Friday, December 10, 2010

One week left to vote!

There's only 1 week left before the Playaway Contest to win $10,000 ends!  Remember to use ALL your email addresses.  The rankings are now frozen, so we don't know if we're winning.  Suspense!  You guys are doing a great job - keep spreading the word!

Here's an awesome visual reminder to vote made by a Morton Grove teen!


To vote, go here:  http://vote.playaway.com/v/mortongrove/

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Teen Playaway Videos

Have you seen the videos local teens made to promote voting for MGPL in the Playaway Picture This Contest?  Maybe you'll recognize someone you know!  :)

MGPL Teen Playaway Video #1


MGPL Teen Playaway Video #2


Don't forget to vote and help the library win $10,000 for the TEEN ZONE!  Spread the word!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Win $10,000 for the Teen Zone!

Big news!!  Have you been wondering how the library would spend the $10,000 if MGPL wins the Playaway Picture This Contest?  It's just been decided that the money would go to improving the TEEN space!!! 

Picture this!
more space......flat screen tv......comfortable group seating......more shelving......gaming consoles......some sound proofing......new carpet......and more tables to do homework

So make sure you spread the word to vote for Morton Grove at vote.playaway.com/v/mortongrove/ so we can win $10,000 for YOU!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Want to be in a Commercial?


Calling all teens!  At the Teen Library Council meeting last week, we voted to make a teen commercial to promote voting for MGPL in the Playaway Picture This Contest!  (Haven't voted yet?  Go to http://vote.playaway.com/v/mortongrove/!!)  If you want to help out with the commercial and/or be in it, we'll be filming two days next week --

Monday, November 15th from 6-8 pm in the lower level Activity Room
Tuesday, November 16th from 7-8:30 pm (after Gettin' Saucy Cooking Class) in the Baxter Room Auditorium

Can't make it either day?  That's ok - you can still help by sharing the commercial when we're done!

See you at the library for filming!  Until then, check out this awesome video made by Chris from Reference Services!

Monday, November 01, 2010

Vote for MGPL!

Morton Grove Public Library is thrilled to announce that we are one of the top 10 finalists in the nationwide Playaway Picture This Contest, selected from hundreds of entries. This gives us a chance to win $10,000 for the library.

Playaway books are audiobooks in an all-in-one package that requires nothing more than a set of earbuds. No bigger than a pack of cards, Playaways make audiobooks accessible for everyone, regardless of age or ability. Look for the bright orange cases on our audiobook shelves to find a Playaway for you!

We need your vote to help the Morton Grove Public Library win the $10,000 prize! Vote online at http://vote.playaway.com/v/mortongrove/ between November 1, 2010 and December 17th, 2010. You can vote once per registered email address so remember to vote using all your email addresses! And don’t forget to spread the word!

Questions? You can send us an email us or give us a call at: (847) 965-4220.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Teen Read Week


Happy Teen Read Week!! At the Library, we're celebrating all week with programs EVERY DAY!

Monday - Silent Library @ 7 pm
Tuesday - Find a Good Book...Online @ 7 pm
Wednesday - Speed Book Dating @ 7 pm
Thursday - Just READ @ 7 pm
Friday - After-Hours Video Gaming @ 6 pm

All week long you can also participate in Get Caught Reading and the Teen Book Scavenger Hunt!  For more info on all of these fun programs, check out the last blog post, the Library event calendar, or the bulletin board by the Reference Desk.  You can also call (847) 929-5101 to find out more.

Throughout the week you could also win Teen Read Week prizes!  Earn entries to the TRW drawing just for coming to programs or participating in Get Caught Reading or the Teen Book Scavenger Hunt.  You could win a boxed set of great series like The Hunger Games, Twilight, Uglies, Percy Jackson, and more OR an iTunes gift card OR a copy of Breaking Dawn autographed by Stephenie Meyer!!

