CBR001043Whether you’re searching for the latest bestseller or the most recent Academy Award winning DVD, the library really does offer something for everyone.  From board books for our youngest patrons to an assortment of CDs for the music aficionado, we make it our goal to connect each patron with materials that are just right for them.

With that in mind, we’re unveiling a newly created collection geared towards a very special audience…the middle schooler.  Middle schoolers are an independent group with specific needs, behaviors, and reading preferences. They want to read books about middle schoolers like themselves, titles like Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney or The Dork Diaries by Rene Russell. They also want books in which the characters are dealing with first crushes and middle school drama as in The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger.  And just like the rest of us, they want the freedom to choose from different genres appropriate for their age group. Whether looking for their first horror read like The Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney, a more complex mystery like The Warriors by Erin Hunter, or a slightly darker fantasy like Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan, middle schoolers are hungry to take that next step as readers without it being TOO scary, or TOO graphic, or TOO… well, you know what I mean.

To offer this group great materials that are right for them and to give parents a place where their middle schooler can browse without worry, the Cecil County Public Library is now offering a Youth section (labeled “Y” in the catalog). This new section will be in or nearby the Children’s area in each of our branches. While we created this section with middle schoolers in mind, all are welcome to check out the intriguing titles this collection has to offer — titles perfect for those ready to move past the Juvenile section, but not quite ready for Young Adult books.

And what better time to explore this new collection than right now as we turn our calendar to summer reading?  Stop by, register for summer reading, and take a look around our new Y section.  And don’t hesitate to ask our staff for help in finding that perfect selection for you or your child!

Percy Jackson, Ranger’s Apprentice, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid are just a few of the latest and greatest in books written for middle schoolers.  What were some of your middle school reading favorites?

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