The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

August 15, 2013

Young Adult Council is a way to get involved

By Kendra Evers
Special to the Herald

---- — Story Times: The theme for story time this week is Bear in the Woods. Enjoy stories and crafts about the great outdoors and camping. Preschool story time will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 10 a.m. Toddler Time will be Thursday, Aug. 22, at 10 a.m. If you have questions, please contact children’s librarian Tamie Bird at 242-8441.

New Book Clubs: Beginning in September, Holly Youngquist will be hosting three new book clubs for adult readers. Geek Reads for science fiction and fantasy readers will start out with “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien. The group will meet on the second Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 5:30 p.m. The Happily Ever After book club for romance lovers will launch with “Mine Till Midnight” by Lisa Kleypas and will get together on the third Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 5:30 p.m.

Killer Reads for mystery fans will begin with “The Surgeon” by Tess Gerritsen and will gather on the fourth Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 5:30 p.m. Contact the library to sign up and order your books for check out. Snacks will be provided for attendees.

City Reads Book Club returns: Join Assistant Library Director Beth Mosher for the return of the City Reads Book Club on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 4:30 p.m. The group will read “The Light Between Oceans” by Margot L. Stedman.

Young Adult Council: Previously known as TAB, YAC will be starting up in September. YAC is a way for teens to communicate what they would like to see at their library. The council meets with me on a monthly basis; we chat about new books, things you want to see at the library and plan for events to be held for teens. YAC is a great way to get involved in your community and have your voice heard. We are always welcoming newcomers to our table. Signing up to join will be made available Wednesday, Sept. 4, with the first meeting held on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 3:30. Meetings range from 30 minutes to an hour.

YA is Not Just for Teens: Some may be skeptical when it comes to young adult fiction — isn’t it too juvenile to read if you’re no longer a teen? YA stories are packed with realistic characters and wonderful development and interesting plots. They weave into the imagination and can leave you wanting more. They’re great books to settle into and get caught up in for hours at a time. Not all YA are paranormal romances like the Twilight series. There are reimagined fairytales like “Beastly” by Alex Flinn or retelling one of the greatest love stories between Romeo and Juliet, as “Warm Bodies” by Isaac Marion with zombies in place of the Montagues. Be ready to become emotionally attached to these stories and characters. There is a little bit of something from every genre in YA books — from mysteries by authors like Carolina B. Cooney and Sara Shepard to great adventures written by Rick Riordan, J.K Rowling and Anthony Horowitz. YA isn’t a genre, it’s the age of the protagonist so don’t let that stop you from picking up a great book and giving it a try.

Kendra Evers is the Clinton Public Library’s young adult coordinator.