What’s Happening at the Library – New Book Clubs!

The Andover Public Library is now offering tween and teen book clubs to patrons of the library. The teen book club meets in the library conference room on the fourth Monday evening of each month from 5:30-7:00pm. The tween book club will meet on the first Monday of every month in the conference room as well at 5:30.


Teen Book Club 2015
Monday, August 24th – The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
Monday, September 28th – TBD
Monday, October 26th – TBD
Tween Book Club 2015
Monday, September 14th – Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Monday, October 5th – TBD
Monday, November 2nd – TBD

You can copy and print the below information to print off your own form, or get one from the front desk at the library. Please be aware that at this time we are limiting membership in each club to ten people. Because there is only one meeting a month we ask that you be able attend all meetings. Thank you!

Young Adult Book Clubs Sign-Up Form

Date: _____________   Library Card #: ________________   Name: __________________________________

E-Mail Address: _______________________________________________   Phone #: ____________________

Name you want printed on your name tag (first name only):  ___________________________

Club you are interested in joining (circle one):

      1st Mon. Tween                           4th Mon. Teen

Type of material you prefer (circle one):

        Regular Print Book                                  Large Print Book                            Unabridged Audiobook (CD)

Questions, Comments or Concerns:  _________________________________________________________________________________________

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Meet the Librarian: Rachel Ayers, Cataloging Supervisor

Name: Rachel Ayers

Position at the library: Cataloging Supervisor

1. How long have you been at APL? 1. I’ve been at APL for one month and counting!

2. What’s your favorite thing about APL? My favorite thing about APL is buying books for patrons.

3. What is your favorite book and why? My favorite book is The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers. It’s an epic fantasy adventure about reading and writing – need I say more?

4. Do you have any other book or author recommendations? I recommend anything by Juliet Marillier, at least if you love historic adventures with a dose of romance and magic.

5. Do you have any hobbies? (Besides reading?) I’m a writer, a yoga-enthusiast, and a bicycler. I also love food.

6. If you weren’t a librarian, what would you be? Unsatisfied with life.

7. What’s your favorite food? Avocados.

8. What is the funniest experience you’ve ever had at the library? There was a conversation about communist zombies during a firestorm at sea that was pretty entertaining.

9. What does your dream library look like? My dream library is pretty eclectic, and you have to get to know it to learn your way around. (No offense, Dewey, but you’re not in the dream library!) If you go in looking for a book, a book might just find you. It’s kind of a cross between the Hogwarts Library, the library at the Unseen University in Ankh-Morpork, and, of course, the Sandman’s personal library. Beware of miscellaneous flying spells.

10. Talk about other stuff you like (movies, TV, music, games, etc.) I’m a little bit of a gamer, a comic book geek, and an eclectic reader. My favorite movies are The Princess Bride and Stardust. I am curious about everything, and my Google search history either has me on an FBI watchlist or is too vast and diverse for the government to bother with.

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Teen Reads – July 17, 2015

Better than Perfect by Melissa Kantor

Before her dad moved out, Juliet Newman thought she had it all; the family, the boyfriend, and a bright career in front of her. But when he does moves out… her mom loses it; leaving Juliette to question everything she has ever believed. She wants the life she always dreamt of, but when the bad-boy Declan changes things up, she is left to question is that the life she really wants? She asks, what is perfection? And does she really want it? A feel good novel filled with just the right amount of romantic and hilarious moments to suit most everyone’s taste, especially young high school students looking towards the future!

The Agency: A spy in the House by Y.S. Lee

When Mary Quinn is given the opportunity to learn at Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for girls and work as a spy for The Agency she is astonished and anxious. The Agency is a covert women’s intelligence ring, using positions as household servants as a cover up, they are placed within powerful houses where they will have access to society’s greatest secrets. Their first mission is to track some missing cargo ships by breaking into a merchant’s home. While on the mission, Mary is pushed beyond limits and faced with trickery and deception everywhere she turns… will she find someone to trust? This action packed novel is a perfect mix of suspense and mystery, with a sprinkle of romance. It left me wanting more!

