Wednesday, November 11, 2015

New YA Books - November 2015

Twin witches (and Norse goddesses) Molly and Mardi Overbrook are sent to North Hampton for the summer where they must learn to control their powers before the White Council exiles them to Limbo.

Dangerous Lies by Bella Fitzpatrick
After witnessing a murder, high school senior Stella Gordon is sent to Nebraska for her own safety. When she meets Chet Falconer it becomes harder for her to keep her guard up, and soon she has to deal with the real threat to her life as her enemies are actually closer than she thinks.

Ten Thousand Skies by Claudia Gray
As Marguerite struggles to get to the heart of the corrupt company that almost killed her father, she tries to save the boy she loves, whose soul is scattered in various dimensions. Sequel to A Thousand Pieces of You.

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston
Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, so when she is taken to the king's dangerous court she believes death will soon follow. But night after night Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and soon she is dreaming of bigger, more terrible magic, and power enough to save a king.

The House by Christina Lauren
Told in their separate voices, Gavin, a loner outcast, and Delilah, back in small-town Kansas after years at a Massachusetts boarding school, reconnect their senior year, but as their relationship deepens, it is clear that the eerie house Gavin dwells in will do anything to keep the two apart.

Hardwired by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie
After several months in a government facility undergoing psychological testing related to his "warrior gene," Lucas has been approved to return to normal life--but decides instead to go back into the facility to save a prisoner and reveal what is truly going on there.

This Way Home by Wes Moore
Elijah, seventeen, has always been sure of just one thing--basketball--and believes it will be his way out of West Baltimore, but when gang violence knocks him down, helping a veteran repair his rickety home helps Elijah see what really matters.

As she fights for the family company, Tandy Angel's detective prowess is called into question and her paranoia builds, forcing her to face the possibility that her stalker could be all in her head--or the very real danger that will finally bring her down.

Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl
Natasha Romanov, aka Black Widow, agent of S.H.I.E.L.D, rescues a young girl from Ivan, the man who once trained her as an assassin. Eight years later she is called upon to protect the teenager Ava from a threat from the past.

Penny joins her rock-star boyfriend on the road in Europe. Can Penny learn to balance life and love on the road, or will she lose everything in pursuit of the perfect summer? Sequel to Girl Online.

One of Us by Jeannie Waudby
Caught in a bomb attack, K agrees to spy on the group held responsible. But at school, nothing is black and white, and even enemies become real people. When she falls for a boy, K faces the hardest choice of her life. Who's wrong and who's right? And can love keep them together?

Ms. Marvel 3: Crushed by G. Willow Wilson
Love is in the air in Jersey City as Valentine's Day arrives! Kamala Khan may not be allowed to go to the school dance... but Ms. Marvel is! Well sort of - by crashing it attempting to capture Asgard's most annoying trickster!

YA 302.34 MAY
Written by a teenager who was bullied throughout middle school and high school, this book offers a fresh and relatable perspective on bullying. The author offers guidance as well as different strategies that helped her get through even the toughest of days.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Amazing Artwork from our Teen Advisory Group!

Check out the completely awesome word collage made by the West Caldwell Public Library Teen Advisory Group! Sooooooo talented!!! Great work, guys!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

New YA Books - October 2015

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
A young woman in nineteenth-century New York City must struggle against gender and class boundaries when her father is found dead of a supposed suicide, and she believes there is more than meets the eye.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman
The planet Kerenza is attacked, and Kady and Ezra find themselves on a space fleet fleeing the enemy, while their ship's artificial intelligence system and a deadly plague may be the end of them all.

Juba! by Walter Dean Myers
In Five Points, New York, in the 1840s, African American teenager William Henry "Juba" Lane works hard to achieve his dream of becoming a professional dancer but his real break comes when he is invited to perform in England.

The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett
In the face of a growing evil, Tiffany must gather all the witches to prepare for a fairy invasion. The final book of the Tiffany Aching series!

