Saturday, March 28, 2015

Calling All High School Film Buffs!

The Montclair Film Festival is looking for high school students to help them pick the best films in this year's festival! 

If you are between the ages of 15 and 18 and love films, you can submit an application to become a junior juror. Jurors receive a free student member admission to the film festival, VIP treatment and priority access to events!

For more information and to apply, visit the Montclair Film Festival site at or click here.

Applications must be emailed or postmarked by April 9 2015. 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Teen Tech Week Online Scavenger Hunt

Teen Tech Week is March 8 -14 2015. Answer some questions using the library's online resources for a chance to win movie passes! Pick up a form at the West Caldwell Public Library.

2015 Summer Reading Program Teen Video Challenge

Participate in the 2015 Teen Video Challenge to Promote the CSLP Summer Reading Program!

NJ is participating in the 2015 Teen Video Challenge for teens to create videos that promote reading, libraries, and the 2015 CSLP teen summer reading slogan, “Unmask.” Teens across the country are invited to create a 30 to 90 second video with their unique interpretation of the 2015 teen slogan Unmask in combination with reading and libraries. The winning video from each participating state will be named one of the CSLP 2015 Teen Videos to promote summer reading nationwide and will be posted on the CSLP website.

The deadline is March 6, 2015 to mail the video entry form to Sharon Rawlins, Youth Services Specialist, NJ State Library, 185 West State St., Trenton, 08625-0520. The winner for New Jersey will be determined by March 20, 2015. The winners from each of the participating states will be announced by CSLP in spring 2015.

$150 will be awarded to the creator or creative team of the winning state video and their associated public library will receive a gift certificate for $50 from CSLP and Demco/Upstart to purchase teen incentives for the summer reading program.

For full details about the CSLP 2015 Teen Video Challenge and to find out how to enter the competition, please visit and click on Teen Video Challenge on the right-hand side, or click here for the entry form and more information.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

New YA Books - February 2015

Hibernation season is almost over....but there's still time to curl up with one or two more good books!!
Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen
Deep in the forest, in a crumbling ruin of a castle, Sarah begins to untangle the layers of curses affecting her family, until she discovers that the curse has carried over to her, too. The day she falls in love for the first time, Sarah will transform into a beast . . . unless she can figure out a way to break the curse forever.

City of savages
City of Savages by Lee Kelly
After the Red Allies turn New York City into a POW camp, two sisters must decipher the past in order to protect the future in this action-packed thriller. After killing a camp guard, the girls take flight into subways haunted by cannibals, the arms of a sadistic cult in the city's Meatpacking District and, through the pages of their mom's old journal, into the island's dark and shocking past.
A cold legacy : a Madman's daughter novel 
After escaping to a remote estate on the Scottish moors, Juliet Moreau, the product of her father's animal-human experiments, uncovers the truth about the manor's long history of scientific experimentation--and her own intended role in it.

Girl online : the first novel by Zoella
Girl Online by Zoe Suggs
Penny has a secret. Under the alias GirlOnline, Penny blogs her hidden feelings about friendship, boys, and the panic attacks that have begun to take over her life. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love--and capturing every moment of it on her blog. But Noah has a secret, too, one that threatens to ruin Penny's cover forever.

I'll meet you there
I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Skylar Evans yearns to escape Creek View by attending art school, but her mother's job loss puts her dream at risk. Only a rekindled friendship with Josh, a former Marine who lost a leg in Afghanistan, and her job at the Paradise Motel lead her to appreciate her home town.
I'm glad I did 
I’m Glad I Did by Cynthia Weil
It’s 1963, and sixteen-year-old JJ Green, a songwriter interning at New York City's famous Brill Building, finds herself a writing partner In Luke Silver, a boy who seems to connect instantly with her music. As they start cutting their first demo with Dulcie Brown, a legend who has fallen on hard times, they uncover a secret past that will rock all of their worlds.

