Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave

Imagine you were sold into slavery as an 8 year old child. Now imagine the people that sold you were your parents. This is Shyima Hall’s truth.  She worked 20 Read more...

Posted by on May 19, 2022

Poison Ivy: Thorns

All Pamela Isley wants to do is save the environment. So much so, that she’s willing to kill for it. With the stress of school, a blooming relationship with her Read more...

Posted by on May 5, 2022

Social Justice in Poetry & Verse: A Reading List for Teens

We hope these selections of poetry and books in verse serve to educate and encourage a dialogue on topics of social justice. Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo Xiomara Batista feels Read more...

Posted by on April 2, 2022

Black Voices & Experiences: A Reading List for Teens

We hope these selections serve to educate and encourage a dialogue on topics of centering around Black voices, characters, and communities. Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant Tessa Johnson has Read more...

Posted by on February 4, 2022

Access to Healthcare: A Reading List for Teens

We hope these selections serve to educate and encourage a dialogue around the biases and inequalities that affect access to healthcare and preventative care. These books highlight people and communities Read more...

YTS Staff Picks 2021 – Our Favorite Books of the year

Check out some of our Youth & Teen Services staff favorites, all published in 2021. These books represent a wide variety of formats and intended audiences. We hope you will Read more...

Posted by on November 22, 2021

Worker Rights: A Reading List for Teens

We hope these selections serve to educate and encourage a dialogue around worker’s rights and the labor movement both here in the United States and around the world. Audacity by Read more...

Posted by on October 1, 2021

Manga Essentials

Enjoy this selection of essential manga by Westmont Public Library Librarian, Gil!

Posted by on September 23, 2021

YA BookTok Books

Some of the most popular YA books from TikTok found under the hashtag #BookTok.  A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas Dragged to a treacherous magical land Read more...

Posted by on September 2, 2021

Throne of Glass

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s greatest assassin. After being enslaved and imprisoned, she accepts the Crown Prince’s offer to compete with other assassins and thieves for a chance to serve as Read more...

Posted by on August 12, 2021

Advocacy & Activists: A Reading List for Teens

We hope these selections serve to educate and encourage a dialogue around advocacy, activism and allyship in relation to social justice issues.

Posted by on August 6, 2021

Simon vs the Homo Sapien Agenda

Simon is in love, there is one small catch, he doesn’t know who he is in love with. Simon met Blue on their school’s Tumblr, and soon the two start Read more...

Posted by on July 22, 2021

A Century of Reading: The 1980s

It was rad to be a kid in the 80s! Take a trip down memory lane with some books, movies, and music from the 1980s. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Read more...

Posted by on July 12, 2021

The Upside of Falling

Becca is a hopeless romantic who prefers to live in books rather than reality. After her parents’ divorce, she’s not even sure she believes in love. So for now she’ll Read more...

Posted by on July 8, 2021

Binge Worthy YA Series

This list contains YA series that are complete, from a variety genres. Start with book one and binge your way through the series without having to wait for any upcoming Read more...

Posted by on July 1, 2021

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