Read This Now: Ten Miles Past Normal

I know you, Bits and Bramblers. Not only have you registered for the Teen Summer Reading Program, you’re already done, aren’t you? You’ve read your 500 pages, and picked up your $5 gift card to Barnes and Noble. Then you kept on working, and read 1000 pages, earned your $8 gift card to Target, and you’re automatically entered into our grand prize drawing to win a Kindle Touch. Easy, right? No problem at all.

Unless…you’re not done with your 1000 pages yet. Or maybe you haven’t even registered for the program. Which is not a problem, Bits and Bramblers, because you still have time to sign up. All you have to do is visit your faaaaavorite library location and say, “I want to sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Program.” And then you have…a little less than a month to read 1000 pages. But you’re crazy smart, Bits and Bramblers. I know you can do it. In fact, I’ll help you by knocking some pages off your total–211 pages to be exact. All you have to do is check out Ten Miles Past Normal.

Want to know more? Watch this book trailer–then head to your faaaaaaavorite library location, check out Ten Miles Past Normal, and be a part of our Teen Summer Reading Program today!


You know what I think, Bits and Bramblers? I think those “lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer” are here. But if you’re not a fan of hazy days with 100° heat (er…are there fans of hazy days with 100° heat?! Honestly?!) we’ve got lots for you to do here at the library. Like…I don’t know, let’s say…our Teen Summer Library Program.

But I don’t have to tell you about THAT, do I, Bits and Bramblers? You’re all ridiculously smart and generally awesome, and you’ve probably already completed the program, right?! You read 500 pages, and earned your $5 gift card to Barnes and Noble. You’ve read 100 pages, and earned your $8 gift card to Target, and you’re automatically entered in our grand prize drawing to win a Kindle Touch. Right? RIGHT?!

Okay, if you haven’t registered for the program yet, you’ve still got time. Just go to your faaaaavorite library location, and sign up today. I can even help you earn some quick pages–295 pages, to be exact. All you have to do is read Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Now…from the title alone, the book sounds like it will make you cry, and you will feel miserable for days after finishing it. It may make you cry. I’ll give you that. But I promise you’ll also laugh–in fact, I promise you’ll laugh waaaaaaay more than you’ll cry. So what are you waiting for? Check out this book trailer, then head to your faaaaaaavorite library location, ask about the Teen Summer Reading Program, and read ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRLTODAY!


Soooooo, Bits and Bramblers…are you done with the Teen Summer Reading Program? Read your 1000 pages? Picked up your gift cards to Barnes and Noble and Target? Keeping your fingers crossed we’ll pick your name in our Grand Prize Drawing, and you’ll be the winner of a Kindle Touch?!
That’s what I thought.

But just in case you…you know, haven’t registered for our Teen Summer Reading Program, you still have time. Seriously, head to your faaaaaaavorite library location, and sign up today! While you’re there, you’ll have to load up on awesome books to help you reach your 1,000 page goal. Luckily, I can help you there…in fact, I can help you knock exactly 354 pages off that total.

Haaaaaaave you read All These Things I’ve Done? Let’s just say I’m glad I’m not Anya Balachine. She finds herself in an absolutely horrible position, and has to make a choice: will she pick love, and stay with her boyfriend Win…or will she choose to help her family? That’s a hard enough decision to make, but…what if by “family,” what I mean is…”organized crime family?” You know…mobsters.

Check out this book trailer, then head to your faaaaavorite library location, grab some Teen Summer Library Reading Program entry forms, and check out All These Things I’ve Done!


So…you’ve nearly read your 1000 pages for the Teen Summer Library Program, right?! I mean, over 700 of you signed up in the first which, which is just…made of awesome. Now…if you haven’t signed up, I won’t lecture you (much, anyway,) but I will remind you that you can register at your faaaaavorite library location. You read, you earn cool prizes. What’s not to like?) If you’re still working on those 1000 pages, I can help you out. In fact, I’ve got a great way for you to knock exactly 304 pages off that total.

Haaaave you read This Dark Endeavor? Now, I’m not going to lie…the book is pretty dark, and if you’re squeamish, there are a few pages you might want to…skim through. It’s the story of Victor Frankenstein, and his twin brother, Konrad. Aaaah, that’s a familiar name, right? Frankenstein? Well, this is a prequel to the classic Mary Shelley novel. In it, you’ll learn how Victor Frankenstein became…well…Victor Frankenstein (and you’ll be ready when the book’s sequel, Such Wicked Intent, comes out at the end of August!)

So…what are you waiting for? If you haven’t already, sign up for the Teen Summer Library Program. Then head to your faaaaavorite librarylocation, and check out This Dark Endeavor today!


So, Bits and Bramblers, I’m assuming you’ve signed up for our Teen Summer Reading Program (what? you haven’t? What are you waiting for? You know about the cool prizes you earn JUST BY READING, RIGHT?! We’ve covered it? You know that if you finish the program, you go into the grand prize drawing to win a KINDLE TOUCH, RIGHT?! SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! SIGN UP, ALREADY!)

Okay, well…now that you’re all signed up, you’re trying to read 500 pages so you can earn your first gift card. Well, I can help you knock exactly 402 pages off that total. Haaaaaave you read What Happened to Goodbye? You should…check out this book trailer, then head to your faaaaaaavorite library location and get reading! You’ve got awesome prizes to earn!

