Teens, TGIMWTWTA. Do you need help decoding that acronym? Here’s the translation: Thank Goodness It’s My Week to Write This Article. It’s kind of like TGIF, but catchier and obviously a thousand times more thrilling. Back to my point…TGIMWTWTA! I have so much to tell you!
First, our 2023 “All Together Now” Teen Summer Reading Program at A.K. Smiley Public Library is right around the corner, and guess who’s invited? Little old you! Tied into our “All Together Now” theme of unity, friendship, and inclusion, we have an exciting line-up of free, in-person events for teens, including a book club (you’ll get a free copy of Sabaa Tahir’s Printz Award winner “All My Rage”), a teen test kitchen cookie-making experience, a teen-makers’ crafting/musical potluck gathering (with a free photo booth sponsored by Elevate the Night Photo Booths!), a teen-led conversation about representation in Young Adult literature, and more. And if you feel like burying yourself in books all summer, we’ve got you covered. Join our “All Together Now” summer reading challenge where you’ll have the chance to win excellent prizes based on the number of minutes you read…and we’ll be happy to pile on the books.
The action officially begins June 22nd and continues through August 3rd. Bring a friend or come solo and make a friend…you’ll find our full calendar of events, including registration links, at www.akspl.org/teens.
I have more good news. If you are at least sixteen years old, you could also apply to be a Summer Reading Program Teen Volunteer with us this summer, and earn community service hours while having fun and being awesome (a teen volunteer prerequisite). Find all the details and a link to an online application at www.akspl.org/teens, so just go ahead and bookmark this webpage already.
You didn’t think I was going to leave you without offering a YA book recommendation, did you? Never! Once again, I read a book about murder. Let’s not psychoanalyze the number of books I read about murder…I really am an extremely law-abiding, nonviolent, peace-loving person. I even catch and release bugs. In real life, I abhor homicides, I promise. Ahem…okay, let’s just talk about the book.
In Nick Brooks’ “Promise Boys,” high school students Trey, J.B., and Ramón attend The Urban Promise Prep School…a Washington D.C. private boys’ school designed to help “urban” youth transcend their challenging circumstances. The school is the brainchild of Principal Kenneth Moore, and what started out as an innovative program to support inner-city young men on their path to college, has quickly turned into a hyper-disciplined, educational dystopia, where laughing in the lunch line lands you an immediate detention.
Trey, J.B., and Ramón aren’t really friends, but they do have something in common; they each had a major blow-up with Principal Moore on the day he was found shot to death in the school hallway. All evidence points to one of them as the killer, but which one pulled the trigger? And if it wasn’t one of them, will they be able to piece together their stories to expose who did? Your crime-solving instincts will be sent into overdrive by this cagey mystery.
Of course, we have plenty of non-murder-y YA books to choose from too, so whatever you’re into (or not into, but inexplicably read a lot of books about), definitely put A.K. Smiley Public Library’s Summer Reading Program on your summer to-do list (I’m sure you have one). We can’t read “All Together Now” without you.