Game On!

Game On!

When you think about your local public library you probably think of shelves from the floor to the ceiling full of books. When I think about my public library I think of an amazing place that is always changing and growing with the times. I think about grabbing that new James Patterson book while browsing new DVD releases. More importantly I think about all the newly released video games that Martin Library has just purchased.

Since the fall of renting stores like Blockbuster, the average gamer has been left with no options to “try before I buy” new video games. We purchase all types of games from Minecraft to NBA 2K 14. Martin Library has even launched weekly gaming clubs for kids.

Did you know that you can rent a game for a week for only $2 dollars? So the next time you’re downtown, don’t forget to stop into Martin Library to have a look at our growing collection that now includes Xbox One and PlayStation 4!

Mike Velasco

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Is Your Teen Road Ready?

 

Is Your Teen Road Ready?

Learning the rules of the road can be a bit overwhelming for future drivers.  Thanks to an in-kind grant from Driving-Tests.org, York County Libraries now offers access to free online practice tests for the Pennsylvania Driving Permit exam.  

The resource offers practice tests for both motorcycle and car exams. In addition, users can practice their skills on recognizing road signs and understanding PA limits and signs.  Also available is the complete PA Driver’s Manual.

                           …The best part?  The experience is totally ad-free, so aspiring motorists can concentrate on their upcoming exam.

The program is offered by Driving-Tests.org as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility mission and is available only to a limited number of U.S. libraries. York County Libraries are proud to present this additional resource to our York community.

 

By Elyse Pollick

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Tough Topics in Young Adult Literature

Tough Topics in Young Adult Literature

Recently, I had the pleasure to talk to Karen Jensen from the Teen Librarian Toolbox  about the topics that are cropping up in teen literature that some people may think are too difficult or inappropriate for teens to handle. Karen really stressed that we think critically about this literature and the importance and impact it could make in a teen’s life. She also brought up the point that “Teens today live in a world overshadowed by the events of 9/11” and that “Schools today have duck and cover lock down drills where they practice what to do if a shooter comes into their school.” This is a “normal” part of a teenagers life, and this is in addition to stress that they may handle at home, violence that they be exposed to (both sexual and physical) and mental and health issues that they may have to handle. In this case, is it any wonder that teen literature is seeing an emergence of more difficult subject matter? And if teens have to face this reality every day, then are we really qualified to deny them a book that may help them cope in some way?

I strongly urge that the next time you see a book that may contain some difficult subject matter on the Young Adult shelves, that instead of asking why that subject is being discussed, instead ask how it may possibly assist a teen and if this is a subject that they actively have to handle. The problem in this situation is not the book, but rather the fact that a young adult has to handle these subjects in the first place. Some great books with difficult subjects in them specifically for teens and available at your library are Crank by Ellen Hopkins, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, The Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, in addition to many other titles. For more suggestions, you can check out Karen Jensen’s blog  or ask your local librarian! Keep reading and supporting the freedom to read!

By Dawn States

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YA Books Hit the Big Screen

Young Adult (YA) books are making the leap to the big screen.  These adaptations are wildly popular at the moment.  Have you read any of these books or seen the movies?

Popular YA Books That Have Been Made Into Movies:

 

Upcoming YA Adaptations -

By DMM

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Book Reviews for Young Adults By Dawn States

So you just finished a great book and are wondering what to read next? Or do you have those summer reading blues? Then these links are for you! These people who wrote the following blogs take the time to read the book and post an informative review about the book.

Some of ones I usually go to are YA Books Central, a really fun site, Young Adult Book reviews, and the awesome Reading Rants. I also like to browse the award winning books in Young Adult fiction (mainly I look at the Alex award winners), which you can find a list of these here and a list of past winners.  There is actually a list of award winning books and the title of the award and also in particular, check out the Printz award winners.

If you are feeling really daring and have an idea of what you are looking for you can browse other blogs, check out Goodreads or even check out Pinterest!

The options are seriously endless, and the links above are good staring places for finding the next awesome book. Do not forget to ask your librarian for some great titles too! Many of the books listed in the links are available at the library, so be sure to check that out! Happy reading!

Related Links

Goodreads Young Adult Fiction

Young Adult Books for Video Gamers

10 Amazing Young Adult Sci Fi Books

8 Must Read Historical Fiction Book Selections

 

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