Need help thinking about college?

Is this basically you when you think of life after high school?

Or maybe this?

We can't tell you which college to attend, how to write an essay that will guarantee your acceptance, or what to expect when you walk into your dorm the first time, but we do have some things laying around that may help you figure that stuff out.

Expert and student advice about: roommates, relationships, classes, friends, finances, dorm life, sex, no sex, alcohol, Greek life, laundry, and everything that really matters in college.

"U Chic" gives an edge to today's high-achieving college girl. It's not just about good grades or being at the top of the class, but having a great social experience. Written by a savvy group of 50 accomplished students and journalists, this book covers everything from birth control and eating disorders to how to maintain that all-important GPA.

This alternative college admissions guide gives non-straight-A students advice on how to identify, gain admittance to, and pay for the schools that will allow them to flourish.

The only guide to getting ahead once you’ve gotten in—proven strategies for making the most of your college years, based on winning secrets from the country's most successful students.

Deciding what to do after high school is one of the biggest decisions you'll ever make. This book will help you come to grips with this often-overwhelming time of transition. It begins by helping students think seriously about who they are and what they want and then moves on to dissect the various options that are available after high school, such as enrolling in a training program, attending a community college, taking a gap year, enlisting in the military, or pursuing a traditional four-year degree, and more. It also takes an in-depth look at what you can expect to earn, the kind of lifestyle you may lead, and the possible pitfalls of all of these scenarios. Full of checklists, anecdotes, brainstorming activities, and journal exercises.

Provides advice from twelve college students on how to survive freshman year, discussing roommates, course selection, money, health, jobs, sex, drinking, and other issues.

If you're looking for a little extra cash for college, look for the Friends of the Library annual scholarship! The scholarship awards $500 each to two graduating high school seniors. Details coming in early 2018. 


New e-books ready to borrow!

We just scored some brand-spankin'-new e-books! Click the links to go right to the download page!

Leigh Bardugo 
Travel to Grishnaverse, a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid's voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy's bidding but only for a terrible price. Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

John Green
Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there's a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her best and most fearless friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett's son, Davis. Asa is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza's story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

Marie Lu
When teenage coder Emika Chen hacks her way into the opening tournament of the Warcross Championships, she glitches herself into the game as well as a sinister plot with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

Jennifer Mathieu
In a small Texas town where high school football reigns supreme, Viv, sixteen, starts a feminist revolution using anonymously-written zines.

Marissa Meyer
(Available November 7)
As she nears her goal of avenging the Renegades, who overthrew the villains to establish order from ruin, Nova grows close to justice-seeking Renegade Adrian, but her allegiance to the villains could destroy them both.

Philip Pullman
When Malcolm finds a secret message inquiring about a dangerous substance called Dust, he finds himself embroiled in a tale of intrigue featuring enforcement agents from the Magisterium, a woman with an evil monkey daemon, and a baby named Lyra.

Adam Silvera
On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They're going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they're both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There's an app for that. It's called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure--to live a lifetime in a single day.

Maggie Stiefvater
Here is a thing everyone wants: a miracle. Here is a thing everone fears: what it takes to get one. Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado, is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars. At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo. They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.

Nic Stone
Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him.


Coming this November to a YA section near you...

Excuse us while we make it rain.

Except we have no dollar dollar bills ya'll. So we're making it rain new books instead.


Top 5 Reasons to Read Horror Novels

Horror isn't everyone's thing, and we're ok with that. But when Halloween is right around the corner and the spirit of the season gets a hold of us, we love to creep ourselves out with some good old fashioned horror stories.

If you need a little convincing, here are five solid reasons from a team of experts* why you should be reading some amazing spooky stories.

*When we say "experts" we of course mean library staff members who just happen to like horror stories.

1. You'll always know what to do in a teen slasher movie-type scenario.

Say you suddenly find yourself in a situation in which you're living a classic teen slasher flick. It's not common, but it could happen (see: I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scream). With all the knowledge you'll absorb from reading horror novels, you'll know the best places to hide, how to outsmart the stalker/killer, and how to survive the night.

2. You'll basically become FEARLESS. 

Literally nothing will scare you because you've already read all there is to fear. You will KNOW NO FEAR because you've already been scared by everything! For example, once you've read The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone, seeing a little spider in your basement will not be nearly as terrifying.

3. There's almost always an awkward love story. 

If you like a good romance story, you can usually find a horror book with a budding romance or love triangle. Granted, sometimes the love interest is the killer (which is a bummer), but there are horror stories out there where the beloved rides in to save the day (and the main characters life), too.

