Monday, November 13, 2017

Free ReferenceUSA Demo this Thursday!

Don't forget to join us for a FREE ReferenceUSA Demo,
Thursday, November 16 from 9-10:00 AM

Rockwall County Library has ReferenceUSA, the premier online research and reference tool for area business professionals, sales reps, marketers, government agencies, job seekers and students.

Get fast and easy access to details on more than 44 million U.S. businesses and more than 270 million U.S. residents.

Use ReferenceUSA to:
 Find sales leads
 Conduct market research
 Locate and research companies you want to work for
 Build a business plan
 Study market trends

Join us for a free ReferenceUSA demonstration:
Rockwall County Library
1215 E Yellow Jacket Lane
Rockwall, TX
Thursday Nov 16th

Thursday, October 26, 2017

For Fans of Stranger Things

If you like the television series Stranger Things, you may like these titles.

Cantero, Edgar. Meddling Kids: A Novel. 

Carey, Mike. The Boy on the Bridge.

Carey, Mike. The Girl With All the Gifts.

Fink, Joseph. Welcome to Night Vale. 

Riggs, Ransom. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

NoveList Plus also creates lists of related titles. For Stranger Things, NoveList recommends:

Bennett, Robert Jackson. American Elsewhere.

Clegg, Douglas. Neverland.

Cline, Ernest. Ready Player One.

Connolly, John. The Book of Lost Things. 

Crouch, Blake. The Pines. 

For more "Fans of" lists, use NoveList Plus, available to Rockwall County library card holders at

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West

This magical YA novel will have readers rooting for Bristal, an orphan raised by a cook. Bristal has a feisty, take-no-prisoners spirit that will resonate well with teens.
Even though she is kidnapped and forced into the Water, which has killed many, she refuses to lose hope.

Bristal chooses to work as an elicromancer after she is tested at the Water. Her mentor, Brack, gives her the choice which she accepts, even if there are many drawbacks. 

After training, she becomes a  a clandestine who can disguise herself as other people or animals. 

Her first assignment is to protect a princess but she soon finds herself taking the form of a boy and fighting with the Alliance against a group of rebel elicromancers.

Though being an elicromancer means forsaking love, she is taken with Anthony, the renegade Prince. 

Since she must save the lost duchess, create harmony among the warring kingdoms, and defeat Tamarice, Bristal knows she cannot allow herself to fall in love. 

Will love win out? 

Strange forces are at work throughout this novel. Bristal's past, her childhood in Poppleton, may be the key to helping her quell the evil uprising that threatens the kingdoms of Nissera, Calgoran, and Volarre.

Bristal must fight these warring forces and her own misgivings if she is to find happiness.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Scary Reads in our October Display

Donohue, Keith. The Motion of Puppets.

Jess-Cooke, Carolyn. The Boy Who Could See Demons.

Malerman, Josh. The Bird Box.

Nevill, Adam. The Ritual.

Simmons, Dan. Song of Kali.

Theroux, Marcel. Strange Bodies.

Thomas, Scarlett. Our Tragic Universe.

Waters, Sarah. Little Stranger.

Webb, Wendy. The Vanishing.

Supernatural Sleuths

Try the Bailey Ruth mystery series by Carolyn Hart. The first in the series is Ghost at Work. Bailey Ruth doesn't let her own death stop her from doing what she loves most--solving mysteries.

Bailey desperately wants to help Kathleen, a pastor's wife who discovers a dead body on her porch.

For paranormal detective books for young adults, try William Ritter's Jackaby series. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Unique opportunity for Teens (10-12 grades)

Do you know a teen who is interested in creative writing?

  Teen Read Week is October 8-14, 2017

 “Unleash Your Story” with Hannah West, a nationally known

   Young Adult author, will take place October 21.

Hannah West is the author of Kingdom of Ash and Briars.

Hannah will discuss the writing and publishing process in the 


When:   October 21, 10:30-12:30 PM.

Where:  Rockwall County Library, 2nd floor.

 How:   Register for the event (972-204-7700)

Space is limited; Registrants will be notified by email
if there is space in the workshop.

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