Summer Reading Program app!

May 20, 2014 in TeenSpace

This summer we are introducing our Summer Reading Program App!  You can complete the program using the app or the paper log.

REGISTER: register If you are choosing to log your hours through the app, please register this way.  You will be sent an email confirmation.

LOG READING HOURS: hours You can log anywhere from 1-5 hours, but only in hourly increments.  You will be sent an email confirmation.

EARN BADGES: badges You will be given tasks to complete.  After you have completed a task, click on the box.  You can save and come back later to complete other tasks.  When all are completed, you will be shown a page with a medal.  Print this page, or bring in your device to show us that you have earned all the badges.  You will be given a special prize.

BOOKSHELF: bookshelf The Bookshelf part of the app is connected to Goodreads.  You will need to download another app to scan books and add them to the summer reading list on Goodreads.  You will also need a Goodreads account.  More directions are available here

GAMES:  game on See if you can help Spark the Scientist and then defeat the monsters!

CALENDAR & TWITTER: cal tweetThese icons will link you to our Event Calendar of all the cool things happening at our libraries, and to our Twitter page.


Scan this code to go straight to the app store to get the free app or visit the app store by clicking here.    Don’t have a mobile device?  Use a computer by visiting this link.  Click here.


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Wonder by RJ Palacio

January 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

Wonder is a fantastic kids book. It will stick with readers long after they’ve finished.















August Pullman was born with a facial deformity. He has been homeschooled while undergoing multiple surgeries and operations, but he still looks vastly different from other 10 yr olds.
His parents decide to enroll him in a school and he reluctantly agrees to go. He makes a few friends, and is largely unaware that most of the kids are playing a game in which anyone who touches him gets “the plague.” He overhears one his only friends’ making fun of him and claiming he was told he had to hang out with him. August begins to regret his decision to go to school.
The book shifts perspectives and readers learn more about August’s sister in her chapter. There are also chapters told from the perspective of his friend who bad mouthed him, and his sister’s boyfriend.
The book is mostly told by August, who has a unique perspective of the world, and I learned a lot about how it must feel to have a physical deformity. The writing was easy to follow and August seemed like a pretty average 10 yr old so I think a lot of younger readers will relate to him and empathize. It is a heartbreaking book to read, but it ends on a positive, optimistic note.

Little Fish- Book Review

October 29, 2013 in TeenSpace

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Little Fish is an graphic memoir about Ramsey’s first year of college. The story, set in 2004, is told through comics, lists, and journal entries taken from her actual Livejournal.
Ramsey lived a sheltered life in her small Michigan town of Paw Paw. She’s a happy, somewhat introverted girl who likes punk music, her small group of friends, and art. She applies to, and is accepted into an art school in Baltimore. She describes her preparations and trepidations in the summer before she leaves.
Her story is an honest true to life tale of what it is like to go off on your own for the first time. Sometimes she is lonely, sometimes she is happy and sociable, and sometimes she has conflicted feelings about being away from home. Ramsey makes some new friends who challenge her in new ways and make her open up to a wider world than she had experienced in Paw Paw. The memoir spans her entire year and includes a light romance with her neighbor.
I really enjoyed her book because I felt my experience was similar to hers. Some would expect a memoir about the first year of college to be full of boozing and sex, but hers was not. It’s good for teens to read a story that shows how college isn’t just about partying.
Towards the end of the book, the lists get a little tedious to read, but overall, I enjoyed the format. This should appeal to reluctant readers and graphic novel enthusiasts. I highly recommend this to high schoolers, college students, and even young adults who will reminisce about college life.




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