03/08/2021 Library Board Meeting Agenda [PDF]

NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING AND AGENDA

OF THE MIAMI PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD

March 8, 2021

12:05 PM

CONFERENCE ROOM AT MIAMI PUBLIC LIBRARY

200 North Main, Miami, Oklahoma

Filed in the Office of the City Clerk and displayed in the main lobby of the Miami Civic Center and by posting on www.miamiokla.net starting at ________AM/PM on March_________, 2021, pursuant to 25 O.S. § 311(9) (a) and (b).

The meeting may include teleconferencing or videoconferencing with the following members possibly appearing remotely:

a. Ray VandeGiessen (By Teleconference or Videoconference or In Person)

b. Becky Baird (By Teleconference or Videoconference or In Person)

c. Kristina Ulrey (By Teleconference or Videoconference or In Person)

d. Sloane Arana (By Teleconference or Videoconference or In Person)

_______________________________

                                                                                   Melissa Moore, City Clerk

THE BOARD MAY DISCUSS, CONSIDER, VOTE ON, AND/OR MAKE RECOMMENDATION TO THE CITY COUNCIL ON ANY ITEM LISTED IN THIS AGENDA:

  1. Call to Order                                                                                                     
    • Ray VandeGiessen
  1. Public Input and Unscheduled Personal Appearances  
    • Library Board

Each person will be limited to three minutes.  The purpose of this agenda item is to provide an opportunity for citizens’ comments and public announcements.  In keeping with the principals of the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act, Board Members and city staff will not engage in discussion or take any action under this agenda item.  If you seek discussion or further inquiry, please contact the Board Member, the Chairman or the office of the city manager.  Responses to citizen comments, if any, will occur under an applicable Agenda item at this or a future public meeting, or a response may be given by a phone call, personal meeting or a posting on the city website: www.miamiokla.net.

  1. Meeting Minutes for Sept. 2020                                                                       
    • Library Board
  1. Circulation Reports for Sept.-Feb.                                                   
    • Library Board
  1. Library Policy Review                       
    • Library Board
  1. Director’s Report             
    • Marcia Johnson
  1. Other New Business, if Any, Which Has Arisen Since the Posting of the Agenda and Could Not Have Been Anticipated Prior to the Time of Posting (25 O.S. § 311(9)                
    • Library Board
  1. Adjournment

The Miami Public Library Board is committed to making this meeting accessible to all citizens and if special assistance or accommodations are required, please submit your request to the Miami Public Library.  We also ask that all cell phones and pages be turned off or placed on silent.

Thank you.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Miami Public Library Falls in Love With Country-wide Digital Book Club

Library patrons can read and discuss heart-melting romance “Love Lettering” ebook or audiobook for free

Miami, OK – February 10, 2021 – Miami Public Library joins nearly 16,000 public libraries and tens of thousands of readers across the United States in offering the latest Together We Read: US digital book club selection. From February 10 to 24, Miami Public Library patrons can enjoy author Kate Clayborn’s witty romance ebook and audiobook, Love Lettering, for free with no waitlists or holds. Readers can access the digital book by downloading the Libby app or visiting https://okvirtuallibrary.overdrive.com/, and then participate in an online discussion.

The Together We Read: US digital book club connects readers through U.S. public libraries with the same ebook for two weeks and only requires a Miami Public Library card to get started. This free program is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines and creator of the award-winning Libby app.

“This book club is great because it allows readers to interact with others from all over the United States. It gives a broader perspective to the readings and is easily available through the app,” said Callie Cortner, Assistant Library Director.

In Love Lettering, Meg Mackworth’s hand-lettering skill has made her famous by designing custom journals for her New York City clientele. She has another skill too: reading signs that other people miss. Knowing the upcoming marriage of Reid Sutherland and his polished fiancée was doomed to fail is one thing but weaving a secret word of warning into their wedding program is another. A year later, Reid has tracked Meg down to find out how she knew that his meticulously planned future was about to implode. As they gradually open up to each other, both try to ignore a deepening connection between them. But the signs are there—irresistible, indisputable, urging Meg to heed the messages Reid is sending her before it’s too late.

Love Lettering is published by Kensington Books and can be borrowed from participating U.S. libraries during Together We Read between February 10-24. The ebook and audiobook can be read on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets and Chromebook™ without waitlists or holds. Through Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle®” [U.S. libraries only]. The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees. Download Libby or visit https://okvirtuallibrary.overdrive.com/ to get started.

