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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.

lynda

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

YA 371.3028 WEI

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

YA 780.68 TUL
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

YA 741.51 AMA

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

In Celebration of National Poetry Month!

During an April visit to  Lincoln Middle School,  students created spine poems in celebration of National Poetry Month.  Their poems were really cool and even inspirational. Students had a lot of fun making the poems and reading their poems to the class.  Click here and prepare to be amazed, as you watch a video of students sharing their awesome poems.   Can’t get enough, then how about these photo examples with the verses included. Thanks to everyone who made this a great visit. especially the students who were amazing.  This was a lot of fun and I do recommend you try this at home!

the summerThe summer I saved the world in 65 days chasing shadows. Going over the strange and beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavendar in the mystic city.

 

 

 

 

going overGoing over broken hearts, fences and other things.  To mend the fault line the summer I saved the world in 65 days. Chasing shadows hypnotize me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

when i wasWhen I was the greatest and gorgeous radio girl, all roads lead to Austen.  And the burning sky crashed into you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scarlet love lettersScarlet love letters to the dead.  Altered what we saw in the dark.

 

 

 

 

 

fat boyFat boy! Defy the carpet people before my eyes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a gril called fearlessA girl called fearless swam that rock.  Across a war tossed sea.

 

 

 

 

 

swim thatSwim that rock across a war-tossed sea.  Don’t look back! There will come a time caged warrior.

 

 

 

 

By Barbara, Teen Outreach Librarian on April 21, 2014 Categories: Art, Middle School, Trending

Check out the latest Divergent trailer!

It looks so good!  What do you think of the movie’s interpretation of the dystopian Chicago setting?  We think it’s pretty cool that to see what a possible future Chicago could look like!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 5, 2014 Categories: Dystopian, Movies, Trending

If you like The Fault in Our Stars

fault in our starsWere you as impressed as we were by the release of the first movie trailer for The Fault in Our Stars by John Green?  Are you looking for something to read that is similar to TFIOS?   Of course, you can go on and read Green’s other fabulous works–and you should–but if you want to read a novel similar to TFIOS that deals themes like young people struggling with terminal illness, check out these titles:

Somebody Up There Hates You by Hollis Seamon

Somebody Up There

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Me and Earl

Before I Die by Jenny Downham

Before I Die

The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

Probabilty of Mirackes

The F-It List by Julie Halpern

F It List

First Love by James Patterson and Emily Raymond

First Love

Deadline by Chris Crutcher

deadline

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

second chance summer

Poster Boy by Dede Crane

poster boy

You may also want to check out Eleanor & Park and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.  Both were published this year and John Green had a lot of great things to say about both her novels.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 30, 2014 Categories: Fiction, Issues, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Trending

Have you seen it yet!? TFIOS First Movie Trailer!!!

Watch it over and over again! This is going to be good, but you’ll definitely need a box of tissues to get through it.  Okay? Okay.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 29, 2014 Categories: Fiction, Movies, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Trending

Popular Teen Reads in 2013

Hey, I know you’ve seen the lists and hype on the best books of 2013.  Here is a list with a twist!  These are the teen titles that were the most popular,  in Mount Prospect,  during 2013.  Wondering if you are up to date with these trending titles – check it out!

Ftction Books:

CatchingFireDivergentHungerGames

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graphic Novels:

justice legueearth onerapunzel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video Games:

batman arham cityjust danceplaystation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nonfiction:

how they corakedlonebomb

By Barbara, Teen Outreach Librarian on January 22, 2014 Categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Trending

Teens–If you like Downton Abbey, check out these books!

Season 4 of Downton Abbey just premiered a couple of weeks ago.  If you are looking for a good Downton-esque read to pass your time while you eagerly await next week’s episode, check out some of the books listed below.  Just click on the cover and find them in the Library!

Fateful by Claudia Gray

Fateful

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

private peaceful

The Foreshadowing by Marcus Sedgwick

Foreshadowing

The Watch that Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic by Allan Wolf

Watch that ends the night

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

Luxe

Wither by Lauren Destefano

Wither

Manor of Secrets by Katherine Longshore

Manor of Secrets

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 16, 2014 Categories: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Trending

Best Teen Books of the Year

Today is the last day of 2013!  What was your favorite teen book published this year?  Can’t decide?  Take a look at what some of the book, news, and media outlets thought were the best books from 2013:

School Library Journal

Winding down a list of hundreds of books, here’s a few highlighted titles that the editors of School Library Journal selected as best fiction from 2013.  Click on the covers to find them in the Library!

