Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Join "Beneath the Surface" -- Read Books this Summer, Enter a Drawing

This Summer . . .

· Set a goal for your summer reading
· Keep track of the books you read online
· Post your own reviews
· Win a prize!

The library has begun its summer reading programs. All you need to do is register through our website, keep track online of your reading, and -- if you meet your goals -- submit your name into our drawing. If your name is selected in our drawing at the end of July, you may win a gift certificate to a local eatery, a wallet-key ring, or an iTunes card.

If you'd like to keep a permanent record of your reading, ask to have a fillable PDF form e-mailed to you.
Here's how to sign up:
Go to the library's webpage:

Find & click on the "Summer Reading Challenge"
link. Then select the "Teens" tab.

Or click here:
Summer Reading Challenge for Teens

"Beneath the Surface" is a self-directed
summer reading program  for teens
from June 3 to July 26



Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Game Days Over the Holidays

School will be out, Christmas will be over, you've spent your money on movies -- what's left to do during your week off?

The library has the perfect answer -- games in the afternoon.

Board games will be available in the meeting rooms and throughout the library, and X-Box Kinect will be set up in the large meeting room.

Bring a friend or find someone here to match your wits over chess, or simply relax with a card game, Apples to Apples, Scrabble, and many other choices.

Popcorn and punch will be provided.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Teen Read Week - Top 10 Teen Books

Did you know it's Teen Read Week?

Teen Read Week is all about getting young adults to read just for the fun of it. It's sponsored by YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association. The idea is to raise awareness among teens about library resources and services. Here's YALSA's website:

On the website, you'll find a list of Teens' Top Ten books published in the past year. Nominations come from 16 school and public libraries from around the country. Any teen age 12 to 18 can vote for their choice from the nominated titles in August and September. So, that means you'll have to wait until next summer/fall to make your voice heard if you have a favorite book.

Find out the winners by clicking on the YALSA website link above, or download the PDF file directly from:

Let us know if you have read any of these books and what you thought about them. If you'd like to have your comments posted as a mini-review on this blog, submit your comment here (just click on the pencil icon), or e-mail to:

Friday, September 14, 2012

Game Day for Teens on Monday, Sept. 17

Hey, teens! You're already here after school - why not have some fun at our Game Day for Teens!

This Monday (September 17) from 4 to 7 PM, we'll have games set up in our meeting rooms for Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers. The smaller conference room will have chess and checkerboards and card games ready for you. In the larger meeting room, you'll find more board games set up on the tables, and XBox Kinect.

We'll be having a game day once a month, usually on the third Monday of the month, and you're always welcome to take part. This time, though, Game Day is specifically for you  -  no parents or younger kids, just teens.

Free popcorn and punch will be provided. Popcorn will be delivered directly from Premier Theaters just for the event! (A big thanks to Premier Theater for generously donating popcorn!)

Friday, July 6, 2012

Teen Book Finder -- Free App

YALSA's (Young Adult Library Services Association) Teen Book Finder is a free app to help teens, parents, librarians and library staff, educators, and anyone who loves YA literature access to the past three years' of YALSA's awards and lists on their smartphone.
Have an iPod Touch, an iPhone or an iPad? Use the links below to download the app.
App features include:
  • a homepage featuring three titles from the database, refreshed each day
  • the ability to search for books by author, title, award/list year, genre, by award, and by booklist
  • a Find It! button will show users where to find the book in a nearby library
  • a Favorites button, to create an individualized booklist
  • the ability to share books from the Teen Book Finder on Twitter and Facebook
An Android version of the app is planned for later in 2012.
For more information and to download the app, follow these links:

Friday, June 22, 2012

Writing the Ghost Story

"A long, dark driveway towards an old farmhouse. A new stepsister with a nasty streak. A little sister who runs off. Something sinister lurking in the woods. Cassie Quinn's new home comes with . . . complications. Cassie never believed in ghosts before. But now she is receiving strange messages, telling her to stay out of the woods. Are the messages just a ploy by her stepsister? Or are they warning her of an evil that stalks the shadows of the woods beyond her home?"

How do you write a ghost story? What is it like to live in a haunted house? Young adult author Kathryn Knutson will discuss these topics and read from her new Y.A. novel, "The Possession of Cassie Quinn," on Friday, June 29, at 1 p.m. Join us for a spine-tingling good time!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Understand Your Dreams

Have you ever woken up wondering what that weird dream you had the night before meant? You may have told your friends about the dream--and they may have been just as clueless about it.

A workshop on dream analysis, "Understanding the Dreams You Dream," with author Craig Groethe, will be held in the large meeting room on Monday, June 11, at 10:30 a.m. This will be a fun, interactive, and enlightening class. With an overview of the types of dreams, their significance, and the symbolic language of dreams, participants will learn how to glean insight from their own dreams. The program is intended for both teen and adult audiences.

Mr. Groethe is the author of the book "Sleeping with Your Eyes Open—Warning Dreams." He hosted a radio show called "Talk About A Dream" and has spoken across the Midwest. Read more information about dreams on his website: The workshop is free thanks to sponsorship by the Arrowhead Library System and money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.