Teen Services

Summer Reading Program app!

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 http://h.fanapp.mobi/modules/custom_content/custom_content.php?fid=235416

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.

GET THE APP NOW!:

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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Teen YouTube Video Contest 2014

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Little Fish- Book Review

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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.

 

 


Maze Runner- Book Review

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In the Maze Runner, we meet an unnamed character who wakes up in an elevator. He has no memories of his previous life, and no idea how he got in the elevator. When the doors open, he finds himself outdoors crowded by a group of men about his same age, which he guesses is 16. He slowly learns that all of them are in the same predicament. Some have been there for several months, but no one really knows where they are or why. Various supplies and food is sent up in the elevator for them. They were able to build a farm and a small house but they are enclosed by giant walls. Every day the walls open to reveal a path that leads to a giant maze. Several of the boys enlist as maze runners to try to map the maze and see where it goes. If they get stuck out there at night, they are stung by giant mechanical beasts.

Okay, so it sounds kind of weird but it will really pull you in. The mystery will keep you turning pages. The book has two sequels and a prequel, so you won’t learn all of the secrets in the first one. Check this out if you enjoyed Hunger Games!


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