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Teens: Come have fun with food!

Crosby Branch Library is teaming up with Precinct 2 this summer to bring you some awesome teen programs.  This Tuesday (6/26) come to the Crosby Community Center to play with your food!  We'll be making some easy food that you can make on your own at home, while you're babysitting... whenever!  The best part is, you get to eat whatever you make :) 

FREE Audiobooks!

I don't know about you, but during the summer I always seem to be going somewhere.  Either on a road trip to visit family and friends, or just to the park to enjoy some sunshine, and I always load up my iPod with audio books to take with me on these summer adventures.

Each week this summer, the awesome people at SYNC are giving away two free, downloadable audio books.  There will be a classic and a contemporary title each week, and they're giving away some really great books.  The books for week 1 are The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch and The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.  Get yours here!


The Avengers' Reading List

Have you ever wondered what your favorite superhero would read in his or her spare time?  The people over at YALSA did and they put together a list.  Check it out below.  How do you think they did?  Can you think of other books that these, or any other superhero, might read?



Jean Craighead George dies at 92

There was another sad loss to the children's book world today when we learned the news that Jean Craighead George had passed away at 92 years of age.  She had an amazing career, publishing over 100 books, winning the Newbery award for Julie of the Wolves and the Newbery honor for My Side of the Mountain, and inspiring generations of children.  She will be dearly missed.  School Library Journal has posted an obituary worth reading here.  If you would like to remind yourself what made her so special, or to discover her work for the first time, check our catalog here.

Teens' Top Ten Nominations!

The 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.  Now that the nominations are posted, it's your turn to read these books and decide which are the best of the best!  Voting will take place starting in August.


City of Bones movie set to release August 23, 2013

It's official - Sony really is going to make movies out of The Mortal Instruments series, with the first one hitting theaters next August.  Find out more about the movie here.  Lilly Collins will be playing Clary, but no one has been picked for Jace yet.  Who would you choose?

If you haven't read the books yet, now is a good time to start!  They're action-packed stories full of demons, werewolves, vampires, and even some romance.  Also check out the prequel series The Infernal Devices.

The Mortal Instruments:

Recommended Reading: St. Patrick's Day

This weekend is St. Patrick's day which means that everybody gets to share in the luck o' the Irish for one great day.  And just like you never want to be caught not wearing green on St. Patty's day, you never want to be stuck without something good to read.  So, indulge your inner leprechaun and check out one of these books set in Ireland! 


Jan Berenstain passes away

View full imageThe beloved co-creator of the Berenstain Bears, Jan Berenstain, has passed away at the age of 88.  She and her husband Stan wrote hundreds of books for children featuring the beloved bears.  Their son, Mike Berenstain, plans to continue writing and illustrating future Berenstain Bears books.

Books About Space

Fifty years ago today, John Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth in the space capsule Friendship 7.  To   celebrate that historic event, take a look at some of these picture books about space.

YA Staff Picks on Pinterest

We've added more YA Staff favorites to our Pinterest page.  These books, both old and new, are ones that we've recently read and loved.  We hope you like them too!

Each book links back to our website, so if you're interested in checking it out all you need to do is click on the image of the book cover.

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