Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Pics from our Earth Day Program

A good time was had by all at our Teen Earth Day T-Shirt Craft and Book Swap! Here's a couple of pics of our completed projects and the group hard at work. (Best of all: No scissor-related accidents to report!). :)

Monday, April 14, 2014

New YA Books @ West Caldwell Public Library - April 2014

Looking for something new to read? Look no further! Check out one of these brand new titles for April:

Trapped in his bedroom by a father who fills his mind with mysterious tales and warnings, Billy Dean goes outside for the first time when his father disappears, and he discovers his abilities to heal the living and contact the dead.

Never endingNever Ending by Martyn Bedford
Traumatized by grief and guilt after her younger brother dies during a family vacation, fifteen-year-old Shiv is sent away to an exclusive clinic that claims to "cure" people like her.

Goodbye, Rebel BlueGoodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell
Rebecca "Rebel" Blue, a loner rebel and budding artist, reluctantly completes the bucket list of Kennedy Green, a do-gooder classmate who dies in a car accident following a stint in detention where both girls were forced to consider their morality and write bucket lists.

AllianceAlliance by Mark Frost
Will West stays at the Center over the summer to explore his newly developing physical and mental abilities. Meanwhile, his roommates investigate the Knights of Charlemagne shadowy purpose and discover unsettling information about their own backgrounds.

Before my eyesBefore My Eyes by Caroline Bock
Dreamy Claire, with her complicated home and love life, shy Max, a state senator's son whose parents are too focused on the next election to see his pain, and paranoid schizophrenic Barkley teeter on the brink of destruction.

Russian rouletteAlex Rider: Russian Roulette by Anthony Horowitz
Presented with an unexpected assignment, Alex Rider's greatest nemesis, Yassen Gregoravich, recalls his life and the path that led him to become an assassin while his one-time friend, Alex's uncle, became a spy.

MindersMinders by Michele Jaffe
Sadie, a wealthy, success-oriented sixteen-year-old joins the prestigious Mind Corps Fellowship program as an observer in the head of Ford, a troubled, possibly murderous boy, with whom Sadie falls in love.

An infidel in paradiseAn Infidel in Paradise by S.J. Laidlaw
Set in Pakistan, this is the story of a teen girl living with her mother and siblings in a diplomatic compound. As if getting used to another new country isn't enough, she must cope with an increasingly tense political situation that becomes dangerous with alarming speed.

AlienatedAlienated by Melissa Landers
When Cara’s family agrees to act as a host for an alien exchange student, she never thought he’d be this arrogant….or this gorgeous. Aelyx is unlike anyone she’s ever known, and soon Cara finds herself torn between her community and the out-of-this world guy she’s fallen for.

The shade of the moonThe Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer
After a meteor knocks the moon off course, society breaks down completely. Jon Evans and his family leave Pennsylvania, hoping to find a safe place to live, yet Jon remains haunted by the deaths of those he loved. Can Jon risk doing what is right in a world gone so terribly wrong?

Bright before sunriseBright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt
For Jonah, every aspect of his new life reminds him of what he has had to give up. Brighton is popular, pretty, and always there to help anyone . . . but has no idea of what she wants for herself. When they are thrown together over the course of one night, anything can happen!

Now eighteen, life has been more bitter than sweet for Anya. Her nightclub becomes an enormous success, and Anya feels like nothing will ever go wrong for her again. But after a terrible misjudgment leaves her fighting for her life, she is forced to let people help her for the first time in her life.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Earth Day T-Shirt Craft & Book / DVD / CD Swap!



Turn an old t-shirt into an awesome scarf or bag! Pick up some new books, movies and music at our swap!

It’s Easy! Just bring in an old t-shirt, and up to FIVE books, graphic novels, dvds and cds in good condition to swap. 

For more info, call 973-226-5441, email or stop by the library to sign-up. 


WHEN: Tuesday, April 22 2014 @ 5:30 PM
WHERE: West Caldwell Public Library Meeting Room, 30 Clinton Road West Caldwell NJ 07006

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Teen Advisory Group meetings

We're Looking for New Members to Join Our Teen Advisory Group!

If you're in 6th through 12th grades, and have ideas on how to make the Library a better place for teens, come to our monthly Teen Advisory Group meeting! 

The group gets together, has some snacks, and talks about ideas for events and what books, DVDs, manga, or music you’d like to see the library purchase.

All members of the group receive community service hours.


·         Tuesday, April 15, 6:30 PM
·         Tuesday, May 13, 6:30 PM
·         Tuesday, June 10, 6:30 PM

Sign-up at the reference desk, call 973-226-5441 or send an email to  

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

College Essay Program with Randy Levin

Thanks to students and family members who made it to the Top 5 Mistakes Students Make on Their College Application Essay program presented by Randy Levin last Tuesday night! It was a great, (funny!), informative session.

