FCPL Summer Reading ends 8/13

FCPL’s 2021 Summer Reading Adventure is underway. You have about three more weeks to get entered and complete your reading log and the other online challenges. Once you do, you will be entered to win some great prizes, including gift certificates and Nats tickets!

Feeling creative? FCPL is also hosting a Teen Cover Art Contest and a Teen Film Festival. Deadline for submissions for these two contests is September 1. Go forth and create! (Or, sit quietly and read!)

New TAB Schedule for 2021-2022

The Fairfax County Public Library has new operating hours:

Mon – Wed, 10am to 9pm

Thu – Sun 10am to 6pm

This means our regular Thursday evening timeslot is no longer an option. So, Wednesday it is! We will keep the 7-8:30 timeframe. We will meet in person at least once a month, the 2nd Wednesday of the month – beginning with August 11th. At this first meeting we will have snacks, make a new bulletin board display for the Teen area, and plan for the year ahead. If you like, you can also come prepared to share your favorite Woden/Odin-connected book/series in honor of our new meeting day.

FCPL Magazine Looking for Ideas

The Fairfax County Public Library’s quarterly magazine, Branch Out, is looking for ideas for its upcoming issues. Specifically, they want to know what ideas Teens would like to see discussed. Here’s a link to the current issue of Branch Out so you can see what sorts of articles they usually include. This issue is all about the 2021 Summer Reading Challenges: Branch Out | Library (fairfaxcounty.gov)

If you have an idea for a future one-time article or an article series, leave a comment or send a note to the main TAB email address and let us know what you think.

Manga Recommendations – part 2

*Volume 1 of the following series is available at Reston Regional Library

*Various volumes may be available in different libraries

Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

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Breaking the laws of nature is a serious crime!

In an alchemical ritual gone wrong, Edward Elric lost his arm and his leg, and his brother Alphonse became nothing but a soul in a suit of armor. Equipped with mechanical “auto-mail” limbs, Edward becomes a state alchemist, seeking the one thing that can restore his and his brother’s bodies…the legendary Philosopher’s Stone.

Alchemy: the mystical power to alter the natural world; something between magic, art and science. When two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, dabbled in this power to grant their dearest wish, one of them lost an arm and a leg…and the other became nothing but a soul locked into a body of living steel. Now Edward is an agent of the government, a slave of the military-alchemical complex, using his unique powers to obey orders…even to kill. Except his powers aren’t unique. The world has been ravaged by the abuse of alchemy. And in pursuit of the ultimate alchemical treasure, the Philosopher’s Stone, their enemies are even more ruthless than they are… 

Noragami by Adachitoka

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Y.ato is a homeless god. He doesn’t even have a shrine, not to mention worshippers! So to achieve his ambitious goals, he’s set up a service to help those in need (for a small fee), hoping he’ll eventually raise enough money to build himself the lavish temple of his dreams. Of course, he can’t afford to be picky, so Yato accepts all kinds of jobs, from finding lost kittens to helping a student overcome bullies at school

Black Butler by Yana Toboso

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Just a stone’s throw from London lies the manor house of the illustrious Phantomhive earldom and its master, one Ciel Phantomhive. Earl Phantomhive is a giant in the world of commerce, Queen Victoria’s faithful servant … and a slip of a twelve-year-old boy. Fortunately, his loyal butler, Sebastian, is ever at his side, ready to carry out the young master’s wishes. And whether Sebastian is called to save a dinner party gone awry or probe the dark secrets of London’s underbelly, there apparently is nothing Sebastian cannot do. In fact, one might even say Sebastian is too good to be true .. or at least, too good to be human …

I hope this month’s blog posts were enjoyable and helpful!

Wholesome Books

A Man Called One by Fredrik Backman

A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door. 

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell, but must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

So, then. You want a story and I will tell you one…Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and stepmother in the small village of Shadbagh. Their father, Saboor, is constantly in search of work and they struggle together through poverty and brutal winters. To Abdullah, Pari – as beautiful and sweet-natured as the fairy for which she was named – is everything. More like a parent than a brother, Abdullah will do anything for her, even trading his only pair of shoes for a feather for her treasured collection. Each night they sleep together in their cot, their heads touching, their limbs tangled. One day the siblings journey across the desert to Kabul with their father. Pari and Abdullah have no sense of the fate that awaits them there, for the event which unfolds will tear their lives apart; sometimes a finger must be cut to save the hand. Crossing generations and continents, moving from Kabul, to Paris, to San Francisco, to the Greek island of Tinos, with profound wisdom, depth, insight and compassion, Khaled Hosseini writes about the bonds that define us and shape our lives, the ways in which we help our loved ones in need, how the choices we make resonate through history and how we are often surprised by the people closest to us.

Notes:

  • All books can be picked up at Reston Regional Library.
  • All descriptions are from the respective book.