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The Best YA Books of 2011















Come check out our last book display of the year!  We are featuring what we at GPL believe are the best YA books that were published in 2011. We even have some of our staff talking about their favorite titles!

December 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm Leave a comment

Bieber Fever

In May, Michael and I were visiting schools to talk about books and our teen summer reading program at the library.  Michael wanted feedback on books that you would like to see in the library, and someone said, “Books about Justin Bieber!”

If you know me, you know that I left the classroom a little confused and unaware of Justin Bieber.  If you know Michael, you know that he already was jealous of Bieber’s hair.  So as any good librarian does, Michael checked to see if we had any Bieber books at GPL.  We didn’t, which led to him placing an order for the official Bieber autobiography that wasn’t released until October.

Fast forward to October, Bieber’s book has arrived. The autobiography is titled First Steps 2 Forever:  My Story and instantaneously had holds on it.  Since the Bieber book’s release, I have been left with this staring at me from my desk.

This is the dust jacket from First Steps 2 Forever, which happens to unfold into a larger poster of Bieber.

The goal is to get Bieber off of my desk and into someone else’s hands.  In all honesty, it’s creepy to have him staring at me day after day.  Additionally, the title bothers me.  If you are going to replace words with numbers in a title,  you should go all out.  For example, I think that the title should have been 1st Steps 2 4-eva:  My Story, but I guess that we don’t always get what we want.

Anyways, the first person who comes to the front desk asking for the Bieber poster gets it!  If I’m lucky, my desk will be Bieber free by Monday!

October 15, 2010 at 5:16 pm 1 comment

Because it is Monday…

Oh, Monday, you always seem to come so soon.  Hopefully, the ridiculousness of this video will make your Monday a little better!

April 26, 2010 at 1:59 pm Leave a comment

A Cake Wreck or, as Ethan R. says, a Cake Masterpiece?

I was possibly being a bit of a cranky pants with the last post about Eclipse (O.K., I was being a full on cranky pants that Michael managed to point out to me when I began shaking a copy of The Time Traveler’s Wife at him and ranting about the movie version as well.).  Then, I came into work today and found the following image as the wallpaper on one of our work computers.  WHY CAN I NOT ESCAPE THE TWILIGHT SERIES?  Although, the cake is pretty funny.  Isn’t it?

March 16, 2010 at 7:02 pm Leave a comment

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday, everyone!  I came across this video on Sunday and wanted to share it with you.  P.S. 22 is an elementary school in Queens, New York.  Their fourth/fifth grade chorus  performs songs from every musician under the sun.  If you don’t believe me, check out their blog.  See – I told you so!   They sing music by Bob Dylan, Kelly Clarkson,  Lady Gaga, Tori Amos and many, many more.  Here, the choir is singing Listzomania by Phoenix.  It is so much fun to watch a group of kids doing what they love to do!

March 8, 2010 at 3:57 pm 1 comment

Teen Tech Week Blog Post Contest

Want an iTunes gift card?*  Yeah…I thought so!  Write a blog post for our GPL Teens Blog during Teen Tech Week (It starts on Sunday!) and be entered to win.  You can submit your post in person or via email to  The last day to send in your submission is on Saturday, March 13th.  All submissions will be posted, but only one will win the card…

*If you don’t have a need for an iTunes giftcard, no worries!  We can work something out!

March 5, 2010 at 4:41 pm Leave a comment

Epic Fail of a New Year’s Resolution…

Do you remember how I mentioned that I was not going to procrastinate during 2010?  Well, it really has not lasted for long, and I am deciding to officially call my 2010 New Year’s Resolution the Epic Fail of New Year’s Resolutions.  First, I was looking at old drafts for blog posts and found one, which oddly enough had a series of New Year’s Resolutions from characters from your favorite books.  They were absolutely hilarious!  Here are just a few:  Bella Swan wants to stay away from people who suck; Voldemort wants to stop cursing; Waldo wants to find himself; and the Giving Tree wants to set firm boundaries.*

Just this one episode may not seem so bad, but, don’t worry, it only gets worse from here.  Katrina sent me an email last week with the newly released cover of the final installment of The Hunger Games. 7 DAYS!  Are you counting?  It has taken me 7 days to pass this along to you!  I will forever owe you my apologies for making you wait to see the new cover on our blog.  Since I love The Hunger Games to no end, I have decided to discuss the third installment at length in the post directly above where you are now reading…so look up for more!

*To give credit where credit is due, author Alice Porter wrote the literary New Year’s Resolutions for The Horn Book Magazine.

February 19, 2010 at 8:24 pm Leave a comment

I’m sure all of you have heard of Myspace and Facebook, but have you heard of  Well, if not, now you have! is a social networking site for readers and writers that HarperCollins created way back when in 2009.  An article in the Washington Post stated that since November, has had over 10,000 members join, and these members (who are teens just like you) have written nearly “11,000 novels, poems, essays and short stories.”  If you are an aspiring writer or an avid reader, check it out!  It seems like a great site to develop your skills or read never before published material!

January 25, 2010 at 10:36 pm Leave a comment

Food Coma…an annual occurence

If you remember from last year around this time, I was feeling the strong effects of what I like to call The Thanksgiving Food Coma.  Yeah, I so did it again this year.  It was glorious I tell you – two Thanksgiving meals in one day!  You really think that I would learn to pace myself better on Thanksgiving.  But really, it doesn’t seem to be in the stars for me.

Then, I stumbled upon this little blog that follows the adventures of two milk teeth (a.k.a. baby teeth/deciduous teeth – if you want to be technical).  Let’s just say that I pretty much looked and felt like Lardee on Thanksgiving.  Hope you escaped the annual occurrence of the Thanksgiving food coma and had a great holiday!

November 30, 2009 at 8:30 pm 1 comment


I came into work today with a serious case of the Mondays (don’t worry, I won’t bore you with the details).  THEN, I said to myself, “Self, maybe you should check the blog to see what is going” – because it is one of my favorite pastimes to see how many people looked at the blog (yes, I know this may define me as a nerd, but I fully embrace it).

Well, folks, I was checking the stats and it looks like over 50,000 people (50,240 people to be exact) have looked at our little blog that has been going for about 1 1/2 years.  Thank you to everyone who stops by to see what is going on at the blog, and everyone at GPL Teens hopes that you continue to come back for more.

Oh, and, just in case you were worried, I overcame my case of the Mondays with the following video.  The cuteness factor alone was enough to make this a great day!

November 23, 2009 at 10:06 pm Leave a comment

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