4. There are LOTS of types of horror. 

Don't like lots of blood and gore in your horror stories? No problem! We'll set you up with a nice ghost story or something with a haunted house. Hauntings don't do it for you either? How about demonic possession? Maybe you like something where the fear comes from somewhere internal. Then psychological horror is probably right up your alley. See! There's something for everyone!

5. You get great ideas for obscure literary-themed Halloween costumes

Sure, everyone knows who Carrie is, but how many people know Anna from Anna Dressed in Blood? Horror novels can help you be more original in your costume choices. And it's always better to be original, AMIRITE? (Although, it just dawned on me that costumes for Carrie and Anna would probably be exactly the same, so maybe that was a bad example.)

Looking for some *haunting* new books? (See what I did there?) Go to our Friday the 13th booklist for a huge whopping list of all different types of horror novels!


BOOKED THIS WEEKEND on Friday the 13th

I'm doing this week's BOOKED THIS WEEKEND feature a little early. It's Friday the 13th and Halloween is a mere 2 1/2 weeks away, therefore I need to read something scary. Something horrific. Something so completely frightening that I will be paralyzed by fear.

(I'm actually a really bubbly and not at all terrifying person under normal circumstances. But I do love me some Halloween.)

So, naturally, I have to post a Halloween horror booklist. Here are some eerie picks if you're like me and like getting the beans scared out of you. (P.S. We have a lot of horror fans at the library, so there are A LOT of suggested books on this list. Don't say we never did anything for you.)

Shutter by Courtney Alameda
Seventeen-year-old Micheline Helsing is a tetrachcromat, able to see ghosts in color and capture them on film, but when a routine hunt goes awry, Micheline's infected with a curse known as a soulchain and if she's unable to exorcise the entity in seven days, she'll be destroyed, body and soul.

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
Alex, a resourceful seventeen-year-old running from her incurable brain tumor, Tom, who has left the war in Afghanistan, and Ellie, an angry eight-year-old, join forces after an electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky and kills most of the world's population, turning some of those who remain into zombies and giving the others superhuman senses.

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
For three years, seventeen-year-old Cas Lowood has carried on his father's work of dispatching the murderous dead, traveling with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat, but everything changes when he meets Anna, a girl unlike any ghost he has faced before.

The Diviners by Libba Bray
Seventeen-year-old Evie O'Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.

The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco
Okiku has wandered the world for centuries, freeing the innocent ghosts of the murdered-dead and taking the lives of killers with the vengeance they are due, but when she meets Tark she knows the moody teen with the series of intricate tattoos is not a monster and needs to be freed from the demonic malevolence that clings to him.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier 
Is Rebecca really dead? Her insidious influence seems to extend beyond the grave...

Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski
On a distant island where day and night exist on fourteen-year cycles, and the islanders migrate south each sunset, three children get left behind and must find a way off the island before the Night finds them.

The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude
When her beloved cousin goes missing after a May Day celebration, sixteen-year-old Ivy discovers that both her cousin and her hometown in the Missouri Ozarks are as full of secrets as the woods that surround them.

Carrie by Stephen King
Carrie White is a shy girl who doesn't make friends easily. After her class mates taunt her, one of them takes pity on her and gets her boyfriend (and class hunk) to invite Carrie to the senior prom. Meanwhile, another girl who has been banned from the prom for aggressive behavior plans a trick to embarrass Carrie in front of the whole school. What she doesn't realize is that Carrie is... gifted. And you really don't want to get her angry.

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich 
Told through journal entries, a psychotherapist's notes, court records, and more, relates the tale of Carly, a teen who was institutionalized after her parents' death but released to Elmbrige High School, where she is believed to have a second personality or soul named Kaitlyn, and/or be possessed by a demon.

Hellworld by Tom Leveen
Five years ago Abby's mother, a co-host of a ghost hunting reality show, disappeared with her crew in a "haunted" cave in Arizona. Now Abby plans to go to the same cave and find out what happened there. Charlie, son of the other co-host, gets some friends to accompany them. But what they stumble across in that primordial cave is nothing they could have ever imagined.

The Last Harvest by Kim Liggett
“I plead the blood.”
 Those were the last words seventeen-year-old golden boy quarterback Clay Tate heard rattling from his dad's throat when he discovered him dying on the barn floor of the Neely cattle ranch, clutching a crucifix to his chest. Now, on the first anniversary of the Midland, Oklahoma, slaughter, the whole town's looking at Clay like he might be next to go over the edge. Clay wants to forget the past, but the sons and daughters of the Preservation Society--a group of prominent farmers his dad accused of devil worship--won't leave him alone.

