Friday, January 29, 2010

teencentric Postponed

Due to the awful weather headed our way, we've had to postpone teencentric for now. We apologize to all of you who were excited to come, but we plan to reschedule for later this year. Keep an eye on this blog for announcements about the new date.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

2010 Printz Awards

This year’s Printz awards were announced yesterday. The Michael L. Printz Award is given to a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. This year’s winner is:

Going Bovine by Libba Bray

After being diagnosed with Creutzfeld Jakob's (aka mad cow) disease, Cameron Smith, a disaffected sixteen year-old, sets off on a road trip with a death-obsessed video gaming dwarf he meets in the hospital in an attempt to find a cure.  

There are also up to four honor awards announced each year. The 2010 Printz Honor Books are:

Tales of the Madman Underground by John Barnes

In September 1973, as the school year begins in his depressed Ohio town, high-school senior Kurt Shoemaker determines to be "normal," despite his chaotic home life with his volatile, alcoholic mother and the deep loyalty and affection he has for his friends in the therapy group dubbed the Madman Underground.

Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith
by Deborah Heligman

Charles Darwin and his wife, Emma, were deeply in love and very supportive of each other, but their opinions often clashed. Emma was extremely religious, and Charles questioned God's very existence.

Punkzilla by Adam Rapp

"Punkzilla" is on a mission to see his older brother "P", before "P" dies of cancer. Still buzzing from his last hit of meth, he embarks on a days-long trip from Portland, Ore. to Memphis, Tenn., writing letters to his family and friends. Along the way, he sees a sketchier side of America and worries if he will make it to see his brother in time. 

The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey


In 1888, twelve-year-old Will Henry chronicles his apprenticeship with Dr. Warthrop, a scientist who hunts and studies real-life monsters, as they discover and attempt to destroy a pod of Anthropophagi.

Monday, January 11, 2010

teencentric is almost here!


teencentric: Saturday, January 30th at 12:45pm in the Barrett Room

 On Saturday, January 30, 2010, the Spartanburg County Public Libraries will hold their first-ever teen reading festival, teencentric! Tamora Pierce, popular author of fantasy books such as the Beka Cooper series, will be at the festival to speak, meet fans, and sign books. There will also be a performance by local teen band Sing Sing 76. Ms. Pierce’s books will be available for purchase, and free carnival-style snacks will be provided. The event will be held at the Headquarters location in the Barrett Room. While all are welcome to attend the event, priority seating will be reserved especially for teens. Be sure to come early to get good seats!
12:45pm Doors Open

Free carnival-style snacks and drinks all day. Priority seating is reserved for teens, so arrive early for a good seat! There will also be a free photo booth for you to take pictures with your friends!


1pm Sing Sing 76 Concert

Enjoy a performance by local indie pop band Sing Sing 76. To learn more about Sing Sing 76, visit them at or



2pm Tamora Pierce Speaks

Listen to the popular author of several teen fantasy series including Beka Cooper, the Circle of Magic, and the Daughter of the Lioness. Check out Tamora Pierce’s website at


3pm Autographing Session

Buy your favorite Tamora Pierce book and have her sign it!
For more information about teencentric, contact Teen Services @SCPL at 864-596-3506 or email

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Teen Winter Reading 2010


Teen Winter Reading is here! All you have to do is read and review a book for a chance to win. Review forms are available at all SCPL locations, or you can submit your entry online at Winners will be drawn weekly, and will receive an awesome SCPL messenger bag and a teen book. Enter as many times as you want for more chances to win.


Teen Winter Reading ends on March 31, so start reading! Teen Winter Reading is open to teens ages 12-18 or in grades 7-12. Books must be age appropriate and read during the program. To be eligible for prizes, participating teens or someone living at the teen's permanent residence must be a full-privilege Spartanburg County Public Library cardholder.