Young Adult programs in July

As we all start our countdowns to summer and vacations, here’s a reminder that there will be lots of fun stuff going on at the Franklin Township Public Library this summer. The July calendar of events for young adults, ages 10 and up is now available online. Click on the “July Calendar” tab at the top of the blog for links to the Library’s July programs.

Reading Buddies Registration is closed

Over the past several weeks there has been tremendous interest in the 2014 Summer Reading Buddies Program.  As a result, the Library is NO LONGER accepting applications.  Registration and waiting lists are full for both Teen and Little Buddies at this time.  All accepted applicants will be notified around June 12th 2014.

Teen Buddies Registration Closed!

The Library is NO LONGER accepting Teen Buddies applications for the 2014 Summer Reading Buddies Program.  Accepted teen applicants will be notified around June 12, 2014.

2014 Summer Reading Buddies

It is time to apply for the Franklin Township Public Library’s 2014 Summer Reading Buddies Program.  This 6-week program takes place Monday evenings, at the Main Library – Children’s Department (July 7th – August 11th).  Reading Buddies is a social program that promotes literacy through paired reading.  Teens earn volunteer credit by helping young readers develop confidence in their reading and comprehension skills.  Paired one hour reading sessions allow teens the opportunity to become mentors, and young readers the chance to make new friends while reading. 

Please visit the Reading Buddies page at the top of the blog for more information.

Applications are available Thursday May 1, 2014.  Space is limited, and the deadline for all applications is Thursday, June 12, 2014!

Did you know today was author Ronald Koertge’s birthday?

RonaldKoertge_April22Ronald Koertge is famous for his angst-filled, fast-paced, witty, realistic fiction.  His often offbeat characters, frank depictions of teenage life, and humorous dialogue make these coming-of-age stories engaging for teen readers.  Koertge explores themes of friendship, self-acceptance, death, young love, and family relationships.  He is not afraid to touch upon controversial subjects in his stories.


Have you read any of these:

Stoner & Spaz

Boy Girl Boy


Fans of Ronald Koertge’s writing might also enjoy the works of Ned Vizzini, such as:

The Other Normals

It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Be More Chill

Did you know today was author T. A. Barron’s birthday?

taBarron_Birthday_March26T. A. Barron is famous for writing fast paced, action-filled, world building fantasy fiction.  Most stories are heroic quests filled with twists on Arthurian legends, and other myths.

Have you read any of these:

The Lost Years of Merlin (The Lost Years of Merlin series)

Child of the Dark Prophecy (Greater Tree of Avalon series)

Atlantis Rising

Continue reading Did you know today was author T. A. Barron’s birthday?

Did you know today was author Ralph Fletcher’s birthday?

Ralph Fletcher is a writer of children’s picture books, young adult fiction, and poetry.   

Have you read any of these?

The Sandman

Flying Solo

Poetry Matters: Writing a Poem From the Inside Out

Young Adult reader’s that enjoy works by Ralph Fletcher,

might also like the works of Paul Fleischman:



Bull Run

The Borning Room

Happy Pi Day!

Here are some fun facts about Pi (3.14) that you may not have pi-pieknown:


  • Pi (Π) is the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet.

  • Pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter (Π = c/d)

  • Π became the commonly used symbol for Pi around 1706 thanks to Mr. William Jones.

  • Π has no exact value.

  • Chao Lu (of China) holds the Guinness World Record for memorizing & reciting the digits of Π up to 67,890 places (as of November 20 2005).


Free SAT Review @ the Library!

The Franklin Township Public Library is happy to welcome back Ameer Sohrawardy, an assistant professor of English Literature at Rutgers University – Newark, with more than 10 years of experience as an SAT instructor.  Professor Sohrawardy will be presenting successful strategies that students can use to confidently handle both the written and essay portions of the SAT exam.  Continue reading Free SAT Review @ the Library!

“Beware the Ides of March”

The Ides of March is approaching…

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Find out what hysterical, tragic, romantic, and devious twists await Shakespeare’s characters.

Stop by the Main Library and check out the Young Adult Room Display highlighting some of the Bard’s famous works.


Happy Reading!