Best Of 2018: Debbie

Wooooo! We missed our “Best Of” post last week cause it was WILD. But never fear! We are posting TWO Best Of posts this week in order to make up for it. And we’re starting with Debbie!

Debbie is our Children’s Librarian, which means she is in charge of ordering and checking out all of the children in the library.

Just kidding! It means she orders books for children and creates programs for children. Obviously. Anyway, when she is not busy with small toddlers and various other sized kids, she reads teen books! And she especially fond of mysteries and historical fiction.

Here is Debbie’s Best Of 2018!

Debbie's Best of 2018

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Best of 2018: Roben

Happy Monday everyone! As we roll towards Valentine’s Day, we are going to continue to post our Best Of 2018 posts for your enjoyment.

This time, we’re posting Roben’s! Roben is a children’s services librarian here at Smith Public Library and is in charge of all of our “tween” materials. This means she primarily orders all of our chapter books and kid’s graphic novels! However, she does sneak in some time to read young adult stuff every once in awhile!

Roben's Best Books of 2018

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Best of 2018: Ofilia

Happy Tuesday, fellow readers! We’ve got a brand new best of for you today, and this time it’s Ofilia’s!

Ofilia is our fearless leader here in the youth services department of SPL, and loves all things Frida Kahlo. She’s also an avid young adult reader, and has a fantastic list for you!

Ofilia's Best Books of 2018

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Best of 2018: Stephanie

Welcome back to another installment of SPL’s Best of 2018! This week we’re featuring Stephanie! Stephanie is one of our full time reference assistants, and is one of the most creative people we know! Here is her Best of 2018 list…



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Best of 2018: Yentl

Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about our Best Of lists! We’ve just been slacking. Well, KELSEY has been slacking. Slacking on getting those posts up! Anyway, we’re gonna end the first month of 2019 properly, with some lists all about what we read last year and what we really loved.

First up, Yentl!

Yentl is tiny, adorable, and very opinionated. Here is Yentl’s Best of 2018!

yentl's best of 2018

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Mackenzi Lee Instagram Q&A

My goodness, it has been awhile! Welcome to 2019, dear readers! To start us off in the new year, I thought I would introduce you to one of our new part-time reference assistants, Chelsea! Chelsea has, of course, been recently stalking one of her favorite young adult authors, as we all do (shoutout to Leigh Bardugo’s fabulous Instagram page). And she wanted to share this Q&A she found with YA author Mackenzi Lee. Lee allowed her Instagram followers to ask her for YA book suggestions, and boy did she deliver! I will let Chelsea take it from here!

While Insta-stalking one of my favorite authors, Amie Kaufman (The Illuminae Files), she
introduced me (well, all of her followers, really, but when watching an Instastory, don’t you want to feel like you’re the only one she’s talking to?) to her friend, and author, Mackenzi Lee. Lee is known for This Monstrous Thing, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, and it’s sequel The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, all appearing on the New York Times Bestseller list.


From her website:


On her Instagram, Mackenzi posed the question “What do you want to read?” She received many responses, and out of the sheer goodness of her heart, recommended a different book for each request. These requests ranged from “Joyful women historical” to “something good or funny with a trans main character” to “creepy/ghosty” and everything in between! A lot of these requests are very specific and some are pretty generic. You’ll be sure to find something that tickles your fancy! She even recommends her own book; but I would, wouldn’t you?

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Japanimation Reminder!

Happy Thursday my friends! Despite the week almost being over, we still have stuff going on at SPL!

Tonight is Japanimation at 6pm, and it’s going to be a good one.

Firstly, I have a whole list of stuff that will be coming in with the winter order that I am so excited to tell you about! This includes stuff like Laid Back CampSweetness and LighteningAo Haru Ride, and Haikyu! I am definitely the most excited about Laid Back Camp, because it is currently my favorite anime, so I am thrilled we’ll be getting it in a couple months in manga form.


