Monday, October 20, 2014

Announcing the YALSA Teens' Top Ten List!

YALSA Teens' Top Ten is an annual "teen choice" list where you pick the best books of this year! Sixteen teen groups across the country nominated titles, and teens from everywhere voted for their favorites.

Even if your favorite didn't make the list this year, these titles are super popular with teens across the country and around the world. Try one out today!

The 2014 Teens' Top Ten list is:

  1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (Macmillan/St. Martin's Griffin)
  2. Splintered by A.G. Howard (ABRAMS/Amulet Books)
  3. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson (Tor Teen)
  4. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (Penguin/Putnam Juvenile) 
  5. Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne (Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends)
  6. Earth Girl by Janet Edwards (Prometheus Books /Pyr)
  7. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  8. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (Random House/Delacorte Press)
  9. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (Macmillan/Henry Holt Books for Young Readers)
  10. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner (Random House/Delacorte Press)
Get more info about the books here. And be sure to vote in next year's contest! 

Monday, October 13, 2014

New YA Books - October 2014

Weather outside getting nippy? Ghouls and ghosts lurking behind every corner? Curl up with a good book this month and leave the big, bad world behind!

The witch's boyThe Witch’s Boy by Kelly Regan Barnhill
When Ned and his twin brother tumble from their raft into a raging river, only Ned survives. Villagers are convinced the wrong boy lived. But when a Bandit King comes to steal the magic from Ned's witch mother, can Ned prove them wrong and protect his community?
Exquisite captive

Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios
Jinni. Empress. Warrior. Slave. Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, but she’s bound to serve her cruel master, Malek. Can she finally escape with the help of Raif, an enigmatic leader…and her sworn enemy?
Black ice

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
Britt is planning a peaceful hike in the Grand Tetons of Wyoming, but trouble arises when she is caught in a blizzard, taken hostage by fugitives, and finds evidence of murders in this suspenseful, twisted tale.

Skink--no surrenderSkink: No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen
With the help of an eccentric ex-governor, a teenaged boy searches for his missing cousin in the Florida wilds.

Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper
Avery Roe wants to take her rightful place as the sea witch of Prince Island. When she foresees her own murder, a harpoon boy promises to help her change her fate and keep her island safe…but salvation will require an unexpected sacrifice.

Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire
Poor Russian country girl Elena Rudina and aristocratic Ekatrina meet and set in motion an escapade that includes mistaken identity, a monk locked in a tower, a prince traveling incognito, and the sassy witch Baba Yaga.

Firebug by Lish McBride
FirebugAfter she is asked to kill a family friend by the woman who killed her mother, Ava, an assassin who can start fires with her mind, desperately tries to escape the Coterie, a magical mafia, while keeping the murders to a minimum.

Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho
Althea and OliverAlthea and Oliver, who have been friends since they were six, find their worlds turned upside down when Oliver contracts Kleine-Levin syndrome, and Althea discovers she wants to be more than friends.

On a Clear Day by Walter Dean Myers
On a clear dayIn 2035, Dahlia Grillo, a sixteen-year-old math whiz, joins with six other American teens traveling to England to meet with groups from around the world in hopes of stopping C8, the companies that control nearly everything for their own benefit.

Jackaby by William Ritter
JackabyNewly arrived in 1892 New England, Abigail Rook becomes assistant to R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with the ability to see supernatural beings. As she helps him delve into a case of serial murder, Jackaby is convinced the culprit is an inhuman creature.

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
AfterworldsEighteen-year-old Darcy Patel navigates the New York City publishing world after writing her first book, the story of Lizzie who slips into the "Afterworld" to survive a terrorist attack and becomes a spirit guide.

Beetle Boy by Margaret Willey
Beetle BoyWhen his mother walked out on the family, seven-year-old Charlie comforted his inconsolable father by sharing the silly beetle boy stories his mother told him. Years later, these stolen stories still haunt Charlie's dreams.

Be a changemaker : how to start something that mattersYA 361.2 THO
Empower yourself in today's highly connected, socially conscious world as you learn how to wield your passions, digital tools, and the principles of social entrepreneurship to affect real change in your schools, communities, and beyond.

YA 363.78 FLE
Eyes wide open : going behind the environmental headlinesPaul Fleischman offers teens a wake-up call and a tool kit for decoding the barrage of conflicting information about the environment that confronts them every day.

YA 395.1 PAC
How rude! : the teen guide to good manners, proper behavior, and not grossing people outExplaining etiquette from A ("Applause") to Z ("Zits"), Alex J. Packer blends outrageous humor with sound advice as he guides readers and explains why manners and etiquette are important.

YA 811.6 HEP
From Snow White’s cottage and Rapunzel's tower to health class and the prom, these poems are a moving depiction of young women, society, and our expectations.
Poisoned apples : poems for you, my pretty

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Free SAT Prep @ the Library

Want to practice the SAT before the big day? Here's your chance! 

The West Caldwell Public Library is partnering with Kaplan K12 & College Prep to offer a free full-length SAT practice test to high school students.

We'll be holding a test session on Saturday, October 18 @ 10:00 AM.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this free opportunity to practice the SAT test, please register here or call 973-226-5441.

