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Join us for “Magic: The Gathering” Club for Teens!

Magic the gatheringHas Magic: The Gathering cast a spell on you? Join other planeswalkers for this role-playing card game at the Library on the last Friday of each month.  On Friday, September 27 we will be hosting our next meeting of Magic: The Gathering Club for teens.  It is from 4 – 5 p.m. in the Library’s Meeting Room B.  Bring your friends, or just stop by and and see what the game is all about. Snacks and refreshments will be supplied, but teens must provide their own deck to play.

Click here to register in advance for the program!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 26, 2013 Categories: Events

Join us for Duct Tape Creations on Saturday!

Roll into a new school year and roll out your artistic talents to create clever duct tape inventions. Bags, wallets, flowers…you are only limited by your imagination. Bring your friends and your creativity; we’ll provide the tools, nearly limitless rolls of colorful duct tape, and instructions. Snacks will be provided.  Please click here to register in advance–space is limited!

For teens in grades 6 – 12.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 12, 2013 Categories: Crafts, Events

An Evening with Holly Black recap

Words cannot describe how awesome our visit with Holly Black was last night!  As expected, Holly Black was fabulous, interesting, hilarious, and so cool!  If you were lucky enough to be in attendance, you heard some really great stories about Holly Black‘s writing process, the YA author community, and her inspiration for her newest book The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.  Many thanks go out to Holly Black for visiting our Library, and especially The Book Stall at Chestnut Court who made this author event possible!

Scroll through the photos below to see some of the highlights from last night!  And don’t forget to checkout The Coldest Girl in Coldtown at the Library!

Be sure to check out our Display that is still up at the Fiction/AV/Teen desk

Be sure to check out our Display that is still up at the Fiction/AV/Teen desk

Small display case

The signs were everywhere!

The signs were everywhere!

Glow Sticks compliments of Little Brown Books

Fangs compliments of the Mount Prospect Public Library!

Fangs compliments of the Mount Prospect Public Library!

Books were for sale from The Book Stall!

Books were for sale from The Book Stall!

Holly Black started out the night asking the audience what was their first encounter with Vampires?

Holly Black started out the night asking the audience what was their first encounter with Vampires?

One interesting fact thta Holly Black shared: she actually rode around in a friend's car truck to do research for her Curseworkers series.  She recalled the memory with a lot of humor, though!

One interesting fact that Holly Black shared: she actually rode around in a friend’s car trunk to do research for her Curseworkers series. She recalled the memory with a lot of humor, though!

Holly Black read an excerpt from her book "The Coldest Girl in Coldtown" which hit book shelves on 9/3/13.

Holly Black read an excerpt from her book “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown” which hit book shelves on 9/3/13.

It was from the from the beginning of the book when we learn how Tana's mom got infected (a very intense scene!).

It was from the from the beginning of the book when we learn how Tana’s mom got infected (a very intense scene!).

Holly Black then had a signing where all attendees got a chance to talk with her one on one, many with questions about being a writer.  She gave out a lot of great advice!

All attendees got a chance to talk with Holly Black one on one, many with questions about being a writer. She gave out a lot of great advice!

MPPL staffer Janine is a huge fan of Holly Black! She did not pass up the chance to chat with the author.

MPPL staffer Janine is a huge fan of Holly Black! She did not pass up the chance to chat with the author.

Teen Librarians, Barbara and Colleen, had a fang-tastic time with Holly Black! Thanks Holly!!!

Teen Librarians, Barbara and Colleen, had a fang-tastic time with Holly Black! Thanks Holly!!!

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 11, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Events, Fantasy, Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Holly Black Introduces her new book, “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown”

See Holly Black LIVE tonight at MPPL at 7 p.m. Click here to register!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 10, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Events, Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

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, September 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 September 5, 2013 Categories: Crafts, Events

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (reviewed by Colleen, Teen Services Librarian)

Coldest Girl in ColdtownThe Coldest Girl in Coldtown

by Holly Black

A girl.  A vampire.  A disease, and a quarantined city.  Trust me this is nothing like Twilight–it is so much better!  I have to admit, I was a little skeptical when I heard that one of my favorite authors was going to write a vampire novel.   However, I was sure that if anyone could give a new spin to the vampire genre, it was Holly Black. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed!

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown starts with a grisly scene.  We meet Tana as she wakes up in a bathtub.  She must have fallen asleep the night before at the party, or passed out…  Either way, as she makes her way through the house, she uncovers horror after horror as most of the partygoers have all been killed.  Tana knows that only one thing could have created this gory scene: vampires.  In Tana’s world, vampirism is a disease that has been spread like any epidemic.  Once bitten by a vampire, a person has 88 days to sweat out the disease.  As long as they don’t submit to the craving of human blood, the infection will clear up.  Very few, however, can resist the craving.  Once infected, a human must enter a Coldtown, or quarantined areas of cities that were created to contain the spread of the disease.  Coldtowns are seen by some as very glamorous.  There are a ton of feeds and videos coming out of the Coldtowns, on different social networking sites, that show all the fabulous parties, fashion, and different trends in these strange cities.

