Saturday, December 27, 2008

Dealing with Cyberbullies - Tips for Teens

  • Don't reply.  You may want to respond, but this is exactly what cyberbullies want.  They want to know they've got you scared, worried and upset.  Don't give them that satisfaction.
  • Don't keep this to yourself!  You are not alone, and you did not do anything to deserve bullying.  Tell an adult you trust about the situation.  Don't try and solve this on your own.
  • Don't delete messages.  You don't have to read them, but you should keep them.  They are your evidence.  You may unfortunately get similar messages again, perhaps from other accounts.  The police and your ISP, and/or your telephone company can use these messages to help you.
  • Do get a trusted adult's help.  If you are getting physical threats:
  1. Call your local police.
  2. Inform your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or cell phone service.
  3. Protect yourself.
  • Never arrange to meet with someone you met online unless your parents, friends, or a trusted adult go with you.  If you are meeting them, make sure it is in a public place.
For more information go to

This information is sponsored by the Illinois Library Association and

Friday, December 19, 2008

Safe Blogging Tips for Teens and Pre-teens

1.    Be anonymous.  Avoid postings that could help a stranger to locate you.  This includes your last name, address, phone numbers, sports teams, the town you live in, and where you hang out.

2.    Protect your info.  Check to see if your service has a "friends" list that allows you to decide who can visit your profile or blog.  If so, allow only people you know and trust.

3.    Avoid in-person meetings.  Don't get together with someone you "meet" in a profile or blog unless you are certain of their actual identity.  Talk it over with an adult first.  Although it's still not risk-free, arrange any meetings in a public place and bring along some friends, your parents, or a trusted adult.

4.    Think before you post.  What's uploaded to the Internet can be downloaded by anyone and passed around or posted online pretty much forever.  Avoid posting photos that allow people to identify you, especially sexually suggestive images.

5.    Check comments regularly.  Don't respond to mean or embarrassing comments.

6.    Be honest about your age.  Membership rules are there to protect people.  If you are too young to sign up, don't lie about your age.

This information comes from and is sponsored by the Illinois Library Association.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Giver

On September 30 @ 7 pm come to the library for The Giver by Lois Lowry. Find out what happens when Jonas is assigned the job, the Receiver of Memories. For a little taste of the book, check out our book trailer below.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A Trilogy?

I recently finished the Uglies/Pretties/Specials Trilogy. Throughout each book I was eager to get to the end so that I can see what happens in the next one. Normally I can't get into Science Fiction books, I tend to stick with realistic fiction, but I just could not put these books down. Now, the reason this entry is titled as "A Trilogy?" is because the Uglies/Pretties/Specials books are a trilogy, yet there is indeed a forth book called Extras. I haven't finished Extras yet, but it seems to be more of a telling of what was after the Specials. I really think everyone should try these books out! They are fun, intense, and dramatic, everything you need in a good book! Uglies was also an Abraham Lincoln Illionois High School Award Book.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Twilight Movie Release!

Stephenie Meyer's Twilight has been made into a movie and will open in theaters on Friday, November 21st.  Only 71 days left!  Be patient!

The library will be holding a party to celebrate the release of this highly anticipated film for this popular book series.  Please check back soon for details....

Monday, September 08, 2008

The Warrior Heir book trailer

Jack Swift discovers what it slightly more than a normal family secret. Apparently Jack is a warrior. Not only is he a warrior, he is one of the only warriors left in the world. Everyone wants him to fight, to show off his warrior heritage. Can he make the sacrifice to do what is right?

Look for it today!

Friday, September 05, 2008

Check out our first ever book trailer!

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

Get your copy today!


Hi Everyone!
I hope the new school year is going well, remember to stop in the library if you need help with any projects or research. We are here for you!

Thursday, September 04, 2008

The tale continues....

Sapphira and her faithful Dragon Rider Eragon are returning in Christopher Paolini's third installment of his insanely popular Inheritance series. Brisingr is due out on September 20.

Put your name on hold today!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

New Book Shelf!

Stop by and check out our New Books! You can always see what books are on the way and reserve your copy by checking our Coming Soon section of our catalog.

Here are a few new books that at already here and are waiting to be check out!

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
Fifteen-year-old Scarlett Martin is stuck in New York City for the summer working at her quirky family's historic hotel, but her brother's attractive new friend and a seasonal guest who offers her an intriguing and challenging writing project improve her outlook.

Mercy on these Teenage Chimps by Gary Soto
At age thirteen, best friends Ronnie and Joey suddenly feel like chimps-long armed, big eared, and gangly-and when the coach humiliates Joey in front of a girl, he climbs up a tree and refuses to come down.

Gone by Michael Grant
In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have "The Power" and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.

