Reading Riot: Tech Resources and Reading Recommendations
Each March, libraries across the country celebrate Teen Tech Week to showcase all of the great digital resources and services that are available. We encourage you to take advantage of our technology to help you succeed in school, prepare for college and 21st century careers and make a positive change in your life and community.
Looking for ideas to celebrate Teen Tech Week? Here are some easy ways to get involved at the library:
• Download an e-book or e-audiobook
• Access our mobile-friendly website using your phone or tablet
• Visit our webpage or Facebook page
• Ask your librarian to recommend a nonfiction book on an area of technology that interests you
• Send an email message to your favorite author
• Check out some DVDs or CDs from the library
• Download a newspaper article from the day you were born from an electronic database
• Visit our Test Prep Center online for SAT practice tests and more
• Research a topic of interest in our Reference database
• Check out a fiction book that features cutting-edge technology; here are a few new recommendations:
Bluescreen by Dan Wells
Los Angeles in 2050 is a city of open doors, as long as you have the right connections. That connection is a djinni–a smart device implanted right in a person’s head. In a world where virtually everyone is online twenty-four hours a day, this connection is like oxygen. Marisa lives on the net–going to school, playing games, hanging out – with her friends Sahara and Anja. And it’s Anja who first gets her hands on Bluescreen–a virtual drug that plugs right into a person’s djinni and delivers a massive, nonchemical, completely safe high. But in this city, when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is, and Marisa and her friends soon find themselves in the middle of a conspiracy that is much bigger than they ever suspected. (from the publisher)
Ones and Zeroes is the sequel to Bluescreen, in which Marisa is searching for a mysterious hacker. When her Overworld team is invited to compete in an exclusive tournament, she discovers that the event is rife with corruption, infighting, and dangers. Winning is the only way to survive.
Exo by Fonda Lee
It’s been a century of peace since Earth became a colony of an alien race with far reaches into the galaxy. Some die-hard extremists still oppose alien rule on Earth, but Donovan isn’t one of them. His dad holds the prestigious position of Prime Liaison in the collaborationist government, and Donovan’s high social standing along with his exocel (a remarkable alien technology fused to his body) guarantee him a bright future in the security forces. That is, until a routine patrol goes awry and Donovan is abducted by the human revolutionary group Sapience, determined to end alien control. Now, the fate of Earth rests on Donovan’s survival. If Sapience kills him, it could spark another intergalactic war. And Earth didn’t win the last one. . . (from the publisher)
∼ Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library
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