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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!

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

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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.