by Stephanie H., Sprague Branch
Greetings! This is Sprague’s 2022 Teen Squad Lineup! This year our Teen Squad have helped sign up patrons, packed seeds for the seed library and put together Take and Makes! The staff and community members at Sprague have all complimented the teens on their hard work and professionalism!
Hello! I am the Teen Services Librarian at Sprague. My favorite book genres are horror and sci-fi. I am a big champion of wearing socks with sandals
Greetings dear readers of this paragraph, let me introduce myself. I am Leif, also known as Leif the Great, the Ancient One, or perhaps the destroyer of worlds. I am one of the wonderful people volunteering for Teen Squad this year! As you likely don’t know me let me enthrall you with some tid bits about myself. First and foremost, I am the biggest nerd you will ever meet, though that was likely apparent from what I have written above. As part of my nerdom I play the classic role-playing game known as Dungeons and Dragons, partake in many a virtual game, read each and every fantasy book I can find, as well as even doing a bit of sword fighting on the side. In addition to my more academic activities of course. But most importantly I am a Teen Squad volunteer, and happy to spend my summer days enjoying all that the library has to offer. I hope to see you readers soon, but until then may good fortune and a better book always be with you!
by Stephanie C., Main Library
Every summer we ask our Teen Squad volunteers what their favorite books are and what books they would recommend to other teens. That list goes up on our website August 1st and you can click directly on a title to reserve a copy for yourself. While you wait, here's a sneak peek and some quotes from our volunteers about why these books are their favorites.
Middle Grade Fiction
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
"Hatchet is a book where a boy named Brian has to figure out how to survive in the wilderness. Brian got in a plane crash and landed in a river and he's hoping someone will save him." - Mafazah
Liberty by Kirby Larson
"For my recommendation I would definitely choose Liberty by Kirby Larson. It's a book about a kid with Polio during the WWII era. I've seen very little books that happen during the WWII timeline without the main character being directly involved in the war. It will leave you thinking and is a great read" - Jasmine
Technically, You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson
"A cute, epistolary novel told entierly in text messages. A quick read, and always makes my little heart so happy everytime I read it. A tropey but adorable case of mistaken identity." - Amelie
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You by Ally Carter
"I really enjoy this book because the story is unpredictable and you never know what's gonna happen next. I also like this book because of the amazing detail it has. This story has great romance, action, and drama that keeps the story flowing and exciting." - Mads
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
"They Both Die at the End is a sad book about two teenage boys who get a call that they are going to die, and they don't know how or when they will die, so they have to live the day to the fullest. So, they go on an adventure and find themselves and the ending will break your heart." - Kaylee
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
"This was a really great book. I would recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy. It had a combination of important themes, modern day issues, and magic. It was a beautifully written book with an interesting language style. The characters were very well developed and had realistic personalities, but it also had a lot of action. It was an exciting, fast-paced book that also developed themes and characters very well. The main basis of the story was magic and witches, but it also focused on themes like forgiveness, determination, perseverance, and love. Even though it is set in the 1800s, it talked about important topics such as racism, LGBTQ+ rights, women's rights, and worker's rights. I really enjoyed this book, and it had a good combination of deep, serious topics, as well as fun fantasy and magic." - Ria
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
"This is my favorite book because it is soft, bitter and tender, and more intimate than most novels can imagine to be. Written as a letter to an illiterate mother from her son, it follows the story of a Vietnamese immigrant family, and of which is fresh, vulnerable and ceaseless, defiant of form as it blends poetry and fiction - to call it only a book feels like an understatement when it feels so alive."
And introducing Chapman’s 2022 Summer Teen Squad!
Beatrice has been an amazing member of Teen Squad at the Chapman Branch for 5 years! She is excited to return to the branch this summer and work with the staff to serve our diverse community. This year Beatrice is planning on helping with Super Summer Challenge, changing up and maintaining some of the displays and helping with planning fall programming at the branch. She loves the TV shows Parks and Recreation and The Office and reading! (Of course!)
Hello! My name is Izobel and my passion is art and storytelling. I’m hoping to write a comic to help other people struggling with anxiety, and I’m excited to continue helping out the library!
It’s hot out. We can’t deny that. Our city hit 100 degrees this week!
With ash falling from the sky, are you looking for a way to help you cool down? Read some of these bone-chilling tales and give yourself goosebumps! (Warning, we chose books that are particularly scary, so be aware that these might contain some mature content).
Tiffany D. Jackson
Interested in a haunted house? This book literally takes place in a haunted house, that sits on of a potentially haunted street that crosses a probably haunted Town.
Where do you run, when the ghosts and phantoms live with you? Who do you turn to when your sibling keeps talking about invisible friends who want you gone? Follow Marigold’s story to find out!
Ace of Spades,
This book has been considered the next, bloodier, more adult step after “Harry Potter”. The book also takes place at a boarding High School full of secrets and hidden danger. Once again, someone is out to get our main characters and they have to find out why, before it is too late!
Be warned, adult content!
It all starts with a letter, begging from help, (don’t some of the best stories start that way?). Noemí, a glamorous debutante with lipstick skills to covet, heads to the distant house in the countryside to rescue her cousin.
Work with Noemí as she tries to understand what is happening around her, from your new cousin-in-law, from his menacing patriarchal father and even from the beautiful house itself.
A Banquet For Hungry Ghosts,
Ying Change Compestine
Yes, ghosts get hungry. And yes, they deserve some good snacks! This book blends amazing food, Chinese culture, and ghost stories ranging from 200 BC to the contemporary world.
According to Chinese legends, people who die hungry return as vengeful ghosts. Let’s say these ghosts died…. famished.
If you’re into True Crime there is a good chance that you’ve heard of the Amityville House. Even if you’re not into True Crime, you’ve probably heard of the Amityville house, (with its creepy pig hoofprints). Amity is a generational book, following two teens, ten years apart, who begin to be haunted by the house. And, again, the house itself seems like it might be the problem.
Clicking on a book title above will take your to our website so you can request the item be held for you. If you'd like to serach for other formats, like ebooks or eaudiobooks, please visit our library catalog at catalog.slcpl.org
Do you write poetry? If you do, or if you want to start, The City Library has a contest just for you!
The 2022 Teen Poetry Contest is a writing contest for 9th to 12th grade teens in the Salt Lake area. We'll be awarding cash prizes for the top four poems and you can join us at the Main Library on August 13th to hear the winning poems live. We'll also be sharing the winning poems here on the City Library Teens blog, and in the library's digital collection.
Are you ready to get writing? This year's theme is "Oceans of Possibilities", and we want to know what that means to you. Maybe you want to write about the ocean and how it inspires you, or maybe you want to write about your limitless future. Let your imagination go wild.
You can find all of the contest details here. We'll be accepting submissions through July 31st.
If you'd like to checkout last year's winners, visit our contest page on BiblioBoard.
We can't wait to read your work!
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