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Jul 27

YA Reads: Teen novels in verse

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on July 27, 2017 at 11:57 AM by Elizabeth Land

Staff Note: Young Adult Reads is a series of posts reviewing items that are geared toward teens, but are of interest to all York County Public Library readers.

Book cover for The Crossover by Kwame AlexanderIn honor of National Poetry Month, this month’s YA Reads post is highlighting teen books written in verse. According to Poets.org, a verse novel “filters the devices of fiction through the medium of poetry." The novel may be comprised of a series of short verse poems or one long poem. Some authors also incorporate a sense of visual style to their work as well.

YA verse novels often deal with complex social issues, emotional or physical problems, or turbulent situations. The quick pace of the novels may resonant with reluctant teen readers. In addition, readers who are not the biggest fans of poetry may enjoy verse novels due to their sense of narrative and plot.

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Jul 19

Music Notes: Military Field Music

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on July 19, 2017 at 11:29 AM by Elizabeth Land

Notes from the Music Staff logoStaff Note: Notes from the Music Staff is a series of posts discussing what the York County Library offers music fans. From our widely varied collection of music CDs to our nonfiction and fiction books covering all aspects of music, we've got something for everyone and we want to share our love of music with you!

Tomorrow, November 11, is Veterans Day, so we thought it was fitting to look into a specific subgenre of military music: Field music. 

Spirit of 76 was painted by A.M. Willard

In European and American culture, drums ordered the daily lives of soldiers, providing cadences for marching and signals for battle, as well as marking routine activities such as meal and bed time. The drum most associated with the military was a snare drum known as a side drum because it hangs on a sling at the player’s side.

The side drum was played alone or with a fife, a small wooden flute with six finger holes on a diatonic scale. The traditional pairing of the drum and fife developed from the medieval practice of a single player performing on a tabor (small drum) and pipe to accompany dances. In Colonial America, drummers summoned men from rural areas to take up arms. Revolutionary War drummers and fifers, who appear in in the famous Spirit of '76 painting by A.M. Willard (at right), signaled soldiers to fire.

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Jul 19

YA Reads: Veteran's Day

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on July 19, 2017 at 9:51 AM by Elizabeth Land

Staff Note: Young Adult Reads is a series of posts reviewing items that are geared toward teens, but are of interest to all York County Public Library readers.

Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean MyersAccording to the Veterans Affairs’ Office of Public Affairs, the most important purpose of Veterans Day is as follows, “a celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good." In the spirit of Veterans Day, the following YA suggestions involve both stories of wartime and what comes after.

Our choices below reflect the concepts of service, sacrifice, and the life-altering nature of being in combat. Each book is written by a YA author and connects its plot to a specific, modern U.S.-involved war or military campaign. Teen readers of historical fiction or contemporary wartime fiction will want to check out this list; so will teens interested in reading about the lives and/or struggles of veterans as well as the effects of service on veterans’ families.

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