Thursday, December 31, 2009

Gettin' Saucy Teen Cooking Class (12/29)

For December's Gettin' Saucy Teen Cooking Class, we got into a wintery mood and made graham cracker cottages! We had a great time mixing icing, building houses, decorating with all kinds of snacks, and watching as some cottages stood and others...fell.

Here are a few of the pictures:

Don't miss out on the fun! The next cooking class will be Tuesday, January 26th at 6 pm. Registration opens on January 12th. See you there!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Book Review: Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

Marcus Yallow was just an average high schooler with an above average knowledge of how the Internet, computers, and technology work...until a terrorist attack hits his hometown of San Francisco. Suddenly he and his friends are believed to be terrorists and get picked up by the Department of Homeland Security. After finally gaining freedom from DHS custody, Marcus fights back against the paranoia and loss of rights as the government begins to carefully watch San Francisco citizens' every move.

This is a very interesting book that will make you think about the way technology works in our society and how people feel about the government appearing into their lives after a devastating national attack. Recommended for high schoolers who are self-professed tech-geeks, fans of 1984 by George Orwell, or readers who enjoy thrillers.

Book Cover Little Brother
By Doctorow, Cory
2008/04 - Tor Classics
9780765319852 Check the Library's Catalog

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Follow MGPL Online

Morton Grove Public Library is all over the Internet! You may have noticed a new social media toolbar on the Library's website ( The toolbar includes links to stay in touch with MGPL online.

Become a fan on Facebook and keep updated on upcoming programs, events, and other Library-related news. You can also view pictures, find out which books MGPL librarians love, and maybe even learn things about the Library that you didn't know. If you see something you like, give us a thumbs up or leave a comment! And don't forget to tell all of your friends!!

Subscribe to one, two, or all of our blogs. Just don't forget to subscribe to the Teen Zone blog, so you won't miss a single post!

Watch the Library's videos on YouTube. Keep checking back for more!

View photos from Library events. Don't see yourself? Keep coming to teen programs, and maybe you'll appear in some!

Monday, December 21, 2009

What to Read, What to Read...

Now that classes are out and you have some free time, are you looking for a good book to read? Check out the Teen Book Lists!

There are lists full of recommended books on a variety of genres -- adventure books, mystery & suspense, teen horror. There are recommended reads from other teens -- Abraham Lincoln H.S. Award 2010, STAR Volunteer 2009 Favorites, and TLC's Favorite Books 2009. There's also themed lists -- Books with Bite (vampires and werewolves), Rockin' Reads (music-related), and Twisted Myths (fictionalized mythology).

With all of these lists of recommended reads, you're sure to find something you're interested in. Be sure to come back and post a review if you find and read something great!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Book Review: Hate List by Jennifer Brown

For Valerie Leftman and her fellow high schoolers, life changed drastically on May 2nd. That was the day Nick Levil, Valerie's boyfriend, opened fire on his classmates, killing six and wounding many others before killing himself. Although Valerie had no idea of his plan and was shot herself while trying to stop Nick, everyone believes she was involved because of the "hate list" - a notebook Nick and Valerie kept of names of people who had angered or upset them. Valerie used it as a way to vent her frustrations, but for Nick it was much more.

During the summer, and as she heads into her senior year, Valerie is forced to deal with the physical and emotional pain of recovering. The story of the shooting unfolds for readers through newspaper articles and flashbacks as Valerie attempts to move on. Hate List is a heavy but captivating book. Fans of realistic fiction like Wintergirls, If I Stay, 13 Reasons Why, and Nineteen Minutes should give it a try.

Hate List

Hate List
By Brown, Jennifer
2009-09 - Little, Brown Young Readers
9780316041447 Check the Library's Catalog

After Valerie Leftman's boyfriend, Nick, opens fire on their school cafeteria, Val is shot trying to stop him, but is implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. Now, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. …More

Monday, December 14, 2009

Winter Reading Program

Bundle up with a book! The six-week Adult/Teen Winter Reading Program officially begins today! Here's the deal -- sign up, read books or listen to audiobooks checked out from MGPL, and win prizes!

What kind of prizes?
  • After 1 book read - 1 entry form for the grand prize drawing
  • After 3 books read - 1 MGPL coffee mug with spoon or a Dairy Queen coupon for half-off the price of a small blizzard (good at the Niles store) and 1 raffle ticket
  • After 6, 9, 12, and 15 books read - 1 entry form for the grand prize drawing
You could get up to 6 raffle tickets to win...drumroll, MGPL tote bag filled with a genuine Snuggie and other items to keep you warm this winter! Yep, a Snuggie!
You know you've always wanted one to show off to your friends. So get reading and win!

There are two ways to sign up:
  1. Come to the Reference Services Desk. At registration, you'll receive a bookmark with program details and paper quilt squares to write book reviews if you choose.
  2. New this year -- register yourself online! Go to and click the Sign Up button in the upper-right hand corner of screen.
Any questions? Visit the Reference Desk, call (847) 929-5101, IM a librarian at MGPL, or send an email to