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Best Teen Books of 2011

Here are the 10 top teen books of 2011 as selected by Amazon--not the best selling books but what their staff felt were the best books of the year. Of these ten titles--three of them have been optioned for movie rights in the past month. What do you think of the list? Do you agree with the staff of Amazon?

Download music from the library

Take advantage of our new Freegal database of free, downloadable music. Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library card holders can now download three of their favorite songs (to keep), from Sony Music Entertainment's extensive database every week. All the songs are in MP3 format to be compatible with the greatest number of devices. Explore new music, free to own - from the library! Check it out here and start listening!

New Videogames at the library!


Check out our new videogames for XBox360, Wii, and PS3--including the new Rocksmith! With the game and special cord, you can plug any guitar into your PS3 or Xbox360 system and play away! Plus we have games like The Cursed Crusade, Puss in Boots, Hulk Hogan's Main Event, and more! Check out the list here and stop in to see what's available.

Dragonriders rejoice!


Congratulations to Jeremy, Mitch, and Elijah for winning free copies of Inheritance, the newest Christopher Paolini book, at our Inheritance Book Release party on Monday night. Our 20 dragonriders had fun discussing the new book, what we think will happen in it, while making origami dragons and playing dragon jeopardy. And eating cake! More photos here.

Teen Read Week contest winner

Congratulations to Rowan Kramer, who won our Teen Read Week contest with her book review of Scars, and got to take home a lifesize standee of Edward Cullen! Check out the other teen book reviews here: http://www.smfpl.org/teen/book reviews and submit your own!

Aaargh Mateys! It's Talk Like a Pirate Day!


Avast, ye landlubbers! It's the annual Talk Like a Pirate Day commemoration. Why? Just because these guys said so! And you can use our Mango Languages database to practice speaking Pirate, just like a real foreign language.

Are you a Reader and a Photographer? Enter this contest!


The Young Adult Library Services Association is sponsoring a photo contest for teens across the country. They're challenging you to create a visual version of your favorite book's title. You could win an e-reader fully loaded with great e-books! Learn more here. Have fun and good luck!

vOTE NOW for Teen Buckeye Book Award


The following five books were chosen by Ohio high school students as their favorite books of 2011--have you read any of them? Vote for your favorite at the Teen Buckeye site.

The Exiled Queen (Seven Realms #2), by Cinda Williams China / Hunger: A Gone novel, by Michael Grant
Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy #6), by Richelle Mead / Things a Brother Knows, by Dana Reinhardt
Five Flavors of Dumb, by Antony John

Outstanding Photos Win Contest!

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Congratulations to the winners of our Photography Contest! The Teen Best in Show award went to Sierra Mazurowski, who also won First and Third in the Altered Photo category. See our Flickr set for all of the winners. The photos are on display in the library until Sept. 16. Look for the contest again next year, and thanks everyone who entered!

Teen Summer Winners announced

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Congratulations to Brandon Macpherson, winner of our Teen Summer Reading Grand Prize ($100 giftcard), and Ruth Amadio, winner of our Teen Summer Guessing Game ($50 giftcard). And thanks to all 302 of you who read books this summer at the library! You rock!

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