Friday, December 14, 2012

Christmas crafts at Hobart Library

Teens can make two Christmas crafts on Dec. 19 @ 6.

We will be making gift tags and button snowflake ornaments.  The ornament will be a great homemade Christmas present for someone!

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Diviners by Libba Bray

I recently saw a book trailer for The Diviners by Libba Bray.  Most of the time I think the trailers are awful but this one actually made me want to read it.

Creepy right?  I'm not one for scary books but I thought I would give it a try.  I'm happy I did because it was a really great book.
The book is set in 1926, Evie O'Neill has just been sent to New York after a scandal arises in her Ohio hometown.  Evie is estastic-shopping and parties-what's not to love?  The only downside is she has to live with her uncle the who owns the Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult.  Evie is having a fantastic time with her friends Mabel and Theta until her uncle is called to help with a murder of a young girl.  As her uncle helps solve the case, he doesn't realize that Evie has a special power that may be the key to solving the murderer who is haunting New York City.
The book does have some scary moments for me but I don't really anything scary.  The killer does sing the song from the trailer which gave me goosebumps.  I bet the audio book would be great for people who like horror!
I can't decide if I like Evie or not.  She definitely sticks up for herself and is the first to want to tackle the murders.  There are many characters in the book-some with more minor roles but since this book is the first in a series I'm sure they will come up again in the books to come.
Don't be put off by the length of the book (it's nearly 600 pages) it was a quick read. 
Now I can't wait for the second book to come out because from the conclusion of The Diviners it sounds great!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Hunger Games Party

On Saturday nine teens enjoyed all things Hunger Games.  First up was making bows and arrows out of wire coat hangers, rubber bands, coffee stirs, and Q-Tips.  They then got to test their Katniss skills on the bullseye.   Those arrows really can fly.  Whether they hit the target I'm not sure.

Next up was tasting the Hunger Games inspired food, Peeta's Shortbread and Poisonous Berry Cakes.  Both were very easy to make.  If anyone is interested in the recipes just give us a holler in the comments and we will hook you up.  After they got their plates Amy turned the movie on and of course no movie is complete without popcorn.

After the movie was over they played a trivia game and one teen won the book and another won a poster.  All the teens went home with the homemade key chains Amy made.  It was a great afternoon.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Giveaway winners!

Congratulations to Dakota whose favorite book is Game of Thrones!  She was the first to respond.

Faith whose favorite book is Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment answered shortly after and was sent a book also!

Look here for more giveaways in the future.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Teen Giveaway!

The first teen to email me at with the title of their favorite book will win a copy of the book Legend by Marie Lu and Cinder by Marissa Meyer.  Both titles are nominated for top teen books in 2012 by the American Library Association.

Disclaimer: Winners have to be within our library system and will be able to pick up at your local branch.  Sorry I can't mail the books to you!

I'll post the the winner and the title in a upcoming post!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Teens Top Ten Books of 2012

Teens have nominated their favorite books of 2012 and now you can vote for the winners at Teens Top Ten 2012. The books are available at the library. Check them out and vote until Sept. 15. During October we will have our own voting to see what the favorite books are in Cedar Lake. The nominees are: (Click on a title to see it in the library catalog.)

Cover imageAusten, Catherine. All Good Children. Max, his sister Ally and their mother return home to Middleton to find Ally’s classmates acting strange. It is the future, and the government has created a “vaccine” to make kids easier to teach- they are less rowdy, less likely to question, and willing to obey any direction. Max’s family has a choice: to be “vaccinated”, to flee their home, or stay and fight.

Cover imageBick, Ilsa. Ashes. Alex, Tom, and Ellie join forces after an electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky. The pulse kills most of the world’s population and destroys all computer devices, but it also turns some who remain into zombies or gives them superhuman senses.
Cabot, Meg. Abandon.  Pierce has experienced death before and barely escaped. When she moves from her old town to a town called Isla Huesos - Island of Bones - for a new start, she realizes that death wants her back. Can she escape death once again?

