Welcome to the NEW Alfred Baumann Free Public Library Teen Book Club Blog!

The book club meets  every 4th Tuesday of the month at 4pm  in the Teen Section at the library!  Join us!

This site is a space just for you.  We hope you will help us create the content for this page by reviewing books you’ve read and join in on discussions of the books we are reading in the group!

Come in to the library to register for the group and ask a librarian about how you can start writing your reviews!

Keep an eye on this site for lots of awesome new features soon to come!


Summer Is HERE!!

Summer is here!  School is almost out and we are all pumped for a great summer vacation.  Long fun days filled with trips to the pool, hanging out with friends and….summer reading assignments?  Wait, what?  Back up…..

We know you all have a required summer reading assignment.  That may not seem like a ton of fun but here at the library we are here to help you complete your assignment AND have a blast doing it!

This summer, sign up for summer reading at the library!  The more you read, the more chances you have to win tons of awesome prizes!  We’ll be hosting so many fun programs at the library this summer you won’t even know what to choose.

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Along with our usual Crafternoons every Thursday (now at a NEW time!!), we’ll be playing Minecraft every Wednesday, finding our inner zen with Teen Yoga every Friday, and tons of other awesome special programs throughout the summer!



Check out the Events Calendar on the library website for more details about the programs AND to REGISTER for them!

You MUST register for summer programs you wish to attend.  Don’t worry though, its not a commitment to come, we’ll call you before each program to make sure you can make it.

Make sure you also sign up for Summer Reading!  Anything you read during the summer counts towards your summer reading requirement AND our summer reading prizes!  Each week you could win gift certificates to awesome places like Pizza City, Bromilows, and even free skate passes to Floyd Hall!  We also have awesome grand prizes for anyone who makes it to the end of the summer.  Reading can get you prizes but so can attending programs, volunteering at the library, and other easy things like checking out a music CD or reading a magazine!

Register online today!  www.abwplibrary.org

Graceling by Kristin Cashore






This month we will be reading Graceling by Kristin Cashore


Our NEXT meeting is JUNE 25th at 4pm!

“Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po.

She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace—or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.”

This action pack-ed adventure has a little bit of everything for everyone.  Romance, action, mystery, magic, everything you could want out of a fantasy book.

Check out the book trailer!

And remember everyone, summer may have just begun but you can  never start your reading assignment too early.  Join our book club! Anything you read with us counts for your summer reading requirement!  You’ll hear great discussions about the books and get some awesome ideas for your reports.

Email Jessica to sign up today!  schneider@palsplus.org

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

Last month the book club watched City of Ember the movie as well as discussing the book!

We all decided the book was way better than the movie.  What is up with those giant bugs and weird mole creatures in the movie?  No one enjoyed that.

This month we will be reading The Alchemyst by Michael Scott!


Our NEXT meeting is MAY 28th at 4pm!

This is the first book in a great series.  Do you remember in the first Harry Potter book when they talked about Nicholas Flamel, the great alchemist who discovered the secret to immortal life and created the Sorcerer’s Stone?  One of the main characters in this book actually IS Nicholas Flamel!  He has been living with his wife who is also immortal for nearly 700 years protecting a vital secret and seeking out a pair of twins who can save the world.

He finds these twins in Josh and Sophie Newman and from there the adventure proceeds at an exciting pace.

Check out the awesome book trailer here!

And here is the book summary to get you going:

“He holds the secret that can end the world.

The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life.

The records show that he died in 1418.

But his tomb is empty.

The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives. But only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects—the Book of Abraham the Mage. It’s the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. That’s exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. Humankind won’t know what’s happening until it’s too late. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it.

Sometimes legends are true.

And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.”

Copies are in! 

Come to the front desk to pick yours up today!

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

The book club met again this week to discuss Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer.  We all agreed that we are on a technology/scifi kick and needed something a little less ‘magical’ for our next read.

So we picked…. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau as our next read!

Our NEXT meeting is APRIL 23rd at 4pm!


“The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to flicker. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she’s sure it holds a secret that will save the city. She and her friend Doon must decipher the message before the lights go out on Ember forever!”

This classic book was also made into a movie!

We are going to watch some (or all!) of it at our next meeting so you won’t want to miss it! THERE WILL BE POPCORN!!!

Here’s a trailer of the movie to get you hyped:

So come to the library to pick up your copy today and help crack the code to keep the lights on in Ember!

And don’t forget, our next meeting is:

April 23rd at 4pm!


Everyone ready for Teen Tech Week at the Library??

Geek out at your library, March 10 through 16!