Check back for more college-related programs at the West Caldwell Public Library!

Friday, March 28, 2014

If You Liked...The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Can't get enough of The Fault in Our Stars? Check out some of these other books about witty star-crossed lovers, people dealing with big issues, and more!

Nick and Norah's infinite playlistNick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn (2006)
A whirlwind romance starts when Nick asks Norah to be his “five minute pretend girlfriend” to make an ex jealous. The pair spends one crazy night running all over New York City, trying to discover a secret show, locating Norah’s drunk friend, and of course, falling in love.

The half life of planetsThe Half Life of Planets by Emily Franklin (2010)
Lianna is an aspiring planetary scientist who’s trying to leave her bad girl reputation behind. Hank works at a music store and has Asperger’s Syndrome. When these two meet, worlds collide and they share a connection neither one could have imagined.
The Big crunch

The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman (2011)
Constantly-relocating June and heartbroken Wes discover each other, fall in love, face obstacles, and learn the ups and downs of first love over the course of four seasons.

Please ignore Vera DietzPlease Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King (2010)
What do you do when you fall in love with your best friend? When he dumps you for a new group? When he suddenly ends up dead? Vera deals with heavy issues like this and more as she tries to make sense of Charlie’s death and its aftermath.

Every dayEvery Day by David Levithan (2012)
“A” wakes up in a different body each morning, and so far he’s been able to let go when it’s time to leave. That crashes to a halt when he wakes up in Justin’s body and falls hard for Justin’s girlfriend. Can A somehow manage to hold on for another day? Or will she be lost to him forever?

Eleanor & ParkEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (2013)
Park is a half-Korean high school student who just wants to get by in a mostly white town. Eleanor is living with an abusive stepfather on the wrong side of the tracks. When they bond over music and comics, Eleanor and Park experience a love that defies all odds.  

After ever afterAfter Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick (2010)
Jeffrey thought surviving cancer treatment would make his life perfect, but that was before he had to deal with nerve damage from chemo, standardized tests, and an unreachable older brother in Africa. He beat cancer….can he also beat high school? 

OCD, the dude, and meOCD, the Dude, and Me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn (2013)
Danielle’s oddball appearance and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder pretty much guarantee she has no friends. But with some help from another social misfit, an 80-year-old British tour guide, and The Big Lebowski’s Dude, Danielle learns being “normal” is completely overrated.

The probability of miraclesThe Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder (2011)
After spending most of her 16 years on Earth sick from a life-threatening illness, Cam is relocated by her mother to a town in Maine known for its mystical healing qualities. When she starts a “Flamingo List” of things she wants to do before she dies, Cam discovers you don’t need a miracle to make life magical.

Learn about Esther Earl, the real-life inspiration for The Fault in Our Stars’ Hazel. Esther’s memoir portrays her thoughts, fears, and dreams as she battles thyroid cancer and struggles to be seen as a real person, not just another cancer patient.   

The tragedy of Julius CaesarJulius Caesar by William Shakespeare (2003)
YA 822.33 SHA

Wondering where the title The Fault in Our Stars comes from? Check out Shakespeare's play for verbal wordplay Gus and Hazel would admire!

Monday, March 17, 2014

TAG Meeting - March 20 2014

The next meeting of the Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is Thursday, March 20 @ 6:30 PM in the Community Room. Refreshments will be available. 

We'll be planning events for April, May and June, including getting ideas for our Summer Reading Program.

If you're in 6th through 12 grade and have ideas on how to make the library a better place for teens, sign up for the Teen Advisory Group! Once a month, we get together, have some snacks, and talk about ideas for library events and what books, DVDs, manga, or music you’d like to see the library purchase.

All members of the group receive community service hours.

Sign-up at our next TAG meeting, call 973-226-5441, or send an email to for more information.

Help plan fun stuff to do at the library!

Earn community service hours & a great reference for college and job applications!

Sign up for the Teen Advisory Group today!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Thank You!

A big thank you to all the "robots," creators and craftsters that made it out to our Teen Tech Week program last Tuesday! It was a blast!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

New YA Books - March 2014

Check out one of these hot new March reads!

Wise Young FoolWise Young Fool by Sean Beaudoin
A teenaged guitarist in a rock band deals with loss and anger as he relates the events that landed him in a juvenile detention center.

The falloutFallout by S.A. Bodeen
After barely escaping from the compound where Eli's dad kept his family for six years, Eli and his family are learning to acclimate to "normal" life. New people are entering their lives -- but who can Eli and his family trust?

