Book Spotlight!

Today’s Book Spotlight is on The Sin-Eater’s Confession by: Isla J. Bick.

sineaterBen has always been a good kid. He consistently makes the best grades in class, he’s involved in numerous extracurricular activities, and he’s looking into getting early acceptance into Yale. By all accounts, his life is almost perfect. Except Ben is harboring a terrible secret that’s slowly eating him from the inside out.

Ben used to have a friend named Jimmy. Jimmy was always a little different. He was quiet, shy, and artsy. Everyone always made assumptions about him, but no one ever said anything outloud. That is, until he was found brutally murdered outside of a barn.

Ben knows who murdered Jimmy. At least, he thinks he knows. He was a silent witness to all of it, watching from the shadows. He knows about the stones, the hatchet, and the sad little sound Jimmy made before the life passed out of him. He saw it all and he didn’t stop it. And now he has to live with the consequences.

The Sin-Eater’s Confession is a dark book about morally grey decisions and trying to uncover the truth. It’s very tough to read sometimes because of a few very graphic scenes and the stream-of-consciousness writing style, but if you are interested in books about complex characters and hard situations, this might be a book you’d want to read. To reserve a copy, please fill out a book request form.

Book Spotlight!

Today’s book spotlight is on The Raven Boys by: Maggie Stiefvater.

the raven boys maggie stiefvaterBlue Sargent is from a family of psychics. Everyone in her household can do something pertaining to divination–except her. So she finds it alarming when she sees the spirit of a Raven boy (a student at Aglionby, the local all-boys’ school for wealthy families) and even more alarming when she finds out it means this boy is going to die soon and that she might be the cause of it.

Gansey is a Raven Boy through and through. His family is so rich, it’s obscene and he tends to flaunt it. However, Gansey’s got more on his mind than most of the other boys at his school. He’s obsessed with things like ley lines, magic, and a mysterious Welsh nobleman named Glendower who has been dead for hundreds of years. With his three friends in tow, Gansey spends most of his time looking for these things so that he can grant himself one wish. 

Interestingly enough, Gansey is also the boy that Blue knows is going to die soon. Against all odds, however, Blue finds herself entangled with Gansey and his Raven Boys. But what starts out as a simple search quickly turns into something much darker and deadlier than any of them could imagine.

The Raven Boys is a story about magic, adventure, and murder. But don’t expect everything to be wrapped by the end of the book. It’s the first in a new series by Maggie Stiefvater called The Raven Cycle. If you love paranormal mysteries, this is definitely the book for you. If you’d like to reserve a copy of this book, please fill out a book request form.

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Today’s Book Spotlight is on Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by: Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks.

Nothing-coverCharlie is sort of in a weird position. As the captain of the basketball team, he’s expected to be one of the cool jocks and date Holly, the captain of the cheerleading squad. He’s supposed to want to stuff the Nate and the other geeks in lockers and not hang out with them at all. But Holly is really scary and Nate has been his friend since childhood. 

It’s a weird situation and it gets even weirder when the cheerleaders and the geeks declare a club-funding war with Charlie smack dab in the middle of all of it. After an event that causes both clubs to lose their funding privileges, they expect Charlie to get them out of it. what ensues next is a crazy story about robots, chainsaws, and running away from home on Thanksgiving.

This graphic novel is a funny school story about friendship, learning to work together, and robots destroying each other. If you’re a fan of the quirky hilarity of the Scott Pilgrim series, you’ll definitely want to check this one out.  To reserve your copy, please fill out a book request form.

The Anime Club is Expanding

The West Baton Rouge Parish Library’s Anime Club hasn’t officially met yet, but I’ve been taking all of your anime requests into consideration. You wanted a lot of stuff we didn’t have access to, and we didn’t like that. So the Youth Services Department pulled some strings to partner with Funimation Entertainment in order to provide an even wider selection of anime for the club!

FUNimation_logoKeep the suggestions coming. I’ll provide a list of all the titles we can watch at the first meeting and you guys will be completely in charge on what to watch from there! This is all very exciting and I’m so happy to be providing this club for you!