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordian
Magnus Chase, a homeless boy living in Boston, finds out he is the son of a Norse god. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
Lost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica. Decades later, three children find themselves caught up in the same thread of destiny in the darkest days of the twentieth century.

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt
Damaged in prison, foster child Joseph wants nothing more than to find his baby daughter, Jupiter, whom he has never seen. When Joseph begins to believe he'll have a future, he is confronted by demons from his past that force a tragic sacrifice.

The Beast of Cretacea by Todd Strasser
A reimagining the classic tale of Moby Dick set in the future. When Ishmael wakes up from stasis aboard the Pequod, he is amazed by how different the planet Cretacea is from the dirty, dying Earth. He’s here to work under the mysterious Captain Ahab whose obsession with capturing the Great Terrafin puts the entire crew at risk.

A biography that explores fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli's childhood in Rome, her introduction to high fashion in Paris, and her swift rise to success collaborating with surrealist and cubist artists like Salvador DalĂ­ and Jean Cocteau.

The Mystery of Life by Jan Paul Schutten
YA 576 SCH
Discover the explanations behind some of the most complicated scientific issues that exist, like how do you build a planet, does a tree want to be tall, how does a bacterium turn into a blue whale, and how can you survive without a rear end?!

YA 791.440922 HOW
YouTube stars Dan Howell and Phil Lester tell the humorous story of growing up and finding YouTube fame, while giving advice to their teen followers.

Friday, September 4, 2015

New YA Books - September 2015


The Keeper by David Baldacci
Vega Jane was always told no one could leave the town of Wormwood. She was told there was nothing outside but the Quag, a wilderness filled with danger and death. And she believed it - until the night she stumbled across a secret that proved that everything she knew was a lie.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price--and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

In this sequel to Vivian Apple at the End of the World, Vivian and her best friend Harp fall in with a militant group who is trying to take down the Church of America as the world approaches the (supposed) apocalypse.

Chloe, Serena, and Xinot, the Fates, live on a secluded island spinning, measuring, and cutting the threads of human life, but when Aglaia, a mortal, finds them Chloe must try to keep her sisters from getting attached to the girl and involved in her dark fate that could unravel the world.

Hunter by Mercedes Lackey
A teenage girl leaves home to join the legendary Hunters, who protect the people from the terrifying monsters that have overrun their world.

Infinite in Between by Carolyn Mackler
Zoe, Jake, Mia, Gregor, and Whitney meet at freshman orientation. At the end of that first day, they make a promise to reunite after graduation. So much can happen in those in-between years….

Beastly Bones by William Ritter
In 1892 New England, things are never quite what they seem, especially when Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, R. F. Jackaby, are called upon to investigate the supernatural. Funny and exciting sequel to Jackaby.

Stand-Off by Andrew Smith
It’s his last year at Pine Mountain, and Ryan Dean should be focused on his future, but instead, he’s haunted by his past. His rugby coach expects him to fill the roles once played by his lost friend, Joey, and somehow he’s stuck rooming with twelve-year-old freshman Sam Abernathy, a cooking whiz with extreme claustrophobia and a serious crush on Annie Altman—aka Ryan Dean’s girlfriend.

A 52-Hertz Whale by Bill Sommer
Reveals, through emails from various people, the growing connection between sixteen-year-old James, who is obsessed with the fate of a juvenile humpback whale he adopted, and Darren, a would-be filmmaker who once did community service in James's Special Education classroom.

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld
Don’t call them heroes. But these six Californian teens have powers that set them apart. Take Ethan, a.k.a. Scam. He’s got a voice inside him that’ll say whatever you want to hear, whether it’s true or not. Which is handy, except when it isn’t—like when the voice starts gabbing in the middle of a bank robbery. The only people who can help are the other Zeroes, who aren’t exactly best friends these days.

Most Dangerous by Steve Sheinkin
YA 959.704 SHE
The thrilling true story of Daniel Ellsberg and his decision to steal and publish secret documents about America's involvement in the Vietnam War.

