Sunday, April 12, 2015

Add a sticky note to our National Library Week collage in the teen area!

To celebrate National Library Week, we are creating a sticky note collage on the wall in the teen area. Just like this year's theme, Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library, the possibilities for what you can post on the wall are endless!

Draw a sketch! Share a quote! Doodle a drawing! Get creative!

Members of TAG, Anime Club, and Maker Club got the collage started by working on sticky notes at various club meetings the last couple months. We still have lots of blank space to cover with colorful notes, so stop by the teen area, grab some sticky notes and markers, and stick up your creations!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New books to read during Spring Break

Love, Lucy by April Lindner
After accepting a trip to Europe as a bribe from her parents to attend the college of their choice as a business major, seventeen-year-old Lucy discovers she's unwilling to give up her dream of being an actress--or Jesse, the boy she met in Italy.

Tear You Apart by Sarah Cross
Teenager Viv, who is constantly escaping her "Snow White" fairy-tale curse, meets the prince who is supposed to save her, but can not fall out of love with the young man destined to kill her.

A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd
After escaping to a remote estate on the Scottish moors, owned by the enigmatic Elizabeth von Stein, Juliet Moreau, the product of her father's animal-human experiments, uncovers the truth about the manor's long history of scientific experimentation--and her own intended role in it. This is the final book in The Madman's Daughter series.

Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman
Seraphina, half-dragon and half-human, searches for others like her who can make the difference in the war between dragons and humans in the kingdom of Goredd. Sequel to Seraphina.

Seeker by Arwen Dayton
After years of brutal training for what she thinks is the noble purpose of becoming a Seeker, Quin Kincaid, fifteen, learns that she will be using the ancient artifacts and sacred knowledge as an assassin.

Red Queen by Aveyard
In a world divided by blood--those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities--seventeen-year-old Mare, a Red, discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. But Mare risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard --a growing Red rebellion--even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction.

Fairest by Marissa Meyer
Queen Levana is a ruler who uses her "glamour" to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story - a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Sorceress by Claudia Gray
Teenage witch Nadia must defeat the evil sorceress Elizabeth before Elizabeth gathers enough power to summon the One Beneath and destroy everything Nadia has worked to protect. Final book in the Spellcaster series.

Burning Kingdoms by Lauren DeStefano
After Morgan Stockhour and her friends escape Internment, she discovers that life on the ground is not safer, and that, perhaps, going over the edge has led her to madness. Sequel to Perfect Ruin.

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
Two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident, a missing nine-year-old girl, and the shocking connection between them.

The Third Twin by C.J. Omololu
Ava and Lexi, high school seniors and identical twins, created an imaginary triplet, Alicia, to date and dump boys but now they are being stalked and impersonated by the sister they invented and their former dates are turning up dead.

Breaking Sky by Cori McCarthy
Chase Harcourt, call sign "Nyx," isn't one to play it safe. In the year 2048, America is locked in a cold war--and the country's best hope is the elite teen fighter pilots of the United Star Academy. Chase is one of only two daredevil pilots chosen to fly an experimental "Streaker" jet. But few know the pain and loneliness of her past. All anyone cares about is that Chase aces the upcoming Streaker trials, proving the prototype jet can knock the enemy out of the sky. But as the world tilts towards war, Chase cracks open a military secret. There's a third Streaker, whose young hotshot pilot, Tristan, can match her on the ground and in the clouds. And Chase doesn't play well with others. But to save her country, she may just have to put her life in the hands of the competition.

The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith
The story of Ariel, a Middle Eastern refugee who lives with an adoptive family in Sunday, West Virginia, is juxtaposed against those of a schizophrenic bomber, the diaries of a failed arctic expedition from the late nineteenth century, and a depressed, bionic reincarnated crow.

Quake by Patrick Carman
Teens Faith and Dylan finally go head-to-head with the mastermind behind their "pulses." Final book in the Pulse trilogy.

Read Between the Lines by Jo Knowles
Thanks to a bully in gym class, unpopular Nate suffers a broken finger--the middle one, splinted to flip off the world. It won't be the last time a middle finger is raised on this day. Dreamer Claire envisions herself sitting in an artsy café, filling a journal, but fate has other plans. One cheerleader dates a closeted basketball star; another questions just how, as a "big girl," she fits in. A group of boys scam drivers for beer money without remorse--or so it seems. Over the course of a single day, these voices and others speak loud and clear about the complex dance that is life in a small town. They resonate in a gritty and unflinching portrayal of a day like any other, with ordinary traumas, heartbreak, and revenge. But on any given day, the line where presentation and perception meet is a tenuous one, so hard to discern. Unless, of course, one looks a little closer--and reads between the lines.

The Distance Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes
Sophomore Hallie Calhoun, her former friend Jonah, and new friend Rachel leave a church youth group hike in the Great Smoky Mountains and become lost for five days, struggling to survive as Hallie finally speaks about the incident that made her a social pariah and Jonah admits why it hurt him so much.

The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
Stolen from her home, and being groomed for auction, Aya is desperate to escape her fate and return to her family, but her only allies are a loyal wolf she's raised from a pup and a strange mute boy who may be her best hope for freedom ... if she can truly trust him.

