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I'm about to blow your mind. Are you ready? The Library is open 24/7. It's true (almost).

You can download e-books and audio books from our E-Library whenever you want! This also means that you can access the Library while you're on vacation, from anywhere with internet access. Just look under Books, Authors, & E-Books for the databases!

Overdrive is our most popular database for downloads. You'll need to install a media console on your computer, but then you'll be able to get tons of books for your computer or iPod.

You can download either audio books (which you listen to) or e-books (which you read). Two of my favourites are Little Brother by Cory Doctorow and Jinx, by Meg Cabot.

While you're browsing, click "Recommend this Title to a Friend" to let your friends know about the awesome books you find!

You will need a library card to download books, so if you haven't got one (or if your fines are sky-high), come in and chat with us!

Supernatural Summer

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Lately, I keep hearing the same thing from teens: "I loved Twilight, but nothing else is as good!" If you, too, are suffering from post-Edward depression, try these great paranormal books!

Prom Nights from Hell

Prom Nights from Hell

Here's a great way to get your Stephenie Meyer fix: read something else by her!

One of the stories in this collection is Meyer's, and you may also find other paranormal authors you like.

In these stories, teen girls meet up with reapers, demons, zombies, vampires, oracles, and more! The tales run the gamut from romantic to funny to scary.

Other authors include Meg Cabot and Michele Jaffe.

You can also watch author Kim Harrison discuss the novel based on her story: Once Dead, Twice Shy.

Evermore

Evermore, by Alyson Noël

Since her family died in a car accident, Ever has strange abilities.

She can see auras, read minds, and know your life story just by touching you.

That's why she avoids touching anyone, which makes her an outcast at school. Her head is full of noise, and she doesn't think she can cope - until she meets gorgeous Damon.

Why does he bring silence with him, and why is he immune to her powers? Who - or what - is he?

Watch a trailer for the book here! You can also check out the author's blog and website.

The Summoning

The Summoning, by Kelley Armstrong

Chloe Saunders is going crazy. At least, that’s what she’s told after she sees a ghost. She is quickly sent to a group home for teens called Lyle House.

But as Chloe gets to know the other teens at the home, she begins to realize that there something odd about everyone.

How does Simon push people without being anywhere near them? Why do objects move of their own accord when Liz is around? What’s with Rae’s thing for fire? ...And what really happens to the teens who are “released”?

Chloe and her friends discover that Lyle House is definitely not your usual group home - and they are all in serious danger. Check out the sequel, The Awakening, and the website / blog. You can also watch a trailer for the book here!

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Night World series, by L.J. Smith

There are nine books in this series so far! Each large volume has three books.

In each book, a supernatural being and a human discover that they are soulmates, and bound together forever.

Can they escape with their lives after defying the laws of the Night World?

Find out in this series, which features vampires, werewolves, witches, and more!

Jessica

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, by Beth Fantaskey

Jessica's senior year is about to be ruined by an exchange student named Lucius. He is looming creepily wherever Jessica goes, and soon he’s at her door.

Lucius claims that Jessica is a vampire princess and he’s her long-lost fiancé. But Jessica refuses to accept her vampiric responsibilities – she is a vegetarian, after all.

Then a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, and things suddenly look different.

Could Jessica really stop a global vampire war? Can she save Lucius' soul? Can she compete with a cheerleader? Check out the author's website here.

Forest of Hands and Teeth

The Forest of Hands and Teeth, by Carrie Ryan

This book never uses the word “zombie,” but it’s all about the walking dead.

Mary’s world is guided by the Sisterhood and protected by the Guardians. It is surrounded by a fence. The fence keeps out the Unconsecrated, who inhabit the Forest of Hands and Teeth.

When Mary’s mother is bitten by one of the Unconsecrated, she is cast into the Forest. Mary is taken in by the Sisterhood, and she quickly discovers that they are hiding something.

Is there humanity beyond the Forest of Hands and Teeth? Is there a part of the world unaffected by the Unconsecrated? Mary is determined to find out. Then the fence is breached.

Need

Need, by Carrie Jones

Don't let the weird gold lipstick on the cover throw you off - this book is really good!

After Zara's stepfather dies, she is shipped off to rural Maine, a place where she can stay "safe." But what does she need to stay safe from?

It turns out Maine isn't all that secure when Zara picks up her very own stalker. Things get even worse when she discovers that he's a pixie.

Unfortunately, he's nothing like Tinkerbell - he's big and menacing, and he's hunting the locals.

Will Zara be able to cope with the death of her stepfather? Will she be able to avoid the creepy pixie? And is that cute guy at school a werewolf?

Wicked Lovely coverInk Exchange coverWicked Lovely, by Melissa Marr

Aislinn knows the rules. Don't stare at faeries, don't speak to faeries. And don't ever attract their attention.

She has always been able to see faeries, and has carefully ignored them. But recently, they have been growing unsettlingly active.

Then Keenan, the Summer King, arrives. Is Aislinn meant to be his Summer Queen?

The sequel is Ink Exchange, and the final book in the series is on order at the library! You can watch the trailer here.

Warning: This Book May Be Hazardous to Your Health

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Wintergirls Cover

Laurie Halse Anderson's newest book has created a controversy: people are worried that it will hurt you.