Be a Part of the Tweet-a-Thon!

Sooooooo…what are you reading this summer? Fun stuff? Assigned reading for school? Cool books that can earn you awesome prizes? (because we are doing that. Have you heard?)

Whatever you’re reading this summer, the New York Times wants to know about it. That’s why they’re holding a Tweet-a-Thon all day today!

All you have to do is log on to Twitter (assuming you have an account. If not, ask your parents’ permission to set up one!) and write a tweet–just don’t forget to use the hashtag #summerreading, okay? You can tweet about what you’re reading this summer, take a picture of your favorite book, even talk about your favorite quotes or characters. If it has to do with summer and reading, don’t be afraid to tweet it.

And you know the coolest part?! The New York Times will be re-broadcasting their favorite tweets. So…you could say that your tweet appeared on one of the New York Times pages! And then you’d be famous. A little famous. Well, you could definitely brag about it.

So what are you waiting for? Get reading, and Get Tweeting!

It’s Summer Library Time!

Do you like to read? Do you like awesome prizes? Does the idea of reading cool books and winning awesome prizes sound good?

Then you should definitely register for our Teen Summer Library Program.

How does it work, you ask? Check out this movie. It’ll explain everything…


Did you get all that? Are you sure? Here’s a quick overview…

  • Register at any M/RCPL Location.
  • Read a book, drop a slip in the box.
  • Check your totals in the Teen Binder
  • Read 500 Pages, earn a $5 gift card to Barnes & Noble
  • Read 1000 Pages, earn a $8 card to Target
  • Read 1000 Pages, and you’re automatically entered in our Grand Prize Drawing to Win a Kindle Touch

It couldn’t be easier. Or awesomer. And we haven’t even talked about the cool programs, or the Teen Games yet. We’ll tell you more about that later, but in the meantime…well, what are you waiting for? Head to your faaaaaavorite library location and REGISTER TODAY!

The Countdown to Summer Begins!

…I know you, Bits and Bramblers. You’re counting down. There are only so many days of school left, right? And you’ve got this three day weekend coming up…you can almost taste the sweet freedom of summer. Sweet, stay-up-super-late, do-fun-things, go-fun-places summer. And I don’t blame you, not one bit. Just don’t forget what makes summer at your library so special.

Thaaaaaaaat’s right, it’s almost time for the TEEN SUMMER LIBRARY PROGRAM! What could possibly be better than reading books, and winning cool prizes? Now…we’ll give you more details on the Summer Library Program later (like how it works, when you can register, and HOW AWESOME THE GRAND PRIZE IS.)

Until then, you’ve got school stuff to worry about, right? Tests, papers, projects, and all that stuff. But soon—very, very soon—it’ll be time to read cool books, go see new movies, and find cool games on the internet. And as always, Bits and Bramblers, we’ll be here to help you with that.

In the meantime…get back to work! Unless, of course, you’re not quite done with this tiny break you took, because you’ve been working so hard on homework. You do deserve, a little break, Bits and Bramblers. So watch this video, and then, BACK TO WORK. But don’t worry…the countdown continues!

Countdown to City of Lost Souls!

…Okay, Mortal Instruments fans, we’re getting veeeerrrrrrryyyyy close to the the next book in the series, City of Lost Souls.

The last book, City of Fallen Angels, ended on a bit of a cliffhanger–and that’s a bit of an understatement. I mean, I don’t want to spoil anything, but it was more of a jaw-dropping, game-changing, OMG-what’s-going-to-happen-NOW kind of a cliffhanger (and I think we can all agree that those are the BEST KIND.)

I mean…what’s going to happen to Jace? And Clary? And Simon? And Magnus and Alec and Isabel and Maya and…well…what’s going to happen to all our favorite characters? We’ll find out when City of Lost Souls is released on May 8th.

While we wait, you can always reread (or just…read them, if you haven’t already. Why haven’t you read them? Do you not know they’re made of awesome?!) Aaaanyway, the first four books in the series are City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, and City of Fallen Angels.

And you can also check out this brand new book trailer (and from the looks of it, City of Lost Souls will have some jaw-dropping, game-changing, OMG moments itself.)


It is ALMOST HERE, Bits and Bramblers. In TWELVE HOURS, you can go to a The Hunger Games and see read the book on the big screen. Are you excited? Come on…you’re pretty excited, right?!

But if it still seems too far away, here are a few things you can do to make the time go a little faster.

  • Want to know what fashions are popular in the Capital these days? Check out this Capital Couture page. Do some digging, and you’ll find pics and info on some of your favorite characters, like Effie, Cinna, and Katniss.
  • Speaking of the Capital, are you registered? Click here to do it officially…you’ll be assigned a district, and then you can upload a pic and put your “ID” on your Facebook or Twitter page!
  • You’ve still got time to head to your faaaaaavorite library and play Hunger Games Trivia for your chance to win fabulous prizes (like movie passes to a theater near you!)
  • After you do that, well…you could always read the book again. This way, you’ll get a refresher on the story, and you can pick the scenes you hope you’ll see in the movie (or the ones you definitely don’t want to see in the movie…)
  • Aaaaand you can watch the trailer again, of course…just one more time…


Okay…we’re about twelve hours away now, Bits and Bramblers. Hang in there, have fun, and…(wait for it…) “May the odds be ever in your favor!”