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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Reading Recommendations for Teens

With the bustling holiday season in full swing and free time in short supply, a collection of short stories may be your best reading bet. Let it Snow features three interconnected Christmas romances by three of today’s bestselling young adult authors - John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle.

Along with sparkling lights and wrapped presents, a Christmas Eve snowstorm adds magic to the holiday. In The Jubilee Express by Maureen Johnson, Jubilee’s day is upended when her parents are arrested, her train is stranded in snow and she breaks up with her boyfriend but in the end meets a new love.

Author John Green, famed for The Fault in Our Stars, contributes A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle in which three friends hike through the blizzard to the Waffle House to gawk at the cheerleading squad from the snowbound train.

Finally, Lauren Myracle wraps it up with The Patron Saint of Pigs in which Addy makes amends for cheating on her boyfriend (who was also stuck on Jubilee’s train). These tales of believable teen love will warm your heart during the winter break or any time of the year.

If you’re looking for more action and suspense during the winter vacation, try The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey. This fast-paced sci-fi thriller received so much attention since it came out last year that I just had to add it to my reading list. It was worth the wait. In the story, 16-year-old Cassie Sullivan tries to survive in a world devastated by an alien invasion that has already decimated the population and knocked mankind back to the Stone Age. The Fifth Wave movie is in the works scheduled for release in January 2016, so there’s plenty of time to read book one and it’s follow up The Infinite Sea.

I’m looking forward to reading the second novel, which just came out this fall. It has received good reviews as a heart pounding survival story. Now that Cassie and her companions have lived through the Others' four waves of destruction and with the human race nearly exterminated they have to choose between holing up for winter, or setting out in search of other survivors before the alien enemy closes in.

Whether you yearn for holiday romance, crave alien invasions or want something in between, I wish you a happy holiday and the pleasure of a good book.

Ann, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Knitting for Teens @ the Fauquier Library

Need inspiration for your holiday gift giving? Try a Holiday Knitting Class at the library! The Bealeton Library Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is hosting this fun event. All young adults in the 6th grade and above are invited. Library staffer Ms. Jen will teach participants to knit a simple ornament or gift just in time for the holidays. Yarn and knitting needles will be provided but you’re welcome to bring your own. This is a great way to learn more about TAG and learn a new craft!

Bealeton Library, Tuesday, December 16, 4 p.m. 

TAG membership is a cool way to get involved at the library, make new friends, plan events and have fun; most schools accept TAG activities as service hours. Meetings are held monthly at the Bealeton branch library and Warrenton central library. TAG now forming at the John Marshall branch library.

Membership forms are available online or stop by your local library to find out more about how you can get involved.

You don’t have to wait for the class to start knitting. The library has some great books to inspire your creativity and get you started. From simple scarves and wrist bands to complex handbags and sweaters, these books provide lots of color photographs and step-by-step instructions. Or maybe you’d like to get “hooked” on crochet. We have books for that, too!

Check out the following list and then check out the books at your nearest library location.

Knit Grrl and Knit Grrl 2 by Shannon Okey — Fun and funky projects and patterns from the basics of getting the first row on the needle (casting on) to cool finished and useful projects–how about thumb-free mittens just perfect for texting?

Teen Knitting Club: Chill Out and Knit by Jennifer Wenger — You don’t have to be in a club to knit, but knitters seem to form a community of people who appreciate handmade stuff. This book offers lots of detailed project instruction and even advice to start your own knitting club.

Chic Knits for Young Chicks by Sarah Paulin — Packed with unique knitted patterns and accessories — who knew you could knit a sweater for a water bottle? Perfect for the more experienced knitter.

Not Another Teen Knitting Book by Vickie Howell — Reads like a high school yearbook; everyone is in this book—knitted crafts for the preppy, punk, jock and more. Advice on how to create a variety of cool knitting projects, with ratings of difficulty and instruction in different needlecraft techniques.

Second-Time Cool: The Art of Chopping Up a Sweater by Anna-Stina Lindén Ivarsson — Transform sweaters and second-hand clothing into other garments and accessories, including such items as skirts, tops, hats, vests, small bags, and leg warmers.

Get Hooked: Simple Steps to Crochet Cool Stuff by Kim Werker — If you can imagine it, you can crochet it! All you need is a hook and some yarn. Clear instructions and bright, bold photographs make this guide book a winner.

Way to Crochet! 20 Cool, Easy Projects for Kids of All Ages by Sherri Haab  — Here’s another great book filled with cool projects. From tiny beaded rings and friendship bracelets to thick, cushy pet blankets – your dog will love you and so will your friends and family for all the hand-made gifts.


Chicks with Sticks (it's a Purl Thing) by Elizabeth Lenhard — Four teenage girls from very different social cliques at their progressive Chicago high school become friends after forming a knitting club.

What I Call Life by Jill Wolfson — Placed in a group foster home, 11-year-old Cal Lavender learns how to cope with life from the four other girls who live there and from their storytelling guardian, the Knitting Lady.

Happy Reading and Knitting!

Ann, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library

To learn more about the Fauquier County Public Library's 
collection, events or programs, visit us on Facebook, Twitter or online.