Let me take a moment to brag about Book Expo 2017

Ok, so I won't do any hardcore bragging (not a lot, anyway), but there was a TON of fangirling about all the amazing authors and people we met at Book Expo.

On June 1, Ashley and I went to Book Expo America (BEA) in NYC. It's a huge annual event where librarians, educators, and book bloggers meet up with publishers and authors and basically giggle and flail all day (that might just be the librarians, but whatevs.)

On the bus to NYC at 6:30am. We were excited, but SUPER sleep deprived.

Not only is it cool to talk to the authors and get advanced copies of their books, but we librarians also can talk to reps from publishers, get a sneak peek at their upcoming titles, and get lists and catalogs of highly anticipated upcoming releases. It basically helps us know what books you'll be looking for in the next few months. And we get tons of swag (which usually ends up in the freebie baskets at the library. We do this stuff for you, after all.)

Oh, yea. And we also had Bingo cards, just in case we got bored while waiting in the lines.
We got to cross of "Someone is asleep" right away, because I totally passed out on the way to NYC.
Our first stop was Emmy Laybourne, author of the Monument 14 trilogy and Sweet. In a very exciting moment, we randomly bumped into her before the signing began. There was a lot of "OMG YOU'RE OMG EMMY OMG LAYBOURNE OMG!!!" coming from me. (I definitely do not remain cool and collected when meeting my author heroes.) Ashley I didn't know what was more exciting: meeting her or getting advanced copies of her upcoming book Berserker (which is scheduled for released on October 10).

Next was the booth giving away copies of Maggie Stiefvater's All the Crooked Saints (also due to be released on October 10). We didn't get to meet Maggie or bask in the presence of her awesomeness, but we got in a massively long line for an Advanced Reader Copy giveaway and Ashley and I each scored a copy.

I stopped by the booth for Image Comics (you may or may not be aware of my undying love for Image) and freaked out over all the free issues they were giving away. (BTW, those issues will eventually be available for free at the library... after I've read them, of course.)

We had lunch, tallied up our Bingo cards (Ashley wiped the floor with me like, 3 times over), counted our tote bags (we each had about 10 for the morning), and examined our haul for the first half of the day.

Ashley's Bingo sheet. Two Bingo's before noon.

Katie's Bingo sheet. No Bingo's until 4:30. 

Not a bad haul for the first part of the day.
The highlight of my day was seeing ADAM SILVERA, author of More Happy Than Not and History is All You Left Me. I was determined to gush at him and get an advanced copy of They Both Die at the End (scheduled release date September 5). I got in line at noon for a 1:00 signing and the line was already at least 20 people deep.

By the time the signing started, the line had easily over 100 people. IT. WAS. BANANAS. Fortunately, not only did I get my advanced copy, I ALSO GOT A PICTURE WITH ADAM!!!

He was adorable and oh-so-sweet and I adore him and his books more than words can say.

From there, we got in line to see E. FREAKING LOCKHART, author of the critically acclaimed We Were Liars and a hero among book heroes. Speaking of crazy lines, we had to get in line just to get a ticket to get in line. Seriously. There were DOZENS of people waiting to see her and get her upcoming book, Genuine Fraud. We got our copies (and gushed at E. Lockhart, obvs.) so we walked away SUPER happy.

The wonderfully amazing E. Lockhart

Ashley getting her copy of Genuine Fraud signed (and fangirling)
We grabbed a few other books we were excited about too...
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
The Devils You Know by M.C. Atwood
Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield
A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck
Warcross by Marie Lu
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo (a sampler, not the full book. But still!)

Going to BEA is so much fun, but it's great because it also lets us reach out to authors, find out more about hot book releases for the next few months, and make connections with authors, publicists, and other librarians. Plus, we brought home tons of books... some will be added to the library's collections, some will go right to YOU guys.

If you're interested reading any of these ARCs before they're released, join us at our Teen Chat & Chew events. Participants usually get first dibs at borrowing our BEA goodies :) 


Bullying sucks.

Bullying is NOT cool. It's not funny. It doesn't help you be more popular. It's cruel and cowardly.

I think we were all made achingly aware of this after Netflix started streaming Thirteen Reasons Why and gave millions more people a look into the life of fictional Hannah Baker, who died by suicide. Because of a few rumors, Hannah suddenly found herself bullied, harassed, and preyed upon by her classmates. Whether you read the book or watched the show, Hannah's story helped us understand the snowball effect that bullying can have on someone, and how tragic it can be.

And we want it to stop.

To raise awareness and to inform parents and teens about bullying and cyberbullying, Sgt. Timothy Ruoff from the Palmer Police Department will give a 30-minute talk and Q&A with teens and parents about cyberbullying on Thursday, July 27 at 6:00pm

Following Sgt. Ruoff's discussion, library staff members Ashley and Katie will host a book talk of Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher at 6:30pm. This will NOT be a discussion comparing the show to the book, or how certain things in the show were depicted. This is a straight up book talk of Jay Asher's 2007 book and the effects of bullying.

All teens who participate in both Sgt. Ruoff's talk and the book discussion will earn one hour of community service time. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. You can even RSVP on Facebook.

Got questions? Contact Katie Cardell (katiec@eastonpl.org) at the Palmer Library. Copies of Thirteen Reasons Why are available through the library in print or as an ebook.


