Newest & Hottest YA Books + Giveaway!

Everything is hot and exciting in Young Adult Fiction right now! It’s the perfect time to pick up a book and start reading. Ready or not, here are some recommendations for awesome new fiction, memoirs, non-fiction, comics, and more for you to enjoy this summer!

First, let’s go over some new YA fiction. There are a few you simply HAVE to read. Click the covers for links to the library’s catalog. From there you can put a book on request, or find the author’s other books. If you have trouble placing a hold, or maybe you want an ebook or audiobook copy, just call or email your friendly teen librarian and we’ll help you out! Without further, ado, here are the books!

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Image of item John Green is one of the most popular YA authors among teens and adults, and his latest book’s film adaptation is being released June 6th. The Fault in Our Stars is a must-read for everyone who is planning to see the movie! If you’ve already read TFioS you simply have to read the biography and memoir of the girl who inspired Hazel Grace’s story: Esther Grace Earl. Her book is called This Star Won’t Go Out- have your tissues ready for this one.

 

Speaking of YA books being made into movies, Divergent was released in March of this year and was a smashing success. Looking for more from the Divergent world? Check out these books!

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Are manga and graphic novels more your thing? We’ve got some great new books to look forward to this summer!

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What book/s are you most looking forward to this summer? Comment below and enter to win an advanced reviewer copy of Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige or a copy of the newest edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s StoneWinners will be chosen on Monday, June 2. Open to local residents only – no prizes will be mailed

NKY Fandom Fest

Each year the Teen Librarians at KCPL, BCPL, and CCPL get together to host an event celebrating anime, cartoons, and comics! In the past it was known as NKY Cosplay, and is now called NKY FANDOM FEST!

Fans of everything from Death Note to Dr. Who, Adventure Time to Avengers, Homestuck and Hunger Games are welcome! Costumes are not required for the event, but you do have to be in middle or high school to attend.

NKY Fandom Fest is Saturday, March 29th from 6-8:30 pm. at the BCPL Main Branch. Doors open at 5:45 pm.

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At Fandom Fest you can expect these events and activities!

  • Door prizes
  • Costume Contest
  • Japanese snacks
  • Freaky Food Contest
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Free books & comics
  • Tabletop Gaming
  • Non-stop music of your choice

To register and stay up to date with event details check out our Facebook page!

You and Your Pets

Pets are an integral parts of our families, our lives, and our hearts. Whether you have cats, dogs, fish, a snake, a family of tarantulas or ferrets, you understand the importance of those amazing creatures and the impact they have on you and your life. 

If you do have a dog, or several, Kenton County has a lovely dog-centered park.

Pioneer Park in Covington has a great pet-friendly area called the Kenton Paw Park! The Park features 3 enclosed areas for large dogs and 2 specifically for small dogs. The park also offers events like a Pool Party, photos with Santa, and the annual Beast Bash.

Visit the park’s website and the Kenton County Parks & Rec website for more information. 

 

KCAS logo smallLooking for a place to meet your new best friend?

The Kenton County Animal Shelter is the place to go! Use their Petfinder service to search for the pet that best suits you and your family. You can also get your pet’s annual license and get them micro-chipped at the KC Animal Shelter. Check out this video of their featured pets!

 

If the weather isn’t coopering with you or your pet stop by the library or check out my pet-friendly Pinterest board, to get some books and videos to keep you both entertained! Here are some of my favorites:

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This post was written by Eden Rassette, Young Adult Programmer at the Kenton County Public Library’s Erlanger Branch. You can find her online at The Otaku Librarian.

The Best 10 Young Adult Books of 2013

Young Adult novels are not just for teens anymore. YA fiction is, in my opinion, the most popular trend in fiction right now, and it will continue to draw readers of all ages – at least until all of our favorite series are finished!

Here are my choices for the Top 10 Young Adult Books of 2013. I chose my favorites and what I thought were the most popular 10 books. They are then rated by how many times each book was checked out by you!

What is your #1 book of 2013? Do you agree with my choices? Sound off in the comments!

1. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Book #2 in The Lunar Chronicles.

2. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi. Book #2 in the Shatter Me series.

3. Prodigy by Marie Lu. Book #2 in the Legend series

4. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell 

5. Dare You To by Katie McGarry

6. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

7. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

8. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

9. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

10. Rogue by Gina Damico

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)

Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)Prodigy (Legend, #2)Eleanor & ParkDare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2)Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)

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Click on the covers to find a link to each book in the library catalog – from there you can see where the books are on library shelves, put yourself on hold for one, or even check out an ebook copy.

skull icon.jpgFor fans of Gina Damico’s Croak series or teens who love reading we have a special event coming up! On Wednesday, December 4th at 5:30 p.m. Erlanger’s teen book club, Beyond the Book, will have a discussion of the series and live video chat with Gina Damico! She’ll talk about the series, answer your questions, and hopefully tell us a little bit about her forthcoming novels. You can find more info and register on our calendar or by going to Facebook!