More information about Together We Read: US can be found here.

About Miami Public Library

Miami Public Library is located at 200 N Main St in Miami. The Library is the cornerstone of our community, enriching lives through free resources for learning, fun, and opportunity. For more information, call 918-541-2292 or visit https://miamipl.okpls.org and Facebook @miamipubliclibrary.

About OverDrive

OverDrive strives to create “a world enlightened by reading.” Serving a growing network of 65,000 libraries and schools in 84 countries, OverDrive delivers the industry’s largest digital catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and other content through award-winning apps. The Libby reading app for libraries is one of Popular Mechanics‘ 20 Best Apps of the Decade, while the student reading app Sora is one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2019. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, and was named a Certified B Corp in 2017. www.overdrive.com

Contact:
Callie Cortner
Miami Public Library
918-541-2292
ccortner@miamiokla.net

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Ruby’s Chinese New Year – Vickie Lee and Joey Chou

In this picture book celebrating Chinese New Year, animals from the Chinese zodiac help a little girl deliver a gift to her grandmother. Ruby meets each of the twelve zodiac animals on her journey to get a special card to her grandmother.

The Shortest Day – by Susan Cooper and Carson Ellis

So the shortest day came,
and the year died . . .

What do you do on the shortest day of the year? They built fires and lit candles. They played music, bringing their own light to the darkness, while wondering if the sun would ever rise again.  ” Shortest Day” captures the magic behind the returning of the light, the yearning for traditions that connect us with generations that have gone before — and the hope for peace that we carry into the future.

Native American Night Before Christmas – by Gary Robinson and Jesse T. Humminbird

A creative retelling of the classic Christmas tale. This full-color book takes a whimsical look at what might be happening in other households. Renowned Cherokee artist Jesse Hummingbird’s inspired illustrations transform the author’s playful adaptation into a fresh and modern work of art.

A Savior is Born – by Patti Rokus

An unforgettable picture book that uses stately rock art and simple yet powerful text to inspire wonder and awe as the miracle of Christmas unfolds across the page.

All the Colors of Christmas  – by Matthew Paul Turner

All the COLORS come together when readers are reminded that Christmas is YOU—you’re a part of the story, the joy, and the glory! On each page the author shows us that the holidays are nothing without being with the people we love, celebrating treasured traditions, and making new memories—all in rich color.

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In order to keep our community safer the City of Miami released this statement:

Beginning today, November 16, 2020, masks are required when entering City of Miami owned and operated facilities. This is for the safety of employees, citizens, and our entire community in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Signs are placed outside all our buildings and masks are provided if you need one when entering a building. We appreciate your cooperation in this, as it takes all of us working together!

If you do not have a mask, the library will have masks available to those who would like to enter the building. Masks will need to cover your nose and mouth while inside the library and please remember to social distance at least 6 feet. We also have touchless hand sanitizer stations at both entrances as well as in the adult and children’s departments.

We are still providing curbside services:

  • Call ahead to request your materials and schedule your preferred pick-up time. 918-541-2292
  • At the time of pick-up, pull up to the building and call to let us know what vehicle you are in and your name.
  • We will bring your items out as quickly as possible and place them in your trunk.

Maggie O’Farrel won this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction for her book about Shakespeare’s son, Ken Follett adds another tale that precedes the Pillars of the Earth, and former Miami native Vanessa Lillie provides another spine-tingling thriller which highlights only three of the great reads on this week’s cart.

Apeirogon by Colum McCann
Bassam is Palestinian and Rami is Israeli, but when their world of intractable conflict results in the death of each of their daughters, their loss connects them and they become part of a much larger tale that ranges over centuries and continents.

The Evening and Morning by Ken Follett
In 997 CE, the turbulent end of the Dark Ages, three characters find their lives intertwined in a prequel to The Pillars of the Earth.

For the Best by Vanessa Lillie
After struggling for years to build the perfect family and career, Jules Worthington-Smith is dangerously close to losing everything when her wallet is found next to a dead man and she becomes the prime suspect in his murder.

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
A luminous portrait of a marriage, a shattering evocation of a family ravaged by grief and loss, and a tender and unforgettable re-imagining of a boy whose life has been all but forgotten, and whose name was given to one of his father’s most celebrated plays.

