Battle of the Books – Finalists and Undead Round!

In a week, we’ll start voting on the final round of the Battle of the Books! So far, The Girl Who Drank the Moon will be competing against The Candymakers.  But if you were upset that your favorite book didn’t make it, you still have ONE more chance! Vote here for the chance to resurrect a book from the dead and bring it to the final round. You get two votes – you can spread them around or vote twice for the same book. Undead winners will be announced next Monday!

Battle of the Books – Round 1!

The polls are open! Vote here.

  • You must be logged in to your MPCSD account to vote.
  • You may only vote in brackets where you’ve read both books.
  • You may vote in as many or as few brackets as you are eligible for.
  • You may edit your vote. (So, you could vote now so you don’t forget, and go back and edit if you read another book this week!)
  • Polls close at midnight on Friday, March 10.

Next week we’ll pit the winners against each other! Who will make it to the second round? YOU get to help decide!

Stay tuned for the Undead vote, where you get to help resurrect one of the losers from the dead to compete in the final round!

And the winner is…

It could be you! The Society of Young Inklings is hosting their annual Inklings Book Contest.  Winners will get to work with a writing mentor to polish their entry, which will be published in a BOOK! And you get to do a reading at Hicklebees book store. It’s a wonderful growth experience for anyone who likes to write – my daughter was a winner last year and got so much out of it. Even if you don’t win, you get a personalized, positive critique letter. Let me know if you’d like help editing your piece or entering the contest – I’m really hoping for some Hillview participation this year!

Barnhill_GirlWhoDrankMoon_FINAL_PRNT.inddAward season is upon us, but for librarians it’s all about the ALA Youth Media AwardsClick here for a quick list of the winners and links to reviews. This year’s Newbery winner is Kelly Barnhill’s The Girl Who Drank the Moon. The graphic novel March: Book Three, by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell, won a bunch of awards, including the Printz, the Coretta Scott King, and YALSA’s Nonfiction award. And Hillview favorite The Sun is Also a Star earned author Nicola Yoon a Coretta Scott King New Talent award, among other honors. We’ve ordered copies of the award books, often in print AND on OverDrive, and have a display for you to check out!


Teen Book Club – Tuesday, December 13

bonegapFinn is kind of a space cadet. Everyone in Bone Gap knows it – he even gets bullied for it. So when his friend Roza disappears, no one believes Finn’s claims that he saw her kidnapped. It doesn’t help that Finn can’t even describe the man he saw kidnap Roza. But that doesn’t stop Finn from trying to find her, even though it makes his task nearly impossible.

A complex, multi-layered story that combines the realism you love in John Green with the rural fantasy of Maggie Stiefvater and the lyricism of Jandy Nelson.  Come to the library at lunch to discuss!

Want to help design the new teen area at Menlo Park Public library?

Menlo Park Public Library is planning a major renovation and wants YOUR input. Do you have ideas about what teens really need at their library? Then come to a meeting with the architects just for teens on Tuesday December 6 at 4PM at the Menlo Park PUBLIC library on Alma Street.

Pizza will be provided but you NEED to RSVP to,,  and Invite your friends! See Ms. Piombo or Mrs. Mathenia if you have any questions.

Family AudioBooks

If your middle schooler is getting caught up in listening to something on their iPad, it might be the Hillview Library’s fault. We’ve been growing our audiobook collection since the PTO gave us a generous grant to launch it last Spring. If you want to get your child back, you might try listening to an audiobook as a family. It’s a fun way to make car trips and chores go faster, and a great excuse to cut off any contentious family discussions!

Here are some of the audiobooks from our collection that might work with any age. snickerYour mileage may vary: my second grade daughter loves Tui T. Sutherland’s Wings of Fire series, which is basically a PG version of Game of Thrones with dragons as the main characters. If your kids are all older you might try one of our Juvenile audiobooks, or older teens may enjoy something from our Teen collection.

You’ll find the audiobooks on OverDrive (check the link to the right on this website). Your middle school student’s ID # is the password. More directions can be found on the eBook section of the website. Audiobooks should play on any smartphone or tablet – connect to an external speaker or bluetooth (anyone have the DeathStar speaker? Might make a good holiday gift!).

Many thanks for your generous donations to the Friends of the Library, the Foundation and the PTO. We love our (expensive!) audiobooks!



Some Kind of Courage



Creepy Reads

Night Gardener




True Legend, Mike Lupica


Overcoming Obstacles

Snicker of Magic

The War that Saved My Life

Out of My Mind


echoHistory and Historical Fiction

Brown Girl Dreaming


The War that Saved My Life

Number the Stars

Esperanza Rising




Bud, Not Buddy

The Bad Beginning

Maniac Magee

NaNoWriMo – Write a novel in a month!

The library is looking to support all our talented writers. November is NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. Fill out this form before Halloween so we can start planning!

Remember: Legend was the FIFTH novel that Marie Lu wrote and tried to get published. So, even if this November novel never gets published, it’s experience you need before you can write your Legend! (Or maybe you’ll luck out like Christopher Paolini…)

Whether or not you sign up with the library, you can sign up with NaNoWriMo’s Young Writer’s Program. You can use their online tools to set goals, get advice, and meet other writers!