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Book Sites for Teens

I thought I would do a blog on different websites teens could visit to keep up to date with all the new books coming out. I am always wondering where the teens find out about books that have just been published – by looking around a book store? or searching the web? Here are some websites I have found helpful. has a website and facebook page which is a very good place to start. Their facebook page was very helpful for the Young Adult on new books.
 Another website is This website has a fabulous layout for teens. Very colorful, suggestions for more reads and it just presents itself as a fun site. is a great website for anyone looking for books to read. There are wonderful reviews and you can rate the books that you have read and make a list of books that you would like to read.

 One website I just learned about, so I have not used it at all is It has a nice set up and a star system to rate the new books. This website looks very useful for even a librarian to use. This one also has a facebook page called YABooksCentral. this a very simple site which tells when the books are being released, and what stores you can find them. the American Library Association website for Young Adult. This website may seem overwhelming to a teen but has some great suggestions.
I would love to hear from you on any websites or facebook pages that you use to find out the new releases, other than book store websites. Enjoy your next read.
Ginni Nichols, Young Adult Librarian.

What are we reading?


I’ve recently read two great books, The Last Telegram by Liz Trenow and The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty.  The former is historical fiction dealing with Great Britain’s production of silk for parachutes used in WWII as well as a love story, and the latter covers the time span of late 1890’s into the 1950’s and includes a fictionalization of the life of silent screen actress Louise Brooks.  Both have well developed characters & interesting sub plots.




Ever catch your pet in an odd pose or with a bizarre expression on its face and think to yourself, “Oh, he’s probably saying/thinking that he…..”?  Check out this little book of pictures of cats with bizarre quotes for each picture.  It’s subtitled – “244 not-so-pretty kitties and cats gone bad” and is apt to cause loud guffaws!  The book was so popular that it spawned a sequel……Bad Dog.


What am I reading?  Good question . . . I just finished Witches! : the absolutely true tale of disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzer.  I have been listening to this in my car.  Lots of interesting information, though I was not totally thrilled with the narrator.


I also just finished Iris Johansen’s Hunting Eve.  This is the second in a trilogy, and it certainly leaves the story open to many avenues.  Now, I am waiting for the final book to be published!


I’m looking forward to whatever book I pick up next!  I think it will be Jude Deveraux’s book, True Love.






I’ve just started Blood’s Pride by Evie Manieri.  It’s a fantasy novel that takes place in a medieval-era desert setting.  Norse raiders invaded the countryside 20 or more years ago.  But they cannot venture out into the desert sun without catching fire, so they have to rely on the enslaved locals for minute necessities.  The main character seems to be a female mercenary called “The Mongrel”, who has made some sort of deal that grants her great power, but has left her disfigured.  I look forward to discovering the nature of her deal, and with whom, or what, she made it.  Magic, action, and cool characters are all part of the mix in this novel that I cannot wait to delve into further.



 I am enjoying reading the book Call the Midwife : a memoir of birth, joy and hard times, by Jennifer Worth. I wanted to find out what the buzz was about this series. I loved the series Downton Abbeywhich is set in the same time period, post-war London.  A young girl named Jenny Lee leaves her home to become a midwife in the slums of London. This book tells of the different encounters she has delivering babies all over the city – from the city prostitutes to a woman with 24 children that could not speak English. It is a captivating story which is wonderfully written. I look forward to hearing what you are reading at the library.

8 Places I like to read or listen to a book!

1.  Public parks are great for reading. The Waterfront Park near our library has benches, a view of the river and a statue, or, The Common at the top of the hill in Gardiner, are great little places to escape with a book. I feel parks have plenty of open places to spread out a blanket in the shade. You can sit back and feel like you are playing like a child, again.


2.  Any comfortable chair cries out for a book. I picture an old high wing chair that you can feel the softness of the upholstery, one like my grandmother had. If this comfortable chair was next to a fire outside or inside this would make it a very extra-special spot. I would be reading a popular book like The Kite Runner.
3.  Listening to a book in the car on a long ride to visit family makes the trip go faster or you feel like you have answered the thirst to hear a new book while riding. I enjoy listening to non-fiction in the car. The last book I listened to was The Power of Habit.


4.  Any local library. I love to scan the books on display, every library displays books differently, which means I might find something new. I enjoy seeing the different buildings and visiting with the librarians.
5.  Any porch with a hammock or back porch swing. Porches are built for reading and relaxing. But a porch or deck overlooking a beach, garden or forest is a good place, especially when reading a book that a friend has recommended just for you.
6.  Sometimes if I’m reading a book I cannot put down, I read through breakfast. It means that I’m so engrossed in the book I was reading when I went to sleep that I can’t wait to get back to it. I like this to happen, like anyone else!
7.  At camp. This is a special place to read with the sound of the water, if there is water along with the warmth and scent that cabin gives you. I would be reading the works of Jodi Picoult.
8.  Bed. This is where I do much of my reading. This is where I read myself to sleep. I remember reading Suddenly, The Cider Didn’t Taste So Good in this spot.