The Teen Scene is Coming!

If you’ve been in the library, you definitely know that our YA area is lacking. The walls are boring and neutral, the shelves are old and crowded, and the space is tightly cramped. In addition to this, the furniture is old, ugly, and uncomfortable. It’s not a very welcoming place.

Fortunately for you, we have plans to completely change the YA section, and we’re going to do it how you want us to. This past Saturday, August 23, we met with a few teens from each of the local high schools to discuss how they wanted to change the space to make it more inviting for the teen crowd. During the next four months, the students will design and create a comfortable, welcoming,  and appealing community center where parish high school students can gather to study, work on group projects, read, or just hang out.

The students are doing pretty much everything on their own. They’ll be supervised by art teachers from the two high schools (Janeese Font and Christie Markins) as well as local artist Dan Swetman and the librarians in the youth services department. But aside from supervision, they’ll be managing and carrying out the project all on their own, just like they would if they were contractors working on a real job.

01There are a total of seven students working on the project. They are (from left to right): Allison Bodan, Sydni Tibbits, and Jacqueline Begue (all from Brusly High School), and Trevor Hopkins and Louis Cador, both from Port Allen High School. Not pictured are Kristen McElhaten of Brusly High and Jason Wade of Port Allen. The group consists of juniors and seniors who are especially gifted at art and who are dedicated to the project.

We are excited to begin work on this project. Check back on line and at the library periodically to see their progress. And who knows, maybe you can help change the library with skills of your own!


Book Spotlight!

Today’s Book Spotlight is on This Song Will Save Your Life by: Leila Sales.

save youElise Dembowski has it pretty rough. She’s never been a popular girl–infact, she’s been distinctly unpopular since fourth grade. She wanted to change all that in high school, so she tried to completely reinvent herself. The results were disastrous.

Now she’s sixteen years old, trying to get away from her past. But things are hard. She’s still weirder than ever and the bullying at school has only gotten worse. Things seem hopeless and Elise is convinced she’ll never be anything more than this disgusting, weird, pitiful teenager. At least, that’s what she thinks until she finds Start.

Start is an underground nightclub and it’s the first place where people there are nice to Elise. In fact, it’s the first place she feels like she could be somebody other than what everyone else at school sees. It is at Start where she learns about DJing and how she can turn her love of music into something that drives crowds wild.

This Song Will Save Your Life is a novel about learning to love who you are as a person. It has some pretty graphic scenes of and references to self-harm and bullying, so you might want to steer clear of this book if you are not in a place to read about it. However, it is ultimately an uplifting story about finding your place in life, even if it isn’t “popular.” To reserve a copy of this book, please fill out a book request form.

Book Spotlight!

Today’s Book Spotlight is on Every Day by: David Levithan.

everydayA wakes up in a completely different body every day. Boy, girl, rich, poor, fat, thin, sick, healthy, A has been everyone. This has been going on for as long as A can remember. It’s a lonely life, drifting from body to body, learning a new set of rules for a new life, but A has managed pretty spectacularly for the past sixteen years. That is, until A inhabits the body of a boy named Justin and meets his girlfriend Rhiannon.

Rhiannon is unlike anyone A has ever met before. She is beautiful, genuinely kind, and someone that A just can’t let go. Then, A does the unthinkable: A falls in love. From that moment on, A’s new purpose in life is to meet Rhiannon again, and A will use any and every body they wake up in to do it.

This starts to take a toll on A, Rhiannon, and the people whose body A inhabits. They start to remember things and it gets dangerous. A knows that they need to leave Rhiannon be and move on with their life, but it becomes harder and harder to do as A falls deeper and deeper in love with Rhiannon.

Every Day isn’t your average love story. The trials and tribulations A and Rhiannon go through are much more than your typical characters in a romance novel go through, and this novel tries to answer the question of whether true love can last through literally anything. If you like romance, drama, and thrills, then you might be interested in this book. It is also one of the nominees for the Louisiana Teen Reader’s Choice Awards. To reserve a copy, please fill out a book request form.