Teens

The Great American Read is an eight-part documentary series on PBS that celebrates the power of reading. The series will examine 100 of America's best-loved novels, chosen through a national survey. The series kicks off with a two-hour episode on Tuesday May 22, at 8:00 pm and continues with one-hour episodes focused on different themes found in books on the list. The sixth and final episode, airing in October, will reveal the results of a nationwide vote to select America's best loved novel. The series will feature interviews with authors, celebrities, and regular people - book lovers of all stripes!  

 

All 100 books on the list are available - either on our shelves or via MeL. You may also ask a librarian for help finding any of the books on the list - we're happy to do so! 

 

Voting begins online at PBS.com and via social media   (#GreatReadPBS) with the premier on May 22nd and continues throughout the summer. Starting in the fall, viewers will also be able to vote via text messaging and by calling a toll-free number (which will be announced later). 

 

We hope you'll get involved in this national conversation about books and reading!

Follow the links below for additional information. 

Get the List: America's 100 Most-Loved Books

Quiz: How Many of the 100 Have You Read?

Preview the Show: Watch the Trailer 

Vote for the Most-Loved Book (starting 5/22): The Great American Read

Marble Party

colorful marbles

 

Join us on Monday July 9, 2:00-3:30 pm as we celebrate all things marbles!

Play the classic marble game Ringer, make art with marbles, race marbles, and build Lego marble mazes to challenge each other. We will also have a jar filled with marbles - see if you can guess how many! 

All ages welcome, no registration required. 

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The Children’s Africana Book Awards (CABA) are presented annually to the authors and illustrators of the best children’s and young adult books on Africa published or republished in the U.S. The awards were created by Africa Access and the Outreach Council of the African Studies Association (ASA) to encourage the publication and use of accurate, balanced children’s materials about Africa.  Below are books that have been nominated this year, along with some from prior years. 

Young Readers

Join Baby and his doting mama at a bustling southwest Nigerian marketplace for a bright, bouncy read-aloud offering a gentle introduction to numbers.

In 1992, the month of May was designated Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. Celebrate by reading a YA book by an author of Asian or Pacific Islander ancestry this month! Some selections are listed below. 

American born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

After her mother's suicide, grief-stricken Leigh Sanders travels to Taiwan to stay with grandparents she never met, determined to find her mother who she believes turned into a bird.

Did you have fun at Free Comic Book Day and are looking for more? Here are some comics similar to the ones handed out during Free Comic Book Day. 

Read the stories that inspired the CW TV series! You won't want to miss out on this one-of-a-kind collection that shines the spotlight on the New Riverdale, and serves as the ultimate guide for both new readers and long-time fans.

Longtime fans of the smash-hit show Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and newcomers to this ensemble driven series, will discover a deeply compelling world packed with high flying adventure and tremendous heart.

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are considered the "Oscars" of the comics world. Below is a taste from the long list of categories. Visit the San Diego Comic-Con International website for the complete list of nominees for each category. Check out the award winners at world renound Comic-Con in July.

"Face front, true believers!" - Stan Lee

Best Continuing Series

When a visitor from the outside world arrives on the Farm, looking for the Black Hammer and bringing news of Spiral City to its Golden Age heroes, everything changes. Her arrival stirs up old memories and awakens new hope in the marooned heroes and they make a new attempt to escape their strange prison

The American Library Association released its list of the most frequently challenged and/or banned books of 2017. Which challenged books have you read?

For more information please visit the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom

Reason for challenges: suicide

When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

Reason for challenges: profanity, sexually explicit

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

These graphic novels have inspired some of your favorite films and TV shows in the 21st century.

The death of Stalin by Fabien Nury

Currently in theaters starring Steve Buscemi and Jeffrey Tambor.

I kill giants by Joe Kelly
Also available in: e-book

Coming to DVD soon!

DIY Green Screens

Green screens are used in movies and TV to place a real subject in front of an exciting digital background. Create your own green screen using a pizza box, then experiment with adding backgrounds into a short film. 

This program is for ages 9-17. Registration is required and will begin on June 21. 

[Green Screen at VPL's Innovation Lab by Richard Eriksson is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

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Pokemon Party

The Big Book of the Alola Region Cover

Catch 'em all at a Pokemon themed party! Stations will be set up with Pokemon crafts, games, and activities.

  • Bring your own Pokemon cards* and Pokemon Ultra Sun or Ultra Moon** for battling or trading.
  • Pokemon Go lures will be dropped throughout the party for Pokemon Go Trainers.***

If you don't have Pokemon cards or games don't worry! There will also be Pokemon themed crafts and activities that only require your creativity. Be the very best, like no one ever was!

For all ages, no registration required.

 

*To battle or trade with Pokemon Cards participants are required to bring their own Pokemon cards. 

**To battle or trade in Pokemon Ultra Sun or Ultra Moon participants must bring their own 3DS with Pokemon Sun or Pokemon Moon game with a Rotom Pokedex.

***To play Pokemon Go, participants must bring their own Apple or Android device with Pokémon GO installed and account created. To battle in the Gym, Trainers must be Level 5 or higher. 

UPDATE: Zapdos Day is during this event. All gyms will feature the legendary bird Zapdos as the raid boss (and possible shiny) from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Join us from 2:00 to 3:30 in the Community Room to take down this pokemon together and add to your collection. 

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