Mackenzi Lee Instagram Q&A

My goodness, it has been awhile! Welcome to 2019, dear readers! To start us off in the new year, I thought I would introduce you to one of our new part-time reference assistants, Chelsea! Chelsea has, of course, been recently stalking one of her favorite young adult authors, as we all do (shoutout to Leigh Bardugo’s fabulous Instagram page). And she wanted to share this Q&A she found with YA author Mackenzi Lee. Lee allowed her Instagram followers to ask her for YA book suggestions, and boy did she deliver! I will let Chelsea take it from here!

While Insta-stalking one of my favorite authors, Amie Kaufman (The Illuminae Files), she
introduced me (well, all of her followers, really, but when watching an Instastory, don’t you want to feel like you’re the only one she’s talking to?) to her friend, and author, Mackenzi Lee. Lee is known for This Monstrous Thing, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, and it’s sequel The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, all appearing on the New York Times Bestseller list.


From her website:


On her Instagram, Mackenzi posed the question “What do you want to read?” She received many responses, and out of the sheer goodness of her heart, recommended a different book for each request. These requests ranged from “Joyful women historical” to “something good or funny with a trans main character” to “creepy/ghosty” and everything in between! A lot of these requests are very specific and some are pretty generic. You’ll be sure to find something that tickles your fancy! She even recommends her own book; but I would, wouldn’t you?

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Japanimation Reminder!

Happy Thursday my friends! Despite the week almost being over, we still have stuff going on at SPL!

Tonight is Japanimation at 6pm, and it’s going to be a good one.

Firstly, I have a whole list of stuff that will be coming in with the winter order that I am so excited to tell you about! This includes stuff like Laid Back CampSweetness and LighteningAo Haru Ride, and Haikyu! I am definitely the most excited about Laid Back Camp, because it is currently my favorite anime, so I am thrilled we’ll be getting it in a couple months in manga form.


Also, we’ll have a couple of pretty awesome prizes to give out tonight. We’ll be raffling off two official movie posters of My Hero Academia this evening, so make sure you show up and get your chance to win one!


So, like I mentioned above, get yourself to the Smith Public Library this evening at 6pm for some anime, prizes, snacks, and manga discussion. We’ll be in the storytime room waiting for you!


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What’s Happening This Week @ SPL

Welcome to Halloweek, my friends!


Now I know you are all going to be dressing up and partying this week, but there is also plenty to do at the Smith Public Library. You can even come in costume! We’ll be sporting our’s all day on Wednesday, so feel free to wear your’s as well!

This week is Teen Book Club, and we will be discussing The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron:

Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.

In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.

But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.

Sounds crazy, right? Well come hang out with us on Thursday night, November 1st at 6pm, as we rant and rave about this October pick. There will be snacks and good times to be had by all.


In other big news, we have gotten in all of our copies of Sarah J. Maas’s Kingdom of Ash, the conclusion to the AMAZING Throne of Glass series.

As of right now, all of them are checked out except two. So come and grab your copy soon, or place a hold on it here! Who is your favorite Throne of Glass character? Tell us in the comments!



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What’s Happening This Week @ SPL

Happy Monday everyone!

It’s the 22nd of October, and we are officially only nine days away from Halloween! So besides watching Hocus Pocus for the 500th time this season, or awaiting the premiere of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, what else should you do this week? Well let me tell you.


The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina premieres on Netflix this Friday!

We’ve got a costume contest here at the library, tomorrow evening (Tuesday the 23rd), from 5:30-7pm. And everyone is welcome to participate, especially teens! It’s $1 to enter, and all proceeds benefit the Friends of the Smith Public Library. So if you can’t wait till next week to break out your fabulous Halloween costume, come on down to SPL and win a prize for how awesome you look!

You guys want to know something else?

If you rearrange the letters SPL (Smith Public Library), you can get PSL (pumpkin spice latte) instead. Clearly, I am a genius.


This is all I drink all fall.