Cover imageCross, Julie. Tempest. Jackson is a typical college kid until the day his girlfriend, Holly, is shot. Jackson decides he must use his one incredible gift, the ability to time travel. He goes back in time two years, trying to discover a way to alter the future so that Holly lives. The future is full of uncertainty and the past is full of betrayal- is there anyone Jackson can trust?

Cover imageDessen, Sarah. What Happened to Goodbye. Ever since Mclean’s parents divorced, she has lived in four towns in two years – each time taking on a new persona. Mclean expects to leave Lakeview in
six months, but soon finds that she doesn’t want to – she just wants to be herself.

Cover imageDeStefano, Lauren. Wither. In the future, experimental genetics ensures that males only live to 25 and females to 20. When 16-year-old Rhine is kidnapped and sold into marriage, she is determined not to let her walls down for anyone so she can escape and go home to her brother. But when she meets her sister wives and Gabriel, a handsome servant, she finds it harder than ever as she tries to plan her escape under the watchful eye of her sinister father-in-law.

Cover imageForman, Gayle. Where She Went.  This sequel to Gayle Forman’s If I Stay is narrated by Adam, Mia’s ex-boyfriend. Shortly after the devastating accident that killed Mia’s family, the talented cellist moves to New York, where an accidental meeting brings them back together.

Cover imageGaughen, A.C. Scarlet.  Will Scarlett is one of the Merry Men, Robin Hood’s legendary band of thieves, but what few people know is that Will Scarlett is actually...a girl! Disguised as a boy to escape from her past, Scarlett robs from the rich and gives to the poor. When an old enemy of Scarlett’s appears, she must choose: Keep her identity hidden? Or keep the people of Nottingham safe?

Cover imageGoodman, Alison. Eona: The Last Dragoneye. As the battle for ultimate control of her home draws near, Eona finds herself waging an internal battle that might cause more damage than the war threatening to break out across the kingdom.

Cover imageGreen, John. The Fault in Our Stars.  azel and Augustus meet and forge a relationship at a support group for kids battling cancer. As Hazel and Augustus struggle with the “side-effects of dying,” they come to learn the strength of wishes, the complexities of long human lives, and the wondrous ways of the universe.

Cover imageGulledge, Laura Lee. Page by Paige.  When Paige Turner and her family move to Brooklyn from rural
Virginia, she tries to make sense of her new life through her sketchbook, which exposes
her true personality and helps her find herself.

Cover imageLu, Marie. Legend.  June, a fifteen-year-old military prodigy, is hunting Day, the outlaw she believes is responsible for her brother’s death. What will happen when the two meet and discover the government is corrupt?

Cover imageMcEntire, Myra. Hourglass. Emerson Cole sees dead people- ghosts from the past blending in with her surroundings. When a new consultant from a secretive organization shows up at her door to try to cure her, everything changes. But diving into the world of the mysterious Hourglass Society proves to be dangerous as the past merges with the present.

Cover imageMeyer, Marissa. Cinder. A futuristic retelling of the classic Cinderella, Cinder, a cyborg and talented mechanic, lives with her cruel stepmother and two stepsisters in the plague-ridden New Beijing. Soon after meeting Prince Kai, Cinder must find the truths of her past, which may help to save the future.

Cover imageMyracle, Lauren. Shine. When her best friend falls victim to a horrible hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover the culprits in her backwoods town in North Carolina.

Cover imageNess, Patrick. A Monster Calls, Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd. Illus. by Jim
Kay. Conor suddenly wakes up just past midnight to find a monster outside his window. This monster wants something from Conor that he is reluctant to give: the truth.

Cover imageOppel, Kenneth. This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein. In this prequel to Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein is on a dark quest to save his twin’s life. With help from his best friend Henry and his lovely cousin Elizabeth, the three go on a quest to concoct the mythical Elixir of Life. How far is he willing to go to save his twin?