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

October Programs

There's big stuff happening at MGPL in October!  Here's what's going on for you. All teens in 7th grade and up are invited to these programs. Bring your friends! Some of the programs require registration.

To register:
Online: Go to http://calendar.webrary.org

By phone: Call 847-929-5101

In person: Stop by the Reference Services Desk or Youth Services Desk


Gettin' Saucy Teen Cooking Class
Wed. October 13th, 6-7 pm
Learn to prepare delicious food! Supplies and instructions provided. Registration required. Registration is limited to 8 and is open NOW!

DIY Crafts: Bookmarks
Sat. October 16th, 1-2 pm, Youth Services Activity Room
Come to the Library and make your own unique bookmarks using paper, beads, and duct tape! Instructions and supplies are provided. Registration is required and open NOW!
 
TEEN READ WEEK! (October 17-23)
Participate in these programs throughout the week and earn entry tickets for the Teen Read Week drawing!  Prizes include gift cards and popular teen books!

Get Caught Reading
ALL WEEK
Get caught reading in the Library during Teen Read Week and earn an entry to the Teen Read Week prize drawing!

Teen Book Scavenger Hunt
ALL WEEK
Pick up a list of questions about young adult books in the Teen Zone, fill out your answers, and turn it in by 5 pm, Sat., Oct. 23.  All teens who play will receive an entry ticket for the Teen Read Week prize drawing!  If you answer at least 7 out of 10 questions correctly, you'll also receive a small prize! 

Silent Library
Mon. October 18th, 7-8 pm, Teen Zone
Join us for a book discussion just for teens! Food and drinks will be provided. Registration is required and is open NOW! We'll have a drawing for prizes - books!

Teen Tech Workshop: Find a Good Book...Online!
Tues. October 19th, 7-8 pm, Estelle Cooperman Board Room
Attend this hands-on computer workshop and learn about websites you can use to find great teen books recommended for you or readalikes of your favorite books. Registration is limited to 6. Morton Grove residents have priority. Earn one entry ticket to the Teen Read Week prize drawing for attending! 

Speed Book Dating
Wed. October 20th, 7-8 pm, Youth Services Activity Room
Still looking for a good book? Come to the Library, spend a few minutes with a lot of books, and decide which ones you like best. Food and drinks will be provided. Earn one entry ticket to the Teen Read Week prize drawing for attending! Registration is required. 
   
Just READ
Thurs. October 21st, 7-8:30 pm, Estelle Cooperman Board Room  
Bring a book you heard about at a recent program or grab a book, magazine, or graphic novel off the shelf and read at the Library! Earn one entry ticket to the Teen Read Week prize drawing for attending! Write a review of a book you’ve read and earn up to three more entry tickets. Food and drinks will be provided. Registration is required. 

After-Hours Video Gaming
Fri. October 22nd, 6-7:30 pm, Baxter Room Auditorium
Play video games at the Library after closing! Compete with your friends or challenge the Young Adult Librarian and win to earn prizes or reduce overdue fines! Earn one entry ticket to the Teen Read Week prize drawing for attending. Teens must be in the Baxter Room before 6 pm.

See you there!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Things You Might Not Know About MGPL

Even if you've lived in Morton Grove your whole life and used the Library since you were a kid in Youth Services, there might be a few things you don't know...

- You can reserve a computer!  Adults and teens in 7th grade and up all use the computers across from the Reference Services Desk.  A lot of times they are all full, but you can reserve the next available computer or even one for later.  If it's Monday and you know you're going to finish a paper Thursday evening, you can book a computer for three days in advance!  Want to learn how to do it?  Ask us at the Reference Services Desk to show you!

- You can request an item from another library!  If we don't own something you were hoping to get from MGPL, ask for help at the Reference Services Desk.  We can tell you where it is and might be able to borrow it from another library for you.

- You can get help from a live tutor online or use another great electronic resource for free!  Go to databases.webrary.org to access them, and if you want help figuring out which one to use, just ask!

