Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Book Reviews from Our Young Adult Community


Crave by Tracy Wolff 

"My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.

Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.

Which could spell death for us all.

Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally—as the bait." -- Goodreads

My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars 

What I thought about the book: This is a good book. It has a nice plot. It always catches you by surprise. 

This book will appeal to the following: People that like drama, Twilight lovers, and fantasy lovers.

My explanation for the rating: Some of the wording was confusing and it took awhile to comprehend the words, but otherwise it's a good book. 

This book review was brought to you courtesy of an anonymous person in our YA community. 

Crank by Ellen Hopkins 

"In Crank, Ellen Hopkins chronicles the turbulent and often disturbing relationship between Kristina, a character based on her own daughter, and the "monster," the highly addictive drug crystal meth, or "crank." Kristina is introduced to the drug while visiting her largely absent and ne'er-do-well father. While under the influence of the monster, Kristina discovers her sexy alter-ego, Bree: "there is no perfect daughter, / no gifted high school junior, / no Kristina Georgia Snow. / There is only Bree." Bree will do all the things good girl Kristina won't, including attracting the attention of dangerous boys who can provide her with a steady flow of crank." -- Goodreads

My rating: 5 of five stars 

This book will appeal to the following: Teens and drama lovers. 

My explanation for the rating: This was a very intense book. 

This book review was brought to you courtesy of an anonymous person in our YA community. 

Monday, May 16, 2022

Summer Reading 2022


It's finally here! 

 The Bremen Public Library is happy to announce the start of the 2022 Summer Reading Program, Oceans of Possibilities!

Registration begins on May 30th, and the reading program runs June 6th-July 30th!

Students entering grades 6-12 are eligible for the Young Adult Summer Reading Program.

For every book read, you'll receive one entry in the drawing towards the basket of your choice. There are 6 different baskets to choose from! 

Beach Basket ~ Anime/Manga Basket ~Gaming Basket ~ Art Basket ~ Food Basket ~ Music Basket   

We are offering several AMAZING, and fun programs for teens here at the Bremen Public Library! Registration begins on May 30th, and the reading program runs June 6th-July 30th!

Young Adult Programs  

Catch a Wave: Creative Writing Club
June 7, 14, 21, & 28 at 4:00-5:00 

Join our Summer Creative Writing Club where we will write our very own Cryptid Story. On July 3rd, winners will be selected and receive a small prize. 

Raingutter Regatta 
June 9th at 4:00-5:00

Join us for an upcycling program in partnership with the Marshall County Recycle Depot. Come build your very own sailboat using various recyclable materials, and race them! While Supplies last.  

Mini Ships in a Bottle Craft 
June 11th at 1:30-2:30

Create your own mini ship in a bottle. Registration is required. To register for this program click here.

Marbled Mug Craft 
June 13th at 4:00-5:00

Learn how to make marbled mugs! Registration is required. To register for this program click here.

Pirates of the Caribbean Interactive Movie 
July 7th at 4:00-6:30

Students entering grades 6-12 are invited to participate in our Pirates of the Caribbean Interactive Movie program. Registration is required. To register for this program click here.

Shark Suncatchers 
July 12th at 4:00-5:00

Make shark suncatchers in celebration of SHARK WEEK! Registration is required. To register for this program click here.

Blacklight Bingo Night 
July 12th at 5:00-6:00

Come enjoy five rounds of five Bingo games to win different prizes. Everyone is encouraged to wear neon colored clothes during the event. Registration is required. To register for this event click here.

Percy Jackson Party
July 26th at 3:00-7:30

Wrap up Summer Reading with fun crafts, activities, snacks, and a viewing of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief! Registration is required. To register for this program click here

During Summer Reading we will have several Make and Take Craft for all ages! Stop by the Young Adult Room to pick up yours. While supplies last.

Welcome Back! 

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Eliot Rosewater 2021-2022 WINNER!

 Thank you to all who voted for this years Eliot Rosewater Awards. All the 2021-2022 Rosie Nominees are available for checkout at the Bremen Public Library. 

A captivating and powerful exploration of the opioid crisis--the deadliest drug epidemic in American history--through the eyes of a college-bound softball star. Edgar Award-winning author Mindy McGinnis delivers a visceral and necessary novel about addiction, family, friendship, and hope.

When a car crash sidelines Mickey just before softball season, she has to find a way to hold on to her spot as the catcher for a team expected to make a historic tournament run. Behind the plate is the only place she's ever felt comfortable, and the painkillers she's been prescribed can help her get there.

The pills do more than take away pain; they make her feel good.

With a new circle of friends--fellow injured athletes, others with just time to kill--Mickey finds peaceful acceptance, and people with whom words come easily, even if it is just the pills loosening her tongue.

But as the pressure to be Mickey Catalan heightens, her need increases, and it becomes less about pain and more about want, something that could send her spiraling out of control.

No one speaks of the grace year. It's forbidden.

In Garner County, girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, to drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That's why they're banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams of a better life--a society that doesn't pit friend against friend or woman against woman, but as her own grace year draws near, she quickly realizes that it's not just the brutal elements they must fear. It's not even the poachers in the woods, men who are waiting for a chance to grab one of the girls in order to make a fortune on the black market. Their greatest threat may very well be each other.

With sharp prose and gritty realism, The Grace Year examines the complex and sometimes twisted relationships between girls, the women they eventually become, and the difficult decisions they make in-between.

Eliot Rosewater 2022-2023 List

With the end of the school year quickly approaching, and Summer Reading Program right around the corner; There is no better time than now to start your Summer Reading List!  

Checkout the Eliot Rosewater Nominees for the 2022-2023 school year. For more information about the Rosie Books click on the image below.   

Summer Reading Registration starts 
Monday, May 30, 2022. 

We hope to see you there! 

Eliot Rosewater


The Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award (Rosie Award) is chosen annually by students across Indiana in grades nine through twelve. Students at participating high schools, public libraries, or homeschoolers who read any of approximately 25 nominated books are eligible to rate each book they've read. The votes are due the last Friday of April each year, tabulated, and the winner is announced the following Wednesday.

The purpose of the Rosie Award is to encourage independent reading among high school students. It also promotes cooperation between school administrators, media specialists, teachers and public librarians in broadening reading programs. Rosie promotes reading across the curriculum.

For more information click on the image above.