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On the Radar: Five Books to Check Out in July

Posted on June 30th, 2017 by vkovenmatasy in Books, Previews, Teen Services

Prepare to add some more books to your TBR list, and feast your eyes upon the next literary masterpieces to hit your library shelves! ***Note that due to a hold on purchasing until the new fiscal year, these titles are not yet available for holds, but you can still ask your local librarian to put them aside for you as soon as they come in.***

Please note: all summaries are taken from the Boston Public Library catalog unless otherwise noted. They may have been edited for length and clarity.

 

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The Backstagers by James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh

Summary: When Jory transfers to an all-boys private high school, he’s taken in by the only ones who don’t treat him like a new kid, the lowly stage crew known as the Backstagers. Not only does he gain great, lifetime friends, Jory is also introduced to an entire magical world that lives beyond the curtain. With the unpredictable twists and turns of the underground world, the Backstagers venture into the unknown, determined to put together the best play their high school has ever seen. (summary via Goodreads)

Why We’re Excited: Billed as Lumberjanes for theater kids, The Backstagers is the latest super-adorable comic out of BOOM! Studios — who brought us not only the aforementioned adventures of “hard-core lady-types” away at summer camp but Goldie Vance, Giant Days, and Jonesy, to name only a few. They know what they’re doing, is what I’m saying. You better bet I’m checking out The Backstagers as soon as it shows up in my branch! If you can’t wait for the paper copy, you can also use your library card to check out individual issues of the comic on Hoopla.

 

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Buried Heart by Kate Elliott

Summary: In this third book in the epic Court of Fives series, Jessamy is the crux of a revolution forged by the Commoner class hoping to overthrow their longtime Patron overlords. But enemies from foreign lands have attacked the kingdom, and Jes must find a way to unite the Commoners and Patrons to defend their home and all the people she loves. Will her status as a prominent champion athlete be enough to bring together those who have despised one another since long before her birth? Will she be able to keep her family out of the clutches of the evil Lord Gargaron? And will her relationship with Prince Kalliarkos remain strong when they find themselves on opposite sides of a war? (summary via Goodreads)

Why We’re Excited: I feel like this series has been flying under the radar a bit, but now that’s the trilogy is complete (previous books are Court of Fives and Poisoned Blade, if you, like me, need to catch up), it’s a great time to give it a shot! The first book was recommended to me by a trusted friend right after it came out, but I have trouble reading a series when I have to wait a year between books — I tend to forget a lot of important details while I wait. This way, I can save myself the agony of cliffhangers and read all three in one go!

 

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Women In Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win by Rachel Ignotofsky

Summary: Keeping girls interested in sports has never been more important: research suggests that girls who play sports get better grades and have higher self-esteem–but girls are six times more likely to quit playing sports than boys and are unlikely to see female athlete role models in the media. A fascinating collection full of striking, singular art, Women in Sports features 50 profiles and illustrated portraits of women athletes from the 1800s to today including trailblazers, Olympians, and record-breakers in more than 40 different sports. The book also contains infographics about relevant topics such as muscle anatomy, a timeline of women’s participation in sports, statistics about women in athletics, and influential female teams. (summary via Goodreads)

Why We’re Excited: I looooooooved Ignotofsky’s previous collection of mini-bios, Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World — the stories of so many women who struggled against incredible barriers to succeed in their chosen fields are heartbreaking and inspiring, and the art was gorgeous. And I love women’s sports! So this is really a match made in heaven for me.

 

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I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski

Summary: Nineteen-year-old Sydney has the perfect summer mapped out. She’s spending the next four and half weeks traveling through Europe with her childhood best friend, Leela. Their plans include Eiffel-Tower selfies, eating cocco gelato, and making out with très hot strangers. Her plans do not include Leela’s cheating ex-boyfriend showing up on the flight to London, falling for the cheating ex-boyfriend’s très hot friend, monitoring her mother’s spiraling mental health via texts, or feeling like the rope in a friendship tug-of-war. As Sydney zigzags through Amsterdam, Switzerland, Italy, and France, she must learn when to hold on, when to keep moving, and when to jump into the Riviera… wearing only her polka dot underpants. (summary via Goodreads)

Why We’re Excited: What better way to kick off your summer than with a book by Sarah Mlynowski, the queen of the ultimate beach read? If you haven’t read Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) or Don’t Even Think About It yet, you can catch up while you wait for her latest to come in!