The Harbinger II: The Return by Jonathan Cahn
When Nouriel, Ana Goren, and the Prophet return, they come with mysteries to be unlocked through the giving of ancient seals, and they also bring dreams and a little girl as mysterious as the prophet. 

How to Lead: Wisdom from the World’s Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers by David Rubenstein
Learn the principles and guiding philosophies of Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Warren Buffett, Oprah Winfrey, and many others through illuminating conversations about their remarkable lives and careers.

Killing Crazy Horse: The Merciless Indian Wars in America by Bill O’Reilly
A gripping journey through the American West and the historic clashes between Native Americans and settlers.

The Paris Secret by Natasha Lester
A historical novel about a secret collection of Dior gowns that ties back to the first female pilots of WWII and a heartbreaking story of love and sacrifice.

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
Piranesi’s house which he lives to explore is an astonishing new world, an infinite labyrinth, full of startling images and surreal beauty, haunted by the tides and the clouds.

Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising by Timothy Zahn
As Thrawn’s first command probes deeper into the vast stretch of space his people call the Chaos, he realizes that the mission he has been given is not what it seems. 

Storey’s Curious Compendium of Practical and Obscure Skills
by How-To Experts at Storey Publishing
Anyone curious about the myriad ways people have taught themselves to make, grow, and build things will find everything they’ve ever wondered about in this colorful, inviting volume. 

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
A deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction and grief–a novel about faith, science, religion, love.

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini
During a routine survey mission on an uncolonized planet, Kira’s elation at finding an alien relic turns to terror when the ancient dust around her begins to move.

Total Power by Vince Flynn
It’s a race against the clock when ISIS takes out the entire US power grid and throws the country into chaos.

Many of the books on this week’s cart are written by well-known authors or authors you should get to know. There are some suspense thrillers with or without vampires, some family books about choices taken or not taken, historical fiction and history that is true. Read more about each of them below.

All the Devils are Here by Louise Penny
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec investigates a sinister plot involving his godfather and a dark secret in the City of Lights.

Chaos by Iris Johansen
When CIA agent Alisa Flynn flaunts the rules by breaking into a mansion in the middle of the night, she is caught by the owner billionaire Gabe Korgan, and she has only a spit second to try to convince him to join her on the most important mission of her life.

Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything About Race, Gender and Identity—And Why This Harms Everybody by Helen Pluckrose
While acknowledging the need to challenge the complacency of those who think a just society has been fully achieved, Pluckrose breaks down how often-radical activist scholarship does far more harm than good, not least to those marginalized communities it claims to champion. 

Dark Song by Christine Feehan
Before he found Elisabeta, Ferro Arany was an ancient warrior without emotion, but he knows it will take more than kind words and soft touches to convince the fractured woman that they are partners, not master and prisoner.

Dear Ann by Bobbie Ann Mason
A woman looks back on her life, her first love and the choices she made in a tale of grief, regret and memory, wrapped in a compelling story of first love.

The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld
A best seller in the Netherlands, this book offers readers a rare vision of rural and religious life in the Netherlands that asks: In the absence of comfort and care, what can the mind of a child invent to protect itself? 

The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline
An emotionally resonant, historical novel that captures the hardship, oppression, opportunity and hope of a trio of women’s lives—two English convicts and an orphaned Aboriginal girl — in nineteenth-century Australia.

His Truth is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope
by Jon Meacham
An intimate and revealing portrait of civil rights icon and longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis, linking his life to the painful quest for justice in America from the 1950s to the present–from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Soul of America.

How to Educate a Citizen: The Power of Shared Knowledge to Unify a Nation by E. D. Hirsch
A clear and well-grounded argument for why a knowledge-centric education is critical for enhancing educational equity. 

The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante
An up-close portrait of a woman reflecting back on the mysterious years of her adolescence, the transition from child to adult, from youthful ignorance to a deeper, more complicated understanding about her city, those around her, and ultimately, herself

Monogamy by Sue Miller
Derailed by the sudden passing of her husband of thirty years, an artist on the brink of a gallery opening struggles to pick up the pieces of her life before discovering harrowing evidence of her husband’s affair.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2021 by Old Farmers Almanac
A best-selling annual, the handy yellow book fulfills every need and expectation as a calendar of the heavens, a time capsule of the year, an essential reference that reads like a magazine.