Registration is required, so sign-up today!

2014 Teen Read Week!!

2014 Teen Read Week is almost here! 

Teen Read Week is a national event held at libraries across the country to celebrate reading and encourage teens to be regular library users.

In honor of the event, we'll be celebrating with an awesome craft and activity program on Tuesday, October 14 @ 5:30 PM.

We'll also have a week-long book trivia contest with a chance to win a prize, and a special READ OFF YOUR FINES event! Come into the library and for every 15 minutes you read, 50 cents will be taken off your fines!!

What are you waiting for?! Get reading!!! 

Open to teens in grades 6-12.

Friday, September 19, 2014

New YA Books - September 2014 (Part 2)

"Fall" into some great reading (Get it? Get it?!) with new YA books that are fresh-off-the-press here at the library! (Check Part 1 of our September book list for even more great reading suggestions.) 

The aftermathThe Aftermath by Jen Alexander
Claudia and a small clan of survivors roam the streets of dangerous, desolate Nashville in a post-apocalyptic world. They must face punishing tests of endurance and strength just to survive. Then she meets a stranger who reveals that she is just a pawn in a hyper-realistic game. Does she have the strength to take down the mysterious gamer who controls them all?

Trial by fireTrial by Fire by Josephine Angelini
In her hometown of Salem, Lily Proctor endures not only life-threatening allergies but humiliation at her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But in a different Salem -- one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles, she is Lillian, the strongest and cruelest Crucible. 

Zac and MiaZac & Mia by A.J. Betts
The last person Zac expects in the room next door is a girl like Mia, angry and feisty with questionable taste in music. In the real world, he wouldn't--couldn't--be friends with her. In hospital, different rules apply, and what begins as a knock on the wall leads to a note, then a friendship neither of them sees coming.

The WrenchiesThe Wrenchies by Farel Dalrymple
When Hollis, an unhappy and alienated boy, stumbles into the parallel world of the Wrenchies, he finally finds a place where he belongs. But he soon discovers that the feverish, post-apocalyptic world of the Wrenchies isn't staying put . . . it's bleeding into Hollis's normal, real life.
A new darkness
A New Darkness by Joseph Delaney
Hero of The Last Apprentice series Tom Ward spent years learning to fight boggarts, witches, demons, and more, and feels prepared to be the new county Spook. However, his youth causes many people to distrust him.

The walk-onThe Walk-On by John Feinstein
After moving to a new town his freshman year, Alex Myers is happy to win a spot on the varsity team as a quarterback, but must deal with idea of not playing for two years since the first-string quarterback is a local hero….and the son of the corrupt head coach.

Rites of passageRites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley
Sixteen-year-old Sam McKenna discovers that becoming one of the first girls to attend the revered Denmark Military Academy means living with a target on her back.

Yolo by Lauren Myracle
Paper airplanesMaddie, Angela, and Zoe chronicle the struggles they face during their freshman year in college via instant messages. Each girl is dealing with very different problems, with two wondering if their romantic relationships will last, and one determining that roller derby is the key to keeping the trio close.

Paper Airplanes by Dawn O’ Porter
The story of the strong bond of friendship between two fifteen year-old schoolgirls in Guernsey in the mid-1990s, who became friends through their shared loneliness and dysfunctional families, despite their differences in personality and ambitions.

Anatomy of a misfitAnatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes
The “third most popular” girl in school must choose between the hottest boy in town and a lonely, but romantic misfit; little does she know that her decision will change their lives forever. 

The Dolls by Kiki Sullivan
Eveny Cheval has just moved back to Louisiana to attend the exclusive school Carrefour. Enter Peregrine Marceau, Chloe St. Pierre, and their group of rich, sexy friends collectively known as the Dolls. They’re the hottest clique at Carrefore and they want Eveny to join them. But something’s wrong in paradise and it’s up to the Dolls to put it right. 
Wildlife by Fiona Wood
Tomboy : a graphic memoirTwo sixteen-year-old girls in Australia come together at an outdoor semester of school, before university. One is obsessed with thinking about boys and growing up, the other about death and grief, but somehow they must help each other to find themselves.

Growing up, Liz Prince wasn't a girly girl, dressing in pink tutus or playing Pretty Pretty princess like the other girls in her neighborhood. But she wasn't exactly one of the guys either. Liz was somewhere in the middle, and Tomboy is the story of her struggle to find the place where she belonged.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Teen Fall Events @ the Library

There are tons of things going on this fall for teens at the library! All events are free and open to teens in grades 6-12, but registration is required. Call 973-226-5441, sign up online at, or visit the Library to register.

Bad Movie Bingo Night! 
Tuesday, September 30 @ 5:30 PM
Join us for an amazingly bad film & play our Bad Movie Bingo Game! Spot the horror movie clichés for a chance to win a prize! The film is rated PG-13. 

Teen Read Week 2014
Tuesday, October 14 @ 5:00 PM
Celebrate the awesomeness of reading all week long with contests, book displays, and a special program on October 14.

