September 24 -30: Fairfax County Public Library Digital Programs

Some Digital Events for teens that you may be interested in.


A league for young gamers to get together via Zoom and play games like DOTA 2, Fortnite, OverWatch and League of Legends. A biweekly get together where we discuss gaming, safe practices, and league ev…

Date: Monday, September 28, 2020

Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Location: Kings Park Library


Jennifer Eubank combines breathing, poses, mindfulness and meditation in this session. An invitation to join this virtual class will be emailed 1-2 days prior to the start time. Teens-Adults. (R)

Date: Monday, September 28, 2020

Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by reading some wonderful books by and about the Latinx community! Our Teen Services librarian will highlight teen books that have won the Pura Belpre award.

Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Time: 3:00pm – 3:30pm


Jennifer Eubank combines breathing, poses, mindfulness and meditation in this session. An invitation to join this virtual class will be emailed 1-2 days prior to the start time. Teens-Adults.

(R)Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Time: 10:00am – 11:00am


Gather “in-the-round” with other crochet enthusiasts! Virtually, of course. Practice a new technique or stitch each week, share projects, and learn from each other! Perfect for those looking…

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Location: Richard Byrd


An round table reading program for parents and children via Zoom. We will read aloud books together, starting with a series of short stories. Open to newcomers!

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Location: Kings Park Library

Review: Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Serpent & Dove - (Serpent & Dove, 1) By Shelby Mahurin (Hardcover) : Target

In old-timey France, witches are the vermin of the street. Men trained to kill them are all over the place, with blue jackets, and the title of Chasseurs. Reid Diggory is one of them, and he has sworn his life to exterminating the witches of France. What he doesn’t know is that he is married to one. Lou is a Dame Blanche, a white witch, and her mother is the most powerful one of them all, which is why Lou is running from her. When Lou is caught stealing a magical ring, she is forced to marry Reid or face the punishment.

Of course, as a hidden witch and a witch hunter, they barely tolerate each other in the beginning. That is until they start to warm up to each other with the help of a Chasseur in training, Ansel. With Lou’s mother on the loose and the Archbishop of the Chasseurs hiding a secret, they are constantly in danger. Can they protect each other, or will Lou be lost forever?
           In this slow-burning enemies to lovers story, you will discover that perhaps differences aren’t such a bad thing. In the end, they may be the very thing that keeps you alive. Shelby Mahurin’s debut novel is full of everything you could ask for from a fantasy book: romance, magic, and hope. Serpent & Dove will force you to reevaluate your point of view and look at the world differently.

TAB Recommendations

Below are some of the books that Reston TAB members have read and enjoyed recently. The call numbers have been included so you can come and get them at Reston Regional Library! All summaries are taken from Novelist unless otherwise noted. Divergent (9780062024039): Veronica Roth: Books

Divergent, Veronica Roth (YSF ROT)
In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

An Enchantment Of Ravens - By Margaret Rogerson (Hardcover) : Target

An Enchantment of Ravens, Margaret Rogerson (YSF ROG)
A superbly skilled portrait artist who includes among her patrons the sinister, immortal fair folk who covet her talents, Isobel makes the terrible mistake of revealing an autumn faerie prince’s sorrow in his portrait, a choice that strands them both in a hostile land where they risk their lives to pursue forbidden feelings for each other.

Five Dark Fates (Three Dark Crowns, #4) by Kendare Blake

Five Dark Fates, Kendare Blake (First book: Three Dark Crowns) (YSF BLA)
In this conclusion to the Three Dark Crowns series, three sisters will rise to fight as the secrets of Fennbirn’s history are laid bare. Allegiances will shift. Bonds will be tested. But the fate of the magical island lies in the hands of its queens. It always has. Legend (9780142422076): Lu, Marie: Books

Legend, Marie Lu (YSF LU)
In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins | Waterstones

Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Suzanne Collins (YSF COLLINS SUZANNE)
In a prequel to “The Hunger Games,” eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow prepares to mentor the female tribute from District 12 in the tenth Hunger Games, with the fate of his family hanging on the slim chance that he can help her win the Games.

