Readers’ Corner: Teen Horror Starter Kit

As a kid, I wondered why anyone would subject themselves to scary reads — just the slightest glimpse of a horror movie’s cover could give me nightmares. My friends would taunt me with their book trailers just to see me slink away, creeped out with visions of sharp knives, clown faces, and grim reapers. With a bit of coaxing, I eventually dove into the scrawling font and glowing covers of scary reads in an attempt to be able to swap narratives with my peers.  And, in reading those, I realized that the great thing about scary books is that — unlike with films — you can go at your own pace and imagine the scenes yourself. Don’t get me wrong, they were still scary and I spent a few sleepless nights with my head under the covers, but I realized that I was in control of my thoughts, giving my read as much or little scare as I chose.

Other book trends come and go, but horror is a tried and true genre, one that holds up over time.  Check out a few creepy titles featured in this week’s Readers’ Corner to start you on a horror read marathon, or a few long sleepless night under the covers.

Robyn @ Darrington Library

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BookTube: The Hate U Give-Angie Thomas Goes Behind the Scenes!

Go behind the scenes with Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give, as she talks about being on set for the film adaption of her book. The film opens this month (Oct. 19, 2018) in theaters!

What did you think of The Hate U Give? Let us know in the comments section!

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Readers’ Corner: Stranger Things

Netflix’s TV show Stranger Things has been wildly popular around the globe, perhaps sucking up more internet bandwidth with teens than many of their social media accounts.  The show is set in the 80’s and begins when a young boy, Mikey, goes missing. His friends and family uncover many strange things while looking for him, including a girl with paranormal abilities. Then came season two and a completely new strangeness!

Season three, although not scheduled to release until 2019, is sure to bring out even more of the weird, the strange, and the confusing. So, if you need a little carryover while you wait, check out some science fiction/weird YA titles to tide you over on this week’s featured booklist: If You Liked Stranger Things


Marissa & Robyn @ Mariner and Darrington Libraries

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Trailer Tuesday: Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe

Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe by Jo Hackl.

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Readers’ Corner: From YouTube to Our Shelves

This week the Readers’ Corner will help you discover the hype around a few of YouTube’s most notable celebrities and bloggers, and the books they write.

Many people today spend countless hours browsing the site. YouTube can help you learn how to properly apply your makeup or let you explore different types of fashion. It might’ve even helped you with a last-minute cram session, or kindled your elaborate interest in DIY. Using YouTube for more than your music playlist can open doors for you and propel your future towards your greatest passion like it has for many famous vloggers.

Check out their stories on our featured booklist: From YouTube to Our Shelves.


Marissa & Robyn @ Mariner and Darrington Libraries

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Robyn’s Top 3 Classic “Banned Books”

This week – in honor of Banned Books Week – Robyn from our Darrington Library has a list of her top 3 classic books that have at one point or another inspired outrage and demands for censorship throughout the United States.
Take it away, Robyn!

Robyn the Rebel is definitely not “chicken” when it comes to reading materials!

“I am something of a rebel in disguise. Although this simple lady-like exterior looks like it follows all the rules, and smiles with genuine adherence to all authority, something in me whispers, “Not this time”. Recently on vacation in Spokane, just because it was the biggest blue metal rooster I had ever seen, I bolted atop it for a quick photo; oh rebel me! And perhaps, that is why I like to read books that tether on the edge of rebellious. My favorites though, are those books that no matter the opposition, seem to have remained classics in literature.

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Reading J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye has practically become a rite of passage for teenagers, but back when it was published in 1951, it wasn’t always easy for a kid to get his or her hands on it. According to Time magazine, “Within two weeks of its 1951 release, J.D. Salinger’s novel rocketed to No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list.’ Ever since, the book—which explores three days in the life of a troubled 16-year-old boy—has been a ‘favorite of censors since its publication,’ according to the American Library Association.” I love this novel because it sends out a message that we should all remain hopeful and true to ourselves.

Lolita by Vladimir Nobokov

Sure, it’s well known that Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita is about a middle-aged literature professor who is obsessed with a 12-year-old girl who eventually becomes his stepdaughter. It’s the kind of storyline that would raise eyebrows today, so imagine what the response was when the book was released in 1955. A number of countries—including France, England, Argentina, New Zealand, and South Africa—banned the book for being obscene. Canada did the same in 1958, though it later lifted the ban on what is now considered a classic piece of literature—unreliable narrator and all. Definitely a weird love story worthy of a rebel.

Animal Farm by George Orwell

The original publication of George Orwell’s 1945 allegorical short novel was delayed in the UK because of its anti-Stalin themes. It was confiscated in Germany by Allied troops, banned in Yugoslavia in 1946, banned in Kenya in 1991, and banned in the United Arab Emirates in 2002. I have read this book at least 4 times over the years, and each time I gain something different from this story. A must read satire!”

Excellent suggestions, Robyn – thanks! Readers, have you read any of these books? What do you think about people who think no one should be able to read them?

Also, in case you’re curious which books were the most challenged by censors last year, we have a hand infographic for you!

Check out these titles – have you read any of them?


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Trailer Tuesday: Dead Weight: Murder at Camp Bloom

Dead Weight: Murder at Camp Bloom is a new murder mystery in graphic novel format, by Terry Blas. Check out your copy now!

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Top 3 Right Now: Emily’s Top 3 Books for Business-Minded Teens

This week we’re featuring a Top 3 List from Emily, our brand-new Business Services Librarian (and the former Teen Services Librarian at our Monroe community library.) This is her farewell post, (*sniffle*), so we hope you’ll enjoy her suggestions.

Take it away, Emily!

Emily hanging out on Mt. Baker

“Hi, Sno-Isle Teens! I have loved being a teen librarian for the past several years. I’ve truly enjoyed writing blog posts, sharing great reads, developing fun science programs, visiting your schools, and meeting you in our libraries. Now that I’m Lead Librarian for Business Services, I won’t be writing blog posts anymore, but I can still help you with your business ideas! For my final blog post, I’d like to share some of my favorite business reads and resources for teens.

Teen Guide to Starting a Business  by Gail Snyder
One of the reasons I like this guide is that it includes discussion of a business plan, which is an important tool to help you plan, fund, and market your business. Business plans can seem intimidating, but they don’t have to be. This guide will introduce you to starting a business and business plans, and when you’re ready to write your own, you can check out all our resources on them!

Careers – The Graphic Guide to Finding the Perfect Job for You by DK Publishers
If you’ve read some of my other teen blog posts, you already know that I always like to include a graphic novel or graphic guide, so here’s a lovely full color graphic guide to careers!

The Turning Your Tech Hobbies into a Career Series

One of the things I’ve really loved about being a teen librarian is learning about technology from teens. Thank you for teaching me how to use a hashtag! Did you know that you can get paid for these skills? Why not get Paid to Produce Videos? Or Paid to Blog and Vlog? (I didn’t even know what “vlog” meant until I became a teen librarian.) You taught me how to use a Snapchat filter, so I think you can definitely Get Paid to Manage Social Media!”

Thank you for the thoughtful and super useful suggestions, Emily!

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Trailer Tuesday: Two Dark Reigns

The Three Dark Crowns saga continues in Two Dark Reigns, the next installment in Kendare Blake’s epic dark fantasy series! Katharine may be guarding her throne—but another threat is just on the horizon.

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Readers’ Corner: Realistic Fiction

Check out something fun with this week’s featured booklist: Realistic Fiction.


Marissa @ Mariner Library

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