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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sign Up for July Programs Now!

It's almost July--don't forget to sign up for these great programs now!

Teen Movie Night: "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"
Wed. July 3
5:30-7:45 p.m.
Everyone's favorite archeologist is called back into action when he becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls.  Rated PG-13.

Teen Advisory Board
Thurs. July 11
5-6 p.m.
Hang out with friends and tell us what you want your library to be like.  TAB gives teens the chance to help with planning programs and choosing library materials while possibly earning community service hours.

Teen Book Discussion Club: City of Ember
Wed. July 17 
6-7 p.m.
There is no light in the City of Ember, but for 250 years, there has been plenty of everything in the vast storerooms.  But now there are more and more empty shelves--and more and more times when the lights flicker and go out, leaving them in terrifying blackness for long minutes.  What will happen when the generator finally fails?  Twelve-year-olds Doon and Lina seem to be the only ones who are worried, and they begin a frightening and dangerous trek to a city of light of which they have only dreamed.  

Teen Digital Scavenger Hunt
Thurs. July 18 
5-6 p.m.
Get ready to dig beneath the surface of the library to uncover a list of items.  Bring your cell phone or digital camera to take pictures of what you.  The first person to find everything on their list wins a prize!

Teen Crocheting
Wed. July 24
6-7 p.m.
Impress your friends by learning basic techniques to make blankets, scarves, and pot holders!  Yarn and hooks provided.

Registration required for all programs.  Sign up in person at the library, by phone at 973-835-5044, by email at, or online by clicking here

Friday, June 21, 2013

Summer Reading is Almost Here!

The Summer Reading Program is almost here!  This year's theme is Beneath the Surface.  

Pick up a book review bookmark at the library, and every time you read a book, write a few sentences describing what you thought of it.  Each time you turn in a review, you will get a free book to keep plus a coupon for ice cream at Applebee's or Ice Cream Station!  You will also be automatically entered in a raffle to win a bag full of books!   The raffle will be drawn at the Summer Reading Finale on Thurs. Aug. 15.  Make sure to hand in a review for every book you read because the teen who reads the most books this summer will win a bag full of cool prizes!   Best of all, participants get extra credit in school!   Registration for the Summer Reading Program begins Monday, June 24 in the library.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Top 10 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Books for Youth

Aliens!  Shape-shifters!  Deadly diseases!  Check out the best science fiction and fantasy books for middle and high schoolers.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey:  This heartfelt, violent survivalist series debut is set in the aftermath of a an alien invasion in which the aliens never appear.  New Teen Fiction Yancey

The Diviners by Libba Bray:  In Prohibition-era New York, 17-year-old flapper Evie is under the wing of an uncle who runs the Museum of the Creepy Crawlies.  Business is slow until the arrival of what the papers dub the Pentacle Killer.  New Teen Fiction Bray

Every Day by David Levithan: A teenager called A wakes up in a different body every day, trying not to interfere with daily routines and to steer clear of romantic attachments.  That works until A meets Rhiannon and falls in love.  New Teen Fiction Levithan

The Future We Left Behind by Mike Lancaster: The events of Human.4 are thousands of years in the past, so distant that Kyle Straker's account of humanity being "upgraded" by alien forces is considered superstition except by true believers.  Now it's time for a teen named Peter to upload his story into the worldwide shared space of the Link.  Available through interlibrary loan

The Girl with Borrowed Wings by Rinsai Rossetti: Frenenqer--a name meaning restraint--was born inside her father's imagination and sculpted into his vision of the perfect daughter.  But when she meets a shape-shifter, the world opens up before her in this stunningly imagined paranormal romance.  New Teen Fiction Rossetti

Railsea by China Mieville:  In this inventive fantasy that draws from Moby Dick, the crew of the diesel train Medes hunts moldywarpes--enormous, man-eating, molelike creatures who burrow in the  earth beneath a tangled ocean of train tracks.  Available through interlibrary loan

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman: After 40 years of peace between human and dragon kingdoms, their much-maligned treaty is on the verge of collapse.  Serpahina's secret--that she's a human-dragon half-breed--must be protected in this richly drawn fantasy.  Teen Fiction Hartman

Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin:  This mesmerizing companion to Newbery Honor-winning Where the Mountain Meets the Moon weaves Chinese folklore with the main narrative, as a runaway named Rendi attempts to figure out why the moon is missing from the sky.  Available through interlibrary loan

Quarantine by Lex Thomas:  A gritty, apocalyptic thriller about a sick teen who infects a Colorado high school with a disease so deadly that half the building is blown up the by the military and the rest is sealed inside a giant dome.  Available through interlibrary loan

Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta: The brilliant final volume in the Lumatere Chronicles sees Froi setting out to find and protect pregnant Quintana, his strange and savage love; raise an army against an enemy; and prevent war.  Available through interlibrary loan

Thursday, June 13, 2013

June Teen Book Club/Gregor the Overlander

Need to read three books for required summer reading?  Why not read one with a group? 

In keeping with our summer theme "Beneath the Surface," this month we'll be reading Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins.  One summer day, 11-year-old Gregor and his 2-year-old sister fall through a vent in their New York City home into an amazing underground world.  Among the giant humans who live there are scary and warlike bats, cockroaches, spiders, and rats.  Gregor just wants to go home, but a prophecy hints that he may be the "overlander" destined to save the humans from the vicious rodents.  He is reluctant until he learns that his father, who disappeared a few years before, is a prisoner of the rats.  Gregor the Overlander is the first in an exciting, adventure-filled series from the author of The Hunger Games!

Join us for pizza and a fun discussion on Wed. June 19 from 6-7 p.m.  Registration is required.  You can register in person, by phone at 973-835-5044, by email at, or online by clicking here

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

New Books for June!

Check out these new books coming to Riverdale Public Library soon!

The More and More by Sarah Dessen:  During her last summer at home before leaving for college, Emaline begins a whirlwind romance with Theo, an assistant documentary filmmaker who is in town to make a movie.  New Teen Fiction Dessen

Tales from a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker by Rachel Renee Russell:  In the sixth book of the popular series, middle-school drama queen Nikki Maxwell worries about asking a boy to her school's "sweetheart dance."  New Teen Fiction Russell

Doll Bones by Holly Black: Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.  New Teen Fiction Black 

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani:  Sophie knows she'll earn top marks at the School for Good and join the ranks of past students like Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White.  Meanwhile, Agatha seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil.  The two girls soon find their fortunes reversed—Sophie's dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School for Good, thrust among handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.  But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are...?  New Teen Fiction Chainani

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson: As Wild Chalklings threaten the American Isles and Rithmatists are humanity's only defense, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students learn the magical art that he would do anything to practice.  New Teen Fiction Sanderson

Crushed by Sara Shepard: In the 13th installment of the Pretty Little Liars series, Hanna, Spencer, Emily, and Aria are on a different kind of hunt: they're looking for A...Hanna puts her campaign for prom queen on the back burner to volunteer at a burn clinic, where one of A's victims is recovering. Emily digs into Ali's past at the psychiatric hospital with some very crazy consequences. Spencer contacts an amateur private eye to help her stalk her stalker. But when their sessions get a little too private, they may forget to keep their eyes on A. And Aria's worried that A is even closer than she thought. When her dark secret from Iceland comes to light, she discovers that maybe, just maybe, the one person she's been trying to hide the truth from has known all along. New Teen Fiction Shepard

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey:  In this best-seller, Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them.  New Teen Fiction Yancey

Monday, June 10, 2013

Garden State Book Awards

The winners of the 2013 Garden State Book Awards were recently announced.  Check them out this summer!

For Grades 6-8

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan:  In book one of the exciting Heroes of Olympus series, Jason, Piper, and Leo--three students from a school for "bad kids"--find themselves at Camp Half-Blood, where they learn that they are demigods and begin a quest to free Hera, who has been imprisoned by Mother Earth herself.  Teen Fiction Riordan

For Grades 9-12

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver:  After she dies in a car crash, teenage Samantha relives the day of her death over and over again until, on the seventh day, she finally discovers a way to save herself.  Teen Fiction Oliver 

Teen Non-Fiction

Smile by Raina Telgemeier:  From sixth grade through tenth, Raina copes with a variety of dental problems that affect her appearance and how she feels about herself.  A funny and heartfelt graphic novel/memoir.  Available through interlibraryloan