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New Young Adult Books — June 2022

Staying inside to beat the heat? Grab a book to read! If you see something that interests you, give us a call or visit the catalog to put one on hold!

BRAVELY by Maggie Stiefvater

ONE PRINCESS. Merida of DunBroch needs a change. She loves her family—jovial King Fergus, proper Queen Elinor, the mischievous triplets— and her peaceful kingdom. But she’s frustrated by its sluggishness; each day, the same. Merida longs for adventure, purpose, challenge – maybe even, someday, love.

TWO GODS. But the fiery Princess never expects her disquiet to manifest by way of…

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Book Review | Huda F Are You? by Huda Fahmy

From the publisher: From the creator of Yes, I’m Hot In This, this cheeky, hilarious, and honest graphic novel asks the question everyone has to figure out for themselves: Who are you?

In this fictionalized autobiography, Huda Fahmy gives a charming, funny portrayal of what it was like growing up as a hijab-wearing Muslim girl in America and figuring out just who she is and wants to be. In case the punny title didn’t make it clear, the author is not afraid to crack jokes at her own expense (though according to the book’s dedication, her mom hates the title).

Huda was always “the hijab girl” growing up, but once her family moved to Dearborn…

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New Young Adult Books — May 2022

Our Teen Advisory Board hand-picked a few titles for our YA section. Take a look! If you see something that interests you, give us a call or visit the catalog to put one on hold!


A stylish new omnibus edition of the best-selling Pokémon Adventures manga, collecting all the original volumes of the series you know and love.

Trainer Ruby must battle his scariest opponent yet—his father! Meanwhile, Sapphire is having trouble getting in her quota of Gym battles. One Gym Leader wants to just hand her a badge without a proper fight…

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Book Review | Harley Quinn: Reckoning by Rachael Allen

From the publisher: When Harleen Quinzel scores an internship in a psych lab at Gotham University, she’s more than ecstatic; she’s desperate to make a Big Scientific Discovery that will land her a full-ride college scholarship and get her away from her abusive father. But when Harleen witnesses the way women are treated across STEM departments–and experiences harassment herself–she decides that revenge and justice are more important than her own dreams.

In this refreshingly feminist spin on the story of our favorite villainess, Harley Quinn: Reckoning traces Harleen’s journey from precocious, revenge-obsessed teenage girl to a hardcore justice-seeker on her way to becoming the most captivating Super Villain of all time. Vibrating with youthful energy and rage, this is one story that you won’t be able to…

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New Young Adult Books — April 2022

Spring Break might be over, but there is still time to get these new reads in! These recent YA books have hit the shelves and are ready for your reading pleasure. If you see something that interests you, give us a call or visit the catalog to put one on hold! THE HAWTHORNE LEGACY by Jennifer Lynn Barnes The Inheritance Games ended with a bombshell, and now heiress Avery Grambs has to pick up the pieces and find the man who might hold the answers to all of her questions – including why Tobias Hawthorne left his entire fortune to Avery, a virtual stranger, rather than to his own daughters or grandsons. Thanks to a DNA test, Avery knows that she’s not a Hawthorne by blood, but clues pile up hinting at a deeper connection to the family than she had ever imagined. As the mystery grows and the plot thickens, Read more »

Book Review | The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune

From the publisher: Some people are extraordinary. Some are just extra. New York Times and USA Today bestselling author TJ Klune’s YA debut, The Extraordinaries, is a queer coming-of-age story about a fanboy with ADHD and the heroes he loves.

The Extraordinaries carefully walks the line between cliché-filled cringefest and awkwardly adorable teen romance. And by “walks the line,” I mean it steps right up to the line, scoops it into a giant hug, and asks it to go dancing. This book gleefully embraces every tired cliché in the genre and milks them for as much awkward humor and drama as possible.

Nick is a gay teen with ADHD whose crush on local superhero Shadow Star is so strong…

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From the Children’s Room — April 2022

Spend your Spring Break at Galesburg Public Library!

Students in Galesburg School District 205 will be enjoying Spring Break the week of April 11-15. Looking for activities to fill up your kiddos’ days that won’t break the bank? Give one of these free library programs a try.

Maker Madness: Kids in grades K-6 are invited to drop in for free crafting time every weekday morning between 10:00 and noon during Galesburg D205’s Spring Break. Each day we’ll provide a different collection of arts and crafts supplies. Your only limit is your imagination! No registration required; just drop in and see where your creativity takes you…

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NEA Big Read 2022

This April, the Galesburg Public Library will host its 14th National Endowment for the Arts Big Read.

The Big Read annually provides support to selected libraries and nonprofits around the country to host community-wide reading programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read title. Organizations apply for funding through a grants program managed by Arts Midwest, and can receive a grant which ranges between $5,000 and $20,000. This year, the Galesburg Public Library was 1 of 61 organizations to be awarded a grant. Every year, the Galesburg Public Library gives out free copies of the Big Read title, as well as free copies of the teen and children’s tie-in titles, and hosts book discussions, cultural and musical events, and craft programs, all designed around the themes in the Big Read title…

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New Young Adult Books — March 2022

Spring is officially here. Ready to relax outside with a good book? New YA books have hit the shelves and are ready for your reading pleasure. If you see something that interests you, give us a call or visit the catalog to put one on hold!

THE RUMOR GAMEby Sona Charaipotra
All it takes is one spark to start a blaze.
At Foxham Prep, a posh private school for the children of DC’s elite, a single rumor has the power to ruin a life.
Nobody knows that better than Bryn. She used to have it all—the perfect boyfriend, a bright future in politics, and even popularity…

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New Young Adult Books — February 2022

2022 has arrived, and with it a whole slate of new young adult titles for your to-read list! There are so many great titles that have recently been released, we had to do add more for January. Check out these five new books available now. If you see something that interests you, give us a call or visit the catalog to put one on hold!

BITTER by Akwaeke Emezi
Bitter is thrilled to have been chosen to attend Eucalyptus, a special school where she can focus on her painting surrounded by other creative teens. But outside this haven, the streets are filled with protests against the deep injustices that grip the town of Lucille. Bitter’s instinct is to stay safe within the walls of…

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