Water Games at the Irmo Library!


On Wednesday, July 13,  15 teens enjoyed getting wet at the library. We played a variety of water games from pass the sponge, dump the bucket, and balance the bucket in the 100 degree heat. We had to cut the program short by 15 minutes due to a pop-up thunderstorm in the area, but the teens had a great time getting soaked. Want to know what’s going on at your local library? Click here to see what teen programs our branch are offering in September.





Vote for the 2016 Teens’ Top Ten!

Voting is now open for the 2016 Teens’ Top Ten hosted by the Young Adult Library Services Association, or YALSA. You can vote for your favorite titles now until October 15. The Top Ten list will be announced the week after Teen Read Week, which is October 9 to 15. To vote, click here.

United (Alienated #3) Is Here!



A word from the author:

Hey there, booklovers!

I’m author Melissa Landers, and I’m thrilled to announce the release of UNITED, the final book in the Alienated trilogy. Our star-crossed lovers Aelyx and Cara have overcome some heavy obstacles to be together—riotous mobs, alien hybrids, and worst of all, high school on two planets. Now to stay together they’ll have to unite their people against a common enemy, a threat more deadly than they ever imagined. (NBD, right?) I’ve written an ending to this trilogy that makes my heart happy, and I hope you’ll love the conclusion as much as I do!

What do reviewers have to say about the series?

“The author’s storyline is out of this world.” –VOYA on Alienated

“The unusual plot and world building are ingenious.” –Library Media Connection on Alienated

“If [the third novel] is as entertaining as this tale, it can’t come soon enough.” –Kirkus Reviews on Invaded

“A fun genre-blending series that will only gain traction as it continues.” –Booklist on Invaded

If you love hot aliens, snarky humans, and wild sci-fi adventure, make sure to pick up a copy of UNITED today. It’s now available in stores and online.

Amazon: http://amzn.to/25XrSct

iBooks: http://apple.co/1sGfH1Z

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1tqvT7u

Book Depository (free international shipping): http://bit.ly/1XpeAjN

Indie Bound: http://bit.ly/1Uc75wb


Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati in the small town of Loveland, “Sweetheart of Ohio.” For more information or just to say hello, visit http://www.melissa-landers.com.


YALSA’s Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults 2016

Summer is almost over and we are wrapping up the Summer Reading Program! If you haven’t completed the third and final level, there is still time to log those points! If you need something to get those last few points, here are the titles from YALSA’s annual Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults list. Stop by your local Lexington County Public Library to check out or reserve your copy!

  1. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

simon vs

Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Simon is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity–and that of his pen pal–will be revealed.

  1. Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

six of crows

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction–if they don’t kill each other first

  1. *The Bunker Diary – Kevin Brooks

bunker diary

Sixteen-year-old Linus Weems, a street person since leaving his wealthy father’s home, is kidnapped and taken to an underground bunker where he is soon joined by five others, ranging in age from nine to seventy, who are alternately cared for and tortured by their unseen captor.

  1.  Audacity – Crowder, Melanie


A historical fiction novel in verse detailing the life of Clara Lemlich and her struggle for women’s labor rights in the early 20th century in New York

  1.  Shadowshaper – Daniel Jose Older


When the murals painted on the walls of her Brooklyn neighborhood start to change and fade in front of her, Sierra Santiago realizes that something strange is going on–then she discovers her Puerto Rican family are shadowshapers and finds herself in a battle with an evil anthropologist for the lives of her family and friends.

  1.  The Boy in the Black Suit – Jason Reynolds

boy in the black suit

Soon after his mother’s death, Matt takes a job at a funeral home in his tough Brooklyn neighborhood and, while attending and assisting with funerals, begins to accept her death and his responsibilities as a man.

  1.  Bone Gap – Laura Ruby

bone gap

Eighteen-year-old Finn, an outsider in his quiet Midwestern town, is the only witness to the abduction of town favorite Roza, but his inability to distinguish between faces makes it difficult for him to help with the investigation, and subjects him to even more ridicule and bullying.

  1.  X: A Novel – Ilyasah Shabazz


Follows the childhood of the civil rights leader to his imprisonment at age twenty, where he found the faith that would lead him to his path towards activism and justice.

  1.  Challenger Deep – Neal Shusterman

challenger deep

Caden Bosch is on a ship that’s headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench. Caden is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior. Caden is designated the ship’s artist in residence, to document the journey with images. Caden pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head. Caden is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny. Caden is torn. A captivating and powerful novel that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force by one of today’s most admired writers for teens.

  1.  More Happy Than Not – Adam Silvera

more happy than not

After enduring his father’s suicide, his own suicide attempt, broken friendships, and more in the Bronx projects, Aaron is already considering the Leteo Institute’s memory-alteration procedure when his new friendship with Thomas turns to unrequited love.

*This title is not available in the Lexington County Public Library System but stop by a local branch and let us find it for you!


Summer Reading Top Ten Reading List

It’s finally summer and school is out! So how will you spend the summer? Hopefully, you will register for Lexington County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program and Get in the Game, Read! You can register online at your local branch, on your phone/device, or at home. You earn points by reading and attending library programs, which you can find here.

Reading 20 minutes and/or attending a library program will earn you 20 points. After 300 points you can stop by any branch library and get your first level prize! After 600 points, you’ll get level 2 prizes and level 3 prizes when you hit 900 points. After you register, check out these titles, picked by The Horn Book Magazine, or anything you choose to earn those reading points!


National Poetry Month!

April is National Poetry Month, and in celebration we will be posting some great poems. This week we will be reading “U.S.” by Jeffrey Yang. This poem is from Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation, which was compiled and edited by Brett Fletcher Lauer and Lynn Melnick. Hope you enjoy!*


by Jeffrey Yang

The U.S. is a small fish

with a false head; or a big fish

with false scales; or a dream

of the perfect fish

that turns into nightmare;

or a fish with a mouth as big

as an atom; or a secret fish

named Morgan, Mellon, Carlyle, Rockefeller; or a fish that eats

its own tail; or an illegal

fish with respect to its own laws;

or a fish with a circulatory system

of black gold; or an army of robot fish;

or a fish that acts like it’s the only existing fish;

or a Japanese fish; or an Israeli fish;

or a fish that pollutes the whole sea;

or a fish that consumes the whole sea;

or a fish that ate its ancestors; or a

fish with a double life; or a fish

out of water hooked up to a respirator;

or a fried fish, or a fat fish; or a red fish;

or a fish unhappy with its own skin;

or a tin-straw-lion fish; or a Shiite Muslim

fish with a Protestant upbringing;

or a blind fish swimming thru a minefield;

or an extinct fish in a museum;

or a fish with fry full of hope;

or not really a fish but a gamba.

Lauer, Brett Fletcher, and Lynn Melnick, eds. Please Excuse This Poem. New York: Penguin Group, 2015. Print.


*If you have any original poetry, writings or artwork that you would like to see posted to this site, please send your contact information and work to PEYouthServices@gmail.com.


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