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Teen Art of the Week 

04/08/2014 Categories: art cool stuff new stuff

It was a slow week, this past week, for drawing in the teen department. We did have 8 fun drawings and below are the top two. To see all the drawings from last week, please visit our Flickr page.

New Teen Books 

March 29, 2014
03/29/2014 Categories: new stuff things to know

New Books, new books, how I love new books! Here are two of our recent books purchased for the teen collection.


Tin Star

On their way to start a new life, Tula and her family travel on the Prairie Rose, a colony ship headed to a planet in the outer reaches of the galaxy. All is going well until the ship makes a stop at a remote space station, the Yertina Feray, and the colonist's leader, Brother Blue, beats Tula within an inch of her life. An alien, Heckleck, saves her and teaches her the ways of life on the space station.

When three humans crash land onto the station, Tula's desire for escape becomes irresistible, and her desire for companionship becomes unavoidable. But just as Tula begins to concoct a plan to get off the space station and kill Brother Blue, everything goes awry, and suddenly romance is the farthest thing from her mind. 

Faking Normal

Alexi Littrell hasn't told anyone what happened to her over the summer by her backyard pool. Instead, she hides in her closet, counts the slats in the air vent, and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.

When Bodee Lennox—"the Kool-Aid Kid"—moves in with the Littrells after a family tragedy, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in this quiet, awkward boy who has secrets of his own. As their friendship grows, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her summon the courage to find her voice and speak up.

Teen Art of the Week 

03/29/2014 Categories: art cool stuff

Here are the top three drawings found this week on our tables in the teen section. Check out our Flickr page to see all the drawings from this week and past weeks.

Exciting news! Instagram & Tumbler @ EPL 

Do you love Instagram? Tumbler? Well I have great news, so hold onto your smartphones and tablets!

The Escondido Public Library is now on both Instagram and Tumbler and you can follow us right now! Here on the teen homepage just click on the icon for either site and bing-bang-bong....there we are in all our social media glory. Here is some cool stuff from our pages:











Teen Art of the Week 

03/25/2014 Categories: art cool stuff

There were so many great pieces to choose from this week that I am including the top THREE drawings from our tables in the teen section....and don't forget to check out all the drawings from the week on our Flickr page.



New Teen Books 

03/18/2014 Categories: new stuff

Bright Before SunriseA nice stack of new teens books came in this week and I thought I would take a moment and highlight two of the titles that I think our teens would enjoy.

The first book is Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt. One night can change how you see the world. One night can change how you see yourself. Jonah and Brighton are about to have the most awkwardly awful night of their lives. For Jonah, every aspect of his new life reminds him of what he has had to give up. All he wants is to be left alone. Brighton is popular, pretty, and always there to help anyone . . . but has no idea of what she wants for herself. Her seemingly perfect life is marred only by Jonah, the one person who won't give her the time of day, but also makes her feel, well, something. So when they are repeatedly thrown together over the course of one night, anything can—and does—happen. Told in alternating chapters, this poignant, beautiful novel's energy and tension, amidst the humor and romance, builds to a new beginning of self-acceptance and hope.

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The second book is Masks by E. C. Blake. Masks, the first novel in a mesmerizing new fantasy series, draws readers into a world in which cataclysmic events have left the Autarchy of Aygrima—the one land blessed with magical resources—cut off from its former trading partners across the waters, not knowing if any of those distant peoples still live. Yet under the rule of the Autarch, Aygrima survives. And thanks to the creation of the Masks and the vigilance of the Autarch’s Watchers, no one can threaten the security of the empire.

In Aygrima, magic is a Gift possessed from birth by a very small percentage of the population, with the Autarch himself the most powerful magic worker of all. Only the long-vanquished Lady of Pain and Fire had been able to challenge his rule.

At the age of fifteen, citizens are recognized as adults and must don the spell-infused Masks—which denote both status and profession—whenever they are in public. To maintain the secure rule of the kingdom, the Masks are magically crafted to reveal any treasonous thoughts or actions. And once such betrayals are exposed, the Watchers are there to enforce the law.

Mara Holdfast, daughter of the Autarch’s Master Maskmaker, is fast approaching her fifteenth birthday and her all-important Masking ceremony. Her father himself has been working behind closed doors to create Mara’s Mask. Once the ceremony is done, she will take her place as an adult, and Gifted with the same magical abilities as her father, she will also claim her rightful place as his apprentice.

But on the day of her Masking something goes horribly wrong, and instead of celebrating, Mara is torn away from her parents, imprisoned, and consigned to a wagon bound for the mines. Is it because she didn’t turn the unMasked boy she discovered over to the Night Watchers? Or is it because she’s lied about her Gift, claiming she can only see one color of magic, when in truth she can see them all, just as she could when she was a young child?

Whatever the reason, her Mask has labeled her a traitor and now she has lost everything, doomed to slavery in the mines until she dies. And not even her Gift can show Mara the future that awaits her—a future that may see her freed to aid a rebel cause, forced to become a puppet of the Autarch, or transformed into a force as dangerous to her world as the legendary Lady of Pain and Fire.

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Teen Art of the Week 

03/14/2014 Categories: art cool stuff

Another week has passed and more art has been drawn on our paper covered tables. Here are the top two from this week. Check out the rest of this week's drawings on our Flickr page.


Teen Art of the Week 

03/07/2014 Categories: art cool stuff

Another week has passed and fresh paper has been put on the tables. Below are the top two awesome drawings from this week....and don't forget to check out the rest of the art from this week on our Flickr page.

Teen Art of the Week 

02/28/2014 Categories: art

Hey! This is Cathy Janovitz, the new Teen Librarian here at the Escondido Public Library. This is the start of a new weekly blog featuring the awesome art that is drawn by our teens. I just replaced the white paper on the tables in the Teen area and now it's time for me to reveal the two best drawings from this week. It was a tough call with many cool drawings to choose from, but here are my two favorites.

If you like what you see, take a moment and checkout the rest of our Teen Table Art on the library's Flickr page.


Colored pencils


Saying Goodbye to 2013 

Sharing a Year of Memories
12/31/2013 Categories: Teen Librarian

This Year the Teens got creative with Keyboards, Bookmarks, making Friendship Bracelets and so much more!!

Design Bookmarks

Designing Bookmarks


Finished Bookmark


Using tools to make Jewelry



Staff helping with earring brackets


These programs and many others were created by the Teen Librarian, Joanna Axelrod. They were enjoyed by the many of you who came to the library every Wednesday afternoon around 4 pm or just happened to be in the Teen Area. 

Joanna was a super motivator for all things TEEN!

She served as  the teen librarian for several years. She was so AWESOME, that her energy has been snapped up with her recent promotion as Technical and Support Services Manager. She is not leaving our library, she is moving on to bigger and brighter adventures.

WE THANK HER for making Teen Services so special to our library. The Library is in the process of replacing her posistion, once they have made their decision we will share that news with you. We are excited to see what new ideas, crafts, and programs the new librarian will be planning for you.

Congratulations to Joanna and Thank YOU, Fabulous TEENS for making this an amazing 2013!


Here's to what's next in 2014!





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