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Teen Activities in February!

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TEEN ADVISORY GROUP Are you interested in volunteering at the library? Join our Teen Advisory Group to find out how to get involved and meet other teen volunteers! 
WHEN: Feb 9th at 3pm. (We meet monthly) WHERE: Blue Room TEEN STUDY HALL Need a place to study? Come to the Visalia Branch Library's Homework Center, where we have free wifi, free printing, access to Window 10 laptops, and best of all a distraction-free zone!

WHEN: Tuesdays-Thursday from 3pm-6pm
WHERE: Homework Center

TEEN FILM TALK 

Watch and discuss Belle, a film based on the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the daughter of an English Admiral and a slave, and the landmark case that ended up turning the tide against the slave trade.

WHEN: Feb 9th from 12-3pm
WHERE: Homework Center

TEEN VIRTUAL REALITY 

Experience Virtual Reality with Oculus Rift! Play games like Surgeon Simulator, Job Simulator, Saber Beat, Face Your Fears and more! For teens 13-19. First come, first served. 20 minutes per player.

WHEN: Feb 15th fro…

Teen Summer Internship Opportunity @ the Visalia Branch Library!

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Give Back to Your Community &  Get Valuable Job Experience! 



Teens! If you are at least 15 year old and looking for something to do this summer, think about interning at your local library. We are now accepting applications for The Friends of the Tulare County Library Summer Intern Scholarship at the Visalia Branch Library!

There will be at least four Summer interns selected during our competitive application process. Please pick up an application at the Visalia Branch Library.  

Availability during our business hours this summer, past volunteering experience, and current standing (including attendance at Teen Advisory Group meetings) as a library volunteer will all be weighed as we invite the top 20 applicants to interview.  Teens must be at least 15 years old by June 2019 to apply.

The stipend will be at least $200, awarded after the successful completion of the internship. This scholarship is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Tulare County Library. 

Applications are due by M…

Dark Sky Rising: Reconstruction and the Dawn of Jim Crow, by Henry Louis Gates

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This is a story about America during and after Reconstruction, one of history's most pivotal and misunderstood chapters.
In a stirring account of emancipation, the struggle for citizenship and national reunion, and the advent of racial segregation, the renowned Harvard scholar delivers a book that is illuminating and timely. Real-life accounts drive the narrative, spanning the half century between the Civil War and Birth of a Nation. Here, you will come face-to-face with the people and events of Reconstruction's noble democratic experiment, its tragic undermining, and the drawing of a new "color line" in the long Jim Crow era that followed. In introducing young readers to them, and to the resiliency of the African American people at times of progress and betrayal, Professor Gates shares a history that remains vitally relevant today.



The narrative covers a lot of ground-and does so at occasionally breathtaking speed. The writing is at times lyrical, with repeated phras…

A Danger to Herself and Others, by Alyssa Sheinmel

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Four walls. One window. No way to escape.


Hannah knows there's been a mistake. She doesn't need to be institutionalized. What happened to her roommate at that summer program was an accident. As soon as the doctors and judge figure out that she isn't a danger to herself or others, she can go home to start her senior year. Those college applications aren't going to write themselves. Until then, she's determined to win over the staff and earn some privileges so she doesn't lose her mind to boredom.
Then Lucy arrives. Lucy has her own baggage, and she's the perfect project to keep Hannah's focus off all she is missing at home. But Lucy may be the one person who can get Hannah to confront the secrets she's avoiding―and the dangerous games that landed her in confinement in the first place.



"A respectful, authentic rendering of mental illness and treatment." - Kirkus

"An honest look at one young person's experience with mental illness, as w…

Crown of Feathers, by Nicki Pau Preto

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In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.

Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders—even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.

Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders’ return and intends to destroy them once and for all.





"Crown of Feathers is epic in the truest sense...it's the perfect series kickoff." (Quill and Quire)



Courting Darkness, by Robin Lafevers

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When Sybella accompanies the Duchess to France, she expects trouble, but she isn’t expecting a deadly trap.
Surrounded by enemies both known and unknown, Sybella searches for the undercover assassins from the convent of St. Mortain who were placed in the French court years ago.

Genevieve has been undercover for so many years, she no longer knows who she is or what she’s supposed to be fighting for. When she discovers a hidden prisoner who may be of importance, she takes matters into her own hands.

As these two worlds collide, the fate of the Duchess, Brittany, and everything Sybella and Genevieve have come to love hangs in the balance. 


"Sharp and breathless, full of anger and strength. May the sequel hurry."--Kirkus, starred review

"LaFevers' sharply drawn characters, pointed storytelling, and intricate takes on political intrigue will once again have readers turning pages."--Booklist, starred review

"LaFevers’s blood-soaked, machination-riddled tale capti…

Come Find Me, by Megan Miranda

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After surviving an infamous family tragedy, sixteen-year-old Kennedy Jones has made it her mission to keep her brother's search through the cosmos alive.
But then something disturbs the frequency on his radio telescope--a pattern registering where no signal should transmit.

In a neighboring county, seventeen-year-old Nolan Chandler is determined to find out what really happened to his brother, who disappeared the day after Nolan had an eerie premonition. There hasn't been a single lead for two years, until Nolan picks up an odd signal--a pattern coming from his brother's bedroom.

Drawn together by these strange signals--and their family tragedies--Kennedy and Nolan search for the origin of the mysterious frequency. But the more they uncover, the more they believe that everything's connected--even their pasts--as it appears the signal is meant for them alone, sharing a message that only they can understand. Is something coming for them? Or is the frequency warning them…

Cicada, by Shaun Tan

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Cicada tells the story of a hardworking little cicada who is completely unappreciated for what he does.
But in the end, just when you think he's given up, he makes a transformation into something ineffably beautiful. A metaphor for growing up? A bit of inspiration for the unappreciated striver in all of us? Yes, yes, and more.


* "Filled with both subtlety and grandeur, the book is a unique work that not only fulfills but also expands the potential of its form." -- Booklist, starred review

* "An unashamed paean to the immigrant's spirit, tenacity and guts, perfectly crafted for maximum effect." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "Few will remain unaffected by this timeless stunner." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review