I look forward to reading some new books on my list This Cider Still Tastes Funny and Blue Lights In The Night in these spots.


I’m sure you have your own perfect places to read in any season.
Ginni Nichols, Young Adult Librarian

New Books At The Library


And the mountains echoed by Khaled Hosseini.  Here is a multi-generational family saga that follows a close-knit but oft-separated Afghan family through love, wars, and losses more painful than death.
The apple orchard by Susan Wiggs.  When a woman inherits half a hundred-acre apple orchard to be shared with a half-sister she never knew she had, she discovers the pleasures of family and love.
Best kept secret by Jeffrey Archer.  In the third installment of this family saga, the focus shifts to a new generation – Sebastian, the son of Harry and Emma Clifton.
The best of us by Sarah Pekkanen.  A touching tale of college friends whose happily ever afters aren’t as perfect as they might have once expected.
Crossing Purgatory by Gary Schanbacher.  This striking tale chronicles one momentous year in the life of a plainsman on the eve of the American Civil War.
Dead ever after by Charlaine Harris.  The telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse searches for the truth about the death of a former barmaid.
Flora by Gail Godwin.  In 1945, a bereft 10 year old girl is waiting out a polio scare on a North Carolina Mountaintop.
The golem and the jinni by Helene Wecker.  The title characters land in 1899 New York, where their magic often makes more sense than the ways of the humans with whom they now live.
Goldenland past dark by Chandler Smith.  Part dark fantasy, part magical realism but all about a 16 year old hunchback and his role in a circus.
If the shoe fits by Sandra Bricker.  A 20-something heroine simultaneously chases the holy grail of successful career accomplishments and a Prince Charming in this fairy tale romance.
Life after life by Jill McCorkle.  The novel centers on the colorful residents of Pine Haven retirement Center in a small town in North Carolina.
Midnight at Marble Arch by Anne Perry.  The Victorian sleuths Charlotte and Thomas Pitt investigate a horrific rape and apparent suicide.
Motherland by William Nicholson. A powerful story of a love triangle set in England, France, India, and Jamaica against the backdrop of World War II.
The Ophelia cut by John Lescroat.  Dismas Hardy must defend his brother-in-law, who is accused of killing his daughter’s rapist.
Palisades Park by Alan Brennert.  A literate, thoughtful saga covering half a century in the life of a family whose world centers on a New Jersey amusement park.
Silken preyby John Sandford.  Lucas Davenport is drawn into the investigation of a Minnesota political scandal and the disappearance of an operative.
Someday, someday, maybe by Lauren Graham.  A young actress tries to make it in New York City.
A step of faith by Richard Paul Evans.  In the fourth book of the “Walk” series, Alan faces new challenges on his walk to Key West.
A tale for the time being by Ruth Ozeki.  The author explores big themes as her characters, a teenager in Japan and an author in Canada, are linked by a diary that washes ashore.
The view from Penthouse B by Elinor Lipman.  This novel is a funny, tender story of two middle-aged sisters forced by circumstances to move in together.
Wash by Margaret Wrinkle.  A Revolutionary War veteran and his slave are locked in an intimate battle of wills in this tender novel, which is both redemptive and affirming.
The woman upstairs by Claire Messud.  The quiet life of a teacher and frustrated artist is upended by her friendship with a glamorous couple and their son.
Zero hourby Clive Cussler.  Kurt Austin, Joe Zavala, and the rest of the NUMA team search for a physicist’s machine, buried in an ocean trench that can cause deadly earthquakes.
Zero Dark Thirty (2012) starring Jessica Chastain
The heiress (1949) starring Olivia de Havilland and Montgomery Clift
Teddy Bear (2012) starring Kim Kold
Roseanne: the completefirst season (1988) starring Roseanne and John Goodman
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) starring Charles Laughton and Clark Gable
Wild River (1960) starring Montgomery Clift and Lee Remick
A little romance (1979) starring Laurence Olivier and Diane Lane
Adultingby Kelly Brown.  The author sketches the elusive formula for a successful coming-of-age in her cleverly organized guide for 20-somethings.
The Athena doctrine by John Gerzema.  How feminine values of nurturing, listening, and collaborating are redefining success for both genders.
The Battle Hymn of the Republic by John Stauffer.  A biography of the song that marches on, written by Gardiner’s own Julia Ward Howe.
Bunker Hillby Nathaniel Philbrick.  Eighteen months in pre-Revolutionary Boston, and the events leading up to the Battle of Bunker Hill.
Dad is fatby Jim Gaffigan.  Life with five kids in a two-bedroom New York City apartment.
Days that I’ll remember by Jonathan Cott.  Spending time with John Lennon and Yoko Ono.  A decades-long friend of John and Yoko presents an intimate account of the couple’s relationship that reveals the profoundly positive influence of Ono on Lennon and the ways they inspired each other creatively before the latter’s death.
Here is where by Andrew Carroll. Learn about discovering America’s great forgotten history.
I promise not to suffer by Gail Storey.  A fool for love reluctantly follows her fiancé on a hike of the Pacific Crest Trail.
Love with a chance of drowning by Torre DeRoche.  A charming memoir of how an Australian woman with a neurotic fear of the ocean set sail across the Pacific with her Argentinean lover.
Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted by Jennifer Armstrong.  The juicy, entertaining and informative behind-the-scenes story of the great American sitcom that left a lasting influence on popular TV – The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
My next step by Dave Liniger.  A businessman fights back from a staph infection that paralyzed him.
Route 1: Maine.  The only guide you will need to enjoy the iconic road trip from Kittery to Fort Kent – and the best places to visit, stay, and eat along the way.
Saving Italy by Robert Edsel.  The Allied effort to prevent the retreating German Army from stealing the treasures of Italian art.
Simple joys of grandparenting by Abigail Gehring.  Stories, rhymes, recipes, games, crafts, and more.
Slow family living by Bernadette Noll.  A guide to rediscovering the meaning and contentment of day-to-day family life offers 75 ideas for connecting with family that make the most of shared time and strive to strengthen family relationships.
Work with me by Barbara Annis.  This discusses the blind spots between men and women in business.
Notes from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, and New York Times Book Review

