Swords and Arrows

I am a sucker for beautiful book covers. Wait, isn’t there a well-known saying…something about not judging a book by its cover? I don’t remember. My point is that today’s blog post was inspired by wonderful book covers. Specifically, these three: Aren’t they breathtaking? Don’t you just want to dive into the stories, immerse yourself…

Climb Aboard the Time Travel Train!

Jackson, Tennessee, and its home county, Madison, are both celebrating their bicentennials with a year-long twin birthday party. In honor of the two hundred years of local history, we are having a reading contest at the library. To participate, you can pick up a Climb Aboard the Time Travel Train sheet at either library location,…

Beyond Forks (Vampires and Werewolves After Twilight)

So you love to read about vampires and werewolves, but you’ve read all the books in Forks, Washington. What’s next? It’s time to read all the books in Jackson, TN…or at least, it’s time to pick up some good books from the Jackson-Madison County Library. For your convenience, they are sorted below into Team Vampire…

Fascinating Histories

Did you know that December 8 was Pretend To Be a Time Traveler Day? Anyone you saw that day who appeared to be from the past or future may have been an actual time traveler, or they could have been observing one of December’s most timeless days (see what I did there?). In the spirit…

Anime Club

Anime! If you love it, you love it, and what better place for a teen who loves anime than the library’s Teen Anime Club? In Anime Club, we watch anime via our Crunchyroll Outreach Program subscription. We usually watch about two episodes per meeting, but we might watch a few more if we choose a…

Operation Gratitude (at the Library!)

If you’re looking for a way to honor veterans this November, you might consider participating in Jackson-Madison County Library’s collection drive for Operation Gratitude. Operation Gratitude is a 501c3 non-profit organization that coordinates volunteer efforts to go beyond saying “thank you” to our nation’s military and first responder heroes. They support veterans, first responders, military…

Books for National Native American Heritage Month

November is National Native American Heritage Month. In honor of the rich heritage of the many nations of people who first lived (and continue to live) on this continent, we are featuring several books written by Native American authors.

Creepy Reads

Looking for the newest frightening books from our young adult collection? Look no farther than this post!

Mysteries and Murder

Secrets. Suspense. Lies. Murder. These are the themes of some of the most popular novels in the teen room these days. Why? I can’t say for sure. Maybe it’s because there is so much to distract us lately, and really good murder mysteries are hard to get distracted from. Again, though, that’s a personal theory….

What Is TAB and Why Should I Join?

Have you heard of TAB? Not the retro diet soda, or the button at the top left of your computer keyboard. This TAB stands for Teen Advisory Board, and it’s your one-stop shop for getting volunteer hours, sprucing up your college application and your resume, meeting new people, and helping the library and the community!…

What Are Graphic Novels, and Why Are They Great?

If you’ve been reading this blog, you’ve doubtless seen me mention graphic novels. If you don’t already know what those are, then you may be thinking, “Graphic what? Graphic…violence? Should we be giving these books to teenagers?” If you do know what they are, you might still be wondering why the teen services blogger is…

Super Books About Super Heroes

You’ve binged Loki and WandaVision, you’ve watched everything in the Arrowverse, and season 3 of Umbrella Academy is still a long way away. What to do? Time to dive into the fantastic collection of YA superhero novels! These aren’t comic books or graphic novels (although we have those, too): they are regular, prose novels, written…