Born HIV-Positive, Simone has lived her life with safety as a number one priority. Now at a new school, with new friends and a new job as the student director of the school's performance of RENT, she finds herself preoccupied with trying to safeguard her secret. But, as she begins to fall in love and finds that someone seems to [...]
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Family and Gratitude I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai This is the memoir of a remarkable teenage girl who risked her life for the right to go to school. Raised in a changing Pakistan by an enlightened father from a poor background and a beautiful, illiterate mother from a [...]
(Next week, Friday Fast Picks Librarians Katie and Marissa both have birthdays! Enjoy our Birthday Fast Picks!) Scorpio: October 23 - November 21 (Other astrological signs also available! Search "It's Written in the Stars" series title.) Are you a typical Scorpio? Are you adventurous and optimistic, a natural-born pioneer? Look to the stars for answers! -- Birthday by Meredith Russo Born in [...]
It's no hyperbole to say things have been really stressful lately. Before you read this week's Katie's Pick, I want you to close your eyes, take a deep breath, and release your tensed up muscles. Enjoy this last bit of late fall sunshine. Hydrate. Eat something good for you, that tastes good! Give yourself a big mental hug. It's ok [...]
How to Build a Museum: Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture by Tanya Bolden Tells the story of how the museum on the National Mall got built, from educators and activists, to politicians, architects, curators, construction workers, and ordinary Americans who donated cherished belongings, to honor black citizens. The Greatest Treasure Hunt in History: The Story of [...]
K-pop fans, rejoice and get ready to take a deep dive into the back side of the music industry. Candace Park has always thought of herself as a stereotype, the obedient daughter who doesn't make waves. But she harbors a secret that she has to let out, she can SING. When she is chosen from among thousands to become a [...]
Marley Dias Gets It Done and So Can You! by Marley Dias The young organizer of the #100blackgirlbooks campaign explores the power of activism, drawing on her personal experiences to counsel readers on how they can work together to make positive changes in their communities in the areas of literacy and diversity. -- A Teen Guide to Being Eco in Your [...]
I absolutely love Studio Ghibli movies. Kiki's Delivery Service was one of the first films produced by the studio and has always been one of my favorites. Kiki's feelings of being totally ordinary are in stark contrast to her sweet nature and the fact that she is a witch who has the ability to fly. When I first saw KDS, I [...]
Snapdragon by Kat Leyh When Snap rescues a family of baby opossums, she asks the town witch, Jacks, for help caring for them, but as Snap starts to get to know Jacks, she realizes that Jacks may have a connection with Snap's family past. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll Journey through the woods in this sinister, compellingly spooky collection [...]
I LOVE Halloween season! Maybe you can tell by the many Poe related programs going on here at the lib. Or the Zombie tutorial we are going to share at 3 pm on FB tomorrow afternoon (and then in our Vault). Today's pick is a great graphic novel to get you in the perfect creepy mood. If you are a [...]