Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Teen Top Ten Nominations

This year's Teen Top Ten Nominations list is out! This is a teen choice list, with books nominated by teens. Teens have all summer to read the titles and then can vote on their favorites starting August 15th at the Teens' Top Ten page. If you're looking for potential summer reading ideas, this is a great place to start.

Nominees:
The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett
Of Triton by Anna Banks
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason
Maybe I Will by Laurie Gray
The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry
Splintered by A.G. Howard
Teardrop by Lauren Kate
Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
Monument 14: Sky On Fire by Emmy Laybourne
Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
Winger by Andrew Smith
A Midsummer Night's Scream by R.L. Stine
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Tucholke
In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
The 5th Wave by Richard Yancey

Friday, March 28, 2014

Open-Mike Night at Oswego!

The Oswego Campus downtown is hosting an open-mike night on Friday, April 11th to celebrate National Poetry Month! Stop by to read your poetry or even selections from some of your favorite poets. Register on our website's event page if you're interested in performing.

Friday, April 11th 
7:00-8:30 PM
Oswego Campus




Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Abraham Lincoln Book Award Nominations

The Abraham Lincoln Award Nominations for the coming year were recently announced! This is a readers choice award, given to the book that has the most votes from Illinois high school students. Some of the books on the nomination list are also chosen from high school students' picks so perhaps one of your favorites made the cut:

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

DJ Rising by Love Maia

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Escape From Camp 14 by Blaine Harden

Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern

The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Stolen by Lucy Christopher

Swim the Fly by Don Calame

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Winger by Andrew Smith





Thursday, December 19, 2013

Best Books of 2013

The end of the year brings many "Best of" lists, including lists of the best Teen Fiction titles over the past year. Check out some of the lists below for reading ideas or to see if any of your favorites made the cut:

Amazon's Best Books of 2013
Goodreads Choice Awards 2013
2013 Teenreads.com Reviewers' Picks

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Winter Teen Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer your time by helping our Youth Services Department with one of their programs this Winter. Registration is required to volunteer. You can register online at our Calendar of Events.

Montgomery Campus
Saturday, January 4    12:45-2:15 pm
Assist with the Maker Space program

Saturday, January 18    12:45-2:15 pm
Assist with the Maker Space program

Sunday, January 19    12:45-1:45 pm
Assist with the Super Sunday Story & Craft program

Monday, January 20    1:45-3:45 pm
Assist with the Magic Tree House program

Saturday, January 25    10:45 am-12:15 pm
Assist with the Rockets program

Sunday, January 26    12:45-2:15 pm   
Assist with the UFO Flying Competition

Saturday, February 1    12:45-2:15 pm
Assist with the Maker Space program

Sunday, February 2    12:45-1:45 pm
Assist with the Super Sunday Story & Craft program

Saturday, February 8    10:45 am-11:45 am
Assist with the Cookie Mouse program

Saturday, February 15    12:45-2:15 pm
Assist with the Maker Space program

Sunday, February 16    12:45-1:45 pm
Assist with the Super Sunday Story & Craft program

Oswego Campus
Saturday, January 11    12:30-2:15 pm
Assist with the 'Construction Challenge' program

Saturday, February 8    12:30-2:15 pm
Assist with the 'Construction Challenge' program

Special Location-Plank Jr. High Cafeteria
Saturday, February 1    10:00-11:30 am
Assist with the 'Llama Llama Drama' performance at Plank Jr. High

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Fall Teen Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer your time by helping our Youth Services Department with one of their programs this Fall. Registration is required to volunteer. You can register online at our Calendar of Events.

Montgomery Campus
Sunday, September 15    12:45-1:45 pm        
Assist with the Super Sunday Story & Craft program

Thursday, September 19    6:15-7:30 pm      
Assist with the Kids Create: Rubber Band Bracelet program

Saturday, October 5    1:45-3:45 pm              
Assist with the Make a Mask program

Sunday, October 13    12:45-1:45 pm        
Assist with the Super Sunday Story & Craft program

Monday, October 14    12:45-2:15 pm      
Assist with the Science with 4-H program

Monday, October 14    2:00-3:30 pm        
Assist with the GPS Fun with 4-H program

Monday., November 4    6:15-7:45 pm          
Assist with the Kids Create: Duct Tape Wallet program

Sunday, November 10    12:45-1:45 pm        
Assist with the Super Sunday Story & Craft program

Sunday, November 17    12:45-3:15 pm        
Assist with the Brownie Girl Scout program

Sunday, December 8    12:45-1:45 pm          
Assist with the Super Sunday Story & Craft program

Wednesday, December 11    4:45-7:45 pm        
Assist with the Santa Visits the Library program

Wednesday, December 18    6:15-7:30 pm        
Assist with the Kids Create: Fleece Pillow program

Oswego Campus
Saturday, September 14    12:30-2:15 pm      
Assist with the 'Construction Challenge' program

Friday, September 20    6:15-7:30 pm          
Assist with the Kids Create: Rubber Band Bracelet program

Thursday, September 26    6:15-7:30 pm      
Assist with the Kids Create: Jr Airplanes program

Saturday, October 12    12:30-2:15 pm        
Assist with the 'Construction Challenge' program

Saturday, November 9    12:30-2:15 pm          
Assist with the 'Construction Challenge' program

Saturday, December 7    12:30-2:15 pm          
Assist with the 'Construction Challenge' program


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Free ACT Practice Tests

Kaplan Test Prep is visiting the Montgomery Campus this Summer to provide free ACT Practice Tests to our patrons. Registration is required so be sure to visit our Calendar of Events to sign-up. Check out the dates and times below:

Saturday, July 13th 10 am-12:30 pm

Tuesday, August 6th 5-8:30 pm

Montgomery Campus