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The Poet X

The Poet X

The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, Xiomara Batista has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. She pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers – especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. Mami is determined to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, and Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. When she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

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The Outsiders

The Outsiders

The Outsiders, by S. E. Hinton

The struggle of three brothers to stay together after their parent’s death and their quest for identity among the conflicting values of their adolescent society. Two rival gangs – the “haves” & “have-nots” – fight it out on the streets of an Oklahoma city.

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Live Fearless: A Call to Power, Passion, and Purpose

Live Fearless: A Call to Power, Passion, and Purpose

Live Fearless: A Call to Power, Passion, and Purpose, by Sadie Robertson

Are you tired of the struggle? Tired of fear, loneliness, anxiety, and not knowing who you are or what you’re meant to do? You don’t have to struggle anymore! Bestselling author and star of Dancing with the Stars, Sadie Robertson shares her story of overcoming anxiety and fear. Sadie battled insecurity, comparison, and isolation – just like so many of us do. And she went on a journey of transformation that has left her living a fearless life. As you read through these pages, you’ll discover how you can embrace a fearless life too. Join Sadie on the road toward power, passion, and purpose as you live at the center of who God created you to be!

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The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince, by Holly Black

Jude’s parents were murdered when she was seven, and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants to belong there – despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans – especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him and face the consequences. In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. As civil war threatens, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

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Bridge of Clay

Bridge of Clay

Bridge of Clay, by Markus Zusak

As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance. At the center of the Dunbar family is Clay, a boy who will build a bridge – for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins, for a miracle. The question is, how far is Clay willing to go? And how much can he overcome?

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Gaming at the Library

Game On! Gaming for Teens Ages 13-18 Games available anytime in the Teen Scene Center at the Central Library. Join us for gaming on the Wii, XBOX 360 and Playstation 3.

There are also ongoing gaming programs at each branch.

Geocaching

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting activity. Participants search for hidden containers, “geocaches,” using GPS-enabled devices or Google Maps, and then share their experiences online. Learn more »

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