Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Battle of the Books Weekly Score Update

There are two new battle scores this week and one still to report from last week!

Wed., March 24
Golf (24 points)
Park View (96 points)

Tues., March 30
O.L.P.H. (105 points)
Plato (49 points)

Wed., March 31
Jerusalem Lutheran (55 points)
O.L.P.H. (110 points)

Here's an update on the total scores:
East Prairie School (after 3 battles) = 247 points
Golf Middle School (after 5 battles) = 195 points

Jerusalem Lutheran School (after 3 battles) = 137 points

Old Orchard Junior High (after 4 battles) = 339 points

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School (after 5 battles) = 501 points

Park View School (after 3 battles) = 198 points

Plato Academy (after 3 battles) = 225 points

There are still eight battles left!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Teen Job Fair

Thinking about getting a job? Skokie Public Library is hosting a Teen Job Fair on Wednesday, March 31st from 1-4 pm. Since a lot of you will be on Spring Break, it's a great time to think about summer jobs. Teens participating in the Job Fair will have an opportunity to get job hunting tips, meet with potential employers, pick up job applications, practice interviewing, and learn about volunteer jobs. For more information about the Teen Job Fair at Skokie, check out their website.After you've attended the Teen Job Fair, register for the Teen Tech Workshop on Résumés right here at MGPL! You can learn tips on writing a great résumé on Monday, April 12 at 7 pm. Registration opens March 29, but there's only space for six teens so don't forget!

And if you're not going to be too busy with a summer job, you can be a STAR Volunteer at MGPL and help with the Youth Services Summer Library Challenge! More information will be coming soon. Keep your eye on the Teen Webpage for information and an application!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Battle of the Books

This year's Battle of the Books (6-8) is already in progress. We have a great list of schools participating this year!
East Prairie School
Golf Middle School

Jerusalem Lutheran School

Old Orchard Junior High

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School

Park View School

Plato Academy

We've had several battles so far, so to get you caught up, here are the battles and the scores.
Old Orchard Junior High (102 points) vs. Jerusalem Lutheran (44 points) - Feb. 16

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School (92 points) vs. O.O.J.H. (66 points) - Feb. 17

Golf (42 points) vs. East Prairie (89 points) - Feb. 24

Plato (102 points) vs. Golf (41 points) - Mar. 2

O.L.P.H. (104 points) vs. Park View (48 points) - Mar. 3

East Prairie (63 points) vs. O.O.J.H. (93 points) - Mar. 9

Golf (51 points) vs. O.L.P.H. (90 points) - Mar. 10

Plato (74 points) vs. Park View (54 points) - Mar. 16

East Prairie (95 points) vs. Jerusalem Lutheran (38 points) - Mar. 22

O.O.J.H. (78 points) vs. Golf (37 points) - Mar. 23

So far here are each team's total points:
East Prairie School (after 3 battles) = 247 points

Golf Middle School (after 4 battles) = 171 points

Jerusalem Lutheran School (after 2 battles) = 82 points

Old Orchard Junior High (after 4 battles) = 339 points

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School (after 3 battles) = 286 points

Park View School (after 2 battles) = 102 points

Plato Academy (after 2 battles) = 176 points

There are still 11 battles left, including one today at 4 pm in the Baxter Room. Keep checking back for weekly score updates!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Gettin' Saucy Teen Cooking Class

At last month's Gettin' Saucy Teen Cooking Class, we had a great time making delicious nachos! We cut quesadillas into cool chip shapes with cookie cutters, grated cheese, and enjoyed the smell of bacon. Here are some pictures:

The next Gettin' Saucy class is TONIGHT at 6 pm. There are still a few spaces left. Register at or call (847) 929-5101! See you there!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Book Review: I Can't Keep My Own Secrets

Like reading books about teens like you? In I Can't Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous & Obscure, you can read about other young adults and how they six-word sentences! Some are funny. Some are sad. Some are sarcastic. Some are uplifting. Some are heartbreaking.
But all are real.

Here are a few of my favorites:
"My status messages are about you." - Elissa S.
"Defined by numbers: age, weight, SATs." - Jocelyn P.
"I have blisters on my fingers." - Geoff B.
"I'm just a simple human. Being." - Nic H.

At the end of the book, there are a few by famous teens, including one from Taylor Swift (ever heard of her?) - "My diary is read by everyone." When you've finished the book and want more, head to You can even post your own! Don't forget to post your six-word memoirs in the comments!

I Can't Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous & Obscure

Browse Inside

I Can't Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous & Obscure
by: Smith, Larry
2009-09 ISBN:0061726842 / 9780061726842
Check the Library catalog
Format: Paperback

True tales of love, loss, good friends, and bad hair days filled "Not Quite What I Was Planning," the bestselling first book in the Six-Word Memoir series. Some of the best were written by teens, so the editors decided to create a collection of memoirs written entirely by those bold, brash truth-tellers. ...More

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Eclipse Trailer!

The trailer for Eclipse, the third installment of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight saga, was released TODAY! Have you seen it yet? Here it is if you haven't:

What do you think??

And while we're talking about Stephenie Meyer, don't forget about these two Twilight-related things sponsored by the Library:

** March's online book discussion is Twilight! Go to the Morton Grove Public Library Fan Page on Facebook, become a fan (if you're not already), and join the discussion! Vote in the poll in the sidebar or comment on a topic in the Discussions tab. There's a new poll and topic each week, so check back!!

** We're showing New Moon at the Library on April 1st! (No, it's not an April Fool's joke - it's for real.) Watch it again on a big screen with all of your friends! The movie starts at 6:30 PM.

Monday, March 08, 2010

March Programs

Yikes! It's the second week of March already! We have a whole new month's worth of programs for you at the Library. Some of these programs have limited space, so check the registration date and reserve your spot before they're gone!

To register:
Online: Go to

By phone: Call 847-929-5101

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

Teen Tech Week: Procrastinator's Toolkit
Mon. Mar. 8th, 7-8 pm
Do you wait until the last minute to do your homework or write papers? Come to the Library and learn about resources that are available to you 24/7. Registration is required and limited to 6. Teens only. Morton Grove residents have priority.

Teen Homework Help
Thurs. Mar. 11th, 4-6 pm
Bring your homework problems to the Library! An open computer lab will be set up just for teens. Test out and other electronic resources with your homework problems. For teens 7th grade and up.

DIY Crafts: Origami
Sat. Mar. 13th, 1-2 pm
Bring your friends to the Library and learn the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. Create cool objects using only paper! Instructions and supplies are provided. Registration is required. For teens 7th grade and up.

Gettin' Saucy Teen Cooking Class
Tues. Mar. 23rd, 6-7 pm
Learn to prepare delicious food! Supplies and instructions provided. Grades 7-12 only.
Registration is required. Registration opens: 9 am Mar. 9th

Teen Drawing/Writing Club
Wed. Mar. 24th, 5:30-6:30 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.

See you there!