Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Gift Book Ideas for Teens

  • Of course, teens want the Stephanie Meyer books, Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn.

  • The Eragon fans are reading Brisingr to catch up on the third and latest in the Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini.

  • Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins takes place in a distopian future where reality television and gladiator-like games collide.

  • Sci-Fi fans may like the James Patterson book, Dangerous Days of Daniel X, where fifteen-year-old Daniel follows in his parents' footsteps as an Alien Hunter.

  • Girls preferring a dose of reality may enjoy Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen where high school senior, Ruby, abandoned by her mother, winds up learning how to live again with her sister Cora.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Just in: The newest John Green book . . .

Paper Towns by John Green
When the cool and beautiful Margo Roth Spiegelman disappears with just three weeks of high school remaining, her not-so-cool neighbor and childhood friend, Quentin, finds that she has left him some obscure yet useful clues for finding her. Quentin and his friends set off from Orlando to New York on the road trip of a lifetime, wearing only their graduation gowns.

P.S. Also read Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines by John Green.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

David Lubar Presents!

David Lubar gave a very interesting presentation at Bartlett Public Libarary District on how he gets his ideas for writing books. He uses the hunting and gathering method. Hunting includes brainstorming, free association, and considering all the possible "what ifs". Gathering is done by observing everyday life. Often how you look at life makes an experience worth writing about.

David Lubar took time to answer lots of questions and autograph his books.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

David Lubar - Author Visit

David Lubar, author of such titles as Flip, Punished, True Talents and Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie, will be visiting the Bartlett Public Library District on Monday, November 3rd at 7:00 p.m.

If you would like to learn more about David Lubar, you can visit:

Bram Stoker's Dracula Performance

Thursday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m.
Terrifying! Riveting! Mesmerizing! describes the performance by actor/storyteller Megan Wells. Meet the Count and his three brides in this one-woman portrayal of the beginning of the classic horror novel. Ghoulish refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Teen Read Week

Books with Bite @ your Library
The theme for Teen Read Week is Books with Bite! Held October 12-18, this celebration is a reminder to make time to read for the fun of it and use your library to discover your interests. Stop by the Teen Services Desk anytime during the month of October and especially during Teen Read Week to check out books with bite!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Open House Celebrating the Library's New Look!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 4th from 10:00 to 2:00.
The library is hosting an open house to celebrate the completion of our remodeling project. Patrons are invited to tour the new layout of the library, be entertained by fun programs and activities, meet Chicago sports mascots and enjoy refreshments.

Historical Fiction

Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
When orphaned sixteen-year-old Hattie learns that her uncle has left her his land in Montana, she leaves her Iowa small town without a worry to settle in the west. On arriving, she learns that “proving the claim” is not so easy. In order to stay on the land she must plant crops, fence the land, and learn to live in the harsh wilderness. Some of her neighbors are friendly and helpful, but others are waiting for her fail. Meanwhile the men are being sent to World War I and a flu epidemic is raging. This novel is based on the true story of the author’s great-grandmother.

Friday, August 22, 2008

So I just thought I would tell you . . .

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer is such a good book. I really started to read it on Monday and finished it last night! Well, last night I started reading before bed. That was a mistake. The book starts off a little slow, but was still an entertaining read. So last night I was a little over halfway through the book and before I knew it, I couldn't put the book down. I finished it at 2am! I even came to a point where I was actually scared in my room, so of course I had to finish it. I just really don't know how they are going to make this into a movie, but I definitely want to see it. I think the book is going to be way better than the movie, but I guess we will see.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Popular Reads this Summer!

Books that have been flying off our shelves:

Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson
Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer
Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Gossip Girl by Cecily Von Ziegesar

And of course, all the books on the summer reading lists for area schools. Good luck and happy reading.

Summer Reading Club Extended to September 2nd!

Keep reading and checking in books at the Reference Desk.
The more you read the more chances you will have to win
a $75.00 gift certificate to a shopping mall.
Prize winners names will be drawn
on Wednesday September 3rd and notified by phone.

Teen Volunteers!

Thank you for all the time you gave to the library and our readers this summer.
You have made our community a better place.
You are invited to a Teen Party
Friday August 1, 2008
from 3:00 to 4:30
in the new teen section
We will have refreshments and video games for entertainment!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Video Games @ the Library

Video Games @ the Library!

Fridays - June 13th through August 1st
WHEN: 2:00 – 4:00 P.M.
WHERE: In the new Teen Area near the Circulation Desk!
Join us for DDR and other video games.

Cubs fans know that this is the year!

Comeback Season
by Jennifer E. Smith

Opening Day 2008 finds tomboy freshman Ryan Walsh cutting class to catch the game at Wrigley Field. Since that day also marks the 5th anniversary of her father’s sudden death, Ryan (who is NOT named after Ryne Sandberg) decides to honor her dad by returning to the place where they spent countless afternoons.

While there, she meets up with fellow Diehard Cubs Fan and classmate Nick Crowley, who has just moved to Chicago from Wisconsin (where he decidedly WAS NOT a Brewers fan.) As the teens develop a baseball relationship, they gradually learn each other’s deep down secrets and realize that they are both staging their own comebacks this year. However, as the Cubs fans’ traditional cry of “Wait ‘til Next Year” changes into “Next Year Is Here!”, Ryan realizes she has picked the wrong year to bargain against the team.


Up for a Mystery?

by Pete Hautman and Mary Logue

Roni hates summer school. What could possibly be more boring than listening to Professor Bloom drone on and on about local wildflowers?

