Monday, November 12, 2007

Greetings and Salutations

"Knowledge is free at the library. Just bring your own container." -- Anonymous

For those of you reading this...Welcome to Sun Prairie Public Library's new teen blog; a place where (we hope!) you'll feel free to be as witty as you wanna be. This blog's really yours, so we librarians will strive to keep our 2 cents to a respectable minimum. However, in order to get things started, a few words to the wise.

Fact: It's cool to work in a library, and as the teen librarian, I'd argue that I have the best job in the joint. I am, after all, paid to read really good books, listen to all genres of music, and even squeeze in a flick or two. That said, keeping up with the best of what's out there is easier said than done. Hence, I'm counting on you guys to help me out here. If you've got recommended reads, must listen to CDs, manga madness prowess, or other such pieces of pertinent information, feel free to toss 'em my way. In the meantime, I leave you with this...

A very abbreviated list of just-arrived or soon-to-grace-the shelves teen fiction:

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy.
Safe by Susan Shaw.
Unwind by Neal Shusterman.
The Burning Time by Carol Matas.
Useful Fools by C.A. Smidt.
Almost Home by Jessica Blank.
Giving Up the Ghost by Sheri Sinykin.
Zen and the Art of Faking It by Jordan Sonnenblick.
Mistik Lake by Martha Brooks.
Demon Envy by Erin Lynn.
Omega Place by Graham Marks.
Gifted: A Novel by Nikita Lalwanti.
Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock.
Oblivion Road by Alex McAulay.
Without Warning: Ellen's Story, 1914-1918 by Dennis Hamley.
The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh.
Before I Die by Jenny Downham

(FYI: I just read S.A. Harazin's Blood Brothers & Deborah Lynn Jacobs' Choices. They're extremely good in vastly different ways, save one--they don't make for light & fluffy reads).