 

This blog post was written by Eden Rassette, the Young Adult Programmer at KCPL Erlanger. You can find her at The Cosplaying Librarian.

Celebrate Teen Read Week with KCPL

Teen Read Week is an annual promotional event sponsored by ALA and YALSA to encourage teens to read and use their library, and to celebrate teen books. KCPL is celebrating TRW at each branch, so there are events and contests for everyone! Your friendly Teen Librarians want to encourage all teens to come to the library and discover something new!

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Read a New Book and Win!

Read any book from the new shelves or published in the last year and fill out an entry form at the Reference Desk. The more you read the more chances you have to win cool prizes like gift cards, signed books, and book swag from YA authors.

Teen Read Party

Monday 10/14 at 6:00 p.m.: Celebrate Teen Read Week and all things bookish at a Teen Read Party! Come dressed as your favorite book character for the costume contest, enter a raffle to win books and other prizes, participate in Young Adult Fiction trivia, and more!

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TeenSpace

Monday 10/14-10/18 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Hang out with friends or meet new ones in the new YA area.  Gaming, computers, homework, crafting; there’s always something happening here.  Pick up your free Teen Read Week book and drop your name in the raffle for a gift card.

Teen Read Week Book Giveaway

Drop by the TeenSpace anytime during TRW (10/13-10/19) to choose your free book.  Manga, Graphic Novels, Fiction and Non-fiction titles are up for grabs, the sooner you come the better your selection.

 Zombie Prom

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Saturday 10/19 at 9:00 p.m.: Dance with the undead at the Teens only DJ dance party.  Costumes appreciated, prizes awarded. Permission slips required.

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Teen Program Idea Contest

Have a great idea for a teen program, event, or contest? Tell us about it and you could win a $50 pre-paid Visa card! Just email your idea to jessy.griffith@kentonlibrary.org with the subject “Program Idea Contest Entry,” send Jessy theLibrarian a message on facebook, or fill out a form in the Durr Teen Area by October 31.

 Book Giveaway-READ IT FORWARD.

1. Take a book from the cart in the Durr/Independence Teen Section.
2. Read it.
3. Pass it along to a friend!
a. Or leave it somewhere for a stranger to find.
Supplies are limited; the earlier in the week you get to the books, the better.

Anime Club

Saturday 10/19 at 2:00 p.m.: Come for anime and pizza! Most of the anime is rated PG or PG-13.

Check us out on facebook for pizza topping and/or anime requests! https://www.facebook.com/kcplteens

This post was written by Erlanger’s Young Adult Programmer, Eden Rassette. You can find her online at The Cosplaying Librarian and on Facebook.

Manga Reviews: Bunnies, Alice, and Vampire Boys

Graphic novels and manga are not just for teens or anime fans. There are so many great stories and wonderful artists out there for you to discover, so why not try something new! Below are three popular manga series that could appeal to just about anyone.

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Bunny Drop is one of the most unique and unusual manga series I have ever encountered. It is a perfect choice for those wanting to give manga a try and haven’t read anything else or watching much anime before. It is in the slice-of-life genre, meaning that it portrays the real life of the characters, with no fantasy, science fiction, or supernatural content.

Bunny Drop is the story of Rin Kaga, that little girl pictured on the cover, as she grows up with her adopted guardian, Daikichii. Rin is the daughter of a manga artist/author mother who abandoned her to Daikichii’s grandfather, who is the father! Daikichii does his best to raise Rin, while Rin unknowlingly makes Daikichii into a better person in her own way. Bunny Drop is unbelievably sweet and addicting.

Get your copy from KCPL by going to the catalog here!

I personally am not a fan of the original Alice in Wonderland or Alice Through the Looking Glass or even the classic animated “Alice in Wonderland” movie. There is something unnerving about it. Despite that, I absolutely loved Alice in the Country of Hearts by QuinRose.

The main character is, of course, the one and only Alice Lidell. Alice is feisty, but she isn’t mean, and she stands up for herself and stands her ground when it comes to things she feels strongly about. The male characters are so varied and different, and their character designs are incredible detailed; they have so much depth as people. Readers will enjoy meeting and making friends with all of them! The plot is impeccable in its forward motion by using short yet captivating story arcs. The introduction of new characters is seamless and smooth. The author reveals secrets and mysteries slowly, but without too much teasing. It is all just so good.