- You can chat with a librarian from home!  We can put a book on hold for you, help you find information, and a lot more when you IM us.  Just go to chat.webrary.org and if we're online, start chatting!

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Hunger Games!

How much did you love The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins?  Are you Team Gale or Team Peeta?  Is Katniss your favorite female character in a teen book?  What would you do if you were in the Games?

The next teen book discussion - R.E.A.D.: Read, Eat, and Discuss - is Monday, September 27th at 7pm upstairs in the Estelle Cooperman Board Room.  Come talk about the book, enjoy snacks, play The Hunger Games Jeopardy, and win prizes!  We'll also talk about other awesome books you might like when you've finished the trilogy.  Registration is required and open now!  Register online at calendar.webrary.org, visit the Reference Services or Youth Services desk, or call (847) 929-5101.

AND if you're on Facebook, we're discussing The Hunger Games on MGPL's Facebook Fan Page too!  Just go to our Fan Page, become a fan, and click on the Discussions tab to join in.  We want to hear what you think!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Teens' Top Ten



Want to vote for your favorite teen books from last year?  Be one of the teens voting from all over the country and during Teen Read Week in October we'll find out Teens' Top Ten favorite books from 2009!  City of Glass, Catching Fire, Along for the Ride, and Leviathan are just a few of the titles you can choose.  Follow this link to vote!  And be sure to leave a comment to this post to tell us which books YOU picked! Voting ends THIS Friday, September 17th, so hurry!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Do We Have a Deal for You!

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month and now is the perfect time to get yourself an MGPL card!  There are 65 businesses in Morton Grove offering discounts or free gifts when you show your Morton Grove Public Library card.  Just stop by one of the participating businesses, show your card, and enjoy!  To see the list of participating business, go to http://www.webrary.org/inside/specialcard.html

If you don't have a Library card and are under 18, stop by the Circulation Desk with a parent or guardian.  Sign up or renew your card during the month of September and you'll receive a free book tote to carry all of the books, video games, cds, dvds, and magazines you check out!  Go to getacard.webrary.org for more info on getting a Library card.

If you tell a "card-less" resident to get a card and they give your name when they sign up, you'll receive a chance to win a pair of movie tickets!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

September Programs

Check out these fun teen programs in September! All teens in 7th grade and up are invited. Bring your friends! Some of the programs require registration.

To register:
Online: Go to http://calendar.webrary.org

By phone: Call 847-929-5101

In person: Stop by the Reference Services Desk or Youth Services Desk


DIY Crafts: Designer Supplies
Sat. September 11th, 1-2 pm, Youth Services Activity Room
Give your school supplies a makeover! Bring your friends to the Library and create a new cover for a notebook with a matching pen. Instructions and supplies are provided. Registration is required and is open NOW.

Teen Library Council
Mon. September 13th, 7-8 pm, Estelle Cooperman Board Room
TLC is back! Get involved in the Library, meet other teens, and earn volunteer service hours! Come to this informative meeting, eat food, hang out with your friends, and learn what we do.


Gettin' Saucy Teen Cooking Class
Thurs. September 16th, 6-7 pm
Learn to prepare delicious food! Supplies and instructions provided. Registration required. Registration is limited to 8 and is open NOW!


Tunes for Teens
Mon. September 20th, 7-8 pm, Youth Services Activity Room
Hang out with other teens, play music-related games, and listen to your favorite songs at the Library! Bring CDs, your mp3 player, or the titles of your favorite songs (clean lyrics only) that fit this month's theme - a song older than you!

R.E.A.D.: Read, Eat, and Discuss
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Mon. September 27th, 7-8 pm, Baxter Room Auditorium
Join us for a book discussion just for teens! Food and drinks will be provided. Registration is required and is open NOW! We'll have a drawing for prizes - books!


