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2018 will see more than twenty books adapted to the big screen.  From childhood classics like the Jungle Book to recent science fiction and horror novels like Annihilation (set in a much less “Disney” jungle), 2018 is set to become the year of the movie adaptation.  Check out a few of these books for free at Vail Public Library before you pony up the 10 dollars to see it in the story and make up your own mind; is the book always better?

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ophelia by Lisa Klein

The Black Hand by Stephan Talty

Ashes in the Snow (based on Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys)

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle        

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven     

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

The House with a Clock in its Walls by John Bellairs

Mary Poppins Returns by P.L. Travers

Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton (yes, yes, the movie stars Chris Hemsworth.  The book just wont be able to compete, but read it anyway!)

DECEMBER IS… Hour of Code!

Try a one-hour tutorial designed for all ages in over 45 languages. Join millions of students and teachers in over 180 countries starting with an Hour of Code!


If you build it… they will come!

Over the summer, our Teen Reading Group built FIVE little free libraries!  Have a book?  Leave a book!  Want a book?  Take a book!  Always free, the little free libraries are the “town square” of a community and thanks to our amazing teens, Vail has five.

Who will win the 2017 Colorado Blue Spruce Book Award?

The Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award recognizes the most popular books among middle and high school students in the state of Colorado.  Selected by teens, voted on by teens, the Blue Spruce Awards highlight the best young adult literature of the year as chosen by the teens of Colorado! 

Check out the current titles, find them at Vail Public Library, and VOTE!

Online Resources for Young Adults

teen health The award-winning Teen Health & Wellness provides middle and high school students with up-to-date, nonjudgmental, straightforward curricular, and self-help support.  Topics covered include diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, mental health, suicide, bullying, LGBTQ issues, and more.

brainhq2BrainHQ is an online brain-training system that represents the culmination of 30 years of research in neurological science and related medicine.  It takes less than five minutes to do each BrainHQ level, so you can use it in tiny bites or long blocks, depending on your schedule. Plus you can use BrainHQ on almost any computer or mobile device, so you can take it on the go.

What is is an online learning site that hosts a constantly growing library of over 3,000 courses and 130,000 videos. Courses cover a variety of topics (including business, design, web development, and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, and open source applications) that can help you pursue personal and professional goals. These courses are delivered by expert instructors and feature searchable transcripts that make it easy to find quick answers to questions. They also feature Certificates of Completion that can be uploaded to a LinkedIn profile. has resources on a wide range of health topics selected from approximately 1,400 government and non-profit organizations to bring you the best, most reliable health information on the Internet.


Recent Events

Harry Potter Party

Two separate parties will be going on this afternoon: more information will arrive via Owl as the date approaches! WHoo WHoo!  It’s here:

Magical creatures between the ages of 8 and 15 are welcome to come travel through Diagon Alley where they can create their own wand at Olivander’s Wands, play “Harry Potter” Trivial Pursuit or sample Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans.  At Hogwarts,  they will be sorted by the Sorting Hat into either Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, Slytherin or Hufflepuff. After the sorting, children can, with their house teammates, participate in a game of quidditch, practice potions or campaign for fair treatment of house elves.

Witches and Wizards in Middle School and up will meet in the Tech Studio to practice advanced charms, manifestations, and wand casting.  No underclassmen allowed!


Annual Scarecrow Building Contest

Form a team of friends or family and come build a scarecrow to decorate the library.

The library will provide frames and art supplies. Vail Valley Cares Thrifty Store will provide clothes. Bring accessories to personalize your scarecrow.  Small parts, glue guns and staple guns will be used.  This creative day is appropriate for children five years old and older; all children must be accompanied by an adult.  Teens may work independently with librarian permission.


Prizes for the most unique and creative scarecrows!

For more information, call 970-479-2179 or visit

Past Programs:

2017 Scarecrow Building Contest

Little Free Library Project

Weather Science

Harry Potter Release Party

Teen Summer Reading Kickoff

Erica Sodos: Psychic Entertainer, Mentalist, & Fortune Teller

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