One by One by Ruth Ware
A trendy London-based tech startup, organizes a weeklong trip for the team in the French Alps, but as tensions between coworkers mount a storm is also brewing outside causing an avalanche that leaves them cut off from all access.

A Question of Betrayal: An Elena Standish Novel by Anne Perry
As Elena gets word of a secret group working to put Austria in the hands of Germany, her older sister, Margot, is in Berlin to watch a childhood friend get married–to a member of the Gestapo.

Red Pill by Hari Kunzru
An author receives a prestigious writing fellowship in Germany, but he soon finds himself searching for order in a world that frames madness as truth.

Robert B. Parker’s Fool’s Paradise by Mike Lupica
When a body is discovered at the lake in Paradise, Police Chief Jesse Stone is surprised to find he recognizes the murder victim–the man had been at the same AA meeting as Jesse the evening before.

Shadows in Death by J. D. Robb
When a night out at the theatre is interrupted by the murder of a young woman in Washington Square Park, it seems like an ordinary case for Detective Eve Dallas, but when Roarke spots a shadow from his past in the crowd, Eve realizes that this case is far from business as usual.

Something Worth Doing by Jane Kirkpatrick
Pioneer Abigail Scott denies herself the joys of a simpler life to achieve her dream of securing rights for women, but running a controversial newspaper and leading suffrage efforts in the Northwest carry a great personal cost.

The Stone Wall by Beverly Lewis
Eager to begin a new chapter as a Lancaster County tour guide, Anna searches for the answers of her grandmother’s past–a mystery due to the elderly woman’s Alzheimer’s, but Anna is also faced with a difficult choice between a Mennonite man and an Amish widower.

What Are You Going Through by Sigrid Nunez
A woman describes a series of encounters she has with various people in the ordinary course of her life, all with the common need to talk about themselves and to have an audience to their experiences, but when one of them makes an extraordinary request she finds herself drawn into an intense and transformative experience of her own.

Shelf of books

From a literary cabinet of curiosities about the natural world to the pulse-pounding thrills about two different women whose paths intersect as they try to escape their fates, this is a shelf of new books that you don’t want to miss! We are open for business, but we also still do curbside if you prefer.

Blacktop Wasteland by S. A. Cosby
A searing, operatic story of a man pushed to his limits by poverty, race, and his own former life of crime.

Crooked Hallelujah by Kelli Jo Ford
Crooked Hallelujah tells the stories of Justine–a mixed-blood Cherokee woman– and her daughter, Reney, as they move from Eastern Oklahoma’s Indian Country in the hopes of starting a new, more stable life in Texas amid the oil bust of the 1980s. 

Every Kind of Wicked by Lisa Black
Forensics expert Maggie Gardiner is swept up in a dangerous web of lies when detective Jack Renner’s investigation into a university student’s death violently converges with a suspicious overdose case being overseen by Maggie’s homicide detective ex.

Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family  by Omid Scobie
Up-close and disarming portrait of a confident, influential and forward-thinking couple who are unafraid to break with tradition, determined to create a new path away from the spotlight, and dedicated to building a humanitarian legacy that will make a profound difference in the world.

The Last Flight by Julie Clark
Two women meet in an airport, both alone, both scared, and both urgently needing an escape from their lives, but after exchanging tickets there is a plane crash and it becomes clear that one of them wasn’t telling the truth.

The Last Great Road Bum by Hector Tobar
A novel based on the peripatetic true story of a naive son of Urbana, Illinois, who died fighting with guerrillas in El Salvador.

The Memory of Souls by Jenn Lyons
Trying to convince the king of the Vanae to forfeit his people’s immortality to save humanity, Kihrin discovers that his growing connection to Vol Karoth is posing an even greater threat in this sequel to The Name of All Things.

Royal by Danielle Steel
When a tragic turn of events leaves an infant orphaned, the child is raised in humble circumstances by a stable manager and his wife and no one, not even she, knows of her lineage. 

Separated: Inside an American Tragedy by Jacob Soboroff
Soboroff zooms in on the White House’s decision to separate children from their parents as a deterrent to border crossers and how, in the face of congressional inaction, a cadre of presidential advisers can introduce policies with shocking, unintended consequences.

Someone to Romance by Mary Balogh
Once she’s twenty-five, Lady Jessica Archer decides it’s time to wed though she no longer believes she will find true love.

