Tweens

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.

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.

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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.

2017 Summer Movie Madness

Join us as we show FUN, free, family movies throughout the summer.  You may bring your own pillows, snacks, and/or blankets to cozy up, just don't forget to make room for your neighbor :) Plus, we have air conditioning for those hot summer days! Our schedule is as follows and may be subject to change.

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World Lizard Day

lizard

Leapin' lizards, it's World Lizard Day, and we're going to celebrate with a visit from some scaly friends from the Leslie Science and Nature Center.  Experience seeing live lizards up close and expand your knowledge about these interesting reptiles.  No registration is required.  This program is for ages 6 and up.

Lizard by Sergy G (CC BY 2.0)

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Chess Plus Tournament

Chess board and pieces

Calling all Chess Experts!  Test your chess playing skills and practice good sportsmanship in our Chess Tournament.  We'll match up players head-to-head in age-based brackets, play multiple games with winners advancing to the next round, and ultimately crown a winner in each bracket.  This program is suggested for ages 9-17, and no advance registration is required.  Knowledge of basic chess rules is necessary, however, and tournament players must be present at the beginning of the program to participate in the full tournament.  Checkers and mancala will also be available for non-tournament play.

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Baby Jumping Contest

Every year in the Spanish village of Castrillo de Murcia, a festival called "El Colacho" takes place. During the festival, men in bright costumes jump over babies laid in the street. We're recreating this tradition (using dolls instead of babies) at the library. Stop in, learn more about this unique festival, and see how many babies you can jump over! Ages 11 and up. No registration required.

In Spagna, l'antica usanza de El Colacho, il santo del neonato by Viaggio Routard is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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