See you there!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Back to School


Now that school is back in session, don't forget to visit the Library for help finding information or quiet places to study.  You can also find homework help on our website.  We have a lot of electronic resources available for you on the teen webpage!  Check out Tutor.com to get help from a live tutor from 2-9 pm, LearningExpress Library for practice tests, Mango Languages to practice learning another language, World Book Online Info Finder to find information or one of the other electronic resources for more help.

If you have questions or need help finding information, visit the Reference Services Desk or call (847) 965-4220!

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

August Teen Programs

It's not time to head back to school YET! Have more fun this summer at these teen programs. All teens in 7th grade and up are invited. Bring your friends! Some of the programs require registration.

To register:
Online: Go to http://calendar.webrary.org

By phone: Call 847-929-5101

In person: Stop by the Reference Services Desk or Youth Services Desk



Teen Drawing/Writing Club
Wed. August 4th, 5-6 pm, Youth Services Activity Room
Do you like to write or draw? Come to the library for an informal club meeting where you can share ideas and tips, or just talk to other writers or artists.

Teen Tech Workshop: Photo Fun
Mon. August 9th, 7-8 pm, Estelle Cooperman Board Room
Learn about fun websites you can use to alter digital photos and create cool new pictures to amaze your friends and family! Registration is limited to 6. Morton Grove residents have priority. Registration is open NOW!

Tunes for Teens
Thurs. August 12th, 7-8 pm, Youth Services Activity Room
Hang out with other teens, play music-related games, and listen to your favorite songs at the Library! Bring CDs, your mp3 player, or the titles of your favorite songs (clean lyrics only) that fit this month's theme - songs about summer.

R.E.A.D.: Read, Eat, and Discuss
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Wed. August 18th, 7-8 pm, Baxter Room Auditorium
Join us for a book discussion just for teens! Food and drinks will be provided. Registration is required. Registration is open NOW! We'll have a drawing for prizes - book copies of ALL of the books in the trilogy!

DIY Crafts: Paper Weaving
Sat. August 21st, 1-2 pm, Youth Services Activity Room
Come to the Library and learn how to weave paper to make chains for bracelets! Bring your friends! Instructions and supplies are provided. Registration is required. Registration opens August 7th!

Gettin' Saucy Teen Cooking Class
Mon. August 23rd, 6-7 pm
Learn to prepare delicious food! Supplies and instructions provided. Registration required. Registration is limited to 8 and opens August 9th!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Free audiobooks!

Trying to get your hands on a copy of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins?
For one week, you can download the audiobook for free! Just go to this website: http://www.audiobooksync.com and follow the links and instructions. The download is in mp3 format, compatible with Windows and Macs, and will play on most listening devices.

Also this week, you can download the audiobook for The Lottery and 7 Other Stories by Shirley Jackson. If you're a fan of The Hunger Games, you'll probably like the short story "The Lottery" too. Hurry and download these great books before August 4th! Each week until September 1st, two new titles will be available. Remember to check back!

After you've listened to the audiobook for The Hunger Games, don't forget to register for the teen program R.E.A.D.: Read, Eat, and Discuss on August 18th at 7 pm. We'll discuss the book, eat food, and win prizes! You can register now by visiting the Reference Services Desk, calling 847-929-5101, or going to calendar.webrary.org.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Summer Library Challenge

Have you entered the Teen Photo Scavenger Hunt yet? Solve clues and take pictures around the Library or Morton Grove and we'll post them on Flickr!

You can pick up a packet of information in the Teen Zone or at the Reference Desk and join in the fun. When you turn in your entry form, you'll receive a checklist of clues to solve. You can play either the "Village of Morton Grove Edition" or the "Morton Grove Public Library Edition." Each checklist will lead you to specific places. Take pictures of yourself at each spot and when you email them in, we'll post them on the Library's Flickr page! Everyone who participates will receive a small prize and can count the Teen Photo Scavenger Hunt as a program for the Summer Library Challenge. Happy hunting!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Eclipse!

