Monday, December 31, 2007

Twilight the Movie

The first book in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series is scheduled to come to the big screen in December of 2008. Kristen Stewart, who was most recently in The Messengers and Into the Wild, will play Bella Swan and Robert Pattinson, who was Cedric Diggory in the last two Harry Potter movies, will play our favorite vampire Edward. If you want to know the latest details about the movie go to The Internet Movie Database website.

If you still haven't read Twilight, stop by the Library and check it out-- and remember, if it's checked out (and it might be, because it's so popular) you can put on hold on it at the Reference Services Desk or from your computer at home!

Friday, December 28, 2007

Wii Games @ Morton Grove PL

Come to the Library to check out our new, growing collection of Wii games. They are available in the Video Game section of the Teen Zone and downstairs in Youth Services.

Have a Wii game recommendation?
Leave a comment below!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Reader Girlz Book Recommendations

Want a new place to find great book recommendations on the internet?
Take a look at the ReaderGirlz latest post. As a special holiday present, they have printable bookmarks to give to your best friend--or to keep for yourself!
Check out some of their recommendations below.

Readergirlz Best Books for Your BFF
Download the bookmarks at

For the girl who saves her neck for Edward...
A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause

--Jackie Parker
postergirl for readergirlz

For the girl who dances in glass slippers
Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

-- Dia Calhoun
author, The Return of Light: A Christmas Tale
readergirlz diva

For the girl who takes quantum leaps…

Enchantress from the Stars by Sylvia Engdahl
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
The Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey

-- René Kirkpatrick
Book Buyer
All for Kids Books & Music

Want more book recommendations?
Go to the Teen Zone's Read It page.
Happy Reading!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Libba Bray's Trilogy

Author Libba Bray's final book in her first trilogy, The Sweet Far Thing, will be released after Christmas. Read all about her writing process in Publishers Weekly.

If you want to start reading this amazing series of fantasy and romance with strong female characters, stop by the Library. Libba Bray's books are located in the Teen Zone.

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

TLC this Thursday

The next Teen Library Council meeting is this Thursday, December 6th @ 7:00 pm. Stop by and help plan teen events and projects for the new year! We will be discussing the teen cooking class, new Anime Club, Wii, the design of the Teen Zone space, and much more.

Upcoming December Events:

Gettin' Saucy: Teen Cooking Class
Make and eat East African food.
December 20th @ 6:00 pm

Teen Gaming
Guitar Hero II, other video and board games
December 28th from 1-4:00 pm

Monday, December 03, 2007

Love Harry Potter? Try these books...

There is life after Harry Potter, believe it or not. So if you've got an itch for magic, young heroes, fantasy, and the like, scratch it with one of these books:

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

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A new book club began this week at Park View School and Golf Middle School. 7th and 8th graders are grabbing their lunch and meeting in their school library during lunch and recess. Bring a book that you want to recommend/discuss to the club. I will continue to bring treats and some of my favorite books from MGPL to discuss, too! Famished for Fiction will meet once a week until Winter Break. Stay tuned for updates, book recommendations, pictures, and news on upcoming dates for Famished for Fiction in 2008!

Golf's Famished for Fiction---

Monday, November 19, 2007


Poppy, the publisher of Gossip Girl, The A-List, The Clique, The It Girl, Secrets of My Hollywood Life, and Poseur, has started a website to feature all of their most popular books.
Go to Poppy's site to get book excerpts, release dates for new books, discuss Poppy books with other teens, get Poppy downloads, and author Q & A's. Keep going back to enter contents to win amazing prizes- like copies of books, trips to NYC, and shopping sprees!

After you check out the site, come to the Library and check out a Poppy book.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Naruto is Changing

They already made the switch in Japan, and soon American Naruto fans will notice a change in their favorite character. Viz Media is publishing 3 new volumes of Naruto for the last four months of the year. By December 2007, volume 27 will be released and a big change will appear beginning in 2008. In the next installment of graphic novels, Naruto will be "taller, older, and wiser" according to Viz Media. Naruto will suddenly be two and a half years older.

More information will be available in the January issue of Shonen Jump Magazine--which will be available in the Teen Zone in early December.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Congratulations to our Teen Read Week Winners!

Congrats to our three raffle winners!
The winners received either a 5 inch TV or a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble.

Teens told the Library what their favorite funny book was to enter the raffle. Here are some of their answers...

The Foot Book, Princess in Love, Half Moon Investigations, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Cool Hair, Born Confused, etc.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Gaming @ the Library

Play video and board games at the Library!
The Library will have PS2 games, Guitar Hero II, Sing Star, and board games.
You can also bring your own game consoles, video games, and board games and compete against other teens.

