Empowering Graphic Novels for Teens and Adults

If you follow A Mighty Girl on Facebook or their blog, you’ll know that this site is all about empowering girls, and the promotion of others who are doing the same. Recently, they did a great post about Graphic Novels for Teens and Adults that have strong female protagonists, that show a character facing a serious issue, and those that bring a deeper level to the story than your typical graphic novel for children.

Graphic novels are super popular with teens, and while a lot of parents and teachers tend to frown on the idea of promoting “comic” books to teens, graphic novels are much more than just stories with pictures. They usually tell one long tale, as opposed to some comics that feature many different stories under one cover, and the artwork can be amazing! Plus, if a teen is reading, it doesn’t matter if they’re pouring over the cereal box—they’re reading! Encourage them to pick up some of these books from the library, or keep the list and purchase several for their next birthday or special event.

You can find the entire article on the Mighty Girl website, along with a detailed list of great graphic novels like the ones featured above. Get your teen interested…and empowered!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

We have a little treat for all of our patrons today at the library. The Carleton Place Public Library Teen Advisory Group this year consists of six teens who are always working hard to imagine new things they can do for the library. Back in January, they had the idea that it would be nice to give something back—to make people happy on Valentine’s Day, even if they’re not expecting a paper card or box of chocolates.

Today, we will have a basket of sweet treats for anyone who drops in, each one tagged with a little “love” note from the TAG group. They spent their last meeting getting these ready, and while they won’t be here to hand them out all day (they’re all in school today), we know they’re looking forward to hearing if people enjoyed them.

So, stop in today and pick up a Valentine from the TAG group. Adults preferred (the kids will get stuff at school), but they’re here for anyone.

Happy Valentine’s Day from the CP Library TAG group!

(And if you’re looking for a last minute non-candy Valentine treat idea, why not take a look at these ideas from Say Yes.)

Teen Poetry Show!

The Carleton Place Public Library Teen Advisory Group has dreamed up a fun event for the March Break for teens. We’re having a poetry slam night!

Applications for this event are available now at the library. Drop by if you love to perform your poetry, or if you’d like us to display it only. It’s going to be a fun night to spend with your friends, and hear some great performances!

Make sure to get your application in before February 28, and we’ll contact you about taking part. Ages 12 and up only.

What to Read Next…Part 2

Teens are a BIG part of our library, and we always get excited about new books coming out because we know they’ll be by to get their names on the waiting lists. With all of the tech possibilities in young peoples’ lives these days, you’d think that more of them would be downloading eBooks or audiobooks. But they like real books, books they can take home, books they can break out while waiting for the bus, and books they can fall asleep devouring. So what are some of the exciting new or soon-to-be new releases for young adults this December? We’ve chosen a few gems…

A VERY LARGE EXPANSE OF SEA by Tahereh Mafi

Mafi’s SHATTER ME series came out around the same time as THE HUNGER GAMES, and readers took these books and ran with them, excited about strong female protagonists, and exciting post-apocalyptic settings. But A VERY LARGE EXPANSE OF SEA is a million miles away from that. Mafi tells the tale of a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl living in a post 9/11 America who uses music and break-dancing to ease some of her frustration with the world. Mafi says this is her most autobiographical book to date–including the fact that she used to break dance in high school. If you follow her on social media, you’d never expect this very fashionable new mom to know anything about break dancing (she’s married to fellow YA author Ransom Riggs), but wouldn’t you know it, she posted recent video doing exactly that. She still has the moves all these years later, and this book is ready to take the world by storm. It will appeal to contemporary fiction readers, as well as any teen who feels they don’t fit into their world.

TOWER OF DAWN by Sarah J. Maas

The latest in the THRONE OF GLASS series is TOWER OF DAWN by best-selling author Sarah J. Maas. This book already has a waiting list in our library, and will probably not linger on the shelves once the list dwindles. Fans love, love, love her lightning-paced fantasy novels, and the strong female protagonists who weave their way through her stories, and this book will surely be another fan-favourite soon enough. Maas has a fantastic website, with lots of interesting things from playlists to go along with her books, to detailed maps of the worlds she writes about. If you’re looking for a series to get readers started on, you won’t go wrong picking this book up along with the others.

WHAT IF IT’S US by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

Both Albertalli and Silvera are best-selling authors in their own rights, but together, they make a powerhouse team, and WHAT IF IT’S US has had a strong social media following since they announced they’d been penning something together. It’s a summer romance–with a bit of a twist, and will appeal to readers of both contemporary YA, and those looking for more diversity in their stories. A few interesting things to note about the authors…Silvera claims to be tall for no particular reason, and Albertalli is an extraordinarily picky eater. For those reasons alone, you have to know this book will be a good laugh (and maybe a few tears….).

DEAR EVEN HANSEN by Val Emmich

Based on the hit Broadway show by the same name, DEAR EVAN HANSEN is sure to be a hit with readers as well. Emmich wrote this novel with help from the creators of the show, which tells the story of a boy who finds himself embroiled in a huge lie he never meant to tell, and the good that comes of it…eventually. The songs in this musical are everywhere, and readers will probably come to this book because they’ve seen the play, or at least heard some of the score. But they’ll be sure to come back to this book again and again. Emmich is a writer, singer-songwriter, and actor, so he gets the intricacies of the work, and will hopefully gain a few new fans along the way. We’re sure that readers will think “today’s going to be an amazing day” if you put this book under the tree.

Join us tomorrow for our last installment of What to Read Next, when we’ll be sharing some new books for kids.

 

Bake Sale!

We’re having a bake sale at the library this weekend!  Join us on Saturday, November 10th from 1-3pm for our “Sweet Saturday Bake Sale”. All the goodies will be made by the members of our Teen Advisory Group, and the proceeds are going toward their slush fund so that they can offer some extra special programs in the new year.

Our Teen Advisory Group is quite active this year, helping out at various library events, as well as hosting their own Christmas Fun Drop In event on Saturday, December 15 from 10am – noon. They’ve been working on games, crafts, stories and more for this fun day, so make sure to keep your eyes posted for more details in the coming weeks.

This is the second year for our Teen Advisory Group, which is made up of teens from both local high schools who are earning volunteer hours, but also earning a sense of pride in designing and carrying out a variety of programs that make our library an even more exciting place to visit. They work hard, are self-guided, and have the library’s best interests in mind at all times. If you see a group of active teens when you visit the library, chances are, it’s the TAG group. We love this group, and this is a great way for them to take ownership of their plans. And trust us, they have lots of plans for 2019!

So, if you’re in need of a tasty treat after some Saturday morning shopping, make sure to drop by the library with a few loonies and toonies. It’s bound to be a sweet day!

What Does 18 Look Like?

Last Friday, we held our first ever Teen Art Show. While we LOVE to do things that involve teens at the library, sometimes it’s tough to get them involved. They’re busy. They have actual lives. They work. They don’t want to admit the library is cool. (Or sick…or whatever it is they say these days.)

Those are the teens we know, from our community, our culture, our society. And we think they’re great.

But are teens the same everywhere around the world? The New York Times recently did a great piece showcasing what it looks like to be 18 all around the world. You might be surprised what some of these 18-year-olds are doing, and how they’re living at eighteen years of age. It’s a fascinating look at people, so take a few minutes to scroll through and really study the amazing photos. You’ll think differently about the 18-year-olds you know now. We promise.