Naturally, and quite against her will, Roni gets Brian for her field trip partner. To avoid looking for samples of skunk cabbage, the two decide to explore a cave hidden on the bluff. Inside, they find a raving lunatic who claims to have been attacked by a ghost. Summer school is no longer boring. It sure is getting dangerous, though. Join Roni and Brian as they hunt for a ghost, get trapped in a cave, discover a skull, and try to avoid getting killed.

Skullduggery, by Pete Hautman and Mary Logue, is part of the Bloodwater Mysteries series.

Hope you enjoy this book, too!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

She woke up in an ambulance . . .

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac.
by Gabrielle Zevin
Here’s what Naomi Porter knows when she wakes up in the hospital:

Her name is Naomi Porter.
She lives in Tarrytown New Jersey.
She is the adopted daughter of two loving parents. Her dad is a writer and her mom is a photographer.
Someone named James rode in the ambulance with her.
Her head hurts very badly.

And that’s about it. Well, sort of. She can answer most of the questions the doctors keep asking her. However, there is the little matter of what year it is. When asked that question, Naomi automatically answers 2000. But wait, that can’t be right! That would make her twelve years old, and she just doesn’t feel twelve years old.

And she’s right. She’s not twelve, she’s sixteen. She can drive a car. She has a steady boyfriend named Ace. Her best friend is Will. She is co-editor of the high school yearbook. Her parents are divorced and her mother has remarried. And she has a baby half-sister.

But Naomi can’t remember any of those things!

How would someone cope with all that? Find out in the new book by the author of Elsewhere, Gabrielle Zevin, in Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac.


Racing fans will like this one!

Saturday Night Dirt
by Will Weaver

Have you ever driven by a small race track out in the country and wondered what goes on there? From the racers to the track owner to the mechanics, Will Weaver’s Saturday Night Dirt gives one day in the life of a small race track struggling to stay in business and the drivers hoping to find racing sponsors or simply keep their cars in one piece.

Mel, Melody Walters, runs Headwaters Speedway with her dad, Johnny Walters. The track hasn’t been doing well but on this particular Saturday Mel decides to call around to try to convince drivers who have seen their races at other tracks rained out to come to Headwaters. It’s a gamble as she can’t be sure it won’t rain at her track and the drivers who have come from miles away to race won’t be disappointed.

Trace Bonham can’t seem to get along with his mechanic, Larry. Trace’s father is a successful farmer with lots of money to spend on his car. He wants Trace to be a successful driver, but he can’t seem to get his car to perform as well as his father thinks it should. Is Larry tinkering with the car in order to slow him down or is Trace just not the best driver for his Street Stock Chevy?
Beau Kim is hoping he can keep his car, most of which he has stuck together from parts found in junk yards, together through the night’s race. He knows he probably shouldn’t race with the sketchy state of his car’s roll cage, but he can’t resist the urge to get his car on the track.

Packed full of realistic details on the cars and the races, Saturday Night Dirt crams all this action into one day that could launch the careers of the drivers and get Headwaters Speedway out of the red or end in huge wrecks and lackluster finishes for the drivers and a rainout that could bring an end to Headwaters Speedway.


Monday, April 14, 2008

Shoppers will love this!

Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall by Wendy Mass. Young Adult MAS
It could be the end for Tessa when she's hit in the head playing dodge ball in her PE class. Strangely, she finds herself at the mall where she is given a shopping bag full of items she has bought there over the years. Then, in each chapter she tells about what happened with each item - for example, Tessa was jealous of the barrette her friend bought at Claire's, so she stole it and threw it in the trash. All the chapters lead to the one involving the prom dress. Is tessa's life over or does she have a chance to change her life? If you're a shopper, you'll enjoy this one.


Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Spring Break Fun!

Video Games @ the Library!
2:00 – 4:00 P.M.

Youth Services Story Room

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Winter Reading Club Ends March 1st

Be sure to stop by the Teen Desk to check in the books you have read since December 20th. There are prizes for the first five books you read and final drawing coupons for each group of five books you read. The final drawing prizes of free Chicago Wolves tickets and gift certificates to a book store will be chosen after March 1st. Don't miss your chance to be a big winner. Read!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Just in time for Valentine's Day!

Here are three new books just in time for Valentine's Day. I hope you like them, too.

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
Five teens of different social classes lead dangerously scandalous lives in Manhattan in 1899 despite the strict rules of society and the best-laid plans of parents and others.

Girl Overboard by Junstina Chen Headley
Meet Syrah who seemingly has everything. After a snowboarding accident exiles her from the mountains, Syrah finds she has a bruised heart as well as a busted-up knee. Read Girl Overboard to see if Syrah can rehab both her knee and her broken heart.

Sweethearts by Sara Zarr
Jennifer Harris, a.k.a. Jenna is confronted with memories of Cameron and their shared past. Their lives have taken drastically different paths. Can that bond of friendship be salvaged?

Monday, January 14, 2008

And the winner is...

No, not the Golden Globes. These are book awards!

The John Newbery Award
Honor Books
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt
Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson
Award Winner
Good Masters, Sweet Ladies by Laura Amy Schlitz and Robert Byrd

The Caldecott Award
Honor Books
Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine and Kadir Nelson
First The Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
The Wall by Peter Sis
Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Michael L. Printz Award
Honor Books
Dreamquake by Elizabeth Knox
One Whole and Perfect Day by Judith Clarke
Repossessed by A.M. Jenkins
Your Own, Sylvia by Stephanie Hemphill
The White Darkness by Geraldine Mccaughrean