Friday, July 24, 2015

2015 Teen Summer Reading Program Events & Contests

Our 2015 Teen Summer Reading Program runs from June 13 to August 4. For every book you read or audiobook you listen to, you can fill out a ticket to be entered into a prize drawing! We've also got contests and events running all summer long. 

Stop by today and get started!! Open to teens in grades 6-12.

Call All Fashion Fanatics!

There's still time to submit a design for our Project Superhero contest!

Pick up a form at the West Caldwell Public Library & give us your best design for a superhero costume.

Entries due by JULY 27!! The one with most votes gets a prize!!

Open to grades 6-12. Part of our 2015 Teen Summer Reading Program.

New YA Books - July 2015

We've got spectacular summer reads, perfect for taking along on an exotic getaway! Not planning on leaving the A/C anytime soon? They're perfect for that, too! 

Deadfall by Anna Carey
A week ago, you woke up in Los Angeles with no memory of who you are. The only thing you knew: people are trying to kill you. As the chase heats up, your memory starts to return, but your past cannot save you from the terrifying circumstances of your present, or from the fact that one wrong move could end this game forever. The exciting sequel to Blackbird!

Gotham Academy: Volume 1 by Becky Cloonan
A new teen drama set in the shadow of Batman and the craziness of Gotham City, with new characters and old plus a secret tie to Gotham's past!

After her younger brother, Tyler, commits suicide, Lex struggles to work through her grief in the face of a family that has fallen apart, the sudden distance between her and her friends, and memories of Tyler that still feel all too real.

Forget-Me-Not Summer by Leila Howland
When their parents, a screenwriter and a film editor, go off on summer projects, Marigold, twelve, Zinnia, eleven, and Lily, five, must visit their Great Aunt Sunny in Cape Cod, where they learn much about themselves and each other and grow closer than ever.

Crossing into Brooklyn by Mary Ann McGuigan
After she ventures to Brooklyn to find out the truth about her family and meets people who are suffering with nowhere to go, Morgan find herself torn between a mundane, comfortable life, and an exciting, dangerous one.

After a boating accident takes her beautiful singing and speaking voice from her, Elyse d'Abreau, the youngest of six sisters, leaves her home in Tobago to stay in an Oregon seaside town where Christian Kane, a notorious playboy, challenges her to express herself and to overcome her fear of the sea.

Pretending to be Erica by Michelle Painchaud
Violet has been preparing her entire life to step into the shoes of the missing heiress Erica Silverman, in order to pull off the biggest inside job in Las Vegas history. However, she didn’t count on one thing…having a conscience.

Damage Done by Amanda Panitch
Julia Vann has a new identity after being forced to leave town because of her twin brother's terrible crime. Julia is the only survivor, but she can't remember what happened--at least, that's what she tells the police.

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary Pearson
Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Princess Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape--and even less of being together. As the foundations of Lia's deeply-held beliefs crumble beneath her while she wrestles with her upbringing, her gift, and her very sense of self to make powerful choices that affect her country, her people, and her own destiny. Book 2 of the Remnant Chronicles. 

Outrage by John Sandford
Shay Remby and her gang of renegades have struck a blow to the Singular Corporation by rescuing Shay's brother and Fenfang, a girl who literally knows too much. Can the knowledge brought by these ex-captives help Shay and her friends expose the crimes of this corrupt corporation? Book 2 of the Singular Menace series.

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
Consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off, a girl coping with Purely-Obsessional OCD learns to accept herself and take control of her life through her experiences in a poetry club.

Elena Vanishing: A Memoir by Elena Dunkle
Seventeen-year-old Elena is vanishing. Every day means renewed determination, so every day means fewer calories. This is the story of a girl whose armor against anxiety becomes artillery against herself as she battles on both sides of a lose-lose war in a struggle with anorexia.

Twenty-three year old Joey Graceffa has captured the hearts of millions of teens and young adults through his playful, sweet, and inspirational YouTube presence. Yet, Joey wasn't always comfortable in his skin, and in this candid memoir, he thoughtfully looks back on his journey from pain to pride, self-doubt to self-acceptance.