All the truth that's in meReality BoyYaquiMore Than This

Also checkout SLJ’s list of best 2013 nonfiction and adult books for teens!

Goodreads

Goodreads has their Choice Awards every year, where users get to vote for their favorite titles of the year.

The winner for best Young Adult Fiction of 2013: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell!

eleanor and park

The winner for best Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy: Allegiant by Veronica Roth!

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The winner for best Graphic Novels & Comics: Beautiful Creatures: the Manga by Kami Garcia , Maragaret Stohl, and Cassandra Jean!

Beautiful Creatures manga

The winner for best Middle Grade and Children’s: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan!

House of Hades

Publishers Weekly

Publisher’s Weekly’s list highlight their editor’s picks of the yearThey also have a nonfiction list.  Below are a few highlights from PW’s picks.  Click on the cover to find the titles in the Library!

Bad MachineryMaggot MoonInfinite Moment of Us

Amazon

Amazon’s pick for the best teen book of 2013 is Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park, but they also put out a list of what their editors pick as the top 20 books of the year for teens.  Click here to see that list and click on the cover below to find Eleanor & Park at the Library!

eleanor and park

Mashable

Mashable is an online news source for the Connected Generation.  Earlier this month they posted their top 11 books for teens of 2013.  Click on the cover to find the highlighted titles from Mashable’s list in the Library!

Forgive Me Leaonard Peacockwhen you were hereBeing Henry DavidDr. Bird's Advice

The Horn Book

The Horn Book’s staff and reviewers put out their Fanfare list every year.  Click on the covers below to find some of the teen books that made The Horn Book’s 2013 Fanfare list:

Far Far AwayCorner of WhiteBoxersSaints

NPR

NPR puts out a guide to the best books every year, click on the covers below to find some of their picks for the best teen books of 2013:

summer princegorgeousColdest Girl in ColdtownRose Under Fire

Buzzfeed

Buzzfeed is a great site for all things pop culture!  A week ago they posted their picks for the top 21 YA books of 2013.  Click on the covers below to find some of the highlighted suggestions at the Library:

This song will save your lifeJust One Day5th WaveOut of the Easy

I hope some of your favorites of this year made a list!  These lists are also a great way to find a really good book to read next!!!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on December 31, 2013 Categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Trending

Winter Break is coming up– check out some of our gaming suggestions for teens!

Looking for ways to spend your days relaxing this winter break?  Check out this Mental Floss post about 11 Classic Video Games You Can Play Online.  Personally, we can never get tired of Pacman! Also, be sure to check in at the Library, where we have an extensive video game collection for teens.  Click on some of the images below to see if some of these staff favorites are checked in today!

WWE-Smackdown-vs-Raw-2010SuperSmashBrosBrawlBeatles Rock BandLegend of Zelda

batman arkham originsMortal Kombat vs DC UniverseInjusticeSuper Street Fighter Arcade edNeed For Speed Most Wanted

Sims3Dragon ball zJust Dance 2014

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on December 12, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Staff Pics, Trending

Join us for a Divergent Book Discussion on Monday!

allegiantSo, there has been a lot of buzz about Veronica Roth’s final book in the Divergent trilogy, Allegiant.  It hits book shelves at the end of the month and everyone is being very tight lipped about what happens to Tris and Four, despite an accidental early shipping of the novel to some very lucky people.  Just today, Amazon announced that Allegiant is outselling The Hunger Games in its first month of preorders.  It seems that we may be seeing the next blockbuster series, and one has to wonder if the story will really end with AllegiantClick here for a really great interview on Vulture.com with Veronica Roth, where she talks about the series ender and what has changed in her life since publishing Divergent three years ago.

 

 

DivergentBe sure to also join us at the Library for a discussion of Divergent, the first book in the trilogy, on Monday, October 14, from 3 – 4 p.m.   You will have a chance to talk to other teens about the book and get new ideas and perspectives. It’s also a great way to celebrate Teen Read Week (10/13-10/19) and the Library’s Book Crossing program, since Divergent is the 2013 American Book Crossing title. Click here to register in advance for the discussion.

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 10, 2013 Categories: Dystopian, Events, Trending