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YA Craft Day

The Teen Zone will host YA Craft Day each first Friday of the month during the 2018-2019 school year. These events are for those who are in the 7th-12th grades. 

Date
Oct 05

YA Craft Day

The Teen Zone will host YA Craft Day each first Friday of the month during the 2018-2019 school year. These events are for those who are in the 7th-12th grades. 

Date
Sep 07

Fall Arts and Crafts Fair: Space Fight

Free vendor spaces! Twice a year, the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library hosts an outdoor arts and craft fair where vendors are asked to apply for one of nearly 50 spots.  We are looking for vendors to sell their handmade items at the fall arts and crafts fair. The library will host the event on Saturday, September 8th from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. There is a backup inclement weather date of September 15th. The theme is “Space Fight.”  

Date
Sep 08

Arkansas Teen Book Awards

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Arkansas Teen Book Awards

2016-2017 Reading List Young Adults in grades 7th-9th

Title Author
The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall Katie Alender
The Thing About Jellyfish Ali Benjamin
The Last Leaves Falling Sarah Benwell
Need Joelle Charbonneau
No Such Person Caroline B. Cooney
Prison Island: A Graphic Memoir Colleen Frakes
Nightfall Jack Halpern and Collen Frakes
The Start of Me and You Emery Lord
Devoted Jennifer Mathieu
inherit Midnight Kate Kae Myers
Friends for Life Andrew Norriss
Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound Andrea Davis Pickney
I Am Princess X Cherie Priest
Daughter of Deep Silence Carrie Ryan
The Hired Girl Laura Amy Schlitz
Lumberjanes, Volume 1 Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis
Nimona Noelle Stevenson
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B Teresa Toten
Speak a Word for Freedom: Women against Slavery Janet Willen and Marjorie Gann
Lies I told 

Michelle Zink 

2016-2017 Reading List 10th-12th Grades

Title Author
The Wrath and the Dawn Renee Ahdieh
The Masked Truth  Kelly Armstrong
Six of Crows Leigh Bardugo
Emmy and Oliver Robin Benway
The Game of Love and Death Martha Brockenbrough
The Awesome Eva Darrows 
The Dead I know Scot Gardner
None of the Above I.W. Gregorio
What We Saw Aaron Hartzler
Magonia Maria Dahvana Headley
Hunter Mercedes Lackey
Descender, Volume 1: Tin Stars Jeff Lemire
A Court of Thornes and Roses Sarah J. Maas
Unlikely Warrior: A Jewish Soldier in Hitler's Army Georg Rauch
Denton Little's Deathdate Lance Rubin
Bone Gap Laura Ruby
Dare to Disappoint: Growing up in Turkey Ozge Samanci
Your Voice Is All I Hear Leah Scheier
Challenger Deep Neal Shusterman
Liars, Inc. 

Paula Stokes

An Ember in the Ashes Sabaa Tahir

 

Teen Book Reviews

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Teen Book Reviews

About Nina Darley and her Reviews

Nina rates books on an overall scale from 1-10, with ten being the best. She is the teen librarian at the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library, and he writes these reviews strictly as personal opinion; nothing here represents the opinions or policy of the library, its staff, or its patrons. 

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Beatrice (Tris) Pryor, narrates the story of a teenager living in a futuristic Chicago.  Society has been divided into factions, each faction having a particular strength, such as honesty, bravery, selflessness, peaceful and intelligence.   Teens are tested to see which faction they will belong to, but Tris holds a secret—she belongs to more than one faction, something that is not permitted.
Following a highly competitive initiation, and rigorous, often fatal training, Tris must learn to fit in with her new faction and their ways, and of course figure out her feelings for a romantic new interest in her life.
My Rating: 9/10  Ages 13+

