South Kingstown Public Library Teens

Books and Music….?

You might not immediately put books and music together. Yes, there are books about music, but what about books with a soundtrack? That’s right, soundtracks are not just for movies anymore! Here a few books that have their own soundtracks (or at the very least, an integral playlist)—and don’t forget, if you love a song, the library  has tons of CDs that you can borrow!


The Duff by Kody Keplinger

Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger

Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

Music inspires Keplinger! On her website you’ll find a list of songs that either inspired the writing, or reminded her of the characters in her book. From Oasis, to Jack’s Mannequin and Taylor Swift, there’s a little bit of everything on her playlists. Visit her website to see the full listings!

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

In this 2015 Rhode Island Teen Book Award nominee, discovering her talent as a DJ sixteen year old Elise finds strength and passion in music. See the songs here!

Scar Boys by Len Vhahos

This 2016 Rhode Island Teen Book Award nominee about a high school band trying to hit it big uses song titles for each of it’s chapters (plus, the book is based on the author’s own experiences!). You can check out the whole playlist here on Spotify, as well as a great interview with Vlahos about music and his book.

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Teen Read Week: October 18-24th

It’s Teen Read Week!

Teen Read Week is an national literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.

It’s also a week where YOU get a say in what the top book was for last year!

Help pick the Teens’ Top Ten List, a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Voting is open through October 24! Click here to see the nominees and to vote!

We’ll also have plenty of fun book related news and suggestions this week, so check back often!

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Friday Spotlight: Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is a national celebration that focuses on the freedom to read. The main idea of celebrating is to remind everyone that no matter what their age is, they have the right to read the books and materials they choose to read.

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 by the American Library Association when they noticed a large number of books being taken out of schools and libraries. Every year, hundreds of libraries around the country celebrate Banned Books Week by putting up displays of books that have been challenged or banned from a school, bookstore, or library.

These are just some young adult books that have been challenged since 2005…are some of your favorites on there?

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Great Tree of Avalon by T.A. Barron
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer
My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
Deadline by Chris Crutcher
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Romiette & Julio by Sharon Draper
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Lush by Natasha Friend
Shattering Glass by Gail Giles
Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L Going
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Geography Club by Brent Hartinger
Crank by Ellen Hopkins
Jake, Reinvented by Gordon Korman
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Vegan, Virgin, Valentine by Carolyn Mackler
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
Whispers from the Dead by Jean Lowry Nixon
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones
Give a Boy a Gun by Todd Strasser
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

For more information on Banned Books Week, please visit

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Teen Read Week Teen Choice Awards

“It Came From the Library”
Teen Read Week October 14-20

To celebrate Teen Read Week, the South Kingstown Public Library is holding our own Teen Choice Awards! However, we don’t want to know just your favorite book. We want to know more:

What book should be made into a movie?
What book has the best cover?
What book has the best “bad guy”?

Between September 17 and October 12, visit any South Kingstown Public Library branch and fill out your ballot.

The teen choice winners will be announced on Saturday, October 20th at our Teen Read Week Read-a-Thon Celebration!

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