 

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The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

Summary: No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough. The unthinkable happens, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos of a palace under siege. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them. (summary via Goodreads)

Why We’re Excited: Fantasy book from the author of sci-fi mind-bender Mirror in the Sky? Based on Indian mythology? Revolving around a library? Yes, please! Not to mention I’m absolutely in love with the cover. Click to see a bigger version — it’s worth it!

 

icon of VeronicaDid I get you interested in reading one of these books? Just click the title of the one you want and the link will take you to the relevant page in the catalog. From there you can click the green “Place a Hold” button and you’re all set!

Need a library card? Wondering how long you can borrow a book? Borrowing and Circulation information can be found here.

 

*”On the Radar” features book previews by Veronica, the Teen Librarian at the Dudley Branch, on the last Tuesday or Friday of every month.

On the Radar: Five Books to Check Out in June

Posted on May 30th, 2017 by vkovenmatasy in Books, Previews

Get your library card handy and reserve your place in line for these new June releases! If you place a hold now, they can be in your hands before they even hit the shelf.

Please note: all summaries are taken from the Boston Public Library catalog unless otherwise noted. They may have been edited for length and clarity.

 

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Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

Summary: Fifteen-year-old Janna Yusuf, a Flannery O’Connor-obsessed book nerd and the daughter of the only divorced mother at their mosque, tries to make sense of the events that follow when her best friend’s cousin–a holy star in the Muslim community–attempts to assault her at the end of sophomore year.

Why We’re Excited: It’s distressingly difficult to find a book about a Muslim girl, written by a Muslim girl. (Ms. Marvel and the admittedly excellent Does My Head Look Big In This can’t hold down the fort by themselves forever.) So it’s doubly exciting that Saints and Misfits not only comes as its own book but is part of the launch of a whole new publishing imprint! Salaam Reads is a subdivision of Simon & Schuster that “aims to introduce readers of all faiths and backgrounds to a wide variety of Muslim children and families and offer Muslim kids an opportunity to see themselves reflected positively in published works.” (Other books out now from Salaam Reads include Amina’s Voice and The Gauntlet, both intended for middle-grade audiences.) I’m pumped to get Saints and Misfits on my shelf, and I can’t wait to see what other YA titles are coming from Salaam Reads next.

 

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Soldier Boy by Keely Hutton

Summary: Follows Ricky from 1987-1991, and Samuel in 2006, as they are abducted to serve as child-soldiers in Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda. Includes historical notes and information about Friends of Orphans, an organization founded by Ricky Richard Anywar, on whose life the story is partly based.

Why We’re Excited: It’s been ten years since Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone came out, and it remains perennially popular with teens and adults interested in the lives of child soldiers. Soldier Boy, which is a fictional story but based on real life experiences, looks like a good option to put into the hands of readers who have finished Beah’s book and want more.

 

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Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Katie Ormsbee

Summary: Fame and success come at a cost for Natasha “Tash” Zelenka when she creates the web series “Unhappy Families,” a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina–written by Tash’s eternal love Leo Tolstoy.

Why We’re Excited: Is there anything better than that title? Tash Hearts Tolstoy is part of the growing body of literature starring the creative talents of fangirls (Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here, Eliza and Her Monsters, All the Feels), and also one of a few recent books with asexual representation (Radio Silence, This Song Is (Not) For You, Every Heart a Doorway). May their numbers continue to increase!

 

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Want by Cindy Pon

Summary: Jason Zhou is trying to survive in Taipei, a city plagued by pollution and viruses, but when he discovers the elite are using their wealth to evade the deadly effects, he knows he must do whatever is necessary to fight the corruption and save his city.

Why We’re Excited: Cindy Pon is severely underrated and more people should read her books! Years later, I’m still furious that Silver Phoenix didn’t get the popularity and beautiful hardcover sequel it deserved. #ownvoices Asian rep, especially in speculative fiction, is always welcome — try Karen Bao’s Dove Arising, Ellen Oh’s Prophecy, or Laurence Yep’s (older, but truly classic!) Dragon of the Lost Sea while you wait.

