Book Release Dates

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upcoming book

If you need a place to double check your order or you just need some ideas for ordering, check out for YA books. They offer a list in calendar order.

~ Jennifer


Upcoming YA Fiction

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After our last meeting, I started looking up some upcoming fiction that I wanted to be sure to order for the library. I wrote up a blog post on another blog about 10 -15 books that are must haves for my library.

You can read it here.

Hope it’s helpful,
~ Jennifer


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What do you know about Horror in YA?
Personally, I hate being scared and although many of these look good, I have read them yet. Still, it’s teens love it.
Check out the list from STACKED


~ Jennifer

Library Lions

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Here’s a cool blog (and no, I’m not just saying that because I’m featured on it) dedicated to promoting librarians and their efforts. It’s run by Readergirlz founder and YA Author Janet Lee Carey. Check it out and learn about awesome librarians. Also sign up to ROAR about yourself!

~ Jennifer

A/YA Books: Alex Awards and a New Blog

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In light of our meeting on Friday (Booth & Dimock Memorial Library in Coventry. Get the address and directions.)

I thought you might like to see the award winners (taken from YALSA: The HUB)

YALSA has selected 10 adult books with special appeal to teen readers to receive the 2011 Alex Awards. The awards, sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust, were announced today at the 2011 ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Diego, Jan. 7 – 11.

The 2011 Alex Award winners are:

  • The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To” by DC Pierson, published by Vintage Books, a division of Random House, Inc. (ISBN 9780307474612)

  • “Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard,” by Liz Murray, published by Hyperion (ISBN 9780786868919)
  • “Girl in Translation,” by Jean Kwok, published by Riverhead Books, an imprint of the Penguin Group ( (ISBN 9781594487569)
  • “The House of Tomorrow,” by Peter Bognanni, published by Amy Einhorn Books, an imprint of G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of the Penguin Group (ISBN 9780399156090)
  • “The Lock Artist,” by Steve Hamilton, published by Thomas Dunne Books for Minotaur Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press (ISBN 9780312380427)
  • “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: A Novel,” by Aimee Bender, published by Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc. (ISBN 9780385501125)
  • “The Radleys,” by Matt Haig, published by Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. (ISBN 9781439194010)
  • “The Reapers Are the Angels: A Novel” by Alden Bell, published by Holt Paperbacks, a division of Henry Holt and Company, LLC (ISBN 9780805092431)
  • “Room: A Novel,” by Emma Donoghue, published by Little, Brown and Company a division of Hatchette Book Group, Inc. (ISBN 9780316098335)
  • “The Vanishing of Katharina Linden: A Novel,” by Helen Grant, published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group,  division of Random House, Inc.(ISBN 9780385344173)

“This year’s list runs the gamut of mystery, suspense, magical realism, adventure and memoir,” said Beth Gallaway, chair of the 2011 Alex Awards Committee. “Our selections are accessible to a wide range of ages, and feature a mute, a zombie slayer, a family of vampires, a Chinese American immigrant, a homeschooler, and insomniac – truly, there is something for everyone.”

The Alex Awards were created to recognize that many teens enjoy and often prefer books written for adults, and to assist librarians in recommending adult books that appeal to teens. A full list of official nominations will be available online at


Also: Here’s a blog that might be helpful: Adult Books 4 Teens from SLJ

See you Friday!

~ Jennifer

New Yalsa Blog:

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Did you know that YALSA has a new blog? Check it out


~ Jennifer

First Successful Teen Program @ the Putnam Public Library

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Hi All!

Just wanted to let everyone know I had my first showing of a movie here at the Putnam Public Library. My first *offical teen program! I showed the movie Twilight (very popular as you all know), but plan on showing new release movies, hoping this will bring a greater draw. The teens in Putnam have an early release day on Wednesdays so I’m hoping this will give them something fun to do.  Today I had seven teens, which I thought was exceptional considering this is the first program.  Looking forward to more successful programs!