Anyway, everyone have a fabulous week! Don’t forget to get spooky and turn on some chilling tunes on Spotify. We’ll be jamming along here in the teen room right there with you.

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In Her Skin by Kim Savage

What It’s About: Sixteen-year-old con artist Jo Chastain is about to take on the biggest scam of her life: impersonating a missing girl. Life on the streets of Boston these past few years hasn’t been easy, and Jo is hoping to cash in on a little safety, a little security. She finds her opportunity in the Lovecrafts, a wealthy family with ties to the unsolved disappearance of Vivienne Weir, who vanished when she was nine.
When Jo takes on Vivi’s identity and stages the girl’s miraculous return, the Lovecrafts welcome her back with open arms. They give her everything she could want: love, money, and proximity to their intoxicating and unpredictable daughter, Temple. But nothing is as it seems in the Lovecraft household—and some secrets refuse to stay buried. As hidden crimes come to the surface, and lines of deception begin to blur, Jo must choose to either hold onto an illusion of safety, or escape the danger around her before it’s too late.
Andrea Says: This boo51csnngumfl-_sx346_bo1204203200_k was so gripping and suspenseful that when the inevitable twist surfaces I still wasn’t sure how it would end. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy plot twists and suspense. Part of the story deals with Jo’s homelessness and it touches on the dangers that the young are subjected to on the streets, however it is dealt with in a subtle, non-exploitative manner. The book begins with Jo, a homeless girl who has just lost her mother to an abusive boyfriend. When Jo discovers the story of Vivienne, the girl who went missing from an affluent neighborhood years ago, she sees her opportunity to change her circumstances and give herself the safety and security she does not have on the streets. Posing as the lost Vivienne, Jo is accepted by the Lovecrafts, the family who received custody of the lost girl after her parent’s death. At first everything goes as planned, but things are not as they seem, and soon Jo finds that her new circumstances may be more dangerous than life on the streets.

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Introductions, Introductions…

Hi All!

I just wanted to stop by and make a quick post to officially introduce myself. My name is Kelsey Sidwell, and I am your brand new teen librarian here at the Smith Public Library! Audrey and I are both excited about this new development, and she promises to stop by and visit the blog every now and then.

So, a little background. I have been at SPL since 2011, when the new building opened and we moved over from the tiny, old library on Thomas Street. I have been working in youth services for nearly all of those 7 years, but I just finished my master’s degree in library science, so I am officially a real librarian now!

I’m excited to get to work in teen services, and will be running all of our great teen programs from here on out. I am already planning some super fun stuff for next summer, so make sure you check back and see what we have in store.

To make all this introduction stuff a little bit easier, I threw together the graphic below with a few of my favorites included. I am obsessed with everything by Sarah J. Maas, my cats, coffee, and Lorde. If you guys have any questions for me, please include them in the comments below and I promise to try and answer!



Meet Kelsey

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Mary’s Monster: Love, Madness and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein by Lita Judge

About: This free-verse biography with black-and-white watercolor illustrations depicts “Frankenstein’s” young author, Mary Shelley.

Ofilia’s Thoughts: This year marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein so this biography of Mary Shelley comes at a perfect time. This is a gorgeous book that tells an ugly story. Fully illustrated, Judge uses poems to narrate the life of Mary Shelley. She met the promising poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley, at 16 and ran away with him. Soon she found herself unwed and pregnant while Shelley was cheating on her with her own stepsister. As if this wasn’t awful enough, her infant died at 10 days old because she was born premature. The sorrow doesn’t end there. Judge argues that the pain and misery that Shelley endured at such a young age is what gave her the basis for her famous literary monster. She recounts hardship after hardship all the while the monster seems to grow in the illustrations in the background. Sometimes fully present, sometimes hidden in a landscape or in the shape of a cloud that hints at something sinister. Even if you are not a fan of Frankenstein, you cannot help but feel for this young woman who is trying to make her way in a world that doesn’t value her or her talents. Judge also includes notes on her own process and on what happened to everyone mentioned in the book. A prefect eerie read as we approach the Halloween season.

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