The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Youth Librarian

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!

Teens' Top Ten Nominees for 2014 Announced

The Teens' Top Ten (TTT) is a "teen choice" list of recommended reading, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Check out the nominees for 2014!

Maze Runner by James Dashner

An exciting young adult novel gets the big screen treatment this fall. Check out the official trailer for The Maze Runner:

Catching Fire Movie Event

girl with bow and arrow surrounded by fire

Hunger Games fans in grades 6-12 are invited to the Little Chute Library on Tuesday, March 11 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. for a teen movie event. We will be showing the second installment of the Hunger Games Trilogy--Catching Fire. To add to the fun, we will have free pizza from Jet's. Invite your friends and enjoy a great movie at the library. This event is for teens in grades 6-12 only.

February Tween Scene After School Programs

The Kimberly Library will host four weeks of afterschool programs for tweens and teens in grades 4-8 on Thursdays in February from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Each week will feature hands on activities.

2/6 Angry Birds--create and play Angry Birds Live!

2/13 Valentine's Fun--trivia, silly games, and cookie decorating.

2/20 Duct Tape Project--try a rose, necktie, or lanyard with colorful tape.

2/27 Scrabble Tile Art--make locker magnets using a Scrabble tile and pictures.

We'll also introduce a few new books each week. Bring a friend and enjoy some after school fun!

Milwaukee Bucks Reading Challenge

Readers in grades 3-10 have a chance to earn a free ticket to the March 16 or April 5 Milwaukee Bucks game through the Read to Achieve challenge. Pick up a packet which contains a reading record, stickers, bookmark, and poster at the library. Read 500 pages and report your reading to the library by February 27 to receive a voucher for a free ticket with the purchase of an adult discounted ticket. Read 750 pages to have your name placed in a drawing for a team autographed basketball.

There are lots of great books waiting for you at the library. Stop by soon and check one out!

Teen Video Contest

2014 marks the second year that Wisconsin will participate in the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) Teen Video Challenge.  The entry form and model release form are available online at: http://pld.dpi.wi.gov/pld_ys-sn

More information about the contest, including promotional resources and video creation resources, can be found at: http://cslpreads.org/challenge-overview.html

For the contest, teens should create a video promoting Summer Reading at the public library, including an interpretation of the 2014 CSLP teen slogan "Spark a Reaction," to win $275 and a $125 award for the library.  Any teen, aged 13 -18, can enter the CSLP 2014 Teen Video Challenge in the state where they reside. Videos can be created individually or as a team. Each participating CSLP member state will select one winner.

The deadline is Friday, February 14, 2014.  The state winner will be selected in March 2014.  The national selections will be announced in April 2014. 

Curious about what teens might make?  Take a look at the 2013 winners for inspiration, including the winning submission from the L. E. Phillips Memorial Library in Eau Claire! http://cslpreads.org/programs/young-adult-program/teen-video-challenge/2013-teen-video-winners.html

Contact me at ahardgin [at] mail [dot] owls [dot] lib [dot] wi [dot] us with your ideas or any questions.

Divergent Movie

So many great teen books are being made into movies. One of my favorites, Divergent by Veronica Roth, is getting the big screen treatment in March 2014.

Check out the trailer:

 

 

October After School Workshops for Tweens and Teens

Tweens and teens in grades 4-8 are invited to our Tween Scene after school programs on Tuesdays in October (except 10/22) from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Kimberly. We have a fun line-up of projects and activities ready for you.

October 1: Build-a-Bot

Use a windup toy and Play-doh to create a one-of-a-kind robot, then wind it up and watch it go!

October 8: Game Time...Old School Edition

Compete with your friends in the old school Words with Friends...Scrabble! Not a fan? Just grab a different board game and have fun. We'll have a build-your-own trail mix bar to make the competition even sweeter.

October 15: Painted Book Ends

Personalize your library! Take a book end and paint it any way you like. Try something inspired by a favorite book or hobby. Completed book ends will be used in the kids and YA book display areas.

October 22--no program 

October 29: Make a Mummy

Bend, shape, and create your very own wire mummy!

We'll also feature some of the newest and coolest books, so bring your friends and join the fun!

Vote for the Top Ten Teen Books

Do you have a favorite book from the previous year or are you looking for a few good reads? Be sure to check out YALSA's Top Ten nominees and vote for your favorites now through October 19. All the books on the list were nominated by fellow teens. Voting is open to readers ages 12-19.

What does YALSA stand for? The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a national association of librarians, library workers and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18. 

One of my personal favorites from the list is The False Prince by Jennifer Nielson, which is the first title of the Ascendance trilogy. The second book, The Runaway King, is great, too, and I anticipate it will be on next year's Top Ten. Of course, now I am stuck in that awful place of having to wait for the third book to come out! I listened the the audio version, and I found both books to be riveting.

What are your favorites from the list? Post a comment and let me know.