YA 741.5973 COW
The Heroic Age, a new team, and 20 brand-new heroes and villains take to the page in a revised guide that details the most recent events to rock The Avengers' world.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Have you signed up yet?!

Have you signed up for the 2015 Teen Summer Reading Program? What are you waiting for?!

There's still time to register and start filling out reading tickets for a chance to win awesome prizes!

We've also got great events and contests running all summer long!

Our next program is Tuesday, July 21 at 5:30. Come watch Guardians of the Galaxy, have snacks, and play movie bingo! 

Open to teens in grades 6-12. For more info, stop by the library or call 973-226-5441. Don't miss out!!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

New YA Books - June 2015

Looking for something to read pool-side or at the beach? Look no further! Check out one of these sizzling summer titles! 

One of the Guys by Lisa Aldin
Tomboy to the core, Toni Valentine understands guys. So she’s horrified when she's sent to the Winston Academy for Girls. Then Toni realizes setting her new girl friends up with her old boy friends is big business and stars a Rent-A-Gent Service. But what happens when Toni has to decide if she wants to save the business and her old life, or let go of being one of the guys for a chance at love? 

Material Girls by Elaine Dimopoulos
YA FIC Dimopoulos
Teens Ivy Wilde and Marla Klein face major lifestyle changes as pop-star Ivy questions the rampant consumerism required to maintain her image, and fashionista Marla sees first-hand the appalling working conditions that allowed her to be a trend-setter.

Dime by E.R. Frank
Fourteen-year-old Dime, a foster child in Newark, New Jersey, finds love and family as a prostitute, but when her pimp rejects her for a new girl, will Dime have the strength to leave?

Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert
Ten years ago, God gave Braden a sign, a promise that his family wouldn't fall apart the way he feared. But Braden got it wrong: his older brother, Trey, has been estranged from the family for almost as long, and his father, the only parent Braden has ever known, has been accused of murder. Braden faces an impossible choice, one that will define him for the rest of his life.

Before Tomorrowland by Jeff Jensen
The year is 1939. A secret society of geniuses is about to share an incredible discovery with the world, but a secret enemy will stop at nothing to stop them. And a mother and son on vacation in New York City are handed a comic book infused with a secret code that will lead them straight into the crossfires of the conspiracy.

The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg
Carson Speier is bored of Billings, Montana, and resentful that he has to help his mother take care of his deadbeat father. But then he meets Aisha, a beautiful African American girl who has run away from her own difficult family, and together they embark on a journey of discovery that may help them both come to terms with their lives.

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest
Years after writing stories about a superheroine character she created with a best friend who died in a tragic car accident, May is shocked to see stickers, patches, and graffiti images of the superheroine appearing around Seattle.

A Tale of Two Besties by Sophia Rivka Rossi
In ultra-cool Los Angeles, can two freshman girls remain best friends despite a tidal wave of high school drama, or does growing up mean leaving some friends behind?

Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
Two teenagers with a deadly disease meet in a weird sanatorium and fall in love on the brink of a cure.

The Cage by Megan Shepherd
Cora wakes up in a cage on an alien planet where she meets the Kindred, her mysterious alien captors, and along with other teenager abductees must find a way to escape back to Earth.

YA 305.235 ALI
The true story of an all-American girl and a boy from Zimbabwe and the letter that changed both of their lives forever.

YA 746.422 MIK
Offers instructions for several craft projects using paracords, including a snake knot bracelet, a millipede quick deploy strap, and a common whipping handle wrap.

Unbored: The Essential Fun Guide to Serious Fun by Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen
YA 790 GLE
This is the guide and activity book every modern kid needs. Vibrantly designed, lavishly illustrated, brilliantly walking the line between cool and constructive, it's crammed with activities that are not only fun and doable but also designed to get kids engaged with the wider world.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

If You Like...The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Quirky characters, tough situations, and the quest to discover the real you. If you liked The Perks of Being a Wallflower, check out one of these other fascinating books! 

