Attention Teen Buddies!!

Volunteer letters & certificates of completion for the 2015 Reading Buddies program are still available for pick-up at the Main Library – Adult Reference Desk.  Applications for next summer’s program will be available around May 1, 2016!

Prize redemption deadline!!

The FTPL “Young Adults Escape the Ordinary” summer reading program ENDS on Monday, August 31, 2015.  Be sure to turn in all raffle tickets!  The grand raffle winners will be notified by phone on Friday, September 4, 2015.

Grand Raffle Prizes:

1. Kindle Fire e-Reader

2. Barnes & Noble gift card ($50.00)

3. Assorted prize bag


Prizes, Prizes, Prizes!

The prize showcase for the FTPL 2015 Summer Reading program “Young Adults Escape the Ordinary!” has recently been restocked!  Stop by the Main Library – Historical Room to see what’s been added.  Don’t forget to turn in all raffle tickets for the Grand Raffle drawing in September.  Good luck everyone, and happy reading!

Young Adults Escape the Ordinary!

This year’s summer reading theme for tweens & teens ages, 11 – 18 is “Young Adults Escape the Ordinary!”  Visit the Library’s website at (or click here) to register.  Prizes are on display in the Main Library – Historical Room showcase.  Earn prizes for every 250 pages you read this summer!

2015 Summer Reading theme!

Can you guess what the Library’s 2015 Teen Summer Reading theme is?

Check out the Main Library’s Teen Room and see our Puzzle Reveal Poster!  The last piece will be removed Friday.  Registration for the Library’s Summer Reading Programs begins on Monday, June 15, 2015.

Remember, you can earn prizes this summer for reading books for school.  ALL READING COUNTS!

Reading Buddies update!

Applications are no longer available for the Reading Buddies Program.  Individuals that already picked up an application have until Sunday, June 7th to apply!

YAY Club returns in June!

The Franklin Park Branch Young Adult Yarn (YAY) Club will meet Wednesdays this summer starting June 17!  For more information please visit the YAY Club tab at the top of the blog.

Reading Buddies Update!

The Library is now accepting applications for the Reading Buddies Program being held this summer.  Please see the “2015 Reading Buddies” tab at the top of the blog for details and deadlines!

Teens – Are you looking for volunteer opportunities this summer? Check out Reading Buddies at the Library!

Parents – Are you looking for a fun way to keep your little ones reading during the summer months? Check out Reading Buddies at the Library!

Reading Buddies Returns!

The Reading Buddies Program returns in summer 2015!

Please keep an eye out around May 1, 2015 for updates regarding applications and schedules for this popular program.

Not sure what to read next?


Did you know that we have a great selection of Young Adult books? Did you also know that lots of adults read YA too? This ever-changing collection has tons of great reads! If you’re looking for somewhere to start, we recommend checking out our YA Staff Pick Bookmarks, our Book Recommendation Pinterest board which incluces YA reading choices, and/or checking out YA award winning books which you can check out for free to see if it was worthy of winning an award.

Alex Awards
Michael L. Printz Awards
Garden State Teen Book Awards

And some other staff picks, all shelved in YA fiction:

Alanna* – Tamora Pierce (girl poses as boy to become a knight, talking cat)

Lonely Werewolf Girl – Martin Millar (what happens when a werewolf gets depressed)

Man Made Boy – Jon Skovron (Frankenstein’s son takes a roadtrip and invents the female version of Ultron)

Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman (the magical seedy underbelly of London and a poor guy who gets caught up in an assassination attempt)

Sabriel* – Garth Nix (girl has to rescue father and the kingdom from an army of the dead)

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green (heartbreaking, romantic, two teens with cancer setting out to accomplish a dream)

A Curse Dark as Gold – Elizabeth Bunce (an excellent retelling of Rumpelstiltskin)

Cinder* – Marissa Meyer (Cinderella is a cyborg, and it gets complicated)

Dealing with Dragons* – Patricia C. Wrede (a princess who wants no Prince Charming, and is her own hero)

The Goddess Test* – Aimee Carter (want to be the bride of Hades? There’s a series of tests for that)

Un Lun Dun – China Mieville (Alice in Wonderland meets Neverwhere… full of weird fun adventure and saving the world)

Evil Librarian – Michelle Knudson (school librarian is a demon and a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do to save her bestie and the school)

Pushing the Limits* – Katie McGarry (trauma, romance, the typical life of a bad-thing-happened teen)

The Here and Now – Ann Brashares (she’s s time traveler who can’t break the rules for fear of disaster, but…)

Leviathan – Scott Westerfeld (sci-fi, girl posing as boy, princes, crazy adventure ensues)

Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell (friendship can change your life, especially in high school)

Throne of Glass* – Sarah J. Maas (female assassin, crazy competition, magic, craziness – the 2nd book is even better)

The Maze Runner* – James Dashner (boy has amnesia, dropped into the middle of a maze with crazy monsters, lots of running, think Lord of the Flies but better)

Divergent* – Veronica Roth (dystopian novel with 5 factions, crazy choices and training, adventure. May want to stop after the first or second novel to avoid the emotional drama of Allegiant)

City of Bones* – Cassandra Clare (girl meets demon, boy kills demon, girl’s mom is kidnapped, girl gets sucked into angel/demon war and has cool powers. Way better than the movie)

Mairelon the Magician – Patricia C. Wrede (not a romance, historical fiction, girl posing as boy, spies) – has a sequel