Libraries are chock-full of tech toys like CDs, DVDs and video games, and they’re a great place to get connected to online homework help, research resources, gaming, music, the Web and more.

Check out the great programs just for teens this week and come CHECK IN @ YOUR LIBRARY!

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Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

The NEXT Teen Book Club meeting is MARCH 26TH AT 4PM!!

Our next Teen Book Club Selection is

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer!

If you haven’t read this series yet you are in for a treat.  With eight books in the series, there is plenty of adventure, magic, and super-spy action to keep you entertained!


“Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius—and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn’t know what he’s taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren’t the fairies of bedtime stories—they’re dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.”

Can’t get enough of Artemis Fowl?  Check out this website for videos, games, and more!  http://www.artemisfowl.com/ 

Come in to the library to pick up your copy today!

Join us March 26th at 4pm for our discussion!

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Our next book club selection is I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore!

Our next meeting is February 26th at 4pm!


“Nine of us came here.

We look like you.

We talk like you.

We live among you—but

We are not you.

We have powers you dream of having.

We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books—

But we are real.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.

Number Two in England.

And Number Three in Kenya.

They killed them all.

I am Number Four. I am next.”


This book has also been turned into a movie starring Alex Pettyger and Dianna Agron (of Glee fame!).

Check out the book trailer here!



We will be watching some clips from the movie at our next meeting also!

Here’s the movie trailer:


See you there!

PROGRESS: Wildwood Update

Hey everyone!  If you missed this month’s meetings, don’t worry, we didn’t get too far either!


Please read as much as you can, try to read up to part 3, but if you can finish it that would be great too!

Today we talked about our impressions of Prue and her parents and wondered what we would do if we were ever in the same situation.  Some of us thought that Prue’s parents were pretty irresponsible for letting a 12 year old watch a 1 year old baby.  Some of us thought it was strange that Prue went home after her brother was kidnapped and didn’t say anything to her parents.

What would you do if you were Prue?  Do you think your parents would believe you if you told them your little brother was kidnapped by crows?

We also talked about the interesting word choices the author makes in his writing.  There are a lot of words used that we had never heard of and had to look up!  We decided we like the book because of this because it is helping us improve our vocabulary.

Matthew made a great point saying that reading non-fiction or realistic-fiction can help you learn about history or science but reading fiction really helps your vocabulary.

Some words or phrases we discussed were:

  • “a murder of crows” — meaning a grouping of crows
  • camaraderie — meaning a mutual trust and friendship among people who spend a lot of time together.
  • conjured — meaning to call (an image) to mind
  • aeries — meaning a large nest of a bird of prey, esp. an eagle, typically built high in a tree or on a cliff.
  • concentric — meaning of or denoting circles, arcs, or other shapes that share the same center, the larger often completely surrounding the smaller.
  • coalesced — meaning to come together and form one mass or whole

If you see any words you don’t know the meaning of or a new words you really liked the sound of, write them down and bring your list to our next meeting!

Wildwood by Colin Meloy, Illustraited by Carson Ellis

For our next selection, the group chose Wildwood by Colin Meloy, illustrated by Carson Ellis


We will be reading PART ONE for our next meeting on December 18th at 4pm!

“Prue McKeel’s life is ordinary. At least until her brother is abducted by a murder of crows and taken to the Impassable Wilderness, a dense, tangled forest on the edge of Portland. No one’s ever gone in—or at least returned to tell of it.

So begins an adventure that will take Prue and her friend Curtis deep into the Impassable Wilderness. There they uncover a secret world in the midst of violent upheaval—a world full of warring creatures, peaceable mystics, and powerful figures with the darkest intentions. And what begins as a rescue mission becomes something much greater, as the two friends find themselves entwined in a struggle for the very freedom of this wilderness. A wilderness the locals call Wildwood.”

Check out the trailer here!

We love this husband and wife duo.


Colin Meloy is the lead singer-songwriter for the band The Decemberists.  You can see his wonderful lyrical talents reflected in his writing.

Carson Ellis is the acclaimed illustrator of several books for children, including Lemony Snicket’s The Composer Is DeadDillweed’s Revenge by Florence Parry Heide, and The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.

RESULTS: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

meme courtesy of tumblr user bookworm221

meme courtesy of tumblr user bookworm221


We liked this book a lot! Some of us had a hard time getting through the whole thing but for those of us that did, it was very enjoyable.  As a group we talked about time travel and the strange magical creatures called ymbrines that are featured in the story.  We especially loved the photographs.


We after our discussion we used the ipad to take our own peculiar photographs:

Michella & Alyssa


Our group was split over this book but overall we all liked it very much.

We give this book 5 stars ***** which means we loved it and think everyone should read it!