Book Recs from Teen Advisory Board

Members of our Teen Advisory Board tend to really enjoy books and reading, which is pretty convenient for me. I love recommending books to local teens, but doesn’t it mean a little bit more if teens are doing the recommending? (I think so.)

I’ve included a few of their recommendations below. To see their full list, click here!

Bridget recommends…

How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

Lucy recommends…

Go with the Flow by Lily Williams

Eva recommends…

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

August recommends…

Loveless by Alice Oseman

Owen recommends…

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

Ella recommends…

Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp

Book Review: Juliet Takes a Breath

Juliet Takes A Breath is a book about racism, feminism, sex, gender, and size-ism. It is a book about a gay, black girl, who interns with a feminist author. But her internship isn’t all it she plans it to be. Juliet meets a nice librarian, and the friendship blossoms. But after her internship goes awry, she must try to figure out what it means to be Juliet.

This was an amazing book! I would recommend this book to any teen hoping to learn more about LGBTQ+, and racism. My favorite parts of this book were the way the author centers on different identities, and how Juliet is a role model to other teens. Overall, I loved this book!

-Lucy, Teen Advisory Board member

Try Hoopla for Teen Audiobooks

If you’re anything like me, you’re always on the look out for great audiobooks. I especially appreciate an audiobook you can stream right from your smart device, which is why I’m an avid Hoopla user. Hoopla has a wide selection of audiobooks and it doesn’t have any wait lists! Just login, find an intriguing audiobook, and you’re set to download it right away. Each Eau Claire library cardholder gets four downloads per month, and those downloads automatically return when they’re due. Win-win-win!

If you’re looking for a good place to start, try one of these awesome teen audiobooks available now on Hoopla.

Loveless Loveless by Alice Oseman

If you love a great journey of self-discovery, Loveless is the perfect choice!

This is the funny, honest, messy, completely relatable story of Georgia, who doesn’t understand why she can’t crush and kiss and make out like her friends do. She’s surrounded by the narrative that dating + sex = love. It’s not until she gets to college that she discovers the A range of the LGBTQIA+ spectrum – coming to understand herself as asexual/aromantic. Disrupting the narrative that she’s been told since birth isn’t easy – there are many mistakes along the way to inviting people into a newly found articulation of an always-known part of your identity. But Georgia’s determined to get her life right, with the help of (and despite the major drama of) her friends.

Dustborn Dustborn by Erin Bowman

If Science Fiction is more your jam, Dustborn is an involving postapocalyptic Western-Sci-Fi mashup.

Delta of Dead River has always been told to hide her back, where a map is branded on her skin to a rumored paradise called the Verdant. In a wasteland plagued by dust squalls, geomagnetic storms, and solar flares, many would kill for it – even if no one can read it. So, when raiders sent by a man known as the General attack her village, Delta suspects he is searching for her. Delta sets out to rescue her family but quickly learns that in the Wastes no one can be trusted.

When Dimple Met Rishi When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

For those seeking sweet romance, When Dimple Met Rishi will surely hit the perfect note.

Now that Dimple Shah has graduated, she’s ready for a break from her family – especially from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the Ideal Indian Husband. Ugh. But Dimple knows that her mother must respect that she isn’t interested in doing that right now – otherwise she wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers, right? Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic, so when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him – during which he’ll have to woo her – he’s totally on board. Although their parents hadn’t planned suggesting the arrangement so soon, when their kids signed up for the same summer program, they figured “Why not?”

Into the Bloodred Woods Into the Bloodred Woods by Martha Brockenbrough

Into the Bloodred Woods is a dark fairytale where Beauty and the Beast are one and the same…

Happily ever after is a lie. Once upon a time there was a kingdom, and a forest that liked to eat men, and a girl who would change everything, but not alone…In a faraway land, populated by were beasts and surrounded by a powerful forest, lies a kingdom about to be sent into chaos. On his deathbed, King Tyran divides his land, leaving half to each of his two children – so they’ll rule together. However, his son, Albrecht, is not satisfied with half a kingdom. And even though his sister, Ursula, is the first born, he decides that, as a girl and were bear, she is unfit to rule. What follows is an epic battle of good, evil, and something in-between.

The Race of the Century by Neal BascombThe Race of the Century

If you’re looking for gripping narrative non-fiction, try The Race of the Century, which relates the history of the race to break the 4-minute mile.

Highly acclaimed author Neal Bascomb pulls together his peerless research and fast-paced narrative style into this inspiring and moving story of three men racing to achieve the impossible — the perfect four-minute mile. There was a time when running the mile in four minutes was believed to be beyond the limits of human foot speed. In 1952, after suffering defeat at the Helsinki Olympics, three world-class runners each set out to break this barrier. Bascomb delivers a breathtaking story of unlikely heroes and leaves us with a lasting portrait of the twilight years of the golden age of sport.

Teen events, prizes, and more!

Our Summer Library Program is here! What’s the Summer Library Program, you may ask? It’s a free program in which you read and complete easy activities to earn a prize (plus fun events!).

The Basics

  1. Sign up, June 1 – July 16
  2. Read and complete activities
  3. Earn a free book (and entries into the Teen Prize Raffle)

First, SIGN UP to begin tracking your reading and activities. You have three tracking options to choose from: You can use the app Beanstack Tracker; you can use a paper reading record; you can use a pdf copy of a reading record. CHOICES. Beanstack has a reading goal set for you, but you can set your own goal for paper/pdf reading records. And, I want to emphasize this, ADAPT these goals as you need to. Challenge yourself, but don’t make it an impossible challenge.

Second, READ and complete ACTIVITIES. No matter what method you choose to track participation, the most important thing is to keep reading. Read happy books, sad books, fantasy books, comic books, historical books, biographical books, etc. etc. etc. Just remember to get your reading in this summer and keep track of how much you do.

Teens (entering grades 6-12) need to also complete 5 easy activities (e.g. try a new food), and have the option to complete BONUS activities. These bonus activities earn you extra entries into the Teen Prize Raffle. If you’re not interested in the prize raffle, feel free to skip ’em!

Third, earn PRIZES. When you SIGN UP for the reading program, you receive a free book and entries into the Teen Prize Raffle. For signing up! I mean, FREE BOOK and raffle entries for reading whatever you want. Pretty sweet, right? Plus, you could win an awesome raffle prize (book bundle, anyone?).

Want to know more? Go check out the Teen Summer Library Program page to see all the details. If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to shoot us an email or give us a call 715-839-5007. We’re always happy to help!

P.S. Psst! Also be sure to check out our teen-only events. Teen Late Nights! A bike ride! Introduction to pottery!

Make a difference with Teen Advisory Board!

2020-2021 TAB members at Ramone’s

Join Teen Advisory Board and make a difference at the library!

What is Teen Advisory Board (TAB)?

The Teen Advisory Board is a volunteer-based group comprised of teens that love the library and an adult facilitator. The group works to make the library a better place for their peers in middle and high school.

What do TAB members do?

  • Attend monthly meetings, trainings, or events
  • Suggest books and other materials for the library to purchase
  • Promote the library to peers
  • Assist library staff in creating events, displays, and projects for teens and kids
  • Work with the TAB group to achieve set goals
  • Learn to communicate effectively through email and other tools
  • Help the library grow and improve

Who can join?

Anyone currently in grades 6-12 and 11-18 years old. You must also be a L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library cardholder (Don’t have one? Don’t worry.
They are easy to get and are free!)

How do I join?

Fill out this quick form. Easy peasy!

If you love the library, we’d love to have you on TAB! Still have questions? Send us a quick email at to learn all the things!