Tissue Paper Postcards (August 2021)

Teens (grades 6-12) can pick up a Teen Take Home kit starting August 1, 2021, and learn how to make these watercolor wax-resist postcards using a few simple materials (tissue paper, watercolor postcards, crayon, and water). Kits will be available at the library’s Information Desk while supplies last! 1 kit per teen. If you would like to share your creations with us, you can submit photos using the form below, or bring them by the … Read more

Here We Grow! Activities Gallery

This is a gallery of photos submitted by teens working towards earning badges for the 2021 Summer Reading Challenge. Check out their marshmallow catapults, Pringles rings, Rube Goldberg machines, craft stick bridges, marble roller coasters, cardboard geodesic domes, Minecraft gardens/libraries, house plants, gardens, art, and much, much more! Not signed up yet? You can participate in the Challenge via Beanstack, or pick up a paper log at the library. The Challenge runs June 9 – … Read more

That’s Not What Happened – Read It and Rate It

That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger Horror Mystery Suspense Thriller Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) In this story there are many twists, turns, and lies. We learn that there could be many perspectives of the story and that they can be changed as they get passed around. In this story Lee’s friend, Sarah died in a school shooting along with 7 others, and there were 6 survivors. Only 5/6 survivors … Read more

Wild Bird – book review

Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen Realistic Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Everything changes when Wren’s family moves right before she starts middle school. Wren feels lost and alone and disconnected from everyone. She has trouble making friends and the only person who does seem to accept her is Meadow – a year older and Trouble. Over the next couple of years, Wren starts drinking and smoking pot, stealing from her parents, and … Read more

Dress Up Your Ramen (July 2021)

This is a gallery of ramen noodle recipes and photos shared by teens participating in our take-home Dress Up Your Ramen activity. They created new ramen dishes using ingredients from their own kitchens in addition to the package of ramen noodles (and suggestions) provided by the library. Try out some of their ideas to give your ramen noodles a new life! Ramen Recipes: Ramen Carbonara Ingredients: 1 pkg ramen noodles, 1 egg, 2 slices of … Read more

World Ends in April – Read It and Rate It

The World Ends in April by Stacy McAnulty Adventure Funny Realistic Fiction Suspense Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) I loved this book! This book is about Eleanor, a middle schooler who is like most middle schoolers. She has been best friends with Mack since kindergarten. Even though Mack is blind and way more social than Eleanor, they will most likely survive the end of the world. When they figure out the … Read more

No Sit Book Club – June 2021

Hello audiobook-listening friends! I hope you’re having a great summer. I decided to focus on some gardening projects this month, so I’ve been listening to audiobooks while I’m weeding, planting, and doing yardwork. Time really flies by when you have a good reader, a good story, and endless work to do. I stayed out one night until I couldn’t see what I was doing anymore. πŸ™‚ I also spend a fair amount of time driving … Read more

Summer Scavenger Hunt 2021

Find all the items on the list, take photos of your discoveries, and share/upload them below. You can participate as an individual, family, or team! This activity is part of our Here We Grow Summer Reading Challenge (June 9 – August 7, 2021). You can join the Challenge virtually through Beanstack, or participate by picking up a paper log at the library. There are challenges and activities for children, teens, and adults. Check out what … Read more

Inheritance Games – book review

The Inheritance Games Inheritance Games #1 by Jennifer Lynne Barnes Mystery Suspense Thriller * * * Stars (Pretty good) Teenager, Avery Grambs, is living in her car when she gets the surprising news that she is an heiress. Billionaire Tobias Hawthorne – recently deceased – has apparently left most of his fortune to her. No one seems to know what the connection is – why Avery? And the Hawthorne family are pretty upset. The only … Read more

I Hate Running and You Can Too – book review

I Hate Running and You Can Too: How to Get Started, Keep Going, and Make Sense of an Irrational Passion by Brendan Leonard Nonfiction * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) Despite being a ultrarunner, Brendan Leonard mostly hates running except when he loves it briefly. This is a short, encouraging, and realistic look at how you can start your own love-hate relationship with it. It might get you out the door and on your … Read more