So go out and read it. Start with Alice in the Country of Hearts omnibus volume 1, then move on to volume 2. Then move on to Alice in the Country of Clover. And then finally on to Alice in the Country of JokerThere are volumes for each of Alice’s possible suitors, so you’ll get to explore the possibilities of each story arc and relationship.

Blood Lad, Vol. 1

I just discovered Blood Lad, and I loved it so much that I bought the first volume for my personal collection. It is so original, yet so familiar to many manga and anime fans. There’s a demon world, a human ghost, vampires and werewolves, monstrous creatures, and damsels in distress. The protagonist, Staz, is so loveable yet absolutely weird. He’s a demon, and a mafia boss, but he loves human culture, especially Japanese stuff, and he collects it like a hoarder.

I really enjoyed the style of art that the author, Yuuki Kodama, has. There is a ton of detail, the characters’ expressions are awesome and full of feeling, and the character designs themselves are just very unique and appealing. Readers will love Staz’s crazy fashion sense, and wonder what strange outfit he’s going to toss his human ghost girl into next. Another great thing about the art are the color panels! There are several full color front and back pages in the front and middle of each volume. Each volume is simply enormous for a manga volume. It encompasses almost 3 normal sized manga volumes. There is so much content, so much story, so much cool art and quirky characters and awesome action and demon world shenanigans.

Right now there are 5 volumes of Blood Lad published in English. KCPL has the first 3 on order, and you can put them on hold by going to the catalog right here!

This week’s entry was written by Eden Rassette, the Young Adult Programmer at Erlanger. You can see what she’s up to and what she is reading by following her blog: The Cosplaying Librarian.

Summer Jobs for Teens

Summer vacation is here! Now it’s time to get a job, right?

Whether you’re looking for a temporary summer job, it’s time for you to get a job that will last throughout the school year, if you graduated from high school and want a full time job, or maybe you’re in college and just need some extra money, we can help you find and secure a job!

If you’re not sure where to start when you want to get a job the best thing to do is think about what’s around you. What business are you able to get to on a daily basis? Where have you been before? Places like Kroger, K-Mart, McDonald’s, Burger King, AMC Theater, Meijer, and Starbucks are often hiring new, inexperienced workers. You could also consider seasonal employment at a place that needs help only for the summer, like the Florence Freedom stadium, King’s Island, the Cincinnati Zoo, and businesses at Newport on the Levee.

If you want to take your job search online try these great websites!

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Search for local jobs, stay up to date with local employment news, find out about upcoming job fairs, and more by visiting the Enquirer’s NKY CareerBuilder page!

Visit OneStop Northern Kentucky’s Career Center and make an account to search for jobs, apply for jobs, and get help building your career assets like a resume and job skills.

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Jobs-NKY.com, maintained by the NKY Chamber of Commerce, provides a compiled list of positions currently available in the Northern Kentucky & Cincinnati area. If you are interested in any of the positions, follow the instructions provided.

This month at Erlanger we’ve gotten job searching, application, and resume assistance from a Career Councilor from Gateway Community and Technical College! Tomorrow, Wednesday May 29th at 4pm you can get tips and tricks to having a great interview, and even do a practice interview! This will be held in the Meeting Room at the Erlanger branch at 4pm.  I hope to see you there!

Looking to apply for a job right now? Here are some local openings:

Macy’s is hiring Sales Associates!

Maurice’s is opening a new store in the Florence Mall and will be hiring soon!

Golden Corral is hiring!

McDonald’s on Dixie Highway is hiring!

Go here to see if a local White Castle is hiring.

Advance Auto in Independence is hiring!

Several locations of Fifth Third Bank are hiring entry level Retail Associates.

The Petco in Crescent Springs is hiring Pet Stylists, Cashiers, and Sales Associates.

 

 

Check out Teen Tech Week

Check in @ your library during Teen Tech Week!

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Teen Tech Week is a celebration of technology connecting with public libraries for our youth sponsored by the American Library Association. It takes place March 10-16. KCPL is celebrating TTW across all branches!

During Teen Tech Week we will promote our public library as your technology resource, where you can access and use a variety of technological devices, get help with your devices or with using computers, laptops, and more, attend computer and software classes, and more! KCPL has a digital branch, which is where you can access e-books, digital magazines, research databases, test preparation software, and even attend online classes!

Here’s what’s going on at your library:

ErlangerVideo Game Tournament: On Sunday, March 10 from 2-4pm celebrate Teen Tech Week by competing in a “Teen’s Choice” video game tournament. Visit http://www.facebook.com/kcplteens to vote for the game you want to play.

Tech-cessorize: Monday, March 11 from 6:30-8pm; Create jewelry out of junk computer parts. Supplies provided.