October 24th from 6-7:30 pm

November 23th from 1-4 pm

December 28th from 1-4 pm

Activity Room @ the Library

Questions? call 847-929-5124

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

LOL Teen Read Week

October 14-20th is Teen Read Week. To celebrate, MGPL is giving away prizes!

Enter our drawing this week and have a chance to win a 5 inch b/w tv or a gift card from Borders. All you have to do is fill out a form in the Teen Zone and answer the question:

What's the funniest book you've ever read?

Give your form to the Circulation Desk and you are entered into the drawing! must be in 7th -12th grade to qualify for the drawing.

Happy Reading!

Monday, October 15, 2007

This Week @ the Library...

R.E.A.D. (Read, Eat, and Discuss)
Thursday, October 18th @ 7:00 pm in the Board Room
We will be discussing The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin.

TLC Meeting
Friday, October 19th @ 4:00 pm in the Board Room
It's time to decorate the Teen Zone for Halloween!

Beaded Book Thongs
Saturday, October 20th @ 1:00 pm in the Activity Room
Be a part of the latest trend. Book thongs are bookmarks that look like jewelry. Design one for yourself and make great gifts for your friends and family.

... and next week is Teen Game Night!
Wednesday, October 24th @ 6:00 pm in the Activity Room
Bring your favorite cd, board game, or video game ( T-rated or lower ) and console and compete against other teens. Guitar Hero II, other PS2 games, and board games will be provided.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

IM @ the Library

During October the Morton Grove Public Library's reference staff will be providing reference service via live chat on a trial basis. During the trial period, MGPL-based chat will be online from 9 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday, though our goal is to eventually expand the service to all hours the Library is open.

Who can use our live chat?
Any adult or teen (grade 7 and up) can use live chat.

How it works:
If you want to ask us a question, just send a message to our Screen Name, askmgpl. This Screen Name works for AIM, Yahoo, and Google Talk.

So if you have a question, send an IM to the Library! Check it out!

Monday, October 08, 2007

Harry Potter Chat

Are you a Harry Potter fan? Come to the Library this Thursday and talk to other fans about the series. Call the Library and let us know you are coming so that we have enough magic wands and potion on hand!

Call 847-929-5101
or stop by the Reference Services Desk.

Thursday, October 11, 2007
7:00 pm, Baxter Room

This event is for teens and adults only!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Morton Grove Family Fest & Block Party

The MG Family Fest & Block Party is this Saturday, October 6th at the Village Hall. It starts with a pancake breakfast at 8:30 am and ends at 11:00 pm. The Library will have a booth on School Street and present events throughout the day. Join other Morton Grove teens to play Guitar Hero on stage in the main tent in the afternoon!

The Library will be on stage in the main tent:
9:00-9:30 Children's Story Time
11:00-11:30 Puff the Magic Dragon sing-along
2:30-4:00 Guitar Hero

See you there!

Monday, October 01, 2007

Gettin' Saucy: French Brunch

This past Saturday at the MGPL, our teen cooking class prepared and ate a French Brunch of crêpes and quiche lorraine. To register for our upcoming classes, call 847.929.5101.

Tuesday, October 30th @ 6:00 pm, Halloween Edition
Saturday, November 17th @ 1:00 pm, Greek dishes
Thursday, December 20th @ 6:00 pm, East African dishes

Check out some of the pics from Saturday's class---

Friday, September 28, 2007

Beaded Book Thongs

Be part of the latest trend! Book thongs are bookmarks that look like jewelry. Come to the Library and design one for yourself and make great gifts for your friends and family.

Saturday, October 20th
Activity Room
1:00 pm

Space is limited, so sign up today to reserve your spot!
Open to all teens.
Registration required.
Call 847.929.5101

Thursday, September 27, 2007

R.E.A.D. Book Club

"In the end, only the survivor gets to tell the story"

Join Read, Eat, and Discuss
Thursday, October 18, 2007
at 7:00 pm for a discussion of the book:
The Rules of Survival
by: Nancy Werlin

R.E.A.D. is open to all teens, grades 7 and up

Add a comment to this blog or call 847.929.5124

Gettin' Saucy: Halloween Edition

Join us to prepare and eat Halloween Treats.
Tuesday, October 30th @ 6:00 pm
No experience is necessary and the class is open to all teens, grades 7 and up. Space is limited to 10 chefs, so call today to reserve your spot!

Registration required.
Call 847.929.5101

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Friday, September 14, 2007

The Next Top Teen Websites?

