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Join us for Insurgent Book to Movie Discussion Tomorrow!

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Did you see the movie Insurgent the day it was released? Do you want to see it because you loved the book? Come to the Library to discuss the book and the movie. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, come anyway and hang out with fellow Divergent fans. We’ll have some pizza and talk about the series and how the movie was different from the books. Attendees will also have a chance to win Divergent-themed prizes! Space is limited, so reserve your spot now! For teens in grades 6 – 12. Click here to register for this event!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 26, 2015 Categories: Dystopian, Events, Fiction, Movies

Join us Saturday for an Open Creation Session for Teens!

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Stop by the Library and make something! We will provide the space, supplies, and instructional books to inspire you. Duct-tape creations, T-shirt recycling, sewing, technology tinkering, and more are all included in this open creation space. Feel free to bring your own projects to work on, too! Laptops and mobile devices are welcome, if that is your preferred method of creating. As always, snacks and drinks will be provided.  For Teens in grades 6 – 12.  Click here to register for Open Creation!!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 19, 2015 Categories: Art, Crafts, DIY, Events, Make, Maker, Making

Join us for The Giver Book to Movie Discussion on Monday!

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Have nothing to do on your fay off of school? Then join us for a discussion about The Giver, both the book by Lois Lowry and the recent movieThe Giver is a classic teen novel, recently made into a movie, about a 12-year-old boy’s gradual disillusionment with a perfect society. We’ll watch the PG-13 movie and then talk about the book, the movie, and the similarities and differences between the two. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. This program is for teens in grades 6 – 12. Space is limited, so be sure to click here to register.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 12, 2015 Categories: Dystopian, Events, Fiction, Movies

Julie Halpern Author Visit

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On February 6 the Library and Prospect High School were happy to host Julie Halpern during student lunch hours.  Julie is the author of some really great teen titles that can make you laugh and cry in equal parts. She shared some incredible insight on her books and ways to find inspiration in your daily life for writing.  You can view some highlights of her visit by clicking here.

By Barbara, Teen Outreach Librarian on February 8, 2015 Categories: Author Event, Events

Join Us for the Teen Knitting/Crocheting Club!

Are you an expert with knitting or crochet needles, just learning, or want to learn?  Then join us on Friday, February 6, from 4 – 6 p.m. for the monthly Teen Knitting/Crocheting Club meeting at the Library.  We have yarn, needles, and the know-how to teach the basics of knitting and crocheting. You can also bring your own supplies – and your friends – for an afternoon of sharing ideas and conversation. Refreshments will be served.

Click here to register for the Teen Knitting/Crocheting Club!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 4, 2015 Categories: Crafts, DIY, Events, Make, Maker, Making

Join us for the Teen Knitting/Crocheting Club!

Are you an expert with knitting or crochet needles, just learning, or want to learn?  Then join us on Friday, January 2, from 4 – 6 p.m. for the monthly Teen Knitting/Crocheting Club meeting at the Library.  We have yarn, needles, and the know-how to teach the basics of knitting and crocheting. You can also bring your own supplies – and your friends – for an afternoon of sharing ideas and conversation. Refreshments will be served.

Click here to register for the Teen Knitting/Crocheting Club!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on December 29, 2014 Categories: Crafts, Events, Make, Maker, Making

Join us Saturday for an Open Creation Session for Teens!

06_14WEB_TZ_CreationJoin us Saturday, November 22 for an Open Creation Session from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Library!  Stop by and make something! We’ll provide the space, the supplies, and instructional books for you to create whatever you’d like. Hand sewing, duct-tape creations, paper crafts, and more are all possible in this open creation space. Feel free to bring your own projects to work on, too. Laptops and mobile devices are welcome if that is your preferred method of creating. And of course snacks and drinks will be provided.

Click here to register for this program!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 20, 2014 Categories: Crafts, DIY, Events, Make, Maker, Making

Join us for the Teen Knitting/Crocheting Club!

