Saturday, February 16, 2013

Read, Reuse, Recycle!

On Thursday, February 21, 2013, Teen Hangout will present Read, Reuse, Recycle. This program will invite teens to create art with recycled books. The class will start at 4:30 pm here at the Ysleta Branch Library. Teens, come out and show your creative abilities!

Mandy the Mule at YS !

The Ysleta Branch Library had a special visitor on January 12, 2013. Kids and parents spent some time with Mandy the Mule, the ambassador of the El Paso Museum of History, learning about El Paso history. Mandy, an interactive talking robot, spoke about the times when she powered a streetcar between El Paso and Juarez during the 1800's when public transportation was a mule-drawn streetcar. The original Mandy was one of the last in service and served for almost 20 years.


Teen Café Opens at YS!

The Ysleta Branch Library launched the opening of the Teen Café on January 10, 2013. Teens made the scene at the Café and enjoyed snacks, drinks, studying and other teen pursuits. As part of the Teen Hangout program, the Café will be open on Thursdays at 4:30 pm to heighten their library experience. Don’t miss out!

Healthy Eating

On January 9, 2013 the patrons of Ysleta Branch were given a cooking lesson by staff member Carmen Hernandez. The class demonstrated that preparing a dish can be quick, easy and healthy.  On the menu was Chicken Fried Rice, a favorite with the patrons in attendance. It was quite tasty!

Monday, February 4, 2013

New in 2013: YA Novels We're Waiting For!

2013 is an exciting year for Young Adult (YA) book releases. There are multiple series that are (hopefully) going to give readers closure and others that are going to continue to tease and entice.  Some of YA’s favorite veteran authors are coming out with new books this year, and new authors will take a turn in the spotlight.   Here are just a few of the books I’m looking forward to reading this year:

Just One Day by Gayle Forman (January 8, 2013)

In Just One Day, Allyson meets Willem, a Dutch actor, while on vacation in England. They take a daytrip to Paris, but by morning he’s gone, leaving Allyson to contemplate the intensity of their short-lived connection. Gayle Forman’s books always pack an emotional punch, but they’re so beautifully written that I just can’t resist. Just One Day is currently available to check out at the Ysleta Branch Library.

Everbound by Brodi Ashton (January 22, 2013)

The Everneath series is largely based on the Greek myth of Hades and Persephone. In the first book, Nikki was lured into the Everneath by Cole, one of the Everliving. The Everliving feed Dementor-like on the emotions of humans in order to maintain their immortality. In Everbound, Nikki is still dealing with the consequences of a sacrifice made for her and trying to set things right. Unfortunately this is going to involve spending time with Cole, who is obsessed with the idea of her becoming the new queen of the Everneath. I can’t wait to learn more about the Everneath and see how Nikki is dealing with the impact of everything she experienced in the last book.

The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson (February 26, 2013)

The Madness Underneath is the second book in “Queen of Teen” Maureen Johnson’s Shades of London series. In the first novel, Rory was transplanted from her home in the US to attend the Wexford School in London, where a Jack the Ripper copycat was terrorizing the city. Rory got a little too close to the horror, which had life-altering consequences. In The Madness Underneath, Rory returns to Wexford and is, once again, involved in a string of murders. If this novel is anything like the first in the series, The Name of the Star, it’s bound to be a page-turner full of terrifying moments.

Requiem by Lauren Oliver (March 5, 2013)

This is the final installment of Lauren Oliver’s Delirium series. The heroine, Lena, lives in a dystopian world in which love is classified as a disease and forbidden. (The part of the brain that causes feelings of love are actually removed from citizens when they turn a certain age). In Requiem, there is a rebellion growing against the oppressive government. Meanwhile, Lena is learning firsthand that falling in love can sometimes be complicated and painful. Just like the first two books in the series, Requiem is destined to be a heartbreaker.

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (May 7, 2013)

Isla and the Happily Ever After, the long-awaited companion to Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door, focuses on Isla and Josh, both students of the School of America in Paris, who made their first appearance in Anna. Isla and Josh are two of my favorite minor characters, and I’m excited that we’re going to get to know them better. I’m also thrilled that Perkins has announced that some of my favorite main characters are returning as well, including dreamy Etienne St. Clair.

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen (June 4, 2013)

The Moon and More, like many of Dessen’s novels, is a coming of age story with a healthy dose of romance. Emaline is struggling to figure out whether her future lies in an Ivy League education and big city life or back home in Colby with her family. Sarah Dessen’s novels are always good summertime reads, so the timing of this release is perfect. Her characters are always relatable, and the light, hopeful tone of her novels makes for a fun summertime escape.

Remember these dates and keep an eye out for these new books on our shelves!  In the meantime, you can read other books by any of these amazing authors by clicking on the authors’ names.

Valentine’s Day in the Café

That special holiday is upon us this February. I am talking about Valentine’s Day, a day to express your love and celebrate the spirit of love. Teens are invited to spend time at the Ysleta Branch Library for Valentine’s Day in the Café, taking place on the 14th at 4:30pm. This Teen Hangout event will feature music, love stories, crafts and great times! 


Teen Cuisine: Making Sushi


Everybody’s favorite food, sushi, is coming to Ysleta Branch Library for another session of Teen Cuisine. Sushi is a Japanese food that combines cooked vinegared rice with other ingredients such as raw fish or other seafood. Chef Carmen will show our teen patrons, in detail, how to prepare the popular California Roll and the Cream Cheese/Cucumber variation. This class will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 4:30pm. Teens don’t miss this!


Year of the Snake

2013 is the Year of the black snake according to the Chinese zodiac. The snake is meant for steady progress and discipline necessary for achievement in 2013. In this Teen Hangout, YS young patrons will craft Chinese lanterns to celebrate the New Year. Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 4:30pm is the date for this entertaining meeting. Teens, don’t miss out!