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Teen Collections
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It can be difficult to be teen and live through the middle and high school years. We have a collection of books for teens about a variety of issues. We call these our "Teen Survival Guides" and we keep them near the Young Adult collection on the same book case as the graphic novels. These are a few of the books we have. We welcome suggestions for more titles.

the secret to teen powerThe Secret to Teen Power
Paul Harrington

"Since its original publication, The Secret has inspired millions to live extraordinary lives. The Secret to Teen Power makes the knowledge of the law of attraction accessible and relevant to today’s teens. It explains the law of attraction in relation to teen issues such as friends and relationships, schoolwork, and self-image. It explains how teens can transform their own lives and live their dreams, by understanding and using the power they have in their hands. The Secret to Teen Power promises to follow the path of The Secret, inspiring teens and young people to bring joy and harmony to all aspects of their lives."

Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul on Tough StuffCS Tough Stuff
Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Kimberly Kirberger

"This latest offering in the best-selling Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul series explores a host of challenges faced by today's teens. Teen contributors share their thoughts and feelings on difficult issues, ranging from poor self-image to thoughts of suicide, from family discord to coping with loss, from peer pressure to school violence." This book hopes to share courage, strength, wisdom, and inspiration to other teens struggling through difficult times.

YOU: The Owner's Manual for Teens: A Guide to a Healthy Body and Happy Life
Michael F. Roizen, MD and Mehmet C. Oz, MD

"There’s a big difference between an adult’s body and your body, between adults’ health mysteries and your health mysteries, between their questions and your questions. So, teens, this book is for YOU. We’ll talk to you about the biological changes that are happening in your brain and your body. We’ll show you how to get more energy, improve your grades, protect your skin, salvage more sleep, get fit, eat well, maximize your relationships, make decisions about sex, and so much more. In fact, in these pages, we answer hundreds of your most pressing health-related questions. And you know what else? We are going to treat you like adults in one very important way: We’re not going to preach. We’re going to give you straight-up information that you can use to make smart choices about how to live the good life—and enjoy every second of it. Starting right now."

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The exact definition of a graphic novel is debatable. Are comic books graphic novels? Are cave paintings that told stories using only pictures a form of graphic novel? Artists  in the Middle Ages produced tapestries and illuminated manuscripts that used words and pictures to tell stories. Are these the precursors of graphic novels?

The first Western artist who interlocked lengthy writing with specific images was probably William Blake (1757-1826). He created several books in which the pictures and the storyline are inseparable  as in graphic novels.


Cover of Bloodstar (1976) by Robert E. Howard and artist Richard Corben.

" ... the term appeared in print in 1976 in connection with three separate works. Bloodstar by Richard Corben (adapted from a story by Robert E. Howard) used the term to define itself on its dust jacket and introduction. George Metzger's Beyond Time and Again, serialized in underground comics from 1967-72, was subtitled "A Graphic Novel" on the inside title page when collected as a 48-page, black-and-white, hardcover book published by Kyle & Wheary."considered an illustrated novel... "

Read more about the history of the graphic novel in Wikipedia.


We have expanded our collection of graphic novels for all ages and it now includes:

Tokyo Mew-Mew

One Piece


Dragon Ball Z


Death Note

Kitchen Princess



Samurai Deeper Kyo


We need your help deciding what to order! Let us know what you like to read.


The library has a collection of study guides for the ACT, SAT, GRE and other tests. It also has guides to help you choose and get into college, graduate or professional school.

The online database, LearningExpress, contains practice tests, information and exercises to help succeed on these important tests.
Click here to open the LearningExpressLibrary. This database may be accessed from in the library or remotely.


printz_awardThe Printz Award is given every year by the American Library Association to a book which exemplifies excellence in young adult literature.  This year's choice is:

 Click here for more information about this award.

2012 Award Recipient:

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

In the remarkable, bizarre, and heart-wrenching summer before Cullen Witter’s senior year of high school, he is forced to examine everything he thinks he understands about his small and painfully dull Arkansas town. His cousin overdoses; his town becomes absurdly obsessed with the alleged reappearance of an extinct woodpecker; and most troubling of all, his sensitive, gifted fifteen-year-old brother, Gabriel, suddenly and inexplicably disappears.

Meanwhile, the crisis of faith spawned by a young missionary’s disillusion in Africa prompts a frantic search for meaning that has far-reaching consequences. As distant as the two stories initially seem, they are woven together through masterful plotting and merge in a surprising and harrowing climax.

This extraordinary tale from a rare literary voice finds wonder in the ordinary and illuminates the hope of second chances.