 

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Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

Summary: Cynical about happy endings, Louna, the daughter of a wedding planner, initally holds Ambrose at arm’s length, but Ambrose has finally found someone to save him from his serial dating ways, and he’s not about be discouraged.

Why We’re Excited: New Sarah Dessen book, ’nuff said. There’s a reason she won the Edwards Award in 2017.

 

icon of VeronicaDid I get you interested in reading one of these books? Just click the title of the one you want and the link will take you to the relevant page in the catalog. From there you can click the green “Place a Hold” button and you’re all set!

Need a library card? Wondering how long you can borrow a book? Borrowing and Circulation information can be found here.

 

*”On the Radar” features book previews by Veronica, the Teen Librarian at the Dudley Branch, on the last Tuesday or Friday of every month.

On the Radar: Five Books to Check Out in May

Posted on April 28th, 2017 by vkovenmatasy in Books, Previews, Teen Services

Get your library card handy and reserve your place in line for these new May releases! If you place a hold now, they can be in your hands before they even hit the shelf.

Please note: all summaries are taken from the Boston Public Library catalog unless otherwise noted. They may have been edited for length and clarity.

 

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I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

Summary: A disaster in romance, high school senior Desi Lee decides to tackle her flirting failures by watching Korean television dramas, where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten.

Why We’re Excited: K-DRAMAS FOR THE WIN. I love this cover, I love this premise, and I’ve been keeping an eye out for new releases from Maurene Goo since I spotted the likewise-delightful Since You Asked on the library shelf. I have high hopes indeed!

 

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Crossing Ebenezer Creek by Tanya Bolden

Summary: Freed from slavery, Mariah and her young brother Zeke join Sherman’s march through Georgia, where Mariah meets a free black named Caleb and dares to imagine the possibility of true love, but hope can come at a cost.

Why We’re Excited: I don’t usually see historicals get the same kind of fan following from the YA market as the behemoth fantasy authors, but Tonya Bolden — probably better known for her nonfiction titles such as Maritcha, Searching for Sarah Rector, and the recently released Pathfinders: The Journeys of 16 Extraordinary Black Souls — made me sit up and take notice when I saw her name on an upcoming release. Sherman’s March to the Sea is an uncommon subject for a young adult novel, which makes it all the more important to highlight when a highly respected researcher like Bolden pens one. I expect to learn a lot from Crossing Ebenezer Creek.

 

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Summary: When Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel meet at a Stanford University summer program, Dimple is avoiding her parents’ obsession with “marriage prospects” but Rishi hopes to woo her into accepting an arranged marriage with him.

Why We’re Excited: This book has been getting a ton of buzz on the various library/publishing blogs I follow, plus that gorgeous cover sells itself! When Dimple Met Rishi sounds like a solid readalike for Born Confused, which is an older title but still absolutely fantastic — also starring a heroine named Dimple, incidentally.

 

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Queer, There, and Everywhere by Sarah Prager

Summary: World history has been made by countless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals–and you’ve never heard of many of them. Queer author and activist Sarah Prager delves deep into the lives of 23 people who fought, created, and loved on their own terms. From high-profile figures like Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt to the trailblazing gender-ambiguous Queen of Sweden and a bisexual blues singer who didn’t make it into your history books, these astonishing true stories uncover a rich queer heritage that encompasses every culture, in every era.

Why We’re Excited: Queer history, just in time to get educated for Pride Month! I’m part of the committee that put together the BPL’s inaugural We Are Pride booklist (coming out in June, so keep your eyes peeled!) and one thing I noticed while we were working on finalizing our list was that while there’s tons of great LGBTQ+ representation in YA fiction, the nonfiction books are usually written for adults. I’m happy to see Queer, There, and Everywhere join The Letter Q, Beyond Magenta, Some Assembly Required, Rethinking Normal, Gay America, and Stonewall on the small but awesome shelf of LGBTQ+ YA nonfiction.

 

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Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner

Summary: Kamet, a secretary and slave to his Mede master, has the ambition and the means to become one of the most powerful people in the Empire. But with a whispered warning the future he envisioned is wrenched away, and he is forced onto a very different path.

