What Teens Are Reading

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, LGBTQ+, Funny, Romance

Format: Book, E-Book, Downloadable Audiobook

Plot: A continuum of the Carry On series, our group is now on a road trip, in America! However, wherever Simon goes, trouble seems to exist, and this trip is no exempt. New threats are facing the magic world, and Basil, Penelope, and Simon are there to receive the brunt of it. Follow along this high-paced magical tale and watch as new secrets come unraveled and relationships grow stronger in the 2nd book to this beautiful trilogy.

Review: This was one of my favorite books ever! I love the dialogue between characters and seeing the characters grow more mature. Rainbow Rowell’s true representation of the traumatic consequences of their adventures is amazing which is a real refresher in comparison to other books. I recommend this to anyone who enjoyed books like Six of Crows or other YA fantasy books. The fandom itself is wonderful! #snowbaz!!!


Rating: 5 out of 5.

~Kayleigh, Teen Book Reviewer

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Greek Mythology

Format: Book, E-Book, Downloadable Audio Book

Plot: This book is about Zeus sending Apollo to Earth in mortal form even though he is a god and is immortal. He wakes up in a alleyway of New York City then checks his drivers license and Apollo sees he has the name of Lester. Two thugs come up to him and try to mug him but he gets saved by a girl named Megan. Apollo does not know what’s happening so he goes to Percy Jackson for some advice. Then Percy Jackson leads them to Camp Half Blood and Apollo explains the situation to the leader of the camp. Then there is a race located in the Labyrinth the biggest Maze known in Greek Mythology and that is where the plot twist happens.

Review: My opinion about this book was that it had a very interesting plot twist in beginning. This makes readers want to read more to know how the antagonist is going to handle the situation; I really like when books do this. I think other teenagers will enjoy this book because it wants to make you read more and more till the end. Mostly I would recommend this to people who liked the book “The Lightning Thief” or people who like Greek Mythology.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

~Jonathan, Teen Book Reviewer

Infiltration by Sean Rodman

Genre: Adventure, Fiction

Format: Book

Plot: Bex is a young boy who has a personal hobby of urban exploration, or exploring abandoned buildings. Things go downhill for Bex when he makes friends with a boy named Kieran that moved from another school. Kieran is a troubled kid who has gotten in big trouble in the past. When Kieran finds out who Bex is, they instantly become friends and they talk about what Bex does. However, things go really badly quickly when Kieran reveals a grand scheme, which involves stealing, something that Bex doesn’t want to do when urban exploring and after that, its really up to Bex as to what he does.

Review: This book wasn’t really exciting to enjoy. The ending of the story was very bad and was very anti climatic. The plot was interesting at first, but then it got really confusing at times. It also felt really short and I probably wouldn’t recommend this book.


Rating: 2 out of 5.

~Allison, Teen Book Reviewer

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Genre: Adventure, Dystopian Fiction, Science Fiction

Format: Book, E-book, Downloadable Audiobook

Plot: Sixteen year old Tris begins life in her new faction. She is alone, navigating and fighting her way to stay in her new home. When things finally seem to settle down, she makes a few friends and tries to keep them from learning her secret.

Review: This book is incredible. It has so much adventure and suspense. I think other teens would enjoy this book, and after they finished they can watch the movie too. Also, if they really like it there are two more books in the series. I would recommend this to someone who likes dystopian novels and maybe anyone who read the Hunger Games series.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

~Sarah, Teen Book Reviewer

The In-Between by Barbara Stewart

Genre: Adventure, Horror

Format: Book

Plot: Elanor, Ellie for short, and her family were moving to a small town in the Poconos. On their way there, a car came flying down the mountain and crashed into their car, Elanor was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. In one world, known as the in-between, her father survived and she meets a new friend named Madeline. Elanor wants a new life but being haunted by Madeline, she doesn’t show who she really is to others. Madeline is ruining her life, until she’s not.

Review: I personally loved this book, the chapters aren’t long and you never know what is going to happen next. Although quite gory sometimes, I never wanted to put the book down at night. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes twisted stories that don’t make sense until you finish it. It’s not too long of a book either so its an overall fun book to read independently.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

~Khrystyna, Teen Book Reviewer

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Batman Day is a global celebration to honor the legacy of the iconic Super Hero. Every year on the third Saturday in September, we celebrate Batman and the storytelling of his life through comic books and movies. This year the celebration falls on September 17th.

The first Batman Day was officially on July 23, 2014 to make sure it coincided with Comic-Con International in San Diego that year. Batman’s 75 year anniversary was celebrated at Comic-Con by selling Batman merchandise.

Celebrate by reading some Batman comic books or easy readers. Here are some available at the library!

Batman Comic Books

The Batman Strikes!: Sanity Plea by Billy Matheny

The Joker is trying to prove his sanity as a bid to secure his transfer from Arkham Asylum to Gotham State Penitentiary.

Beware the Batman #2: the Rule of Three by Matthew Manning

Professor Pyg is planning something, and Batman and Katana have to figure out what it is in time to stop him.

