Friday, January 22, 2010

Teen Volunteers

We have had a lot of great teen volunteers helping out at the Library lately. Teens devoted their time most recently to help with Youth Services' "Build and Create Peace" program on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. For those of you who came to the Library and showed off your leadership and artistic skills -- THANK YOU!! Just like with all of the other programs you've volunteered for, you helped make the program a big success.

If you're a teen and want to volunteer, come to the Library and ask for a volunteer form. And don't forget that this summer, we'll be looking for STAR Volunteers to help with the Summer Reading Program!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Award Winners: Printz

Yesterday was a big day for books! Pretty much every award given to Young Adult and Children's Literature was announced yesterday morning. You've probably read Caldecott and Newbery books for school, but did you know that there are also several categories about young adult books? One of these categories is called the Michael L. Printz Award. It honors literary excellence in young adult literature and has previously gone to these books you may recognize: Looking for Alaska by John Green, American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang, and Monster by Walter Dean Myers.

Here are this year's big winner and four honor books:

Going Bovine
Going Bovine
By Libba Bray


by Deborah Heiligman

The Monstrumologist
The Monstrumologist
by Rick Yancey

Have you read any of these? Are there any books you loved that didn't win?
Want to know the other award-winning young adult books? Stay tuned to the MGPL Teen Zone Blog!

Friday, January 08, 2010

Winter Reading Program update

Have you registered for the Teen Winter Reading Program yet? There are only THREE weeks left to read books, listen to audiobooks and earn prizes! Don't you want to be the teen who wins the bag stuffed with goodies - including a SNUGGIE??

Here's how it works:
  • Read or listen to 1 book, you earn -- 1 entry form for the grand prize drawing
  • Read or listen to 3 books, you earn -- 1 entry form for the grand prize drawing AND 1 MGPL mug complete with spoon and hot chocolate OR 1 Dairy Queen coupon for half-off a blizzard at the Niles store
  • Read or listen to 6, 9, 12, and 15 books, you earn -- 1 entry form for the grand prize drawing
You could earn up to SIX entry forms for the grand prize...

This awesome bag of goodies includes a Snuggie, toe warmers, a free book, and the MGPL tote bag!

There are two ways to sign up to win these fabulous prizes:
  1. Come to the Reference Services Desk and tell the librarians you'd like to register.
  2. Register yourself online! Go to and click the Sign Up button in the upper-right hand corner of screen.
Good luck and happy reading!

Monday, January 04, 2010

January Programs

Here are the events coming up in January just for you! New in 2010, registration will begin two weeks before the program, so if registration is required, check the date to see when it opens.

To register:
Online: Go to

By phone: Call 847-929-5101

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

Teen Library Council (TLC)
Thurs. Jan. 7th, 6-7 pm
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!

DIY Crafts: Decoupage Picture Frames
Sat. Jan. 9th, 1-2 pm
Bring your friends to the Library to decoupage picture frames from magazines! Instructions and supplies are provided.
Registration is required. Registration is open NOW!

Teen Tech Workshop: Word 2007
Tues. Jan. 12th, 4-5 pm
Do you know all there is to know about Microsoft Word 2007? Learn to create, format, and illustrate documents. This class will also cover templates, columns, headers, and more. Limited to 6. Morton Grove residents have priority.
Registration is required. Registration is open NOW!

Teen Drawing/Writing Club
Wed. Jan. 13th, 5-6 pm
Do you like to write or draw? Come to the library for an informal club meeting where you can share ideas, tips, or just talk to other writers or artists.

Finals Night at the Library
Mon. Jan. 18th, 6-8:30 pm
Have finals to study for? Drop by the temporary “Teen Finals Study Room” at the Library where you can enjoy snacks and drinks while rereading your notes or quizzing a friend.
Registration is required. Registration is open NOW!

Gettin' Saucy Teen Cooking Class
Tues. Jan. 26th, 6-7 pm
Learn to prepare delicious food! Supplies and instructions provided. Grades 7-12 only.
Registration is required. Registration opens: 9 am Jan. 12th