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Young Adult Book Awards for 2018

These book awards are from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.

If we own the book, you will see the call number after the title and author’s name.

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:

“We Are Okay,” written by Nina LaCour  is the 2018 Printz Award winner Y LAC

Four Printz Honor Books also were named:

“The Hate U Give,” written by Angie Thomas. Y THO

“Long Way Down,” written by Jason Reynolds Y REY

“Strange the Dreamer,” written by Laini Taylor Y TAY

“Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers,” written by Deborah Heiligman Y 970.1 VAN


William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens:

“The Hate U Give,” written by Angie Thomas, is the 2018 Morris Award winner  Y THO

Four other books were finalists for the award:

“Dear Martin,” written by Nic  Stone Overdrive

“Devils Within,” written by S. F. Henson

“Saints and Misfits,” written by S. K.Ali  Y ALI

“Starfish,” written by Akemi Dawn Bowman Y BOW


YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults:

“Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers,” written by Deborah Heiligman, is the 2018 Excellence winner. Y B VAN

Four other books were finalists for the award:

“#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women,” edited by Mary Beth Leatherdale and Lisa Charleyboy  Y 970.1 NOT

“Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism,” written by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos  (ON ORDER)

“The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives,” written by Dashka Slater Overdrive

“The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found,” written by Martin W. Sandler


Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States:

“The Hate U Give,” produced by HarperAudio, is the 2018 Odyssey Award winner. The book is written by Angie Thomas and narrated by Bahni Turpin  Y dmd FIC THO.

Five Odyssey Honor Audiobooks also were named:

“The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage,” produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, written by Philip Pullman and narrated by Michael Sheen; Y dmd FIC PUL and Y cd FIC PUL

“A Boy Called Christmas,” produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, written by Matt Haig and narrated by Stephen Fry

“Long Way Down,” produced by Simon & Schuster Audio and written and narrated by Jason Reynolds Overdrive

“Trombone Shorty” produced by Live Oak Media, written by Troy Andrews and narrated by Dion Graham

“The Wizards of Once” produced by Hachette Audio, written by Cressida Cowell and narrated by David Tennant


Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:

“All Systems Red,” by Martha Wells ; Overdrive

“The Clockwork Dynasty,” by Daniel H. Wilson  SF WIL

“Down Among the Sticks and Bones,” by Seanan McGuire  FAN MCG

“Electric Arches,” by Eve L. Ewing

“A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea,” by Melissa Fleming  956.91 FLE

“Malagash,” by Joey Comeau

“Roughneck,” by Jeff Lemire

“She Rides Shotgun,” by Jordan Harper  FIC HAR

“Things We Have in Common,” by Tasha Kavanagh

“An Unkindness of Magicians,” by Kat Howard Overdrive Audio


“FAR FROM THE TREE” by Robin Benway   Y BEN
Three siblings separated as infants reconnect in this National Book Award finalist which fearlessly address the difficulties of family.

“GEM & DIXIE” by Sara Zarr   Y ZAR
Two sisters, growing apart with each passing day, struggle through high school, let down at nearly every opportunity by their irresponsible and neglectful parents.

Lee whisks readers to 18-century Europe in a rollicking adventure starring charismatic and quick-witted Henry Montague, who dashes across the continent with his sister and friend (and crush) Percy, staying barely ahead of whatever (self-inflicted) scandal is now nipping at his heels.

“THE HATE U GIVE” by Angie Thomas   Y THO
This hard-hitting exploration of police brutality, racial injustice, and the double lives that children of color are so often asked to live is more necessary and relevant than ever.

A high-achieving Korean-American teenager tries to get a boyfriend by using lessons she’s gleaned from her favorite Korean soap operas in Goo’s hilarious romantic comedy.

“LA BELLE SAUVAGE” by Philip Pullman   Y PUL
Lyra Belacqua, the heroine of Pullman’s His Dark Materials series, is just an infant—one whom 11-year-old Malcolm Polstead desperately tries to keep safe, in a story of daemons, Dust, a rampaging flood, and the forces of the Magisterium.

A masterpiece of understatement, this story follows the fallout from the arrival of the “vuuv,” 1950s-culture-obsessed aliens whose advance technologies have eviscerated the human economy and led to widespread poverty and ruin.

