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Why Kindles? A Guide for J Schoolers

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photo credit: Tina Franklin, mis ebooks

Whenever we visit Thompson with armfuls of books, hordes of candy, and a dash of moxie, we librarians are also often spotted waving around bags of kindles. Why are we so determined to convince J Schoolers of a library kindle’s worth?

It’s simple, really.

Library Kindles: A Story

For their size, kindles pack a punch. They’re basically a portable library. All kindles have access to over 800 (mostly fictional) books. Eight hundred!! Browsing the huge variety of books, J Schoolers will notice duplicates of actual books in the Calarco library, as well as authors and titles exclusive to the kindles. More importantly, we librarians will purchase and download books on-demand. Put plainly – the options are endless!

So, Who Should Use Kindles?

Traveling over the break? If you try to pack multiple books in your suitcase in preparation for vacation (*hangs head in shame while raising hand*), library kindles are perfect for you! Imagine it – over 800 books at your fingertips, all on a small device that fits in your hand. Library kindles are basically a real-life version of Hermione’s undetectable extension charm-enhanced bag in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Not traveling over the break? Not to worry! You too could still benefit from a library kindle.

  • Do your parents ever get stressed out by the “to read” pile on your nightstand?
  • Do you struggle when deciding what book to pack for a sleepover?
  • Do you ever bring a book to read while waiting for an appointment (doctor? Haircut? dentist?) and finish the book early, leaving you in a vortex of boredom while you wait for your name to be called?
  • Do you simply struggle to see over the armful of books you carry around during your day-to-day life?

If you identify with any of the above scenarios, library kindles might just be your match made in reading heaven.

When you visit the Pop-up Library on Thursday, March 9, consider checking out a kindle. Keep an eye out for the big red “Readbox”, and make sure to let a librarian know if you want a specific book. Happy kindle reading!

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New Books News!

With March Break just a few days away, we wanted to draw your attention to some of the new books just waiting to be checked out.

Fantasy

King’s Cage and Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard

The third book and prequel novellas in the Red Queen series.

The Darkest Part of the Forest, by Holly Black

In the woods outside of a town where humans and faeries co-exits, there’s a horned boy asleep in a glass coffin. He’s been there for years. Until, one day, he wakes up.

Caraval, by Stephanie Garber

Scarlett has always dreamed of visiting the invitation-only Caraval, a show where the audience is part of the performance. But this year, her sister is kidnapped by the leader of Caraval, and Scarlett will have to find her to before she’s lost forever.

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Ruby Red trilogy, by Kerstin Gier

Time travel! Romance! Fancy dresses!

Steeplejack, by A.J. Hartley

In a fantasy South Africa, a chimney-repairwoman tries to solve the murder of her apprentice.

Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire

Something goes horrible wrong at a home for children who once found their way to other worlds – and desperately wish to find their way there again.

The Weight of Feathers, by Anne-Marie McLemore.

The fates of a son and daughter of magical rival families become intertwined.

 

The Winner’s Curse series, by Marie Rutkowski

Political intrigue and star-crossed lovers.

 

Realistic

Saving Hamlet, by Molly Booth

A stage manager falls through a trapdoor her back in time to Shakespeare’s day, and the first ever production of Hamlet.

Allegedly, by Tiffany Jackson

An imprisoned teen who was convicted of killing a baby when she was 9 tries to prove her innocence to maintain custody of her own child.

Still Life With Tornado, by A.S. King

Sarah deals with her brother’s mysterious absence, her parents’ divorce, and her inability to make art as she always has.

History is All You Left Me, by Adam Silvera

Griffin deals with the death of his ex-boyfriend.

Beast, by Brie Spangler

Dylan, a boy whose exceedingly large and hairy for his age, falls for a girl in his support group.

Saving Montgomery Sole, by Mariko Tamaki

A girl who love the paranormal worries she will be bullied for having two moms. By the author of This One Summer.

The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas

After witnessing her friend’s death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter’s life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.

The Serpent King, by Jeff Zentner

The son of a Pentecostal preacher faces his personal demons as he and his two outcast friends try to make it through their senior year of high school in rural Forrestville, Tennessee.

American Street, by Ibi Zoboi

Fabiola Toussaint is a Haitian immigrant learning to make her way at a new school in Detroit.

 

Science Fiction

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, by Becky Chambers

A misfit spaceship crew is hired to punch a wormhole gate to a new planet. For those who still miss Firefly.

Dreadnought, by April Daniels

A coming-out story in two parts: as a superhero, and as transgender.

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Ruby Red trilogy, by Kerstin Gier

Time travel! Romance! Fancy dresses!

Carve the Mark, by Veronica Roth

Graceling in space, by the author of Divergent

Scythe, by Neal Shusterman

Two teens are chosen to become a Scythe – grim reapers who choose who dies. Only one will succeed – the other will be killed.

 

Historical Fiction

Seeds of America series, by Laurie Halse Anderson

After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.

Front Lines, by Michael Grant

An alternate history where American women could be drafted to fight in World War II.

 

Graphic Novels

Trickster: Native American Tales

A collection of 21 trickster stories in cartoon form.

Black Panther, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

T’Challa, the superhero known as Black Panther and the king of Wakanda, tries to unite his nation in the face of a violent uprising.

The Nameless City, by Faith Erin Hicks

Rat and Kai bond over parkour, even though one is a native of a city that keeps changing hands, and the other is a member of the current occupying force.

Wires and Nerveby Marissa Meyer

A Lunar Chronicles story about Iko the android (with appearances from many other characters).

Lumberjanes, by Noelle Stevenson

A group of friends keep getting caught up in the strange happenings at their summer camp, from supernatural wolves and river monsters to raptors and Greek gods.