Hatchet (Reprint) (Paperback) By Gary Paulsen : Target

Hatchet, Gary Paulson (JFIC PAU)
After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents’
divorce. Avatar, The Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi (The Kyoshi  Novels Book 1) eBook: Yee, F. C., DiMartino, Michael Dante: Kindle Store

The Rise of Kyoshi, FC Yee (YFIC YEE)
A latest origin story follows the life of the longest-living Earth Kingdom-born Avatar, Kyoshi, detailing her humble origins, establishment of the Kyoshi Warriors and secret founding of the corrupt and nation-
destroying Dai Li.

The Toll | Book by Neal Shusterman | Official Publisher Page | Simon &  Schuster

The Toll, Neal Shusterman (First book: Scythe) (YSF SHU)
Citra and Rowan have disappeared. Endura is gone. It seems like nothing stands between Scythe Goddard and absolute dominion over the world scythedom. With the silence of the Thunderhead and the reverberations of the Great Resonance still shaking the earth to its core, the question remains: Is there anyone left who can stop him? The answer lies in the Tone, the Toll, and the Thunder.

Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

At the age of seven, Jude and her sisters were stolen away from the only life they knew by the man who murdered their parents. Taken to the High Court of Faerie, they grow up there, reminiscing about the human world. Ten years later, all Jude wants is to belong, but of course,
that isn’t possible as fey hate humans and use them as pets. The only way to belong in the courts is to enter the tournament and become a knight. With her sisters and ten years of training at her side, what could go wrong?

           Well, it turns out the answer is everything. Their “father” won’t let Jude enter the tournament, and what’s more, is that the youngest prince has taken a special interest in Jude – and not in a good way. Prince Cardan and his friends have taken it upon themselves to make Jude’s life as miserable as possible. So when Jude has to go against him, she must learn to face
the consequences of her actions.

           In this classic enemies to lovers story, Holly Black has created a world with hidden beauty, a world that Jude must now save. The Cruel Prince will test your patience as you wait to learn what the land of fey has in store for your new favorite character.

September 7 – 16: Fairfax County Public Library Digital Programs


Things are…not great. The good news is that you can learn how to reframe your thoughts and perspective to make life more enjoyable. Join us on Instagram Stories to practice turning the bad into good…Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Time: 3:00pm – 3:30pm


Jennifer Eubank combines breathing, poses, mindfulness and meditation in this session. An invitation to join this virtual class will be emailed 1-2 days prior to the start time. Teens-Adults. (R)Date:Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Time: 10:00am – 11:00am


Gather “in-the-round” with other crochet enthusiasts! Virtually, of course. Practice a new technique or stit ch each week, share projects, and learn from each other! Perfect for those looking…Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm


Get a crash course in resume-writing! After a presentation and Q&A, you can submit your resume to be proofread and returned. A Zoom invitation will be emailed to registrants one day before the eve…Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm


This month we are reading and discussing El Deafo by Cece Bell. Print copies available at the information desk for check out. Check the library’s digital collection for Ebook format if you prefer….Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm


Join TAB to gain leadership and volunteer experience and share your ideas about how to make the library a wonderful place for teens! Volunteer hours granted. Age 13-18. This is a virtual e…Date: Thursday, September 10, 2020

Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm


Don’t know a sourdough starter from active dry yeast? Don’t worry, we got you! In this program, we’ll introduce you to the basics of baking so that you can learn to experiment in the kitch…Date: Friday, September 11, 2020

Time: 3:00pm – 3:15pm


Learn and improve chess skills using online Lichess tactics. An invitation to join this virtual chess game will be emailed 1 day prior to the start time. Age 8 – Teen. (R)Date: Friday, September 11, 2020

Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm


Jennifer Eubank combines breathing, poses, mindfulness and meditation in this session. An invitation to join this virtual class will be emailed 1-2 days prior to the start time. Teens-Adults. (R)Date:Monday, September 14, 2020

Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm


It’s a harsh world out there. You might as well laugh at it. Our teen services librarian will give you some dark comedy recommendations to keep you sane. This program will go live on FCPL’s…Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Time: 3:00pm – 3:15pm