Ypulse listed Renegade's Top 10 Up and Coming Teen Sites on their website. Here are a few of them--
What do you think? Will these sites be popular with teens?

Doll Wizard
Deviant ART

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Happy Birthday Roald Dahl!

How many Roald Dahl books did you read when you were little? Did you take your little brothers and sisters to see the newest movie version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when it came out?

Today would have been children's author Roald Dahl's 91st birthday, so celebrate! Reread an old favorite like James and the Giant Peach, The Twits, or Fantastic Mr. Fox. Even Google is celebrating his birthday by dressing up their Google icon with a giant peach and chocolate bar.

What a great excuse to read his books again!

Monday, September 10, 2007

VMA Results

MTV's Video Music Awards were held in Las Vegas last weekend. Watch clips of your favorite artists and check out their CDs here at MGPL.

Do you have a CD request? Give me your suggestions on what you think the Library should purchase by leaving a comment under this blog entry.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Gossip Girl TV Show

Do you love the tv show the OC? Get ready for the newest hit series! In a couple of weeks, the CW will show the first episode of Gossip Girl, written by the OC's Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. The show is based on the Gossip Girl book series by Cecily Von Ziegesar. The first episode is September 19th- so you still have time to check out any of the Gossip Girl books at MGPL. Want more details on the show? Go to for info and pictures on the cast and future episodes.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Freshman Orientation @ Maine East H.S.

Maine East High School continued its Freshman Orientation last week with a tour of their library. I was at Maine East High School's Library on Friday, talking to classes about MGPL's teen programs and services and giving students information on how to get a Morton Grove Library card. Students learned that after school closes, the Library is a great place to get extra help with school work. I told students about our 24 Hour Library- where you can download books and videos, research a topic, and ask a Librarian a question anytime of the day! Students also loved that Morton Grove PL has a Video Game collection, a Teen Zone to watch movies and listen to music, and has a growing collection of PlayAways (the latest in audiobooks). Check the Library's Catalog to see what is available. How? Go to Power Search and change the type of material to either Video Game or Audiobook-PlayAway, press the return key on your computer and start browsing!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Golden Compass Coming to Theaters

The Golden Compass, based on the first book in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series, is coming to theaters in December. Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig (from the latest James Bond movie) are starring in the film. Check out the books before the movie comes out in the Library's Catalog and see more movie details on the Internet Movie Database.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Chat with your Flavorite Author

To help celebrate Teen Read Week, YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) and ReaderGirlz are hosting a month of live chats with 31 of your favorite authors during the month of October.

I got the following list of authors and their dates from the YA Fresh blog.

1st Meg Cabot
2nd Tiffany Trent
3rd Brent Hartinger
4th Lorie Ann Grover
5th K.L. Going
6th Nikki Grimes
7th Ellen Hopkins
8th Justina Chen Headley
9th Chris Crutcher
10th Ann Brashares
11th Sarah Mlynowski
12th Cecil Castellucci
13th Kirby Larson
14th Tanya Lee Stone
15th John Green
16th Sara Zarr
17th Deb Caletti
18th Rachel Cohn
19th Kirsten Miller
20th Mitali Perkins
21st Sonya Sones
22nd Lisa Yee
23rd Carolyn Mackler
24th E. Lockhart
25th Janet Lee Carey
26th Gaby Triana
27th Lauren Myracle
28th Holly Black
29th Cynthia Leitich Smith
30th Dia Calhoun
31st Stephenie Meyer

Visit at 7pm each night in October and chat with a different author each day.
Don't forget to check the Teen Zone for books by your flavorite authors!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Back to School!

Most teens in Morton Grove have or are returning to school within the next few days--here are some books to help get you through another year. The following list of books can be found in the Teen Nonfiction section.

Getting ready for college
by: Berent, Polly

High school's not forever
by: Bluestein, Jane

What color is your parachute? for teens : discovering yourself, defining your future
by: Bolles, Richard Nelson

Chicken soup for the teenage soul's : the real deal : school, cliques, classes, clubs, and more
by: Canfield, Jack

The naked roommate : and 107 other issues you might run into in college
by: Cohen, Harlan

Get wise! : mastering math skills
by: Frieder, David

Where should I sit at lunch? : the ultimate 24/7 guide to surviving the high school years
by: Mosatche, Harriet S.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Gettin' Saucy Cooking Class

Join us to prepare and eat a French Brunch.
Saturday, September 29th @ 11:00 am
No experience is necessary and the class is open to all teens, grades 7 and up. Space is limited to 10 chefs, so call today to reserve your spot! A Bientot! (see you soon!)

Registration required.
Call 847.929.5101

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