Invaded : an Alienated novel
Invaded: An Alienated Novel by Melissa Landers
Paper thingsCara and Aelyx maintain their extremely long-distance relationship, with Cara becoming human representative to a panel preparing for a human colony on L'eihr, and Aelyx working on a campaign to improve human-L'eihr relations, which soon makes him a target of extremists.

Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
When Ari's mother died, one of her finals wishes was that Ari and her older brother, Gage, stay together always. So when Gage decides he can no longer live with their guardian, Janna, Ari knows she has to go with him. But it's been two months, and Gage still hasn't found them an apartment. How can she keep her promise and still find a place to call home? Told in an open, authentic voice, this story of hiding in plain sight may have readers thinking about homelessness in a whole new way.
Seeker by Arwen Dayton
After years of brutal training for what she thinks is the noble purpose of becoming a Seeker, Quin Kincaid, learns that she will be using the ancient artifacts and sacred knowledge as a cold-hearted assassin instead.
The shadow cabinet
The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson
Book 3 of the Shades of London series. Rory’s classmate Charlotte has been kidnapped by Jane and her nefarious organization. Evidence is uncovered of a forty-year-old cult, ten missing teenagers, and a likely mass murder. Everything indicates that Charlotte's in danger, and it seems that something much bigger and much more terrible is coming. Time is running out as Rory and her ghost squad struggle to stop Jane from unleashing her spectral nightmare on the entire city.
Getting to know the Raspberry Pi
Getting to Know Raspberry Pi by Nicki Peter Petrikowski
YA 004.1675 PET
A $35 minicomputer about the size of a credit card, the Raspberry Pi has taken the world of computing by storm. This guide provides extended, in-depth info about the Raspberry Pi, giving readers some background on the program or language in addition to practical advice on how to get started.
The top 10 of everything.
YA 031 TOP 2015
Packed with unusual comparisons, special features, awe-inspiring photographs and holographic foil histories, engineering feats, the Top 10 of Everything 2015 has thousands of facts and pictures that will make you go Wow!

YA 381 DON
Things to make and do in the fourth dimension : a mathematician's journey through narcissistic numbers, optimal dating algorithms, at least two kinds of infinity, and moreDiscover where to find great thrift bargains and try easy craft activities to upcycle your treasures. Learn how to be a great bargain hunter for clothing, jewelry, furniture, and much more!

YA 510 PAR
A mathematician and comedian offers games, puzzles, and hands-on activities to help those with a fear of math understand and enjoy the logical tools and abstract concepts of a complicated subject.
Filmmaking for teens : pulling off your shorts
YA 791.43 LAN
A guidebook designed to teach young filmmakers from beginning to end and learn everything they need about creating short films.
The many faces of Josephine Baker : dancer, singer, activist, spy
This lively biography illustrates the amazing journey of Josephine Baker's life. From her childhood in the depths of poverty to her comedic rise in vaudeville and fame in Europe, from her outspoken participation in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement to her espionage work for the French Resistance during World War II, and finally, her adoption of 12 children--her "rainbow tribe."

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Teen Valentine's Day Program

Looking for something to do next Tuesday, February 10? 

Celebrate (or demolish) early V-Day with a teen program at the West Caldwell Public Library! 

Open to teens in grades 6-12.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

New YA Books - February 2015

Fairies, devils, hypnotism, space travel, and even the're sure to find a surprise or two in our new YA books!

PolarisPolaris by Mindee Arnett
The thrilling sequel to the book Avalon. Jeth Seagrave and his crew are on the run from the ITA, an insidious group holding Jeth's mother in a remote research lab and intent on acquiring the metatech secrets Jeth's sister Cora carries inside her DNA. Jeth must make a dangerous deal to rescue his mother and start a new life outside the Confederation. 
The darkest part of the forest
In the town of Fairfold, where humans and fae exist side by side, a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives awakes after generations of sleep in a glass coffin in the woods. This event sweeps Hazel up in a new love and forces her to make a secret sacrifice to the faerie king.
Vivian Apple at the end of the world
Vivian Apple returns home after the alleged "Rapture" to find her devout parents gone and two mysterious holes in the roof. Vivian never believed in the Rapture, or the uber powerful Church of America. Now that she has been left behind, Vivian's quest for the truth begins.

