Featured young adult books – new for April!

Chime by Franny Billingsley

In the early twentieth century in Swampsea, seventeen-year-old Briony, who can see the spirits that haunt the marshes around their town, feels responsible for her twin sister’s horrible injury until a young man enters their lives and exposes secrets that even Briony does not know about.

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

After modern science turns every human into a genetic time bomb with men dying at age twenty-five and women dying at age twenty, girls are kidnapped and married off in order to repopulate the world.

Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard

When shy, awkward fourteen-year-old Grace Carpenter is paired with the beautiful and wild Mandarin on a school project, an unlikely, explosive friendship begins, but all too soon, Grace discovers that Mandarin is a very troubled, even dangerous, girl.

Invincible (Chronicles of Nick) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

“Nick Gautier’s day just keeps getting better and better. Yeah, he survived the zombie attacks, only to wake up and find himself enslaved to a world of shapeshifters and demons out to claim his soul. His new principal thinks he’s even more of a hoodlum than the last one, his coach is trying to recruit him to do things he can’t even mention, and the girl he’s not seeing, but is, has secrets that terrify him. But more than that, he’s being groomed by the darkest of powers and if he doesn’t learn how to raise the dead by the end of the week, he will become one of them.

Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta  

After his favorite uncle’s violent death, Tom Mackee watches his family implode, quits school, and turns his back on music and everyone who matters, and while he is in no shape to mend what is broken, he fear that no one else is, either.

Miles from Ordinary by Carol Lynch Williams

As her mother’s mental illness spins terrifyingly out of control, thirteen-year-old Lacey must face the truth of what life with her mother means for both of them.

Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones

Two teenagers who are living on the streets and barely getting by become involved in a complicated criminal plot, and make an unexpected connection with each other.


Reserve a copy from home here!

New York Times Bestsellers – We have ‘em!

Bestselling Children’s Chapter Books, Week of April 3, 2011:


1. World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull

2. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

3. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

4. Justin Bieber, First Step 2 Forever by Justin Bieber

5. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

6. Tales from a Not-S0-Popular Party Girl by Rachel Renee Russell

7. The Gift by James Patterson and Ned Rust

8. Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell

9. Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool (2011 Newbery Winner!)

10. Matched by Ally Condie


Since these are all so popular, you may have to reserve the next book that’s returned. We’ll be happy to do that for you at the desk, or you can access your account here to do it yourself!

Looking for similar books or series?

Are you in a book slump? Did you just finish Diary of a Wimpy Kid and are looking for similar books to read? Check out this list of “readalikes”:

If you like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, try:

Amelia’s Notebook by Marissa Moss

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

Dear Dumb Diary by Jim Benton

Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell

How to Grow Up and Rule the World by Scott Seegert

My Weird School by Dan Gutman

Rotten School by R.L. Stine

Stink by Megan McDonald

Tales from the House of Bunnicula by James Howe

Wayside School by Louis Sachar

If you like Junie B. Jones, try:

Amelia’s Notebook by Marissa Moss

Amber Brown by Paula Danziger

Deary Dumb Diary by Jim Benton

Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell

Judy Moody by Megan McDonald

Mallory by Laurie B. Friedman

Ramona by Beverly Cleary

If you like Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls, try:

Beacon Street Girls by Annie Bryant

Cinderella Cleaners by Maya Gold

Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows

Friends for Keeps by Julie Bowe

The Sisters Club by Megan McDonald

Winnie Perry (Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen) by Lauren Myracle

If you like Harry Potter, try:

Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Circle of Magic by Tamora Pierce

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry

Septimus Heap by Angie Sage

Looking for more recommendations? Search our card catalog at the library (or from home here) for a favorite book, then scroll down to see suggestions from NoveList. (You may have to wait a few more seconds for the program to load.)

We’d love to hear your thoughts! Add your favorites or similar books to read in the comments.

Spring Break activities at the library

Join us for a week of fun activities for Spring Break!