Also, we’ll have a couple of pretty awesome prizes to give out tonight. We’ll be raffling off two official movie posters of My Hero Academia this evening, so make sure you show up and get your chance to win one!


So, like I mentioned above, get yourself to the Smith Public Library this evening at 6pm for some anime, prizes, snacks, and manga discussion. We’ll be in the storytime room waiting for you!


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What’s Happening This Week @ SPL

Welcome to Halloweek, my friends!


Now I know you are all going to be dressing up and partying this week, but there is also plenty to do at the Smith Public Library. You can even come in costume! We’ll be sporting our’s all day on Wednesday, so feel free to wear your’s as well!

This week is Teen Book Club, and we will be discussing The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron:

Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.

In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.

But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.

Sounds crazy, right? Well come hang out with us on Thursday night, November 1st at 6pm, as we rant and rave about this October pick. There will be snacks and good times to be had by all.


In other big news, we have gotten in all of our copies of Sarah J. Maas’s Kingdom of Ash, the conclusion to the AMAZING Throne of Glass series.

As of right now, all of them are checked out except two. So come and grab your copy soon, or place a hold on it here! Who is your favorite Throne of Glass character? Tell us in the comments!



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What’s Happening This Week @ SPL

Happy Monday everyone!

It’s the 22nd of October, and we are officially only nine days away from Halloween! So besides watching Hocus Pocus for the 500th time this season, or awaiting the premiere of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, what else should you do this week? Well let me tell you.


The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina premieres on Netflix this Friday!

We’ve got a costume contest here at the library, tomorrow evening (Tuesday the 23rd), from 5:30-7pm. And everyone is welcome to participate, especially teens! It’s $1 to enter, and all proceeds benefit the Friends of the Smith Public Library. So if you can’t wait till next week to break out your fabulous Halloween costume, come on down to SPL and win a prize for how awesome you look!

You guys want to know something else?

If you rearrange the letters SPL (Smith Public Library), you can get PSL (pumpkin spice latte) instead. Clearly, I am a genius.


This is all I drink all fall.

Anyway, everyone have a fabulous week! Don’t forget to get spooky and turn on some chilling tunes on Spotify. We’ll be jamming along here in the teen room right there with you.

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In Her Skin by Kim Savage

What It’s About: Sixteen-year-old con artist Jo Chastain is about to take on the biggest scam of her life: impersonating a missing girl. Life on the streets of Boston these past few years hasn’t been easy, and Jo is hoping to cash in on a little safety, a little security. She finds her opportunity in the Lovecrafts, a wealthy family with ties to the unsolved disappearance of Vivienne Weir, who vanished when she was nine.
When Jo takes on Vivi’s identity and stages the girl’s miraculous return, the Lovecrafts welcome her back with open arms. They give her everything she could want: love, money, and proximity to their intoxicating and unpredictable daughter, Temple. But nothing is as it seems in the Lovecraft household—and some secrets refuse to stay buried. As hidden crimes come to the surface, and lines of deception begin to blur, Jo must choose to either hold onto an illusion of safety, or escape the danger around her before it’s too late.
Andrea Says: This boo51csnngumfl-_sx346_bo1204203200_k was so gripping and suspenseful that when the inevitable twist surfaces I still wasn’t sure how it would end. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy plot twists and suspense. Part of the story deals with Jo’s homelessness and it touches on the dangers that the young are subjected to on the streets, however it is dealt with in a subtle, non-exploitative manner. The book begins with Jo, a homeless girl who has just lost her mother to an abusive boyfriend. When Jo discovers the story of Vivienne, the girl who went missing from an affluent neighborhood years ago, she sees her opportunity to change her circumstances and give herself the safety and security she does not have on the streets. Posing as the lost Vivienne, Jo is accepted by the Lovecrafts, the family who received custody of the lost girl after her parent’s death. At first everything goes as planned, but things are not as they seem, and soon Jo finds that her new circumstances may be more dangerous than life on the streets.

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