Vampires, vampires, vampires! Okay, do I have your attention now? Good. 


Do you like dystopia? Do you like vampires? Then I have the book for you: When the Sea Is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen. Yep you guessed it: it’s vampire dystopia! In the society that is the backdrop for this story, marriages are arranged, class/caste is everything, and vampires are part of society. Felicita is a 17-year-old girl who is a member of the highest class, and her best friend, Ilven, has just committed suicide rather than marry the man her parents chose for her. When Felicita’s family announces that her own marriage has been arranged to a man she has absolutely no wish to marry, Felicita decides to fake her own death and run away. She hides in the city’s slums and becomes a dishwasher in a tea house. She also meets two very different guys: Dash, a charming bad-boy type, and Jannik, a vampire. And then, to top it all off, Ilven’s suicide has called up some sort of sea creature bent on destruction, and Felicita has to save her new friends, her family, and the entire town from the creature’s wrath.



Now for more vampires! This next book is a loose retelling of the Snow White fairy tale with vampires (and a little bit of The Godfather thrown in for good measure). Nameless by Lili St. Crow is about a girl named Camille. When she was a small child, Camille was discovered shivering in the snow by Enrico Vultusino, the head of one of the seven powerful vampire clans. Camille doesn’t remember who she used to be or where all of her scars came from. And then she meets Tor, who has scars similar to her own, and wonders if he could be a link to her mysterious past.

Have a favorite vampire book or story? Share with us below.

-Emily Mauldin, Youth Services, Middletown Branch

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Waiting for More Lives on Candy Crush? Grab a Sweet Read! 
So I just discovered Candy Crush Saga, and I do believe it will suck my soul dry before (and if) I ever have the willpower to delete it from my phone. Have you discovered this incredibly addictive game yet? You can play it on your smartphone, iPad, or come to the library and use a computer to play it on Facebook.

If you need to kill some time while waiting for more lives, here are some ideas:


Sweet Fiction, Non-fiction and DVDs


Sweet Links


Some of these look really cool and fun.

So get reading! Or crafting and baking – you have 30 minutes between lives to waste or until your Facebook friends give you more. And just keep telling yourself, “I can quit whenever I want…” That’s what I’ll be telling myself.

-Heather Lee, Children and Teen Services, St Matthews Branch

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Just Can't Wait! Fall Teen Lit Releases 
This fall promises to be full of some awesome new releases in the world of teen lit. We’ve already seen new books by Ellen Hopkins, Smoke , (released September 10) and Walter Dean Myers' Invasion (September 24)



October New Releases


Hold on to your hats! Here are some of the most anticipated titles of October: the fourth title in Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series, House of Hades (releases on October 8); Allegiant, the fourth book in the Divergent series (October 22); and a new book in the House of Night series, Revealed (October 15)!

November New Releases


In November, we will see new titles from Margaret Peterson Haddix, Full Ride (November 12); Tamora Pierce, Battle Magic, from the Immortals series (November 24); and of course, we have the theatrical release of Catching Fire (November 22).

So much win for one season!

Are there any upcoming books, or movies you’re excited about? Leave a comment and let us know!

-Stephani, Youth Services, Highlands/Shelby Park Branch

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Teen Tech Tip #34: Make Your Own Apps and Websites with Treehouse 
Welcome back to the Tech Blog! If you'll reminisce with us for a movement, you'll recall that we've had posts in the past about creating your own websites and mobile apps. Learning how to do that just got a thousand times easier with the Library's recent release of Treehouse - Click on the banner below.



Learning Adventures


Learn the basics for creating your own website, mobile app, or web app. The instructors recommend free software, show you how to create and edit apps and sites, and explain the process for launching a site or adding your app to a Marketplace.

Deep Dives


Want to know all there is to know about HTML, CSS, Javascript, Ruby, or Database Foundations? Then be sure to go through one of the Deep Dives to sharpen your skills.

So Much More


Each section is taught by a professional developer and contains video instructions, quizzes, code challenges, and a forum to reinforce your learning. The forums are moderated to keep the content relevant and to ensure correct information.

In the current job market, there is a strong demand for individuals with computer coding skills, and these careers are very well paying. Be sure to check out this amazing resource freely available through your library.

Have you tried Treehouse? We'd love to hear from you, so comment below.

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Join the Library Today at the Louisville Mini Maker Faire 
LFPL will be at the Louisville Mini Maker Faire (part of NuLu Fest) today on Market St., Noon-6 p.m., offering a different workshop each hour.



Maker Faire is a family-friendly event that highlights the creativity and resourcefulness of the Maker movement and tinkerers everywhere. Click the image above for more information.

Stop by the Library's How-to booth and learn about paper crafts, button making, geocaching, stomp rockets, Minecraft hacking, and musical adventures.

Follow @LFPL on Twitter for live Tweets from the event.

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