Squeeze Me by Carl Hiaasen
Angie Armstrong, wildlife wrangler extraordinaire, is summoned to a posh island to deal with a mysterious and impolite influx of huge, hungry pythons.

Superman’s Not Coming: Our National Water Crisis and What We the People Can do about It by Erin Brockovich
From the environmental activist, consumer advocate, renowned crusader, and champion fighter whose courageous case against Pacific Gas and Electric was dramatized in the Oscar-winning film comes a book to inspire change that looks at our present situation with water and reveals the imminent threats to our most precious, essential element as it shows us how, in large and practical ways, we can each take action to make changes in our cities, our towns, and our villages before it is too late.

Thick as Thieves by Sandra Brown
Arden Maxwell, a daughter of the man who disappeared twenty years ago after a heist, has never reconciled with her father’s abandonment of her and her sister, but when she returns to her hometown to get answers his two co-conspirators are watching her every move.

Vesper Flights by Helen MacDonald
Helen Macdonald brings together a collection of her best loved essays, along with new pieces on topics ranging from nostalgia for a vanishing countryside to the tribulations of farming ostriches to her own private vespers while trying to fall asleep.

Whirlwind by Janet Daily
Everyone’s talking about Whirlwind at this year’s Professional Bull Rider’s Competition, but the promising young bull is the last thing on Shane Tully’s mind once he lays eyes on the lady responsible for bringing Whirlwind to the arena. 

You Lucky Dog by Julia London
An accidental dog swap unleashes an unexpected love match in this new romantic comedy celebrating the special bond between humans and dogs. 

1. Orange for the Sunsets by Tina Athaide

Asha and her best friend, Yesofu, never cared about the differences between them: Indian. African. Girl. Boy. Short. Tall. But when Idi Amin announces that Indians have ninety days to leave the country, suddenly those differences are the only things that people in Entebbe can see—not the shared after-school samosas or Asha cheering for Yesofu at every cricket game. Determined for her life to stay the same, Asha clings to her world tighter than ever before. But Yesofu is torn, pulled between his friends, his family, and a promise of a better future. Now as neighbors leave and soldiers line the streets, the two friends find that nothing seems sure—not even their friendship.

2. This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy

In 1956, one year before federal troops escorted the Little Rock 9 into Central High School, fourteen year old Jo Ann Allen was one of twelve African-American students who broke the color barrier and integrated Clinton High School in Tennessee. At first things went smoothly for the Clinton 12, but then outside agitators interfered, pitting the townspeople against one another. Uneasiness turned into anger, and even the Clinton Twelve themselves wondered if the easier thing to do would be to go back to their old school. Jo Ann–clear-eyed, practical, tolerant, and popular among both black and white students—found herself called on as the spokesperson of the group. But what about just being a regular teen? This is the heartbreaking and relatable story of her four months thrust into the national spotlight and as a trailblazer in history. Based on original research and interviews and featuring backmatter with archival materials and notes from the authors on the co-writing process.

3. New Kid by Jerry Craft

Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds—and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself?

4. Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

Isabelle should be blissfully happy – she’s about to win the handsome prince. Except Isabelle isn’t the beautiful girl who lost the glass slipper and captured the prince’s heart. She’s the ugly stepsister who’s cut off her toes to fit into Cinderella’s shoe . . . which is now filling with her blood.
When the prince discovers Isabelle’s deception, she’s turned away in shame. It’s no more than she deserves: she’s a plain girl in a world that values beauty; a bold girl in a world that wants her to be pliant.

5. Never Caught: The Story of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington’s Courageous Slave Who Dared to Run Away by Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Kathleen Van Cleve

In this incredible narrative, Erica Armstrong Dunbar reveals a fascinating and heartbreaking behind-the-scenes look at the Washingtons when they were the First Family—and an in-depth look at their slave, Ona Judge, who dared to escape from one of the nation’s Founding Fathers.
Born into a life of slavery, Ona Judge eventually grew up to be George and Martha Washington’s “favored” dower slave. When she was told that she was going to be given as a wedding gift to Martha Washington’s granddaughter, Ona made the bold and brave decision to flee to the north, where she would be a fugitive.

