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Monday, July 29, 2013

Sign Up for August Programs Now!

It's not too late to sign up for these great programs!

Teen Advisory Board
Thurs. Aug. 1
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 services hours.

Teen Movie Night: "National Treasure"
Wed. Aug. 7
5:30-7:45 p.m.
A treasure hunter is in hot pursuit of a mythical treasure that has been passed down for centuries, while his employer turned enemy is onto the same path that he's on. (Rated PG)

Teen Journal Making
Thurs. Aug. 8
5-6 p.m.
Using scrapbook paper, ribbon, stickers, and decoupage, create a special place to record your hopes, dreams, and feelings.

Summer Reading Finale: Ice Cream Party & Talent Show
Thurs. Aug. 15
5-6 p.m.
Can you sing a song?  Perform a dance?  Tell jokes?  Play an instrument?  Do a magic trick?  Perform a funny skit with your friends?  Come show off your skills at our end-of-summer talent show and enjoy games and a make-your-own sundae party!  For Summer Reading Program participants only.

Teen Book Club: Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Wed. Aug. 21
6-7 p.m.
High school sophomore Miranda's life is changed in an instant when an asteroid knocks the moon closer to Earth.  Suddenly, worldwide tsunamis are wiping out the coasts, earthquakes are rocking the continents, and volcanic ash is blocking out the sun.  Told in a year's worth of journal entries, this heart-pounding story chronicles Miranda's struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all--hope--in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.

Teen Crocheting
Wed. Aug. 28
6-7 p.m.
Impress your friends by learning basic techniques to make scarves, blankets, and pot holders!  Yarn and hooks provided.

Registration required for all programs.  You can sign up in person, by phone at 973-835-5044, by email at, or online by clicking here.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Teen Digital Scavenger Hunt

Don't forget to sign up for our Teen Digital Scavenger Hunt next week on Thursday, July 18 from 5-6 p.m.!  In keeping with our Summer Reading theme Beneath the Surface, you'll turn the library upside down to find a list of items.  Take a picture of what you find with your phone or digital camera, and the first person to correctly find everything on their list wins a prize!

Registration is required.  You can sign up in person, at 973-835-5044, at, or online by clicking here. 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

July Teen Book Club/City of Ember

It's not too late to sign up for July's Teen Book Club!  This month we're reading City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau.

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.

Come enjoy a pizza party and a chance to discuss what you  liked (didn't like) about City of Ember on Wed. July 17 from 6-7 p.m.  Pick up your free copy of the book at the Circulation Desk.

Registration is required.  You can register in person, at 973-835-5044, at, or online by clicking here

Monday, July 8, 2013

New Books for July!

Look for these new books coming soon to Riverdale Public Library!

Starstruck by Rachel Shukert:  Every week they arrive in Los Angeles--beautiful and talented young hopefuls who dream of becoming stars.  It's all Margaret Frobisher has ever wanted—and when she's discovered by a powerful agent, she can barely believe her luck.  She's more than ready to escape her snobby private school and conservative family for a chance to light up the silver screen.  The competition is fierce at Olympus Studios and Margaret—now Margo—is chasing her Hollywood dreams alongside girls like Gabby Preston, who at 16 is already a grizzled show-biz veteran caught between the studio and the ravenous ambition of her ruthless mother, and sultry Amanda Farraday, who seems to have it all--ambition, glamour...and dirty secrets.  Missing from the pack is Diana Chesterfield, the beautiful actress who mysteriously disappeared, and there are whispers that Diana's boyfriend—Margo's new co-star—may have had something to do with it. Margo quickly learns that fame comes with a price, and that nothing is what it seems.   New Teen Fiction Shukert

Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff:  Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about.  He shows up in a new high school in a new town under a new name, makes a few friends, and doesn't stay long.  Just long enough for someone in his new friend's family to die-of "natural causes."  Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, moving on to the next target.  But when he's assigned to the mayor of New York City, things change.  The mayor's daughter is unlike anyone he's ever met and the mayor reminds him of his father. And when memories and questions surface, his handlers at The Program are watching.  Because somewhere deep inside, Boy Nobody is somebody: the kid he once was; the teen who wants normal things, like a real home and parents; a young man who wants out. And who just might want those things badly enough to sabotage The Program's mission.  New Teen Fiction Zadoff

The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata:  Summer knows that kouun means “good luck” in Japanese, and this year her family has none of it. Just when she thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong, an emergency whisks her parents away to Japan—right before harvest season. Summer and her little brother, Jaz, are left in the care of their grandparents, who come out of retirement in order to harvest wheat and help pay the bills.  The thing about Obaachan and Jiichan is that they are old-fashioned and demanding, and between helping Obaachan cook for the workers, covering for her when her back pain worsens, and worrying about her lonely little brother, Summer just barely has time to notice the attentions of their boss’s cute son. But notice she does, and what begins as a welcome distraction from the hard work soon turns into a mess of its own. Having thoroughly disappointed her grandmother, Summer figures the bad luck must be finished—but then it gets worse. And when that happens, Summer has to figure out how to change it herself, even if it means further displeasing Obaachan. Because it might be the only way to save her family.  New Teen Fiction Kadohata

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters:  In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?
Featuring haunting archival early-20th century photographs, this is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time.  New Teen Fiction Winters

Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg:  Everybody loves Lexi. She's popular, smart, funny...but she's never been one of those girls: the pretty ones who get all the attention from guys.  And on top of that, her seven-year-old sister, Mackenzie, is a terror in a tiara--part of a pageant scene where she gets praised for her beauty (with the help of fake hair and tons of makeup).  Lexi's sick of it. She's sick of being the girl who hears about kisses instead of getting them. She's sick of being ignored by her longtime crush, Logan. She's sick of being taken for granted by her pageant-obsessed mom. And she's sick of having all her family's money wasted on a phony pursuit of perfection.  The time has come for Lexi to step out from the sidelines. Girls without great personalities aren't going to know what hit them. Because Lexi's going to play the beauty game--and she's in it to win it.  New Teen Fiction Eulberg 

Theodore Boone: The Activist by John Grisham (Theodore Boone series, #4):  Theodore Boone is back, and he’s facing his most dangerous case yet. As Strattenburg sits divided over a hot political and environmental issue, Theo finds himself in the middle of the battle. When he uncovers corruption beneath the surface, Theo will confront bigger risks than ever to himself and those he loves. But even face-to-face with danger, Theodore Boone will do whatever it takes to stand up for what’s right.   New Teen Fiction Grisham

 Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill by James Patterson (Middle School series #5): Rafe Khatchadorian is ready for a fun summer at camp--until he finds out it's a summer school camp! Luckily, Rafe easily makes friends with his troublemaking cabin mates and bunkmate, a boy nicknamed Booger-Eater, who puts up with endless teasing from the other kids. Rafe soon realizes there's more to a person than a nickname, though, and Booger-Eater might be the kind of friend you want on your side when the boys from the Cool Cabin attack.  New Teen Fiction Patterson

Awaken by Meg Cabot (Abandon series #3):  Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera knew by accepting the love of John Hayden, she'd be forced to live forever in the one place she's always dreaded most: the Underworld. The sacrifice seemed worth it, though, because it meant she could be with the boy  she loves.  But now her happiness--and safety--are threatened, all because the Furies have discovered that John has broken one of their strictest rules: he revived a human soul.  If the balance between life and death isn't fixed, both the Underworld and Pierce's home back on earth will be wiped away.  And there's only one way to restore order.  Someone has to die.  New Teen Fiction Cabot

Monday, July 1, 2013

Summer Reads

Summer is finally here!  Looking for a great read to take poolside or by the beach?  Try these terrific warm-weather titles.

Forbidden Boy by Hailey Abbott: When Julianne falls for Remi at a bonfire party, her summer is off to a perfect start.  Sure, her obnoxious new neighbors are muscling her family off their beachfront property, but she has weeks of fun in the sun to look forward to, a painting to finish, and an amazing guy to get to know.  Then Jules discovers that her awful new neighbors are Remi's parents. That makes him a forbidden boy—but she can't seem to let him go. What do you do when your worst enemy is also the boy of your dreams?  Teen Fic Abbott

Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson: Three Georgia peaches are in for one juicy summer...but Birdie would rather eat Thin Mints and sulk in the AC.  Leeda would prefer to sneak off with her boyfriend, Rex.  And Murphy just wants to cause a little mischief.  Together these three very different girls will discover the secret to finding the right boy, making the truest friends, and picking the perfect Georgia peach.  Teen Fic Anderson

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares: Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. They didn’t look all that great; they were worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach.  Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly.  Over a few bags of cheese puffs they decide to form a sisterhood, and take the vow of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.  The next morning, the journey of the pants--and the most memorable summer of their lives--begins.  Teen Fic Brashares


Summer and the City: A Carrie Diaries Novel by Candace Bushnell: Meet teenage Carrie Bradshaw as she hits the bright lights, big city of New York for the very first time!  Summer is a magical time in New York City and Carrie is in love with all of it--the crazy characters in her neighborhood, the vintage-clothing boutiques, the wild parties, and the glamorous man who has swept her off her feet. Best of all, she's finally in a real writing class, taking her first steps toward fulfilling her dream.   Teen Fic Bushnell

Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly:  Angie always thought high school romances were just silly infatuations that come and go.  She certainly never thought she would fall in love over one short summer.  But when she meets Jack, their connection is beyond any childish crush.  Suddenly, Angie and Jack are filling their summer with stolen moments and romantic nights.  But as fall grows closer, they must figure out if their love is forever, or just a summer they’ll never forget.  Teen Fic Daly

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen: Ever since her parents began fighting, Auden has been unable to sleep at night.  Now, spending a summer at a charming beach town with her father and his new family, she has to find new places to pass the time she spends awake.  And so she meets Eli, a fellow insomniac who becomes her nighttime guide.  Together, they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she has missed; for Eli, to come to terms with the death of a friend. Teen Fic Dessen

The Joys of Love by Madeleine L'Engle: During the summer of 1946, 26-year-old Elizabeth is doing what she has dreamed of since she was a little girl: working as an apprentice actress at a summer theater company. She’s never felt so alive.  But soon she finds another passion: Kurt Canitz, the dashing young director of the company.  Elizabeth’s perfect summer is profoundly shaken when Kurt turns out to be not the kind of man she thought he was.  Teen Fic L'Engle

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson: Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.   Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere.  Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at 17 than he was at 12.  As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, friends, and love.  Teen Fic Matson

Peace, Love, & Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle: Fifteen-year-old Carly has always relied on her sister, Anna. But when 14-year-old Anna turns plastic-perfect-pretty over the course of a single summer, everything starts to change. And there are boys involved, complicating things as boys always do. With warmth, insight, and humor, Lauren Myracle dives into the tumultuous waters of sisterhood and shows that even very different sisters can learn to help each other stay afloat.  Teen Fic McCall