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During Teen Tech Week, our tech tutors organized a fabulous ‘Get Appy’ program.  Cool, fun and useful apps were featured!  Check out their favs here: get appy handout

What are your fav. apps? Let us know by April 16 to be eligible to win a prize pack.  Must be a KFPL card holder.  The prize? 3 YA books & The Giver book bag. Good luck!


Kingston WritersFest, High School Writing Contest

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High School Students are invited to submit their finest creative writing to the Teens Write! contest, part of the Kingston WritersFest’s Kids & Teens Program. You can submit fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction (essay or memoir).  Each submission must not be more than 750 words in length, and must include the following five words: shelter, liberate, heart, veer, edgy. 

Deadline is April 11, 2014.  WIN PRIZES!

If you’d like more information, visit, and click on Kids & Teens, then click on Teens Write! Contest.

Maze Runner

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The official trailer for The Maze Runner has just been released!

Titles in the Maze Runner series:

1. The Maze Runner

2.The Scorch Trials

3. The Death Cure

4. The Kill Order

Finished the action-packed, thrilling Maze Runner series and looking for a similar read? Check out these great titles, all available from KFPL.

No Safety in Numbers by Dayna Lorentz

Variant by Robison E. Wells

Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith

Virals by Kathy Reichs

Legend by Marie Lu

Teen Tech Week, March 9-15, 2014

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Celebrate Teen Tech Week and this year’s theme of ‘DIY @ your Library’!

Next week, we will be offering some fantastic tech workshops for teens @ the Isabel Turner Branch (across from the Cataraqui Centre).

March 12 @ 2 p.m – Introduction to Web Programming for Teens  (no experience necessary!)

March 13 @ 12 p.m.- Get Appy! Demonstration of Cool, Fun & Useful Apps!

There are limited spots available, so registration is required. Both programs are filling up fast, so I recommend registering ASAP to secure a spot.  To register, visit us online, in person or call!  Check out our event calendar here:

teen tech bannerNow for a special giveaway…

Want to win two recently released YA books?  Both The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher and White Space by Ilsa J. Bick are up for grabs.  To win them, come up with a short sentence using the listed popular abbreviations and terms:











For example,   G2G to KFPL to pick up my holds.

BTW, a winner will be randomly selected from all entries on March 17.


Celebrate Freedom to Read Week

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Join us in celebrating Freedom to Read Week, February 23 to March 1, 2014.  This annual event raises awareness about censorship and reminds us to think about intellectual freedom and the right to access information we choose.

In addition to classics like The Catcher in the Rye, and To Kill a Mockingbird, current titles are also being challenged.  Challenged books are books that individuals or groups have tried to have removed from library collections for various reasons (most often sexual content and offensive language).

Recently Challenged Titles in Libraries:

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Reasons:  drugs/alcohol/smoking; sexually explicit content; suicide; unsuitability for age group

Looking for Alaska by John Green
Reasons:  offensive language; sexually explicit content; unsuitability for age group alaska

Crank by Ellen Hopkins
Reasons:  drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit content

Gossip Girl (series) by Cecily Von Ziegesar
Reasons:  drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit content

hugner gamesThe Hunger Games (series) by Suzanne Collins Reasons: anti-ethnic, anti-family, occult/satanic content; insensitivity; offensive language; violence


Celebrate your Freedom to Read by learning more about censorship and by reading a challenged book!


You’re going to LOVE these…

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Valentine’s Day is around the corner and LOVE is in the air!  Don’t have a date? No worries! Cuddle up with some of our favourite love stories and book boyfriends.  Click on the title to place your hold! Titles with a star * indicate downloadable Overdrive e-books/e-audiobooks. ♥


Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

eleanorEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell    *e-audiobook

Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg



The Selection by Kiera Cass     *e-book

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier       *e-bookselection

Matched by Allyson Condie    *e-book


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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Annie on my Mind by Nancy Gardin *e-audiobook

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan




Dreaming of Downton…

As Downton Abbey enters its fourth season, KFPL is offering a series of events inspired by the popular PBS program. Beginning with an insider’s glimpse into the lifestyle of British nobility and wrapping up with a Celebration of Afternoon Tea, join us for a delightful series that will keep you dreaming of Downton between episodes. For the full list of events, click here.