6. Focused by Alyson Gerber

Clea can’t control her thoughts. She knows she has to do her homework . . . but she gets distracted. She knows she can’t just say whatever thought comes into her head . . . but sometimes she can’t help herself. She know she needs to focus . . . but how can she do that when the people around her are always chewing gum loudly or making other annoying noises?
It’s starting to be a problem–not just in school, but when Clea’s playing chess or just hanging out with her best friend. Other kids are starting to notice. When Clea fails one too many tests, her parents take her to be tested, and she finds out that she has ADHD, which means her attention is all over the place instead of where it needs to be.

7. Allies by Alan Gratz

Welcome to D-Day. Dee, a young U.S. soldier, is on a boat racing toward the French coast. And Dee — along with his brothers-in-arms — is terrified. He feels the weight of World War II on his shoulders.
But Dee is not alone. Behind enemy lines in France, a girl named Samira works as a spy, trying to sabotage the German army. Meanwhile, paratrooper James leaps from his plane to join a daring midnight raid. And in the thick of battle, Henry, a medic, searches for lives to save.

8. Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson by Katherine Johnson

As a young girl, Katherine Johnson showed an exceptional aptitude for math. In school she quickly skipped ahead several grades and was soon studying complex equations with the support of a professor who saw great promise in her. But ability and opportunity did not always go hand in hand. As an African American and a girl growing up in an era of brutal racism and sexism, Katherine faced daily challenges. Still, she lived her life with her father’s words in mind: “You are no better than anyone else, and nobody else is better than you.” In the early 1950s, Katherine was thrilled to join the organization that would become NASA. She worked on many of NASA’s biggest projects including the Apollo 11 mission that landed the first men on the moon.

9. It’s the End of the World as I Know it by Matthew Landis

Ever since his mother was killed in the line of duty in Iraq, Derrick has been absolutely certain that the apocalypse is coming. And he’s prepared: he’s got plenty of canned goods, he’s fully outfitted with HAZMAT suits, and he’s building himself a sturdy fallout shelter. When his neighbor Misty insists on helping with the shelter, Derrick doesn’t think it’s such a good idea. Misty’s just had a kidney transplant, and her reaction to her brush with death is the opposite of Derrick’s: where Derrick wants to hide, Misty wants to see and do everything. But as confident as Misty is, Derrick’s doomsday fears just keep getting worse. And Derrick’s promised apocalypse day begins with a very strange disaster, Derrick and Misty have to figure out a way to survive–especially when the end of the world as they know it looks nothing like they expected.

10. A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee

Twelve-year-old Shayla is allergic to trouble. All she wants to do is to follow the rules. (Oh, and she’d also like to make it through seventh grade with her best friendships intact, learn to run track, and have a cute boy see past her giant forehead.) But in junior high, it’s like all the rules have changed. Now she’s suddenly questioning who her best friends are and some people at school are saying she’s not black enough. Wait, what?Shay’s sister, Hana, is involved in Black Lives Matter, but Shay doesn’t think that’s for her. After experiencing a powerful protest, though, Shay decides some rules are worth breaking. She starts wearing an armband to school in support of the Black Lives movement. Soon everyone is taking sides. And she is given an ultimatum.

11. Pay Attention Carter Jones by Gary D. Schmidt

Carter Jones is astonished early one morning when he finds a real English butler, bowler hat and all, on the doorstep – one who stays to help the Jones family, which is a little bit broken.
In addition to figuring out middle school, Carter has to adjust to the unwelcome presence of this new know-it-all adult in his life and navigate the butler’s notions of decorum. And ultimately, when his burden of grief and anger from the past can no longer be ignored, Carter learns that a burden becomes lighter when it is shared.

12. Our Castle by the Sea by Lucy Strange

Growing up in a lighthouse, 11-year-old Pet’s world has been one of storms, secret tunnels, and stories about sea monsters. But now the country is at war and the clifftops are a terrifying battleground. Pet will need to muster all her bravery to uncover why her family is being torn apart.

13. A Time Traveler’s Theory of Relativity by Nicole Valentine

Twelve-year-old Finn is used to people in his family disappearing. His twin sister, Faith, drowned when they were three years old. A few months ago, his mom abandoned him and his dad with no explanation. Finn clings to the concrete facts in his physics books―and to his best friend, Gabi―to ward off his sadness. But then his grandmother tells him a secret: the women in their family are Travelers, able to move back and forth in time. Finn’s mom is trapped somewhere in the timeline, and she’s left Finn a portal to find her. But to succeed, he’ll have to put his trust in something bigger than logic.

14. Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

Jude never thought she’d be leaving her beloved older brother and father behind, all the way across the ocean in Syria. But when things in her hometown start becoming volatile, Jude and her mother are sent to live in Cincinnati with relatives. At first, everything in America seems too fast and too loud. The American movies that Jude has always loved haven’t quite prepared her for starting school in the US—and her new label of “Middle Eastern,” an identity she’s never known before. But this life also brings unexpected surprises—there are new friends, a whole new family, and a school musical that Jude might just try out for. Maybe America, too, is a place where Jude can be seen as she really is.

15.  Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams

There are ninety-six things Genesis hates about herself. She knows the exact number because she keeps a list. Like #95: Because her skin is so dark, people call her charcoal and eggplant—even her own family. And #61: Because her family is always being put out of their house, belongings laid out on the sidewalk for the world to see. When your dad is a gambling addict and loses the rent money every month, eviction is a regular occurrence. What’s not so regular is that this time they all don’t have a place to crash, so Genesis and her mom have to stay with her grandma. It’s not that Genesis doesn’t like her grandma, but she and Mom always fight—Grandma haranguing Mom to leave Dad, that she should have gone back to school, that if she’d married a lighter skinned man none of this would be happening, and on and on and on. But things aren’t all bad. Genesis actually likes her new school; she’s made a couple friends, her choir teacher says she has real talent, and she even encourages Genesis to join the talent show.

1. With The Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions—doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. Even though she dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows that it’s not worth her time to pursue the impossible. Yet despite the rules she thinks she has to play by, once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free.

2. The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

Traveling with her treasure-hunting father has always been a dream for Theodora. She’s read every book in his library, has an impressive knowledge of the world’s most sought-after relics, and has all the ambition in the world. What she doesn’t have is her father’s permission. That honor goes to her father’s nineteen-year-old protégé—and once-upon-a-time love of Theodora’s life—Huck Gallagher, while Theodora is left to sit alone in her hotel in Istanbul. Until Huck returns from an expedition without her father and enlists Theodora’s help in rescuing him. Armed with her father’s travel journal, the reluctant duo learns that her father had been digging up information on a legendary and magical ring that once belonged to Vlad the Impaler—more widely known as Dracula—and that it just might be the key to finding him.

3. Last Bus to Everland by Sophie Cameron

Brody Fair feels like nobody gets him: not his overworked parents, not his genius older brother, and definitely not the girls in the projects set on making his life miserable. Then he meets Nico, an art student who takes Brody to Everland, a “knock-off Narnia” that opens at 11:21pm each Thursday for Nico and his band of present-day misfits and miscreants. Here Brody finds his tribe and a weekly respite from a world where he feels out of place. But when the doors to Everland begin to disappear, Brody is forced to make a decision: He can say goodbye to Everland and to Nico, or stay there and risk never seeing his family again.

4. Superman: Dawnbreaker by Matt de la Peña

Clark Kent has always been faster, stronger–better–than everyone around him. But it’s not like he’s earned his powers . . . yet. Lately it’s difficult to hold back and keep his heroics in the shadows. When Clark follows the sound of a girl crying, he comes across Gloria Alvarez and learns that people are disappearing from the Mexican-American and undocumented worker community in Smallville. Teaming up with his best friend, Lana Lang, Clark discovers that before he can save the world, he must save Smallville.

5. Sorry for Your Loss by Jessie Ann Foley

As the youngest of eight, painfully average Pup Flanagan is used to flying under the radar. He’s barely passing his classes. He lets his longtime crush walk all over him. And he’s in no hurry to decide on a college path. The only person who ever made him think he could be more was his older brother Patrick. But that was before Patrick died suddenly, leaving Pup with a family who won’t talk about it and acquaintances who just keep saying, “sorry for your loss.” When Pup excels at a photography assignment he thought he’d bomb, things start to come into focus. His dream girl shows her true colors. An unexpected friend exposes Pup to a whole new world, right under his nose. And the photograph that was supposed to show Pup a way out of his grief ultimately reveals someone else who is still stuck in their own. Someone with a secret regret Pup never could have imagined.