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
When Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

Troy, depressed and weighing nearly 300 pounds, gets a new perspective on life when a homeless teenager who is a genius on guitar wants Troy to be the drummer in his rock band.

Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and in the process uncovers secret information about his mother.

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
Sixteen-year-old introvert Min writes a letter to popular jock Ed in which she breaks up with him, documenting their relationship and how items in the accompanying box, from bottle caps to a cookbook, foretell the end.

The Gospel of Winter by Brendan Kiely
Managing the challenges of his fractured family by taking Adderall, sneaking drinks, and confiding in an abusive priest, Aidan finds support from new friends including a crush, a wild girl, and a swim-team captain with his own secrets.

Reality Boy by A.S. King
Gerald Faust started feeling angry even before his mother invited a reality TV crew into his five-year-old life. Twelve years later, he's still haunted by his rage-filled youth and his anger issues have resulted in violent outbursts, zero friends, and a dark future. 

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
Today is Leonard Peacock's birthday. It is also the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather's P-38 pistol. Maybe one day he'll believe that being different is okay, important even. But not today. A teen boy on the edge says good-bye to the four people who matter most to him.

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Holy Grail of teenage angst!  Holden Caulfield is tired of all the   phonies in his life, so he gets expelled from his prep school and spends a night traveling through New York City in search of thrills, love, and, of course, the real meaning of life.

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
After a car accident shatters his chance at athletic greatness, golden boy Ezra Faulkner finds a new identity with a crew of misfits. But as Ezra dives into his new studies, new friendships, and new love, he learns that some people, like books, are easy to misread.

Winger by Andrew Smith
Two years younger than his classmates at a prestigious boarding school, fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean West grapples with living in the dorm for troublemakers, falling for his female best friend who thinks of him as just a kid, and playing wing on the Varsity rugby team with some of his frightening new dorm-mates.

The Spectacular Now by Jim Tharp
In the last months of high school, charismatic eighteen-year-old Sutter Keely lives in the present, staying drunk most of the time, but that could change when starts working to boost the self-confidence of a classmate, Aimee.

Ambitious NYC teen Craig Gilner gets a major wake-up call when he enters prep school and discovers he’s not quite as brilliant as he thought he was. As the stress gets to be too much, he falls into a suicidal spiral that lands him in a mental hospital where his new neighbors include a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.

Other Authors You Might Like:

Jesse Andrews
John Green
Ellen Hopkins
Madeleine L’Engle
David Levithan
Lauren Myracle
Rainbow Rowell
Jordan Sonnenblick
Alex Sanchez
Rob Thomas

Monday, May 4, 2015

May the Fourth Be With You!

Celebrate Star Wars Day and check out a book or DVD based on the characters and stories from a long time ago in a galaxy far far away.....

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Voting for 2016 Garden State Teen Book Awards now open!

Vote for your favorites!

Teens all across NJ are invited to vote for their favorite book title in any one or all three voting categories.

Deadline for voting is December 31, 2015 and winners will be announced in January 2016!

Visit or click here to vote for the best fiction and nonfiction books.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

New YA Books - April 2015

We've just added some hot titles to our YA collection for April. No foolin'! (Hyuck, hyuck, hyuck....)

Sage has learned to substitute causes for relationships, and it's working just fine…until Shane Cavendish strolls into her math class. He's a little antisocial, a lot beautiful, and everything she never knew she always wanted.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens agenda
Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity--and that of his pen pal--will be revealed.

Eden West by Pete Hautman
This story explores a boy's unraveling allegiance to an insular cult. Twelve square miles of paradise, surrounded by an eight-foot-high chain-link fence: this is Nodd, the land of the Grace. It is all seventeen-year-old Jacob knows. But when new people come into contact with Nodd, he begins to question everything he’s ever known.

The Truth Commission
The Truth Commission by Susan Juby
As a project for her "creative non-fiction module" class, Normandy Pale chronicles the work of the Truth Commission, through which she and her two best friends ask classmates and faculty about various open secrets.

