure which results in self-discovery and thrilling experiences.  Set in an alternate America in the 1880’s, Lena decides to travel to the outer lands of Scree which is filled with unusual people called Peculiars to find her father.  On her way up to Scree, she encounters a train heist which is the first of many exciting occurrences that happen in her travels.  She makes many friends along the way, but she also finds enemies.  Lena is a very relatable character and the author correctly portrays that every hero has their faults.  If you are looking for a strong heroine like Katniss in The Hunger Games, this book is for you.  There is also limited romance for those who are not particularly enthralled by the prospect.  There is interesting character development and the author tries to teach a lesson about self-consciousness.  As a brilliant novel, I would recommend it to all young adults.

Rating:  5 out of 5 stars

Teen Reviewer:  Madeline V.

     The Raven Boys
     by Maggie Stiefvater

     In this first installment of the Raven Cycle series, Stiefvater creates an enchanting, fast-paced story that is filled with uncanny elements.  Blue Sargent is from a family of psychics, but she is aberrational and cannot perform any readings or see the future; she can only amplify the powers that the clairvoyant possess.  So every year, on St. Mark’s Eve, Blue goes to the churchyard with her mother, who speaks with the dead.  

This year however, is different.  Blue goes to the church with Neeve, her mother’s unusual sister, and speaks with a spirit who tells her his name is Gansey.  Gansey is a rich student who attends Aglionby Private School, but he is not the typical privileged snob.  He is fascinated with finding a sleeping king named Glendower, who resides on a ley line, which are mysterious lines of energy.  Enigmatic things happen where these lines intersect, and the town where they live in, Henrietta, contains one of these special locations.  Although Blue swore she would never associate with any of the “raven boys,” she finds herself involved with Gansey’s request for the supernatural.

This book has a very eerie and mystifying tone.  There are many magical aspects and questions surrounding the story, and there are many interesting details.  It is intriguing and has a fresh take on the supernatural.  It includes many twists and turns, and will draw the reader in.  It was a little slow in the beginning because there is a lot of background to cover and characters to build, but it really picks up after awhile.  It will keep the reader captivated until the very end.  The characters were very distinct and fully developed.  They each were explained very well so that the reader really understood their emotions and connected with them.  The plot was very complex, and it all unfolded brilliantly.  It falls under the genre of mystery/supernatural, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys mysterious and engaging books.

Rating:  4 out of 5 stars

Teen Reviewer:  Debbie Ma

Jul 05

Just like everyone else, we can’t stop talking about The Fault in our Stars!  We decided to have a fandom meet-up at the library to talk about our favorite book-turned-movie.
After a lil chat (aka SQUEEEEE), we did some trivia and then got crafty.  Check out our pics!  We decorated totes, made felt pillows, created duct tape bags and made fan art.  Finally, we had a giveaway and a lucky teen won a copy of The Fault in our Stars.  It was so much fun!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I need to go watch the movie one more time…
We still have PLENTY MORE teen programs to come this summer!  Make sure you visit the Hillsborough Library’s calendar of events to see what’s next: Click HERE

Just like everyone else, we can’t stop talking about The Fault in our Stars!  We decided to have a fandom meet-up at the library to talk about our favorite book-turned-movie.

After a lil chat (aka SQUEEEEE), we did some trivia and then got crafty.  Check out our pics!  We decorated totes, made felt pillows, created duct tape bags and made fan art.  Finally, we had a giveaway and a lucky teen won a copy of The Fault in our Stars.  It was so much fun!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I need to go watch the movie one more time…

We still have PLENTY MORE teen programs to come this summer!  Make sure you visit the Hillsborough Library’s calendar of events to see what’s next: Click HERE

Jul 04

Hello summer.  We’ve been expecting you.

Hello summer.  We’ve been expecting you.

(Source: autumnyte, via thingspeopleasklibrarians)

Jul 03

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Different Forms of S’mores

the last one is my fav!

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nevver:

Different Forms of S’mores

the last one is my fav!

(via thingspeopleasklibrarians)

Hillsborough Library Teen Reads

This summer, we’ll be featuring exceptional book reviews written by our own teen volunteers.  See what everyone else is reading and get some great recommendations.  Check back often for more Teen Reads!

     Between Shades of Gray
     by Ruta Sepetys

     Between Shades of Grey is about a fifteen year old girl named Lina, who lives in Soviet Lithuania in 1941.  She lives a calm, hopeful life until Soviet Officers barge into her home one night, separate her family, and make them endure a horrible journey to a work camp in Siberia.  On her excruciating, cruel journey in an overcrowded, unsanitary train, she documents her location through drawings and leaves them in places where her separated father might find them.  She also learns how to cope with her conditions, secrets about her family, and the true intent of the Soviet Officers.

In this historical fiction novel, the reader discovers hardships about a different side of World War II, and experiences the problems and suffering through Lina’s life.  This amazing, heartfelt story about love, hope, and strength is capable of changing the way the reader looks at history and the rest of the world.

However, what really makes this novel stand out is the way Ruta Sepetys describes the awful setting of this period of time, and how she describes Lina’s feelings to what is happening to her.  Those who liked historical fiction books such as Laurie Halse Anderson’s Chains will surely love this one, and will not only become well informed by the end, but captivated by Lina’s tale.

Rating:  5 out of 5 stars

Teen Reviewer:  Megha M.

Jul 02

What’s New Wednesday

Here’s some of our newest YA books.  Click the title to view the book in our catalog, read reviews, or place it on hold!

     The Stepsister’s Tale
     by Tracy Barrett

     Jane cares for her mother and sister until her stepfather dies, leaving nothing but debts and Jane’s spoiled stepsister behind, but a mysterious boy from the woods and an invitation to a royal ball are certain to change her fate.  (Fractured Fairytales, Cinderella retelling)


     The Inventor’s Secret
     by Andrea Cremer

     In an alternate nineteenth-century America that is still a colony of Britain’s industrial empire, sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees’ struggle to survive is interrupted by a newcomer with no memory, bearing secrets about a terrible future.  (Steampunk, Sci-Fi/Fantasy)


     The Body in the Woods
     by April Henry

     While helping the Portland County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue to seek a missing autistic man, teens Alexis, Nick, and Ruby find, instead, a body and join forces to find the girl’s murderer, forming an unlikely friendship, as well.  Book #1 in Point Last Seen series.  (Murder Mystery)


     Maybe One Day
     by Melissa Kantor

     Zoe thought that being cut from her ballet program was the worst thing that could happen, but when her best friend Olivia is diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, Zoe quickly learns that not being able to dance is the least of her problems.  (Realistic Fiction)


     Love by the Morning Star
     by Laura L. Sullivan

     Mistaken for one another when they are sent to the grand English country estate of Starkers on the brink of World War II, Hannah, a distant relative hoping to be welcomed by the family, and Anna, sent to spy for the Nazis, both unexpectedly fall in love.  (Historical Romance)

Jul 01

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