Saturday, November 15, 2008

Twilight hits theaters November 21st!

Twilight opens November 21st 2008. Check out the movie's official website at Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Getting Saucy - Teen Cooking Class 11/3/08

Bubble Tea and Asian cuisine - YUM!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Henna Art for Teens - 10/25/08

Special thanks to MGPL parent for helping us with this popular event!

YA Librarian Liz Has a baby boy!

Brendan Edward Kaiz was born on September 18, 2008 at 7:15 pm, weighing 7 lbs. 15 oz.
From Brendan

From Brendan

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Celebrate Banned Books Week

Celebrate Banned Books Week in downtown Chicago at the Read Out!

Many of your favorite authors will be there including: Judy Blume, Stephen Chbosky, Chris Crutcher, Lois Lowry, Lauren Myracle, and Ilene Cooper. They will be reading from their favorite banned or challenged books.

The event is Saturday, September 27th from 12-4:30 pm at the Pioneer Plaza (on Michigan Avenue between the Tribune Tower and the Chicago River) and is free to the public. For more information, click here.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Fall Activities at MGPL

Teen Library Council (TLC)
Tues., Sept. 23, 7 pm
Tues., Oct. 21, 5 pm
Join TLC for its first meeting of the new school year! Meet new friends, get involved in fun activities, tell us what you want to see at the library, and earn volunteer service hours in the process!

Anime Club
Fri., Sept. 5, 4:30 pm
Fri., Oct. 3, 4:30 pm
Get together to discuss manga, view anime, and have snacks.
Reg. req.

Beads for Teens and Chainmaille Jewelry
Sat., Sept. 6, 3 pm
Sat., Oct 18, 3 pm
Earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings…
Come to the Library and make gifts for yourself,
your friends and family. Supplies and instruction
will be provided. Registration required.

Teen Read Week

Books with Bite @ your library®! October 12-18. Stop by during Teen Read Week to indulge your biting curiosity and check out books and graphic novels on animals, technology, cooking and even vampires!

Henna Art for Teens
Sat., Oct. 25, 12-2 pm
Watch and learn about mehndi, the art of henna body painting, and get your hand painted with a beautiful mehndi design!
Registration required.

To register for these programs call 847-929-5101 or stop by the Reference Services Desk.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Thank You STAR Volunteers!

The Youth Services Summer Reading Program was a huge success this year, thanks to the 58 teens who volunteered this summer. Together, they worked over 1,200 hours in 8 weeks!

The STAR Volunteer party was Wednesday, August 13th in the Baxter Room. Everyone enjoyed eating pizza and other snacks and many volunteers competed in Guitar Hero, Wii sports, and DDR for prizes.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Teen Summer Activities

Want something to do this summer? Come to the Library for some of our upcoming activities!

July and August Events:
  • Video Games every Monday and Wednesday from 1-3:00 pm starting July 7th-August 20th (includes Guitar Hero II and III, Wii Sports, Super Smash Bros. Brawl and much more!)
  • Beads for Teens and Chainmaille Jewelry Class from 3-4:00 on July 19th
  • Twilight Series Book Discussion from 2-3:00 pm on August 2nd
  • Teen Anime Club's Summer Movie from 2-4:00 pm on August 3rd
  • Beads for Teens and Chainmaille Jewelry Class from 3-4:00 pm on August 23rd
Don't forget to stop by the Library to check out the latest books, DVDs, CDs, and Video Games!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Stephenie Meyer's is Coming to Chicago!

Three days after the release of her latest book, Breaking Dawn, Stephenie Meyers and Justin Furstenfeld from Blue October will hold a concert at the Harris Theater in Chicago. Tickets go on sale June 21st at 11:00 am for $20 a piece. For more information click here. If you want to hear some of Blue October's music, come into the Library and checkout their cd!

Plan on joining us at the Library, August 2nd at 2:00pm for a fun discussion of the Twilight series! Registration will be required--more details to come soon!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Battle of the Books

The 2008 season of Battle of the Books for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders has come to an end. This year's Battle of the Books (or BOB to some participants) was a huge success! Six schools participated this year: Plato Academy, Park View School, Jerusalem Lutheran, Golf Middle School, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and Old Orchard Junior High School.
All who participated should be proud of their efforts.

Congratulations to the students of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, our high scoring team for the 2008 season!

The list of next year's BOB books are now posted online. Check them out at:

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Hip Hop Poetry

Kevin Coval-the founder of Teen Poetry and the author of Slingshots: A Hip Hop Poetica and Everyday People- will be at MGPL this Sunday to celebrate National Poetry Month. He will be reading excerpts from his books and talking about hip hop poetry.

Morton Grove Public Library
Sunday, April 27th
2:00 pm in the Baxter Room

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Become a S.T.A.R. Volunteer!

The Morton Grove Public Library’s Youth Services Department needs student volunteers, grades seven through twelve, to help with our Summer Reading Program. The Summer Reading Program begins Monday, June 9th, and ends on Sunday, August 3rd.

Responsibilities include helping with children’s games, listening to children talk about books they read, handing out prizes, and clerical duties.

Volunteering at the Library is an excellent opportunity to fulfill community service credit for your college applications, National Honor Society, or confirmation requirements.