The prom goer's interstellar excursionYA FIC MCCOY
Minutes after Bennett Bardo of Gordo, New Mexico, asks Sophie Gilkey, his dream girl, to prom and she says yes, she is abducted by aliens and Bennett catches a ride across the galaxy with a band of misfit musicians to find her.

Anastasia and her Sisters by Carolyn Meyer
Anastasia and her sistersYA FIC MEYER
A novel in diary form in which the youngest daughter of Czar Nicholas II describes the privileged life her family led up until the time of World War I and the tragic events that befell them.

Skandal by Lindsey Smith
In the sequel to SEKRET, Yulia and Valentine have escaped Russia to live in Washington DC where they are working with CIA psychics, including Yulia's increasingly erratic father.

Ms. Marvel. 2, Generation whyMs. Marvel 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson
Lies I toldAs Ms. Marvel discovers more about her past, the Inventor continues to threaten her future. Kamala bands together with some unlikely heroes to stop the maniacal villain before he does real damage, but has she taken on more than she can handle?

Lies I Told by Michelle Zink
Since Grace was adopted by the Fontaines, she has been carefully taught the art of the scam and has an uncanny ability to create a personality to help her "parents.” However, their latest job has her questioning everything she has been taught and the family she has grown to love.

The Bullies of Wall Street : this is how greedy adults messed up our economyYA 330.973 BAI
Can knowing how a financial crisis happened keep it from happening again? Sheila Bair, the former chairman of the FDIC, explains how the Great Recession impacted families on a personal level using language that everyone can understand.

YA 338.7 FRY
A fascinating account that captures the history, science, and economic and cultural implications of the harvesting of cacao and creation of chocolate.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Calling All High School Film Buffs!

The Montclair Film Festival is looking for high school students to help them pick the best films in this year's festival! 

If you are between the ages of 15 and 18 and love films, you can submit an application to become a junior juror. Jurors receive a free student member admission to the film festival, VIP treatment and priority access to events!

For more information and to apply, visit the Montclair Film Festival site at or click here.

Applications must be emailed or postmarked by April 9 2015. 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Teen Tech Week Online Scavenger Hunt

Teen Tech Week is March 8 -14 2015. Answer some questions using the library's online resources for a chance to win movie passes! Pick up a form at the West Caldwell Public Library.

2015 Summer Reading Program Teen Video Challenge

Participate in the 2015 Teen Video Challenge to Promote the CSLP Summer Reading Program!

NJ is participating in the 2015 Teen Video Challenge for teens to create videos that promote reading, libraries, and the 2015 CSLP teen summer reading slogan, “Unmask.” Teens across the country are invited to create a 30 to 90 second video with their unique interpretation of the 2015 teen slogan Unmask in combination with reading and libraries. The winning video from each participating state will be named one of the CSLP 2015 Teen Videos to promote summer reading nationwide and will be posted on the CSLP website.

The deadline is March 6, 2015 to mail the video entry form to Sharon Rawlins, Youth Services Specialist, NJ State Library, 185 West State St., Trenton, 08625-0520. The winner for New Jersey will be determined by March 20, 2015. The winners from each of the participating states will be announced by CSLP in spring 2015.

$150 will be awarded to the creator or creative team of the winning state video and their associated public library will receive a gift certificate for $50 from CSLP and Demco/Upstart to purchase teen incentives for the summer reading program.

For full details about the CSLP 2015 Teen Video Challenge and to find out how to enter the competition, please visit and click on Teen Video Challenge on the right-hand side, or click here for the entry form and more information.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

New YA Books - February 2015

Hibernation season is almost over....but there's still time to curl up with one or two more good books!!
Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen
Deep in the forest, in a crumbling ruin of a castle, Sarah begins to untangle the layers of curses affecting her family, until she discovers that the curse has carried over to her, too. The day she falls in love for the first time, Sarah will transform into a beast . . . unless she can figure out a way to break the curse forever.