In the meantime, we’ve created this list of Downton Abbey read-alikes for teens. Click on the title to place your hold.

Wentworth Hall by Abby Grahame
It’s all about keeping up appearances for the Darlingtons. A novel full of secrets, hidden agendas, and scandalous behaviour of the young and the privileged.

CINDERSCinders and Sapphires by Leila Rasheed
The Averley’s return to Somerton House in England is shadowed by a scandal from India. Mistress Ada finds herself torn between family loyalty and true happiness.

A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
Anna, a penniless Russian Countess, must keep her identity a secret. She takes a position as a household servant for an influential society family. Things become more complicated when she develops feelings for her employer.

The Luxe Series by Anna Godbersen
Sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland enjoy all the spoils of the elite social scene in prosperous Manhattan. Both are tested as they set their sights on different goals.

The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin
Recommended for the new adult genre. Cora travels to Britain to marry a titled society man who will be dazzled by her American money. Soon she discovers a world of deceit and secrets behind closed doors.

Bright Young Things Series by Anna Godbersen
Be transported to New York’s glittering streets where small town dreams meet high society reality. A cast of colourful characters soon discover that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

BELLEBelle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross
The Paris equivalent of Edwardian society. Enter the dark side of beauty, where disadvantaged young women are hired as “friends” to help society maidens appear more attractive. As complicated lives intertwine it soon becomes apparent what true beauty means.


‘Smart Cookie’ EXAM CRAM

Drop by the Isabel Turner or Central Library tomorrow (Jan 22) or Thursday (Jan 23) between 6-9 p.m. for KFPL’s EXAM CRAM!  Bring your brain & books, and we’ll supply the food, drinks, and de-stress activities.  Just drop in- no registration necessary. We’ll also have Queen’s teacher candidates on hand to answer any of your study questions.


PDF Flyer–>Smart Cookies Exam Cram

Movie Reviews by the Teen Advisory Board

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Last month, our TAG reviewed the following movies:
This review is based on the opinions of the Isabel Turner Teen Advisory Group. The movie The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones was well liked by the majority of the group, however there were a few discrepancies and deviations from the book. Some TAG left with more questions than answers, mainly because they are not familiar with the book series. TAG who had read the series unanimously declared the book as being much superior to the film version. As is the case for most film adaptations, the film version left out much of the background information and didn’t delve too deep into the character’s back stories. The parts that were done well include; the visual interpretation of the main characters with fitting casting, and the sets and were depicted appropriately as to how the reader would imagine the scenery to look. Although it was not the perfect movie adaptation it is still worth the time to watch, especially for those who enjoyed the book.
The Wolverine (2013) 8/10 rating
This review is based on the opinions of the Central Teen Advisory Group. The movie The Wolverine rated highly with the group regardless of whether you are a comic book reader or not. The overall impressions were positive, with the highest regard for excellent casting and set design. There was a bit of debate because some felt the action sequences were overlong and that there was not enough plot being told, while others loved the long intense action sequences. The movie did differ from the comic book versions, changing the character’s stories slightly and adding information not included in comic books. In the same breath if you are not familiar with the comic book character and story, then the viewer will not know what they are missing. There were a few plot holes that may bother viewers who need clear connections as to why the characters are motivated to do the actions they do, but if you are watching for the adrenalin rush of action you won’t mind as much. Overall a great film to watch for some fun fast paced action.
Click on the title to place your hold!

Favourites Of 2013

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As 2013 comes to a close, let’s take a moment to review some of our favourite YA books.   There are many award winners and lists highlighting stand out titles, but I want to hear from you! What were your favourites and why?   Get your comments in by Dec 23, and I will randomly draw for a stack of YA novels, including two advance reading copies (Defy by Sara B. Larson, & Threatened by Eliot Schrefer).

According to Goodreads, I’ve read 41 (mostly YA) books this year. It was hard to narrow down, but my top five reads of 2013 are: The Diviners by Libba Bray, Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo, If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch,Winger by Andrew Smith, and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.    Click on the title to place a hold!

Happy holidays, and cheers to 2014!