Top Ten Teen Books of 2014

       

Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country.

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Below are the winners for 2014!

Call the Young Adult desk at (516) 481-6591 ext. 18 or click on the book covers to see if any of these books are available in the library.

1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell — “The year is 1986 when Eleanor arrives in town to live with her family and abusive step father. It’s been a year since the last time she lived with them, and she doesn’t expect life to be any better. Park’s life, on the other hand, is going steady. He’s got a spot in the popular crowd and he’s about to get his driver’s license. But when the two meet on the bus, things change drastically. Even though they both know high school romances never last, they’re going to try everything they’ve got to make it work. But in end, will everything they have be enough?


2. Splintered by A.G. Howard — “Alyssa, a girl already struggling with life in general, is pulled into something dark and mysterious. She follows in the footsteps of her ancestor, Alice, and goes down the rabbit hole to right the wrongs that Alice caused to cure her family of their “curse”. Instead of finding Lewis Carroll’s Beautiful wonderland she finds a dark and twisted version with monstrous creatures that aren’t as nice as the ones in the novel or as pretty.”


3. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson — “Joel wants to be a Rithmatist more than anything. Rithmatists have the power to bring two dimensional beings called Chalklings to life and defend against the wild chalkings that threaten to overcome the Rithmatists. Joel is a student at Armedius Academy, a prestigious school where Rithmatists and wealthy children go to learn. When a string of kid nappings begin, Joel must gain assistance from the Rithmatists at Armedius Academy in order to bring order back to the academy.


4. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey — “Present day – the aliens have invaded the planet, or as Cassie likes to call them, the Others. Almost everyone has been killed off by the 4th Wave, and now, Cassie one of the few survivors living now during the 5th wave, roams the country while trying to stay alive to find her brother – that is, if he’s still alive. When she’s taken in by a boy named Evan, she realizes that he’s different. He’s not like her, but he’s all she’s got. Cassie has to overcome her doubts and trust issues if she wishes to survive the 5th wave.


5. Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne — “When disaster strikes in the city of Monument, 14 kids are huddled in a Greenway store for shelter and survival. They decide their only chance of living through this nationwide disaster is to make their way to Denver International Airport where the military is evacuating people to safety. Will they make it alive or will they meet their doom like others have?”


6. Earth Girl by Janet Edwards — “In 2788 humanity has developed technology that allows them to portal between many habitable worlds except for those are deemed “the handicapped”, those who are born with a one in a thousand chance of having an immune system that cannot tolerate other planets. Jarra, a handicapped 18 – year old student with a passion for history, creates a false identity for herself and enrolls in a college course for students from other planets in an attempt to get revenge for the way the handicapped are looked down upon.


7. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau — “Cia is chosen to participate in The Testing, a government program that will select the brightest graduates who show potential for becoming future leaders in this post – apocalyptic world. Cia’s excitement of being chosen soon dies when her father warns her of the experiences he faced when he was chosen. Cia must trust no one if she hopes to come back alive. However, will she be able to face the dark, unholy truth about the testing? One kept whether you leave… Or don’t?


8. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson — “Ten years ago, Calamity came; a light in the sky that appeared one day and many believe that somehow it was connected to the rise of the Epics. These beings, once human, now have all kinds of amazing and dangerous powers that have enabled them to take over the world, and one could argue the most dangerous one is Steelheart. Able to bend the elements to his will and turn any non-living substance to steel, many say he’s invincible because they’ve never seen him bleed — except for David, who will stop at nothing to get his vengeance and see Steelheart bleed again.


9. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo — “Alina, a sun summoner on the run from the evil Darkling, is searching for a way to increase her power and save the ones she loves. But as her power grows she falls deeper in the Darkling’s grasp and farther away from her best friend and love, Mal. When the time comes Alina must choose between her love, her power, or her lust for the Darkling and all of his power.


10. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner — “Michael is an average kid who plays video games, but this video game, the Virtnet, is different than others. You can die in it physically and mentally, and that happens to a girl named Tanya who rips out her core and commits suicide. Suddenly, Michael is whisked away by the designers of the VirtNet and is given a mission by them to find a cyber-terrorist, named Kaine, who is suspected of killing gamers.

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Watch two of the book trailers below and check out more
on YALSA’s YouTube channel.

   

 

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Changes in Fall Adult Programs!

The Spanish Medicare session scheduled for OCT. 18  has been cancelled.

The 7 pm Zumba class is full.
There are still openings in the 4:45 Zumba class.
The 8 pm Zumba class has been cancelled.

A new Ballroom Dancing class is planned for Thursdays at 8 pm, but exact dates and cost are not yet confirmed. You may call after Monday OCT. 20 for more information.

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Stolen Car Alert

NassauCountyLogoActing Commissioner of Police Thomas Krumpter has issued an alert to the public regarding an increase in stolen luxury cars and SUV’s in Nassau County over the past few weeks.  Luxury vehicles with push button starts and key fobs are being targeted.  These thefts are likely to occur at all times of the day and night when a car has been left unlocked and the key fob is left in a vehicle with a push button start.