We're giving away lots of free stuff this summer. Just sayin'

If you know anything about the library's summer raffles, you know by now that it's a fairly simple process:

Step 1: Read a book. 

Step 2: Fill out a raffle slip.

Step 3: Bring it to the library.

BOOM! You're entered to win gift cards.
This is basically exactly how we choose winners.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

Read any books you want this summer. There's no list telling you what you have to read. Read a book you've never read or read a book you've read ten times. You can read all graphic novels if you want. Or all romance. Or sci-fi. It's all up to you! As long as it's considered Young Adult or Adult, it'll count.

Fill out the raffle slips (you can fill out one slip for each book you read) and return them to either branch of the Easton Area Public Library.


And if you can win free stuff, why wouldn't you do that??

This summer, we're giving away gift cards to Barnes & Noble, Regal Cinemas, and Amazon, plus one Grand Prize for a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card AND a $25 Regal Cinemas gift card. That grand prize is $75 worth of gift cards, people.

The raffle is open to teens ages 12-19. Raffle slips will be accepted at either branch from Monday, June 12 to Friday, August 4. Winners will be notified and announced on Monday, August 14. Good luck! 


Booklist: Twisted Tales

We don't know about you, but we're crazy about twisted fairy tales. It doesn't matter what it is... if it involves a retelling of a classic story, we're in.

So we've done you a favor and put together a list of some of the best twisted tales we could find. Enjoy.

Hunted by Meagan Spooner
Yeva knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who's ever come close to discovering them. Out in the wilderness there's no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas, or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. When her father goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the Beast he'd been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance. As Yeva hunts, she finds a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures she's only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

Mechanica by Betsy Cornwall
A retelling of Cinderella about an indomitable inventor-mechanic who finds her prince but realizes she doesn't want a fairy tale happy ending after all.

Entwined by Heather Dixon
Confined to their dreary castle while mourning their mother's death, Princess Azalea and her eleven sisters join The Keeper, who is trapped in a magic passageway, in a nightly dance that soon becomes nightmarish.


Bewitching by Alex Flinn
Tells the story of Kendra, a witch, and the first three-hundred years of her life, including takes on a classic fairy tale, the 1666 plague in Britain, the Titanic disaster, and the story of a modern-day, plain stepsister.

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
Will Scarlet shadows Robin Hood, with an unerring eye for finding treasures to steal and throwing daggers with deadly accuracy, but when Gisbourne, a ruthless bounty hunter, is hired by the sheriff to capture Robin and his band of thieves, Robin must become Will's protector risking his own life in the process.

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
In this twist on Edgar Allen Poe's gothic short story, a wealthy teenaged girl who can afford a special mask to protect her from the plague that decimated humanity in the mid-1800s, falls in love, becomes caught up in a conspiracy to overthrow an oppressive government, and faces the threat of a new plague.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Betrothed to the demon who rules her country and trained all her life to kill him, seventeen-year-old Nyx Triskelion must now fulfill her destiny and move to the castle to be his wife.

Splintered by A.G. Howard
A descendant of the inspiration for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, sixteen-year-old Alyssa Gardner fears she is mentally ill like her mother until she finds that Wonderland is real and, if she passes a series of tests to fix Alice's mistakes, she may save her family from their curse.

Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis
Sixteen-year-old heiress and paparazzi darling Liddi Jantzen must save her brothers in this outer-space retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Wild Swans.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
A series of sci-fi fairy tales with futuristic twists. The tetralogy includes Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Fairest, and Winter, plus a short-story collection called Stars Above and a graphic novel called Wires and Nerve.

A Touch of Scarlet by Eve Marie Mont
Struggling with a failing relationship and her roommate's withdrawnness, Emma finds her return to prep school further complicated by the fact that her life begins to closely echo that of Hester Prynne's in Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter."

Fathomless by Jackson Pearce
Celia, who shares mental powers with her triplet sisters, finds competition for a handsome boy with Lo, a sea monster who must persuade a mortal to love her and steal his soul to earn back her humanity.

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
In this retelling of Snow White follows the adventures of Lorelai, an exiled princess who is being pursued by a magic-wielding prince serving as the personal huntsman for evil queen Irina, who has charged him with bringing her Lorelai's heart.

The Hollow by Jessica Verday
High-school junior Abbey struggles with the loss of her best friend Kristen, who vanished on a legendary bridge, but her grief is eased by Caspian, an attractive and mysterious stranger she meets in the Sleepy Hollow cemetery.


Fairest of All by Serena Valentino
Examines the life of Snow White's stepmother, the Wicked Queen, to find out just what it is that makes her so evil that she would want to cut out her teenage step-daughter's heart and have it delivered in a locked keepsake box.


Emoji Book Title Challenge!

We all 💙 emojis, amirite?

Put all that emoji knowledge to good use by doing the Emoji Book Title Challenge!

Every week of the Summer Reading Program, we'll post a book title written in emojis on all our social media sites (IG, FB, Twitter... the big three, basically) and in the YA area of the Palmer Branch. Write down what you think the title is and drop it in the raffle box. Anyone with a correct answer will be entered into a raffle to win a copy of that book!

 This may or may not be one of the weekly challenges 😏

(Hint: Try looking up the keywords from the clue in the library's catalog. It's not considered cheating!)

The Challenge starts Monday, June 12! Each week's challenge will go out every Monday. Good luck!