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Teen Tech Week

March 6-12, 2016

Teen Tech Week is all about using different technologies to explore, learn, and create.

Take a look at some of the Best Free Art and Science Apps that you may not know about, as well as library apps that can give you quick access to your library account, tons of information for homework assignments, book recommendations, and free music, audiobook, and ebook downloads--all using your mobile device.

Are you a budding photographer or a gaming fanatic? Maybe you'd like to learn how to code or improve your writing craft.  This year's Teen Tech Week theme is "Create It at Your Library."  These are just a few of the books you can find on our shelves.

Filmmaking for Teens: Pulling Off Your Shorts

Filmmaking for Teens: Pulling Off Your Shorts.  A guide to filmmaking for teens that covers picking a subject, writing a script, production, schedules, expenses, directing, equipment, lighting, sound, editing, and distribution, and provides tips on techniques.



Game On

Game On! 2016: All the Best Games.  Features information and statistics about all of the hottest games, tips and tricks for gamers, and interviews from gaming's biggest personalities, including game developers and pro gamers!





Photojojo

Photojojo!: Insanely Great Photo Projects and DIY Ideas.  A guide to filmmaking for teens that covers picking a subject, writing a script, production, schedules, expenses, directing, equipment, lighting, sound, editing, and distribution, and provides tips on techniques.




Really Professional Internet Person

Really Professional Internet Person.  Jenn McAllister, better known as Jennxpenn, has been obsessed with making videos since she found her parents' video camera at the age of eight. A shy child, Jenn turned to film because, unlike life, there can always be a do-over.




Seize the Story

Seize the Story: A Handbook for Teens Who Like to Write.  A guide to filmmaking for teens that covers picking a subject, writing a script, production, schedules, expenses, directing, equipment, lighting, sound, editing, and distribution, and provides tips on techniques.





The Fashion Book

The Fashion Book.  A sassy style guide for girls shares insight into the fashion world and how to personalize one's appearance for best results, chronicling fashion trends throughout history while sharing practical tips from top designers and models.






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2016 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults

Here are some of the best teen fiction written this past year!

YALSA's Best Fiction for Young Adults Committee presents fiction titles published for young adults in the past 16 months that are recommended reading for ages 12 to 18.  Discover more great titles on YALSA's complete list of 2016 best fiction for young adults.


Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.  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.




Six of Crows

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.  Presented an offer too lucrative to refuse, gang leader Kaz Brekker and his team of convicts, runaways, and thieves set out to smuggle an imprisoned scientist from an impenetrable Fjerdan fortress, only to face treachery and betrayal along the way.





The Bunker Diary

The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks.  Sixteen-year-old Linus Weems is kidnapped and transported to an underground bunker, where he is joined by five other kidnapping victims. Where are they? Why have they been taken? And can they survive?




Audacity

Audacity by Melanie Crowder.  This novel-in-verse fictionalizes the teen years of Clara Lemlich Shavelson, the leader of the New York shirtwaist strike of 1909. Fleeing from anti-Semitic Russia, the teen and her family struggle to adapt to their new home.





Shadowshaper

Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older.  Sierra Santiago was amped on her summer of painting murals and hanging with friends, before noticing the murals were fading faster than normal. Another street artist named Robbie is the only one who can help her to unlock this mystery.




The Boy in the Black Suit

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds.  To deal with his mother's passing, Matt accepts a job at the local funeral home. Matt meets Lovey at her grandmother’s funeral. The two of them share a bond that will help them both to move past their own respective losses.





Bone Gap

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby.  Eighteen-year-old Finn, an outsider in his quiet Midwestern town, is the only witness to the abduction of town favorite Roza, but his inability to distinguish between faces makes it difficult for him to help with the investigation, and subjects him to even more ridicule and bullying.




X: A Novel

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon.   This fictionalized account of Malcolm X's teen years poignantly presents the young man's struggles with identity, racism, and crime.






Challenger Deep

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman.  As Caden descends into mental illness, his visions of a descent into the deep waters of a trench take over.




More Happy Than Not

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera.  After enduring his father's suicide, his own suicide attempt, broken friendships, and more in the Bronx projects, Aaron Soto, 16, is already considering the Leteo Institute's memory-alteration procedure when his new friendship with Thomas turns to unrequited love.








YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Committee. "2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults." Young Adult Library Services Association. 2016. Young Adult Library Services Association, Web. February 23, 2016. (www.ala.org/yalsa/bfya).