Easy Reader Books

Batman Will Save the Day! by A.E. Dingee

When the Penguin escapes Arkham Asylum, Batman follows the clues to find the runaway villain before he causes trouble.

The Lego Batman Movie: Junior Novel by Jeanette Lane

Batman, the crime-fighting vigilante, spends his days in an empty Batcave alone, but he is not sure if he can let Dick Grayson Gordon join his superhero team.

Batman’s Missions by Beth Davies

Follow the adventures of Batman and Robin as they train and battle villains with their allies, Batgirl, Green Lantern, and Aquaman.

Batman: Winter Wasteland by Donald Lemke

When Mr. Freeze and the Ice Pack bring a blast of villainous cold to Gotham City, it’s up to Batman to break the ice with some help from Wonder Woman, and the Flash.


The Lego Batman Movie

Lego Batman stars in his own big-screen adventure. There are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from the Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others, and learn to lighten up.

MyLibby App Book Suggestions

While the library is closed, why not download and login to the MyLibby app. There, you can find and checkout all the books you need on your Reading List. Here are just a few suggestion to get you started:

Be inspired by the lives of famous people who achieved big dreams despite the odds in the Little People, Big Dreams series. This collection of biographies has eye catching illustrations and simple text…perfect for even the littlest of readers.

 If you like comics, graphic novels, cartoon strips and manga, why not give Libby’s awesome collection of Comic and Graphic Books a try? With over 2400 to choose from, you’re sure to find something of interest.

Libby also has a great selection of audio books and read-along books that will spark the imagination of anyone. Picture books, chapter books, and easy readers are all accessible 24 hours a day. Listen to them when you’re in the car, when you’re stuck on a word, or when you just need a break from reality.

Summer Reading Club 2022

Enjoy a summer full of stories with Summer Reading Club at Lindenhurst Library! There is a reading club for every age.

There are four different clubs to choose from:

Birth – Pre-Kindergarten Club: Little ones aged from birth through not yet entering Kindergarten
Children’s Club: Grades Kindergarten through 5th grade
Teen Club: Grades 6th through 12th
Adult Club: Readers 18+

Birth – Pre-Kindergarten Club

This program is designed for children from birth through not yet in Kindergarten. Just read 25 books over the course of the summer to finish the program and earn a prize. Caretakers can read alongside their child, as well as read the same book multiple times, to earn badges.

Children’s Club

Read 5 minutes a day for 8 weeks to complete the program and earn a prize. You will also earn digital raffle tickets for every book and activity you complete towards our Grand Prize Raffle.

Teen Club

Teens can log books they read, write reviews, and complete missions to earn tickets. Complete 3 activities or read 3 books to complete the program.

Adult Club

Adults can log books they read, write reviews, and complete missions to earn tickets. Every two weeks we will hold a drawing for gift cards to local Lindenhurst businesses and we will have a Grand Prize Raffle at the end of the summer.

How To Register

If you registered for the 2021 Summer Reading Club, you should still be able to log into your account. From there you can enroll in the 2022 Summer Reading Club. If you have any questions about your log in, you may request a password reset or contact the library for support.

New users can sign up through our website here: http://lindenhurstlibraryny10.readsquared.com/Default.aspx

Please view our tutorial for any additional questions regarding the Summer Reading Club.

We are also happy to assist you! Please visit, call, or chat the library with any other questions you have.

Happy Reading!

Podcast for Kids

Press play on podcasts: Whether you’re new to podcasts or looking for something fresh, these picks will keep kids of all ages listening and learning.

The place where young readers meet to talk about books. The host, Kitty Felde, and a group of middle grade readers get together to discuss a favorite book, talk to the author, listen to a celebrity guest reader, and answer live questions from fellow young readers listening in. Running time: 20 minutes per episode

A Book Riot podcast that pairs the best of children’s literature with what’s going on in the world today. This podcast will explore how children’s book authors are responding to world events, give you an inside look into authors’ and illustrators’ creative processes, and, provide you with all the children’s book recommendations you could ever wish for. Running time: 40 minutes to 1 hour per episode

A podcast that inspires kids to think critically and express creatively through wordplay. Buttons & Figs introduces kids to great nonsense literature, poetry, and songs. This helps kids make sense of the world and gets them to think critically and express creatively. Running time: 10 minutes to 30 minutes per episode

Fifteen-year-old Tai Poole won’t rest until he’s uncovered the mysteries of the universe, one probing question at a time. With a fourth season well on its way, Tai talks to everyone from NASA scientists to comedians trying to get answers to questions like: “Why is space so dark if it’s full of stars?” and “Why do humans dance?” Running time: 25 minutes per episode

Each week, pirates, fairies, wizards, robots and more band together to help Mr. Eric, the host, tell wacky stories inspired by kids’ questions. These stories aim to keep the listener laughing and learning. Running time: 20 minutes per episode

Short stories that help children calm down and relax by guiding them through visualization and breathing exercises. Children can learn all about the subject of mindfulness through activities and relaxing stories with interest piquing topics such as sea creatures, clouds, and space. Running time: 15 minutes per episode

Family Fun Month

With all of the every day stressors, sometimes it’s really hard to relax. That is why the month of August is designated Family Fun Month, which is the perfect time to take a family vacation and put away all your devices and spend quality time with each other. Family Fun Month reminds you to take a break, and create special memories together. And you don’t have to go away to enjoy a vacation. Here are some fun activities that you can do with your family that are close to home.

