Tuesday, April 24, 2018

YA Pick of the Week: The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding

Of all of the teen books that are coming out this year, The Summer of Jordi Perez is definitely one of the cutest. Abby is a fashion-obsessed teen who scores a summer internship at her favorite clothing boutique--and falls head over heels in love with her fellow intern Jordi (Perez). The book talks about some serious things: body issues, how to navigate a first relationship, balancing dating and being professional but it also is really gentle in its treatment of all of these issues.

It's sometimes hard to find an lgbtq+ teen romance that doesn't have coming out anxiety at its epicenter, but this one is much more concerned with navigating other insecurities and life stuff, which often feels like a relief. It is a fun, soft summer read that never quite answers the question of what might be the best burger in Los Angeles--but it does provide plenty of other things to think about.

We have it on our shelves today! Check it out!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

YA Pick of the Week: Grendel's Guide to Love and War by A.E. Kaplan

Tom Grendel lives a quiet life: he mows the lawns of the senior citizens in his neighborhood, writes in his notebook, and pines for Willow, the not-quite-manic-pixie-dream-girl-next-door. All that changes when Willow's brother Rex starts throwing incredibly loud parties that scare the senior citizens and trigger Tom's dad (an Iraq war veteran)'s PTSD.

Tom begins to retaliate in an effort to stop the parties, and one retaliation leads to another in this surprisingly charming, silly, and sweet story of one high school summer. This book is loosely based on the ancient tale of Beowulf and Grendel, so if you've read it, you may enjoy it even more (reading Beowulf is NOT necessary for reading this book).

Check it out today!

Teen Internship at the Ventress Library: We Want You!


We are looking for a high school intern to work on a paid connected learning project over the summer of 2018. Ideal candidates will be passionate about libraries and public service, and will be both self-motivated and highly organized. Candidates must be current sophomores, juniors, or seniors to apply, and will work between 30 and 35 hours a week. Applications are due by April 28th. 

For more information, please check out the intern application overview and application. For any questions or to submit your application, you can email Kelsey Socha, Youth Services Librarian, at ksocha@ocln.org.

This internship is funded by the PLA III 2018 Inclusive Internship Initiative. 

Internship Overview and Application (pdf)


Saturday, April 7, 2018

YA Pick of the Week: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Do you remember the original television series of Sabrina the Teenage Witch? The one from the early 2000s starring Melissa Joan Hart where Sabrina goes through hilarious hijinks and teenage drama while also being a witch?

...this is NOTHING like that. This comic series, which is set in the 1960s (evoking classic horror film Rosemary's Baby) is genuinely spooky and chilling, while the art also manages to really evoke the feel of the era.

If you're interested in the Riverdale tv series, this takes place in the Archie universe with some great crossovers with Betty and Veronica. If you're interested in other teen horror comics (Emily Carroll's Through the Woods and Vera Brosgol's Anya's Ghost come to mind) this also might be right up your alley. We'll be getting in a hard copy sometime this month (along with some of the Riverdale comics!) or you can read it for free online using Hoopla Digital! I personally loved it.

BONUS: filming just began for a Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Netflix original series!