Website Creation 101: On Wednesday, March 13 from 6:30-8pm you can sign up for Website Creation 101 to learn how to making your own website. Get a free flash drive for registering!

Book Trailer Contest: Visit the Erlanger branch during our open recording sessions to use our equipment and space to record  book trailers, or commercials, that are entered into our Teen Tech Week Book Trailer contest! The recording sessions are on Thursday March 14 from 4-6pm and Friday March 15 from 4-7pm. Voting will take place over the following week and the winner will be announced on Friday March 22!

Covington branch: March 10-16: Drop in anytime this week at the Covington Library to pick up your free pair of earbuds. TEENS ONLY!!!

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This week we have a special giveaway! You can get one entry in the contest for doing each of the things listed below.

You can win one of 2 pairs of super cool headphones!61iDhjj-MyL._SL1000_

1. Tell us what your favorite social media website is. Are you always on Facebook? Do you prefer Twitter, or Tumblr? Let us know!

2. Follow the blog by hitting the “Follow” button and comment here that you did.

3. Share this link on your Facebook page, telling your friends about the contest, and comment here that you did.

4. Follow the Kenton County Public Library on Pinterest and leave a comment saying you did.

Easy, right? Just make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry on this post for extra chances to win. The winner will be chosen randomly and will have to pick the prize up at the Erlanger, Covington or Durr Branch Library. The contest will end on Monday, March 4th at noon!

Fourth Week of Giveaways; Your Holiday Entertainment

What will you be doing over your holiday break?  If you plan on spending the entire break checking your Facebook, watching TV, or playing Farmville you should probably check out some entertainment alternatives. Your local friendly Teen Librarians have compiled some resources to help you out!

Okay, first of all: I have to promote the library for your entertainment needs. You can download 3 free mp3s a week with Freegal and look at a ton of different magazines for free online with Zinio. Just go to this link! You can sign up for Zinio and Freegal accounts with your library card number If you don’t have your card or don’t know your number just give us a call and we can look it up for you! http://www.kentonlibrary.org/ebooks/indextmp.htm

Okay, now let’s get to the real fun. Hopefully you’ll be getting some video games for Christmas. Don’t worry, if you don’t get them you can just check them out from the library!

Borderlands 2 just came out. We will have it. Go here to reserve your copy from the library!

Avengers: Battle for Earth was released in December. You can also get it from the library here!

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Did you get or give an iPad, iPod, or iPhone today?

If you did, welcome to your new favorite game! It’s free, it’s social, and it’s   more fun than endlessly hitting refresh on your favorite webpage until school starts up again.

This is a game called “SpaceTeam”. The first thing you want to do is find 2-4 other people who have also downloaded it and get them in the same wifi or Bluetooth with you. Then your goal is to fix the most breaking-est spaceship ever, by saying silly words! Everyone has a set of controls and some instructions for another player’s controls. Set your Spring-Loaded Irritant to 1, tell your sister to turn off her Twinmill, flip your phone upside-down to avoid asteroids, and do it all before slime completely covers the screen!

If the idea of your house being filled with people shouting about sigmaclappers and wormholes doesn’t actually sound all that great (and your wifi doesn’t extend to a porch or patio you can exile bundled-up players to), have you tried Draw Something yet? It’s a game like Pictionary, where one player is given a random word to draw and their opponent has to guess what’s been drawn.  The app is free and available in iTunes and the Android Market. You can also play online. This is a turn-based game, so there’s less talking with other players and more texting your friends to remind them that it’s their turn.

Fourth Week of Giveaways:

There are so many ways to win!!!  Are you ready to enter the Week 4 Giveaway?! You could win a $25 iTunes gift card and Kenton County Public Library prize bag! To enter simply do one or all of the following and leave a separate comment IN THIS POST to be entered to win:

  1. Comment here and tell us how a librarian has helped you in the past.
  2. Follow the blog by hitting the “Follow” button and comment here that you did.
  3. Follow Kenton County Public Library on Facebook and leave a comment saying you did.
  4. Follow the Kenton County Public Library on Pinterest and leave a comment saying you did.
  5. Follow Eden’s blog The Cosplaying Librarian and comment telling us you did.
  6. Follow Jessy’s blog at What Your Teen Librarian Does All Day and comment here saying you did.
  7. “Like” Teens at Kenton County Public Library and comment here saying you did.

Easy, right? Just make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry on this post. The winner will be chosen randomly and will have to pick the prize up at the Erlanger, Covington or Durr Branch Library. The contest ends Monday, Dec. 31 at noon. The winner will be emailed and has 24 hours to respond. Good luck and happy holidays!

~*~ Post written by Eden Rassette and Jessy Griffith, Teen Librarians at Kenton County Public Library ~*~