(Reviewed by Anna Wilson)

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Teen Reads – June 30, 2015

H2O by Virginia Bergin

With all odds against her, Ruby has survived the killer rain that had infected the entire population of Great Britain, except the .27 lucky enough to be immune. With all her friends and family most likely dead from the infected rain, Ruby has a very hard reality to face… should she stay by herself, safe from the dreaded rain, or travel in search of her father? And if she does, what will the outcome be? This action filled, dystopian novel is gripping and will keep your attention until the very last page. Along with a fantastic and well developed storyline, I particularly enjoyed the main character, even despite a few unintelligent decisions and lucky breaks, her spirit throughout the book was great! (Reviewed by Anna Wilson)

One Stolen Thing by Beth Kephart

While Nadia Cara is in Italy, she meets a native boy and is mesmerized, but there’s a problem no one else has seen him. She’s changing; she steals, keeps secrets, and when she tries honesty, her words are lost. While her dad explores the flood that nearly destroyed Florence years back, Nadia reveals deep questions, can she be saved? In a beautifully written novel told be Nadia herself, the reader truly struggles with her while she tries to communicate with the rest of the world. The book is complex and definitely is not an easy read, but the beauty within the pages is worth checking out! (Reviewed by Anna Wilson)

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Hazel and Ben Evans live in Fairfold, a place full of what people thought was only in stories and myths. Creatures from folklore live and coexist with humans in their evil and blessed ways. In the center of the forest lives the horned boy, Severin, who has been sleeping in his casket since the beginning of time, never to awaken. Until one day word spreads that the casket has been smashed open. Hazel and Ben have always cherished the thought of the horned boy and have sworn themselves into protecting him. Can Hazel and Ben save the day? Find out in this outstanding book of Folklore, “The Darkest Part of the Forest.” (Reviewed by Colton Warren)

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

16 year old Aysel Seran is on the verge of committing suicide due to a tragic event that her father thrust upon her life. Aysel has thought of many ways to die; however, she refuses to do it alone. When she uncovers a website called “Suicide Partners” and meets FrozenRobot (Roman) she thinks she’s found her solution. Roman is a 17 year old who also does not want to die by himself, and has done something atrocious making him unable to continue living. Aysel and Roman decide on a day to die (April 7) and how they will do it. Will they go through with their suicide pact, or will they find in each other a reason to live? Find out in the book “My Heart and other Black Holes.” (Reviewed by Colton Warren)

The Ice Dragon by George R. R. Martin

Adara is a Winter child. She is very different from other children; brooding and untroubled. The Ice Dragon is the dragon that comes out when a dangerous Winter is coming. Adara enjoys the winter because both the cold and her friend the Ice Dragon come. Every Winter she meets and rides the Ice Dragon; one of the few times she laughs. But on summer, war comes to Adara’s home. She will have to call The Ice Dragon. What will happen to Adara and the Ice Dragon? Find out in the bewitching story the Ice Dragon by George R. R. Martin. The special relationship between Adara and the Ice Dragon results in many exciting and thrilling adventures that are sure to please dragon lovers. (Reviewed by Magan Stuhr)

Lock-In by John Scalzi

Agent Chris Shane is a member of the F.B.I.- and infected with Haden’s syndrome. Haden’s is a disease where the infected is unable to move or respond, but is still fully aware. This is commonly known as lock-in. He, like many others, had a computer put into his brain so he could live in a machine called a threep, modeled like a person, but metal. He is investigating a murder case including Integrators, people who have recovered from Haden’s and had computers put into their brains also so some of the locked-in can use their body. But this case is more complicated than it seems… How many secrets will be revealed after this one murder? Discover what happens in the thrilling book Lock-in by John Scalzi. This book has a different thought than any other dystopian fiction. The case is very complicated like real F.B.I. cases, with surprising things being discovered around every corner. It is exciting to have so many things going on in just a week’s time. This book also combines modern F.B.I. investigation with future diseases, giving humans super-power- like abilities. (Reviewed by Magan Stuhr)

  • H2O

    By Virginia Bergin

    One Stolen Thing

    By Beth Kephart

    The Ice Dragon

    By George R. R. Martin


    By John Scalzi

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