Junior Friends of the Bay City Library

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Brittany's Top 6 Teen Reads of the Month

  • First Love by: James Patterson
  • The Diviners by: Libba Bay
  • Fallen by: Lauren Kate
  • Dead is the New Black by: Marlene Perez
  • Fangirl by:Rainbow Rowell
  • Say You Love Me: Kanae Hazuki

Are the movies always better than the books?

Junior Friends of the Bay City Library

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Jr. Friends of the Library

7:05 AM
Are you looking for a great way to be active in your library and community? How about pumping up your resume/college applications? Or even connecting with other young adults who share your love of reading? Do you have ideas on how to make the library more teen-friendly? Or programming ideas?

Then Jr Friends of the Library is perfect for you-- the newest level of Friends of the Library geared just for Jr. and High School students!

What to expect:
  • monthly meetings (Third Thursday @ 4:00 pm)
  • volunteer hours (4/month --- hey there is at least 672 hours in a month; only asking for a few!)
  • skill building (leadership, team-work, job skills, etc)
  • to be the voice of Matagorda County teens
  • access to advanced copies of books 
  • membes-only parties (pizza anyone?!)
  • $5 dues (in January)
Please fill out the application and return to the Coordinator. 

Saturday, August 10, 2013


7:43 AM
What did this post title just say????

Tayshas is Texas Library Association's annual reading list for high school students. The full list can be found here. 2013 marked the beginning of the Tayshas Stars -- the top ten titles from the list. The only book we do not have (at this time) is Master of Deceit: J Edgar Hoover and America in the Age of Lies by Marc Aronson.

Find them in the Young Adult section!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day! (Book Spotlight)

3:40 PM
In case you didn't get the hint with all the flowers, candy, hearts, and kisses floating around, today is the Annual Day of Love, more commonly known as Valentine's Day.
It's the perfect day to think about that crush on the boy or girl from 2nd period, you know, the one that you can't help but stare at?! Or maybe it's the friend of a friend that sits with you at lunch. The one that gives you butterflies as soon as his or her name is mentioned.
Out of the spirit of all things romance, lovey-dovey, and cuuuuute!, pick up Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone for your V-day read.

From Goodreads: 
"Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett has the unique ability to travel through time and space, which brings him into Anna’s life, and with him a new world of adventure and possibility.

As their relationship deepens, the two face the reality that time may knock Bennett back to where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate, what consequences they can bear in order to stay together, and whether their love can stand the test of time.

Fresh, exciting, and deeply romantic, Time Between Us is a stunning, spellbinding debut from an extraordinary new voice in YA fiction."

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Just In! - January 10, 2013

12:47 PM
Seven new books have been added to the Young Adult McNaughton Lease Collection. Follow the links for more information on each book.


A breathtaking journey toward self-discovery and true love, from the author of If I Stay
When sheltered American good girl Allyson "LuLu" Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

Just One Day is the first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year—is coming soon! - from Goodreads


Life was different in the Before: before vampires began devouring humans in a swarm across America; before the surviving young people were rounded up and quarantined. These days, we know what those quarantines are—holding pens where human blood is turned into more food for the undead monsters, known as Ticks. Surrounded by electrical fences, most kids try to survive the Farms by turning on each other…

And when trust is a thing of the past, escape is nearly impossible.

Lily and her twin sister Mel have a plan. Though Mel can barely communicate, her autism helps her notice things no one else notices—like the portion of electrical fence that gets turned off every night. Getting across won’t be easy, but as Lily gathers what they need to escape, a familiar face appears out of nowhere, offering to help…

Carter was a schoolmate of Lily’s in the Before. Managing to evade capture until now, he has valuable knowledge of the outside world. But like everyone on the Farm, Carter has his own agenda, and he knows that behind the Ticks is an even more dangerous threat to the human race... - from Goodreads


This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own. - from Goodreads


The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record. The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and someone in Hannah Wagnor’s peaceful suburban community is killing girls.

For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one. Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. But how can things be normal when Lillian’s ghost is haunting her bedroom, pushing her to investigate the mysterious string of murders? Hannah’s just trying to understand why her friend self-destructed, and where she fits now that Lillian isn’t there to save her a place among the social elite. And she must stop thinking about Finny Boone, the big, enigmatic delinquent whose main hobbies seem to include petty larceny and surprising acts of kindness.

With the entire city in a panic, Hannah soon finds herself drawn into a world of ghost girls and horrifying secrets. She realizes that only by confronting the Valentine Killer will she be able move on with her life—and it’s up to her to put together the pieces before he strikes again.

Paper Valentine is a hauntingly poetic tale of love and death by the New York Times bestselling author of The Replacement and The Space Between. - from Goodreads

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