The hitThe Hit by Melvin Burgess
There is a new drug on the mean streets of Manchester which promises the most intense week of your life, and then you are dead--and after he watches a pop star die on stage, Adam thinks that his own life is so miserable that he might just as well try it.

United we spyUnited We Spy by Ally Carter
Cammie Morgan and her friends finally know why the terrorist organization called the Circle of Cavan has been hunting her. Now the spy girls and Zach must track down the Circle's elite members to stop them before they implement a master plan that will change Cammie—and her country—forever.

Independent studyIndependent Study by Joelle Charbonneau
Now a freshman at the University in Tosu City with her hometown sweetheart, Tomas, Cia Vale attempts to expose the ugly truth behind the government's grueling and deadly Testing that put her and her loved ones in great danger.

The gospel of winterThe Gospel of Winter by Brendan Kiely
Managing the challenges of his fractured family by taking Adderall, sneaking drinks, and confiding in an abusive priest, Aidan finds support from new friends including a crush, a wild girl, and a swim-team captain with his own secrets.

Invasion!Invasion! by Walter Dean Myers
Josiah Wedgewood and Marcus Perry were friends in Virginia, but now that they are both involved in the Normandy invasion, the differences in their positions is uncomfortable, for Josiah is a white infantryman and Marcus is a black transport driver, the only role the segregated army will allow him.

The summer I found youThe Summer I Found You by Jolene B. Perry
Kate, seeking distraction from her recent diabetes diagnosis, begins dating Aidan, a young veteran who lost an arm in Afghanistan, and the two soon realize that they might mean more to each other than they first thought.
The Scar Boys
The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos
Written as a college admission essay, eighteen-year-old Harry Jones recounts a childhood defined by the hideous scars he hid behind, and how forming a band brought self-confidence, friendship, and his first kiss.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Calling all High School Students!

Are you drowning in college applications? Living in fear of the college essay process? 

Join us for an information session with published writer, editor & public speaking coach Randy Levin as he shares his tips and techniques for:

Creating great college essays
Setting yourself apart from other applicants
Avoiding common essay mistakes and pitfalls

Top 5 Mistakes Students Make on Their College Application Essay

Tuesday, March 25  
7:00 – 8:00 PM
@ the West Caldwell Public Library

Don't wait until senior year to find out how important these essays are! 

Open to high school students, parents and caregivers. Registration is required.

To sign-up, call 973-226-5441 or register online at

Friday, February 21, 2014

Get your Tech On @ the West Caldwell Public Library! 

Celebrate Teen Tech Week 2014 with an afternoon of Brushbot creation and races, a Robot Transformation Contest, Wii gaming and DIY crafts! 

Open to teens in grades 6 - 12. 

All supplies will be provided. 

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

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

New YA Books - February 2014

Looking for something good to read? Check out one of these new books! 

The NaturalsThe Naturals by Jennifer Barnes
Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. So it’s no surprise when the FBI comes knocking: they've begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie. What Cassie doesn't realize is that there's more at risk than a few unsolved homicides….especially when she's sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own.

All the truth that's in meAll the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry
Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Only Judith returned, horribly mutilated and reviled by family and friends. But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith must to choose to continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it changes her world forever.

The midnight dressThe Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee
Rose, nearly sixteen, is used to traveling around with her alcoholic father. But when they move to a small, coastal Australian town, Rose finds friendship with classmate Pearl and reclusive Edie, who teaches her to sew a magical dress for the Harvest Festival while a mystery unfolds around them.

The social codeThe Social Code by Sadie Hayes
Twins Adam and Amelia Dory grew up in foster care relying on each other, but as scholarship students at Stanford University shy Amelia's ingenious computer "app" and gregarious Adam's yearning for a life of privilege lead them to start a new company--and into a world of conflict.

These broken starsThese Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman
Rich-girl Lilac LaRoux and war hero Tarver Merendsen are total opposites. Unfortunately, they are also the only survivors of the crash of massive luxury space liner Icarus. Stranded on an eerie planet, the two must work together to survive against unthinkable odds.

The livingThe Living by Matt de la Peña
After an earthquake destroys California and a tsunami wrecks the luxury cruise ship where he is a summer employee, high schooler Shy confronts another deadly surprise.

Across a star-swept seaAcross a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund
Sixteen-year-old Persis Blake struggles to balance her life as a socialite and a secret spy in a future where Regs (or regular people) have power over the Reduced (those genetically engineered or drugged into physical and mental impairments).

No place

No Place by Todd Strasser
Dan’s a baseball star who hangs with the popular crowd and dates the hottest girl in school. Then his family loses their home. Forced to move into the town's Tent City, Dan struggles to adjust to his new life, but someone wants Tent City gone, and will stop at nothing until it's destroyed...