Cover imageRevis, Beth. Across the Universe. Cryogenically frozen centuries ago, Amy and her parents are on their way to a new planet aboard the spaceship, Godspeed. Unplugged from her cryo chamber, Amy discovers she has been awoken 50 years early, in a failed murder attempt. With Elder, the future leader of the ship, by her side they are on an adventure filled with murder, lies, dreams, and stars.

Cover imageRiggs, Ransom. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. When Jacob was little, his grandfather would tell him stories of the fantastical children’s home where he grew up and the seemingly magical kids who lived there with him. When his grandfather is killed, Jacob sets out to find the home where these children lived, unearthing a magical secret and uncovering his true heritage.

Cover imageRoth, Veronica. Divergent. Abnegation (selfless), Erudite (intelligence), Candor (honesty), Amity (peace), or Dauntless (brave): where would you fit? Beatrice lives in a society where she must choose either to remain with her family’s faction or set off towards independence and her beliefs. And what happens when the unity between these
factions begins to fall apart?

Cover imageSepetys, Ruta. Between Shades of Gray. In 1941, Lina, her mother, and younger brother are taken from their home in Lithuania and sent to Siberia. The only thing that keeps her going is her secretly created art and the hope that one day she’ll be reunited with her father.
Stiefvater, Maggie. The Scorpio Races. Every November, the beaches of Thisby come alive with the Scorpio Races. The water horses are vicious, the terrain is treacherous, and death is likely, but the reward can be beyond anything you could imagine. Puck Connolly is racing for her family, Sean Kendrick for his passion—but only one can win The Scorpio Races.

Cover imageZarr, Sara. How to Save a Life.  A year after Jill’s father dies, her mother decides to adopt a baby. Mandy’s been living in different places, but now that she’s pregnant, she wants to make sure her baby has the love and support she never did. A story of two girls dealing with grief, new life, and everything in between when their paths cross.

Cover imageZevin, Gabrielle. All These Things I’ve Done. In 2083, water is rationed, paper is rare, and coffee and chocolate are illegal. Anya Balanchine balances a mobster family, ailing grandmother, and forbidden love - until it all comes crashing down.

Look for a display of these books at the Cedar Lake Branch or just the catalog. If the book you want is checked out, request it from any of our locations--and have it sent to the library branch of your choice. Teens Top Ten

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

New YA books

Life Happens Next
By Terry Trueman

Shawn McDaniel, almost fifteen, cannot speak and has no control over his body due to severe cerebral palsy, but he forms a strong connection with his mother's cousin Debi, who has Down Syndrome, and her dog Rusty.

Beautiful Redemption
By Kami Garcia

When Ethan wakes after the chilling events of the Eighteenth Moon, his one goal is to return to Lena and his loved ones, while back in Gatlin, Lena vows to do whatever it takes to bring Ethan home--even trusting old enemies and risking the lives of those Ethan left to protect.

Back and Deader than Ever
By Lisi Harrison

The RADs are free and Draculaura (Lala) is flashing her fangs with pride. But when Daddy Drac pays her a surprise visit everything goes batty. Mr. D. thinks RADs should have their own school, but Lala isn't ready to give up the rights they fought so hard for. It's father against daughter in a battle for Salem's student body. Despite the many challenges, Lala is determined to save Merston High. But she might die twice while trying."--

Monday, July 30, 2012

Reviews by Teens

Cover imageOut of Bounds by Annie Bryant
Charlotte, Kateni, Maeve, Sabel, and Avery are trying to save the Movie House and work to get the 7th graders to put on a talent show.
Reviewed by Ryanne

Cover imageStormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
Stormbreaker was a book of adventure and emotions. It was a really good book. I would read it again.
Reviewed by Travis

Cover imageThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games is an amazing story of a girl named Katniss from the Seam. Her sister's name is drawn in the reaping. She then takes her sister's place. She is thrown into the arena with 23 other tributes to fight to the death.
Reviewed by Faith

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Reviews by Teens

Cover imageInkspell by Cornelia Funke
This book is full of adventure, magic, and a girl who will do anything to be reunited with her father.
reviewed by Jacey

