Virtual Anime/Manga Club

What have you been binge-watching while under quarantine? Have you read anything that you’d like to discuss? Sign into Zoom and show off your home collection of anime/manga books, movies, figurines, and art! Tweens/Teens in grades 6-12 only. FREE. 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM. Call (860) 285-1919 or visit windsorlibrary.com/teens for more info.

Virtual Graphic Novel Book Club

Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join Mr. Andy at 4:00PM on Tuesday, May 5 via Zoom. Discuss and critique Gerard Way’s, “Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1-3.

Meets online every Tuesday at 4:00 during the quarantine. All titles are and will be available through the Hoopla app. Email Andy at geary@townofwindsorct.com for Zoom meeting details and more info. 

Virtual Teen Advisory Board

Would you like to create your own web content for the library? Want to share your thoughts on distance learning? Need to earn a few community service credits? Join us on Zoom for our first virtual Teen Advisory Board meeting. 4:00-5:00pm on Wednesday, May 6th.  Teens ages 13-19 only! Call (860) 285-1919 for more information.

Virtual Office Hours

Thursday Afternoons
April 30, May 7, and May 14

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Chat with our Teen Librarian through Zoom.
Email geary@townofwindsorct.com for login info & more.

June 3, 2020
  • LGBTQ Film Fest

    June 3, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    All LGBTQIA+ teens (and allies) are invited to celebrate Pride Month with a selection of films about the teenage LGBTQ community. Login to your personal Netflix account every Wednesday from 4:00-6:00pm and enjoy a library-hosted watch party! Films will be rated PG-13. Call our teen librarian at (860) 285-1919 or email geary@townofwindsorct.com for the watch party URL code.

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Teen Librarian Picks

Exile from Eden

by Andrew Smith

Exile From Eden is author Andrew Smith’s brand new sequel to his award-winning and controversial, Grasshopper Jungle. 

Exile From Eden picks up sixteen years after the bug apocalypse and is just as crazy, funny, and crass as its predecessor. This time, the story revolves around Arek, a sixteen-year-old boy who has grown up in an underground shelter called, “The Hole.” Fans of the first book will instantly recognize his two dads, his mom, and other members of Arek’s bunker family. When Arek inevitably ventures out into the wasteland, he meets mutant bugs, a friendly chimp, and finds love.

Readers can enjoy Smith’s new book without having read the first one, but I’d highly recommend reading both (since multiple characters from the first novel make appearances in this one). If you’re into weird, funny, and interesting science fiction, or if you’ve ever wanted to enjoy a hybrid of The 5th Wave, Slaughterhouse Five, and the Fallout games, this young adult novel is definitely one you should checkout soon!

Not So Pure and Simple

by Lamar Giles

Not So Pure and Simple is the story of a junior in high school named, Del. Del’s had a major crush on a girl named Kiera for most of his life, but he’s never had the guts to ask her out. Del is a virgin, but in order to impress everyone around him (especially his buddy, Qwan), he’s created a ladies’ man image for himself that he’s been fronting all throughout high school. When he finally builds up the courage to connect with Kiera, he gets himself involved in a “purity pledge” at her church. At first, he only does it to get close to her (with basically no intention keeping the pledge), but he starts to realize that the manly charade he’s been living is toxic and that it won’t help him get the girl of his dreams. Giles’s book features some really interesting insights into the way that teen boys think about sex, it has some genuinely laugh-out-loud moments, and it’s a quick and easy read. Definitely pick this one up if you’re looking for feel-good realism with diverse characters.

The Downstairs Girl

by Stacey Lee

Jo Kuan, a 17 year old Chinese-American maid, discovers her voice through the pen by becoming a secret journalist while living in 1890s Atlanta. This book features elegantly employed rhetoric devices and language that illustrate her life post-civil war. A sentence that stuck with me was the contrast of two characters; “Johnny Foturne might be stready as a bird on a fence, but Old Gin is as steady as a bird on a clothes line.” Highly recommended!

Review by, Ingrid Magallanes

Me & Mr. Cigar

by Gibby Haynes

Me & Mr. Cigar is the incredibly funny and extremely bizarre first novel by Gibby Haynes (singer of the 80s/90s band, The Butthole Surfers). Just like that band, this books is undeniably weird but also surprisingly good! Me & Mr. Cigar is one part coming-of-age story, one part science fiction, and the rest is a giant mixture of just about every other genre imaginable. The book centers around a seventeen-year-old boy named Oscar, his furry canine companion, Mr. Cigar, and his estranged sister, Rachel. Though the book is basically a story about a boy and his dog, it’s less like Call of the Wild and more like an episode of Stranger Things (since Mr. Cigar is capable of speaking to Oscar telepathically, moving things around with mind control, and coming up with schemes to overthrow corrupt government corporations). The action kicks off when Rachel contacts Oscar and tells him that she’s being held hostage. Oscar, feeling guilty about the time that Mr. Cigar bit her hand off, and his pup immediately set out to go save her. There’s way too much craziness to unpack here, but at the heart of it all is a genuinely good-natured story of a siblings reconnecting. Me & Mr. Cigar is witty, weird, and well-written.

It also features an awesome supernatural dog.

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