You Count: Featured Teen Volunteer – Anna K.

Our new featured teen volunteer is Anna K. from Camano Island! You may recognize Anna as one of our Teen Ambassadors.

Anna is a Sophomore at Stanwood High school whose passions include writing and cosplay, and hopes to one day publish a book.

Anna, why volunteer with the library?

“The library is a fantastic resource that I discovered in fourth grade, when I began volunteering some of my lunch and recess time with my school’s library. My best friend and I enjoyed shelving books and cleaning, as well as helping our fellow students find books to enjoy. Ever since then, I have found libraries to be invaluable.  I love being at the library because I get to help people and plan programs. My favorite program so far has been Camano-Con, which I came up with.”

Thank you for all you do for Sno-Isle Libraries, Anna! Looking forward to having you back as a guest author someday.

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Trailer Tuesday: Renegades

Trailer Tuesday: Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer’s new book won’t be out until November. It’s so new we don’t even have it in the Sno-Isle Libraries catalog. (Check back in August!)

We’re excited about the book and thought we would post the trailer so you could enjoy it while you wait. And you can always re-read The Lunar Chronicles while you wait.

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Readers’ Corner: Inspirational Nonfiction

If you’re not on summer vacation quite yet, you should be pretty soon. And that means it’s time to register for Teen Explore Summer so you can win prizes and read great books and not get dumb over the summer!

This week’s featured booklist is one of the special reading lists created just for this summer’s theme: Build a Better World. You’ll see the others being featured here throughout the summer, but for now let’s focus on Inspirational Nonfiction. This list includes stories of teens who worked hard to build a better world, and also ideas for how you can do the same.

Build a Better World: Inspirational Nonfiction: Sno-Isle Teens Explore Summer booklist

Get inspired by these stories of amazing teens from the past and those who are still fighting for a better world today, and then go out and be amazing yourself!

Happy reading!

Melleny @ Mukilteo Library

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Featured Event – Create Your Own Comic World

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Explore Summer: Create Your Own Comic World
@ Mariner Library
Wednesday, June 28
2-3 p.m.
Let your inner character loose as we celebrate the beginning of Summer! The Seattle Independent Comic and Game Artists (Sicaga) will be here to give instruction on drawing your own comic book. You will be given a template to work from and you can take your creation home. Join us for an hour of comic creating fun! Costumes and Cosplay STRONGLY encouraged. For tweens and teens.

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Weekend Book Giveaway: The Beautiful Lost

This week we are giving away an Advanced Reader’s Copy of The Beautiful Lost. This isn’t out until Tuesday, June 27th and we don’t have it in our catalog yet, so you could be the first one of your friends to read it!

From the publisher: Here are three things to know about Maia:

1. Ever since her mother left, Maia’s struggled with depression — which once got so bad, she had to go to an institution for a while. She doesn’t want to go back.

2. Maia’s sure that if she finds her mother, if the two of them can talk about whale songs and constellations, then everything will be okay again.

3. She’s in love with Billy, the handsome, brooding boy who lives in the group home in town. He doesn’t seem to know that Maia exists… until now.

When Maia sets off on a road trip in search of her mom, Billy unexpectedly comes along. They drive up the East Coast, stopping along the way for lobster rolls and lighthouses. Maia learns that Billy has dark secrets of his own — and wants to outrun his past, too. But what will the future hold if they reach their destination?

I love a good road trip book! For your chance to win tell us about a road trip you’d like to to go on or a place you’d like to visit and why you want to go there. Bonus if it is a book that inspired this idea.

Winner will be picked on Tuesday, June 27th with the assistance of Random Number Generator. Be sure to leave a name with your entry, and check back to see if you won. To win you must be a teen (6th-12th grade, or age 12-18) who uses a Sno-Isle Library.

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Top 3 Right Now: Jayanne from Freeland

This week we are featuring Jayanne, the Teen Librarian at our Freeland branch.

You might say that Jayanne has a lot “on” her mind these days.

So, Jayanne, what have you read recently that you’d recommend to our readers?

When Friendship Followed me Home by Paul Griffin

Okay between the title and the cover, I was positive that the dog was going to die. I promise you that Flip (that’s the dog) doesn’t die, however that is the only guarantee I will give you in this story about a boy whose life is filled with loss. I just wanted to scream at the unfairness of Ben’s life. However, that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t also filled with love, friendship, and magic. So yes, you’ll probably cry, but it’s worth it.

Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard

There is nothing lucky happening in Melia’s life. Her mother has just died and as the oldest of three she is trying to keep her family together and run a gas station in depression era rural Virginia. Survival requires trickery and deception and a cast of colorful characters to stay ahead of villains and other well-meaning folk. I used to live in the area where this book takes place, so it was great imagining this fictional town, knowing where it would be and how it would look. I wanted to sit outside with a cold drink and spin tales with Melia, Hiram, and the truckers.

Descender Book One: Tin Stars by Jeff Lemire

If the robots do rise, I may be on their side. This future post-apocalyptic intergalactic graphic novel features robots that protect, plot, and make me cry. They are (at least in book one) certainly more sympathetic than their humanoid counterparts. I just wanted to pat TIM-21 on the head and reassure him that he is a real boy.

Jayanne had this disclaimer to add after compiling her list:
“After putting this list together I realized that there was a lot of death and crying featured in these titles. Please don’t worry about me, it just worked out that way. While all of these books are about loss, they are also about hope and are even pretty funny in places.”  

Thanks for the awesome suggestions, Jayanne!
If you would like to be featured on our T3RN, email and include:

The titles of the three books that teens would enjoy (they can be published for any age group).
One or two sentences describing what it is about each book that has you in its grip right now.
A photo of yourself. We like wacky!

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Trailer Tuesday: Flashfall by Jenny Moyer

Trailer Tuesday: Flashfall by Jenny Moyer

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Readers’ Corner: Dark & Grim Fantasy

This week’s featured teen booklist is for those of you with a slight (or not-so-slight) dark streak.

It’s called Dark & Grim Fantasy, and the title does not lie. I’m still recovering from all the ways Dorothy Must Die shattered my fondest childhood memories. So jump on in if you’re up to it, but tread carefully. These are not the kinds of fantasy stories that have happy elves and merry adventures.

Dark and Grim Fantasy: Sno-Isle Teens YA booklist

Happy (and creepy) reading!

Melleny @ Mukilteo Library

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Featured Event – Pachyderm Intrigue

Pachyderm Intrigue & the Lessons Elephants Bring
@ Coupeville Library
Monday, June 19
2-3 p.m.
Did you know elephants can hear and communicate over long distances using their feet? Photographer Donald J. Miller shares information and images from four decades of photographing elephants; most recently while assisting conservation projects for the desert elephants of Namibia, Africa. Discover the complex communication and society of these amazing creatures and learn about the conservation work and volunteer opportunities of Elephant Human Relations Aid (EHRA).

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Vlog Squad: This Savage Song

Hannah is back, reviewing Victoria Schwab’s This Savage Song, a near future dark fantasy about two teens trying to survive in a world where violence literally spawns monsters.

Get it from Sno-Isle Libraries here:

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