What are you reading?

I would highly recommend Stephen King’s 11/22/63.  It is the story of time traveling and what may have happened if we were able to stop Lee Harvey Oswald before he assassinated JFK.  Would there be a “butterfly” effect” that would change history so dramatically, that things could be even worse?  Very interesting premise!
Anne Davis, Library Director


I just finished reading The Light Between Oceans: a Novel by M. L. Stedman. The setting is a remote lighthouse off the coast of Western Australia.  Poor choices are made concerning a rescued infant which bring heartbreak to two families.  The author provides a realistic conclusion, although perhaps not the one readers expect.
Charlene Wagner, Children’s Librarian


I have been once again perusing a series by Michael Heatley about the backgrounds and stories behind famous songs.  The three books are Behind the Song: The stories of 100 Great Pop and Rock Classics, The Girl in the Song: The True Stories Behind 50 Rock Classics and The Boy in the Song:The True Stories Behind 50 Rock Classics.  How else would I know that “Killing me softly with his song” – made famous by Roberta Flack – was written about Don McLean?  “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” by Crosby, Stills, and Nash is of course about Judy Collins. How about the fact that “I will always love you”, written and made popular by Dolly Parton and again sung by Whitney Huston, was about Dolly’s leaving her musical partnership with her mentor, Porter Wagoner?  Check out these books for the inside story behind the relationship between writer and the famous songs.
Scott Handville, Assistant Director


I have just finished a wonderful Young Adult graphic novel Peanut by Ayun Halliday & Paul Hoppe, which got a starred review from the review magazines, School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly. The story tells about a new girl named Sadie who is has just started a new school. Sadie is trying to fit into her new school and in doing so, decided to fake a peanut allergy. Wonderful characters that teens can easily relate to, this book helps with moral choices, peer pressure, and friendships that teens struggle with daily. Sure wished this book had been around when I was a teen, maybe it would have helped me navigate those difficult teen years.


Ginni Nichols, Young Adult Librarian


What am I reading now?  Good question!  I have several things going . . . I am reading Broken by Kelley Armstrong – this is the sixth book in her Women of the Otherworld series.  This title is another fun addition to the series.  The title at the top of my TBR (to be read) pile is Neferet’s Curse, by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast.  This is their newest installment in the House of Night series.  If you hadn’t guessed, I am a series reader, and I love the chance to visit with old friends (characters) and meet new as series progress. 


Ann Russell, Technology Librarian

So . . . What Are You Reading??

Librarians, Avert Your Eyes…. Recycled Book Crafts!!!!!

There is a secret lurking deep in the crafting blogs and Pinterest boards of this internet, one that will send shivers up the spine of any reputable librarian……. books are being used as a medium for art!!!! For those librarians and book lovers who aren’t made of stronger stuff, we suggest you avert your eyes for the remainder of this post.