As Tana tries to escape the gruesome aftermath of the party, she unknowingly comes upon her ex-boyfriend who was bitten and survived.  She also finds the vampire Gavriel.  Without giving too much away, Gavriel was at the house against his will.  Tana, also possibly infected, can only come up with one plan: to take Gavriel and Aidan to the nearest Coldtown.  What follows is Tana and Aidan’s fight against infection, the unraveling mystery of the eccentric Gavriel and his dedication to Tana, their fight to survive life in the Coldtown, and a ton of other colorful characters and action and adventure.

As I said before, I was not disappointed by the awesomeness of this book!  However, knowing how much I love Holly Black’s character development and plot turns in her past novels, I don’t know why I doubted her.  Like her previous books the Curseworkers series, Tithe, and Valiant, Black brings you into this novel with an attention-grabbing beginning that just keeps getting better as you keep reading.  The pace is fast and engrossing, and I love all the characters that Black created.  Tana is a kick-butt, but damaged girl, whose attraction to danger gets her into a lot of trouble.  She was very interesting to read, and you never really knew what Tana would do next, but she was also very much a sympathetic character because she cared so much for those around her.  Her ex-boyfriend Aidan provided a lot of comic relief, but also some uncertainty because he was infected.  And finally, there was Gavriel, who by no means is an Edward Cullen clone.  Gavriel was mad, literally, which made him so unpredictable that you honestly don’t know if he is in love with Tana or if he wants to kill her.   The mystery of how Gavriel was driven mad is unraveled slowly, which makes the reader read that much faster.  Additionally, supporting characters that pop up along the way to and in Coldtown are colorful and crazy and add so much to the story.

Definitely pick this book up if you are a fan of the supernatural and/or vampires.  Also pick this book up if you want a fast-paced, exciting read that you can’t put down.  Click here to find The Coldest Girl in Coldtown in the Library!

This book is recomended for readers in high school and older.

The author, Holly Black, will be visiting the Mount Prospect Public Library on Tuesday, September 10, at 7 p.m.  She will be talking about The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and signing books.  Click here to register for the event!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 4, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Events, Fantasy, Fiction, Staff Pics, Supernatural/Paranormal

Click here for the buzz surrounding Holly Black’s latest book, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown!

Coldest Girl in ColdtownOn Tuesday, September 10, the Mount Prospect Public Library is very happy to be lucky enough to host the New York Times Bestselling author, Holly Black.  She will talk about her latest book, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, which hit bookshelves today!  There will also be a Q&A session and the opportunity to have your copy of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown signed by the amazing author herself.  Below you’ll find some links to the latest buzz about the book and the fabulous reviews it has been receiving:

First, check out Holly Black’s Tumblr.  It has all the latest news and cool stuff from the author.  You’ll find news, interviews, giveaways, fandom, and other really cool posts that Holly Black writes herself!

Take a look at Holly Black’s interview with the website, Bookish.  In this interview she talks about why she wrote a vampire novel, and more specifics about decisions she made for her characters while writing.  (Why does Black use a ticking clock style of vampire infection in her world?  What are some of the main character Gavriel’s manic spoutings really based on?)

Read this interview with Holly Black by The Huffington Post.  Find out why Holly Black incorporated social media into her vampire tale, as well as her favorite reality TV shows.

Check out MTV’s Hollywood Crush interview with Holly Black!  Find out why Black thinks vampires are so appealing to us humans, and what vampire books she has read that inspire her.

Finally, be sure to register for our Evening with Holly Black at MPPL by clicking here.  Also, this event could not have happened without The Book Stall in Winnetka, THEY ROCK!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 3, 2013 Categories: Events, Fantasy, Fiction, Interview

Join us for “Magic: The Gathering” Club for Teens!

Magic the gatheringHas Magic: The Gathering cast a spell on you? Join other planeswalkers for this role-playing card game at the Library on the last Friday of each month.  On Friday, August 30 we will be hosting our next meeting of Magic: The Gathering Club for teens.  It is from 4 – 5 p.m. in the Library’s Meeting Room B.  Bring your friends, or just stop by and and see what the game is all about. Snacks and refreshments will be supplied, but teens must provide their own deck to play.

Click here to register in advance for the program!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 29, 2013 Categories: Events

Where do you like to travel to most?

This year’s Teen Summer Reading program theme was “Have Book, Will Travel”.  When you completed a teen log you got to cast your vote for your favorite place to travel to.  We tallied all the votes and the place where Mount Prospect teens like to travel to most is…

Florida

Sailboat Under Blue Skies off the Florida Coast miami skyline

 

The runner up was California, and a third place tie went to Hawaii, Paris, and Wisconsin.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 19, 2013 Categories: Events, Travel

Tomorrow: Teens Game On at the Library!

Join us tomorrow, at the Library, for two full hours of open gaming!  A Wii, an Xbox 360, a big screen, your friends, and food — can you think of a better way to spend some of your last days of summer? Come to the Library for an afternoon of video games, snacks, and friendly challenges. All games are rated T for teens or E for everyone.

Click here to register for this program!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 8, 2013 Categories: Events