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Here are new young adult titles for January and February! Check them out or place holds now. Want to recommend a title? Use our new digital request form.
YA Spotlight: Five Survive
By Michelle Parker, Young Adult Services Librarian
If you are looking for a mystery that will keep you guessing and reading late into the night, look no further than "Five Survive" by Holly Jackson.
Red and her five friends are on a road trip to the beach for Spring Break when disaster strikes on an isolated road. The RV's tires are shot out by a sniper who is threatening the six until they give up a particular secret. Will Red and her friends be able to give him what he wants before the deadline at dawn? As the eight hours pass, find out the deadly secrets of each, who will turn on who, and ultimately, which of them will make it out alive.
While the second half of this book is an exciting whirl-wind, be prepared to push through the first half. If you enjoy this one, check out Holly Jackson's series, A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, in my opinion, even more of a thrill ride than this one!
Michelle manages the Young Adult Services Department, planning programs, purchasing new books, and revamping the Rosalyn Jones/Young Adult Space.
Pictured are the winners of the North Webster Community Public Library and Syracuse Public Library’s “All Together Now” Teen Art Contest. In front from left are Eva Kennelly, Emerie Walker, Kendall Toumey; and Skye-Leigh Kitson. In back are Eleanor Nightingale, Jackson Hayes and Julia Stover. Not pictured are Raily Klinefelter and Katianne Bolinger.
North Webster and Syracuse community members gathered to celebrate local teen artists during the “All Together Now” Teen Art Contest open house Friday, Jan. 13. The open house concluded the joint North Webster Community Public Library and Syracuse-Turkey Creek Township Public Library teen art contest that saw 13 teen artists submit artwork.
At least 90 people attended the open house located at the North Webster Community Public Library, where Friends from the North Webster and Syracuse libraries provided appetizers and SPL’s Rebekah Sceniak performed live with her violin.
Prizes were awarded in three brackets based on grades. In the sixth through seventh grade group, winners were Raily Klinefelter (first place), Emerie Walker (second place) and Eva Kennelly (third place). Eleanor Nightingale (first place), Julia Stover (second place) and Kendall Toumey (third place) were the winners in grades eighth through ninth. Finally, Skye-Leigh Kitson (first place), Katianne Bolinger (second place) and Jackson Hayes (third place) were the winners in grades 10-12. Because of an anonymous donation, the gift card amounts were increased, so first-place winners received $100 gift cards, second-place winners $50 gift cards and third-place winners $30 gift cards.
Pieces were judged by five volunteer judges, all of whom are local artists: Emily Austin of Emily Austin Design; Deb Connett; Angie Deak of Made on Main; Fred Clark of Sturdy Oaks; and Golden Seaton, whose art is currently displayed at 2nd Floor Gallery & Studio. Wawasee High School art teacher Christi Ziebarth and her students also helped with the judging.
All art pieces will be displayed at NWCPL from Jan. 16-27 and then at SPL from Jan. 30-Feb. 10. At the end of these displays, teen artists can pick up their pieces from their home library, which they had listed on their entry forms.
Teens Help Plan Summer Reading!
Summer will be here before we know it, meaning a new year of summer reading! Young Adult Services Librarian Michelle Parker is asking teens to lend their voices to the planning process.
The 2023 summer reading theme will be "All Together Now," and teens are encouraged to embrace that theme by sharing their thoughts about what they would like the program to look like. Fill out the online survey about the type of programming you'd like to participate in, what prizes would be best, etc.
Finally, mark your calendars to attend the "Help Plan Teen Summer Reading" session from 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the Rosalyn Jones Room/YA space. Help build the summer reading program of your dreams!
For information, contact Michelle at email@example.com.
“Mirror Girls” by Kelly McWilliams is the YA Book Club pick for January.
As infants, twin sisters Charlie Yates and Magnolia Heathwood were secretly separated after the brutal lynching of their parents, who died for loving across the color line. Now, at the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, Charlie is a young Black organizer in Harlem, while white-passing Magnolia is the heiress to a cotton plantation in rural Georgia.
The sisters reunite as teenagers in the deeply haunted town of Eureka, Ga., where ghosts linger centuries after their time and dangers lurk behind every mirror. They couldn’t be more different, but they will need each other to put the hauntings of the past to rest, to break the mirrors’ deadly curse — and to discover the meaning of sisterhood in a racially divided land.
Pick up copies at the library. Digital e-books and audiobooks are available on Libby.
Discussions occur from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, and from 12-1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, in the Rosalyn Jones Room/YA Space.
Email Michelle, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Amber, email@example.com, with questions.
The “All Together Now” Teen Art Contest will hold its art open house from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at the North Webster Community Public Library, 110 E. North St.
Teen artists, their families or guardians, their friends and the rest of the community are welcome to attend this event, which will showcase the young talent within the North Webster and Syracuse communities.
The Syracuse Public Library’s Rebekah Sceniak will perform live violin music while attendees browse the artwork and enjoy refreshments. Local artists will judge each of the pieces and award places first through third within each grade range. Winners will be announced at 7:30 p.m.
If you cannot attend the open house, all art pieces will be displayed at NWCPL from Jan. 16-27 and then at the Syracuse Public Library from Jan. 30-Feb. 10. At the end of these displays, teen artists can pick up their pieces from their home library, which they had listed on their entry forms.
This contest has been a partnership between the North Webster Community Public Library and the Syracuse Public Library. For information, contact Michelle Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org or Hanna Kunkel at email@example.com.
Have you ever wanted to write, draw, or underline in a library book -- to share your inner thoughts with other readers who just might pick up the book? Well, now is your chance!
The Syracuse Public Library's young adult services department is introducing NOTE-ABLE Books. These books allow library patrons to write thoughts, create drawings, or underline favorite passages. All notes and drawings must be kept G-rated.
NOTE-ABLE Books can be found in the Rosalyn Jones Room/YA space under the nonfiction books. These books will have "NOTE-ABLE" labeled on their spines. On the first page, there is also a label, describing it as a "NOTE-ABLE BOOK" and encouraging readers to write in it.
Do not write in any library book that does not have the "NOTE-ABLE" designation.
We hope this program will encourage readers to engage with books in new ways and spark different readings for their fellow readers.
By Michelle Parker, young adult services librarian
This is a luscious historical fiction based in Sacramento in the late 1800s; but with intriguing paranormal elements. We follow twins Edie and Violet, who are mediums trying to make their own way in life. They run away from their father who tried to lock them in an asylum and go on the road with a Traveling Spiritualist Show. Mysterious occurrences bring them to suspect that something is going on in the spirit world; could it have to do with their mother's death?
Things that blew me away in this book:
If you like historical mixed with paranormal, this is the book for you!
Michelle manages the Young Adult Department, planning programs, purchasing new books, and revamping the Rosalyn Jones/Young Adult Space.
Seeking the latest reads? The Syracuse Public Library has received a sizeable shipment of new young adult books! Check them out today or place your holds.
We're changing up the "Escape From Oz" escape room going forward in November. Largely, we'll be updating the room's availability to make things easier for staff and would-be escapers.
The escape room will now only be available while Young Adult Service Librarian Michelle Parker is available. She is the escape room's engineer and best suited to ensure it runs smoothly.
New hours will be:
We also encourage that you schedule your escape room experience by emailing Michelle, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call and ask for her at (574) 457-3022.
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