The movie is finally out! Who's seen it already? Is it the best one yet?

Don't forget to read the new Eclipse novella, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. You can put a hold on it here. While you're waiting for the latest book, if you want to start re-reading the series, I just saw 3 copies of Twilight on the shelf in the Teen Zone. Get them quick before they disappear again!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Upcoming Teen Programs

The month of June is already flying by, but there are still lots of great programs coming up just for teens! All teens entering 7th grade and up in the fall are invited to these programs. Bring your friends! Some of the programs require registration.

To register:
Online: Go to http://calendar.webrary.org

By phone: Call 847-929-5101

In person: Stop by the Reference Services Desk or Youth Services Desk


Teen Book Scavenger Hunt
June 14-July 3rd
Pick up a colored list of questions about YA books in the Teen Zone, fill out your answers, and turn it in by 5 pm, July 3. If you get at least 7 out of 10 questions right, you'll win a prize! Everyone can count the Teen Book Scavenger Hunt for the Summer Library Challenge.

Teen Drawing/Writing Club
Wed. June 16th, 5-6 pm
Do you like to write or draw? Come to the library for an informal club meeting where you can share ideas and tips, or just talk to other writers or artists.

Film: The Blind Side
Thurs., June 17th, 2 pm or 7 pm




Create Your Own Comic Book
Sat., June 19th, 2 pm
Learn from real comic book artists and writers about how to make and self publish a comic book!


Teen Tech Workshop: Online Music
Wed. June 23rd, 7-8 pm
Want to know where you can listen to your favorite summer songs online? Learn which free, legal websites are the best for streaming music on the Internet. Registration is limited to six and open NOW.

Gettin' Saucy Teen Cooking Class
Wed. June 30th, 6-7 pm
Learn to prepare delicious food! Supplies and instructions provided. Registration required. Teens only. Registration is limited to 8 and opens June 16th!

CSI Effect: Crime Scene Processing
Wed., June 30th, 7-8 pm
Ever wonder how much of what you see on television is true? Mystery authors and police officers Lieutenant Dave Case and Sergeant Michael Black have seen their share of actual crime scenes. In this exciting interactive program, they will give you the inside scoop on what a crime scene actually looks and smells like, as well as the step-by-step process of what really happens when a crime is discovered.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Facts About Maureen Johnson

Check out these fun facts about Maureen Johnson you may be interested to know before Skyping with her TONIGHT!

First book: The Key to the Golden Firebird
Latest book: Scarlett Fever (sequel to Suite Scarlett)
Other well-known books: 13 Little Blue Envelopes, The Bermudez Triangle, Devilish, Girl at Sea
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Current town: New York City
Major in college & grad school: Writing and theatrical dramaturgy (want to know what dramaturgy is? Let's ask her tonight!)
Nickname: MJ
Author friends: Libba Bray, John Green, Hank Green, Scott Westerfeld, Justine Larbalestier, and so many more!

MJ is a big fan of the Internet. You can find her at these places...
Email: maureen@maureenjohnsonbooks.com
Ning (online community): http://maureenjohnson.ning.com/
Blog: http://maureenjohnson.blogspot.com/ (Keep your eye on her blog in August - she's promised to participate in BEDA aka Blog Every Day August!)
Twitter: http://twitter.com/maureenjohnson (She recently won an award for "Most Interesting Twitter User to Follow"!)

A final fun fact about Maureen Johnson:
Once she lost a bet. Here's what happened.


Want to know more about Maureen Johnson? Ask her questions TONIGHT when we Skype (video chat) with her at the Library!! The fun begins in the Baxter Room at 6:30 pm. Bring your friends!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Book Review: Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson

Suite Scarlett is one of Maureen Johnson's newest books. Scarlett Martin lives in a hotel. Unfortunately, this is not as glamorous as it sounds. Her parents own it, and they rarely have guests. When an eccentric, rich woman checks into the hotel on Scarlett's 15th birthday, Scarlett becomes her personal assistant. Throughout a summer that involves Hamlet, an actor friend of Scarlett's older brother, her older sister's rich boyfriend, and unicycles (though not necessarily in that order), Scarlett finds herself having a more interesting summer than she expected.

