Teen Hideout Blog


Drop in and join The Fray! This club is for both novices and experienced needle-workers. Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch, or work another needle craft, come to learn and share. Bring your own supplies and projects. For ages 10 and up.

Meets the last Tuesday of each month, 6-8pm.

Superhero Symbols Quiz

Test your knowledge of these superhero symbols for a chance to win an AMC gift card!  Type in the names of the superheroes that correspond with the numbered symbols. Submit your completed quiz by June 30, 2017. One winner will be drawn and contacted the first week of July from the quizzes with the most correct answers. For grades 6-12.


May the Fourth 2017

Photos from the library’s teen Star Wars event!  We made light sabers, learned to pilot droids, practiced our Death Star destruction techniques, did some Jedi yoga, and refreshed ourselves with Yoda Soda, Darth Pop, and Chewbacca cookies.    


Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar by Shakespeare Classic Drama/Play Historical Fiction Realistic Fiction Romance Review #1 * * Stars (Just ok) This classic play is a tale of betrayal, destiny, and fortune.  It gives greater insight on the somewhat far off figure that Julius Caesar sometimes is to the modern reader.  It also offers a different view of Caesar’s personality if you read Antony’s speech.  A bit dull at times, yet a great story!…


Vegan Virgin Valentine

Vegan Virgin Valentine by Carolyn Mackler Realistic Fiction Romance * * * * Stars (Great!) Mara Valentine is a model student and daughter and has her whole future mapped out for her when her “niece” V comes to live with her. V is almost the same age, and is wilder, freer, and more spontaneous than Mara could ever hope to be. And she’ll be attending the same high school. And…



Scythe by Neal Shusterman Dystopian Science Fiction * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) In the future, humans have given over the governing and control of society to an artificial intelligence known as the Thunderhead (which evolved from the Cloud/data storage). “…[T]he Thunderhead was incorruptible. Not only that, but its algorithms were built on the full sum of human knowledge. All the time and money wasted on political posturing, the…


Smell of Other People’s Houses

The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock Historical Fiction Realistic Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Told from the points of view of four different teenagers growing up in Alaska in the 1970s, this takes a look at what it’s like for Ruth, who is unknowingly following in the footsteps of her ancestors (and ends up in a nunnery), Alyce, who desperately wants to become a professional…


SYNC – Free Audiobooks

For the past few summers, SYNC (sponsored by AudioFile Magazine) has been offering free audiobooks for teens through Overdrive – these are titles you can download, listen to, and keep.  This year, summer has come early – SYNC’s 2017 season runs from April 27 – August 16, 2017.  Each week they offer 2 free titles.  You can check out the schedule and download the books here: http://www.audiobooksync.com/.  I’m looking forward to Feed,…


What’s YOUR superpower?

If you haven’t heard already, the library picked “Reading Is My Superpower” for our summer reading theme, and we can’t stop thinking about what our superpowers would be if we could pick.  We’ve been having a lot of fun playing with this website (Superhero Name Generator) that helps you discover your hidden superpowers and superhero name.  My favorite so far is the FLAMINGO SHADOW: What’s your superpower?  You can tell…


Fact or Fiction?

Take the following quiz to test your skills at distinguishing fact from fiction. Search for information on the statements below, and decide whether each is true or false. Cite a source (website, book, article, etc.) that proves your case.  Submit your quiz by May 31, 2017, for a chance to win a copy of the Guinness World Records, 2017 edition. For grades 6-12.  You can do a quick search to find information…


Project Tween Faux Stained Glass April 2017 Gallery

Enjoy pictures of Project Tween Faux Stained Glass!  Tweens used special paint on glass frames to make their own unique stained glass designs. Project Tween is a monthly program geared for youth between 10-14 years old at the Huntley Area Public Library. For more details, dates and times for upcoming Project Tween programs, please check the Huntley Area Public Library’s official website, the print or online copy of the library’s newsletter The Whole Story.