Saturday, February 18, 2017

Ways to Have Fun at the Library

Looking to try something new and maybe even make a few friends in the process? You can't go wrong with FCPL's newest teen programs!

From anime and art to coding, games (board games, escape room challenges, RPG, trivia nights) and "make it and take it" crafts, there's something for just about everyone at the Library. Did we mention all of these programs are free to attend?

Wish we offered something specific that isn't listed here? Join a branch teen council and help plan activities for you and your peers to enjoy at the Library. We'd love to have your input!

Friday, February 17, 2017

You're Welcome, Universe




Every Friday we give a new book away. To get the book, it's simple: just fill out the form at the bottom of the page and you'll be entered into a drawing. The drawing will run from Friday through Sunday and winners are announced on Mondays. (Note: you must be a Fresno County resident to be eligible for Free Fridays.)


You're Welcome, Universe  by Whitney Gardner


Friends are a liability.

Julia learns this the hard way when she covers up a slur about her best friend with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural, sprayed right across the gymnasium wall of the Kingston School for the Deaf.

Her (suppose) best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her moms set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a "mainstream" school in the suburbs, where she's treated like an outcast as the only deaf student.

Out in the 'burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. A tag on a sign, a piece on an overpass. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off--and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a graffiti war.

Now Julia must risk arrest and expulsion to go toe to toe with her rival...or face losing the only piece of her identity that still makes sense.

Want this book? Fill out and submit the form below for a chance to win your very own free copy!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

We have a winner...

This lovely prize pack will be going home with Kelsey!
 

If you missed our Valentine's giveaway, rest assured more fun contests are coming. Be sure to follow the blog, so you never miss a post!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Valentine's Contest: Who do you "ship"?




What happens when a book or TV series has well-developed, relatable characters and a solid fan base? “Shipping.”

As human beings we value connection, so it’s almost inevitable that we do it. Some of us become emotionally invested in relationships written into the plot or strongly suggested by character interactions—Everlark or FitzSimmons, anyone?—but others may root for less popular or unlikely, but hypothetically possible pairings. Whether you write or read fanfiction about your favorite “ships,” or simply wait with bated breath for each next book or episode to see if things between your favorite characters turn out the way you hope they will, chances are you’ve found yourself playing matchmaker (at least a bit).

Since it’s almost Valentine’s Day, we thought it would be fun to acknowledge and celebrate the meaning and enjoyment so many of us derive from fictional relationships.  

Through 11:59 PM on 2/16, tell us about your favorite “ship” in the comments section below (giving the book/TV series/movie title), for a chance to win a bundle of books and a few other surprises. One winner will be selected at random from the comments received. Only teens (ages 13-18) with a Fresno County Public Library card are eligible to win, and the prize must be picked up at an FCPL branch (selected by the winner).





For the Record




Every Friday we give a new book away. To get the book, it's simple: just fill out the form at the bottom of the page and you'll be entered into a drawing. The drawing will run from Friday through Sunday and winners are announced on Mondays. (Note: you must be a Fresno County resident to be eligible for Free Fridays.)


For the Record  by Charlotte Huang


Charlotte thought she knew what being a rock star was like...until she became one. After losing a TV talent show, she slid back into small-town anonymity. But one phone call changed everything.

Now she's the lead singer of the band Melbourne, performing in sold-out clubs every night and living on a bus with three gorgeous and talented guys. The bummer is that the band barely tolerates her. And when teen heartthrob Lucas Rivers takes an interest in her, Chelsea is suddenly famous, bringing Melbourne to the next level--not that they're happy about it. Chelsea's feelings for Beckett, Melbourne's bassist, are making life even more complicated.

Chelsea only has the summer tour to make the band--and their fans--love her. If she doesn't, she'll be back in Michigan for senior year, dying a slow death. The paparazzi, the haters, the grueling schedule...Chelsea believed she could handle it. But what if she can't?

Update: Congratulations to Kelsey L.!