Hellhole by Gina Damico
Max Kilgore has accidentally unleashed a devil---and now the big, evil oaf is living in his basement. If Max doesn't meet the devil's demands (which include providing unlimited junk food and a hot tub), everyone and everything he holds dear could go up in smoke.

Stolen by Melissa de la Cruz
Book 2 of the Heart of Dread series. Nat risked her life to reunite with her drakon in the defense of the Blue, but Wes, seeking his sister Eliza, is forced to rejoin the military, placing him and Nat on opposite sides of a war that could destroy what is left of the world.
Waiting for unicorns

Waiting for Unicorns by Beth Hautala
After her mother dies, Talia goes to the Arctic with her whale researcher father, where she meets strange, new friends and learns that stories have the power to connect us, to provide hope, and to pull us out of the darkness.
Killing time in Crystal City

Seventeen-year-old Kevin tries to reinvent himself when he runs away from home and the father he hates, but living with a mysterious uncle and befriending two homeless girls just adds more complications.

Twisted fateTwisted Fate by Norah Olson
Told from separate viewpoints, a story unfolds about how sisters Sydney and Ally's relationship changes as they get involved with their new neighbor, Graham, an artist with a video camera who has a mysterious--and dangerous--past.

The lostThe Lost by James Patterson
Part of the Witch & Wizard series. Magical teen siblings Whit and Wisty Allgood struggle against a mounting public opposition to magic and a brutal crime wave led by a powerful wizard intent on ruling the City.

Hold tight, don't let goHold Tight, Don’t Let Go by Laura Rose Wagner
In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Nadine goes to live with her father in Miami while her cousin Magdalie, raised as her sister, remains behind in a refugee camp. Magdalie dreams of joining Nadine, but wonders if she must accept that her life and future are in Port-au-Prince.
The cure for dreaming

The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters
Olivia Mead, a suffragist in 1900 Oregon, is hypnotized by the intriguing young Henri Reverie, who is paid by her father to make her more docile and womanly. Instead, she gains the ability to see people's true natures as she secretly continues fighting for women's rights.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Making the Right Decisions for College

Tuesday, February 3 7:00 - 8:00 PM
West Caldwell Public Library Community Room

Wondering if you should take the SAT or the ACT? Can't tell the difference between early decision and early action regarding your college application?

Join us for an informative talk with CollegeLink Consulting founder David Twersky as he provides advice on a number of college-related topics, including making the best choices on your path to college acceptance.

Open to high school students and their parents or guardians.

Register by calling 973-226-5441 or clicking HERE.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Teen Game Show Night January 27 @ 5:30

Think you've got what it takes to be a winning game show contestant?

Come to our Teen Game Show Night and play Family Feud and Minute to Win It games for prizes!

Open to teens in grades 6-12.

When: Tuesday, January 27 5:30-7:00 PM
Where: West Caldwell Public Library Meeting Room, 30 Clinton Road, West Caldwell NJ 07006

Call 973-226-5441 or click here for more info.

See you there!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

New YA Books - January 2015

Ready to get energized and start on all those New Year's resolutions?!!!..........uh, maybe later. We've got a whole batch of new books to read!
Assassin's creed : renaissance

Monkey warsBetrayed by the ruling families of Italy, Ezio vows to exact his revenge and restore his family's honor by using the skills he has learned from such great minds as Da Vinci and Machiavelli to become a righteous assassin.

