Explore the Art of Writing With YA Author Jessica Brody

Have you ever wanted to see your name on the cover of a book? In the credits at the end of a movie? This is the perfect program for learning how to get pen to paper and writing the story that is stuck in your head!

Explore the Art of Writing is a three-part writing workshop taught by bestselling YA author Jessica Brody. You’ll learn to write exciting plots, memorable settings, and awesome characters at these interactive sessions. Reserve your spot today!

Explore the Art of Writing
Thursdays: March 30, April 6, and April 13
Douglas County Libraries in Castle Pines
Registration is required

Some of Brody’s books include:

52 Reasons to Hate My Father

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A Week of Mondays

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The Unremembered trilogy, which is being turned into a film in 2018.

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Explore your inner writer! Register for the workshop today.



Teen Photo Contest Is Back!



2014 First Place Photo by Elle McCombs
2014 First Place Photo by Elle McCombs


After a three-year break, the Teen Photography Contest is back at Douglas County Libraries in Castle Rock, Philip S. Miller (PSM)! Whether you’re an aspiring photographer or you just like snapping pics, we want your photos! We’re accepting entries from March 27-April 1.


To register, bring your photo to the Aloha Teen Tower at the PSM branch in both a print and digital format. Entries will only be accepted from March 27-April 1.

Starting April 2, visit the 2017 Teen Photo Contest blog or stop by the library in person to view all the photos and vote on your favorites. Winners will be selected based on popular vote and by a panel of judges. Prizes will be awarded at the Awards Reception in the Aloha Teen Tower on Tuesday, May 2.

You can view and print the 2017 Teen Photography Contest Rules here, pick up a copy in the Aloha Teen Tower prior to submitting your entry, or email me at cdavidson@dclibraries.org to request a copy.

Now go take some photos!

New This Month: March 2017

Try a new book while you are enjoying spring break!



The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz

The first day of senior yearEverything is about to change. Until this moment, Sal has always been certain of his place with his adoptive gay father and their loving Mexican-American family. But now his own history unexpectedly haunts him, and life-altering events force him and his best friend, Samantha, to confront issues of faith, loss and grief. Suddenly, Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and discovering that he no longer knows who he really is. But if Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he?






The End of Oz by Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die series #4)

Dorothy Gale was buried when the Emerald Palace crashed to the ground; Ozma has been restored to the throne. But girls from Kansas are harder to kill than you’d think. Now Amy Gumm is following the Road of Yellow Brick toward the mysterious land of Ev, where the Nome King rules a bleak and angry world. Surprise! He has a gingham-clad bride. And the line between good and wicked is blurring.






The White Road of the Moon by Rachel Neumeier

Imagine you live with your aunt who hates you so much she’s going to sell you into a dreadful apprenticeship. Imagine you run away before that can happen. Imagine that you can see ghosts — and talk with the dead. People like you are feared, even shunned. Now imagine the first people you encounter after your escape are a mysterious stranger and a ghost boy who seem to need you desperately, though you don’t understand who they are or exactly what they want you to do. So you set off on a treacherous journey, with only a ghost dog for company. And you find that what lies before you is a task so monumental that it could change the world.



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New This Month: February 2017

Here are six of the many new titles Douglas County Libraries added this month. Check them out!

piecingmetogetherPiecing Me Together by Renee Watson 

Jade believes she must get out of her neighborhood if she’s ever going to succeed. Her mother says she has to take every opportunity, and she has. She accepted a scholarship to a mostly white private school and even Saturday morning test prep opportunities. But some opportunities feel more demeaning than helpful, like the invitation to join Women to Women, a mentorship program for “at-risk” girls. Except really, it’s for black girls. From “bad” neighborhoods.

Jade doesn’t need support. And just because her mentor is black doesn’t mean she understands Jade. Maybe there are some things Jade could show these successful women about the real world and finding ways to make a real difference.

Friendship, race, privilege, identity — this compelling and thoughtful story explores the issues young women face.



tragickindofwonderfulA Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom

For 16-year-old Mel Hannigan, bipolar disorder makes life unpredictable. Her latest struggle is balancing her growing feelings in a new relationship with her instinct to keep everyone at arm’s length. When a former friend confronts Mel with the truth about how their relationship ended, deeply buried secrets threaten to come out and upend her shaky equilibrium.

As the walls of Mel’s compartmentalized world crumble, she fears the worst — that her friends will abandon her if they learn the truth about what she’s been hiding. Can Mel bring herself to risk everything to find out?



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App Alert: Teen Book Finder

TeenBookFinderAppIf you are one of those people who does not find the “thrill of the hunt” all that thrilling, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) just released a tool to help you.

YALSA’s new Teen Book Finder is available online and as an app. Both formats are conveniently searchable, but my favorite part is how easy it is to access and peruse lists of YA award winners. If you are not familiar with these awards, or just do not have time for potentially underwhelming reading material, start with these for lists of quality teen lit.

  • The Alex Awards: These awards are given to books that are technically written for adults but have particular appeal to readers ages 12-18. Ten books are honored per year.
  • The Margaret A. Edwards Award: Think of the Edwards as the lifetime achievement award for the YA literature world. Instead of specific book titles, one author and his or her whole body of work is honored per year. Some past winners include greats like Judy Blume, Gary Paulsen, and Lois Lowry.
  • The Michael L. Printz Award: The Printz Award is your basic all-around gold medal. According to YALSA, it is awarded to books that “exemplify literary excellence in young adult literature.” One winner is chosen from a short list of five titles.
  • The William C. Morris Debut YA Award: If the full title of the Morris Award led you to believe it is presented to the teen work of a first-time author, you were right!
  • The Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production: If you prefer to listen to your literature, the Odyssey has you covered with one winner and three honorees per year.

If awards are not your thing, you can use the online tool and app to search non-award book lists, as well, using more standard search terms like “author” or “genre.”

Happy hunting!