Archive for ‘Teen’

June 19th, 2013

Teen Summer Reading

by Carrie

Trying to find a book for your school’s summer reading requirements? See below for some helpful links!

Accelerated Reader (AR) Books

You can look up AR books from our website. Just click on your school’s button to launch the reading list. Browse through the list, then click the “Check the Catalog” button to see if your book is available.

Award-Winning Books

East Jessamine Middle School students looking for award-winning books can check this list. All of the books on this list are available at JCPL and have AR tests.

Kentucky Bluegrass Award (KBA) Books

Click on the image below to open up a list of KBA books. Click the “Check Library Catalog” links to see if the books are available or to place a hold.

September 12th, 2012

Animé & Manga Club for Teens

by Kendall

Animé (AH-ne-may) : noun – a Japanese style of motion-picture animation

Manga (MAHN-ga) : noun – a Japanese style of comic art, usually in the form of illustrated novel

For teens in 6th-12th grades who love animé and manga, this is the club for you! We meet on the second Thursday of each month to screen animé, discuss print and animated formats, and explore Japanese culture. We always have authentic Japanese snacks and drinks during meetings as well.


In September, we’ll be screening the feature animé film Kiki’s Delivery Service. This is the fantasy story of a young girl with magic powers, named Kiki who is now thirteen years old. But she is still a little naive and plenty headstrong, but also resourceful, imaginative, and determined. With her trusty wisp of a talking cat named Jiji by her side she’s ready to take on the world, or at least try to fit in to her new community. Thursday, September 13, from 4:30-6:30 PM


In October, we will host manga artist Stephen Moore from the Living Arts and Science Center in Lexington, KY. Mr. Moore will teach manga drawing techniques to all attendees. We will also screen episodes from the animé television series Fairy Tail. In the series, a group of young magicians in the fantasy kingdom of Fiore band together to seek their fortunes. Thursday, October 11, from 4:30 – 6:30 PM



In November, we will have fun making candy sushi! We will also be screening episodes from the animé television series One Piece. This comedy series features Monkey D. Luffy, who travels toward the Grand Line in search of One Piece, the greatest treasure in the world, in order to be the greatest pirate in the world. Thursday, November 8, from 4:30 – 6:30 PM


In December, we’ll be screening the feature film The Secret World of Arietty. Based on the classic book series The Borrowers by Mary Norton, this film tells the story of the Clock family, who are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family’s residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered. Thursday, December 13, from 4:30 – 6:30 PM


At each meeting, we will also discuss manga books, have drawing activities and contests, and more! If you are interested in reading manga titles, check out our teen manga collection. located at the end of Teen Nonfiction shelves. Click on titles below for more information from our catalog:


June 27th, 2012

Wilderness Survival: Suggested Reading

by Kendall

JCPL teens learned Wilderness Survival basics today from instructor Trent Ellsworth and his intern Natasha (both with the Asbury University Adventures Program – click here for more information). They learned the four most important elements of survival, what to carry in your survival pack, several useful knot tying techniques, how to pitch a tarp outdoors, and how to use a compass. Lots of great information for getting out in nature!

Teen cooling it under the tarp he rigged up with his team.

Orienting their compasses and getting the right bearings.

If you’d like to learn some of the tips from today’s Wilderness Survival program, and even more, check out these great books from our teen collection:

May 30th, 2012

Explore Audubon

by Kendall

In one of this year’s Kentucky Bluegrass Award Nominee books (Grades 6-8), Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt, the main character is introduced to the art works of naturalist John James Audubon. The book’s descriptions of the art inspired me to explore more about Audubon, including his life and his art. Whether you (or your middle schooler) are reading Okay for Now or would simply like to learn more about Audubon, the Jessamine County Public Library has resources for all ages.

Gary Schmidt

Okay for Now

As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends, an abusive father, and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him until he finds an ally in Lil Spicer–a fiery young lady. Together, they find a safe haven in the local library, inspiration in learning about the plates of John James Audubon’s birds, and a hilarious adventure on a Broadway stage.

Henry Cole

A Nest for Celeste

Celeste, a mouse longing for a real home, becomes a source of inspiration to teenaged Joseph, assistant to the artist and naturalist John James Audubon, at a New Orleans, Louisiana, plantation in 1821.

Jacqueline Davies

The Boy Who Drew Birds

Reveals how the youthful Audubon pioneered a technique essential to our understanding of birds.

William Souder

Under a Wild Sky

Traces the life of John James Audubon, his efforts to record the wild birds of North America, and his fifteen-year struggle against a conventional scientific establishment to find a publisher for his masterwork, “The Birds of America.”

Robert Burleigh

Into the Woods

An illustrated biography of the renowned American naturalist and artist reveals his life’s work studying and drawing the birds of the world.

Colin Brown and Cyril Walker

John James Audubon: American Birds

This is a selection of John James Audubon’s paintings from his book “Birds of America,” an ornithological pictorial book.

Kathryn Lasky

She’s Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head!

A fictionalized account of the activities of Harriet Hemenway and Minna Hall, founders of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, a late nineteenth-century Audubon Society that would endure and have impact on the bird-protection movement.

John Chancellor

Audubon: A Biography

A biography of the great naturalist, explorer, and artist, illustrated with reproductions of his original watercolors and engravings from published editions of his works.

L. Clark Keating

Audubon: The Kentucky Years

A University of Kentucky Press book, detailing the time Audubon spent in Kentucky.

If you are fascinated by the man and his work, you might also be interested to know that a first edition of Audubon’s Birds of America is the most expensive book on record (more information here) . If you want to learn more about the society created in his name, click here to visit the National Audubon Society’s website. And, should you want to take your research a step further, how about a day trip over to Henderson, Kentucky, called “Audubon’s Kentucky Home”? There you will find the John James Audubon State Park Museum and Nature Center.

March 9th, 2012

Hungry for More Books Like the Hunger Games?

by Kendall

The library has even more thrilling, futuristic tales for you!

Try these:
Roth, Veronica.
Beatrice must choose among 5 factions to define her
identity for the rest of her life.

Young, Moira.
Blood Red Road
Suddenly thrown into the lawless,
ugly world outside home,
Saba finds she is a fierce fighter.

Shusterman, Neal
Anyone between the ages of 13 and 18 can have their lives “unwound”
and their body parts harvested, three teens try to survive.

Treggiari, Jo.
Ashes, Ashes
Lucy survives alone in future devastated Manhattan until
vicious hounds hunt her and force her to join forces with Aiden.

Bacigalupi, Paolo.
Ship Breaker
Nailer has to choose between the meager life he knows
and a chance at a better future.

Condie, Ally.
After a glitch at her matching
ceremony,Cassia finds herself falling
for the wrong guy.

Dashner, James.
The Maze Runner
How did Thomas get to the glade
with no memory?More importantly,

DeStefano, Lauren.
When women die at age 20
and men at 25, girls are kidnapped
and married to repopulate the world.

Doctorow, Cory.
Little Brother
Big Brother is watching you.
Who’s watching back?

Falls, Kat.
Dark Life
Ty’s home is on the ocean floor, but when that home is threatened,
he joins a Topside girl in a fight against the government.

Fisher, Catherine.
To free herself from an upcoming
marriage,Claudia decides to help
a young prisoner escape a futuristic
prison with a mind of its own.

Grant, Michael.
When everyone over the age of 14
disappears, the teens must figure out
how survive on their own.

Ness, Patrick.
The Knife of Never Letting Go
Todd and Viola are on the run
from a town where all thoughts
can be heard.

Pfeffer, Susan Beth.
Life as We Knew It
Miranda describes her family’s
struggle to survive after a meteor
hits the moon, causing worldwide chaos.

Revis, Beth.
Across the Universe
Amy is abruptly wakened
from frozen sleep when someone
tries to murder her.

Westerfield, Scott.
In a future world where everyone
gets cosmetic surgery at sixteen,
anyone normal is ugly.

March 2nd, 2012

Teen Tech Week @ JCPL

by Kendall

Teens’ use of technology has increased dramatically in recent years. The Pew Internet & American Life project found that 93 percent of teens go online, with many using social networking sites, finding news and information, sharing content they create, and looking for information on health. Teens need to know that they don’t have to navigate the vast Internet alone; the library is a trusted resource for accessing information, and librarians are the experts who can help them develop the skills they need to use electronic resources effectively and efficiently.

Teen Tech Week is a national initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association and is 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 technologies, especially those technologies that are offered through libraries, such as DVDs, databases, audiobooks, and videogames.

To celebrate Teen Tech Week this March, the Jessamine County Public Library is hosting a couple of different programs aimed at connecting teens with technology. On Tuesday, March 6th, from 5:00 – 6:00 PM, the library will welcome the Best Buy Geek Squad as they bring a variety of the newest electronic devices for teens to sample. Teens in middle and high school, along with parents and other adults, are welcome to come try out cool gadgets like eReaders, tablets, drawing pens, cameras, voice recorders, and more. The Geek Squad will be on hand throughout the program to answer any questions.

On Wednesday, March 7th, from 4:30 – 6:30 PM, JCPL will open the meeting room for a Wii for Teens program. Teens in middle and high school will be able to choose from a variety of Wii video games to play on the library’s two Wii consoles. Snacks and drink will be available throughout the program.

To raise awareness about technology, for library patrons of all ages, we also have a book display within the main library with a selection of titles about computers, programming, and gadgets. Some of the highlighted titles available for checkout are:

February 14th, 2012

Prepare for the Hunger Games movie

by Kendall

Forget Twilight. The latest “big thing” to hit young adult literature is the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. From the book cover: “In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before – and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.”

The film adaptation of the first book, The Hunger Games, releases on March 23, 2012. See the trailer below:

If you haven’t read the books in the trilogy, or just can’t get enough of the world of the Hunger Games, check out these titles at JCPL: