Thursday, March 13, 2014

March: New Titles!

Check out our new YA titles!
Havoc, by Jeff Sampson
Afterglow, by Karsten Knight
Out of Nowhere, by Maria Padian
Meet Me at the River, Nina de Gramont
Chasing Shadows, by Swati Avasthi
The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean, telt by hisself, by David Almond
Perfect Ruin, by Lauren DeStefano
Killer of Enemies, by Joseph Bruchac
Runner, by Carl Deuker
The Darkest Path,  by Jeff Hirsch
Spoils, by Tammer Stein
Twinmaker,  by Sean Williams
The Living by Matt De La Pena
Fake ID by Lamar Giles
Fairest: An Unfortunate Fairy Tale Book 2 by Chanda Hahn
No Place by Todd Strasser
Last Sacrifice: A Vampire Academy Novel, by Richelle Mead
The Engelsfors Trilogy: The Circle, by Sara B. Elfgren

Stop by the library to check out your copy today!

Friday, January 24, 2014

QR Codes!

 Check Out the QR Codes!

The Garland County Library has begun placing QR codes onto Young Adult library books. Once scanned, these QR codes will link the patron to the book trailer for each particular title. Teens will be able to watch the book trailer on their phones and tablets via YouTube  and the patrons will able able to decide whether or not they are interested in reading the book prior to checkout.

        QR stands for Quick Response and the codes have been used by many businesses to advertise their products. The QR scanner app can be easily downloaded to any smartphone or tablet at no cost to the user. Patrons can simply download the app in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store on their smartphones or tablets. 

        For more information on the QR codes and any Young Adult programs happening at the library, please call 501-623-4161 or 501-922-4483. The library program calendar can also be accessed at or scan the QR code below:

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays 
from the Garland County Library!

The Garland County Library will be closed on 
Tuesday, December 24th 
Wednesday, December 25th 
for the Christmas Holiday.  Patrons can still renew items, place holds and check out ebooks and downloadable audiobooks from our website:

Monday, December 9, 2013

New Titles 12-9-13

Check out these new books!

Young Adult Fiction
Juvie, by Steve Watkins
Red, by Alison Cherry
More Than This, by Patrick Ness
The Kingdom of Little Wounds, by Susann Cokal
Man Made Boy, by Jon Skovron
Curtsies & Conspiracies, by Gail Carriger
Across a Star-Swept Sea, by Diana Peterfreund
To Be Perfectly Honest, by Sonya Sones
Little Red Lies, by Julie Johnston
The Watcher in the Shadows, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon


Monday, October 14, 2013

New YA Titles

Check out some of these *NEW* Young Adult titles
at the Garland County Library

Out of this Place, by Emma Cameron
Thorn Abbey, by Nancy Ohlin
The Boyfriend App, by Katie Sise
The Other Countess, by Eve Edwards
Intuition, by C. J. Omololu
My Life After Now, by Jessica Verdi
Tidal: A Watersong Novel, by Amanda Hocking
Truth or Dare, by Jacqueline Green
Kindness for Weakness, by Shawn Goodman
Order of Darkness: Stormbringers Book 2, by Philippa Gregory
The Loop, by Shandy Lawson
Allegra, by Shelley Hrdlitschka
Son of a Gun, by Anne de Graaf
Middle School: My Brother Is a Big Fat Liar, by James Patterson
Beacon Street Girls: Letters from the Heart, by Annie Bryant
Beacon Street Girls: Freaked Out, by Annie Bryant
Anthem For Jackson Dawes, by Gelia Bryce
Legacy of The Clockwork Key, by Kristin Bailey
Sweet Peril, by Wendy Higgins
Riptide, by Lindsey Scheibe
Nobody But Us, by Kristen Halbrook
How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True, by Sarah Strohmeyer
If I Should Die, by Amy Plum
Send Me a Sign, by Tiffany Schmidt
Nantucket Blue, by Leila Howland
Nine Days, by Fred Hiatt
The Babylon Rite, by Tom Knox
Born of Illusion, Teri Brown
Have a Nice Day, Julie Halpern
Boy Nobody, Allen Zadoff
Rush, Eve Silver
Of Beast and Beauty, Stacey Jay
Deviant, Helen FitzGerald
The Girl with the Iron Touch, Kady Cross
Some Girls Bite, Chloe Neill
Burning, by Elana K. Arnold
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, by April Genevieve Tucholke
Starglass, by Phoebe North
Awaken, by Meg Cabot
Stolen Nights, by Rebecca Maizel
Truly, Madly, Deadly, by Hannah Jayne

Saturday, September 7, 2013

To the Nth Power! Nintendo Reviews (by PK)

To the Nth Power! Nintendo Reviews

Greetings, all Nintendo gamers! Coming very soon, I will happily bombard you with a plethora of gaming reviews! My intentions with To the Nth Power! are simply to provide you with my subjective opinion on as many games that come to Nintendo consoles as I can make time for. While human nature is inevitable, I will try to avoid bias as much as possible. It is up for you, as the player, and the only one who can decide if you like a game or not, to make your own informed purchase decisions. Just because any reviewer or me gives a game a high or low score doesn't mean you personally will or will not enjoy the game. I am just one man with one mind. That said, if you and I happen to have similar tastes and I have assisted you with your decision, then my job is done correctly! :D

My reviews will not penalize a game for succeeding at what it intends to accomplish. If a game doesn't need a Triple A budget, online multiplayer or incredibly realistic graphics to be a great game, I am not going to lower its score for lacking the aforementioned elements. Likewise, if a game of any budget feels empty, shallow, or lacking in terms of how worthwhile it is to play, I am going to give it a lower score. When reviewing a game, I will try to balance both the game's overall appeal and its appeal to its target audience.

There are three different types of reviews, depending on the type of game that is under evaluation.

  • The Scorecard (Wii U, 3DS, Wii, DS)
Reviews of games from recent and current generations of Nintendo. The priority will be the newest releases on both Wii U and 3DS, so it will take awhile to catch up on the massive backlog of reviews that any newcomer reviewer is burdened with, but I eventually desire to encompass all of the worthwhile titles across the four most recent Nintendo consoles.

  • eScoreCard (Wii U and 3DS eShops)
Noteworthy eShop titles on both consoles will be given just as much attention as retail releases.

  • Virtual Scorecard (Virtual Console/Retro titles)
Noteworthy Virtual Console titles on both consoles will be given just as much attention as retail releases. As with all sections, eventually the backlog will be chipped away at.

  • Nintendo Essentials Hall of Fame
Near the beginning of every month, I will choose five classic games to be enshrined into a Hall of Fame section. The criteria is that the title must have been released at least twelve years prior before eligibility. (The first month, I will choose ten).

The Review Metrics:
Each of these topics will be discussed in each review, but won't be individually scored.
  • Exposition/Overall Views
  • Gameplay
  • Story
  • Music/Soundtrack
  • Graphics
  • Other (multiplayer/online/replayability)
  • The Judgment Score (with a final summary)

    Disclaimer: I am posting these reviews on the Garland County Library's YA Blog. I am happily employed there, and the library itself is proud to host frequent gaming programs, events, tournaments, etc.You can find information about upcoming events on the library's calendar. There are a few staff members heavily invested in these gaming programs, and we each have different passions and areas of expertise. For example, I personally host and organize the 3DS StreetPass Hot Springs events, so if you have any questions regarding those, you can ask me via comment. Please add both the GCL YA Gaming and StreetPass Hot Springs pages on Facebook. Finally, my opinions do not reflect the opinions of the Garland County Library or my fellow staff members. - PK

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Summer Stats

The Garland County Library
Young Adult Summer Reading Program

**241 Young Adult Books Read**
*39 Young Adult Participants*

Good job!

We are always looking for ways to improve our Young Adult Summer Reading Program.  If you have any comments or suggestions, please e-mail them to