Halloween Bash!
Tuesday, October 28 @ 5:00 PM
Are you addicted to Halloween candy? Do you start planning your costume in June? Then come to our pre-Halloween Bash! We'll have games, food, and a mystery or two.

International Game Day Tournament
Saturday, November 15
Ready to get your game on? Celebrate International Game Day with a Wii gaming tournament and a chance to be crowned game champion!

Teen Holiday Program
Wednesday, December 17 @ 5:00 PM
Feeling a little “Bah, humbug!”? Come to our special holiday program and get back into the spirit again!

Test Prep @ the Library
October 18 (SAT), November 22 (ACT), January 17 (SAT/ACT COMBO)
We are partnering with Kaplan K12 & College Prep to offer free full-length practice SAT, ACT, and SAT/ACT combo tests for high school students. Seats go quickly, so sign-up today! 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

New YA Books - September 2014 (Part 1)

We've got lots of great new titles added to our YA collection this many that we'll have to break it up into two parts!! Stay tuned for Part 2!

FBI agent Chevie Savano escapes into the past to elude the secret police after they kill Charles Smart just as he is telling her of the WARP program. She and Riley team up to find Colonel Clayton Box before he can launch missles at the capitals of Europe.

Michael completed the Path only to have everything he'd ever known about his life--and the world--completely turned upside down. He’s uncovered a plot created by insidious virtual organization VirtNet that will populate Earth entirely with human bodies harboring tangent minds. Any gamer who sinks into the VirtNet risks coming out with a tangent intelligence in control of their body. And the takeover has already begun.

RumbleRumble by Ellen Hopkins
Eighteen-year-old Matt's atheism is tested when, after a horrific accident of his own making that plunges him into a dark, quiet place, he hears a voice that calls everything he has ever disbelieved into question.

Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan
After a horrific fire, twin brothers Patrick and Dom are forced to move to a summer cottage with their family in 1970’s Ireland. When the brothers realize their nightmares of a “goblin boy” are actually real, they must uncover family secrets and forge strange alliances in order to escape with their lives.

Six feet over itSix Feet Over It by Jennifer Longo
When fourteen-year-old Leigh's father buys a graveyard and insists she work there after school, she learns much about life, death, and the power of friendship.

NilNil by Lynne Matson
Transported through a "gate" to the mysterious island of Nil, seventeen-year-old Charley has 365 days to escape--or she will die.

Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
When Oscar and the mysterious Marina decide to follow a woman in black, they begin a journey that transports them to a forgotten postwar Barcelona--a world of aristocrats and actresses, inventors and tycoons—and reveals a dark secret that lies waiting in the mysterious labyrinth beneath the city streets.
Play me backwards

Play Me Backwards by Adam Selzer
A promising and popular student in middle school, Leon Harris has become a committed "slacker" but with graduation approaching and his middle school girlfriend possibly returning to town, Leon's best friend Stan, who claims to be Satan, helps him get back on the right track…for a price.

Nontraditional, controversial, rebellious, and politically volatile, the Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera are remembered for their provocative paintings as well as for their deep love for each other.
Up for sale : human trafficking and modern slavery

YA 306.362 BEH
Up for Sale tackles human trafficking and modern slavery around the world, from forced labor to sexual exploitation. It offers heart-wrenching personal accounts from survivors and information about the global fight against human trafficking.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

New Fall Volunteer Opportunities!


Are you looking to earn community service hours?
Want to have fun and help the West Caldwell Public Library at the same time?

Why not sign up to assist with our library events!

We are looking for volunteers 14-18 years old to provide help with our fall activities & programs.

For more information or to sign-up, please

contact the Reference Department, call 973-226-5441 or email


·        Weekly programs like Rhyme Time, Library Stars and Little Bookworms

·        Special programs like Seasonal Discovery with the Essex County Environmental Center, Dance and Sing with Mr. Justin, and International Game Day

Monday, August 25, 2014

Announcing the 2014-2015 NJ Mock Trial Competition

Your school is invited to enter the New Jersey State Bar Foundation's High School Mock Trial Competition.

Not just for students that are interested in becoming lawyers, each year the Mock Trial competition encourages students to expand their reading, writing, and speaking skills, and learn about our system of justice.

Click here for more information on how your school can be a part of this program this upcoming school year!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

2015 Garden State Teen Book Awards

Let your voice be heard! 

Teens all across NJ are invited to vote for their favorite book title in any one or all three voting categories, Non-Fiction (Grades 6-12), Fiction (Grades 6-8), and Fiction (Grades 9-12). See past winners and nominated titles here.

Deadline for voting is December 31, 2014 and winners will be announced in January 2015!

Click on the link and vote today:

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Are you ready for....BAD MOVIE BINGO?!

Join us for an amazingly bad film & play our Bad Movie Bingo Game! Spot the horror movie clichés for a chance to win a prize!

Featuring one of the worst movies ever made! 

Open to Teens in Grades 6-12. The film is rated PG-13. 

Sign-up by calling 973-226-5441 or registering online at

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Teen Summer Reading Program Pics!

Thanks to everyone who helped make our Teen Summer Reading Program amazing! Here's a few pics of our Finale Party, and our big winners!