Monday, March 18, 2019

Getting to Know...Kylie

Introducing another valuable member of our YA Volunteer Team, Kylie Hatfield! A 14-year-old freshman, Kylie has accumulated 8.25 hours since January.






HAPPY PLACE: My room and Tennessee



FUTURE PLANS: Become a professional photographer

FAVORITE QUOTE: "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." - Oscar Wilde

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Recently Added to the YA Bookshelf

Taking a look at some of the most recent additions gracing the shelves of our YA department:

The Art of Losing by Lizzy Mason

While struggling to cope with her alcoholic boyfriend's betrayal that put her sister in a coma, seventeen-year-old Harley reconnects with neighbor Raf, who is facing his own demons after rehab.

An ABA Spring 2019 Indie Next Top 10 Book
A Goodreads Best Book of the Month

Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard

Aeduan joins forces with Iseult and Owl to stop a bloodthirsty horde of raiders from destroying a monastery that holds more than just faith. But to do so, he must confront his own father, and his past.

Book 3 in Susan Dennard's New York Times bestselling Witchlands series.

Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers

When Sybella discovers there is another trained assassin from St. Mortain's convent deep undercover in the French court, she must use every skill in her arsenal to navigate the deadly royal politics and find her sister in arms before time runs out.

"Sharp and breathless, full of anger and strength. May the sequel hurry." -- Kirkus, starred review

Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West

When teen actress Lacey Barnes gets cast as the female lead in a film, she quickly learns that life in the spotlight isn't as picture perfect as she imagined.

Companion novel to West's Love, Life, and the List.

Enchantée by Gita Trelease

Paris is a labyrinth of twisted streets filled with beggars and thieves, revolutionaries and magicians. Camille Durbonne is one of them. She wishes she weren't. When smallpox kills her parents, Camille must find a way to provide for her younger sister while managing her volatile brother.

Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Voices Pick
Book-of-the-Month Club Pick
Amazon Best Book of the Month (Literature & Fiction, Young Adult)

Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian

The Kaiser murdered Theodosia's mother, the Fire Queen, when Theo was only six. He took Theo's country and kept her prisoner, crowning her Ash Princess - a pet to toy with and humiliate for ten long years. That era has ended. The Kaiser thought his prisoner weak and defenseless. He didn't realize that a sharp mind is the deadliest weapon.

Sequel to the New York Times bestselling Ash Princess.

The Cerulean by Amy Ewing

Chosen as the sacrifice needed to break the tether that holds her city in the sky to the planet below, Sera feels betrayed. And as things don't go as planned, she finds herself not only fighting for her own life, but the lives of her people as well.

"Part high fantasy, part mystery, with a whole lot of feminism, this inventively explores gender, nonconformity, self-acceptance, and family. Readers will be hooked." -- School Library Journal

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Nikolai has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country's bloody civil war, and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravkas coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

"[Bardugo] touches on religion, class, family, love - all organically, all effortlessly, all cloaked in the weight of a post-war reckoning with the cost (literal and figurative) of surviving the events that shape both people and nations." -- NPR

A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Eighteen for the three-hundred-twenty-seventh time, Prince Rhen despairs of breaking the curse that turns him into a beast at the end of each day, until Harper enters his life.

"This enthralling modern fable champions altruism while illustrating intimacy's relationship with honesty, respect, trust, and consent." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

Come Find Me by Megan Miranda

Told in two voices, sixteen-year-old Kennedy Jones and seventeen-year-old Nolan Chander are drawn together by strange signals related to family tragedies, and find they are more connected than they could have imagined.

"Miranda has created a compelling pair of protagonists, filled with heartfelt angst and relentless tenacity." -- Booklist, starred review

Thursday, March 14, 2019

BPL on YouTube

Were you aware that Bremen Public Library has a YouTube page? Here you will find reviews, recommendations, features on programming, services we offer, and more!