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Set in the 80’s, along with all of its glorious “tech” (cd player) Eleanor and Park is the perfect love story for geeky hopefuls.  Eleanor is a larger than
average girl, with frizzy who eventually falls in love with Park, a half Asian boy (so equally different in their small town).  Park shows her a small
kindness on the bus (he allows her to sit next to him) and their relationship grows from there.
All of the tension and angst of teenage life is in this book, including the ‘behind closed doors’ of a painful life, and Park’s desire to be Eleanor’s knight in shining armor once he realizes how bad her life is.  (Be warned, it’s pretty bad, foul language and hateful characters abound!)
My Rating 10/10 

Ages: Older teens 16+ due to language and content

Skinny by Donna Cooner

“Skinny” is the name of the voice in Ever Davies’s head.  For years, “Skinny” has been telling Ever how ugly she is, how useless, what all the other teens at the high school REALLY think of her and all 300 lbs of her. Ever only has (in her mind) one positive beautiful thing about her—her voice.  Ever sings like an angel, and she has hopes of one day performing in the school musical. In order to try to move forward in life, Ever undergoes stomach surgery to try to lose weight, and along with the help from her best and only friend (Rat), she starts this journey in her life, with “Skinny” retaining her ugly grip on Ever’s self esteem.  It’s well written from Ever’s perspective, very realistic.  Many
people will definitely nod their heads and feel Ever’s pain.  

My Rating 7/10  Ages: 13+

 

Teen Clubs

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Teen Clubs

Anime/Manga

During this club’s meetings, teens will get a chance to view new anime and preview upcoming episodes. Viewing and previewing materials come to the library courtesy of Funimation’s Operation Anime. Interests and hobbies related to anime and manga fandom are also explored, including cosplay, sushi making, and convention attendance. Members get to choose which anime will be viewed during the next meeting. There is a waiver to sign out of recognition of certain elements shown, particularly violence.

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About Nina Darley and her Reviews

Nina rates books on an overall scale from 1-10, with ten being the best. She is the teen librarian at the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library, and he writes these reviews strictly as personal opinion; nothing here represents the opinions or policy of the library, its staff, or its patrons. 

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Beatrice (Tris) Pryor, narrates the story of a teenager living in a futuristic Chicago.  Society has been divided into factions, each faction having a particular strength, such as honesty, bravery, selflessness, peaceful and intelligence.   Teens are tested to see which faction they will belong to, but Tris holds a secret—she belongs to more than one faction, something that is not permitted.
Following a highly competitive initiation, and rigorous, often fatal training, Tris must learn to fit in with her new faction and their ways, and of course figure out her feelings for a romantic new interest in her life.

My Rating: 9/10  Ages 13+

 

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Set in the 80’s, along with all of its glorious “tech” (cd player) Eleanor and Park is the perfect love story for geeky hopefuls.  Eleanor is a larger than
average girl, with frizzy who eventually falls in love with Park, a half Asian boy (so equally different in their small town).  Park shows her a small
kindness on the bus (he allows her to sit next to him) and their relationship grows from there.
All of the tension and angst of teenage life is in this book, including the ‘behind closed doors’ of a painful life, and Park’s desire to be Eleanor’s knight in shining armor once he realizes how bad her life is.  (Be warned, it’s pretty bad, foul language and hateful characters abound!)
My Rating 10/10 

Ages: Older teens 16+ due to language and content

 

 

 

 

Skinny by Donna Cooner

“Skinny” is the name of the voice in Ever Davies’s head.  For years, “Skinny” has been telling Ever how ugly she is, how useless, what all the other teens at the high school REALLY think of her and all 300 lbs of her. Ever only has (in her mind) one positive beautiful thing about her—her voice.  Ever sings like an angel, and she has hopes of one day performing in the school musical. In order to try to move forward in life, Ever undergoes stomach surgery to try to lose weight, and along with the help from her best and only friend (Rat), she starts this journey in her life, with “Skinny” retaining her ugly grip on Ever’s self esteem.  It’s well written from Ever’s perspective, very realistic.  Many
people will definitely nod their heads and feel Ever’s pain.  

My Rating 7/10  Ages: 13+