Ivy by Julie Hearn
In nineteenth century London, young, mistreated, and destitute Ivy, whose main asset is her fiery red hair, comes to the attention of a aspiring painter who is determined to make her a model and a muse.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Wall by Peter Sis

Peter Sis, acclaimed author and artist of many distinguished books including Starry Messenger, Tibet Through the Red Box and Madlenka, introduces his latest work which describes and illustrates his upbringing in Communist Czechoslovakia during the Cold War. It is a world of political indoctrination and compulsory government loyalty. As a child and teenager, Peter loved art and music but all of this was banned and censored in his country. He secretly painted and taped the Beatles, longing to be free. Peter studied painting and filmmaking at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague and the Royal College of London before coming to the US in 1984 to follow his dreams. This is a Caldecott Honor book and Robert F. Sibert Medal winner, an interesting and enlightening read for both children and adults.

Click here for more information!

It's almost here!

Stephenie Meyer's fourth installment in the intense love triangle of Bella/Edward/Jacob is almost here! Reserve your copy of Breaking Dawn today!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Book Survivor Update

Two more books were voted off!

-Dr. Franklin's Island by Ann Halam
A science fiction novel about two girls who get transformed into animals.

-Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
A junior high boy tries to deal with his little brother who was recently diagnosed with cancer and his busy life at school.

Only 6 titles left! Don't let your favorite get knocked out!

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Climbing the Stairs

Vidya is 15 and wants to go to college, unusual for a Brahmin girl growing up in British India during World War II. She doesn't pay much attention to the world war at first, finding the struggles for India's independence more interesting. When she discovers her father is working with the freedom fighters, she is spellbound and wants to join the group. Purely by chance, she and her father end up in the middle of a protest and her father is terribly injured by the police. Vidya is devestated and despondent over the subsequent move to her grandfather's house. Here the men and women live seperately, and Vidya can sense her cruel aunt planning to marry Vidya off as soon as possible. When Vidya breaks the house rules and finds solace in the library on the men's floor, she finds choices begin to open up for her and the change that continues to find her can be dealt with in different ways, even by a young girl with limited freedoms.

Climbing the Stairs is a fascinating novel. The setting is vividly described and you will cheer for Vidya and rage against her suffocating family members. Vidya's brother, Kitta, deserves a story of his own (could we see a companion novel?). This book will appeal to readers who want a love story, who like exotic settings, who enjoy coming-of-age stories, or who enjoy great fiction. I can't recommend it enough!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Book Survivor!

The first two weeks of the summer reading program are gone and so are two books from the Book Survivor list.

Week 1: The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon
-A true story about a boy who tried to kill himself by lighting himself on fire but survived.

Week 2: Mary, Bloody Mary by Carolyn Meyer
-A historical fiction novel about the life of Henry VIII's daughter, Mary.

Four weeks left to see which book from the remaining list is the favorite. Check this link to the library summer newsletter for a complete list of the books. Remember, if you read a Book Survivor book, you get 20 extra book bucks to use in our end of the summer silent auction!

Vote for your favorite once a week to keep it in the running. Don't let your favorite get voted off!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Life As We Knew It

Life as you knew it is no more. When the moon is struck by an asteroid and knocked out of its orbit, chaos erupts on earth. Tides rise, drowning cities on the coast. Earthquakes happen in Missouri. Volcanoes erupt, filling the air with ash and blocking out the sun. Diseases spread, from cholera to influenza, and thousands of people die.

What would you do if this happened? In life as we knew it by Susan Beth Pfeffer, we read Miranda's diary telling us what she and her family did. This is a nominee for the 2009 Caudill award and so far, it's my favorite of the group.

I've read criticism of the book, saying that the events aren't scientifically realistic, but it's a fiction book, not a scientific text. It does what all good books should do--make you think. Whether it's true or made up, a good story pulls you in and keeps you reading, and you won't be disappointed with this one.

This story makes you wonder, "What if?" What if something like this did happen (although for a different reason)? Would you be able to cope? Could you chop wood, nurse your brothers through the flu, live on canned vegetables? Would you be able to live not knowing what's happened to your dad, your grandmother, and your friends? life as we knew it will make you wonder.

[And if you already read it, check out the companion novel-the dead and the gone.]

