Tweens

Finding the best books for middle school ESL students can be especially tough. You want to empower your students/children as English readers and not scare them away with difficult texts. But you also want books to be meaningful and enjoyable to read.

Below you will find a list of novels that should connect with intermediate readers. A number of them will be culturally relevant books that should also appeal to ESL middle school students. If you've had success with any of these books, please let us know down below in the comments.

Blue Jasmine by Kashmira Sheth

When twelve-year-old Seema moves to Iowa City with her parents and younger sister, she leaves friends and family behind in her native India but gradually begins to feel at home in her new country.

Also available in: audiobook | e-audiobook

When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toy seller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.

The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz

Twelve-year-old Jaime makes the treacherous journey from his home in Guatemala to his older brother in New Mexico after his cousin is murdered by a drug cartel.

Experience the Solar Eclipse!

Come by the library on Monday, August 21 to get your official viewing glasses and join us to watch THE TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN!!! Certified safe-for-solar-viewing glasses will be available in the Community Room from 1:30 to 2:30 PM, just in time to witness the most complete coverage of the sun from the comfort of Heritage Park. There are enough glasses for all so bring your family and friends! Glasses generously provided by the Space Science Institute's National Center for Interactive Learning and STARnet for Libraries. Discover more information about the solar eclipse at eclipse2017.nasa.gov

Upcoming sessions

Monday, August 21 -
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Community Room

Memorial Day is a federal holiday that celebrates the men and women who have died in military service for the United States. Learn more about this important holiday and some of our brave heroes in the following books:

 

Memorial Day by Trudi Strain Trueit
Memorial Day by Lynn Hamilton

Discusses the history of Memorial Day, describes how it is celebrated, and includes a related song, activity, and recipe.

Movie Madness: Harry Potter Celebration Day!

On June 26, 1997, a little known title by an unknown author was released into the world. This book was called Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone. In no time at all, J.K. Rowling's wonderful book about an orphaned wizard finding out who he truly is, changed the face of youth literature, and launched a series chock full of fascinating creatures, amazing places, beloved characters and, most importantly, tons and tons of heart. Twenty years later, the Harry Potter series has millions and millions of fans around the globe and continues to inspire the next generation of young readers. In celebration of Harry Potter join us for a screening of the film adaptation of Harry Potter the Sorcerer's Stone [rated PG] as well as the most recent film set in the Harry Potter universe, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them [rated PG 13].

Films will start promptly at 10:00AM amd 2:00PM respectively. You may bring your own pillows, snacks, and/or blankets to cozy up, just don't forget to make room for your neighbor :)

 

Upcoming sessions

Monday, June 26 -
10:00 AM to 12:45 PM
Community Room Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Monday, June 26 -
2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Community Room Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Flying Aces: Frisbee Masters

For 30 years the Flying Aces have been wowing audiences with their amazing frisbee feats, tricks and plain ol' good humor. Join us in welcoming the Aces as they share their active and exciting demonstrations with us. This program is fun for all ages.

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, June 22 -
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Community Room

Maybe you want to read Sisters. Or maybe you love her work on The Baby-Sitters Club. Maybe you have no idea who Raina Telgemeier is, but you want a bright and fun graphic novel, and the ones your friends talk about are always checked out. Here is a list of Telgemeier's books (including alternative formats to check out), the popular titles that are just like Telgemeier, and some other suggestions for when those aren't available. Good luck, and happy reading.

Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Also available in: e-book

From sixth grade through tenth, Raina copes with a variety of dental problems that affect her appearance and how she feels about herself.

Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Also available in: e-book

Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going.

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
Also available in: e-book

In a semi-autobiographical graphic novel, Raina's disappointing bond with a cranky, independent younger sister is further challenged by the arrival of a baby brother and an estrangement in their parents' marriage.

Super STEAM: Sound Frequencies of a DJ

Motown DJ and producer Mike Huckaby visits the library for a STEAM experience like no other. Learn the ins and outs of DJ-ing and the science behind the sound in this interactive workshop!

For ages 11-13. Registration required and begins on July 25.

Turntable by Richard Ha is licensed under [CC BY 2.0]

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, August 10 -
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Community Room

Whether becoming or simply being a teenager, there are a number of challenges and issues that tweens and teens face as they make their way through the junior high and high school years.  The titles below tackle these pressures and challenges in fictional accounts and nonfiction guides.

Fiction

The titles below address teen pressures through fictional narratives, as characters confront peer pressure, bullying, mental health issues, and other life challenges.  Suggested grade levels are provided based on professional reviews.

Army brats by Daphne Benedis-Grab

When the Bailey family moves into an army base in Virginia there are a lot of adjustments to make; twelve-year-old Tom runs afoul of the base school bully, ten-year-old Charlotte finds herself trying too hard to make friends with the "cool" girls, and six-year-old Rosie is just being difficult as usual--but they come together to investigate a mysterious building full of weird cages, and uncover Fort Patrick's secrets. (Grades 3-6)

Cameron Zvara: Magician

We are thrilled to have Cameron Zvara back to the library. Since we saw him last he's performed Internationally and has even played live on stage with the Detroit Tigers! His show is a perfect fit for CPL and is filled with magic, comedy, juggling, stunts, music, and TONS of audience participation. We welcome you all to join us in an afternoon of fun and mind boggling entertainment.

Upcoming sessions

Tuesday, July 25 -
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Community Room MAGIC SHOW

Enjoyed the 5th Wave, or Divergent? Try one of these:

All our yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

"Em must travel back in time to prevent a catastrophic time machine from ever being invented, while Marina battles to prevent the murder of the boy she loves"--.

In the After by Demitria Lunetta

In a post-apocalyptic world where nothing is as it seems, seventeen-year-old Amy and Baby, a child she found while scavenging, struggle to survive while vicious, predatory creatures from another planet roam the Earth.

Under the never sky by Veronica Rossi

When Aria, a sheltered and fragile Dweller, is exiled from her home in Reverie, she must face The Death Shop, a land filled with cannibals and dangerous energy storms, and her only hope for staying alive depends on Outsider Perry, a savage hunter.

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