Looking for a thrilling, exciting read this spring? Well, look no further! The ACTION/ADVENTURE genre has exactly what you need to keep you on the edge of your seat!
Books in the ACTION/ADVENTURE genre follow the main character(s) as they embark upon an epic adventure or journey filled with daring feats and non-stop action. Commonly, books within this genre overlap with other genres such as Fantasy, Sci-Fi, or Historical Fiction.
Go on a journey of a lifetime without ever leaving the couch with these great reads!
Do you love solving puzzles? Are you able to guess the ending to every movie? Well, the MYSTERY genre might be just right for you! Stories in the MYSTERY genre feature a crime or mystery and allow you, as the reader, to become the detective. They can be spooky, funny, or suspenseful, but it is your job to figure out what has happened throughout the story.
Become a super sleuth with these great MYSTERY stories!
Compared to the fantasy genre, realistic fiction may seem boring. But let me assure you, these books are anything but ordinary. Realistic fiction allows readers to understand the world around them through the eyes of others. The events in these books could happen in real life, and the characters feel familiar–like old friends. Many times the realistic fiction genre tackles serious issues and gives readers the opportunity to “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.” Check out these extraordinary realistic fiction titles!
Christmas may be behind us, but we can still enjoy wondrous worlds and extraordinary creatures within the FANTASY genre. Books written as FANTASY are set in fictional times or worlds and contain supernatural or otherworldly elements that cannot exist in real life. Unicorns, dragons, and wizards make frequent appearances in FANTASY books, and most contain an element of magic.
Make one of these fantastic fantasies your next great read!
As the days get shorter, you might be looking for something to brighten your mood. The HUMOR genre is a great cure for the winter blues. The characters within this genre are often involved in silly adventures and are always making hilarious mistakes along the way. These books often focus on real issues, but allow us to see that sometimes it’s okay to laugh at our mistakes.
Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to live in ancient Egypt, survive the sinking of the Titanic, or cross the country on the Oregon Trail? Although time travel to the past is not currently available, we can still experience the past through the historical fiction genre.
Books in the historical fiction genre are easy to recognize because they all take place in the past. The characters and events in this genre may or may not be real, but the author uses them to create a story in which the reader can experience what it may have been like to live during that time.
Take a journey back in time with these great reads!
Calling all tween readers! Welcome to Tween Read Scene with the New Lenox Public Library! Tween Read Scene will be a monthly feature in the Youth Services Blog that will highlight books for ages 9-12. The posts will be jam-packed with information on new tween titles, upcoming library events, and helpful tips on how to find your next great read!
For the first couple of months, I will review fiction genres (one genre per month) and give examples and recommendations of each. This will help you, as a reader, identify what types of stories you enjoy reading already, and get you curious about genres you may not have read in the past.
What are genres?
Think about your favorite book. Now, think about what you like about that book in particular. Maybe you like how the main character fights dragons, or how there is a puzzle to solve within the story, or how you laugh out loud while reading it. Whatever the reason, it most likely has to do with the GENRE of the book. Genre is a fancy word that librarians and teachers use to describe how we sort books by subject matter, style of writing, and format.
Let’s get spooky!
Because it is October and we have Halloween around the corner, this month we will focus on the HORROR genre. The horror genre’s main purpose is to shock, frighten, and thrill its readers through the use of supernatural elements. If it’s got monsters, ghosts, or an evil next-door neighbor, you can pretty much guarantee you’ve got a horror book. You won’t want to turn your lights off after reading one of these!
Title and Author
(Hello Neighbor Series)
Carly Anne West
As summer winds down and you head back to school, we have a few options to help you get into the reading groove again. We’re heading into the next season, which calls for a new Staff Picks List and the Illinois State Award Booklists. Stop in and explore the two displays next to the Youth Services desk. These lists are full of good choices when you don’t know where to start!
It’s always fun to think about the books we have enjoyed and recommend them to you.
The start of school brings the challenge of seeing how many of the State Award Nominees you can read in order to vote to help choose a winner in the Spring. You can pick up a list of books or grab a Bingo sheet as a different way to keep track!
We are happy to announce the re-launch of display case collections featuring YOU!
In the Youth Department, there are 4 display cases that are available for kids (up to 8th grade) or organizations focusing on children to display their prized collections, art exhibits, or information on their organizations. The cases may be reserved for one month by calling, emailing, or stopping by the Youth Services desk. We will be happy to give you more details or sign you up!
Here are some photos from previous displays:
Insects or rocks or shells? Buttons or coins or bells? Even if you haven’t started a collection, click on the link in each photo for some inspiration to get started:
A quick search in PrairieCat also brings up a list of books to browse for possible collection ideas:
Start thinking about what you may be able to share with your library friends, or look around to find something to begin a collection… we need your help to fill these display cases!