Snow Day for schools, but we are open until 5:00 pm.

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We are closing early at 5:00 pm today, due to the snow. Between now and 5:00 pm, you can stop by the library to grab a book for a nice Snow Day read.

If you want to stay home, you can still get books, audiobooks, music, movies and TV shows from the library. All you need is you library card and a device (laptop, smartphone, tablet, etc…) to download to, or stream with. OverDrive has ebooks and eaudiobooks, Hoopla has ebooks, eaudiobooks, manga, graphic novels, music, movies and TV shows — all FREE with your library card 🙂

Not sure how to use OverDrive or Hoopla? Give us a call, or txt/chat with us.

Top Teen Reads of 2017 from your HCPL Teen Librarians!

2017 was definitely a roller coaster ride. There were some incredible peaks, plenty of quick drops and more than a few twists and turns.  We costumed up and partied at the Library Comic Con, saw the sun go dark during the Great American Eclipse, and fought the rise of fake news.

But 2017 was also another awesome year for YA books.  We read SO MANY great books this year, it was hard to choose our favorites.  We cheered for new titles from past favorites John Green and Philip Pullman. We were bowled over by brand new authors like Angie Thomas and Sandhya Menon. And we loved seeing YA lit continue to tackle topics relevant to all teens, reflecting the diversity that surrounds us every day.

Without any further adieu, here is your HCPL Teen Librarians’ Top Teen Reads of 2017.  You may just find your next book to read on this list – click on the titles to head to our catalog and place copies on hold!

We dedicate this list to Amanda Giannini (1982-2017), Teen Librarian at the Fairfield Library. We miss you, Amanda.

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Read + Review is Back!

Happy first day of school everyone!  The first day of school is also the first day of Read + Review – so you can start earning community service hours for submitting your reviews of our New YA books.

Visit our Read + Review page to learn more, and check out our handy guide to getting awarded the maximum two hours service credit for your reviews below.

Happy reading from your HCPL Teen Librarians!

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Read + Review: Lumberjanes Unicorn Power by Mariko Tamaki


Unicorn Power

Five friends, April, Molly, Mal, Jo, and Ripley, all attend a camp for hardcore girls. One day, when out adventuring in the woods, they discover a whole field of terrible smelling unicorns who lead the girls to a tall, grand mountain. Being the type of people who always tackle any challenge, they decide that they just had to climb it. When reaching the summit they could not believe their eyes at what they found.Will the girls find their way back to their beloved camp? Read the book to find out!

I really liked this book, because I could really understand the characters, and at the beginning of the book the author made sure to give a brief, yet detailed description of every one of the main characters. What I did not like, is at some points in the book, the plot line could get a bit slow, and boring to read, but it always usually picked up again in a few short chapters. It also included short descriptions of badges at the end of the book, which was a nice, extra thing to read. Over all, I really liked the book! It is definitely a book that I would read again in the future.

What I really liked about this book was that they took things that you would think about every day one way, and then change it and make you think of it a different way. For example, instead of making unicorns the fun loving creatures that we think about, the author in the book described how terrible they smelled, and now whenever I think of unicorns, I think of their stench.


Reviewed by Alison, Grade 6, Tuckahoe Library

Read + Review: Inevitable and Only by Lisa Rosinsky

Inevitable and only

Acadia Rose Greenfield, more commonly known as Cadie, lives a seemingly normal life. Like any teenage girl, she completely falls head over heels with a boy named Farhan, and she has an obsession with Shakespeare. What’s more, her tight bond with her dad allows Cadie to feel safe and secure in her home, that is, until her world comes crashing down. When Cadie learns that she has a half-sister, resulting from her dad cheating on her mom, there isn’t much more she can do before Elizabeth moves in. Cadie’s seemingly modest life becomes one filled with ups and downs, but will she be able to save her family before they fall apart?

Overall, I was very pleased with the plotline and overall tone that was set in the story. Throughout the book, Cadie struggles to come to terms with her new life, and as a result, we are able to see the struggles that torn families face amidst adversity. Lisa Rosinsky’s writing style is one that resonates with me because it is able to convey emotions through the simplest words. For instance, “Inevitable and Only” is a statement pulled from the book that is able to strongly give the reader a sense of wonder: do we only have one chance at making our future? I’ve seen stories that focus around discovering new siblings, but the twist that the author put on this topic truly made this book mesmerizing. Cadie is someone who focuses on outward appearance, and Elizabeth’s strong resemblance to her dad allows us to enter the jealous rage of Cadie’s character. Through this, we are able to observe her coming-of-age, which makes the book even better. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to encounter complex characters and thought-provoking revelations.

I found the quirky personalities of each character very memorable. I’ve noticed that, in many recently published stories, the humor of each character sounds forced and almost choppy, per say, in comparison to the rest of the plot. However, the characters in “Inevitable and Only” meshed well with each other and complemented the overall message that was conveyed throughout the duration of the book.


Reviewed by Mitali, Grade 10, Twin Hickory Library

Read + Review: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart


Genuine fraud


As the oxymoron in the title reveals, a strong girl portrays a real trickster to the world. Jule, a smart and rebellious teenager, and Imogen, a nice and caring best friend, have a tight relationship. Throughout the book, Lockhart writes the journey they experience as the two girls learn more about one another. Jule is expressed as one who fights back and defends herself in a harsh manner. Individually, as she travels to different cities, her sharp character is revealed through interactions as well as her reflexes in certain situations.

In contrast to other books, Genuine Fraud is written in a backward chronological order which represents its complexity. Because it was written in a backwards manner, the book was very confusing to read as I understood the characters, setting, and plot towards the end of the book. If the author did a better job in organization and plot line, the book would be much easier to follow. The characters were also poorly described as it was hard to understand what the author was writing at times. However, the dialogue and scenes were very well written as it portrayed an intense, but loving story.

What is most memorable about this book was the way it was written – backward chronological order. It was interesting to read overall and introduced a new type of fictional writing. Although confusing at first, it was a huge “ahh” moment at the end.


Reviewed by Allyson, Grade 9, Twin Hickory Library