Inspiring and supporting lifelong learning and the love of reading

Look what's arrived just in time for summer reading! Here is the 2015 list of nominees for the Teens" Top Ten--books nominated by teens for teens.

Check out the trailer for The Scorch Trials!

superhero man holding stack of books

Get ready for a "super" summer at the library with our Every Hero Has a Story Summer Reading Program for ages three and up. This is an eight-week program designed to encourage pleasure reading and prevent summer slide--where the lack of reading during summer break causes a decrease in children's reading skills. We are here to help you defeat that evil villain Summer Slider with superhero fun! Registration opens on May 26--right after Memorial Day. Stop at either location to pick up your starting materials. The kids' program is for ages 3-entering grade 5, plus there is a teen program for grades 6-12, and one for adults. The program dates are June 8-July 31. Once you are registered, you can start recording your reading and may turn in your first card as soon as Day 1 of the program.

How does the kids' program work? Weekly cards featuring different types of heroes are available each week. Kids are asked to do six literacy activities listed on the card--at least two hours of reading is required. When six activities are completed, kids return the card to the library. Instead of earning a weekly doodad, kids will be heroes for someone else this year by donating their reading time to raise money for three local charities:

  • Make-A-Wish Foundation--grants wishes to children with a life-threatening illness, and our donation will help fund a wish for a child in the Fox Valley
  • Chances Animal Rescue--a no-kill shelter on Lake Park Road
  • A Very Special Place--an adult day service that helps empower people with physical, behavioral, intellectual, and developmental disabilities and their families to lead fuller lives

The charity with the most votes will receive $500, second place $300, and third place $200. Kids will vote each time they finish a card. 

To add to the fun, we have fifteen grand prizes for kids that we will be giving away at the end of the program. Each time a reading card is turned in, the child will earn an entry into the drawing. To make things even more fun, kids will earn a free book when they complete cards 3, 6, and 8, and they will receive a certificate if they complete all eight weeks.

We also have great family programs all summer on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. plus some Thursday events for tweens (ages 8-12), and Friday events. Check out our brochure or web calendar for more details. Friend us on Facebook for updates as well.

Add some "Pow!" "Bam!" and "Zap!" to your summer by joining the Every Hero Has a Story summer reading program! Increase your reading superpowers and defeat that sinister villain Summer Slider by reading great books from the library. Be a hero for your brain and a hero for those in need--sounds pretty "super," eh?

Our character book shelves feature favorite characters from books and television, and this section is a very popular stop for children. We recently updated the titles to include some newer favorites. Here is the list of new friends:

  • Pete the Cat
  • Peppa Pig
  • Disney Junior (Sofia the First, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Doc McStuffins, and Henry Hugglemonster
  • Max & Ruby
  • Bubble Guppies
  • Disney Princess
  • Paw Patrol 

We did sunset some older characters due to the condition of the books, lower interest, and titles no longer available:

  • Barney
  • Bob the Builder
  • Peanuts (holiday books still available)
  • Madeline (now on picture book shelves under author Bemelmans)
  • Franklin the Turtle 

Stop in and check out favorites old and new, and keep on reading!

 

 

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Do you like to read with your ears? Seriously--great audiobooks can transport you to another world and make for great companions in the car or while relaxing at home. Listening while doing chores makes the task lighter, too.

Starting May 7 and running through August 13, you can download FREE audiobooks to keep from SYNC YA Literature program. Two audiobooks are available each week. Check out the link for the list of titles and enjoy movies for your ears!

crown dripping with blood

Looking for that next young adult blockbuster book to read? The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard has been getting some buzz. Here is the description from the book:

Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own—an ability she didn't know she had. Except . . . her blood is Red.

To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince—and Mare against her own heart.

From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.

 

This is the first of a trilogy. Have you read The Red Queen yet? What did you think? It is on my soon-to-be-read list.

girl with wings and flames in background

Looking for something to do with your friends during spring break that is free and fun? Come to our teen movie showing of Mockingjay Part 1 (PG-13) on Thursday, April 2 at 1 p.m. at the Little Chute Library. We will serve free popcorn from Tom's. Adult fans of The Hunger Games are also welcome to attend. May the odds be ever in your favor.

Parents, did you know that, according to research, reading aloud is the single most important thing you can do to prepare your child for reading and learning?  Make it a goal to read at least fifteen minutes every day to your preschooler. We have lots of great books for you at the library to help you meet your goals and to create lasting memories of stories lovingly shared together.

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.

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

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