Cover imageFound by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Jonah and Chip are adaopted and get strange notes. They set out to find out who sent the notes.
reviewed by Nichole

Cover imageOrigins, book 1 of Stefan's Diaries by L.J. Smith
Stefan and Damon are brothers who both fall in love with Katherine, who wants to change them into vampires.
reviewed by Jenna

Friday, July 20, 2012

New YA Books

By: Susan Ee

It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back. Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel. Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl. Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

By: Melissa Darnell

Although Savannah has been warned by her family to stay away from any members of the Clann, and Tristan has been forbidden to speak to Savannah, they both feel an irresistible mutual attraction to each other.

Devine Intervention
By: Martha Brockenbrough

To graduate from heaven's soul rehabilitation program for wayward teenagers, guardian angel Jerome must keep sixteen-year-old Heidi safe, but when he accidentally lets her down, he has only twenty-four hours before her soul dissolves forever.

By: Amanda Hocking

When Wendy Everly was six years old her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her, and eleven years later Wendy learns that her mother was right and that she is actually a changeling troll, who, at the age of seventeen, must be returned to her rightful home.  

All books can be requested with your library card and password.  Not sure what your password is?  Call your local branch.


Friday, June 22, 2012

Reviews by Teens

Cover imageLost Hero by Rick Riordan
Review by Seth
Demigods are under attack! Gaea and the giants are rising! Read to find out what happens next!

Cover imageThe Enemy by Charles Higson
Review by James
Great story about trying to survive a zombie apacolypse.

Cover imageRangers Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan
Review by Justin
This is an action packed, amazing medieval fantasy book. It's about a young apprentice named Will who is training to be a Ranger. The whole series is great!

Cover imageGame of Thrones by George Martin
Review by Dillon
This book is about the the land of seven kindoms in turmoil. Five royal families are fighting for one throne. An amazing series that will definitely be your favorite.

Cover imageA Clash of Kings by George Martin
Review by Dillon
This book contiues the story from A Game of Thrones. Betrayal is abundent and many twists and turns. A satisfying sequel to a series.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Owl Sleep Masks

On Thursday June 14 teens at the Highland Library made a owl sleep mask.  Here are two pictures from the event.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Chopsticks Review

By Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral

Chopsticks is told entirely in pictures, im conversations and youtube videos, and contains very few words.  Even with this unique way of writing, the story is easy to follow and leaves the reader wondering what is reality and what is not.

After Glory's mother passes away, she consumes herself into playing the piano.  Today she is playing sold out shows all over the world. But now she has disappeared.  As we go back in time 18 months we follow Glory up to the this moment. We see her meet Frank her very artistic next door neighbor and the two start a relationship.  Frank soon becomes the only thing Glory can concentrate on which begins to affect her piano playing, in concerts she can only play Chopsticks.  As Glory falls deeper and deeper we soon wonder are things what they seem?

As the story progresses clues start to form on what is really happening between the two main characters.  Readers will probably have different ideas on what really happened.  Discuss the book with others to see what their opinion is on the book too! 

There is also an app for the book available on the Ipad where the book becomes interactive.  You can click on links to watch the YouTube videos and listen to the music from the book.

Friday, May 11, 2012

We need Teen Volunteers!!

Summer reading is right around the corner!  This means the branches will be looking for teen volunteers to help log the summer reading books children bring in and also help with programs.  There will be volunteer opportunities at each branch. 

Here is a list of meeting times for the branches:

Hobart Library

Teen and Tween Summer Reading Volunteer Position Tues May 8 and Saturday May 12
 Tweens or Teens (ages 12-17), wanting to be summer reading volunteers, will need to attend a short 10 to 15 minute interview with Miss Karin. The volunteer applicant will also need to, before the interview, pick up a new volunteer application from the front desk, fill it out, and drop it off attn: Miss Karin. Parents are welcome to attend the interview. Each 15 min. session will be for one volunteer. Register for the session you can attend. They will be in 15 minute increments on Tuesday, May 8th from 6 to 8 p.m., on Saturday, May 12th from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. and on Thursday, June 7th from 2 to 4 p.m. If you can't attend a session on one of these days, call Miss Karin to set up a day and time.

