YALSA’s 2016 Teens’ Top Ten Winners!

Your votes are in and here are the winners!

1. Alive by Chandler Baker


Stella Cross has received a heart transplant, but it has not stopped her emotional suffering. Then a mysterious boy named Levi Zin comes into her life. Stella’s pain goes away whenever she’s around Levi. However, Stella finds out a terrible secret about Levi. Can it be true?

2. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven


Death plays a big role in the lives of high schoolers Theodore Finch and Violet Markey. He is constantly on the verge of suicide, and she is battling grief after her sister’s death. The Indiana teens come together to work on a project and soon develop a bond, showing each other what it’s like to live.

3. The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough


Set in Seattle in the 1920s, a romance develops between Flora, who is African American, and Henry, who is white. Despite some differences, the pair has much in common, including a shared love of jazz music. However, it turns out that Flora and Henry actually are pawns in a game played by two other characters – Love and Death. This book is full of intrigue and is, at times, heartbreaking, and will have the reader racing to the final pages.

4.  Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo


Young criminal genius Kaz Brekker is offered the chance to pull off a dangerous theft that can make him rich. He recruits a gang of six dangerous misfits to help him with the heist. The book follows the crew’s crazy adventure and features plot twists, betrayals, and schemes aplenty.

5. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon


Maddy is a teenager with a serious autoimmune disease that prevents her from leaving the house. Yet, she seems content to stay home and read books. That is until a boy named Olly moves in next door. The two meet, and their quirky relationship is chronicled through emails, journal entries, IMs and old notes.

6. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone


Samantha McAllister seems to have it all: she is beautiful, bright and part of the popular crowd in high school. But looks can be deceiving, and she is hiding the fact she has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Samantha’s life changes after she visits a place at school called Poet’s Corner and she begins hanging out with new friends like Caroline and AJ.

7. The Novice: Summoner: Book One by Taran Matharu


A blacksmith’s apprentice named Fletcher discovers he can summon demons from another world. He soon gets chased out of his village for a crime he did not commit, ending up at an academy for adepts, where he is trained to serve as a Battlemage in the Empire’s war against the savage Orcs. Eventually, Fletcher discovers the fate of the Empire is in his hands.

8. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


Kady and Ezra have just broken up, and then their planet is bombed by a megacorporation. The pair escapes to a government ship, but must put their differences aside in order to survive and stop a plague that has resulted from the use of a bioweapon.

9. When by Victoria Laurie


High school junior Maddie Fynn has special powers that allow her to see numbers above a person’s forehead, which she soon discovers are death dates. She identifies the death date of a young boy, but is unable to prevent his disappearance. Then, Maddie becomes a suspect in a homicide investigation.

10. Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten


June and Delia were best friends who grew apart. Then, Delia commits suicide. Or, at least that’s what others have been told. June believes her former best friend has been murdered, and she goes on a quest to find the truth . . . which, it turns out, is very complicated.

Stop by your local branch or go to our website http://www.lex.lib.sc.us to place a request for any of these titles!

*Book descriptions were provided by the Teens’ Top Ten book groups and are not the words of the Lexington County Public Library system.

Magician Caleb Alexander at the Irmo Library!


On Wednesday, July 20, teen magician Caleb Alexander wowed the audience with his impressive skills. Performing a variety of tricks and getting volunteers from the audience, he connected with the teens instantly. Plus, he talked to them about his life as a high school student and a full-time magician. Live your dreams!


Teen Zine Newsletter

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Celebrating Harry Potter’s Birthday at the Irmo Branch Library!


On Wednesday, July 23, 43 teens packed the meeting room to wish Harry Potter a happy birthday. The teens were entertained by special guests from the Carolina Wildlife Center who came to say THANK YOU for the donation drive that was done in conjunction with the program.

A volunteer from the facility who is a huge Harry Potter fan came in costume and brought a barking tree frog, snake, and barred owl with her. Teens took pictures with the owl using the green screen. They also made Harry Potter Perler bead crafts, completed a scavenger hunt using Harry Potter clues and their knowledge of library resources, and sang happy birthday while enjoying cake and polyjuice potion.



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.