Read more about this book on Maureen Johnson's website and be sure to check out the reviews at the bottom by some other authors you may know: John Green, Libba Bray, Meg Cabot, and more!

OR check out this video about Suite Scarlett featuring Maureen Johnson herself!


And don't forget, you can talk to Maureen Johnson TOMORROW, Thursday, May 27th when we Skype with her at the Library. The program begins at 6:30 in the Baxter Room. For more information, go to calendar.webrary.org, call 847-929-5101, or stop by the Youth Services or Reference Services Desk.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

STAR Volunteers

Are you looking for something fun to do this summer? Volunteer at the Library! You can become a STAR volunteer and help during the Youth Services' Summer Library Challenge. You'll sit at a desk and talk to little kids when they come in. You might also play a quick game with them when they stop by the desk.

The program is from June 7-August 1. On the application, you can fill out the times and days you're available and we'll use it to create your schedule each week. If you're out of town or busy during that time, that's ok - just write down the dates. You can also write down any friends you may want to work with and we try to arrange that.

At the end of the summer, not only will you have something you can list on a resume or college applications, but you'll also be invited to the Teen Volunteer Pool Party!

You can download an application here or pick one up at the Library in the Teen Zone. But hurry! You'll need to attend a training session. The first one was tonight at 6 pm, but don't worry, there's another one next Tuesday at 7 pm. Register for one at http://calendar.webrary.org/, stop by the Library, or call 847-929-5101.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Book Review: 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

In 13 Little Blue Envelopes, one of Maureen Johnson's most popular books, 17-year-old Ginny heads to Europe on an adventure. Her favorite aunt, who has recently died, left Ginny 13 envelopes to be opened and read as Ginny completes the assignments listed in the letters. Ginny wants to know more about her aunt's life in Europe before she died, but the rules and instructions her aunt left her will force Ginny to break out of her shy comfort level.

This book has it all - adventure, romance, surprising twists, and a fabulous setting as Ginny travels all over Europe. It may not be too realistic with Ginny's adventures in Europe, traveling all over by herself or relying on people she hardly knows, but if you can get past that, it's a fun read. For everyone who reads and loves this books, keep your eye out next spring for the sequel - The Last Little Blue Envelope!

And don't forgot, you can talk to Maureen Johnson on Thursday, May 27th when we Skype with her at the Library! Register at calendar.webrary.org, call 847-929-5101, or stop by the Reference Services or Youth Services Desk.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

May Programs

It's a new month! There are a ton of fun events going on at the Library in May. Check them out!

To register:
Online: Go to http://calendar.webrary.org

By phone: Call 847-929-5101

In person: Stop by the Reference Services Desk or Youth Services Desk


Origami with Jean Mishima
Fri. May 7th, 4-5 pm
Jean Mishima will introduce teens to this ancient art of paper folding in celebration of Asian Pacific American month. Registration is required.

Teen Volunteer Interviews
Sat. May 8th, 12-1 pm
Do you need a few more service hours but haven't volunteered at the Library before? Stop by the Activity Room to learn more, fill out an application, and interview.

DIY Crafts: Duct Tape
Sat. May 8th, 1-2 pm
Bring your friends to the Library and learn how to make cool flowers and wallets using duct tape! Instructions and supplies are provided. Registration is required. For teens 7th grade and up. Registration is open NOW!

Teen Tech Workshop: Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter
Mon. May 10th, 7-8 pm
Do you use Facebook, Flickr, or Twitter to keep in touch with friends or to post pictures? Check out these fun websites at this Teen Tech Workshop and learn how to create free accounts, change privacy settings, connect with friends, and get the most from each social network. Registration is limited to six. Teens only; Morton Grove residents have priority. Registration is open NOW!

