The YA Book Club has selected "Deadly Games" by Diana Urban for its October pick.
A first person psychological thriller, “These Deadly Games” follows Crystal Donavan. When she receives a message on a mysterious app with a video of her little sister gagged and bound, she agrees to play the kidnapper's game. The tasks start small — steal a test and stuff it in a locker, bake brownies, etc. — but soon Crystal realizes each task is meant to hurt — and kill — her friends, one by one. But if she refuses to play, the kidnapper will kill her sister. Is someone trying to take her team out of the running for a gaming tournament? Or have they uncovered a secret from their past and want them to pay for what they did …
Pick up copies at the library. Digital e-books and audiobooks are available on Libby.
Discussions occur from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, and from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the Rosalyn Jones Room/YA space. Email Michelle, email@example.com, or Amber, firstname.lastname@example.org, with questions.
Here are some of the newest YA arrivals at the Syracuse Public Library. Check them out today!
Mortals don't understand life is not a book you close only after you read the last page. There is no last page in the Book of Life, for the last one is always the first page of another story."
The YA Book Club will read “Pan’s Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Fawn” by Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke for September.
Based on del Toro’s critically acclaimed movie, this spellbinding tale takes readers to a sinister, magical, and war-torn world filled with richly drawn characters like trickster fauns, murderous soldiers, child-eating monsters, courageous rebels and a long-lost princess hoping to be reunited with her family.
Teens, young adults and new adults can join the group to discuss the book during two sessions. The first will from noon until 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in the Rosalyn Jones/YA Space. The second will occur from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the Rosalyn Jones Room/YA Space.
Readers can check copies out at the library. The Libby and Hoopla apps also have digital e-book and audiobook copies available. For information, contact Amber at email@example.com or Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Michelle Parker
If you love mythology, magic, or heists, you NEED to check out "The Drowned Woods" by Emily Lloyd-Jones.
This magical novel will take you on an action-packed journey through Wales, drawing on Welsh mythology as well as themes of teamwork and vengeance.
Mer is one of the last water diviners, but her power has been abused. Bound to the service of an evil prince — she was tricked into killing hundreds. Now she has escaped and hidden herself from him and his reign of terror. When an old acquaintance shows up with a proposition of vengeance and a plan to bring down the prince, Mer can’t resist. They plan a heist to steal an important artifact that will eliminate the Prince's power. To carry out this complicated plan they recruit a motley crew, each with special skills, including a fae, a thief, and a corgi. Together they must topple a kingdom and eliminate the prince, claiming peace for their land.
Michelle manages the Young Adult Department, planning programs, purchasing new books, and revamping the Rosalyn Jones/Young Adult Space.
There's never been a better time to be a library card holder! Not one currently, make September the month you finally get one.
September is National Library Card Sign-up Month. A library card serves as a gateway for more than just books — it provides community, access to technology and so much more. The Syracuse Public Library serves all off Turkey Creek Township, an area of approximately 8,400 people. Of those individuals, only 1,500 have a library card. That means almost 7,000 within Turkey Creek Township are missing out on access to more than over 29,000 materials, including books, audiobooks, magazines, DVDs and mobile hotspots. This figure doesn’t even factor in the digital offerings of books, audiobooks, magazines, TV shows, movies and documentaries available through the Libby and Hoopla apps — all free with a library card.
Signing up for a library card is super easy. Bring your photo ID to the library; if it doesn’t have your updated address within Turkey Creek Township, you’ll also need to have a secondary proof of residence, such as a utility bill. It takes only minutes to get a new patron established in the Evergreen Indiana system, where they have access to not just Syracuse’s items but also those from other Evergreen libraries across the Hoosier State.
To celebrate National Library Card Sign-up Month, the Syracuse Public Library will also offer free replacement cards for existing patrons, who have lost them or have cards displaying a lot of wear and tear.
Patrons can celebrate the month by visiting the library and encouraging their friends and family to do so as well. Don’t forget to share a photo of yourself with your library card to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #GetLibraryCarded for the chance to win a $100 Visa gift and a poster of choice from American Library Association Graphics. Three second-place winners will receive their poster of choice. This promotion begins at noon Central Time Thursday, Sept. 1, and ends at noon Central Time Friday, Sept. 23.