Join us for Latin dance with a video featuring DanceInTime performances and a documentary about the world-wide popularity of Salsa. The program also includes information on the history of the dances, …Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm


Jennifer Eubank combines breathing, poses, mindfulness and meditation in this session. An invitation to join this virtual class will be emailed 1-2 days prior to the start time. Teens-Adults. Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Time: 10:00am – 11:00am


Gather “in-the-round” with other crochet enthusiasts! Virtually, of course. Practice a new technique or stitch each week, share projects, and learn from each other! Perfect for those looking…Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Review: Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

On the futuristic planet of Laterre, humankind has gone backward in civilization. With three estates roaming around, most of the population falls into the Third Estate, or the working class. Chatine is one of them. She will do anything to get off of Laterre and keep herself alive, including hiding her true identity. As a boy named Theo, she is offered a reward by the general
of Laterre: spy on Marcellus, his grandson, and be granted transport off of the planet. What Chatine didn’t plan for was her feelings getting in the way.

           Marcellus, on the other hand, feels nothing for the boy he knows as Theo and instead is fascinated by Alouette, the mysterious girl who seems to appear randomly with no connection to anyone on Laterre. What he doesn’t know is that Alouette lives underground with her father and
the Sisters, who guard the last library on the planet. With new threats coming out and the future of their planet at risk, the three teenagers must find a way to fix the corrupt rule of the Regime.

           In this breath-taking retelling of Victor Hugo’s classic Les Miserables, Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell have created a story that will have you hanging on to its every word, hoping for the best.

Review: Joelle Charbonneau’s The Testing

The Testing (The Testing Trilogy Series #1) by Joelle Charbonneau ...

     In the future, The Seven Stages War has destroyed most of the planet. Only small areas have been revitalized, and it is all still in the works. To make sure that the future of the planet is in good hands, the government has set up The Testing. The Testing is these students’ one chance at a good education and career. Otherwise, they would be stuck in their colonies around the country, never to amount to much.

     When Cia is chosen as a candidate for The Testing, one of the first students to be chosen from her colony in a decade, she is ecstatic, excited to become a future leader of the United Commonwealth, just like her father. However, her father gives her some advice as she leaves, and it’s not all good. There seems to be a darker side of The Testing, plus the fact that all Testing candidates are never heard from again.

     Cia starts off to the capital city, trusting only one person – her friend from her colony, Tomas. As she and Tomas start to endure the horrors of The Testing and the candidates’ numbers start to dwindle, Cia soon starts to wonder if she can truly trust Tomas and her newly found friends or if she needs to leave them behind to survive.

     The Testing is a thrilling book, full of suspense, and perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent. Cia will quickly become one of your favorite characters, and you will watch and try to help guide her along her path. The Testing is a great story about love, adventure, and trusting yourself.

Review: Mariko Tamaki’s Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me


review by Emma Shacochis

Frederica “Freddy” Riley feels like she’s lucky. Her girlfriend, Laura Dean, is the girl of her dreams on paper: confident, popular, and beautiful. The only issue is that, almost every time a holiday rolls around, Laura finds a reason for the two of them to break up.

Frustrated by her devotion to Laura’s lies and infidelities, Freddy seeks help in the from emails to Anna Vice, an advice columnist; her group of best friends, none of whom are particularly keen on Laura themselves; and the Seek-Her, a fortune teller whose verdict on the situation is that Freddy must be the one to break up with Laura Dean. As she’s drawn in again and again by Laura’s charm, Freddy begins to feel more and more distant from her loved ones, her best friend Doodle (whose struggles she’s oblivious to), and her sense of self.

