A blog for young readers (and YA lovers) from the Providence Athenaeum.

The Providence Athenaeum is a unique library and cultural center in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island. Growing out of the Providence Library Company (fourth library in the United States), the Athenaeum as we know it was formed in 1836. Our handsome building on the corner of Benefit and College was completed in 1838.

We are one of the few surviving membership libraries in the nation. Student memberships are available - visit or call for more information.

This blog is updated by one of our circulation assistants (and YA enthusiast), Amy. Follow us to find out what's new in our Young Adult corner, or just for a daily dose of literary shenanigans.

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providencepubliclibrary:

Illustration of the brutal murder of a young Dutch woman by the Pirate Charles Gibbs (really James Jeffers of Newport) from the Confession of Charles Gibbs printed by Israel Smith of Providence in 1831. #rhodeislandhistory #rhodeisland #newport #pirates #murder #19thcentury (at Providence Public Library)

Ah, Rhode Island.
So murdery. And pirate-y.

providencepubliclibrary:

Illustration of the brutal murder of a young Dutch woman by the Pirate Charles Gibbs (really James Jeffers of Newport) from the Confession of Charles Gibbs printed by Israel Smith of Providence in 1831. #rhodeislandhistory #rhodeisland #newport #pirates #murder #19thcentury (at Providence Public Library)

Ah, Rhode Island.

So murdery. And pirate-y.

New to the YA Corner: ILLUSIONS OF FATE

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ILLUSIONS OF FATE, by Kiersten White

"I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have."

The people of Albion are different from anyone Jessamin has ever known: harsh, uptight, and obsessed with wealth and rank. Jessamin knew as much when she left her sun-drenched island home to attend school in their gray, dreary country. But she had no idea how different they truly were.

She never thought she would discover a house with doors that open onto a hundred corners of the city or a book that spends its days as a bird. She certainly never expected to become a pawn in a political and magical power struggle between the sinister Lord Downpike and the handsome, charming Finn Ackerly. And she never so much as imagined she’d win Finn’s affections—or that one day his shadow would follow her every step.

Fortunately for Jessamin, fate has other ideas… .

Female Sci-Fi and Fantasy Authors went ignored for far too long, and it's time you paid attention

gwendabond:

marielubooks:

“Why do women rule YA?”, some ask, when the real question should be, “Why do men dominate everything else?”

My article on women and SF/F is up today on Bustle.

*applauds*

rachelfershleiser asked
I would like to know how you think libraries play a part in education, both formal and life-long. Thanks Lemony!

mollymwetta:

lemonysnicketlibrary:

The part libraries play in education is the part bubbles play in champagne.  They may seem at first to be merely a shimmery addition, but they are the central feature of the entire enterprise and the reason, joyous and astonishing, to keep imbibing.

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Cheers to that.

planoteenscene:

I’ll second that!!
(via Harris County Public Library)

planoteenscene:

I’ll second that!!

(via Harris County Public Library)