Maker Monday

"3doodler" by Rene Walter, licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Join us for the last Maker Monday before Thanksgiving! Try out our 3Doodler for an upgraded version of those hand-traced turkeys you made back in elementary school. Spend time with our button maker and sport some custom badges on Turkey Day to make all your cousins jealous. Stop by after school and make something fun with us!

Monday, November 24 from 3 - 4PM
Children's Story and Craft Room
Open to grades 6 - 12. 

No registration required!


Mockingjay Release Party

Celebrate the release of Mockingjay: Part 1 with a series of games and challenges based on the hit Hunger Games series, like “Dress the Tributes,” “Interviews with Caesar,” “Find the Mockingjay,” and more. We’ll also have crafts, snacks, and a raffle.

Thursday, November 20 from 6 - 8PM
Multicultural Room, Lower Level
Open to grades 6 - 12.


International Games Day!

"Games Controller" by Axel Pfaender, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

November 15 is International Games Day - come get your game on!

Compete in a Just Dance battle, MarioKart tournament, or a worldwide Minecraft Hunger Games challenge! Plus: sample new board games and try hilarious challenges that you’ve seen on YouTube. 

Saturday, November 15 from 3 - 4:30PM
Conference Center, Lower Level
Open to grades 6 - 12

No registration required!


Staff Pick: Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
From goodreads.com:

Sixteen-year-old Austin Szerba interweaves the story of his Polish legacy with the story of how he and his best friend , Robby, brought about the end of humanity and the rise of an army of unstoppable, six-foot tall praying mantises in small-town Iowa.

To make matters worse, Austin's hormones are totally oblivious; they don't care that the world is in utter chaos: Austin is in love with his girlfriend, Shann, but remains confused about his sexual orientation. He's stewing in a self-professed constant state of maximum horniness, directed at both Robby and Shann. Ultimately, it's up to Austin to save the world and propagate the species in this sci-fright journey of survival, sex, and the complex realities of the human condition.

Pick it: if you are looking for a totally different spin on end-of-the-world novels. This reminded me of a YA Kurt Vonnegut book - I'm a big fan. Highly recommended for older teen boys, but I think this book has appeal for anyone looking for a unique sci-fi read.

Pair with: The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier - it's a minor plot point in the book, so you might wonder what all the fuss was about. You could also head downstairs to the adult section and check out Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut for another apocalyptic read.

Reviewed by: Deena


A.M. Teen Spa

"homemade face scrub" by Becky Striepe, licensed under CC BY SA 2.0.

Tired of trying out facial cleanser after facial cleanser? Don't empty your wallet, head to your kitchen! Come learn how to make your own facial masks and scrubs - we'll show you what yummy things are actually good for you inside AND out. 

Saturday, November 8 from 10 - 11:30AM
Children's Story & Craft Room, Upper Level
Open to grades 9 - 12.


Staff Pick: My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
Halloween is too much fun for just one day. All October, we'll be looking at our favorite horror/supernatural/paranormal/all-around spooky books. 

For the last scary staff pick, we're choosing something a little different: a combination graphic novel and true story.  

From goodreads.com:

You only think you know this story. In 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer — the most notorious serial killer since Jack the Ripper — seared himself into the American consciousness. To the public, Dahmer was a monster who committed unthinkable atrocities. To Derf Backderf, “Jeff” was a much more complex figure: a high school friend with whom he had shared classrooms, hallways, and car rides.

In My Friend Dahmer, a haunting and original graphic novel, writer-artist Backderf creates a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of a disturbed young man struggling against the morbid urges emanating from the deep recesses of his psyche — a shy kid, a teenage alcoholic, and a goofball who never quite fit in with his classmates. With profound insight, what emerges is a Jeffrey Dahmer that few ever really knew, and one readers will never forget.

Pick it: for a chilling but yes, ultimately sympathetic, look at an American tragedy and a sick young man. We have copies of this book both in YA and the adult collection, so keep in mind that this subject matter can be dark. Proceed with caution and judgment.

Pair with: I Hunt Killers by Jeffrey Liga for a fictional look at serial killers and twisted family relationships.

Reviewed by: Deena 


Teen Desk Trick or Treat

"Boylan Lanterns II" by Nathan Walls, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Visit the Teen Desk on Halloween and get some free candy. Costumes encouraged, but not necessary!

Friday, October 31 from 2:45 - 4:45PM.
Teen Area, Upper Level
Open to grades 6 - 12.

No registration required!