Library programs cater to young readers
In what may come as a pleasant surprise to people who fear the Facebook generation has given up on reading, a new report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project reveals the prominent role of books, libraries and technology in the lives of young readers, ages 16 to 29. In fact, the report found that “about 8 in 10 Americans under the age of 30 have read a book in the past year. They’re more likely to read, and they’re also more likely to be using their library.”
Young adults are using the Delaware County District Library at a nearly unprecedented rate, too. To make the library a welcoming place for young folks, we have created teen spaces with computers loaded with software that will be of particular interest to this age group. Especially popular are the programs that Teen Librarian Mandy Henning and staff develop and present for young adults. Attendance at these creative programs has soared over the past few months.
We have some captivating programs for teens scheduled in the coming month. On Monday, Nov. 5, Deputy Director Don Yarman will be teaching basic techniques in “Knitting 101,” at the Powell Branch at 6:30 p.m., and preregistration is required (614–888-9160). Also at 7 p.m. Nov. 5, teens can visit the Orange Branch to learn screen printing and take home a poster created during the program. Screen printing programs will be repeated throughout the month at all Library locations, too, along with programs on papermaking.
There is always a good selection of programs for teens on the library’s calendar. Check it out on our website at delawarelibrary.org or by picking up a copy of the library’s quarterly calendar.
Encouraging young people to read, appreciate literature and become lifelong learners is a core belief at DCDL. The titles below are a sampling of the intriguing teen literature that will be added to the shelves of the library this month. If you haven’t read a young adult novel lately, give one a try!
• Angelfall by Susan Ee. It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her 17-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.
• Armageddon by James Patterson. Daniel faces dastardly Number Two, who has slowly been amassing an underground army of aliens to help him enslave Earth’s population in preparation for the arrival of Number One, the most powerful alien in the universe and Daniel’s arch-nemesis.
• Burn for Burn by Jenny Han. Three teenaged girls living on Jar Island band together to enact revenge on the people that have hurt them.
• Dodger by Terry Pratchett. In an alternative London, ruled by the young Queen Victoria, an enterprising lad can find adventure and opportunity if he is very smart, and very, very lucky. Dodger has the brains, the luck and the cheek to scrape by on his own.
• Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town by Warren St. John. Memories of war, political crackdowns, revolutions and ethnic cleansing are part of life in Clarkston, Ga., turned into a refugee center by the federal government. This fast-paced account follows the story of Luma Mufleh, a bright-burning advocate, who started the Fugees soccer team and transformed the town.
• Safekeeping by Karen Hesse. Radley’s parents had warned her that all hell would break loose if the American People’s Party took power. With the president assassinated and the government cracking down on citizens, the news is filled with images of vigilante groups, frenzied looting and police raids. It seems as if all hell has broken loose.
• Starting from Here by Lisa Jenn Bigelow. Sixteen-year-old Colby is barely hanging on with her mother dead, her long-haul trucker father often away, her almost-girlfriend dumping her for a boy and her failing grades, when a stray dog appears and helps her find hope.
• Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan. Kami Glass is in love with someone she’s never met — a boy she’s talked to in her head since she was born, making her an outsider in the sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale, but she has learned ways to turn that to her advantage. Her life seems to be in order, until disturbing events begin to occur. The key to it all might be the boy in her head; the boy she thought was imaginary is real.
• Zom-B by Darren Shan. When news reports start appearing of a zombie outbreak in Ireland, B’s racist father thinks it’s a joke, but when zombies attack his high school, B is forced on a mad dash through the serpentine corridors, making allegiances with anyone with enough gall to fight off their pursuers.
If you have a question that you would like to see answered in this column, mail it to Mary Jane Santos, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015, or call 740–362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting delawarelibrary.org or directly to Mary Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!