Teen Tech Week 2016

150916TTW16logoTeens at the library will be celebrating Teen Tech Week the week of March 6 through 12! Teen Tech Week is a national initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technology, especially those types offered through libraries. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to take advantage of the technology at libraries for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals who can help them achieve greater digital literacy. This year’s theme is “Create it At Your Library!,” asking teens to use technology and handiwork skills to create something amazing. Check into the main library for a free Teen Craft on March 7, from 4 to 6:00 PM in the Gozzer Room, using ModPodge and digital photography apps to create photo-transfer boards, or join us for Creative Writing Club on March 8 from 4 to 5:00 PM in the Story Room to learn about online writing communities and take on the “Twist Fate” writing challenge. Not able to make it to a program? Visit the library throughout the month of March to check out displays of DIY, tech, and maker titles in Teen Central. You’re sure to find something that inspires your creative side.

Questions? Contact the YA Coordinator, Laura, at (208)769-2315 ext. 469 or at ljenkins@cdalibrary.org.


Book Review: Looking for Alaska

lookingforalaskaUK.indd“Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia.” This is just one of many insightful, wonderful quotes from John Green, the author of Looking for Alaska. This coming-of-age novel follows the story of Alaska Young, an enigma of a young woman, as told by Miles “Pudge” Halter during his time at Culver Creek boarding school. Seven years after being published, Looking for Alaska was recognized as 10th on the New York Times best seller list.

In the beginning of the novel, Miles chooses to attend an Alabama boarding school to “seek the Great Perhaps.” It is also clear shortly into the novel that Miles has an affinity for memorizing famous last words such as François Rabelais’s last words: “I go to seek a Great Perhaps.” This affinity plays a great role in the novel, and becomes increasingly significant later on. At Culver Creek, Miles meets Chip “The Colonel” Martin who introduces him to Alaska Young, a beautiful, but emotionally unstable and possibly depressed girl. When Alaska learns of Miles’s love of famous last words, she tells him Simon Bolivar’s last words: “How will I ever get out of this labyrinth?” The labyrinth’s significance is additionally an important theme throughout the novel, and Miles spends much time deliberating over what it means and how to escape it.

Each “chapter” begins merely with a number of days. For example, “one hundred and eighty-seven days before.” The reader is instantly given knowledge of some unknown event that will occur, but no additional information is given until the event, which is a turning point in the novel.

Looking for Alaska is a challenging novel with several significant themes that allow the reader to form an opinion on various topics explored in the book. This makes it a wonderful read for anyone looking to read a novel for reasons beyond mere entertainment. Looking for Alaska is so designed that the reader is constantly trying to figure out what will occur next, making it an extremely engaging novel that is definitely worth a read.

Although it is a wonderful book, Looking for Alaska is definitely geared toward a mature, older reader. The characters in the book are often depicted smoking or drinking, and there are a few sexual scenes as well as heavy swearing throughout the novel. Some of the topics include depression and death. I would rate this book PG-13. However, if you (and your parents!) feel comfortable with these topics then Looking for Alaska is definitely worth reading.

-Review from Caitlin K.

2016 Printz Award Winners Announced!

The Michael L. Printz Award is given by the Young Adult Library Services Association each year to the book that best exemplifies literary excellences in YA literature. Announced annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, you can be sure books on this list are going to be filled with complex characters, tantalizingly tangled plots, and deep meaning. Congratulations to the 2016 winner and honor books! Click the book covers to link to the library catalog and place your hold, or go HERE to browse the lists of past winners and honor books!

2016 Winner

Bone Gap
By Laura Ruby

Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Told from alternating viewpoints, Bone Gap perfectly melds elements of fairy tales, myths, gothic romance, and magic realism into the story of Finn, who lives in a town with gaps in the very fabric of time and place.

2016 Honor Books

The Ghosts of Heaven
By Marcus Sedgwick

Published by Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Sedgwick connects four seemingly disparate stories, each of which feature a character haunted by the ever-present shape of a spiral. Spanning time, space, and genre, each story raises powerful questions about human nature.

Out of Darkness
By Ashley Hope Pérez

Published by Carolrhoda Lab™, an imprint of Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner publishing Group

In 1937 East Texas, Mexican American Naomi and African American Wash begin a bittersweet romance. Perez’s beautifully crafted novel is a moving portrayal of both powerful love and a period marked by oppressive, destructive racism.

Spring 2016 Book Vote!