City of savages
City of Savages by Lee Kelly
After the Red Allies turn New York City into a POW camp, two sisters must decipher the past in order to protect the future in this action-packed thriller. After killing a camp guard, the girls take flight into subways haunted by cannibals, the arms of a sadistic cult in the city's Meatpacking District and, through the pages of their mom's old journal, into the island's dark and shocking past.
A cold legacy : a Madman's daughter novel 
After escaping to a remote estate on the Scottish moors, Juliet Moreau, the product of her father's animal-human experiments, uncovers the truth about the manor's long history of scientific experimentation--and her own intended role in it.

Girl online : the first novel by Zoella
Girl Online by Zoe Suggs
Penny has a secret. Under the alias GirlOnline, Penny blogs her hidden feelings about friendship, boys, and the panic attacks that have begun to take over her life. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love--and capturing every moment of it on her blog. But Noah has a secret, too, one that threatens to ruin Penny's cover forever.

I'll meet you there
I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Skylar Evans yearns to escape Creek View by attending art school, but her mother's job loss puts her dream at risk. Only a rekindled friendship with Josh, a former Marine who lost a leg in Afghanistan, and her job at the Paradise Motel lead her to appreciate her home town.
I'm glad I did 
I’m Glad I Did by Cynthia Weil
It’s 1963, and sixteen-year-old JJ Green, a songwriter interning at New York City's famous Brill Building, finds herself a writing partner In Luke Silver, a boy who seems to connect instantly with her music. As they start cutting their first demo with Dulcie Brown, a legend who has fallen on hard times, they uncover a secret past that will rock all of their worlds.

Invaded : an Alienated novel
Invaded: An Alienated Novel by Melissa Landers
Paper thingsCara and Aelyx maintain their extremely long-distance relationship, with Cara becoming human representative to a panel preparing for a human colony on L'eihr, and Aelyx working on a campaign to improve human-L'eihr relations, which soon makes him a target of extremists.

Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
When Ari's mother died, one of her finals wishes was that Ari and her older brother, Gage, stay together always. So when Gage decides he can no longer live with their guardian, Janna, Ari knows she has to go with him. But it's been two months, and Gage still hasn't found them an apartment. How can she keep her promise and still find a place to call home? Told in an open, authentic voice, this story of hiding in plain sight may have readers thinking about homelessness in a whole new way.

Seeker by Arwen Dayton
After years of brutal training for what she thinks is the noble purpose of becoming a Seeker, Quin Kincaid, learns that she will be using the ancient artifacts and sacred knowledge as a cold-hearted assassin instead.

The shadow cabinet
The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson
Book 3 of the Shades of London series. Rory’s classmate Charlotte has been kidnapped by Jane and her nefarious organization. Evidence is uncovered of a forty-year-old cult, ten missing teenagers, and a likely mass murder. Everything indicates that Charlotte's in danger, and it seems that something much bigger and much more terrible is coming. Time is running out as Rory and her ghost squad struggle to stop Jane from unleashing her spectral nightmare on the entire city.

Getting to know the Raspberry Pi
Getting to Know Raspberry Pi by Nicki Peter Petrikowski
YA 004.1675 PET
A $35 minicomputer about the size of a credit card, the Raspberry Pi has taken the world of computing by storm. This guide provides extended, in-depth info about the Raspberry Pi, giving readers some background on the program or language in addition to practical advice on how to get started.

The top 10 of everything.
YA 031 TOP 2015
Packed with unusual comparisons, special features, awe-inspiring photographs and holographic foil histories, engineering feats, the Top 10 of Everything 2015 has thousands of facts and pictures that will make you go Wow!

YA 381 DON
Things to make and do in the fourth dimension : a mathematician's journey through narcissistic numbers, optimal dating algorithms, at least two kinds of infinity, and moreDiscover where to find great thrift bargains and try easy craft activities to upcycle your treasures. Learn how to be a great bargain hunter for clothing, jewelry, furniture, and much more!