Why We’re Excited: Go back in time. Back, back, baaaaaaack… all the way to the prehistoric times when I was in middle school, and read this very old-school adventure book with a crazy twist at the end called The Thief. It was kind of historical-flavored, but not really HISTORY-history, just old-timey and cool, and it had a very dorky cover but I didn’t care because I was a kind of dorky middle-schooler anyway. Then a many years later I discovered that The Thief had two sequels (with increasingly cooler covers, I might add) in which things… escalated. Significantly. Quick spoiler alert: the protagonist from my dorky middle grade adventure novel had his freaking HAND cut off, okay? And that was just the beginning of the book! Megan Whalen Turner was not messing around. So fast forward to the present day and we’re getting a new book in the Queen’s Thief series, plus new and EVEN COOLER editions of all the previous books (look at that cover, I think back to how far we’ve come and want to cry with happiness), and I’m dying to see what madness awaits.

 

icon of VeronicaDid I get you interested in reading one of these books? Just click the title of the one you want and the link will take you to the relevant page in the catalog. From there you can click the green “Place a Hold” button and you’re all set!

Need a library card? Wondering how long you can borrow a book? Borrowing and Circulation information can be found here.

 

*”On the Radar” features book previews by Veronica, the Teen Librarian at the Dudley Branch, on the last Tuesday or Friday of every month.

Hack the System!: FREE Audiobooks for the Summer with SYNC!

Posted on April 21st, 2017 by adowds in Books, Technology, Teen Services
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Free books, anyone??

 

Starting April 27th, audiobook service, SYNC, is providing free downloads of YA titles for teens to read and enjoy over the summer! Simply download the OverDrive app and listen to books on your phone, computer, or any device that has internet access and allows downloads. Each week SYNC releases two new titles shelved by a similar theme or genre such as classic literature, science fiction, or real life teen stories. Titles change each Thursday at 7 a.m. and the program runs until August 16th.

 

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Stuck on the train for an hour? Plug in and listen to Douglas Adams’ science fiction journey into space, A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Hours of household chores ahead of you today? Speed up time by immersing yourself in Nikki Grimes’ award-winning novel, Bronx Masquerade, which uses the structure and prose of poetry slams to tell the stories of 18 different teens who undertake the risky challenge of self-revelation. Want to be dip into a deep, dark, and dangerous mystery on a hot summer day? Listen to Daniel José Older’s Shadowshaper, a suspenseful tale of magical shadowshapers, a family’s hidden past, and a killer in the shadows.

 

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Aside from being FREE, there are so many reasons to try to SYNC and listen to audiobooks. For example, many of the weekly titles can be found on audiobooksschool summer reading lists, providing you with a wonderfully interactive alternative to access a variety of books while completing your assignments. What if reading is just not your thing? Audiobooks are appealing for this very reason. You no longer have to sit in one place and read until your eyes glass over. Listen to chapters 1-4 while exercising, walking to your friend’s house, or riding the train to and from your summer job. Audiobooks can be read anywhere, anytime and enable you to experience a diverse selection of book with easy access. Plus, the theatrical readings by authors and actors make these stories all that more enjoyable. One of the best features – audiobooks tell you how much time is left in the book! Time management at its best!

 

 

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Visit SYNC to get started today. Once registered, you can receive alerts about upcoming featured books by texting syncya to 25827. You can also keep track of the program through SYNC’s e-mail newsletter and by visiting www.audiobooksync.com. These alerts do not send you the titles but keep you in the loop as to what you are reading next! Give audiobooks a try and hack the boredom of chores, transit, and summer blues by SYNCing your device and unlocking a world of adventures, romance, dramas, and fantastical realms. Happy summer reading!

 

 

ally-150x150Did you know that in addition to physical books and DVDs, your library card gives you access to audiobooks through Bibliocommons, Hoopla, and Overdrive. To learn more about how to download audiobooks to a device, visit the library’s eBook & Digital Media page. To browse books on CD, search for titles and authors in the BPL catalog and select “Audiobook CD” under format. Or, ask a Librarian!

Want to create your own technology life hack? Stop by Teen Central during Open Lab time.

“Hack the System!” features examples of technology life hacks created by Ally, the Youth Technology Librarian at Teen Central. Check back on the third Friday of each month for her latest post.