Originally published in Spain, this book draws from the life of real-life survivor Dita Kraus who, as a young teenager, surreptitiously guarded a collection of forbidden books within Auschwitz. A painful but rewarding portrait of resilience.

“LONG WAY DOWN” by Jason Reynolds   Y REY
Told through clipped poems, this powerhouse examination of gun violence unfolds over the course of an elevator ride: the victims of gun violence who, somehow, board at each stop force 15-year-old Will to look hard at the revenge he intends to exact.

“A SKINFUL OF SHADOWS” by Frances Hardinge   Y HAR
Set as the English Civil War gathers momentum, this haunting fantasy follows a girl named Makepeace who seeks answers about her family after her mother is unexpectedly killed in a riot. What she discovers reshapes what she knows about life as she finds unexpected allies among the dead.

“SPINNING” by Tillie Walden   Y B WAL (Biography)
In a graceful graphic memoir, Walden looks back at her youth spent as a competitive figure skater and the attraction to girls that she kept to herself for years. Her spare images, colored in violet with dashes of gold, are ideally suited to the quiet, introspective tone of her writing.

Centering on a missing billionaire and a teenager who anxieties grip her life like a vice, this is a raw, hard-to-forget novel about the power that mental illness can exert over a person’s life and relationships.

“VINCENT AND THEO: THE VAN GOGH BROTHERS” by Deborah Heiligman   Y B VAN (Biography)
Heiligman delves into the fraught relationship between brothers Vincent and Theo Van Gogh, “companions in the search for meaning in life and meaning in art.” It’s a thorough study of two highly dissimilar siblings, Vincent’s struggles with mental illness, and the body of work he produced.

“WARCROSS” by Marie Lu   Y LU
Virtual reality gaming is all but woven into society’s DNA in this thrilling SF novel. First in a duology, it introduces hacker turned bounty hunter Emika Chen, who competes in a high-profile, high-stakes championship tournament while simultaneously seeking out a rogue hacker.

“WE ARE OKAY” by Nina LaCour   Y LAC
Holed up in her empty New York dormitory over Christmas break, college freshman Marin faces a past she longs to forget in this gorgeously melancholic novel, which carefully reveals the reasons that Marin isn’t ready to return to her California home.

This vivid family saga chronicles several decades in the lives of three generations of Indian women working to reconcile their culture with their American home amid new romances, professional and political awakenings, and tested family relationships.

“AMERICAN STREET” by ibi Zoboi   Y ZOB
A richly written look at contemporary immigration and intersections of culture, this book follows Haitian teenager Fabiola Toussaint’s adjustment to life in Detroit—made all the harder by her mother’s being sent to a detention center en route.

Websites for Teens


Find websites for technology interests, writing and art contests, fashion, music and other media recommendations, world current affairs and reading suggestions.

TED ideas worth spreading – global issues.

GC3 – activities and information on careers for girls in science and technology. – 10 cool websites for music, writing, bond with math fanatics, how to stand out, how to make a difference. – websites for teens, and what they want to know: includes fashion, games, and music.

NoveList Plus – looking for ideas on fiction and nonfiction read – alikes? (log in with your Hershey Public Library card). – 12 awesome websites for music, science, careers, games, news,  networking for saving the planet, and more.

Pomegranate Words – links to several writing contests for teens including Ray Bradbury Creative Writing Contest, Kids-in-Print Book Contest, and MISFITS Writing Contest.

Teen Ink – variety of writing contests including cover art contests, poetry contests, fiction writing contests, and environment writing contests.

In the Middle


In the Middle program for kids in grade 6 and up will be offered throughout the school year on Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. PLEASE REGISTER FOR EACH SESSION YOU WISH TO ATTEND. Register on the Event Calendar, or call (717) 533-6555 ext. 3708.

Facilitators: Jackie Sisco and Annika Sundberg. Meeting Room #1.

1st. Wednesday – Open room for playing games

2nd. Wednesday – Art

3rd. Wednesday – Book Club

4th. Wednesday – TBA (Wild Card)

Girls Who Code


REGISTER HERE. Girls in grades 6-12 learn how to use computer science to impact their community and join a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models. The program is designed for students with a wide range of computer science experience. Activities are available for girls with ZERO computer science experience all the way up to activities that introduce college-level concepts. The broad set of soft and hard skills taught are: Teamwork, confidence, time management, communication, functions, variables, conditional, and loops.

