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Teen Book Club

Written By: Tina Hunt - Nov• 23•20

Information coming soon !!!!

December TAB Picks

Written By: Tina Hunt - Nov• 23•20

Young Adult:

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson


Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Graphic Novel:

When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

November TAB Picks

Written By: Tina Hunt - Nov• 09•20

Young Adult:

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green


The Maze Runner – James Dashner


The Boxcar Children #1 – Shannon Denton
The Boxcar Children #2 Surprise Island – R. Worley
The Boxcar Children #3 The Yellow house Mystery – R. Worley
The Boxcar Children #4 Mystery Ranch – C. Long
The Boxcar Children #5 Mike’s Mystery – C. Long
The Boxcar Children #6 Blue Bay Mystery – R. Worley

Teen-tober 2020

Written By: Tina Hunt - Nov• 09•20

Teen-tober 2020

Instagram Contest Winner – Amanda Crowl


October TAB Picks

Written By: Tina Hunt - Nov• 09•20


The Water Castle – Megan Frazer Blakemore
Young Adult
The Bone Houses – Emily Lloyd-Jones
Meet the Sky – McCall Hoyle
Graphic Novel
Camp Spirit – Axelle LeNoir

September TAB Picks

Written By: Tina Hunt - Sep• 16•20


The One and Only Bob – Katherine Applegate
Young Adult
They Wish They Were Us – Jessica Goodman
Graphic Novel

Doodleville – Chad Sell

Written By: Meghan Vorisek - May• 06•20


Join our challenge! How many books can you fit into the next thirty days?


  • a book about local history
  • a book about a place you’ve always wanted to go
  • a book set in space
  • a book you’ve never read before
  • a childhood favorite book
  • a book recommended by a friend
  • a horror story
  • a book you’ve only seen the adaptation of (movie, tv, etc.)
  • a how-to book
  • a book longer than 500 pages
  • a book SHORTER than 50 pages
  • a book about food
  • your mother/father/guardian’s favorite book
  •  a book in another language
  • a book about time travel
  • a western story
  • a prize-winning book (Nobel, Caldecott, Newberry, etc.)
  • a comic book (or graphic novel)
  • a book of poems

Leave a comment: what are you getting caught reading this May?

Written By: Meghan Vorisek - Apr• 26•20

National Library Week (April 19-25th) is over, but your local library is still reaching out – make sure to follow us on Facebook, on our main website, and on YouTube for our Remember Books video updates.

Universal Class Roundup

Written By: Meghan Vorisek - Apr• 18•20

Expand Your World

This week, welcome to the at-home version of knitting club…or creative writing workshop…or even cooking class! While the library is closed and events are at a standstill, you can still explore new skills and hobbies, on your own or with family. The Crawford County Library System partners with Universal Classes to share free lessons on just about any subject you can imagine: here’s a roundup of some easy, low-commitment offerings accessible with your library card. Dive into a new hobby, see what speaks to you, or just kill a few hours reading about soap-making – it’s all up to you.

Build a Home Bakery

learn to bake bread here

decorate cakes starting here

go crazy with cookies here

open your pie hole here

Write Your Next Masterpiece

creative writing 101

creative writing for beginners

poetry writing 101

creative writing: workshop

and, if you don’t want to write fiction but you do want to write fancy…learn calligraphy here

Arts ‘N Crafts

knitting 101

photography class

watercolor and acrylic painting

Become an Artisanal…Anything-Maker/Just for Fun

make some candles

learn to sew

start a garden

make some soap

interpret your dreams

get spooky!


Written By: Meghan Vorisek - Apr• 10•20

Book Recommendations: April 2020

Stuck at home and searching for something to take you away this spring? This week’s recommendations come according to a theme: escapism. Whether they’re classic or contemporary, all of these YA novels share a common thread: they’re about parallel worlds, new dimensions, or other planes…the perfect antidote to isolation. And they’re all available on Overdrive/Libby with your Crawford County Library Card – so pick a rec according to your tastes and leave home without leaving home today.

His Dark Materials (Phillip Pullman)

If you grew up in the early 2000s, you might remember the film; or you might have seen the first HBO season based on this YA classic. In a world close to but not quite like our own, wily Lyra sets out to solve the disappearance of her best friend, crossing dimensions in the process. HDM twists the ‘other world’ format a bit: the strange new dimension our heroes wind up in is OUR world, described from an outsider’s point of view. This is fantasy that reads like a conspiracy thriller.

Recommended if you:

  • like creative worldbuilding that doesn’t waste time
  • want a refreshingly sly, sneaky hero
  • always think someone’s pulling the strings
  • just want to see some armored bears. yeah, that’s pretty cool


The Chronicles of Narnia (C. S. Lewis)

His Dark Materials‘ (friendly?) rival in the world of YA fantasy lit, Narnia is another classic that’s been adapted for the screen. Four siblings, British schoolchildren in WWII, are drawn into a medieval land on the opposite side of a wardrobe – the series tracks the whole history of Narnia, from its beginning to its end.

Recommended if you:

  • want a sweeping history in your reading material – multiple generation’s worth of adventures in seven books
  • want to relive some childhood nostalgia (or, if you’ve never read them before, see what the fuss was about)
  • like talking animals but thought the ones from HDM were a little too sarcastic

The Iron Fey (Julie Kagawa)

This contemporary series takes characters from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and restructures them for a modern audience. Seven books, plus a few short stories, give readers plenty of room to dive into this rich, dramatic world. Two siblings discover a hidden legacy and are drawn into complex elven politics, navigating age-old feuds and struggling to choose who they can trust.

Recommended if you:

  • already read your way through Holly Black and still had a craving
  • haven’t watched a good supernatural drama in a while
  • read Midsummer in your Shakespeare unit and were more interested in whatever was going on with the faeries than the human beings

A Thousand Pieces of You (Claudia Gray)

Contemporary science fiction takes on the “alternate dimension theme. The first book in the Firebird Series, A Thousand Pieces blends sci-fi with murder mystery in a suspensful, breakneck-paced plot. The daughter of inventors chases her father’s killer (who may or may not be the real guilty party) through multiple versions of reality, but is she getting closer to or further from the truth?


Recommended if you:

  • were interested in the escapist theme of this rec list but weren’t stoked about all the fantasy options
  • thrive on thrillers and intrigue
  • like a good revenge story

Otherbound (Corinne Duyvis)

Another contemporary sci-fi, Otherbound takes all of the conventions of the genre, shakes them up a bit, and gives them a twist. A boy from our world can possess people in other worlds, leading him to an uneasy alliance with two girls in dangerous exile. A diverse, rich cast of characters feel real and lived-in, and their struggles in both worlds are filled with urgency that keeps the plot rolling at a steady clip.

Recommended if you:

  • noticed that all of the other recommendations on this list were series and said ‘that’s nice, but don’t you ever just read a standalone novel?’
  • enjoyed the Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner
  • think stories where people get possessed should be more positive and cooperative about it


This trio of trilogies unfortunately aren’t on our Libby collection, but can still be found elsewhere online if you’re still looking to scratch that escapist itch:

  • Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke (J/YA)
  • The Magicians, by Lev Grossman (YA/NA)
  • A Darker Shade of Magic, by V. E. Schwab (YA/SFF)


If you enjoy our recommendations, let us know in the comments – or let us know if you didn’t enjoy them (or if you have recs of your own)!