Interested teens with more questions can contact Liz Kaiz at the Morton Grove Public Library by phone (847-929-5124) or email (

Training sessions for S.T.A.R. (Summer Time Assistant for Readers) volunteers will be held at the Morton Grove Public Library on Tuesday, May 27, 6:00- 7:30pm and Wednesday, June 4, 6:00-7:30pm.
Please call 847-929-5101 to register
for one of the training sessions.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Chainmaille Workshop

Learn how to make chainmaille jewelry during Spring Break. Come to the Library to make a chainmaille bracelet made of aluminum and rubber rings. Instructions and materials will be provided.
Space is limited, so sign up to reserve your spot!

Open to all teens, grades 7 and up.
Registration required. call 847.929.5101
Questions? 847.929.5124

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Teens in Youth Services

Teens from Park View got creative last Friday in the Youth Services Department.

Friday, February 29, 2008


Teen Game Night

Come to the Library Thursday, March 13th to play our new Wii games and Guitar Hero III!

When and Where: 7-8:30 pm in the downstairs Activity Room
Who: 7th-12th grade teens

You don't need to register- just show up!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Upcoming Teen Activities

March Events

Anime Club
Friday, March 7th
5:00 in the Activity Room

Beads for Teens
Saturday, March 8th
1:00 in the Activity Room

TLC & Teen Game Night
Thursday, March 13th
7:00 in the Activity Room

Chainmaille Workshop
Friday, March 28th
2:00 in the Activity Room

* Registration is required for all events except for Teen Game Night.
To register call 847.929.5101.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Simpsons Movie this Thursday

February's Teen Library Council meeting will be very different. Instead of talking about movies, music, and books we're relaxing and watching a movie. Come to the Library this Thursday to watch The Simpsons movie, eat, and hang out with your friends.

Not a part of TLC? That's ok- anyone in 7-12th grade is invited.

I'll see you in the Activity Room @ 6:00!
Thursday, February 14th

Friday, February 08, 2008

The Final Twilight Series Book!

The publisher of the Twilight series, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, sent out a press release yesterday stating that the fourth and final book in the series will be released at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, August 2nd.

Can't wait that long for more on Bella, Edward, and Jacob?
Check out the latest news and links below:

Inside a special edition of Eclipse- to be released on May 31st- will be the cover art and first chapter of the last book, Breaking Dawn. Stephenie Meyer's first adult novel, The Host, will also be released in May.

Do you ever wonder what Edward was thinking when he first met Bella? Stephenie Meyer's has posted a version of the first chapter of Twilight from Edward's perspective called Midnight Sun on her website.

Twilight movie news: Read Kristen Stewart's interview on MTV Movies Blog and more info on the movies newest cast members.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Cirque du Freak Movie

Another popular book series is being turned into a movie.
Production of the film Cirque du Freak , which is based on Darren Shan's Cirque du Freak series, is scheduled to start this month. Actor Chris J. Kelly is playing Darren, John C. Reilly is playing the vampire Larten Crepsley, and Salma Hayek is the bearded lady, Madame Truska.
The movie is scheduled to be released sometime in 2009, so you still have time to read the books before the movie comes out. You can find them in the Teen Series section.

Friday, February 01, 2008

New Teen Books coming to MGPL

The newest shipment of teen books will soon be on the shelves. If you want to make sure you get the book you want to read right away, you can place a hold on the book at the Library with help from a Reference Librarian or you can reserve a book by yourself from any computer. Once you find the book you want in our catalog, click on place a hold and enter your library card and PIN number. So simple!

Here's a few of the titles:
Girl, Barely 15: Flirting for England
by: Sue Limb
The Sweet Far Thing
by: Libba Bray
Project 17
by: Laurie Faria Stolarz
The Luxe
by: Anna Godbersen
My Swordhand is Singing
by: Marcus Sedgewick
Before I Die
by: Jenny Downham
Every Crooked Pot
by: Renee Rosen

more graphic novels are coming in too
- check out the newest Naruto or The Good Witch of the West

Monday, January 21, 2008

Help Feed the World

Improve your vocabulary and feed starving people all over the world at the same time. The website,, donates 20 grains of rice to the United Nations for every question that you answer correctly.

On January 20th, 96,471,120 grains of rice were donated!

Friday, January 04, 2008

January's Teen Events

Beads for Teens
Saturday, January 5th
in the Activity Room @ 1:00 pm

Teen Library Council Meeting
Thursday, January 10th
in the Activity Room @ 7:00 pm

Anime Club
Friday, January 11th
in the Activity Room @ 5:00 pm

Guitar Hero 2 and 3
Saturday, January 19th
in the Baxter Room @ 1:00 pm

Beads for Teens
Saturday, January 19th
in the Activity Room @ 3:00 pm

Teen Cooking Class

Monday, January 21st
meet at the Youth Services desk @ 6:00 pm

R.E.A.D. @ Starbucks
Monday, January 28th
meet at the Starbucks in Prairie View Plaza
6763 Dempster Ave. Morton Grove
Discussing the book, The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler

Registration is required for all events, except Teen Library Council and Guitar Hero.
To register call 847-929-5101 or stop by the Reference Services Desk at the Library.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Celebrate Black History Month by Reading

The is promoting teen and children's fiction by African American writers by presenting 28 Days Later, where they will feature one author or illustrator for each day of February.

Find info on some teen authors and their books:

Touching Snow by: M. Sindy Felin on February 9th
Sweet Thang by: Allison Whittenberg on February 14th
Game by: Walter Dean Myers on February 15th
Tyrell by: Coe Booth on February 22nd