Are you an expert with knitting or crochet needles, just learning, or want to learn?  Then join us on Friday, November 14, from 4 – 6 p.m. for the monthly Teen Knitting/Crocheting Club meeting at the Library.  We have yarn, needles, and the know-how to teach the basics of knitting and crocheting. You can also bring your own supplies – and your friends – for an afternoon of sharing ideas and conversation. Refreshments will be served.

Click here to register for the Teen Knitting/Crocheting Club!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 13, 2014 Categories: Crafts, Events

Join us Sunday for an Open Creepy Creation Session for Teens!

Horror birdsStop by the Library for our Open Creepy Creation Session on Sunday, October 26, and make something! We will provide the space, supplies, and instructional books for you to create something. This month we will have some creepy creations for you to make just in time for Halloween. Want to make an original costume? Bring your costume and use our supplies to finish it in time for Halloween. Laptops and mobile devices are welcome, if that is your preferred method of creating. As always, snacks and drinks will also be provided.

Click here to register for this program!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 23, 2014 Categories: Crafts, Events, Make, Maker, Making

It’s Teen Read Week!–Turn Dreams into Reality!

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This week is Teen Read Week!! It’s a nationally celebrated week where we celebrate all things teen and reading (click here to read more about Teen Read Week).  This year’s theme is Turn Dreams into Reality @ your Library!

So… how can you turn dreams into reality @ the Library?

Library programs and events

Attend some of our programs! We offer Open Creations where you can create almost anything you can think of and learn new skills for creating.  You can learn to knit or crochet at our Teen Knitting/Crocheting club.  Some upcoming programs include our Open Drawing Session in December and we will have the author Mike Mullin visiting the Library on November, 4.  Maybe one of your dreams is to meet a famous author!?

The MPPL Teen Advisory Board

If you dream is to make a difference in your community, be sure to check out our Teen Advisory Board.  Our TAB does volunteer projects that help our community, as well as make a difference with the teen community at our Library.  Our next meeting is October 27, from 4:30-5:30 p.m.  If you interested, just stop by and try it out!

Online tools

Our Library’s extensive web resources can also help you achieve your dreams!

Tutor-com

Tutor.com is live homework help where you get one-on-one help from a tutor, 2 – 9 p.m., or you can use the Skills Center, 24/7.

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Lynda.com helps you learn software, technology, creative, and business skills through video tutorials.

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Want to learn a new language? Mango helps you learn over 50 languages, including ESL.

How-to Books

You can also check out some of our nonfiction books to help you achieve whatever your dream may be right now:

Secrets of Top StudentsThe Secrets of Top Students by Stefanie Weisman

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Offers strategies for studying, learning, and staying motivated in high school and college, featuring advice on managing time, writing essays, taking tests, and maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

RockinInTheNewWorldRockin’ In the New World by Bob Tulipan

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Part field guide, part artistic coaching session, this book explains the ins and outs of the music industry. Bob Tulipan shares his expertise to help musicians protect their art and their interests. Filled with anecdotes, interviews, sample templates for budgets and contracts, it addresses the hurdles every band faces.

YesYouCanYes You Can: Your Guide to Becoming an Activist by Jane Drake

YA 361.2083 DRA

Guides readers through nine steps to social change and discusses strategies on running an effective meeting, writing a petition, and lobbying governments.

ThisIsNotWritingManualThis is Not a Writing Manual by Kerri Majors

YA 808.3 MAJ

Focuses on the skills and techniques necessary for good writing and combines inspirational anecdotes and writing prompts with practical writing guidance on how to develop characters and plot, make revisions, and overcome writer’s block.

SoComicArtistSo You Want to Be a Comic Book Artist? by Philip Amara

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Presents a step-by-step guide to creating, publishing and marketing comic books, including developing compelling characters, approaching publishers, and adapting storylines for video games and movies.

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 14, 2014 Categories: Events, High School, Nonfiction, Staff Pics, Trending