As a graphic novel, Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me features two elements that make the medium so enamoring: easy-to-read, naturalistic dialogue, and gorgeous illustrations. Mariko Tamaki has created a cast of characters that you’re allowed to see both sides of: like Laura Dean’s understandable draw and her dismissive abruptness, or Freddy’s happiness when she feels in love and the ways that her romantic relationship hurts the people who care about her. The dialogue between the high school-age characters flows well, without falling into the all-too-easy trap of stereotypes or buzzwords. The majority of the main characters fall on the LGBTQ+ spectrum, making the story less of a coming-out one and more about the difficulties that come with feeling “othered” by your identity. Among the dive into how abuse in same-sex relationships can be easier to overlook, Tamaki also addresses the frequent dismissal of those who don’t “come out right,” and how parental support plays such a large role in the comfort LGBTQ youth have in their own identities.

Rosemary Valero-O’Connell’s illustrations elevate the story further, as she adds beautiful shades of light pink among the typical black and white illustrations found in graphic novels. The characters are expressive in their joy and sadness, but Valero-O’Connell is also skilled at creating expressions that are hiding emotions, as Doodle draws away from Freddy or Freddy tries to play off her irritation at Laura. The quirky restaurants and stores that pepper the story’s setting in Berkeley, California (such as the organic restaurant Freddy works at, where all of the dishes are named from famous lesbians) all sport a unique, fun, and above all authentic charm. Freddy’s habit of sewing stuffed animal-hybrids is also made clear by the undeniable adorable mashups Valero-O’Connell fills her room with (a half-mermaid, half-Santa is a key player in one emotional scene).

For a story that doesn’t shy away from the angst and pain of unhealthy teenage relationships, Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me doesn’t wallow in pain. Instead, it builds to an ending that will leave readers with a sense of catharsis – and the message that no one is defined by being an “ex-” of someone else.

Fairfax County Public Library Digital Programs: August 11 – 21, 2020

compiled by Emma Shacochis

Spend your next two weeks online – with the library! These events, while no longer in person, are still being offered to provide Fairfax County teens with plenty of fun.

Cozy Crafts to Go: August 11-21, pick up at Great Falls Library

Grab one of three kits with instructions from Great Falls, and get crafty in your own home! Among the activities offered are pom-pom trees, magazine strip art, and a Harry Potter-style origami Sorting Hat.

Summer Photography Club – Mission: Places and Travel, August 11-21

Enter your best travel photos for FCPL’s slideshow! Submissions are accepted until August 21st, and the slideshow will be posted on the library’s YouTube channel at the end of the month.

Online Yoga, August 12 & 19, 10-11am

Begin your day with FCPL’s virtual yoga class, for teens and older! Register online to receive the Zoom code.

*Teen Advisory Board Meeting, August 13, 7-8pm*

Reston Regional’s next TAB meeting will be held this Thursday evening! Come discuss your summer reading and upcoming school year with us. Register online to receive the Zoom code.

Summer Writing Workshop, August 13 & 20, 3:30-4:30pm

Teen (aged 12-14) can share and get feedback on their writing through this online workshop hosted by McLean High School upperclassmen, as well as learn about opportunities to publish pieces on McLean’s The Highlander site. Register online to receive the Zoom code.

Teen Otaku Club, August 11, 4-5pm

Discuss your favorite manga or anime and participate in an activity with Pohick Regional’s Teen Otaku Club. Register online to receive the Zoom code.

Herndon Book Club, August 18, 6:30-7:30pm

Herndon’s Teen Book Club will be discussing the historical drama Between Shades of Gray at their next meeting. Register online to receive the Zoom code.

Superfight, August 21, 2-3pm

If you’re a fan of absurd mash-ups and playing “who would win in a fight,” join FCPL’s online Superfight tournament! Register online to receive the Zoom code.

You can register for all of these programs and more here.

Fun Book-Related Gifts!

Here are a couple of bookish gifts that are perfect for Christmas!

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  1.  Book Coffee Mug

This is the perfect bookish mug for the bibliophile at heart.

Good Luck Sock Women's Flying Books Socks - Black, Adult Shoe Size 5-9

2. Good Luck Socks

These are some super cute socks that any book lover would want!

3.Harry Potter Coloring Book

This coloring book is sure to amaze any Potterhead!

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4.Just One More Chapter Throw Pillow

This pillow is sure to express any book worm’s iconic lines!

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5.Book Light Reading Night Light

This night light is sure to keep any reader up all night!