by Yoli, Marmalade Branch
Working on a creative project or craft can help us to de-stress and relax. Did you know your City Library offers free Take and Make crafts for all ages: Teens, Kids, and Adults. There is even a special Creative Lab kit. All of these kits are made with love, and available while supplies last. A new kit is rolled out approximately each month or so. Each kit contains craft supplies and instructions.
To receive a Take and Make craft kit, just call the Holds To-Go number posted in the parking lot of your local City Library branch, and request one. During the library closure, Holds To-Go service is still available and Library Staff will bring your Take and Makes outside to you, along with any requested library items that are ready for pick up.
If you have a craft idea you think would make an awesome craft for Take and Makes, please fill out this form and our teen librarians will take it into consideration!
by McKelle, Day-Riverside Branch
1. Pumpkin, by Julie Murphy
Set in the Dumplin' universe, Waylon Russell Brewer is fat, openly gay, and stuck in the small West Texas town of Clover City. But he has a plan: escape to Austin with his twin sister and live his dream life after graduation. When those plans derail, Waylon decides to send an audition tape to his favorite TV drag show, Fiercest of Them All. But when Waylon's tape is leaked, he's nominated for prom king as a joke alongside Clem’s girlfriend, Hannah Perez. Instead of giving his bullies power, Waylon decides to lean into the nomination, preparing to leave high school with a bang.
Release Date: 5/25/2021
2. Concrete Rose, by Angie Thomas
In Concrete Rose, set 17 years before the events of The Hate U Give, Maverick Carter deals for the King Lords in order to help his overworked mother while his father is in prison, but everything changes when Mav finds out he's going to be a father. When he gets an opportunity to go straight, he's determined to amount to something. But escaping gang roots isn't easy as loyalty and revenge threaten to break Mav.
Release Date: 1/12/2021
3. Any Way the Wind Blows, By Rainbow Rowell
In the finale of Rowell's Simon Snow series, the magical trio (and Agatha) will finally put an end to their adventures... if they can! The series spun off the author's YA novel Fangirl and has truly become its own beast. Pro-Tip: Rowell is creepy good at hiding emotional jabs in the most unexpected moments, so make sure you have tissues on hand.
Release Date: 7/6/2021
4. The Box in the Woods, by Maureen Johnson
This book is the latest in the popular author's Truly Devious series. Stevie, the protagonist and teen detective, is tasked with solving her first case outside of school—a cold case, as a favor to help out a friend's true crime podcast. Set at a summer camp, this is one summer Stevie and her friends may want to forget.
Release Date: 4/27/2021
5. The Nobleman's Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks, by Mackenzi Lee
This is the anticipated third book in Lee's Montague Siblings series. The sibling at the center of this installment is the anxious Adrian, who sets off on a seafaring adventure to find his missing siblings and end the curse on his family once and for all.
Release Date: 4/27/2021
6. The Gilded Ones, by Namina Forna
This is the first book in a new series from Forna. In it, a girl named Deka is rejected by her village and gets recruited to join a supernatural all-girl army instead. Who would turn that down? Suddenly, Deka goes from a misfit to the biggest adventure of her life.
Release Date: 2/9/2021
7. Kate in Waiting, by Becky Albertalli
The latest from the author of the Love Simon-verse is all about how sometimes having "mutual crushes" with our friends makes them feel unattainable and therefore safe... but it would be really, really not fun if that crush started to turn into something more real for your friend, and not you.
Release Date: 4/20/2021
8. The Ones We're Meant to Find, by Joan He
Cee awoke on an abandoned island three years ago with no memories except for the fact that she has a sister — and she needs to find her. Meanwhile, Kasey resides in the Metropolis, Earth's last unpolluted place designed to help planetary protection. But is science really helping humanity if it's failed those who mattered most?
Release Date: 5/4/2021
9. Fat Chance, Charlie Vega, by Crystal Maldonado
This fat-positive contemporary sounds like a relatable, quirky, and charming coming-of-age story, and we're so excited to get our hands on it. All Charlie wants is to have a good relationship with her body, but it's hard when her mother thinks she should fit a beauty standard she does not subscribe to: being slim, white, and quiet. Luckily, her BFF Amelia always has her back. But when a cute classmate starts to notice Charlie, she's over the moon until she learns that he asked Amelia out first.
Release Date: 2/2/2021
10. May the Best Man Win, by Z.R. Ellor
When Jeremy Harkiss comes out as a transgender boy his senior year, he refuses to let the bigots tear him down. Instead, he adds to his attention by challenging his all-star ex-boyfriend Lukas for the title of Homecoming King. Lukas is dealing with his own loss but refuses to let Jeremy take his title. But both boys take their rivalry too far and must face the consequences — and their past hurt.
Release Date: 5/18/2021
What books are you looking forward to this year?
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