Top 3 Right Now: Rickey’s Top 3 Recent Reads

This week we’re featuring a list of Rickey’s favorite recently-read books. Rickey is our teen services guru at our Granite Falls community library, so be sure to stop by and high five him if you’ve also enjoyed any of these titles!


Here’s Rickey with his Sister at the Chihuly Museum in Seattle!

So, Rickey, what are your top 3 titles right now?

“Feeder by Patrick Weekes

Global sea levels have risen drastically, yet no one can remember how it happened, and to make matters even more interesting, interdimensional monsters have begun to prey on humans. The only hope for humanity seems to be Lori, her companion monster, and a group of unlikely teens who have mysteriously developed superpowers…This book mixes superhero action with classics science fiction, making for a truly unique, exciting story!

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

This powerful read focuses on the stigma surrounding mental health in our society, and the struggles LGBTQ youth must often overcome. “We are the Ants” provides an uplifting and at times cute story, but does so in a way that makes you question what is real, and what is only imagined.

Winterfolk by Janel Kolby

I was immediately drawn to this book since it is set in Seattle, and addresses an issue we are familiar with in this region: Homelessness. Featuring a group of teens experiencing homelessness, and facing the loss of the tent encampment in which they live, readers will experience the true struggles of the characters, and receive a raw look at the challenges of experiencing homelessness as a teen.”

Thank you, Rickey, for the most excellent suggestions!

Stay tuned next week when Judi from our Darrington community library will give us her top 3 audiobooks set on an island!


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Trailer Tuesday: Obsidio

The conclusion to the bestselling Illuminae Files Science Fiction trilogy, Obsidio, by authors Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, will blow your mind!

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Using Library Resources to Land a Summer Job

Photo Credit: WorkSource

Working as a lifeguard or behind the fast food counter was once a summer rite of passage. But in today’s competitive market, even with unemployment rates hitting record lows, you might be lucky to find such work, or any work.

A summer job is more than a way for teens to earn extra money, notes many experts. Working during school breaks can help teens gain important skills for their careers and help ease the way into full-time work once they’ve graduated. Yet even though the labor market is tightening, many employers continue to have plenty of choice in hiring, given that older, more skilled workers are still returning to the job market. On top of that, some employers say many teens lack the basic skills needed to succeed.

That’s where we can help! There are a multitude of resouces connected to your Sno-Isle library card, and more than a handful of rich programs to check out at local branches, such as the ‘Summer Job Toolkit’, where Darrington teens were taught, using online resources, to make business cards and flyers to advertise their own businesses or solicit summer jobs.

Many Sno-Isle branches have combined efforts with WorkSource Washington. Programs such as Drop in Job Help, where Work Source and Sno-Isle Libraries offer you access to career specialists who can help you with your job hunt. Let the WorkSource team help you with answers to your job search, resume, career coaching and other questions you may have concerning getting your first job, finding a better job, or advancing your career just by dropping in the library. Worksource has a ‘Sixteen Years Old’ search for teen jobs, such as food service, customer service, and others. Click on the Sno-Isle Library ‘Teens Life After High School’ page for links to Workforce Readiness and WorkSource Youth Center– Everett.

Or combine hands-on coaching with online resouces through the Sno-Isle website. Resources like – free video tutorials and LearningExpress Library can help you prep for school or work!

This summer, partner with us at Sno-Isle Libraries in preparing for skills needed to succeed landing the perfect summer job. Check out our online events link to find programs to benefit you!

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Featured Event~ Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them: Escape Room

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them: Escape Room
Snohomish Library – Snohomish Meeting Room
Saturday, June 02: 10:00am – 10:45am

It’s the 1920’s and Newt Scamander has lost his briefcase full of magical creatures.  He needs your help!  Can you find it and escape before time runs out?
Jump into JK Rowling’s magical world during this library escape room. Registration required.  Must arrive on time.  Each session only holds up to 6 registrants.

Supported by Friends of the Snohomish Library.

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Top 3 Right Now: Marta’s Top Audiobooks for your Family Roadtrip

This week’s we’re featuring a Top 3 list from from Marta, who is the “evil” librarian who releases zombie hordes during her special Minecraft event at the Marysville Library once per year. Here are her top 3 downloadable audio books that everyone in the family will enjoy on that summer road trip! These are guaranteed to prevent road trip boredom and crankiness.

Sunny by Jason Reynolds, third in the Track series, narrated by Guy Lockard

Sunny only runs the mile because his mother always wanted to run a marathon. At least that’s what Sunny’s dad tells him. Sunny can’t ask her because his mom died the day he was born. But Sunny doesn’t want to run anymore. He’d much rather dance. So far this is the best of the Reynolds’ Track series, though since the author gets better and better with every book he writes, the fourth book might be even more fun. Sunny is sheer poetry that feels like a rap song. Every word, every image just punches you with the feels.

Narrator Guy Lockard, a childhood friend of the author, is the perfect match for Sunny’s voice. And bonus of bonuses, at the end of the book, Lockard and Reynolds talk about about what it is like working with each other and growing up in the same neighborhood. Don’t miss the first two books in the series – Ghost and Patina. The fourth book in the series – Lu – will be out this October, so you don’t have long to wait to find out what happens to the track team. I know I’m really eager for its release.