There are wreaths:
Wall Art:
 Mod Podge Art:
And, they’ve even been used in carpentry projects:
What is the world coming to??!
However much we would like to publicly denounce these vile book crafts, we do recognize that there are times when books do reach a stage age of wear and begin to fall apart…..and then what do you do with them? We suppose crafting could be a suitable option. That is *IF* the books are yours (and not taken out from a library) and *IF* they are no longer suitable to read because of their condition (or if you have a particular dislike for the book/author… well, have at it!). Feel free to take out books from our library ABOUT crafting… we just ask that you not craft with our books, if you please. 🙂
If you are interested in more art to do with recycled books, a simple google search will bring up plenty of options. Also, Pinterest is a great place to get ideas on a whole variety of crafting topics!!
*Missy is an assistant librarian as the Gardiner Library and currently hosts a weekly craft time at 11:15 in the Children’s Room.*

Marcel Marceau

It is always enlightening to learn something about a person which changes ones entire perspective about who that individual truly was.
My perception of the legendary mime, Marcel Marceau, was that of a talented performer who’d enjoyed a long career of entertaining audiences around the world.  And although this was correct, he was so much more.  Born Marcel Mangel, a Jew, in Strasbourg, France, he joined the French underground during WW II and was instrumental in rescuing hundreds of Jewish children by leading them out of France over the high Alps to the safety of Switzerland. He also altered the identity cards of children so they would appear too young to be sent to the labor camps and certain death.
Learn more about this actor “without words” in the book Monsieur Marceau by Leda Schubert, illustrated by Gerard Dubois or Marcel Marceau: Master of Mime by Gloria Spielman, illustrated by Manon Gauthier.  Both books are located in the children’s room.
 Charlene Wagner, Children’s Librarian

Off on a trip . . .

When I set off on a vacation, particularly to a place I have never been to before, I enjoy borrowing travel books so I can have the lay of the land and major “hot spots” already in my mind.  The library has many volumes of travel books such as Fodor’s, Frommer’s, and Idiot’s Guides to help you plan and think about your trip way before you actually arrive and begin to make those decisions on the spur of the moment.

I was saved during my first trip to Disney World by these guides.  Without them I would have had no idea where to begin – from which hotel to stay at to which restaurant I might enjoy trying to which theme ride should be tops on my list.  I think I would have literally been wandering around for hours without a real goal just trying to make a decision.
If a trip is in your future – whether it be a cruise, a business trip, a trip to Gettysburg or to Disney World – stop by and borrow a travel guide.  It will make your trip so much easier.
BTW, my top picks for theme rides at Disney are Soarin’, any of the 3D movies, World Showcase Pavilions, Tower of Terror , and Expedition Everest.
Scott Handville, Assistant Director

Children’s Room isn’t for children any more!

This is for those adults who do not adventure up into the children’s room, thinking there is nothing there for them. Do I have an author for you!

Phillip Hoose is an amazing children’s writer who lives in Portland, Maine. He has a list of books that he have been published and one that stands out in the library world is The Race to Save the Lord God Bird (2004). This book received the Lupine Award, an award given to an outstanding children’s book with a Maine connection.

Phillip Hoose has a new book coming out in July 2012 that explores another story about a bird referred to as the Moonbird. B95 is a shorebird that was banded in 1995. This bird has flown the distance to the moon and halfway back during its astoundingly long lifetime of nearly 20 years – hence its name. “Meticulously researched and told with inspiring prose and stirring images, this is a gripping, triumphant story of science and survival,” says the Kirkus Review. The book includes photographs, source notes, bibliography and an index.

We anxiously await the arrival of Phillip Hoose’s book. Check his books online and reserve a copy or come into the library. We’d love to see you.

Book jacket illustrations found at Google Images.

What are you reading right now?

Several years ago I watched an HBO movie on the life of Temple Grandin, a woman born with severe autism, who became a PhD professor at Colorado State University.  When I read a recent review for a new children’s book about this remarkable woman I knew it was one we should have in our collection.
Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World, by Sy Montgomery is truly a memorable story for children as well as for adults.
                                       Charlene Wagner, Children’s Librarian


The question was asked, “What are you reading right now?” Well, my life at this time is a little to busy to finish a book. So I will tell you what I have been trying to read lately. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green is a new novel for Teens. It is about a girl with cancer named Hazel and a boy named Augustus. It has love, illness, Indianapolis, Amsterdam and all kinds of stuff.  I would love to catch you reading this book.
                                                              Ginni Nichols, YA Librarian


Of the several titles I have finished recently, Craft Activism: people, ideas and projects from the new community of handmade and how you can join in, by Joan Tapper was full of fun and interesting information.  This book has patterns, as well as interesting background about several crafting groups in the United States.  I found fascinating, some of the community art projects in the book. Truly a fun and colorful read!
                                                   Ann Russell, Technology Librarian
All of the titles mentioned are items owned by the Gardiner Public Library.  Check the website, or give us a call, and we will hold the item for you.
All of the book jacket illustrations were found as Google images.