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We Don't Have It: What Now?

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Sometimes, the Library doesn't have the book, CD, or DVD that you really want. What do you do?

Tell us! Your opinion counts, and we often end up buying the stuff you want!

AND if we buy the item you ask for, we'll automatically put it on hold for you when we get it. Aren't we nice?

To get to the "Suggest a Title" page, click here or go to our homepage and click on "Contact Us" and then "Suggest a title."

Cleopatra's Trailer

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Book trailers vary widely in quality, but the one for Cleopatra's Daughter is awesome! This is an adult novel, but I know that teens read lots of adult books, as well as YA. Check out the trailer at the link below!

Halloween Reading

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Looking for some spooky reading this Halloween? Try The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman. It won the Newbery Medal this year, and it's awesome! Here's what it's about...

Graveyard Book CoverThere is a hand in the darkness, and that hand carries a knife. The knife has dispatched nearly an entire family, and the man holding it is on his way to kill the baby.

But the baby is not in his crib. In fact, the baby has wandered up the street to a graveyard. The man is in hot pursuit, but the baby is snatched up by a protective ghost, and disappears. The ghosts of the graveyard decide that they will raise the child, who is still being hunted.

They call him Nobody, or Bod for short. A vampire acts as his mentor, and a werewolf is his tutor. But Bod is growing up fast, and sooner or later, he will have to confront his past.

To find out what lurks there, check out The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman.

Gaiman himself narrates the trailer for this book on YouTube - watch it here!

If you want a really intense book, try Bonechiller by Graham McNamee. Here's what it's about...

Bonechiller CoverDanny and his father haven’t stopped moving since his mother died. They go from town to town, trying to escape their memories. Now, Danny is stuck in a remote town in the Canadian wilderness, during one of the coldest winters on record.

Then one night, Danny is attacked by a terrifying white beat with rows of teeth and a stinging tongue. He escapes, only to discover that every generation, kids go missing in this town during the coldest winters.

Now the beast is invading Danny’s mind, and it's after his friend. He knows it’s only a matter of time before it returns for him. And this time, running won’t help.

Bonechiller will keep you up at night, so be careful!

Banned Books

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Have you ever read a banned book bound in black bindings? I haven't, but I have read banned books, and you probably have too. Banned Books

According to the American Library Association, the three most common reasons books are challenged are: sexuality, offensive language and inappropriateness for the intended age group. Most complaints come from parents and are directed at schools and school libraries.

Challenged books are usually those written for Children and Teens. In fact, the most challenged book from 2006 - 2009 is a children’s picture book titled And Tango Makes Three. It is a true story of two penguins at the New York Zoo that raise a young chick named Tango. So what’s the deal? The penguins are both male. For many parents in the United States and Canada, that is a very big deal.

Other frequently challenged authors you may have read include: Stephenie Meyer, Philip Pullman, Robert Cormier, Walter Dean Myers, Cecily Von Ziegesar, Judy Blume and yes, even J.K. Rowling (not everyone is a Harry Potter fan).

So what do you think? Should anyone have the right to decide what you can and can't read? If so, what reasons would qualify a book for banning? Something to think about the next time you're at your local library.

Burning Up

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Catching Fire, the sequel to Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games, is finally here! It's the most hotly anticipated teen book this year.

Are you one of the lucky people who have read it already? What did you think?

If you haven't gotten your copy yet, make the wait less painful with this new trailer for the book!

And if you're one of the few who haven't read The Hunger Games yet, here's what it's all about:

From the ruins of North America, a new country has risen. Panem is divided into 12 districts, all of which lack supplies. Each year, every district sends two teenagers to the Capitol to compete in the Hunger Games. The winner of the Games brings home fame and fortune. The other twenty-three teens all die. And everything is televised.

If you want a riveting book with non-stop action (and I mean non-stop), don't miss The Hunger Games.

Read the first chapter and watch a trailer here.

Write and Win

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If you're 15 or younger, you can enter the Children's Fiction Writing Awards - and get published!

Winning stories will be published in an anthology. Your biography and photo will be in there too, so start practicing your Top Model smile. But hurry - the deadline is October 10th.