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool, narrated by Jenna Lamia, Cassandra Campbell, and Kirby Heyborne.

It’s almost summer and Abilene’s father sends her off a train to to live with an old friend for the summer while he works a railroad job. She grew up hearing her father’s stories about Manifest, Kansas, but when she arrives, she’s disappointed. Manifest is in the middle of nowhere and the Great Depression has dried-up the town and worn it out. When she finds a collection of letters and meets the people of the town, she embarks on her own adventures. The narrators strike the perfect balance of storytelling, too.

Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson, narrated by Ramon De Ocampo

Alcatraz has grown up with a series of foster parents because he’s really good at breaking things. When he tries to boil water for soup, he sets the kitchen on fire. He’s that good. (Don’t try this at home!) When Alcatraz’s grandfather shows up a day late for his birthday, Alcatraz learns he is from a family of oculatoho have the power to activate glass to see the truth, find paths, and even bring fire. Alcatraz discovers that there is a secret cult of librarians bent on controlling the world. Alcatraz adventures start out by infiltrating the central branch of the library to steal back his inheritance: a bag of sand! (Be advised at your local Sno-Isle Libraries, we have checked thoroughly and there are only a few evil librarians remaining, including the one who wrote this post. Bwahahahaha! If you’re planning an infiltration, don’t forget to bring you card.) This is the first of four books in the Alcatraz series, and Ramon De Ocampo does a fabulous job narrating all of Alcatraz and his friends’ madcap zany adventures. You don’t want to be like Grandpa Smedry and arrive late for the fun.

If you want a list of audiobooks that you can listen to without worrying about your younger siblings or elderly auntie listening in, check out Marta’s list of awesome audio books to road trip with!”

Thank you for the moste excellent suggestions, Marta!

Stay tuned next week when Rickey from our Granite Falls library will give you his top 3 books so far this year.

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Trailer Tuesday: The Lies They Tale

The Lies They Tell is a new dark mystery by Gillian French, sure to give you the chills!

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Readers’ Corner: Homeless Teens

This week’s featured booklist centers on the tough issue of teens and homeless, and the painful struggles they must overcome.

Homelessness may seem like a distant problem because it isn’t currently affecting anyone you know. However, on a single night in 2017, 2,135 unaccompanied youth were counted as homeless in Washington State alone out of the total 41,000 nationwide.

There are many teens in our own communities who are between homes and do not have a safe place to call their own. Our Homeless Teens booklist includes various stories of homelessness and the impact it has had on teens’ lives.


Marissa @ Mariner Library

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Featured Event~ Carnivorous Terrarium Workshop

Carnivorous Terrarium Workshop
Lake Stevens Library
Saturday, May 26: 11:00am – 12:30pm

Create your own terrarium with Mary Fosse from Carnivorous Terrariums Nursery. Learn how to create and care for a terrarium with a sundew – a plant that eats bugs! Each participant will take home their very own carnivorous terrarium that will amaze friends and gross out family members.  For ages 13-19.  Please pre-register.

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Top 3 Right Now: Marina’s Favorite Reimagined Folk/Fairytales

This week we’re featuring a list of Marina’s favorite retellings of classic fairy tales and folk tales. Marina is the youth services librarian at our Marysville and Lakewood Smokey Point community libraries, and she clearly has excellent taste in books.

She also clearly loves adorable doggos!

So, Marina, what’s on your Top 3 list?

“Berserker by Emmy Laybourne

I’ll admit I’m a lightweight when it comes to gore and horror. And, to my perspective, this book has its fair share. But, as a tale not typically retold—those of the Viking Berserkers—I found this to be an interesting and intriguing story. Hanne and her siblings have each been gifted different powers from the old gods. When Hanne’s murderous “gift” ends up with one of her brothers accused, the family flees to the American frontier in order to find their one remaining relative who could train Hanne to rein in her powers.

East by Edith Pattou

This was the fairy tale story I didn’t realize I was waiting for. I stumbled across another telling of this Norwegian tale (from the original East of the Sun and West of the Moon) in Ice by Sarah Beth Durst and immediately sought out other versions. To my surprise there were more than one! In this version by Pattou, in order to save her family, young, adventurous Rose voluntarily leaves her home and hearth to travel with a mysterious white bear.

Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire

I grew up on Russian fairy tales. With a Russian grandfather, it’s be expected (plus, it’s always fun to read about a princess that has the same name as you). This story takes classic characters from those tales—most notably Baba Yaga with her house that has chicken legs and the firebird—and weaves them into an original tale by the author of Wicked. Throw in a dash of The Prince and The Pauper plus some snappy dialog (especially between Baba Yaga and Ekaterina) and you’ve got quite an enjoyable story.”

Thank you, Marina, for the most excellent suggestions!

Stay tuned next week for a list of Marta’s top 3 audiobooks.

Want to contribute your own top 3 list?  Email with your top 3 list and we’ll post it here!


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Trailer Tuesday: War Storm

Don’t miss the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series, Warm Storm. Even though this book has not been released yet, you can still place a hold to make sure you get one of the first copies!

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