Monday, June 16, 2008

Teen Programs

The Teen Summer Reading Program has some really cool programs going on throughout July 28th!
There is something for everyone!
The following programs require sign-up:
The Teen Book Group will be discussing the book The Lightning Thief on Thursday, June 26 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. for grades 6 through 8.
Director's Dugout will be on July 8th from 12-12:45 and they will be discussing anyone of the Baseball Card Adventure series. Bring a lunch with you. This program is only for 4th through 6th grade.
You can create your own sand casted leaf dish on July 10th from 1-2:30 p.m. if you are in grades 5th-8th!
Get funky on July 12 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and tie dye a white t shirt, some white socks, or really anything white! Grades 6-12 can attend this program.
Design your own greeting card if you are in grades 3-8 on July 17th from 1-2 p.m!
Another Teen Book Group meeting will be on July 24th from 6-7 p.m. and grades 9-12 will be discussing the book Copper Sun.
The following programs DO NOT require sign up:
On July 2nd, from 2-3:30 p.m., there will be board games and video games!
Come and watch A League of Their Own on July 3rd from 6-8 p.m. Grades 6-12 only!
Do you like Naruto? We are having a night dedicated to Naruto. If you are in grades 6-12, On July 8th from 6-7:30 p.m. come on by and bring your cards, graphic novels, and even come in costume!
Attending programs will earn you 30 extra book bucks!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

It's Finally Here!!

The 2008 new and improved Summer Reading Program "Get in the Game...Read" has finally arrived! Stop in at the Teen Desk to get all the details of this amazing program. The new silent auction set-up gives everyone a chance to win fabulous prizes just by reading books and attending prizes.

I know you're wondering, 'what prizes are going to get me to read?' Well here are a few to get you motivated:

- Portable DVD player

- iPod shuffle

- Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer (Hey, New Moon is autographed!)

- Pizza and Movie night (Pizza supplied by Mancino's and movie tickets from Lansing Cinema 8)

- Naruto Vol.1 uncut box set DVD

-$10 gift card to Starbucks along with two coffee cups

These are just 6 of the 48 available prizes for the summer! To receive a complete guide to the summer reading program and a complete list of the prizes, stop in at the Teen Desk to sign up today!

Wednesday, May 07, 2008


by Kalisha Buckhanon.
Sometimes life throws you curve balls. Things happen and you can't really figure out why that had to happen to you, but you have to live life anyway. Antonio seemed to have a pretty good life for a high school student. He had a beautiful girlfriend and a best friend and he was just living. But God had a different plan for Antonio and when he gets sent to jail for murdering his father, he finally realizes how many things he took for granted when he was on the "outside". He lost the love of his life, his mother, his life. When he started to think with more hope and decided he wanted to better himself, his life slowly seemed to be getting better.
In a book written completely in letters, read about Antonio and Natasha's emotional love for each other, their falling out, and how their lives ended up-without each other.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Good Reads

Do you ever want to see what books other people really like...or really hate?

Check out Good Reads and keep track of what books you have read and pick how good...or how bad you thought the book was!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

It's Teen Literature Day!

It's National Library Week!

April 19th is Teen Literature Day... which just basically means it's a day to celebrate the great books there are for teens nowadays. Did you know there's over 5,000 books published each year for children and teens? How do you pick a good one from all that?

Easy--ask us! Want a romance? A gritty urban drama? A mystery? We can help you find the best one.

Say you want a historical fiction book about a princess with lots of drama. We've got one about a Byzantine princess named Anna who tries to kill her brother the king so she can inherit the throne. Try Anna of Byzantium by Tracy Barrett. It's based on a true story.

Or you want a book drunk driving and punishments and learning what's really important in the end. How about the one where Brent Bishop from Chicago leaves a party, drunk, and kills a girl, and as punishment he has to travel across the country and build a whirligig in the four corners in the girl's memory? That would be Whirligig by Paul Fleischman.

Or you don't want to have to read many words--you'd rather look at the pictures and you'd like the pictures to be of popular TV characters. What better than Books Don't Taste Very Good by Chris Griffin? Yep, a Family Guy graphic novel.

Give us a try... we've got a book for you!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Coming Full Circle

This week is National Library Week! The theme is "Join the Circle of Knowledge." Check out the circle books we have in the Teen Section.

"The Circle of Magic" series by Tamora Pierce
Sandry's Book
Tris's Book
Daja's Book
Briar's Book
*Four young and troubled teenage mages are brought together, each representing a different element. Each book centers on one character, but they are all connected in a circle of magic.

The Magic Circle by Donna Jo Napoli
*This is a retelling of the popular children's fairy tale, "Hansel and Gretel" told through the eyes of the witch.

A Circle of Time by Marisa Montes
*A comatose teen is forced to travel back in time 100 years to help a girl right the wrongs of the past.

The Circle of Blood by Alane Ferguson
*As she uses her knowledge of forensic medicine to investigate the death of a young runaway, seventeen-year-old Cameryn Mahoney, an assistant to her coroner father, worries that her secretive mother may be involved.


It's National Library Week!