Monday, April 4
1 pm
Teen/Tween Program
Space program: “Create a Comet”
A hands-on science experiment to illustrate how comets are formed.
Ages 10-17

Tuesday, April 5
10 am and 1 pm
Wheels of Freestyle, Inc. presents “Just Say Yes!” to LIFE, GOALS & DREAMS! This is a BMX bikes high flying stunt show! Come see The Wheels of Freestyle perform amazing bicycle stunts. Outside in the parking lot at the library. Spon-sored in part by BikeWorld, Paducah. In case of inclement weather , these programs will be moved to the Oscar Cross Boys and Girls Club. All ages welcome!

Wednesday, April 6
1 pm
Teen/Tween Program
Do-it-yourself [Not so Wimpy] Diaries. Come and create your own personalized journal book to use as a diary, notepad or scrap book!
Ages 10-17

Thursday, April 7
Noon to 8 pm
Game day at the library- come play board games, Wii, or Dance, Dance Revolu-tion! Games will be out from 12 pm to 8 pm on the second floor of the library. All ages welcome.

Friday. April 8
2 pm
Hot Wheel Races! Come get a Hot Wheel car* and race for a trophy!
Ages 5 and up.
Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
*First come first served, while supplies last.

You can also find the schedule at our website (click here), and at West Kentucky Star (click here).

Books for Boys Who Don’t Like to Read

Do you like to read? Do you know someone who really doesn’t like to read? Inevitably, boys are the least likely to read for fun. Fortunately we have lots of books at the library that are bound to get even the most reluctant reader to pick up a book.

Here’s the list, sorted alphabetically by author:

Matt Christopher – various sports books

Andrew Clements – popular books such as Extra Credit and No Talking

Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl series

Cressida Cowell- How to Train Your Dragon series (Yep, there’s a whole series of books that came before the movie.)

Dan Gutman – Baseball Card Adventures; My Weird School series

John R. Erickson – Hank the Cowdog (Listen to this on CD – the whole family will love it!)

Margaret Peterson Haddix – Among the Betrayed series

Anthony Horowitz – Alex Rider series

Jeff Kinney – Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (Don’t worry – more have been ordered!)

Gordon Korman – Born to Rock; On the Run; Swindle

Mike Lupica – Various sports books

Jake Maddox – Various sports books

Multiple Authors – Geronimo Stilton series

Multiple Authors – 39 Clues series

Mary Pope Osborne – Magic Tree House series

Megan McDonald -  Stink series

Gary Paulsen – Brian’s Hunt; Hatchet; The River

Dav Pilkey – Captain Underpants series

Rick Riordan – Heroes of Olympus; Kane Chronicles; Percy Jackson

Louis Sachar -  Holes; Wayside School series

Jon Scieszka – Time Warp Trio series

Jude Watson – Star Wars chapter books

Free homework and test help!

The library offers Brainfuse to help you with your school questions and homework. Live tutors are available 7 days a week from 2 – 11 pm. The tutors are available for kindergarten through college level students.

Brainfuse includes study guides and practice tests for AP exams as well as the ACT & SAT. Experienced tutors are also on hand to read your research paper. You’ll receive a response with suggestions within 24 hours!

Adult learning assistance is also offered for those looking for jobs and hoping to continue their education.

Click here for test help or click here for a live tutor! You will be prompted for your library card number and will be asked to create a username and password so you can save your information.

Upcoming releases – add yourself to the hold list!

2011 looks like it will be another exciting year for books. Here are the ones we’re most eager to read followed by when they will be published:

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare (April)

Passion by Lauren Kate (June)

The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore (August)

Where She Went by Gayle Forman (April)

Summer and the City by Candace Bushnell (April)

Plague by Michael Grant (April)

The Warlock by Michael Scott

Stay by Deb Caletti (April)

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen (May)

Bite Club by Rachel Caine (May)

Eona: The Last Dragoneye by Alison Goodman (April)

Sign of the Moon by Erin Hunter (April)

39 Clues: Vespers Rising by Rick Riordan (April)

The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan (May)

Kingdom Keepers: Power Play by Ridley Pearson (April)

Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star

Last Apprentice: Rage of the Fallen by Joseph Delaney (April)

Septimus Heap: Darke by Angie Sage (June)





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