In the 12-15 year old category, stories need to be at least 3000 words (about 6 pages).

The stories must fall within one of the following genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Mystery. So if your story has vampires, spaceships, or secrets, you're good.

Check out the Calgary Book Fair site for details.

Writer's block? Check out these collections to get some ideas:

Lay-ups and Long Shots cover

Lay-Ups and Long Shots: an Anthology of Short Stories

Angry Management by Chris Crutcher

The Starry Rift: Tales of New Tomorrows (includes stories by Scott Westerfeld and Neil Gaiman)

Firebirds Rising (includes stories from Tamora Pierce and Diana Wyne Jones)

Prom Nights from Hell (includes stories by Stephenie Meyer and Meg Cabot)

Non-fiction is Non-boring?

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As someone who studied literature once upon a time, I always considered the good books to be shelved in the fiction section. Non-fiction was strictly on a need to (forced to) read (forget about on my desk) basis. It seems I was missing out.

Sure there are a lot of manuals about proper photocopier maintenance and grass identification techniques, but the wonderful world of non-fiction (the world most of us actually live in apparently) can be every bit as entertaining as the world of Harry Potter, or whatshername Vampire girl.

I doubt it will come as any great surprise when I tell you the Calgary Public Library has a LARGE non-fiction collection. If fiction’s just not your thing, you want to try something different, or if your photocopier is making strange noises in the night, you might want to remember that non-fiction is fun, informative (yes the two can co-exist) and available at the Library.

Here are a few titles you may (should) want to (yes, want to) check out.

It's non-fiction, it's a graphic novel and it's awesome. Houdini the Handcuff King is an account of one of the legendary escape artist's greatest tricks. It's beautifully drawn, an interesting read and all around cool. This is a great book for anyone who loves magic, history or... handcuffs?

Finally, our love of Monarchies and our love of violence have come together in one book! Royal Murder is the story of ten unfortunate royals and the horrible things that happened to them. If you're not sold already, it also has photos!

"It is good to give a girl compliments
Don't go crazy with them though."

How to Talk to Girls is full of great advice from author Alec Greven who wrote it at age 8.....

Read the Movie

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Tons of books are popping up on the silver screen lately! Movies based on books (mooks?) are a huge trend right now. Here are some of my favourites...

at the movies

Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer

Twilight Cover

Cirque du Freak: the Vampire's Assistant, by Darren Shan

Cirque du Freak Cover

Gossip Girl, by Cecily Von Ziegesar

gossip girl cover

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne

Boy in the Striped Pajamas


Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson (like Twilight, this one stars Kristen Stewart!)

...And here are some to watch for:

Beastly, by Alex Flinn

Beastly cover

The Vampire Diaries, by L.J. Smith (starts in Fall on the CW) ... see the trailer here!

Vampire Diaries

Hunger Games

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins ... you'll have to wait until 2011, but check out the book trailer and first chapter here!

New MoonNew Moon, by Stephenie Meyer (in theatres this November) ... Check out the movie tie-in covers for New Moon, here!

Can you do better than the producers? What book do you think should be turned into a TV show or movie?

Open 24/7 & Available Worldwide

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Teen on laptop

I'm about to blow your mind. Are you ready? The Library is open 24/7. It's true (almost).

You can download e-books and audio books from our E-Library whenever you want! This also means that you can access the Library while you're on vacation, from anywhere with internet access. Just look under Books, Authors, & E-Books for the databases!

Overdrive is our most popular database for downloads. You'll need to install a media console on your computer, but then you'll be able to get tons of books for your computer or iPod.

You can download either audio books (which you listen to) or e-books (which you read). Two of my favourites are Little Brother by Cory Doctorow and Jinx, by Meg Cabot.

While you're browsing, click "Recommend this Title to a Friend" to let your friends know about the awesome books you find!

You will need a library card to download books, so if you haven't got one (or if your fines are sky-high), come in and chat with us!

Supernatural Summer

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Lately, I keep hearing the same thing from teens: "I loved Twilight, but nothing else is as good!" If you, too, are suffering from post-Edward depression, try these great paranormal books!