Acting Commissioner Krumpter and the NCPD  recommend the following tips to help safeguard your vehicle:

•Always lock your vehicle, even when it’s parked in your driveway or garage.
•Always take your keys or fob with you.
•Never leave or hide a smart key, valet key, or spare key anywhere in or on your vehicle, no matter where you park it.
•If possible, park your vehicle in a locked garage.
•Keep the exterior of homes and driveways well illuminated.
•Close all your vehicle windows completely when parked.
•Also, secure your garage door opener to prevent access to your home.

Most importantly,  when leaving or returning to your vehicle, be observant of cars and people who appear suspicious.  Dial 911 and be ready to provide the police with as much information as possible regarding the description of the suspicious person or vehicle. License plate numbers are extremely valuable information for the police.

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Coat Drive for the I.N.N.

Please donate a gently used coat for the I.N.N. (Interfaith Nutrition Network)  in Hempstead.   There is a collection bin in the lobby of the West Hempstead Public Library at 500 Hempstead Ave. in West Hempstead and at Silber’s Martial Arts at 444 Dogwood Ave. in Franklin Square.

This coat drive is sponsored by the West Hempstead Kiwanis Club in conjunction with Assemblymen Ed Ra & Brian Curran.

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Teen Read Week Celebration

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This year’s Teen Read Week™ is October 12 – 18 and will promote the theme “Turn Dreams into Reality.” Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.

The Young Adult room will have a display throughout the week containing motivational, inspirational, and career-oriented books. A craft table will be set up on Sunday, October 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. for the teens to make their own dreamcatchers.

There is no fee or registration for this craft to celebrate this year’s theme.

Below is a sample of what the craft looks like:

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NY Hall of Science Raffle

      Museum Lottery

Adult members (18+) of the West Hempstead Public Library are eligible to enter the Museum Lottery for a chance to win 4 free tickets to the NY Hall of Science!

Come to the Children’s Room to fill out your raffle chance!

Only one chance per adult

There will be 5 drawings:

October

December

February

April

June

For more information visit www.whplibrary.org or ask in the Children’s Room

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IRS Telephone Scam and Safety Tips

NassauCountyLogoCounty Executive Edward P.  Mangano and Acting Police Commissioner Thomas C. Krumpter issued a press release recently urging citizens  to be vigilant when receiving phone calls or emails from persons identifying themselves as employees of the Internal Revenue Service.

Be aware that the IRS does not and will not ask for  credit card numbers over the phone, nor will they request a pre-paid debit card or wire  transfer.  The Police department also wants to remind residents that there  are other unrelated scams (such as a lottery sweepstakes) and solicitations (such as debt relief) that are ongoing and you should call 911 immediately if you believe you have been a victim.

Click here for more information about the IRS scam.

Click here for some safety tips to help you avoid common scams.

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Young Adult Survey

SurveyThe Friends of the West Hempstead Public Library had a table set up this past weekend at the Street Fair. Some staff members called out to people passing by and asked them to fill out a short survey.

One of the surveys was geared towards Young Adults and the programs we offer at the library. Below are some of the results.

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We also asked the teens what programs they would like to see offered. Some responses were video game tournaments, fandoms and book reviews, robotics, mythology, and volunteering.

If you have any requests for a program please stop by the Young Adult desk or call us at (516) 481-6591 ext. 18.

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Young Adult Back to School Display

Stop into the Young Adult room to check out some of our books on display. This month’s theme is “Get Your Hands on a Good Back to School Book!“ 

Some of the titles include:

Zero Tolerance by Claudia Mills
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Deadline by Chris Crutcher
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
Hate List by Jennifer Brown
Geography Club by Brent Hartinger
Deep in the Heart of High School by Veronica Goldbach
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
The Wave by Todd Strasser

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Print out these quotes and put them in your locker or around your house to keep you motivated while in school.

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Banned Books Week Sept 21-Sept 27

Banned Books Week

Every year more books are banned or challenged for many reasons. Some books are even banned by accident (Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? by Bill Martin Jr.)! Support Banned Books Week by reading a banned book! Check out the list of banned books at http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks or find out more about banned books at http://www.ala.org/bbooks/bannedbooksweek.

Here’s a few Banned/Challenged Children’s books that you may like.

The Wish Giver
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
James and the Giant Peach
The Witches
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Harriet the Spy
Coraline
Goosebumps (series)
Where’s Waldo?
A Wrinkle in Time
The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe
The Giver
Winnie the Pooh
Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you See?
Junie B. Jones (series)
Bridge to Terabithia
The Great Gilly Hopkins
And Tango Makes Three
How to Eat Fried Worms
Harry Potter (series)
Where the Wild Things Are
The Lorax
Green Eggs and Ham                                   
The Giving Tree
A Light in the Attic
Where the Sidewalk Ends
The Bad Beginning (series)
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
Charlotte’s Web
Amulet (series)
Little Women
The Indian in the Cupboard
Little Black Sambo
The Wizard of OZ
The Five Chinese Brothers
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