Tuesday afternoons 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. beginning September 19. Registration is wait listed. If you have questions, call 533-6555. Instructor: Lin Taylor

April 25, 2017. Instructor, Julie Lobur

Road Sign Quiz

Recommended by Our Children’s Librarian

empress of the world
american born chinese
jessica-s- guide to dating on the dark side
a northern light
the rag and bone shop
code name-verity
staying fat for sarah byrnes
eleanor and park
glory o-brien-s history of the future
the family romanov
weetzie bat
i capture the castle
miss pereguine's home for peculiar children
forgive me, leonard peacock
a great and terrible beauty
howl-s-moving castle
paper towns
the perks of being a wallflower
13 reasons why
We have put together a list of titles we think you will enjoy. Click to reserve your copy, or find a print version of the list in the Young Adult section of the library and find the book in the stacks.

Teen Tech Week

The theme this year is “Libraries are for Creating.”

Teen Tech Week, 2018  is March 4 to 10, 2018. Would you like to be a  teen tech volunteer? Download a JUNIOR VOLUNTEER APPLICATION  form to be a Teen Tech Assistant to patrons with computer questions, and help with library tech stuff. Do you have ideas on tech recycling?  Do you know how to be safe online and about identity theft prevention? Would you like to make posters,  or organize a bookmark contest that highlights the library’s digital resources? 

26 Easy Tips for Teens

  1. Download an ebook or audiobook from OverDrive or Hoopla.
  2. Research and download a new app for your smartphone or tablet, or download a mobile app for your phone to scan your library card barcode so you never forget your library card at home again.
  3. Start a TwitterTumblr, or Flickr account as a way to find and share content about a topic of interest to you.
  4. Write a blog post – about a library book or program you enjoyed, a hobby you enjoy, or something else that interests you!
  5. Try out a book-focused site like GoodReadsLibraryThing or Shelfari.
  6. Create a soundtrack or book trailer for your favorite book.
  7. Create a YouTube or Animoto video about your library or a favorite book.
  8. Ask your librarian or library staff to recommend a nonfiction book on an area of technology that interests you or a technology-related fiction book.
  9. Add something to an article on Wikipedia.
  10. Set up a podcast for a group or club you belong to. (Click the link to check out YALSA’s podcasts!)
  11. Many young adult authors welcome email from their readers, and many have their own websites, blogs, and Twitter/Facebook accounts. Why not send them a message in honor of Teen Tech Week?
  12. Check out some DVDs, or CDs from your library.
  13. Write and share instructions for a skill you already know how to do on
  14. While you’re at it, find an instructable for a craft or maker project you could do using materials available at the Hershey Public Library, and try it!
  15. Start a tech-related club at the Hershey Public Library.
  16. Read and contribute to a blog about technology.
  17. Sketch a plan for a piece of technology that would make your life easier or better in some way – it may even be something that you could try to build!
  18. Learn the basics of coding using a free website. Try!
  19. Research and write a persuasive proposal to the Children’s librarian for a piece of technology, game, movie, technology-related book, ebook, or other tech-related item you think the library should have but does not yet have.
  20. Volunteer to tutor library patrons who are new to using computers.
  21. Learn how to DJ music or record music with a computer.
  22. Search in a database for an article about your favorite musician.
  23. Learn how to use some new software, and even create your own mobile app to submit for the Congressional App Challenge.
  24. Take a class on graphic design or digital photography.
  25. Create a database of something you want to organize.
  26. Download a newspaper article from the day you were born from an electronic database. (Power Library.)

Continue reading Teen Tech Week



Young adults or a parent/guardian looking for advice and information, take a look at what is available in the online catalog and links to Internet sites you might find helpful.

Nonfiction titles in the catalog – click the image to select. Some titles are digital media in OverDrive. Titles in the print collection and Reference eBooks on Gay Rights.

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Websites to browse for information

10 Tips for Parents of a Gay, Lesbian,  Bisexual or Transgender Child

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Teens: Facts for Teens and Their Parents

Transgender/Inclusion Advocacy & Information