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!


Okay Bits and Bramblers, you know I’m a big fan of the Mortal Instruments Series. Which is why I was soooooo excited to read City of Fallen Angels. There were so many unanswered questions…like, what happened with Jace and Clary?! And Simon?!

And I meant to take my time reading it—really, I did. Only, after I read the first chapter, I just…kept going, until I had devoured the entire thing. Because it’s that good. So good that you should stop whatever it is you’re doing and READ IT NOW.

Unless you haven’t read the first three books—City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass. If you haven’t read those books, then my first question is WHY HAVEN’T YOU READ THOSE BOOKS?! and the second thing I’ll tell you, obviously, is to READ THEM NOW.

I’ll leave you with a video made by a new character to the Mortal Instruments world, Maureen Brown (*coughimportantcharactercough*) But watch close, because you’ll see a ton of your favorite characters–including Isabelle, Alec, and Magnus. So what are you waiting for?! Watch the video, get City of Fallen Angels, and READ IT NOW!


You know what, Bits and Bramblers? I don’t think I can explain how much I love My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Fenway Park, and Mary Poppins. I love it so much, I’m sad that more people haven’t read it. Which is why I keep telling people to read it, ever since it was published in 2008. I mean, I’ve tried. A lot. But the thing is…for some reason, I’m not good at explaining why I love it so much.

In fact, I just end up babbling like a…crazy person. Yelling out things like, “Okay, so…the three main characters have to write about their most excellent year!” and, “So they use journals from their Freshman year, which was their most excellent year!” And that’s before I mention Fenway Park. And Mary Poppins.

That’s I decided to let our book trailer do most of the work for me. So watch, and then check out My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Fenway Park, and Mary Poppins, and READ IT NOW! (Did I mention I love the book? Because I do. I really, really do…)

READ THIS NOW: Beat the Band

Okay, Bits and Bramblers…Teen Read Week is half over. But if you’re still looking for a good “book with beat” to read, I’ve got the perfect suggestion.

So again, I’m just going to go ahead and assume you’ve read Swim the Fly, by Don Calame. If not, you’re missing out on a pretty awesome story…which continues in the new book, Beat the Band.

Now Coop, Matt, and Sean are in the 10th grade, and Coop’s pretty sure it’s going to be the best semester ever—starting with the three of them winning the “Battle of the Bands” competition. For awhile, everything’s great—the guys even make it into the competition! Of course, that was before the great “fate” project in Health Class, along with the fact that…you know…none of the boys actually play an instrument.

Check out our book trailer for Beat the Band…then celebrate Teen Read Week by READING IT NOW!


Now, I don’t want to completely skip over spring, but…summer’s on the way! (…Maybe. It’s kind of hard to tell this week, isn’t it?) Anyway…get into the summer spirit by grabbing 13 Little Blue Envelopes and READING IT NOW.

I can’t tell you how much I absolutely love this book, Bits and Bramblers. And you’ll love it to, if you READ IT RIGHT NOW! Check out our book trailer (and then you’ll be ready for the sequel, The Last Blue Envelope, when it’s released next spring!)

READ THIS NOW: Will Grayson, Will Grayson

So…what could be better than a new book by John Green or David Levithan? How about a book co-written by John “An Abundance of Katherines” Green and David “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” Levithan called Will Grayson, Will Grayson?

Check out our book trailer for this made-of-awesome book!

READ THIS NOW: City of Bones

Okay, so…I kinda came to the party late when it comes to the Mortal Instruments Trilogy by Cassandra Clare. I mean..I’d heard a lot of people taking about how much they loved the first book in the series, City of Bones, and the second book in the series, City of Ashes. Maybe it takes three books to sink in–because when everyone was talking about how amazing City of Glass, the third and final book in the trilogy, I finally got around to reading the series. And…wow. Everyone was right.

When City of Bones starts, sixteen-year-old Clary Fray and her best friend Simon are hanging out at the Pandemonium Club in Manhattan. Really, it’s kind of a boring night. That is, until Clary notices an annoying guy with blue hair being pulled into the store room by a group of beautiful-but-scary looking people covered in tattoos.

After that, things get messy fast. Especially when Clary frantically tries to tell Simon what she just saw—and he has no idea what she’s talking about, because he didn’t see anyone near the store room.

As it turns out, the annoying blue-haired guy isn’t a guy at all—he’s a demon. Then one of the scary beautiful people—a ridiculously good-looking blonde-haired guy—kills him. See, the beautiful tattoo-covered people are Shadowhunters—a group of demon hunters descended from angels. And they’re more than a little surprised that Clary can actually see them. Usually they’re invisible to normal people, or “mundanes.”

Clary’s ready to forget the whole thing—until the next day, when the scary/beautiful blonde guy shows up when she’s having coffee with Simon. His name is Jace, and he wants to talk about why Clary can see him. Things get even worse then when she goes home. Not only is her apartment is trashed, her mother’s missing, and there’s a dragon-like demon in her hallway.

So…maybe Clary’s not a mundane after all. In fact, it’s looking more and more like her mother’s disappearance is tied to an evil Shadowhunter named Valentine, and the Mortal Cup, a powerful object which has the power to turn a mundane into a Shadowhunter.

Before she knows it, she’s staying with Jace and his fellow Shadowhunters, and finds herself sucked up into their world of demons, wizards, vampires, and more, in a race to stop Valentine and save her mother.