I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Skylar Evans, seventeen, yearns to escape Creek View by attending art school, but after her mother's job loss puts her dream at risk, a rekindled friendship with Josh, who joined the Marines to get away then lost a leg in Afghanistan, and her job at the Paradise motel lead her to appreciate her home town.

Mosquitoland by David Arnold
When she learns that her mother is sick in Ohio, Mim confronts her demons on a thousand-mile odyssey from Mississippi that redefines her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.

There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake
Shelby Cooper, nearly eighteen, has been overprotected by her single mother all her life but after a car accident, Shelby's mother steals her away from the hospital, revealing that Shelby's father is not dead, but rather a violent man who promised to hunt them down.

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
Seventeen-year-old Aysel's hobby--planning her own death--takes a new path when she meets a boy who has similar plan of his own.

The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria's crown prince is the event of a lifetime, but to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making, so as she aches to tell the truth about her engagement, she becomes a skilled practitioner of deceit and as a spy passes information and gets close to uncovering a shocking secret. Sequel to The Winner's Curse.

The Brilliant Light of Amber Sunrise by Matthew Crow
Life threatening cancer brings Francis and Amber together. But Francis's recovery is taking a different path from Amber's. He's actually getting better. And although he knew who he was before cancer, before Amber, now he has no idea how to live--or how to let go.

This Side of Home by Renee Watson
Twins Nikki and Maya Younger always agreed on most things, but as they head into their senior year they react differently to the gentrification of their Portland, Oregon, neighborhood and the new--white--family that moves in after their best friend and her mother are evicted.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spring Break programs at the library

A full week of no school starts Friday afternoon! We have several programs going on at Dundee and Randall Oaks for grades 6 and up.

Teen Gaming Club
Saturday, March 21 @ 2 p.m. - Dundee Library Meeting Room

Come hang out with your friends and have fun playing Wii U, PS3, and Xbox 360 games! Bring along your DS and battle each other! Play Yu-Gi-Oh! Feel free to bring in your own games and controllers. Snacks and refreshments provided.

Insurgent Movie Release Party
Monday, March 23 @ 2 p.m. - Dundee Library Craft Room

Come discuss the book and movie with other fans, answer trivia questions, and create Divergent-inspired duct tape cuff bracelets. Please register.

Anime Club
Tuesday, March 24 @ 7 p.m. - Dundee Library Meeting Room
Discuss your favorite manga, make buttons and other fun crafts, play Magic and Yu-Gi-Oh, and more! Share your ideas of the activities you'd like to have at upcoming events and meet other anime fans. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Craft Lab: Duct Tape
Thursday, March 26 @ 2 p.m. - Randall Oaks Branch Library

Make flower pens, bracelets, phone cases, wallets, and more out of colorful duct tape. Please register.

TAG Meeting
Saturday, March 28 @ 2 p.m. - Dundee Library Craft Room

Plan future library events, review and discuss current teen literature, and make crafts and decorations. A great way for middle school and high school students to earn volunteer hours!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Make a simple circuit light box during Teen Tech Week

We have a drop-in Teen Tech Week activity today at 4 p.m. at the Dundee Library and on Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Randall Oaks Branch Library. Create little light boxes using a simple circuit (copper tape, LED, and a battery), cardstock, tissue/tracing paper, and markers.

Once you have a functioning circuit, use markers to create your decoration in the light box window.  Tracing paper or even tissue paper you put in gift bags or presents work really well. All I did to make the pictured designs was cut out a rectangular piece of tissue paper to fit the window and added the design with a black marker.

Perhaps you recognize this moment from the movie The Little Mermaid....

Go on and kiss the girl...

If you are interested in more activities like this one, mark your calendar for upcoming meetings of Maker Club:

Saturday, April 4 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, May 2 at 2 p.m.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Scan your way around the library in our QR Code Scavenger Hunt during Teen Tech Week

Teen Tech Week is March 8-14! Come to the Dundee Library or Randall Oaks Branch Library to participate in a QR Code Scavenger Hunt. This drop-in activity is open to grades 6-12 that will test your knowledge about the library. Work individually or as a team.

What is a QR code, anyway? Quick Response (QR) codes are 2D barcodes that can contain information in the form of images, website links, book lists, and more! For example, the QR code below should reveal the same meme that is posted above:
And this QR code will take you to a list of teen books set in the Chicagoland area:

To participate in this scavenger hunt, you (or one person on your team) will need a smart phone, tablet, or iPod touch with a code reader app. i-Nigma is a recommended free code reader app that is easy to use.

Start at either the Dundee Library Information Desk or Randall Oaks Branch Library to pick up your answer sheets. You will scan codes to reveal clues that will send you around the library. Complete  the scavenger hunt and receive a small prize!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Book Bite: "The Book Thief" by Marcus Zusak

“People observe the colors of a day only at its beginnings and ends, but to me it's quite clear that a day merges through a multitude of shades and intonations with each passing moment. A single hour can consist of thousands of different colors. Waxy yellows, cloud-spot blues. Murky darkness. In my line of work, I make it a point to notice them.”
-- The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak (2007)