unRequired Reading

Our unRequired Reading Blog features the latest picks for teens selected by library staff and volunteers.
08/20/2009 - 3:26pm

Alastair Reynolds is a Welsh astrophysicist who writes spectacular stories and novels about the future. A future where there are several types of humans, and not all of them get along. Interstellar travel is possible; it will take a while, even on a lighthugger, traveling just under light speed. Orbital habitats form the Glitter Band above the planet Yellowstone in the Epsilon Eridani system, all doomed. They just don’t know it yet. 

12/06/2010 - 3:37pm

I really am glad you asked about this book, because I had not heard of it before! So, now I'm learning about a new author.

09/03/2009 - 9:23am

The blockbuster summer film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, is making new fans and having the long-time legions of readers thumbing through their beloved collections of the Potter chronicles. Old aficionados  and first-year initiates alike may delve deeper into J.K. Rowling and her world with our scintillating sources.

01/14/2011 - 3:58pm
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

Green Mansions by W. H. Hudson.
Abel, a young European, falls in love with Rima, a lovely and mysterious girl of the jungle, and the two travel through the South American jungle to Rima's distant homeland.


The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo.
Quasimodo, the horribly misshapen bell-ringer of Notre Dame, rescues and defends the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda.


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
A young governess falls in love with her master but their love is
threatened when a terrifying mystery is exposed.

12/06/2010 - 2:35pm

An Angel for May by Melvin Burgess.
Tam travels back in time to his small English town at the time of World War II, where his friendship helps a traumatized girl living on a farm just outside the town.


Blossom Culp and the Sleep of Death by Richard Peck.
Blossom, high-school freshman and possessor of "second sight," helps an Egyptian princess, dead for 3500 years, to regain her tomb, and in
addition saves a suffragette school teacher from losing her job in 1914.

08/27/2009 - 11:42am

Down the Rabbit Hole: an Echo Falls Mystery by Peter Abrahams.
Like her idol, Sherlock Holmes, Ingrid uses her intellect to solve a
murder case in her hometown.


Twisted Summer by Willo Davis Roberts.
Fourteen-year-old Cici hopes for a romantic summer at the beach but
instead finds herself trying to solve a murder which had occurred there the previous year.