Our Young Adults are a big part in its development, from behind the scenes to in front of the camera. Perhaps you'd like to be a part as we continue to grow this platform. You just never know when something you help create might go viral.

As it happens, this group effort by library members Shelli Kauffman (kid), Chris Scandling (ant), Terrie Bickel (narrator), and Holly Heller (video production), has garnered over 39,000 views!

Creativity, imagination, and inspiration, are but a page away at your local library.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Winter 2019 Volunteers

Recognizing nine of our charitable Young Adult volunteers who helped us through the Winter Session - December 2018 through February 2019.

Top Row

Kylie Hatfield
Leo Reynoso
Emma Heller

Middle Row

Hannah Wright
Braden Unruh
Isiah Sarille

Bottom Row

Sara Boyer
Selena Martinez
Angel Estrada

Braden, Isiah, Sara, and Emma all received certificates for reaching the benchmark of 8 hours completed. Special recognition to Braden for contributing the most service, logging 26 hours!

Monday, February 25, 2019

Remembering Great-Uncle Otis

February 26th, marks what would have been Otis Bowen's 101st birthday. To commemorate a favorite son of this treasured community, I'd like to share a couple of passages from How Hoosier Values Shaped a Great Physician and Public Servant. Tomorrow, let us take a moment to honor a life and times devoted beyond oneself. -- Christopher Scandling

After military service, Bowen returned to Bremen, Indiana, to practice family medicine. His first case was poison ivy, and his $1.50 fee included a bottle of calamine lotion. His typical day started at 6:30 a.m. After hospital rounds and house calls, office hours began at 9:00 a.m., followed by a house call or two and lunch at noon, then back to the office until 6:00 p.m. In addition to surgeries such as tonsillectomies and appendectomies, Bowen delivered about 10 babies per month, amounting to 3,000 over his career.

Though many contemporaries would regard Bowen's hardscrabble youth as anything but enviable, when he looked back over his long career in his memoir, Doc: Memories from a Life in Public Service (IU Press, 2000), he expressed his gratitude that he had been born "at a good time under circumstances that made me a better person." Growing up in a small Indiana town, he said, had taught him "persistence, determination, sticking to a project, and never giving up on a goal."

- Credit to Richard B. Gunderman for penning this special tribute in the January 2019 issue of 200: The Bicentennial Magazine

Monday, January 14, 2019

Recently Added to the YA Bookshelf

Taking a look at some of the most recent additions gracing the shelves of our YA department:

Once a King by Erin Summerill

Told in two voices, young King Aodren works with Lirra, a Channeler, to dismantle his father's dark legacy and end the divide between Channelers--women with a magical ability--and people without magic.

Evermore by Sara Holland

Jules Ember confronts the girl who is both her oldest friend and greatest enemy in the highly anticipated sequel to Everless.

The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm by Christopher Paolini

Three new stories of Eragon set a year after he left Alagaësia to find a home to train the newest generation of Dragon riders.

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

Dark secrets and forbidden love threaten the very survival of the Shadowhunters in Cassandra Clare’s Queen of Air and Darkness, the final novel in the bestselling The Dark Artifices trilogy.

How She Died, How I Lived Mary Crockett

Kyle texted five girls that day. Only Jamie was kind enough to respond, and it got her killed. On the eve of Kyle's sentencing a year after Jamie's death, all the other "chosen ones" are coping in various ways. But the unnamed narrator is full of anger, stuck somewhere between the horrifying past and the unknown future. 

Love à La Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm

High school juniors Rosie Radeke and Henry Yi, both enrolled in an elite cooking program in Paris, must balance rivalry and romance.

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

Seventeen-year-olds Stella and Will, both suffering from cystic fibrosis, realize the only way to stay alive is to stay apart, but their love for each other is slowly pushing the boundaries of physical and emotional safety.

The Cursed Sea by Lauren DeStefano

The second in a fantasy duology about a princess cursed to turn any living thing she touches into gemstone.