The library has museum passes that allow you free admission to some of the areas most popular museums. Included are the American Airpower Museum, the Cradle of Aviation Museum, the Intrepid Museum, the Long Island Children’s Museum, the Nassau County Museum of Art, the Fire Island Lighthouse, Harbes Family Farm, and the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum.

If you and your family like to go to the beach, you could reserve our Empire Pass. Empire Passes are for Long Island Region parks and facilities only operated by New York State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more.. Visit parks.ny.gov to find participating parks and facilities. We also have discounted tickets available for the Watch Hill Ferry.

In addition to the wonderful museums and parks, the library also offers discounted tickets to the Long Island Aquarium, Splish Splash Waterpark, the Bronx Zoo, the Queens Zoo, the Central Park Zoo, and the New York Aquarium.

If you are interested in any of these fun, close to home family excursions, just visit our website for more information.

August 2nd is National Coloring Book Day

When I was a kid I really loved to color. It was one of my favorite activities. It made me feel so happy and relaxed and I’m sure my mom was thrilled that I was doing a nice quiet activity that helped develop and improve my fine motor skills. Since I grew up coloring has had an explosion in popularity and there are adult coloring books, fancy pens and colored pencils. In our house we’ll be having a family coloring party to celebrate with the Oceans of Possibilities coloring book I made below.

If you’re looking for some fancier coloring for yourself and your older kids you can check out this great Creativebug class 30 Coloring Pages: Get Creative with Colored Pencils.

Ocean Life Webcams

Have you joined the Summer Reading Club yet? We have clubs for babies, preschoolers, school-age, teens, and adults! The summer reading theme is Oceans of Possibilities. In the spirit of our summer reading club, we have compiled a list of some ocean life webcams to check out sea creatures in real time!

The Aquarium of the Pacific

Check out live cams for sharks, penguins, coral reefs, and more!

Monterey Bay Aquarium

This aquarium offers live cams for a plethora of creatures including sea otters, spider crabs, and jellyfish.

Georgia Aquarium

Scroll through web cams for piranhas, puffins, and more. As a bonus, this famous aquarium also has relaxing yoga flow videos to get some exercise while you enjoy the view.

National Aquarium

The National Aquarium is proud to present some stunning live streams of blacktip reef sharks, jellyfish, and coral reefs.

After viewing these creatures live, why not check out some library eBooks on sea creatures? You can check out our collection of eBooks on our website. Find more information on downloading eBooks here.

Enjoy the beauty of our ocean and happy reading!

Summer Activities

Don’t miss out on these amazing summer crafts and concerts for kids!

No registration is necessary, just stop by for a fun night of music and crafts.

And be sure to check out our all ages concerts:

Penny Lane – Beatles Tribute Band

Tuesday, August 2, 7:00-8:30 pm

Stagecoach Band

Tuesday, August 9, 7:00-8:30 pm

Just Sixties

Tuesday, August 16, 7:00-8:30 pm

Let’s Celebrate Emojis!

Did you know there is an unofficial holiday celebrating emojis? That’s right, July 17th is the day where you can celebrate those tiny little pictures that bring so much color and joy to your texts, emails, and Social Media posts. Plus, Apple always has an exciting announcement about the new emojis they’ll be releasing.

*Fun Fact: Type “calendar” into your emoji search engine and you’ll see why we celebrate on July 17th. 😉

Emojis can convey emotion faster and with less characters than words. They have enhanced people’s ability to fully express themselves in text-based communication.  With over 3,000 emojis you are sure to find one or many that can express the emotion you are looking to convey to others.


Emoji is a Japanese word created in 1990, meaning “picture word”. These picture words were created for a television show in Japan to make it more appealing to teenagers. And when the first iPhone in Japan was released, it had an emoji keyboard. People around the world quickly found this keyboard and fell in love with the emojis, making it a worldwide sensation.

*Fun Fact: The heart emoji was the first emoji developed in 1998.

Fun Ways You Can Celebrate

  1. 1. Watch The Emoji Movie.

Hidden inside a smartphone, the bustling city of Textopolis is home to all emojis. Each emoji has only one facial expression, except for Gene, an exuberant emoji with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his best friend Hi-5 and a notorious code breaker called Jailbreak.

2. Take inspiration from your emoji keyboard and dress as your favorite emoji.

3. Make yourself an emoji themed snack.

4. Challenge yourself and your friends to only text in emojis.

5. Create emoji art.