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Deets on a Duology

Attention, Divergent Fans! Veronica Roth is writing TWO new books--a duology! We have to wait a few years, but good things come to those who wait. Check out the details here.

Teen Book Awards Announced

The American Library Association has announced the 2015 award-winning books for teens:

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:
I’ll Give You the Sun, written by Jandy Nelson, is the 2015 Printz Award winner. 
Four Printz Honor Books also were named: 
And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard.
The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley.
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith.
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki.

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia.
Bingo’s Run by James A. Levine.
Confessions by Kanae Minato, translated by Stephen Snyder.
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.
Lock In by John Scalzi.
The Martian by Andy Weir. 
The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice by Zak Ebrahim with Jeff Giles. 
Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta.
Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle.

Click the link to see the complete list of award winners: 2015 ALA Awards

Winter Reading Fun

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Looking for something to do in the long, cold month of January? Participate in our fun all ages winter reading program based on the movie Frozen. The program runs January 12-February 7, and sign-up starts January 5. Pick up a Frozen BINGO card and complete reading activities. We have mini prizes each week plus chances to win a grand prize. 

We also have programs for tweens (anyone in grades 4-8)  to fit the Frozen theme. Check out our after school tween scene on the following Tuesdays at 3:30-4:30 p.m.

1/13--Ice Experiments (painting with salt and ice plus make ice bubbles)

1/20--Snowy Pet Rocks (create pet rocks inspired by the Frozen trolls)

1/27--Silly Putty (make glitter gak and magnetic silly putty)

2/3--Snowy Woods Art (paint a snow scene inspired by a famous poem)

Be sure to check out the new book shelf for some great teen reads. Read away the winter blues with an engaging story--maybe you'll discover a fabulous book before it becomes a movie hit. We also have magazines, graphic novels, CDs, and video games. Come see all the library has to offer.

Be A-Mazed Over Break

Looking for something to do during break? The Maze Runner movie will be shown on Monday December 29, at 1:30 p.m. at the Little Chute Library. Based on the popular novel by James Dashner, this movie event is for teens and adult fans of teen literature. Free popcorn will be provided.

Teens' Top Ten 2014

Teens, it is time to vote for your favorite books of the previous year! Let your voice be heard about great books that teens recommend to other teens. Voting is open now until October 18.The top ten will be announced on October 20.

Haven' t read many of the books? Now you have a teen-recommended list of titles to start your wish list. Stop by the library or use InfoSoup to find these books--and many more!

Free Homework Help Resources

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As you begin a new school year, keep in mind that the library offers a great selection of online research tools available 24/7 and completely free. You have access to many newspapers and journals, genealogy sites, health information, and even practice tests for the ACT, SAT, and AP exams. All you need is your library card! If you don't have a card yet, you can get one for free. Stop in with your parent or guardian and have them bring a photo ID and proof of address, and you can be the proud owner of an InfoSoup card good at all the libraries in Outagamie and Waupaca counties. It will be the best card you will ever own!

Teen Summer Reading Grand Prize Winners

Congratulations to all of our summer reading grand prize winners!

  1. iTunes gift cards--Connor L.
  2. Board Games--Emily S.
  3. Badger Sports Park Package--Megan N.
  4. Target gift card--Paige F.
  5. Divergent Trilogy--Melanie W.
  6. Kohl's gift card--Jenna V.
  7. Barnes & Noble gift card--Amber S.
  8. iPad mini--Eli G.
  9. Chocolate & Coffee Bistro gift certificate--Liberty M.

All of the winners have been notified. Thank you to all of our readers who participated in our Spark a Reaction summer reading program. Be sure to keep checking our website and Facebook page for future teen events, and stop in to check out the great teen reads that arrive every month.

Summer Reading Program Draws to a Close

We are in week eight, our last week, of the Spark a Reaction summer reading program. Friday, August 1, is the last day to turn in any reading logs. We will be drawing for the grand prizes early next week and will post the winners here.

Our final teen program of the summer reading program is on Thursday, July 31 at 1:30 p.m. in Little Chute--Marshmallow Mayhem! Bring your friends for a fun group activity and team-building fun.

We also added in a movie showing of Divergent on Wednesday, August 6, at 1:30 p.m. in Little Chute. Join us for free popcorn and a great movie based on the popular novel. The movie is for teens and adult fans of teen lit.

We hope you have been discovering lots of great reads this summer. Keep on reading and learning!

Spark a Reaction Teen Summer Reading Program

Teens entering grades 6-12, be sure to join the Spark a Reaction summer reading program June 9-August 1. You can earn cool prizes for reading two hours per week, plus you earn grand prize entries for reading, attending a teen program, or answering weeky trivia. Here are the grand prizes to be given out at the end of the program:

 

  1. Tuning In--$30 iTunes gift cards
  2. No Batteries Required—Quelf & 5 Second Rule games
  3. Fun with Friends--Badger Sports Park Package (6 passes)
  4. Right on Target--$25 Target Card
  5. Top Trilogy--Divergent Trilogy
  6. Stylin’--$25 Kohl’s Card
  7. Feed the Need to Read--$25 Barnes & Noble Card
  8. Mini for Me--iPad Mini (16g)
  9. Indulge Your Taste Buds--$25 Chocolate & Coffee Bistro gift certificate

 

Teen programs are on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. Bring your friends for a fun afternoon!

  • 6/19  Top Chef--Teen Edition in Little Chute
  • 6/26  Cheap Animator with Jason Love in Kimberly
  • 7/10 Macrame Bracelets in Kimberly
  • 7/17 #ThrowBackThursday in Little Chute
  • 7/24 Divergent Party in Kimberly
  • 7/31 Marshmallow Mayhem in Little Chute

 

Stop in to sign up and get your reading record anytime during June. Come discover the great teen reads waiting to spark a reaction in you!