Raina Telgemeier Book Talk & Signing

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Raina Telgemeier will be at North Berkeley Library, Sunday, February 7, 1:00! There will be books to buy and get signed. You can also check out her books at the BHS Library.

Teen Read Week: Some of our favorite titles

We thought we should share some of our favorite titles in the fantasy, SciFi and horror genres to help you get started with TRW.  Many of these titles have been reviewed right here, just type the title in the search window on the upper left hand side of the home page.

Ms. Provence

robopocolypse     Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson.  When an artificial intelligence begins taking over electronics and software systems around the globe, it begins the inevitable countdown to humanity’s war with robots the world over.

shadow and bone     Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.  Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protegé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.

rot&ruin     Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry.  In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother’s footsteps and become a bounty hunter.

shadow of night     Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness.  Diana Bishop, an Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and Matthew Clairmont, an vampire geneticist, are in the center of the battle over an enchanted manuscript when they are unexpectedly sent on a dangerous journey together.

Ms. Goldstein-Erickson

224005_Sch_GregorJkt_0.tif      Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins. When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving humans, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.

going postal     Going Postal by Terry Pratchett.  Moist von Lipwig, alias Alfred Spangler, is given a choice of either reviving the Ankh-Morpork Post Office or death, but getting the system up and running again proves to be a near-impossible task.

startide     Startide Rising by David Brin.   The Terran exploration vessel Streaker has crashed on the uncharted water-world of Kithrup with a secret discovery aboard. Her human and dolphin crew battle to save her.

Ms. Fujikawa

i hunt killers     I Hunt Killers Barry Lyga. Seventeen-year-old Jazz learned all about being a serial killer from his notorious “Dear Old Dad.” Believing he can fight his own urges and right some of his father’s wrongs, Jazz helps the police catch the town’s newest murderer, “The Impressionist,” but, in doing so, he discovers he may have more in common with his father than he thought.
marbury lens     Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith.  After being kidnapped and barely escaping, sixteen-year-old Jack goes to London with his best friend Connor, where someone gives him a pair of glasses that send him to an alternate universe where war is raging, he is responsible for the survival of two younger boys, and Connor is trying to kill them all.
shining     The Shining by Stephen King.  A summer resort comes chillingly to life in the off-season when the Torrances arrive to take over as winter caretakers.

Teen Read Week @ Berkeley High

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This is our Library Assistant Caitlin in front of the display she created for Teen Read Week, Seek the Unknown.  The displays are full of fantasy, science fiction and horror titles.  These are some of our favorite types of reading; please ask one of us if you need advice finding a title.  We will be including some of our favorites later this week.

Some of the titles on display are:

graceling     Graceling by Kristin Cashore

enders game     Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

gifts      Gifts by Ursula LeGuin

railsea       Railsea by China Melville

golden compass      The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

shades children         Shades’s Children by Garth Nix

cujo         Cujo by Stephen King

Banned Books Week

Come up to the library to celebrate your freedom to read.  We have a great Banned Books display as you can see below.

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Here’s a cool video made by an online library friend:

This was created by Stacy Vandever Wells, MLS who blogs at girlsinthestacks.com.  Thanks for sharing with us, Stacy!

Come by and check out a Banned Book and a cool bookmark.  Heck, just come by for the bookmark if you want!

Click HERE for more information about this special week.

Free Audio Downloads from SYNC


Once again, this summer you can get free audio downloads of YA contemporary and classic titles from this amazing program called SYNC: Sync YA literature into your earphones.  The program is sponsored by audiobook publishers and Audio File Magazine.   Their goal is to introduce teens to listening to audio books by giving away two books each week all summer.

Details:  Each book is only available for download for one week, but can then be listened to when you want.  The downloads are in the MP3 format , compatible with both Macs and PCs.  The titles are downloaded through the Overdrive Media Console app, the same one used by the Berkeley Public library for audio and e-books.  Although the first download is a little tricky, it’s easy once you get the hang of it.  Here is their link for very simple download assistance!  (The beauty part is that then you can use it to get e-books for your smart phone, iPad or computer using the same app!)  The weekly downloads will be a pair of related current YA and classic novels.  You can also  sign up at their website for for text or email reminders when new books are available for free download.  Can you wait to get started???

June 13 – June 19, 2013
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, read by Will Patton (Scholastic Audiobooks)
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, read by Robert Ramirez (Recorded Books)

June 20 – June 26, 2013
Once by Morris Gleitzman, read by Morris Gleitzman (Bolinda Audio)
Letter From Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr., read by Dion Graham (christianaudio)

June 27 – July 3, 2013
Rotters by Daniel Kraus, read by Kirby Heyborne (Listening Library)
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, read by Jim Weiss (Listening Library)

July 4 – July 10, 2013
Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford, read by Nick Podehl (Brilliance Audio)
She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith, read by a Full Cast (L.A. Theatre Works)

July 11 – July 17, 2013
The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann, read by Peter Altschuler (HarperAudio)
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, read by Simon Vance (Tantor Audio)

July 18 – July 24, 2013
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, read by Erin Moon (Recorded Books)
Hamlet by William Shakespeare, read by a Full Cast (L.A. Theatre Works)

July 25 – July 31, 2013
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen, read by Charlie McWade (Scholastic Audiobooks)
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain, read by Steve West (Blackstone Audio)

Aug 1 – Aug 7, 2013
Death Cloud by Andrew Lane, read by Dan Weyman (Macmillan Audio)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, read by Ralph Cosham (Blackstone Audio)

Aug 8 – Aug 14, 2013
Enchanted by Alethea Kontis, read by Katherine Kellgren (Brilliance Audio)
Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, read by Miriam Margolyes (Bolinda Audio)

Aug 15 – Aug 21, 2013
Sold by Patricia McCormick, read by Justine Eyre (Tantor Audio)
Let Me Stand Alone by Rachel Corrie, read by Tavia Gilbert (Blackstone Audio)

Thanks to our Parents!!!

At the recent fundraiser at Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, a number of parents bought books for the library from our wish list   We would like to send out a huge thanks to all of you, and to everyone who supported the BHS fundraiser that weekend.


Banned Books Week

This week we are celebrating our right to read.  How many of this year’s top 10 challenged books have you read?


  1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
    Reasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group.
  2. The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  3. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence
  4. My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  6. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint
  7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
    Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit
  8. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit
  9. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
    Reasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    Reasons: offensive language; racism