The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Youth Librarian

Scrabble Tile Art for Teens

Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to the Little Chute Library on Tuesday, July 30 at 1:30-3:00 p.m. for our last teen program of the summer: Scrabble tile art. We will be attaching pictures to tiles to make jewelry or a keychain. All material will be supplied, but feel free to bring along any favorite mini pictures of your own. Hope to see you there, and bring your friends! You'll get a grand prize entry form just for attending the program.

Remember that Friday, August 2 is the very last day to get credit for any completed reading grids in your booklet. We will be drawing for the grand prizes on Monday, August 5.

Keep on reading!

Art from Down Under

In keeping with our "Beneath the Surface" underground theme, we are featuring art from down under for teens on Tuesday, July 23 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. in Kimberly. Artist Mary Tooley will guide you in creating colorful aboriginal art for a wall mural and for a piece to take home. Come let your creative side shine and bring your friends!


It's not exactly a zombie apocalypse, but it will be a fun afternoon for teens to hang out in the cool of the library and watch Warm Bodies and eat pizza from Jet's. We will also be giving away a copy of the movie at the end of the program. Bring your friends!

Noodles, Anyone?

This Tuesday features a favorite teen program--food with Noodles & Company! The chefs from the Darboy store will come to the Kimberly Library on June 9 at 1:30 p.m. to prepare two dishes: pesto and mac & cheese. Come hang out with friends and come hungry!

This program is for teens in grades 6-12 only, so sorry to the hungry parents and siblings. 

Guitar Clinic for Teens

Whether you play guitar or dream about playing guitar, come to the Kimberly Library this Tuesday, June 25 at 1:30 p.m. for a guitar clinic sponsored by Heid Music. Jason, an instructor at Heid Music who also has his own band, will show you cool tips and tricks about playing guitar and will also answer questions about forming a garage band. If you have a guitar, bring it along. If you don't, bring yourself and some friends to learn more the rockstar instrument. Anyone in grades 6-12 is invited to attend.

Teen CSI Program

How good are you at solving a crime? Find out on Tuesday, June 18 at 1:30 p.m. in Little Chute when Metro Police Department puts on a CSI program just for teens in grades 6-12. An officer will show you the step by step process of investigating a crime scene. Invite your friends!

Teen Summer Reading Program Promo Video

Join in the fun this summer as we go "Beneath the Surface" at the library.

The Fault In Our Stars

Enjoy a new book trailer about John Green's highly acclaimed young adult novel, The Fault in Our Stars, which is currently being made into a movie. Check it out at the library!

From Kelsey

Student Guest Reviewer--Adam

book coverCheck out Adam's review of the first book in the Unwanteds series:

By: Adam

Can you imagine a world where everything is assigned, there are no choices, everything is colorless and creativity can get you killed? This is the everyday life for, Quill, the closed in city where order and fear is what keeps people moving.

In this thriller, two twins have totally different lives. Alex, the creative one, knows he will be announced as an Unwanted, which will get him killed, because he has been caught more than twice coloring and being creative. Aaron however, has never been caught and is going to be a Wanted, which means he is important in the community. But when Alex is to be Eliminated, he is brought into a world where creativity is the point in life. But when he is found by his highly honored brother Aaron, Aaron wages war on the mysterious world, Artime. But can Alex convince the power hungry Aaron to live in peace and realize family is forever, no matter what, or is it too late?

In this completely captivating book, so many twists and turns show up that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. I would recommend this book to boys and girls ages 10 and up because of some choices and plots that characters make. So, can Alex keep the Aaron under control or will he grow as wild as the creatures and spells in Artime?

Great Teen Read Suggestions from Students


Students at Mapleview Intermediate School in Kimberly have been working on book reviews, and I will be featuring their work over the next few weeks. Here is our first guest reviewer, Katelyn, with a review of The Running Dream.



The Running Dream

By: Katelyn

For the young runner, Jessica, breaking a running record at a school  track meet  was everything until the ride home. When the tragic car accident,  that included Jessica’s bus, cleared up it  left one dead and one without a leg. As Jessica struggles to even get up the stairs she constantly wonders if she will ever run again.

After the accident Jessica hasn’t been the same. Without running her life is boring. Then finally one day her best friend talks her into going back to school. She is invited to a track meet where  her coach talks to her about a fake leg that will allow her to run, the only problem is the cost of the fake leg. As her school track team tries to raise money to get their fastest runner back  on the track Jessica never gives up.

I recommend this amazing story full of hope and dreams to young adults because of the mature topics. Readers should be mature and not looking for a humorous book.  Will Jessica get back on the track or give up on her dreams? Will the students on the track team pull through and get the money? Will Jessica ever  run again? Read The Running Dream to take a look at Jessica’s thoughts on the possibilities on her running dream coming true.