YA 510 PAR
A mathematician and comedian offers games, puzzles, and hands-on activities to help those with a fear of math understand and enjoy the logical tools and abstract concepts of a complicated subject.

Filmmaking for teens : pulling off your shorts
YA 791.43 LAN
A guidebook designed to teach young filmmakers from beginning to end and learn everything they need about creating short films.

The many faces of Josephine Baker : dancer, singer, activist, spy
This lively biography illustrates the amazing journey of Josephine Baker's life. From her childhood in the depths of poverty to her comedic rise in vaudeville and fame in Europe, from her outspoken participation in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement to her espionage work for the French Resistance during World War II, and finally, her adoption of 12 children--her "rainbow tribe."

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Teen Valentine's Day Program

Looking for something to do next Tuesday, February 10? 

Celebrate (or demolish) early V-Day with a teen program at the West Caldwell Public Library! 

Open to teens in grades 6-12.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

New YA Books - February 2015

Fairies, devils, hypnotism, space travel, and even the're sure to find a surprise or two in our new YA books!

PolarisPolaris by Mindee Arnett
The thrilling sequel to the book Avalon. Jeth Seagrave and his crew are on the run from the ITA, an insidious group holding Jeth's mother in a remote research lab and intent on acquiring the metatech secrets Jeth's sister Cora carries inside her DNA. Jeth must make a dangerous deal to rescue his mother and start a new life outside the Confederation. 
The darkest part of the forest
In the town of Fairfold, where humans and fae exist side by side, a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives awakes after generations of sleep in a glass coffin in the woods. This event sweeps Hazel up in a new love and forces her to make a secret sacrifice to the faerie king.
Vivian Apple at the end of the world
Vivian Apple returns home after the alleged "Rapture" to find her devout parents gone and two mysterious holes in the roof. Vivian never believed in the Rapture, or the uber powerful Church of America. Now that she has been left behind, Vivian's quest for the truth begins.

Hellhole by Gina Damico
Max Kilgore has accidentally unleashed a devil---and now the big, evil oaf is living in his basement. If Max doesn't meet the devil's demands (which include providing unlimited junk food and a hot tub), everyone and everything he holds dear could go up in smoke.

Stolen by Melissa de la Cruz
Book 2 of the Heart of Dread series. Nat risked her life to reunite with her drakon in the defense of the Blue, but Wes, seeking his sister Eliza, is forced to rejoin the military, placing him and Nat on opposite sides of a war that could destroy what is left of the world.
Waiting for unicorns

Waiting for Unicorns by Beth Hautala
After her mother dies, Talia goes to the Arctic with her whale researcher father, where she meets strange, new friends and learns that stories have the power to connect us, to provide hope, and to pull us out of the darkness.
Killing time in Crystal City

Seventeen-year-old Kevin tries to reinvent himself when he runs away from home and the father he hates, but living with a mysterious uncle and befriending two homeless girls just adds more complications.

Twisted fateTwisted Fate by Norah Olson
Told from separate viewpoints, a story unfolds about how sisters Sydney and Ally's relationship changes as they get involved with their new neighbor, Graham, an artist with a video camera who has a mysterious--and dangerous--past.

The lostThe Lost by James Patterson
Part of the Witch & Wizard series. Magical teen siblings Whit and Wisty Allgood struggle against a mounting public opposition to magic and a brutal crime wave led by a powerful wizard intent on ruling the City.

Hold tight, don't let goHold Tight, Don’t Let Go by Laura Rose Wagner
In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Nadine goes to live with her father in Miami while her cousin Magdalie, raised as her sister, remains behind in a refugee camp. Magdalie dreams of joining Nadine, but wonders if she must accept that her life and future are in Port-au-Prince.
The cure for dreaming

The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters
Olivia Mead, a suffragist in 1900 Oregon, is hypnotized by the intriguing young Henri Reverie, who is paid by her father to make her more docile and womanly. Instead, she gains the ability to see people's true natures as she secretly continues fighting for women's rights.