On the Radar: Five Books to Check Out in April

Posted on March 31st, 2017 by vkovenmatasy in Books, Previews, Teen Services

Get your library card handy and reserve your place in line for these new April releases! If you place a hold now, they can be in your hands before they even hit the shelf.

Please note: all summaries are taken from the Boston Public Library catalog unless otherwise noted. They may have been edited for length and clarity.

 

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Run the Risk by Allison van Diepen

Summary: Grace has done her best to move on since her ex-boyfriend Mateo chose gang life over her. But even though years have passed, she hasn’t forgotten him–especially since she’s seen her younger brother Alex drawn to a life on the streets. She can’t bear to think of Alex making the same mistakes as Mateo, but she feels him slipping away. So when Mateo suddenly resurfaces, insisting he’s left gang life behind him, Grace sees an opportunity. Maybe he could be the one to reach Alex and pull him away from the edge. She tells herself she’s only talking to Mateo again because of Alex, but her feelings quickly return. Can she ever trust Mateo again? And is saving her brother worth risking a broken heart? With everyone she loves in danger, Grace must decide how much to sacrifice before it’s too late.

Why We’re Excited: Allison van Diepen has built up a solid reputation for exciting realistic fiction since Street Pharm came out in 2006, and I know her fans will be eager for to get their hands on her latest! Loosely related prequels to Run the Risk include On the Edge and Light of Day. If you haven’t tried out van Diepen before but you love Simone Elkeles’s super-popular Perfect Chemistry series, you might just have a new favorite series waiting for you.

 

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The Stone Heart by Faith Erin Hicks

Summary: Kaidu and Rat have only just recovered from the assassination attempt on the General of All Blades when more chaos breaks loose in the Nameless City: deep conflicts within the Dao nation are making it impossible to find a political solution for the disputed territory of the City itself. To complicate things further, Kaidu is fairly certain he’s stumbled on a formula for the lost weapon of the mysterious founders of the City… but sharing it with the Dao military would be a complete betrayal of his friendship with Rat. Can Kai find the right solution before the Dao find themselves at war?

Why We’re Excited: Faith Erin Hicks has a really unique, charming art style, and I’ve been keeping an eye out for her ever since I read the criminally underrated Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong, which Hicks illustrated (the writing is by Prudence Shen, who is brilliant and should have more books published so I can buy them). I enjoyed The Nameless City a lot, so I’m looking forward to the continuing adventures of Kaidu and Rat!

 

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Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman

Summary: The true story of the relationship between brothers Theo and Vincent van Gogh.

Why We’re Excited: Charles and Emma (about Charles Darwin and his wife) is probably Deborah Heiligman’s best-known work thus far, but considering the cultural resonance of van Gogh — dude even has a Doctor Who episode devoted to him, which puts him in the same club as Shakespeare — I think Vincent and Theo stands a chance of being an even bigger hit! I personally am always down to read tales of sibling devotion, so learning more about van Gogh’s relationship with his brother sounds absolutely perfect to me.

 

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The Takedown by Corrie Wang

Summary: In this near-future mystery, Kyla Cheng, the smartest, hottest, most popular student at her Brooklyn high school, gets taken down a peg by a faked sex tape that goes viral.

Why We’re Excited: LOOK AT THAT GORGEOUS COVER. How could you not be excited?

 

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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful. Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness–except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back. There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

Why We’re Excited: I don’t need to talk up Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, right? I mean, it won the Morris Award for best YA debut novel in 2015 and it’s being turned into a movie that’s supposed to come out next year. So when I hear that Becky Albertalli’s next book features (a) a plus-sized heroine (b) girls who love girls (c) Tolkien fans and (d) TWINS, obviously I’m going to be interested. And you should be too!

 

icon of VeronicaDid I get you interested in reading one of these books? Just click the title of the one you want and the link will take you to the relevant page in the catalog. From there you can click the green “Place a Hold” button and you’re all set!

Need a library card? Wondering how long you can borrow a book? Borrowing and Circulation information can be found here.

 

*”On the Radar” features book previews by Veronica, the Teen Librarian at the Dudley Branch, on the last Tuesday or Friday of every month.