Prom Nights from Hell

Prom Nights from Hell

Here's a great way to get your Stephenie Meyer fix: read something else by her!

One of the stories in this collection is Meyer's, and you may also find other paranormal authors you like.

In these stories, teen girls meet up with reapers, demons, zombies, vampires, oracles, and more! The tales run the gamut from romantic to funny to scary.

Other authors include Meg Cabot and Michele Jaffe.

You can also watch author Kim Harrison discuss the novel based on her story: Once Dead, Twice Shy.


Evermore, by Alyson Noël

Since her family died in a car accident, Ever has strange abilities.

She can see auras, read minds, and know your life story just by touching you.

That's why she avoids touching anyone, which makes her an outcast at school. Her head is full of noise, and she doesn't think she can cope - until she meets gorgeous Damon.

Why does he bring silence with him, and why is he immune to her powers? Who - or what - is he?

Watch a trailer for the book here! You can also check out the author's blog and website.

The Summoning

The Summoning, by Kelley Armstrong

Chloe Saunders is going crazy. At least, that’s what she’s told after she sees a ghost. She is quickly sent to a group home for teens called Lyle House.

But as Chloe gets to know the other teens at the home, she begins to realize that there something odd about everyone.

How does Simon push people without being anywhere near them? Why do objects move of their own accord when Liz is around? What’s with Rae’s thing for fire? ...And what really happens to the teens who are “released”?

Chloe and her friends discover that Lyle House is definitely not your usual group home - and they are all in serious danger. Check out the sequel, The Awakening, and the website / blog. You can also watch a trailer for the book here!

Night World v1Night World v2

Night World series, by L.J. Smith

There are nine books in this series so far! Each large volume has three books.

In each book, a supernatural being and a human discover that they are soulmates, and bound together forever.

Can they escape with their lives after defying the laws of the Night World?

Find out in this series, which features vampires, werewolves, witches, and more!


Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, by Beth Fantaskey

Jessica's senior year is about to be ruined by an exchange student named Lucius. He is looming creepily wherever Jessica goes, and soon he’s at her door.

Lucius claims that Jessica is a vampire princess and he’s her long-lost fiancé. But Jessica refuses to accept her vampiric responsibilities – she is a vegetarian, after all.

Then a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, and things suddenly look different.

Could Jessica really stop a global vampire war? Can she save Lucius' soul? Can she compete with a cheerleader? Check out the author's website here.

Forest of Hands and Teeth

The Forest of Hands and Teeth, by Carrie Ryan

This book never uses the word “zombie,” but it’s all about the walking dead.

Mary’s world is guided by the Sisterhood and protected by the Guardians. It is surrounded by a fence. The fence keeps out the Unconsecrated, who inhabit the Forest of Hands and Teeth.

When Mary’s mother is bitten by one of the Unconsecrated, she is cast into the Forest. Mary is taken in by the Sisterhood, and she quickly discovers that they are hiding something.

Is there humanity beyond the Forest of Hands and Teeth? Is there a part of the world unaffected by the Unconsecrated? Mary is determined to find out. Then the fence is breached.


Need, by Carrie Jones

Don't let the weird gold lipstick on the cover throw you off - this book is really good!

After Zara's stepfather dies, she is shipped off to rural Maine, a place where she can stay "safe." But what does she need to stay safe from?

It turns out Maine isn't all that secure when Zara picks up her very own stalker. Things get even worse when she discovers that he's a pixie.

Unfortunately, he's nothing like Tinkerbell - he's big and menacing, and he's hunting the locals.

Will Zara be able to cope with the death of her stepfather? Will she be able to avoid the creepy pixie? And is that cute guy at school a werewolf?

Wicked Lovely coverInk Exchange coverWicked Lovely, by Melissa Marr

Aislinn knows the rules. Don't stare at faeries, don't speak to faeries. And don't ever attract their attention.

She has always been able to see faeries, and has carefully ignored them. But recently, they have been growing unsettlingly active.

Then Keenan, the Summer King, arrives. Is Aislinn meant to be his Summer Queen?

The sequel is Ink Exchange, and the final book in the series is on order at the library! You can watch the trailer here.

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