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  • Meet the Author: Elizabeth Acevedo

    Elizabeth Acevedo

    Elizabeth Acevedo’s debut novel in verse, The Poet X, about a young poet finding her voice, won the National Book Award, Printz Award, Carnegie Medal and Pura Belpré Award. Join us for a conversation with the author facilitated by Megan Bannen, local author of The Bird and The Blade

    Friday, Jan 17
    7 - 8:30 p.m.
    Lenexa City Center Library

    Register online or call 913.826.4600​.

  • Finals are coming!

    Winter is coming meme "Brace yourselves! Finals are coming!

    Do finals have you freaking out?! Never fear! Brainfuse is here! 

    Brainfuse is your one-stop-shop for all your homework needs. With just your Library card number and PIN/password, you get 24/7 access to test prep resources and study guides on tons of topics. 

    Need a quiet place to study? Book one of our study rooms for yourself or a group.

  • Share Your Voice

    Counting Stars by Lucy Sun

    The Library's literary arts magazine, elementia, is currently accepting teen art and writing for consideration in our next issue! Submit today!

Latest Content

Teen Review
 Stormrise cover
Jillian Boehme
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Monday, Dec 9, 2019

Not unlike Disney's "Mulan", Rain, daughter of a Neshu grandmaster and a Neshu fighter herself, is unwilling to let her twin brother and father leave to fight in the war. Especially because when she'd been little, she and her brother had fallen sick, and Rain was accidentally given the medicine reserved for the family's only son- leaving her brother with slight cognitive scars. Certain that her brother won't return from the battlefield, Rain disguises herself as a man and goes in his place, making every move to remain undiscovered including taking a powder to hide her monthly bleed. Many...

Teen Review
Patron Saints of Nothing Cover
Randy Ribay
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Thursday, Dec 5, 2019

Jay Reguero, a Filipino-American high-school senior, is living a comfortably mundane life in Michigan. When he learns of his cousin and childhood best friend Jun's murder as a part of Duterre's drug war, regret and a thirst for truth propels him to travel to Manila to discover the truth of Jun’s suspicious death. This poignantly written novel about identity, loss, and heritage will touch hearts everywhere - a must-read for any age!

As one of the "hyphenated" (Peruvian-American), this book touched my heart. The guilt the main protagonist feels for his comfortable life in America and...

Teen Review
Beverly, Right Here cover
Kate DiCamillo
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Monday, Dec 2, 2019

After Beverly's dog runs away she knows that she needs to leave, to get away from her drunk mother, her kind friends, and her dead dog. She doesn't know where she's going, but when she gets to a crooked little house by a crooked little sea, Beverly knows it is where she is going to stay, even if she won't admit it to herself. Beverly wants to keep to herself, but who knows if she will be able to keep away from the people who want to befriend her. The kindness inside of the book that is shown by all of the characters is super compelling. Although there is enough conflict to make the plot,...

Teen Review
Run, Hide, Fight Back cover
April Henry
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Monday, Nov 25, 2019

A shooting in Portland mall leads to several teenagers being trapped with only 3 means of potential survival: they may run, hide, or fight back. However, they all are guarding big secrets, and tensions in the group run very high. They all must be willing to put their differences aside and work together against the odds if they want to stay alive. The cover did a very good job of capturing my attention, and reflected the overall fear the characters felt very well. The multiple perspectives in the book are really fascinating, so you can see into the different characters mindsets, which makes...

Staff Review
Book Cover
Arwen Elys Dayton
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Monday, Nov 18, 2019

This is top-notch science fiction--it takes today's scientific advancements and speculates how they might play out in the future, considering legal, ethical, and practical ramifications along the way. The book does this over the course of six lightly connected stories, each progressively further in the future. The topic is gene editing and body modification.

Teen Review
The Grief Keeper cover
Villasante, Alexandra
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Thursday, Oct 17, 2019

The Grief Keeper tells the story of a young girl named Marisol who is trying to immigrate with her younger sister to America after the murder of their brother. She is caught crossing the border and told she must participate in an experimental study, or be sent back home to El Salvador. As part of the study, Marisol becomes a grief keeper, taking upon the grief of Rey, a young woman struggling with mental illness, to ensure she can stay in the country.

The most compelling aspect of the book, in my opinion, was Marisol coming to terms with her sexuality. Throughout the book, Marisol...

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