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Recommended Reading for Teens

Every week our librarians compile thematic list of book recommendations. Check for new lists on this page, or subscribe to our electronic newsletter to have links to them delivered straight to your inbox.

 We also have suggested readings for kids and adults.

Witchy Fiction

Especially for the Halloween season and TeenTober, we have put together a list of young adult fiction featuring witches and witchcraft.

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Vampire Fiction

Vampire tales, like vampires themselves, never get old. If you like reading about blood-thirsty creatures of the night, we have a great list for you!

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Zombie Fiction

Zombies are everywhere - TV, films, graphic novels, video games, and especially young adult literature. We can't get enough of them! TeenTober is a great time to read some of these creepy, gory, thrilling tales of survival.

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Nevada Young Readers' Awards

Presented by the Nevada Library Association, the Nevada Young Readers' Awards honor extraordinary books intended for readers from kindergarten to twelfth grade. Each year, students in the state of Nevada recommend and vote for winners in four categories: Picture Books, Young Readers, Intermediate, and Young Adult. See the 2020 winners, help pick the winners for next year, and nominate your own favorites for 2022 at the Nevada Library Association website.

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Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week (September 27 through October 3) draws national attention to the harms of censorship and the benefits of unrestricted reading. The books on this list have all been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools. If you would like more information about why these titles were challenged, the American Library Association is a great place to start.

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In Memory of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died September 18, 2020 at the age of 87 from complications associated with pancreatic cancer. Referred to by admirers as the “Notorious RBG,” she was a pioneering force in calls for marriage and gender equality and is famous for saying “women belong in all places where decisions are made.” If you would like to know more about Justice Ginsburg’s trailblazing career and fascinating life, here is a list of books and films with titles for both adults and children.

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Pumpkin Spice Everything

Pumpkin spice season is here. What's not to love about this staff-recommended book list with one thing in common: pumpkins. You'll find fiction and non-fiction for a variety of audiences to get you in the mood for sweater weather.

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New-to-You Fantasy

Looking to branch out and discover some new-to-you fantasy adventures? Here are some staff-recommended titles for readers of all ages that might spark a little magic.

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Hispanic/Latinx Fiction

National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15) recognizes and celebrates the contributions Americans tracing their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean have made to American society and culture. This list of staff-recommended fiction from Hispanic and Latinx voices in celebration of the over 61 million residents of the United States of Hispanic/Latin origin

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9/11 Books for Kids & Teens

How can we talk to our kids about 9/11 while still offering optimism and hope? The terrorism of that day exposed the worst in people, but the wonderful stories of heroism and compassion that occurred during and after the attack show the best. The stories in this staff-recommended list of both nonfiction and fiction books about September 11, 2001 can help children and teens recognize how their own compassion can prevent future acts of intolerance and violence and teach them to express their ideas respectfully and to treat people who are different from themselves with kindness.

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Women's Suffrage

August 18, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote after 72 years of lobbying, marching, picketing and protesting by leaders know as suffragists or suffragettes. Here is a staff-recommended list of books honoring this fight and the one that continued afterward to secure the same rights for women of color.

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Diverse Titles for Young Adults

Broader experiences open minds and hearts. Read something from a new point-of-view and expand your horizons, or find a title that represents your special place in the world with this staff-recommended list.

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Afrofuturism & Afrofantasy

Afrofuturism and Afrofantasy are areas of speculative fiction that celebrate black identity, culture, history, and traditions. While these subgenres of science fiction and fantasy are not new, they are seeing a huge resurgence in popular literature. 

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Fifty Books to Read Before Graduation

This is a list of books that made history, books that challenge societal perceptions of the world, and books that are quite simply interesting and moving. Many of these books are considered "classics" and will likely appear on high school reading lists and standardized tests.

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For 'Hamilton' Fans

Did you love the musical Hamilton? Here's a list of both fiction and non-fiction titles to help you learn more about Alexander Hamilton, his contemporaries, and his time. Click on a title to see all available formats in our library catalog.

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The New York Times

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Reading Challenges

Participate in all our reading challenges with the Beanstack app

TechBoomers

Learn popular technology, apps, and websites with a senior focus

Small Engine Repair Reference Center

Detailed, user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines

NoveList Plus

Reading recommendations, series information, and more tools for readers

Mango Languages

Easy access to language learning . More than 72 languages offered.

LinkedIn Learning

Creative, business, and technology courses for in-depth learning

Computer Skills Center

Video courses to learn popular software and computer basics

1,000 Miles Project

The first-hand account of a 1914 prospecting trip across Nevada provides an engaging way to study history

WorldBook Online

With activities and a suite of research tools, it's more than an encyclopedia

TumbleBook Library

A collection of talking, animated picture books and ebooks for kids

Virtual Story Time

Washoe County Library story times, right in your home, every day

Libby/OverDrive

Our main digital collection, with thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines

Teaching at Home

Help your child's education continue even when the schools are closed

1,000 Miles Project

The first-hand account of a 1914 prospecting trip across Nevada provides an engaging way to study history

WorldBook Online

With activities and a suite of research tools, it's more than an encyclopedia

Teaching at Home

Help your child's education continue even when the schools are closed

Brainfuse HelpNow

Live homework help, writing lab, test prep, and other student resources

Explora

Research resources and tools for students and teachers

Virtual Story Time

Washoe County Library story times, right in your home, every day

STEAM

Science, technology, engineering, and art resources

Reopening Plan

See our plan for a safe, responsible reopening of our physical locations

Teaching at Home

Help your child's education continue even when the schools are closed

Family Engagement and Literacy

Cultural and educational resources for kids of all ages

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Community Resources

Resources and support during the coronavirus outbreak

Back to Work Nevada

Links to resume help, unemployment insurance, and business loan providers

Apps and Tools

Many of our most popular resources have apps for easy use on mobile devices.

TumbleBiblioteca

Disfrute de más de 50 libros, libros de dibujos, y libros con audio para niños de todas las edades.

Referencia Latina

Texto completo cubre una amplia gama de temas dentro y fuera de la academia.

OverDrive

Colección de libros electrónicos y audiolibros descargables en inglés o español y revistas.

The New York Times

Acceso gratuito en línea al New York Times, tanto de forma remota como en la biblioteca.

HelpNow

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