Teen News, Reviews & Info

  • Tue, 07/22/2014 - 6:56pm

    Do you like books with a lot of bite?  The vampire is one of the oldest creatures in literature.  Over the past years, vampires have gained a large following.    Here are some titles that give a new twist to a classic character.

    Vampire Academy(Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Meade

    St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .


    Last Breath (The Morganville Vampires #11) by Rachel Caine

    With her boss preoccupied researching the Founder Houses in Morganville, student Claire Danvers is left to her own devices when she learns that three vampires have vanished without a trace. She soon discovers that the last person seen with one of the missing vampires is someone new to town-a mysterious individual named Magnus. After an uneasy encounter with Morganville's latest resident, Claire is certain Magnus isn't merely human. But is he a vampire-or something else entirely?


    Lost In Time: a Blue Blood’s Novel (Blue Bloods #6) by Melissa de la Cruz

    The stakes have never been higher for the young Blue Bloods of Manhattan. After their brief yet beautiful bonding ceremony in Italy, Schuyler Van Alen and Jack Force depart for Egypt, to find the elusive Gate of Promise before Jack must face his twin for a blood trial. Schuyler and Jack take up arms, only to realize that there is a much graver threat simmering in the Kingdom of the Dead.


    Teeth by Ellen  Datlow
    Sink your teeth into these bite-sized tales exploring the intersections among the living, dead, and undead. Features stories by Neil Gaiman, Melissa Marr, Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, Garth Nix, and many more




    Don’t forget to sign-up for the Summer Reading Finale scheduled for July 29th at 3:00 pm in the Large Auditorium.  Reservations are encouraged so we can get an accurate headcount for pizza.  Please contact Leslie West at 205-332-6620 or lwest@bham.lib.al.us.

  • Mon, 07/21/2014 - 5:01pm

    Join us for a pizza party and the movie Vampire Academy at our finale of this year's summer reading program. Our film features Rose Hathaway, who is a Dhampir, half human - half vampire, and guardian of the Moroi, a tribe of peaceful, mortal vampires living discretely within our world. Her legacy is to protect the Moroi from their arch-enemy, the bloodthirsty, immortal Strigoi. 



    Tuesday, July 29, @ 3:00 pm in the large auditorium 


    Reservations requested are for pizza headcount.

    Please contact:

    Leslie West, 205-332-6620 or, lwest@bham.lib.al.us

  • Mon, 07/14/2014 - 8:38pm

    The Big Book of Magic Fun by Ian Keable

    Both beginners and experienced amateur magicians will discover methods, myths, facts, and fiction about magic—and then they'll read about the long and fascinating history of magic on stage. Filled with color illustrations and how-to instructions, The Big Book of Magic Fun teaches card tricks, rope tricks, mind-reading methods, illusionism, coin tricks, and more!


    Gimmicks and Card Tricks:  Illusions for the Intermediate Magician by Paul Zennon

    Designed for the advancing beginner magician, this engaging book introduces readers to tricks that use more sophisticated materials than simple cards and coins. This is an introduction to top-secret magician's gadgets that will leave spectators amazed. Practice with these materials will build the users' confidence in the limitless art of illusion.


    Magical Mathematics by Persi Diaconis and Ron Graham

    Magical Mathematics reveals the secrets of amazing, fun-to-perform card tricks--and the profound mathematical ideas behind them--that will astound even the most accomplished magician. Persi Diaconis and Ron Graham provide easy, step-by-step instructions for each trick, explaining how to set up the effect and offering tips on what to say and do while performing it. Each card trick introduces a new mathematical idea, and varying the tricks in turn takes readers to the very threshold of today's mathematical knowledge.


    The Science of Harry Potter by Roger Highfield

    Can Fluffy the three-headed dog be explained by advances in molecular biology? Could the discovery of cosmic "gravity-shielding effects" unlock the secret to the Nimbus 2000 broomstick's ability to fly? Is the griffin really none other than the dinosaur Protoceratops? Roger Highfield, author of the critically acclaimed The Physics of Christmas, explores the fascinating links between magic and science to reveal that much of what strikes us as supremely strange in the Potter books can actually be explained by the conjurings of the scientific mind.