It's been a lovely National Library Week

Check out these staff recommended titles for teens. Great for adults, too!

We hope you've enjoyed your National Library Week.  We sure have!  And I have good news for you...we still have National Library Week Booklets left.  You can get one of your own at your closest Oakland Public Library Branch throughout April.

Lest anyone think that we don't have any amazing books for teenagers, I thought I'd share some Staff Reading Recommendations of books you can find in our teen collection.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Although Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why is made up of many sad and heartbreaking themes, the book is enjoyable because of the writing style and some hopeful moments.  The novel gives readers a slightly new and different perspective on suicide.  I'd recommend it for older teens.
- Xochitl, Teen Librarian, Main Library

If You Could be Mine by Sara Farizan
A true love story for the star-crossed.  This tender and beautiful story of friendship and love between two 17-year-old girls takes place in Iran, where homosexuality is punishable by death.  Sahar struggles to find a way to make their love possible, while Nasrin's arranged marriage threatens to keep them apart forever.  Honest, heart-wrenching, and sophisticated in its exploration of trangender issues, nationality, and the precariousness of all first loves.
-Amy Sonnie, Teen Librarian

Juvenile In Justice by Richard Ross
This award-winning photography book casts an illuminating light on what life is like for young people locked up.  Accompanying text highlights the stories behind the photographs and humazines the often demonized children and teenagers who are incarcerated around the United States.  A thought-provoking and heartbreaking quick read that  won't soon be forgotten.
-Sharon McKellar, Community Relations Librarian

Midnighters: The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld
Fast-paced adventure about teens who have an extra hour every night when the world is frozen and they have super powers.  Monsters, too, live in this hour, as do the secrets to fight them.
-Brian Boies, TeenZone Librarian, Main Library

Happy National Library Week!  Have a great weekend!  We <3 you!


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