Teen Drawing/Writing Club
Wed. May. 12th, 5-6 pm
Do you like to write or draw? Come to the library for an informal club meeting where you can share ideas and tips, or just talk to other writers or artists.

Gettin' Saucy Teen Cooking Class
Wed. May. 19th, 6-7 pm
Learn to prepare delicious food! Supplies and instructions provided. Registration required. Teens only. Registration is open NOW!

Tech Fest
Sat. May 22th, 11-2 pm
Explore technologies of the past, present and future at Morton Grove Public Library’s Tech Fest! Learn how to download audio and electronic books, use Skype, get help with homework and LOTS more. You can also play Wii Bowling or Rock Band and see a live demo of the Apple iPad! Visit our Gigabyte CafĂ© for snacks and play our technology bingo game to win awesome prizes!

Skype with Young Adult Author Maureen Johnson

Thurs. May 27th, 6:30-8:00 pm
Bestselling young adult author Maureen Johnson will "visit" the Library and video chat with us on Skype! Whether you've read her novels (including The Key to the Golden Firebird, Girl at Sea, 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Suite Scarlett, or her latest Scarlett Fever), follow her on twitter, or read her blog, join us and talk to this fun author. Registration is required and is open NOW!

See you there!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Skype with Maureen Johnson!

Have you ever wanted to talk to a famous teen author? Soon you can!! Young adult author Maureen Johnson is going to Skype with us on Thursday, May 27th.

Haven't heard of Skype? It's a free Internet video chat. We'll be able to talk to her about her books, her writing process, and what it's like to be friends with other teen authors! Stay tuned to the blog for fun updates on Maureen Johnson and reviews of these popular books she's written --

The Key to the Golden Firebird
The Bermudez Triangle
Devilish
Girl at Sea
13 Little Blue Envelopes
Suite Scarlett
Scarlett Fever

For more information on this program or to register, stop by the Reference Services Desk, go to calendar.webrary.org, or call 847-929-5101.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Spring Blast


Tomorrow, Saturday April 24th, is Morton Grove Public Library's 3rd Annual Spring Blast!! All day, from 10 AM to 2:30 PM, there will be activities inside and outside the Library! There's crafts, the "Village on the Green" miniature golf course, music, a scavenger hunt, video gaming (Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and Wii games), free popcorn, dancers, hybrid cars, and so much more! AND for Teens Only, you can play Silent Library! Just get together a team of 3-4 teens and email jwehrheim@webrary.org with your names and the time you'd like to play - 10:30, 11:15, or 1 pm. You can win prizes!!

See you at Spring Blast!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Battle of the Books 2010

The final battle is done, and Battle of the Books 2009/2010 is over. Congratulations to the Lord of the Books team from Our Lady of Perpetual Help for scoring the most points and winning the Battle for the fifth year in a row!

Here are the final scores for all the teams:
East Prairie School - 529 points
Golf Middle School - 245 points
Jerusalem Lutheran School - 309 points
Old Orchard Junior High - 524 points
Our Lady of Perpetual Help School - 596 points
Park View School - 403 points
Plato Academy - 496 points

The students who participated should be very proud of their hard work studying books and authors! Thanks to the coaches, parents, relatives, and friends who attended the battles and supported the students.

If you want to start preparing for next year's competition, you can find the list of titles on the 2010/2011 Battle of the Books list here!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Teen T-Shirt Design Winner!

Congratulations to Nadiya for winning the Teen T-Shirt Design Contest!! Thanks to all of the teens who submitted their ideas and voted on the final four last week! You can get a t-shirt with the winning design this summer during the Summer Library Challenge.

Here's a sneak peek of the design that will be on the Summer Library Challenge Teen T-Shirts!