Facebook cover Spring 2016At the beginning of every semester, the Teen Book Club gathers to select its picks for the next season. Join them and choose what you want to read in Spring 2016!

Nominations can be fiction, non-fiction, or biographical, and do not have to be Young Adult books. Nominate before Monday, December 14th, and come to the Teen Book Club meeting on Tuesday, December 15, from 4:00 to 5:00 PM in the Coeur d’Alene Public Library’s Story Room to cast your vote on the official Spring 2016 Teen Book Club books. All nominations are 100% confidential.

Past book club selections have included When You Reach Me, by Rebeccca Stead; Winger, by Andrew Smith; The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak; The Walls Around Us, by Nova Ren Suma; and many many more.

Have a book you want to nominate? Visit Teen Central or submit your nomination online at http://bit.ly/Spring2016BookVote.

To give your book a better chance at selection, make sure you are at the meeting! Join the rest of the club in voting on:

December 15
4:00 to 5:00 PM
In the library Story Room
Coeur d’Alene Public Library
702 E Front Ave

NaNoWriMo @your Library


Every November, aspiring authors flock to their keyboards for the annual event known as NaNoWriMo. Or, in non-abbreviated form: National Novel Writing Month. The challenge? Write 50,000 words over the course of the 30 days of November, in what the NaNoWriMo organization has dubbed “Thirty days and nights of literary abandon.” That amounts to about 1,667 words per day. If you succeed, guess what? You have written a novel, which is defined loosely as a piece of fictitious prose over 50,000 words in length.

At the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, we serve as a “Come Write In” center, providing space for novelists-in-training to work their keyboarding magic. For teens, however, the library goes one step further. Throughout the month, the library will host Creative Writing workshops as well as “Write-Ins,” where snacks, hot cocoa, and caffeine will be provided in abundance to help your literary minds function at their highest level. At workshops and Write-Ins, the library will provide laptops, traditional writing implements, writing prompts, and support as you venture forth in the hope of reaching that 50,000-word summit. Space at these programs is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and no registration is required.

To get started, visit the NaNoWriMo website, and register yourself for the challenge (with your parents’ permission, of course). Writing starts promptly at 12:00 AM on November 1st, and will continue through November 30th. We’ll celebrate the end of the month and the creation of our novels on December 1st, when the keyboards are at rest!

Use this page to plan your NaNoWriMo experience, with helpful tips and tricks, a list of events sponsored by the library, and resource links for books and other handy articles from people that know what they are talking about.

Monday, November 2, 4:00 to 8:00 PM
Monday, November 9, 4:00 to 8:00 PM
Wednesday, November 18, 4:00 to 8:00 PM
Monday, November 23, 4:00 to 8:00 PM
Monday, November 30, 4:00 to 8:00 PM
Use this time to work on your novel, munch on snacks, share ideas, chat with other writers, and generally work on your novel. You can use the library’s latops, pen and paper, or bring your own writing implements/technology.

Have questions about these events, or how to get involved? Contact the library’s YA Coordinator, Laura Jenkins, at (208)769-2315 ext. 469 or by email, at ljenkins@cdalibrary.org.

Week One Teen Summer Reading Raffle Winners

The first week of the Teen Summer Reading Program has come and gone, and it’s time to announce the winners for the first weekly raffle!

State Park Passes:
Avery H.
Hannah H.
Makenna C.

YA Book of Choice from the Summer Reading Shelf:
Caitlin K.
Josiah F.
Michelle N.

Gift Certificate to Gooey’s at Dockside:
Alahna H.

Thanks to everyone that turned it reading logs during the first week! Remember, your reading hours carry over from week to week at the library, so you still have a chance to win later in the summer.

Haven’t heard about the Summer Reading Program? There are several ways to participate.

First, you can pick up a copy of the Teen Reading Log whenever you’re in the library and keep track of the time you spend reading this summer. Any kind of reading counts – websites, magazines, books, comics, audiobooks… the list of potential reading material is endless. Whenever you come in to the library, turn in your log and your hours will become raffle tickets for our weekly prize drawings. Prize raffles will include movie passes, books, state park passes, and gift cards to Amazon.com, Target, Gooey’s, Starbucks, and more! Every teen that is able to complete 25 hours of reading between June 16 and August 31 will also be entered into the grand prize drawing, with a chance to win a stack of more than 20 young adult books, a $50.00 Amazon gift card, or a Kindle Fire HDX!