Cedar Lake Library

Summer Reading Volunteer Meeting Thurs. May 31 @ 3 or 4:30
Students ages 11 to 17 who will be volunteering at the library this summer should attend this informational program. Duties of a volunteer will be discussed and applications will be handed out. Volunteers must have an application signed by a parent before they can sign up for hours. Parents are welcome to attend this meeting.

Dyer/Schererville Library

Volunteer Meeting for Summer Reading Thurs. May 31 @ 6
This is a volunteer meeting for the Summer-Reading-Program. Teens need to be at least 11 years old and must attend either the May 31st or June 2nd meeting in order to participate. No registration is required.

Highland Library

Summer Reading Volunteer Meeting Tues. May 22 or Thurs. May 31 @ 7
VOLUNTEER MEETING: (completed 4th grade and older) Tuesday, May 22 or THURSDAY, May 31, 7 pm. Students who would like to join the Youth Volunteer Program this summer must attend ONE of these informational meetings and fill out an application. Arrangements must be made before the meeting if you are unable to attend. This is your only opportunity to get a volunteer application. Parents should plan to attend with their child. REGISTRATION NOT REQUIRED FOR THIS PROGRAM

Griffith Library

Volunteer Meeting Tues. May 22 @ 6:30 or Sat. May 26 @ 10
A meeting for new and returning volunteers, ages 11-17, You will learn what type of help is needed and how to sign-up and what is expected of you.

Central Library

Volunteer Meeting Tues. May 22 @ 4 or Wed. May 30 @ 6

Volunteer meeting for interested teens.  Parents must attend with the child.

St John Library

Teen Volunteers Have Fun Sat. May 12 @ 10, Mon. May 14 @ 6:30, Thurs. May 17 @ 4:30, Mon. May 21 @ 6:30, or Wed. May 23 @ 6:30
 Summer volunteers are needed to help make the summer reading program the best it can be. Earn volunteer hours while having fun. Teens and a parent must attend 1 informational meeting prior to volunteering. Please bring your library card.

Munster Library

Summer Reading Volunteer Meeting  Thurs. May 31 @ 6
This orientation is designed for students currently in 4th grade or older who are interested in volunteering during our Summer Reading Program. Attendees should bring a parent to sign the permission slip, as well as their summer schedule.

Contact with your branch if you can't make it to the meeting.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Graphic Novels

Here are a few graphic novels to check out

Bunny Drop
by Yumi Unita

Going home for his grandfather's funeral, thirty-year-old bachelor Daikichi is floored to discover that the old man had an illegitimate child with a younger lover! The rest of his family is equally shocked and embarrassed by this surprise development, and not one of them wants anything to do with the silent little girl, Rin. In a fit of angry spontaneity, Daikichi decides to take her in himself! But will living with this overgrown teenager of man help Rin come out of her shell? And hang on, won't this turn of events spell doom for Daikichi's love life?!

Saturn Apartments
By Hisae Iwaoka

Far in the future, humankind has evacuated the earth in order to preserve it. Humans now reside in a gigantic structure that forms a ring around the earth, 35 kilometers up in the sky. The society of the ring is highly stratified: the higher the floor, the greater the status. Mitsu, the lowly son of a window washer, has just graduated junior high. When his father disappears and is assumed dead, Mitsu must take on his father's occupation. As he struggles with the transition to working life, Mitsu's job treats him to an outsider's view into the living-room dioramas of the Saturn Apartments.

By Raina Telgemeier

From sixth grade through tenth, Raina copes with a variety of dental problems that affect her appearance and how she feels about herself.

Captain America: Man Out of Time
By Mark Waid

Decades after Captain America is presumed killed, he is found in suspended animation by the Avengers and awakens to a strange new America he barely recognizes, with the death of his partner, Bucky Barnes, hanging over him.     

These can all be requested to check out at your local branch!