Tweens

On Tuesday the National Book Foundation unveiled the finalists for the 2019 National Book Awards. There are five finalists in each of the following categories: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People's Literature. The winners of the Award will be announced on November 20.

See below for the Finalist titles available at the library.

 

Trust exercise : a novel by 1969- Susan Choi
Also available in: e-book | e-audiobook

In an American suburb in the early 1980s, students at a highly competitive performing arts high school struggle and thrive in a rarified bubble, ambitiously pursuing music, movement, Shakespeare, and, particularly, their acting classes. When within this striving "Brotherhood of the Arts," two freshmen, David and Sarah, fall headlong into love, their passion does not go unnoticed--or untoyed with--by anyone, especially not by their charismatic acting teacher, Mr. Kingsley.

The outside world of family life and economic status, of academic pressure and of their future adult lives, fails to penetrate this school's walls--until it does, in a shocking spiral of events that catapults the action forward in time and flips the premise upside-down. What the reader believes to have happened to David and Sarah and their friends is not entirely true--though it's not false, either. It takes until the book's stunning coda for the final piece of the puzzle to fall into place--revealing truths that will resonate long after the final sentence.

As captivating and tender as it is surprising, Susan Choi's Trust Exercise will incite heated conversations about fiction and truth, and about friendships and loyalties, and will leave readers with wiser understandings of the true capacities of adolescents and of the powers and responsibilities of adults. 

Sabrina & Corina : stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

In an American suburb in the early 1980s, students at a highly competitive performing arts high school struggle and thrive in a rarified bubble, ambitiously pursuing music, movement, Shakespeare, and, particularly, their acting classes. When within this striving "Brotherhood of the Arts," two freshmen, David and Sarah, fall headlong into love, their passion does not go unnoticed--or untoyed with--by anyone, especially not by their charismatic acting teacher, Mr. Kingsley.

The outside world of family life and economic status, of academic pressure and of their future adult lives, fails to penetrate this school's walls--until it does, in a shocking spiral of events that catapults the action forward in time and flips the premise upside-down. What the reader believes to have happened to David and Sarah and their friends is not entirely true--though it's not false, either. It takes until the book's stunning coda for the final piece of the puzzle to fall into place--revealing truths that will resonate long after the final sentence.

As captivating and tender as it is surprising, Susan Choi's Trust Exercise will incite heated conversations about fiction and truth, and about friendships and loyalties, and will leave readers with wiser understandings of the true capacities of adolescents and of the powers and responsibilities of adults. 

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.

Guts by Raina Telgemeier

In a semi-autobiographical graphic novel, the author describes her childhood anxiety, in a story about growing up and gathering the courage to face and conquer her fears.

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.

Experience To Go Kits are created to help you pursue your best life and try something new. The Card-making Party Kit includes all of the supplies you may need to bring together loved ones for a crafty, creative time. Items such as blank notecards and envelopes, fine tip pens and markers, calligraphy pens, washi tape, stamps + stamp pad, and patterned paper. Also included is a book on the art of lettering and even resources for where your final product can be sent to brighten someone's day. 

Want to work on your card design skills in advance? Try one of the titles listed below:

The ultimate guide to chalk lettering and design, by a renowned chalk artist: 60 step-by-step lessons with full-colour photos, three foldout chalkboards for practice, and 12 projects including a birthday greeting, a holiday design, and fun signage for a party. 

Learn to create gorgeous hand-drawn letterforms in 14 different styles (including ribbon, wester, circus, retro and more!) and develop your own personal look with flourishes, banners and other illustration techniques. 

Start with the basics (how to write your name, design a chalk layout, create a monogram), add charming details (illustrations like flowers and snowflakes), and graduate to wonderfully creative projects including a study in heart shaped lettering, and inspirational quote in whimsical script, a coffee shop-inspired bake sale sign, greeting cards for birthdays and other occasions, festive projects for the holidays, and three different projects for a backyard blowout party (including a right-on-trend Photo Booth sign!

Hand-lettering techniques are a popular and visually dynamic way to add textual elements to crafts, from journals to mixed-media art. Sixteen accomplished contributors--including calligraphers, painters, collagists, card makers, fiber artists, and graphic designers--give their personal perspectives on lettering. They all offer their favorite tools, how they use them, their signature technique with step-by-step instructions and photos, and an alphabet sampler of their own font. Gorgeous gallery images of each contributor's work are also included.

Scary Flashlight Stories

Join us on October 29th, from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm to listen to scary stories told IN THE DARK. A storyteller will read a selection of scary stories using only a flashlight for light. Participants will also get a chance to share their own scary story told by flashlight or read one of the stories provided. This program is recommended for ages 8 - 12. 

 

Image: Spoooky Stories, Day 294 of 365 under (CC BY 2.0)

Upcoming sessions

Tuesday, October 29 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friends' Activity Room
BrainFuse

Brainfuse services offer a variety of tools to help you succeed, including live help from 2-11pm every day. Create an account and get started today!

*Canton Public Library card required for off-site access.

HelpNow by Brainfuse

HelpNow by Brainfuse offers live homework help, study tools, test preparation and virtual group study space for K-12 students and lifelong learners. HelpNow provides assistance in multiple formats to help you write a great paper, ace the test, or better understand a tough math problem.

JobNow by Brainfuse

JobNow by Brainfuse provides a wealth of resources to boost your career, or help with your job search. Work with a live tutor to prepare for an interview, or receive personalized feedback on your resume or cover letter.

STEAM Curiosity

Image of head with science related objects floating in a thought bubble inside
Kids aged 8-12 who are interested in science, technology, engineering, art, and math are first introduced to a topic and supporting ideas behind it. After learning about the sessions' topic, participants will be given a problem and challenged to engineer a solution or create an example  individually or in teams. 

Registration required and begins September 24

Upcoming sessions

Monday, October 28 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Community Room NASA Detective Register
Saturday, November 9 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Community Room Mummification

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are the "Oscars" of the comics world. Check below for a list the award-winning titles. Visit the San Diego Comic-Con site for the complete list of categories and nominees

Best Continuing Series

Giant days. Volume ten by 1976- John Allison

Wizards Unite at the Library!

Harry Potter Wizards Unite

Calling all Wizards! 

Stop in to the library to connect with other players, share tips and tricks, ask questions, and find friends! Help us scour the Library and Heritage Park (weather permitting) to uphold the Statute of Secrecy and send people and items back to their place and time in the magical world.

All ages welcome (Muggles, too!), no registration required. 

*A Harry Potter: Wizards Unite account and compatible mobile device is required to play. You may use our WiFi to connect to the game in the library.*

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