Anderson's previous books have dealt with serious subject matter such as date rape and slavery. Her newest book, Wintergirls, is about anorexia. It is getting fantastic reviews, and has already been nominated for the Young Adult Library Service Associations' list of Best Books for Young Adults. Despite this, Wintergirls is already being challenged.

Some people are concerned that the book could serve as a "how-to" manual for teens who may become anorexic. Does a book have the power to make you do something that's bad for you?

Anderson has a gift for speaking to teens in an honest voice about subjects that are often avoided. She wrote the book, which is heavily researched, after her readers started telling her about their eating disorders.

In a podcast in this review, Anderson says that she submitted Wintergirls to experts and asked about the possibility of it being a "trigger" that will cause people to develop eating disorders. They told her that our culture "glamorizes" eating disorders, and that actions as simple as watching TV or reading a magazine can be triggers. Anderson notes, "the challenge in the book they felt I had met was to show the entire story. And there's nothing glamorous or lovely about an eating disorer - it's horror."

Another reviewer defends the book: "Teens today are flooded with images that promote a negative body image. This is often linked with a message of success, beauty, control. . . . Laurie Halse Anderson’s exquisite novel provides a better understanding of the disease."

anorexic teen

Meanwhile, the editor of the UK Vogue has (shockingly) denounced major fashion houses for promoting underweight models. She says that the overseas Vogue goes so far as to retouch models to look bigger!

For more information on anorexia and other eating disorders, have a look at the site for the Calgary Eating Disorder Program, the Canadian Mental Health Association, or the National Eating Disorder Information Centre. You can also check out the book Going Hungry.

What do you think? Can Wintergirls cause teens to develop anorexia? Is the fashion world at fault for the larger problem
?

Streaming Music

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How do you get your music? I like to use the library's huge CD collection, but I also listen to streaming music online. Here are some great sites:

finetune

It's easy - type in an artist, and finetune will create a playlist of streaming radio for you. The site has something called a Recommendation Engine, and its job is to give you more music you like, based on you already love. When your playlist is done, finetune gives you a string of code that you can post in your blog or MySpace. Then your friends can hear it, too!

last.fm

Last.fm is a social networking site that lets you create playlists and connect with your friends. It will also connect to iTunes and other music players to automatically create top 10 lists of your favourite songs for you to share.This site will also recommend new artists and has streaming video.

maestro.fm

Maestro.fm is another social music site, which enables you to access the music on your computer through a web browser, from anywhere in the world. You can also listen to your friends' playlists, and get music news, photos, and lyrics.

imeem

imeem is also a social site. This one allows you to tag, comment, and rate your and your friends' content. Like Facebook, you can join groups for your favourite bands or events. This site also supports photos, video, and blogs.

...And don't forget to check out the library's site! Have a look at our newest CDs, and if there's something you want that we don't have, let us know!

The Summer Job

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Job Hunter

It’s summer!

No essays to write, no reports to hand in, no tests to stress out over. Yep, for the next two months, it’s sunshine, relaxation and oh yeah… time to find a summer job.

Although it may not be the most fantastic way to spend the school break, a summer job is a great way to earn money, get work experience and learn a little bit more about what you might want to do (or not do) as career when you finish school for good.

The Calgary Public Library has many resources that can help you find employment this summer. Be sure to take a look at a few from our E-Library and Answers Online:

Career Cruising: an excellent online resource with career matchmaking tests and job profiles.

Nextsteps.org: A website geared specifically towards finding work in Calgary. Includes resume writing tips, interviews with people working here in Calgary and answers to frequently asked questions.

. . . And don't miss the great career books we’ve got in our collection! Try the ones below!

Place a hold Place a hold

If you're more civic-minded, why not volunteer? There are lots of programs at the library that you can help out with - just click here and scroll down to "Youth Volunteer Opportunities."

Download a Book

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Do you know that you can download electronic books and audiobooks from the comfort of your own home?

From the CPL homepage click on the E-Library link and then select "Books, Authors & E-Books". Click on "Overdrive Downloadable E-Books and E-Audiobooks" and log on with your library card to explore the many titles available.

Dowload files to your computer, transfer them to a compatible MP3 player or burn them onto a CD. Overdrive offers MP3 audiobooks that are compatible with the iPod®, iPhone™, the iPod Shuffle or virtually any MP3 player!

Find popular teen titles for leisure reading (or listening) or look for information for your next report. The E-Library is available 24/7!

Oh no! It’s due tomorrow!

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Have no fear…the E-Library is here! Information is at your fingertips 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We have lots of electronic databases that you can use for FREE right from the comfort of your own home. Click on the E-Library link from the Library homepage, enter your library card number and PIN and find answers and full text published articles on any topic! Most of these services are not available on the open Internet, but your library card gives you special access to them.

These are just a few of the databases we have to offer:

Read today's newspapers ffrom around the world in Newspaper Direct Press Display.

Student Research Center will help you find results for homework about events, people, and ideas.

Find current encyclopedia articles and multimedia features in World Book Online Reference Center.

The Shakespeare Collection has complete plays, sonnets, criticism, reviews, images, and theatre prompt books.

Check out these and other databases today!

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