You can also help spread the word by using the hashtag, #LibraryCardSignUpMonth. Share why you love your library and why others should have a library card.
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We've had a lot of new YA novels arrive this summer! Check out the latest titles at SPL below. If they are not out yet, we've included their release date beside them.
Once upon a nightmare, her fairytale begins ...
Join the Syracuse Public Library's YA Book Club and read "Stain" by A. G. Howard this July!
“Stain,” a high-fantasy, gothic fairytale, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Princess and the Pea,” takes place in an alternative medieval world split apart by magic. To win back her kingdom of perpetual day, save her night prince, and reunite the sun with the moon, a princess incapable of speech or sound must prove herself everything a traditional princess is not: tough enough to sleep on a bed of nails, and loud enough to be heard without a voice.
Teens, young adults, and new adults are welcome to join this club, which will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, in the Rosalyn Jones/teen room for a discussion and to work on book journals.
Pick up copies at the library or digitally through the Libby app. To join or get more information, speak with Amber, Michelle, or Shelly at the Syracuse Public Library — (574) 457-3022.
After Lyra—a princess incapable of speech or sound—is cast out of her kingdom of daylight by her wicked aunt, a witch saves her life, steals her memories, and raises her in an enchanted forest . . . disguised as a boy known only as Stain. Meanwhile, in Lyra’s rival kingdom, the prince of thorns and night is dying, and the only way for him to break his curse is to wed the princess of daylight—for she is his true equal. As Lyra finds her way back to her identity, an imposter princess prepares to steal her betrothed prince and her crown. To win back her kingdom, save the prince, and make peace with the land of the night, Lyra must be loud enough to be heard without a voice, and strong enough to pass a series of tests—ultimately proving she’s everything a traditional princess is not.
The entire family can come meet Kosciusko County’s heroes at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 28.
This Syracuse Public Library event will occur at the Syracuse Community Center, 1013 N. Long Dr., Syracuse.
The Kosciusko County Sheriff's Office will demonstrate their K-9 units. Additionally, officers with the Syracuse Police Department and an Indiana State trooper will answer questions about their jobs. The Turkey Creek Fire Territory will also bring a fire truck and ambulance, with its members sharing what it’s like being a firefighter or EMS technician.
Teens sign up now to join the teen summer reading program and receive your S.H.I.E.L.D notebook to start tracking pages read to earn fantastic prizes. The earliest teens can come in to get prizes is Wednesday, June 8.
Shelly has planned so many fantastic craft programs this summer. Check upstairs at the library for registration information as supplies/space are limited. June projects include comic book-decorated boxes (5 p.m. Thursday, June 9) and superhero etched mugs (5 p.m. Wednesday, June 29) in the Rosalyn Jones Room/teen room.
Meet Our Local Heroes (All Ages Welcome)
The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office, Syracuse Police Department, Turkey Creek Fire Territory, and Indiana State Police will demonstrate and answer questions about what they do from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at the Syracuse Community Center.
Don’t miss out on this chance to meet our local heroes! All ages are welcome to attend this program.
Come solve our superhero-themed escape room on Thursday, June 23, and Tuesday, July 19. Both escape rooms will be from 2:30-6:15 p.m. in the teen room and feature four sessions. Each session accommodates 10-12 people. Sign up for the escape rooms at the library or online. Click here to register for the June Escape Room. Click here to register for the July Escape Room.
I think I’d been looking for it all my life
The Syracuse Public Library is forming a new Teen Book Club during summer reading. Join the group and read June's pick, "Wilder Girls" by Rory Power.
The first five teens who sign up to join the Teen Book Club will receive free paperbacks of "Wilder Girls," a thrilling tale that blends survival with elements from the horror genre. SPL will also have copies from other libraries available for check out. Or teens can use the Libby app to access digital copies of the novel.
The Teen Book Club will meet from 4-5 p.m. every fourth Wednesday of the month, with June's meeting slated for June 22. If you're interested in join the club, sign up at the main desk upstairs. For more information about our other summer reading offerings, click here.
"Wilder Girls" Synopsis
It's been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty's life out from under her.
It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don't dare wander outside the school's fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.
But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there's more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.
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