…I know, right?!?! And trust me, it’s just as good as it sounds. So if you haven’t read the Mortal Instruments Trilogy, READ IT NOW…and thank me later! But if you’re not totally convinced, check out this awesome fan-made book trailer!


SUMMER LIBRARY PROGRAM UPDATE! Guess how many of you signed up for the Teen Summer Library Program last week? Exactly 983 of you!

Wow…that’s…that’s…I can’t even think of a good way to describe it. You guys rock.

Now…if you’re not one of the 983…you still have time to register! Not only will you get free stuff when you sign up, but you’ll get a $5 gift card to Barnes and Noble when you read 500 pages, and an $8 gift card to either Best Buy or Target when you read 1000 pages! Plus you’ll go into the grand prize drawing for an iPod Shuffle! So what are you waiting for? Head to your faaaaaaaaaavorite M/RCPL branch and EXPRESS YOURSELF!!!!

READ THIS NOW: Suite Scarlett

So…you’ve already registered for the Teen Summer Library Program, and now you need to start working on those 1000 pages. Where should you start? Well…how about right here? Haaaaaave you read Suite Scarlett, by Maureen Johnson? If not, you should READ IT NOW!

If you didn’t know any better, you’d think, “I’ll bet it’s pretty cool to be Scarlett Martin.” After all, her family has run the Hopewell Hotel for generations, and it used to be one of New York City’s most popular places to stay. She even gets to live in the hotel with her parents, her sisters Lola and Marlene, and her older brother and best friend, Spencer. But it’s not easy being Scarlett.

Especially when her parents announce that the Hopewell is in serious trouble. They barely have any guests, and they’ve had to lay off the entire staff. And now even if Scarlett finds a summer job, she has to help out at the hotel—and unless Spencer can get a find as an actor in three days, their parents will make him give up his dreams and go to culinary school. Oh, and did I mention they explain all of this on Scarlett’s fifteenth birthday?!?! It looks like her entire summer is ruined—nothing to do but work, and read emails from her best friends, who are all off doing amazing things while she’s miserable.

But the summer gets a lot more interesting when Spencer gets cast as Guildenstern in a crazy, circus-like production of Hamlet—and when a new guest named Mrs. Amberson shows up at the Hopewell, and somehow, the actress hires Scarlett to be her “personal assistant.” And when Spenser and the rest of the Hamlet cast suddenly need a place to rehearse and…um…perform the play, Mrs. Amberson decides to rescue them—with a little help from Scarlett, of course.

The next thing she knows, Scarlett’s running all over the city, doing everything from sewing costumes to pranking Mrs. Amberson’s rival—and spending a lot of time with Spencer’s friend and castmate, Eric (and nothing could possibly go wrong there, right?) But things get really crazy when Scarlett tries to hold the play inside the Hopewell. It may not be easy being Scarlett…but it’s never boring!

So do me a favor, and READ THIS BOOK—not only will it knock 353 pages off your total, but you’ll definitely want to have it read by this winter, when the sequel, Scarlett Fever, arrives!

READ THIS NOW: Paper Towns


So, this is the first in a series of posts on Bits and Brambles, called “READ THIS NOW.” It’s pretty self-explanatory, I think. We’re talking about books that are so awesome, you should drop everything and READ THEM NOW. Even before you know what they’re about. Yup, you should trust us that much.

I’m just kidding. Really. But seriously, the books in this series are made of awesome. Like Paper Towns by John Green.

When they were nine, Quentin Jacobson and Margo Roth-Spiegelman were neighbors and best friends. But now that they’re seventeen, they’ve sort of drifted apart. Margo is one of the popular kids—maybe because she’s funny, or maybe because she does crazy things like disappear for weeks at a time (and leave a bowl of alphabet soup for her family, with letters that will spell out where to find her.)

Quentin, or “Q,” spends most of his time with his best friends Ben (who’s earned the unfortunate nickname “Bloody Ben,”) and Radar (who’s obsessed with updating the online encyclopedia, the Omnictionary.) For the most part, his life is pretty boring. Until the night Margo Roth-Spiegelman crosses the street, knocks on his window, and asks him help her with a few things. Namely, she wants Q to help her get revenge (because it seems like a good idea, when you find out your boyfriend is cheating on you with your best friend.)

Suddenly, Q and Margo are running all over Orlando, doing things like stopping to buy things off Margo’s weird shopping list (which includes 3 whole catfish, Veet, and Mountain Dew.) As the night goes on, Q learns why they need each of the items on the list—and it’s not pretty. And that’s all before they break into Sea World.

The whole thing is so incredible—so Margo—that Q wonders what will happen the next day at school. Will this change anything, or will they still just be two neighbors that used to be friends? Q doesn’t get an answer right away, because Margo doesn’t show up for school the next day. Or the day after that.

At first, no one’s really worried—after all, she’s run off before, and she’s always come back. But when a few weeks pass with no sign of Margo, her family gets angry. In fact, her parents tell Q’s family that if she does come back, Margo is no longer welcome in their home. Q isn’t sure if something terrible has happened, or if Margo just doesn’t want to be found. That is, until he sneaks into her room with Ben and Radar. Once he’s there, he finds what he thinks are a string of clues—from notes written in the margins of a Walt Whitman poem, to songs circled on old album covers.

What if Margo does want to be found? And what if she’s waiting for Quentin to find her?

Now do you see what I mean?!?! What are you waiting for?!?! READ PAPER TOWNS NOW!