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Are you looking for book recommendations? Want to read about issues and situations that teens are facing today? See our newly updated "Current Issues: Suggested Reading List for Teens."
Maker Space is Open!
We are excited to announce that our new Maker Space is now open in the old Media Center off the Library. If you are interested in 3D printing, circuits, sewing, painting, button-making, soldering, or many other tech and craft options, stop by to check it out. Some activities will require a short training session but many others are available immediately. You will need a pass to the Library, and ability to use the space may depend on availability of staff at this point. So bring a friend and get creative!
MVUHS Book Catalog:
Your Librarians Recommend:
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Recommended by Mrs. Hamel
All I can say about this book is "Wow!" We hear about so many shootings by police, especially of young African American males. This book tells one fictional, but very realistic, story of Starr, who witnesses the shooting of her good friend Khalil. She struggles to deal with what happened while knowing her favorite uncle is also a cop.
"Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life."
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
Recommended by Mrs. Hamel
Two teens—one black, one white—grapple with the
repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their
school, their community, and, ultimately, the country
bitterly divided by racial tension.
A bag of chips. That’s all sixteen-year-old Rashad is looking for at the corner bodega. What he finds instead is a fist-happy cop, Paul Galluzzo, who mistakes Rashad for a shoplifter, mistakes Rashad’s pleadings that he’s stolen nothing for belligerence, mistakes Rashad’s resistance to leave the bodega as resisting arrest, mistakes Rashad’s every flinch at every punch the cop throws as further resistance and refusal to STAY STILL as ordered. But how can you stay still when someone is pounding your face into the concrete pavement?
There were witnesses: Quinn Collins—a varsity basketball player and Rashad’s classmate who has been raised by Paul since his own father died in Afghanistan—and a video camera. Soon the beating is all over the news and Paul is getting threatened with accusations of prejudice and racial brutality. Quinn refuses to believe that the man who has basically been his savior could possibly be guilty. But then Rashad is absent. And absent again. And again. And the basketball team—half of whom are Rashad’s best friends—start to take sides. As does the school. And the town. Simmering tensions threaten to explode as Rashad and Quinn are forced to face decisions and consequences they had never considered before.