The Ravenous by Amy Lukavics
From the outside, the Cane family looks like they have it all. A successful military father, a loving mother and five beautiful teenage daughters. But on the inside, life isn't quite so idyllic: the Cane sisters can barely stand each other, their father is always away and their neglectful mother struggles with addiction and depression.

Scary Out There edited by Jonathan Maberry 
Bram Stoker Award-winning author Jonathan Maberry compiles more than twenty stories and poems--written by members of the Horror Writers Association--in this terrifying collection about worst fears.

The End Games by T. Michael Martin
In the rural mountains of West Virginia, seventeen-year-old Michael Faris tries to protect his fragile younger brother from the horrors of the zombie apocalypse

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie
Shortly after her sixteenth birthday, Sunshine Griffith and her mother Kat move from sunny Austin, Texas, to the rain-drenched town of Ridgemont, Washington. Though Sunshine is adopted, she and her mother have always been close, sharing a special bond filled with laughter and inside jokes. But from the moment they arrive, Sunshine feels her world darken with an eeriness she cannot place. And even if Kat doesn't recognize it, Sunshine knows that something about their new house is just ... creepy. *Based on the YouTube webseries.

Mary: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan
Jess, Shauna, Kitty, and Anna follow all the rules, but when their summoning circle is broken the vengeful spirit of Bloody Mary slips through, and as the girls struggle to escape Mary's wrath, loyalties are questioned, friendships are torn apart, and lives are changed forever.

The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan 
Bethan, apprentice to a Welsh Roma witch, is harrassed by the son of the clan's chieftan and then, after a brutal assault against her and a friend, must collect grisly objects to save her friend's life.

The Devil and Winnie Flynn by Micol and David Ostow
While working as a production assistant on her aunt's television show about the paranormal, a seventeen-year-old girl discovers a psychic ability of her own, which may provide clues to her mother's death.

One Was Lost by Natalie Richards
On a senior class camping trip, four girls find themselves lost in the woods, their supplies destroyed, and hunted by a killer.

Asylum series by Madeleine Roux
Three teens at a summer program for gifted students uncover shocking secrets in the sanatorium-turned-dorm where they're staying--secrets that link them all to the asylum's dark past.

What Waits in the Woods by Kieran Scott
A hiking trip in the woods in upstate New York is out of the comfort zone for sixteen-year-old city girl Callie Velasquez, but she wants to bond with her new friends Lissa and Penelope, not to mention her new boyfriend, Jeremy. However, nothing could have prepared her for the true human darkness that waits for her in the wood.

Harmony House by Nic Sheff
Jen Noonan's father thinks a move to Harmony House is the key to salvation, but to everyone who has lived there before, it is a portal to pure horror. As the forces in the house join together to terrorize Jen, she must find a way to escape the past she didn't know was haunting her--and the mysterious and terrible power she didn't realize she had.

Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Seven super fans have won the trip of a lifetime to meet the master of horror, legendary film director Justin Blake. But things quickly go from delightfully dark to dangerously deadly, when Ivy, Parker, Shayla, Natalie, Frankie, and Garth find themselves trapped in an abandoned amusement park. To earn a ticket out, they must face their darkest demons one ride at a time.

Party Games by R.L. Stine
Rachel is thrilled to be invited to Brendan Fear's exclusive birthday party on Fear Island. When Rachel arrives at the island, a scavenger hunt turns up some horrifying surprises. Rachel has to fight to survive the deadliest game of all - the game of murder.

The Merciless series by Danielle Vega
In an effort to make friends at her new school, Sofia gets involved with a group of popular girls who dislike Brooklyn, a loner who they believe to be evil.

Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano
After her parents' high-profile divorce, sixteen-year-old Paige is forced to leave Los Angeles for a rambling Victorian mansion in small-town Idaho where she soon notices strange occurrences that seem to be building toward some unspeakable horror.

The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
In 1888, twelve-year-old Will Henry chronicles his apprenticeship with Dr. Warthrop, a scientist who hunts and studies real-life monsters, as they discover and attempt to destroy a pod of Anthropophagi.

Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young
On the way to spend a summer with her grandmother after the sudden death of her mother, seventeen-year-old Audrey, her older brother Daniel, and their father happen upon the Hotel Ruby, a luxurious place filled with unusual guests and little chance of ever leaving.

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
Sixteen-year-old Mackie Doyle knows that he replaced a human child when he was just an infant, and when a friend's sister disappears he goes against his family's and town's deliberate denial of the problem to confront the beings that dwell under the town, tampering with human lives.

Lastly, here's a little Halloween present for you, because nothing is scarier (or, honestly, more hilarious) than this image.

May it be burned in your brain for eternity. Or at least until the end of October.