6. The How and the Why by Cynthia Hand

Cassandra McMurtrey has the best parents a girl could ask for; they’ve given Cass a life she wouldn’t trade for the world. She has everything she needs—but she has questions, too. Like, to know who she is. Where she came from. Questions her adoptive parents can’t answer, no matter how much they love her. But eighteen years ago, someone wrote Cass a series of letters. And they may just hold the answers Cass has been searching for. Alternating between Cass’s search for answers and letters from the pregnant teen who placed her for adoption, this emotionally resonant narrative is the perfect read for fans of Nina LaCour and Jandy Nelson.

7. Spin by Lamar Giles

When rising star Paris Secord (aka DJ ParSec) is found dead on her turntables, it sends the local music scene reeling. No one is feeling that grief more than her shunned pre-fame best friend, Kya, and ParSec’s chief groupie, Fuse — two sworn enemies who happened to be the ones who discovered her body.

8. Refraction by Naomi Hughes

Marty Callahan still remembers the earth before the fog, before all the mirrors turned deadly. Everything changed one year ago when an alien ship was destroyed over earth. No one knows why the shattered ship covered the world in fog, or how it turned mirrors into portals for vicious monsters. All Marty knows is that his small coastal town is one of the few remaining safe havens. Though all reflective surfaces are now illegal to protect what’s left of the population, mirrors still have unique uses and the demand continues to rise. Seizing the opportunity, Marty becomes a distributor in an illegal mirror trade until he’s caught by the mayor’s son, whose slate is far from clean. The punishment for their crimes is exile, and both of them are sent to one of the many abandoned and dangerous cities overrun by fog.

9. A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.
Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

10. Catfishing on CatNet by Naomi Kritzer

Because her mom is always on the move, Steph hasn’t lived anyplace longer than six months. Her only constant is an online community called CatNet—a social media site where users upload cat pictures—a place she knows she is welcome. What Steph doesn’t know is that the admin of the site, CheshireCat, is a sentient A.I. When a threat from Steph’s past catches up to her and ChesireCat’s existence is discovered by outsiders, it’s up to Steph and her friends, both online and IRL, to save her.

11. Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller

As her father’s chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: To win back her honor, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying.

12. Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

Jay Reguero plans to spend the last semester of his senior year playing video games before heading to the University of Michigan in the fall. But when he discovers that his Filipino cousin Jun was murdered as part of President Duterte’s war on drugs, and no one in the family wants to talk about what happened, Jay travels to the Philippines to find out the real story. Hoping to uncover more about Jun and the events that led to his death, Jay is forced to reckon with the many sides of his cousin before he can face the whole horrible truth — and the part he played in it.

13. Birthday by Meredith Russo

ERIC: There was the day we were born. There was the minute Morgan and I decided we were best friends for life. The years where we stuck by each other’s side―as Morgan’s mom died, as he moved across town, as I joined the football team, as my parents started fighting. But sometimes I worry that Morgan and I won’t be best friends forever. That there’ll be a day, a minute, a second, where it all falls apart and there’s no turning back the clock.
MORGAN: I know that every birthday should feel like a new beginning, but I’m trapped in this mixed-up body, in this wrong life, in Nowheresville, Tennessee, on repeat. With a dad who cares about his football team more than me, a mom I miss more than anything, and a best friend who can never know my biggest secret. Maybe one day I’ll be ready to become the person I am inside. To become her. To tell the world. To tell Eric. But when?
Six years of birthdays reveal Eric and Morgan’s destiny as they come together, drift apart, fall in love, and discover who they’re meant to be―and if they’re meant to be together. From the award-winning author of If I Was Your Girl, Meredith Russo, comes a heart-wrenching and universal story of identity, first love, and fate.

14. Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

Ronan Lynch is a dreamer. He can pull both curiosities and catastrophes out of his dreams and into his compromised reality.
Jordan Hennessy is a thief. The closer she comes to the dream object she is after, the more inextricably she becomes tied to it.
Carmen Farooq-Lane is a hunter. Her brother was a dreamer . . . and a killer. She has seen what dreaming can do to a person. And she has seen the damage that dreamers can do. But that is nothing compared to the destruction that is about to be unleashed.

15. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill. But it’s hard to get your come up when you’re labeled a hoodlum at school, and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral . . . for all the wrong reasons. Bri soon finds herself at the center of a controversy, portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. But with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri doesn’t just want to make it—she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be.