Spend this school vacation week in the kitchen (or at least reading about it)! Check out the new book display in the Teen Area to find awesome teen cookbooks, great YA reads about cooking and food, and non-fiction books and movies about the American food industry. Read, try out a recipe, and learn something new!


Featured Author: Libba Bray

Check out Libba Bray’s collection in the teen area of the library!


Her books include:

    The Diviners
    Beauty Queens
    Going Bovine
    The Gemma Doyle trilogy

Join the Teen Advisory Group!

TAG’s next meeting will be on Thursday February 14th (Valentine’s Day!) at 4pm, here in the library. We would love to have any interested teens age 12-18 join TAG so that they can be a voice for all Keene teenagers regarding what they want to be in the library just for them (books, DVD’s, audiobooks, special programs, events, groups, etc).  Bring a friend! We’ll have snacks!

Have you read any great books lately?

The Keene Public Library wants to publish your book reviews on our website and in our teen zine.  If you’ve read a good book that you’d like to recommend please write and submit a quick review.   You’ll find a review form online.  Review forms can also be picked up in the Youth Department or printed from our website in pdf format. For helpful information on writing reviews, you might want to check out our tip sheet “Points to Ponder.”

Designed by Nicole Copple of Keene

Designed by Nicole Copple of Keene


YALS (Young Adult Library Services of New Hampshire) is now accepting nominations for New Hampshire statewide teen reader’s choice award. The Flume: NH Teen Readers’ Choice Award, created in 2005 in response to New Hampshire teens’ requests, recognizes great new books. You can nominate either fiction or nonfiction.  Consider books marketed towards teens as well as those marketed towards adults or even children if they have teen appeal. Please consider any great books you have read with publication dates from 2010-2012. If the book is part of a series, it must stand on its own. You can nominate a title on the YALS website.

After nominations close on January 25, 2013, a group of school and public librarians will choose 10 titles for a final list. In April 2014, New Hampshire teens will vote for their favorite title on the list.


New Hampshire middle school readers have an award of their own as well.  It’s called the “Isinglass Teen Award.” If you’ve read a great book that you want to nominate, please let me. You could also fill out an online review form. In April 2014, middle school readers vote on their favorite titles on a librarian created list.

But now is the time to read the current nominees.

Come April 2013 will you be an informed  voter? You can be! All you have to do is read!

Here are the 2013 Flume Nominees for High School readers. (Read now so you can vote next April!)

View the 2012-2013 Current Isinglass Reading List HERE…for Middle School Readers. (Read now so you can vote next April!)

~ Gail Zachariah

Favorite Teen Books from 2012

Here’s a list of my top reads from last year: It’s in alphabetical order. I tried to rank it but couldn’t. It isn’t necessarily a list of the best written or the most popular books from last year. But it’s a list of the books I loved the most.

1. AFTER THE SNOW by S. D. Crockett


3. CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein


5. THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray

6. ENDANGERED by Eliot Schrefer

7. MY BOOK OF LIFE BY ANGEL by Martine Leavitt

8. NEVER FALL DOWN by Patricia McCormick

9. THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Steifvater

10. SERAPHINA by Rachel Hartman

So what was your most favorite books of the 2012?

Ready, set, comment!…