Harbaugh-Thomas Library

59 W. York Street
Biglerville, PA 17307-0277
phone: (717) 677-6257
fax: (717) 677-6357  

Mon: 12 pm to 6 pm
Tues: 12 pm to 8 pm
Wed: 10 am to 6 pm
Thurs: 12 pm to 8 pm
Fri: 10 am to 6 pm
Sat: 9 am to 5 pm

 

Teen Read Week

October 8 -14th marks national Teen Read Week.  A literacy initiative first created in 1998 by the Young Adult Library Services Association to encourage teens to read and use their local library. Teen Read Week is held annually the same week as Columbus Day. This year’s theme is “Unleash Your Story”.

This past March with the help from one of our intrepid teen volunteers we launched the Harbaugh~Thomas Teen Book Club for grades nine to twelve.  Teen Book Club meets the second and fourth Friday of every month directly after school at 3 o’clock. A snack rotation was quickly established and the group gives lots of input in the books that are chosen. Copies of each book are always provided. The hour passes by quickly with relaxed book discussion and general merriment. The group is always looking for new members so please inquire at the desk if you or any high school student you know might be interested. 

As the Teen Book Club facilitator I’m constantly on the lookout for new young adult novels I think would inspire engaging conversation. Two recent favorites that I am excited to share are “What to Say Next” by Julie Buxbaum and “Grace and the Fever” by Zan Romanoff.

“What to Say Next” is Buxbaum’s second novel for young adults. I really enjoyed her debut novel, “Tell Me Three Things” and had high hopes for her latest release. “What to Say Next” definitely lived up to my expectations. The book is told in alternating perspectives by the two main characters, Kit Lowell and David Drucker. Kit is struggling with the tragic death of her father and finds an unlikely friend in the school outcast David. David is on the spectrum and has difficulty making friends becoming socially isolated as a result.  Their school’s social hierarchy is rocked when Kit asks David for help in calculating details of her father’s car accident. The novel balances being sensitive and funny and is completely heartfelt.

“Grace and the Fever” is a really thoughtful look at being in a fandom, celebrity culture, and how the media feeds into it. Grace Thomas is living dual lives. In secret she is a huge fan of the insanely popular boyband, Fever Dream.  Think One Direction popular. In real life she feels left out of her friend group and is afraid to admit that she never grew out of loving Fever Dream. Her online and real life worlds collide when she accidentally bumps into Fever Dream’s lead singer, Jes, late one night and is photographed with him. Grace gets an elusive inside look at the band she has obsessed over for years and finds out that it isn’t quite what she and all of her Internet friends had imagined.  This coming-of-age story will appeal to anyone who has ever been an avid fan of any kind.

Besides Teen Book Club teens can get involved at the library by volunteering. Usually our volunteers do a range of activities from helping prep for story time to shelving returned books. To volunteer one must be at least 14 years old and complete a short application. Stop in and see us or call 717-677-6257. Open Monday noon-6:00 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday noon-8:00 p.m., Wednesday and Friday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., and Saturday 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.

 

Submitted by Kaila Waybright, Harbaugh~Thomas Library