Teens! The Summer Reading Program starts this Monday, June 1. Check out our video below to learn all about the program, how to participate, and how you can win by just reading this summer!
Gaia Warriors: Urgent, the Fight is On! by Nicola Davies
YA 363.7387 DAV
Examines the causes and effects of global warming and offers opinions from leading scientists about what can be done to help the Earth.
47 Things You Can Do for the Environment by Lexi Petronis
YA 363.7 PET
Identifies numerous everyday practices that can be employed to protect and clean up the earth, counseling teens on such options as eating less meat, shopping for vintage clothing, and organizing an environmental task force at school.
Green Career$: You Can Make Money and Save the Planet by Jennifer Power Scott
YA 363.7002 POW
Looks at successful professionals in the diverse environmental career field, how they contribute to the well-being of the planet, and how they are making respectable amounts of money in the process.
Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America by Jon Mooallem
YA 333.9541 MOO
Tracks the dynamic relevance of America’s animals throughout history to illuminate current extinction threats, tracing the author’s tour of environmental regions with his young daughter to examine the conservation efforts for such species as the polar bear and the whooping crane.
Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands by Cathryn Kaye
YA 333.9116 KAY
Discusses the issues surrounding fresh water resources, including pollution, water as commodity vs. water as human right, and desalination as a solution to fresh water shortages.
The Next Eco-Warriors: 22 Young Women and Men Who are Saving the Planet by Emily Hunter
YA 333.7209 NEX
Emily Hunter, daughter of Robert and Bobbie Hunter, Greenpeace co-founders, introduces us to this feisty and diverse global community of young people that are tackling issues of energy use, over consumption, over fishing, waste management, the disappearance of indigenous cultures and rainforest, and other desperately urgent environmental/social concerns with a sense of possibility and passion.
Girls Gone Green by Lynn Hirshfield
YA 333.72 HIR
Provides stories of how everyday girls are striving to conquer global warming and describes the efforts of such young female celebrities as Mischa Barton and Ellen Page to promote environmentally responsible products.
YA 333.7209 ROH
This inspiring book presents the true stories of 12 people, most of them teenagers or younger adults, from across North America who have done great things for the environment. Heroes include a teenage girl who figured out how to remove an industrial pollutant from the Ohio River, a Mexican superstar wrestler who works to protect turtles and whales, and a teenage boy from Rhode Island who helped his community and his state develop effective e-waste recycling programs. Plenty of photographs and illustrations bring each compelling story vividly to life.
Visit Young Adult Fiction Universe, a review site created by Chicago area teen – Anastasia. There are over sixty detailed reviews on the site with more added each month. The site focuses on lesser known titles and includes books from different genres. Another cool feature is the “star” rating system given to each book. Check out Anastasia’s site and come away with great reading ideas!
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!
Our Library’s extensive web resources can also help you achieve your dreams!
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.com helps you learn software, technology, creative, and business skills through video tutorials.
Want to learn a new language? Mango helps you learn over 50 languages, including ESL.
You can also check out some of our nonfiction books to help you achieve whatever your dream may be right now:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Were 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:
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.
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!
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!