2014 Nutmeg Award Winners!!

The 2014 Nutmeg Book Award Winners have been selected!  

Teen Winner- Divergent by Veronica Roth
High School Winner- Paper Towns by John Green

Reserve your copies today!  Don't forget to check out the new 2015 nominations!


Blind Date With a Book...

     Get fixed up on a blind date for Valentine's Day; with a book of course! After all, we are a library, not a dating service! However, here is your chance to get into some Valentine fun! Select a specially wrapped book that appeals to you from the Blind Date with a Book display in the Teen Area. Take it home, unwrap it, and snuggle up and read it. And, if you don't enjoy the book, there are no hurt feelings or awkward break-ups when you bring it back!


Collaborative Art Project

Throughout the month of January we will be working on a collaborative art project.  In the Teen Area you will find squares with a quarter of a circle on them.  Decorate a square however you wish.  You can use markers, crayons, colored pencils, etc.  Hand them in to the Reference Desk by January 31st.  I will put them all together and hang the finished product in the window of the Teen Area. I am really excited to see how it turns out!  Decorate your square today!


'Selfie' Earns International Word of the Year

   The word Selfie was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in August.  This week it became the International Word of the Year.  Do you use this word?  Do you think it is annoying?  A close runner up was 'twerk'. For those of you who don't know, a selfie is a picture taken of yourself. 



Read a Banned Book!

From The Merriam Webster Dictionary:  Ban- to prohibit especially by legal means ; also : to prohibit the use, performance, or distribution of Ban : Meaning an order that something not be done or used

The last week of September is Banned Books Week!  Stand up for your freedom to read whatever you choose!  Check out the display in the Teen Area for some of the most frequently challenged books.  You may recognize many of them from your school's Summer Reading lists!

What banned book did you choose?


Play Ball!

     MLB Live is back!  Come and join is for live baseball on the big screen.  Learn how to keep score on a scorecard and enjoy hot dogs and Cracker Jacks. T
     The Yankees take on the Angels today at 1:10 and on Wednesday, August 21st the Mets play the Braves at 1:10.
     All games are held in the Library's Community Room.  Hope to see you at a game!


The nominees to the 2013 Teens' Top Ten have been announced! Check them out!

     The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Readers ages 12-18 can vote on the nominations from August 15th-September 15th  through our web site.  Click here fore more information like a cool app you can download as well as complete book descriptions.  We own all of the titles.  Look in the Teen Area for the display!

     Are you reading the nominees?  Fill out the survey to the left!


It's Nutmeg Voting Time!

    Vote for your favorite 2013 Teen Nutmeg title this month!  Look for the poling station on the Nutmeg display in the Teen Area.   Please submit all ballots by Friday, April 26th.  The winner will be announced on Wednesday, May 1st.
     The 2014 Nutmeg nominees will be announced on Wednesday, May 15th.  This year there is a new category!  In addition to the Teen nominees (grades 7-8) there will be High School nominees (grades 9-12).

    What was your favorite Nutmeg book this year??


The Harry Potter Prequel!

     Did you know that JK Rowling wrote an 800 word story which takes place before the events in Harry Potter.  She wrote the tale for a charity event, it sold for £25,000 (that's about $37,000!) It is available here as well as a free download on Goodreads.  If you have not read the story or explored Goodreads yet, what are you waiting for??

What did you think of the story?


Duct Tape!!

Tonight is our duct tape workshop for Teens!  

All slots are filled, but perhaps you would like to try one of 
these fun designs at home!!  Please ask your parents first!

I love the duct tape wallpaper!!

What have you done with duct tape??


Author Event & Book Discussion: BLYTHE - Land of Wizards, Dragons and Elves

 Thursday, December 6th, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Collins Room

Wallingford authors Suriani Hostetler, Peter Jacunski and his daughters: Gabrielle, 13 and Kayla, 15 will be presenting their books and thoughts on the process of becoming an author. The family has written two fantasy books together, Blythe and One World. Learn about the writing, publishing, and promoting process as well as what it is like to write a book together as a family. Book content is appropriate for ages 10 and up. Whether you are fans of the book or an aspiring author yourself, come and join us for a fun filled evening.

2012 Teens' Top 10 Winner Announced!

Book groups nationwide suggested titles, teens all over the country voted for their favorites and the winners are…
  1. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  3. Legend by Marie Lu
  4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  5. What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
  6. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  7. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  8. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  9. Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  10. Abandon by Meg Cabot
Thanks to all who read the books and voted!  What do you think of the winners??

Wrestlemania Reading Challenge

     This year the Wallingford Public Library will once again be participating in the WWE Wrestlemania Reading Challenge.  The grand prize is a pair of tickets to Wrestlemania XXIX in New Jersey!  The Challenge is open to all students in grades 5-12.  Good Luck!

Contest Rules:
-Write a letter to your favorite WWE superstar that convinces them to read a book of your choice. 
-Pick up a Competitive Project Form from the Library (or download it here.)  Fill out the form.  Your letter must be written or typed on the back, it may be attached to the form. 
-Hand your completed Competitive Project Form and letter in to the Wallingford Library Information Desk by Thursday, November 1st.

If you would like us to help you with your letter you may stop by the Charlotte Collins Room on Wednesday, October 17th from 3:00-4:30.  We will have laptops for you to use.  Refreshments will be served.  Registration is encouraged. 

Banned Books!!

Happy Banned Books Week!!  Celebrate your freedom to read by checking out a book that some think you should not be able to.  If you click on the picture above it will bring you to a map of the United States and the book challenges from 2007-2011.  What are you waiting for??  Go read a banned book!!

What did you read?


Vote for the Teens' Top 10!

Voting is now open for YALSA's 2012 teens Top Ten!

Vote now through September 15th for your 3 favorite books!  The Teens' Top Ten will be announced during Teen Read Week, October 14-20, 2012.  View the 2012 list of nominated titles. All titles are available in the Teen Area.

Which are your favorites this year?


Altered Books!

We had so much fun at our last altered books workshop- we are doing it again!  Join us on Wednesday, June 27th from 2:00-4:00 and transform old books into your own personal story by painting, stamping, decoupage, tearing, cutting, and gluing!  All materials will be provided though you may want to bring photos or mementos from home to personalize your piece.  These recycled books are a great way to explore your creativity and create a lasting work of art.  They make great gifts and scrapbooks!   Join other teens in a relaxed, fun environment.   Here are some pictures of the creations from our May workshop.  Please register in advance for this workshop.  Hope to see you there!


Birthday Game

Post your scenario!

I am handcuffed to Pacman for life!


Teen Nutmeg Announcements

Congratulations to 2012 Teen Nutmeg Award Winner The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins!

And the 2013 nominees are…

  • The Accidental Genius of Weasel High by Rick Detorie

  • After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick

  • Bruiser by Neal Shusterman

  • Evolution, Me and Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande

  • The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

  • A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

  • Matched by Ally Condie

  • Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

  • The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

  • Trash by Andy Mulligan

Stop by the Teen Area today and grab one of the selections! Next year a new high school category will be added!

What do you think of the nominees??


Amazing Pictures!

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Teens' Top 10 Announced!

The votes have been tallied and the Teens' Top 10 results are in! Thanks to all who voted. Click on the image above for the official announcement video.

And the winners are...

1. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

3. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

4. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

5. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

6. Matched by Ally Condie

7. Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson

8. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

9. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

10. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer