Back to School Books
by Lexi, Day-Riverside Branch
Summer is already over?! We wish we could tell you otherwise, but we can’t. If you’re looking for ways to try to jumpstart your scholastic enthusiasm, (or ways to drag your Kingdoms of Wonder summer spirit to school with you), check out some of these back to school reads!
Introducing the Teen Book Club!
by Claire, Anderson-Foothill Branch
Starting September 11th the Salt Lake City Library will have its own online monthly Teen Book Club!
A new book club for teens developed by teens!
Meet new people, discover great books, and have some snacks in this book club by teens, for teens. Teen Book Club meets the second Saturday of each month to discuss books chosen by students from West, East, and Highland high schools. You'll even get a free copy of the month's book after you register!
Join the meeting using this zoom link:
Meeting ID: 975 0466 5460
Why is it important to have a Book Club specifically for teens?
Having a Book Club for teens is important because we perceive literature differently from adults or children. Young adult novels have become increasingly popular and prevalent over the past few decades, and we are trying to select books that will be relatable to teens in some way. We believe this is important because books are more engaging when the reader can relate to some aspects of the story, even if the environment, setting, and plot are different from that of their own.
Why is Diversity in Book Clubs important?
One of the goals of our book club is to promote diverse and representative literature to address the education opportunity gap by making literature more accessible to all. A lot of the literature we read in schools disincentivizes minority students from enjoying the learning process because it represents only a narrow slice of the population. By diversifying mainstream literature, we can ensure that all people feel included and represented in our schools, communities, libraries, and in our larger society, and broaden teenagers’ horizons in the process.
About the Books!
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Persepolis is a memoir of French-Iranian author Marjane Satrapi's life growing up in the turbulent political and religious climate of the 1979 Iranian Revolution. It is written in the form of a graphic novel. Marji’s family are Marxists and she describes them as “avant-garde.” They oppose the unity of religion and government in Iran and frequently protest their lack of freedom under the Islamist government. Marji grows close to her uncle Anoosh, who flees to the USSR and is eventually executed because the regime believes him to be a spy. Eventually, Marji’s parents decide that the Iranian regime is too violent and repressive for her to remain there. They send her to Vienna to live with nuns.
What If It's Us by Becky Abertalli and Adam Silvera
Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a show stopping romance when you least expect it.
Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.
But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?
Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.
Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.
But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?
What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?
What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?
But what if it is?
Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
Teen Poetry Contest Winners!
by Stephanie C. Main Library
This summer, The City Library hosted it's first Teen Poetry Contest. Students entering grades 9-12 were invited to ponder the contest theme "Wonder In All Its Forms" and submit a poem under 500 words.
The submission window closed on July 31st and judges, comprised of teachers, librarians, and community poets, met to review each entry and select winners.
Two winning poems and one honorable mention were selected in each category: 9th-10th Grade and 11th-12th Grade. 1st Place winners were awarded $100 and 2nd Place winners were awarded $50.
A celebration was held on Saturday, August 14th via Zoom. Winners read their poems to a live audience.
This year's contest winners are:
9th/10th Grade Category
Blog posts are written by our Teen Librarians and, in some cases, teens like you. Visit your About page to learn more about our Teen Librarians.