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10/12/2019 - 8:50am
National History Day: Breaking Barriers in History

Each year, more than half a million students participate in the National History Day Contest. Students choose a historical topic related to the annual theme, and then conduct primary and secondary research. Students will look through libraries, archives and museums, conduct oral history interviews, and visit historic sites. They present their work in one of five ways: as a paper, an exhibit, a performance, a documentary, or a website.

Every year National History Day frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is... more

10/10/2019 - 12:14pm
Blue Spruce Book Award logo

The Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award has been recognizing the most popular books among middle and high school students in the State of Colorado since 1985. This year's list of 12 titles is certainly one of the most diverse I've seen, demonstrating that Colorado teens read widely and are seeking #... more

09/24/2019 - 9:41am
Banned Books Week poster

Banned Books Week (September 22 – 28) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. Censorship leaves us in the dark, keep the light on. Celebrate your freedom by reading and speaking out in support of banned books!

The Top Eleven Challenged Books of 2018 are:

  1. George by Alex Gino
    Reasons: banned,... more

09/17/2019 - 10:30am
Brave New World cover

The school year is in full swing, which means that you, dear reader, most likely have some reading assignments looming on the horizon. Whether you’re in AP classes or not, English teachers LOVE to assign books that are likely to crop up on the AP literature test. But that list is huge, and figuring out which books you might actually enjoy reading can be daunting. Fear not! Here is a list of amazing AP books that read a lot like some much more recent popular young adult titles.

If you liked ... more

09/11/2019 - 4:55pm

From September 15th to October 15th, Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated, but what exactly is it celebrating or who are we celebrating? And why isn't it dedicated a complete month like other heritage months (Black History Month, Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, or Women's History Month). I want to share the answers to these questions and I promise to give a book list at the end. 

The beginning of Hispanic Heritage month is September 15th because many Latin American countries celebrate their independence days on or around September 15th. The close of the month... more

08/22/2019 - 11:55am
A group of teenagers looking at a book and smiling

Teen Book Guides earn volunteer hours by helping 1st-3rd grade readers who are having challenges with reading. It creates a mentoring relationship between a teen and a child to increase the child’s reading confidence and skills.

Training for the program will be held on Thursday, October 3 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

The fall program runs Thursday, October 10-Thursday, December 12, 2019 (excluding October 31 and November 28).  

How it works:... more

08/13/2019 - 7:10am
2019 Evolver homepage

You may have noticed a little something different about Evolver today... it has a new look!

Over the past year, we've been working on streamlining the content on the teen site. We wanted to get rid of pages that weren't being used in order to get our users (you!) to the most important resources. Now that outdated content is out of the way and existing content is being updated and refined, we are ready to modernize the look and feel of Evolver.

If you currently use the teen site you will find everything in the same place: the menus, the pages, and the resources are all where... more

07/23/2019 - 1:27pm
A Monster Calls book cover

It’s almost August?! How did that happen? Summer’s almost over, and whether you need something for a summer reading assignment or just don’t want to get bogged down in a 500-page novel, here are some quick reads that you can fit in before the end of summer break:

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Conor is visited every night by a monster, but the monster in the story is not the one you expect. Spine-tingling imagery and creepy pen and ink drawings are riveting.  Not only will it give you the... more

07/16/2019 - 3:48pm
A long haired brown and white cat looks up from in between books on a bookshelf

July is National Anti-Boredom Month, and what better way to combat boredom than with a book? But what do you do when you simply can’t find that next perfect read? Maybe you’ve just finished something amazing and are suffering from serious TEABS (The End of an Awesome Book Syndrome). You know the feeling -- you’re not quite ready to move on from the people and places your last book took you to. Or maybe you’re in the dreaded book slump, when you just can’t find anything that really sucks you in. It’s the literary equivalent of standing in front of an open fridge - you know you’re hungry,... more

07/15/2019 - 10:28am
Ink Knows No Borders jacket

With ongoing threats of ICE raids, immigrant families are stashing away money, seeking out church pastors for advice or sanctuary and having “the talk” with their children about the possibility that one day an immigration agent could knock on their door. Think about how this feels to teens, who may already be questioning their place in the world! The following titles will inform and support teens experiencing threat of deportation, and those who care about them.

Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and... more


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