Monkey Wars by Richard Kurti  
There will be liesWhen rhesus monkeys are brutally massacred on the streets of Kolkata by a troop of power hungry langur monkeys, a young langur soldier's life is changed forever.

There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake
Shelby Cooper has been overprotected by her single mother all her life but after a car accident, Shelby's mother steals her away from the hospital, revealing that Shelby's father is not dead, but rather a violent man who promised to hunt them down.

HiddenHidden by Donna Jo Napoli
When a marauding slave ship captures her sister, Melkorka, Brigid is lost at sea but survives, disguised as a boy, and sets out to rescue Melkorka.

Isabel’s War by Lila Perl
Isabel's warTwelve-year-old Isabel has no interest in the war in Europe until her family welcomes Helga, a German war refugee, into their home in the Bronx.

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
Boy in the black suitGhosts of heavenSoon after his mother's death, Matt takes a job at a funeral home in his tough Brooklyn neighborhood and, while attending and assisting with funerals, begins to accept her death and his responsibilities as a man.

The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick
XFour linked stories begin with a Paleolithic-era girl who makes the first written signs, continue with Anna, who people call a witch, then a mad twentieth-century poet who watches the ocean knowing the horrors it hides, and concluding with an astronaut on the first spaceship from Earth sent to colonize another world.

X by Ilyasah Shabazz
This riveting and revealing novel follows Malcolm X from his childhood to his imprisonment for theft at age twenty, when he found the faith that would lead him to forge a new path and command a voice that still resonates today.

We should hang out sometime : embarrassingly, a true storyJosh Sundquist, a Paralympic ski racer and cancer survivor, never had a steady relationship. Was he a freak? Some sort of anti-social monster? To find out, he tracked down each of the girls he had tried to date since middle school and asked them straight up: What went wrong?

FDR and the American Crisis by Albert Marrin
YA 973.91 MAR
FDR and the American crisisThe definitive biography of president Franklin Delano Roosevelt for young adult readers. Follow Roosevelt from his early political career through his struggle with polio to his time as President during the horrific events of World War II.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

If You Like....The Hunger Games

Looking for more heart-pounding reads like The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins? Try out some of these other books with murky futures, non-stop action, and strong characters you can cheer for! 

GracelingGraceling by Kristin Cashore (2008)
In a world where some people are born with extreme skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.

The selectionThe Selection by Kiera Cass (2012)
America Singer is living in a caste-divided nation that formed after the war that destroyed the United States. America is chosen to compete in the Selection--a contest to see which girl can win the heart of a prince--but all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her.

The maze runner
The Maze Runner by James Dashner (2009)
Grave mercyThomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (2012)
In fifteenth-century Brittany, Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage to the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain. There she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts---gifts that will make her the perfect assassin.

LegendLegend by Marie Lu (2011)
In a dark future when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.

CinderCinder by Marissa Meyer (2012)
As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (2009)
The knife of never letting goOn an alien world where everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts, Todd makes a disturbing discovery at a spaceship crash site and is soon on the run from a power-hungry tyrant with his dog and the ship’s mysterious occupant.

1984 by George Orwell (1949)
1984One of the most influential dystopian novels ever written. Winston lives in a desolate, totalitarian society where every move he makes is watched by the Thought Police. Can he find the strength to escape the system and experience love and independence? 

Life as we knew it
Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer (2006)
When a meteor hits the moon, Miranda must learn to survive the unimaginable. Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of her struggle to hold on to hope in an increasingly desperate world.

Divergent by Veronica Roth (2011)
DivergentBeatrice must choose among five factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she does not fit into any one group and that her “perfect” society is not perfect after all.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (2011)
The Scorpio RacesReturning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, a dangerous competition involving deadly water horses.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (2005)
UgliesAll Tally wants is to turn sixteen; on that day she will be transformed into a gorgeous “Pretty” whose only job will be to have a great time. But when her best friend runs away before the transformation, Tally must find her and turn her in….or never become pretty at all.

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