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To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

Books to Read after Watching "To All the Boys I've Loved Before"

Netflix’s adaptation of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was such a hit, it’s possible you saw it without having read the book first. That’s the obvious first place to start to get your fix of teen romantic comedies, but if you want more, you’ve come to the right place. Check out these heart-eyes-inducing teen reads. In the immortal words of Peter Kavinsky, “Girl come on, you know I already got it.”

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Book Recommendations for Fans of Quirky Recent TV

Many would argue that there’s never been a better variety of storytelling available on TV. With a wider variety of platforms, shows can flourish without having to appeal to absolutely everyone. And it can be great, as a fan, to discover that someone else loves a show that’s more of a niche than a giant watercooler hit.  So, as a reader who also loves good TV, here are some quirky recommendations based on my favorite recent, or in some cases recently cancelled, TV shows.

Saving Red

Books In Verse

YA Titles With Impact Using Fewer Words

Using different styles of writing can be a great tool for authors who want to mix up the young adult reading scene. In the titles below, each author uses the in verse writing style that delivers less words to arrive at deep emotion, character flaws and pivotal plot points. A reader could interpret this writing style as similar to poetry or symbolic to user interpretation. Do you agree?  

Maker

Maker Camp

Mini experiments and summer projects for kids

Anacostia Library will offer fun and exciting experiments and projects. Children and teens are invited to come and join us as we create, experiment and design.                                                                                   July 10 - Aug. 7 3 - 4:30 p.m. Ages 7 - 19 Call ahead for registration: 202-715-7708.

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Genre Crossovers for Teens and Adults

Teens who love a particular genre—romance, say, or science fiction—often explore outside the teen section for even more of their favorite stories. Meanwhile many adults have discovered—or re-discovered—that great reads can often be found in the young adult shelves.

Ronit and Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin

Diverse Contemporary Young Adult Literature

I have loved reading young adult contemporary novels for a long time and discovering characters whose life experiences, interests and stories are similar to mine. However, only ever consuming books about people like me isn’t always the most fulfilling. Reading about characters from different cultural, religious, and racial backgrounds than mine provides insight into what their lives are like.  Moreover, it’s essential to read diverse books in order to help us develop understanding and respect for other people.

Anna Dressed in Blood

Summer Horror Scream Show

Teen YA for the Frights

What are you afraid of? How can a book accelerate your heart rate? Explore one (or more) of the following titles to find out. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Bitter in the Mouth

Worlds Where Senses Mix, Part Two

Explorations of Synesthesia in Adult and Teen Fiction

The last few decades have seen a resurgence of interest in synesthesia, the neurological condition in which a stimulus of one sense involuntarily evokes another sense (such as hearing colors or tasting words). Not only has synesthesia become a well-developed area of research within neuroscience, but many new works of literature, along with new attention on certain older works, have broadened awareness of this fascinating phenomenon.

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Parklands-Turner Book Club Readers' Corner

Call for Submissions of Teen Book Review Teasers

Attention Teens: Have you just finished reading a great book that you want to talk about?  Do you have a favorite book that you'd like to recommend to other teens?  Do you want to earn additional community service hours?  Accomplish all of these each time you attend a Teen Talk-Back (book club meeting) or write a book review that gets published on the Parklands-Turner Library page. 

Spring Book Sale

Takoma Park Friends of the Library Used Book Sale

Join the Takoma Park Friends of the Library on Saturday, May 5, 2018, for their Spring Book Sale. An assortment of books will be available—cookbooks, science fiction, graphic novels, DVDs, audiobooks, and much more. Most books will be just $1. The book sale will be held on the front lawn of the library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  If it rains, the sale will take place on Saturday, May 12. Proceeds support library programming.

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