The transition between grade school and junior high seems to be dramatic and tough. Mostly everyone wants to be grown up and mature and cool. Shug just wants to be young and keep things they way they have always been. She doesn't understand why everyone needs to be boyfriend/girlfriend all of a sudden and she really doesn't get why Mark won't hang out with her anymore.

As everyone seems to be growing up without her, Shug finds friendship in the one person she thought she hated. Sometimes you have more things in common than you think. And sometimes the friends you thought would be there forever slowly fade away.

Read Jenny Han's Shug.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

It's National Library Week!

It's National Library Week!

And it is also Earth Day on April 22, 2008.
In 1962, and for seven years following, Senator Gaylord Nelson strove to make our environment a bigger issue. The Senator decided he would persuade President Kennedy to go on a National Conservation Tour. He had to go through Attorney General Robert Kennedy first, and he liked the idea and so did the president! The president began his five-day, eleven-state conservation tour in September 1963. Not many people thought it was a big deal, but it eventually stemmed into the idea of Earth Day. April 22, 1970 was the date of the first Earth Day. Earth Day is an awesome idea to get people to remember that the environment is very important.

Check out this website to find ideas on how to celebrate Earth Day!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Super Sized Library

It's National Library Week!

Nothing is more popular than McDonald's, right? Don't be so sure. To help celebrate National Library Week (April 13-19), take a trip through the information drive-through and see what ends up in your take-out bag. Fact: There are more public libraries than McDonald's in the U.S. - a total of 16,549, including branches. Starring Shad Kunkle and shot at... well, it should be obvious where it's shot at.

From the I Love Libraries Website

Monday, April 14, 2008

Meg Cabot is my friend

It's National Library Week!

How many friends do you have? Are you looking for a few more? Many of your favorite authors have MySpace pages and would love to be your friend. Meg Cabot can be one of them. Or Sarah Dessen. Even David Levithan and John Green. Celebrate National Library Week by adding an author or two as your friend...and then go read the book they wrote, if you haven't already.

Looking for something new to you?

It's National Library Week! Stop by the Teen area and see our book display. All of the books displayed are the first book in a series. Be the first of your friends to discover a series to obsess about.

Here are a few to lure you in!

Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce

Alianne must call forth her mother's courage and her father's wit in order to survive on the Copper Isles in a royal court rife with political intrigue and murderous conspiracy.

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle's dangerous work for Britain's intelligence agency, M16.

Girl, 15, Charming but Insane by Sue Limb
Fifteen-year-old Jess, living with her mum, separated from her father in Cornwall, and with a best friend who seems to do everything perfectly, finds her own assets through humor.

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
After the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest member of their group, the "bird kids," who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

It's National Library Week!

Join the circle of knowledge @ your library: celebrate National Library Week at the Lansing Public Library, April 13-19, 2008

It’s National Library Week, a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers in schools, campuses and communities nationwide - and the perfect time to discover how you can join the circle of knowledge @ your library.

The Lansing Public Library is celebrating National Library Week with different events for adults, teens, and children. Watch our blog and check our website for more information.

“Everyday, libraries in big cities and small towns, colleges and universities, in schools and in businesses help transform their communities,” says Debbie Albrecht, director of Lansing Library. “At our library, people of all backgrounds can come together for community meetings, lectures and programs, to do research with the assistance of a trained professional, to get a job or to find homework help, attend story times, research their family genealogy, and much, much more.”

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

Watch our blog this week as we celebrate National Library Week online!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Sweethearts: a novel

What if your childhood was so bad that you only had one friend?
What if everyone made fun of you for your weight and being dirty?
What if your mother was never home, so to avoid being the smelly kid, you had to do your own laundry when you were seven years old?
What if to forget about how bad your life was you just ate and ate and ate?
What if your only friend mysteriously disappeared and everyone at school told you he died?

All these things happened to Jennifer Harris and when she finally decided to transform herself into Jenna Vaughn, she became pretty, popular, and smart. Her life was finally everything she wanted. She had a boyfriend, great friends, and a great family.

When her one childhood friend, the one she believed to be dead, comes back into her life, everything Jenna worked so hard to change and forget comes back.

Read Sweethearts: a novel to find out more!

Monday, April 07, 2008

Teen Poetry Contest and Cafe Canceled!

Due to the small amount of contest entries received, the Teen Poetry Contest and Teen Poetry Café are canceled this year. Keep your poems for next year when we will hopefully have enough participants to hold the contest.


Friday, March 28, 2008

Poetry Contest Deadline

The deadline for this year's Poetry Contest is Monday, March 31! Bring your poems to the Teen Desk on the lower level or email them to us at with your name, grade, and school (6th-12th grade only, please). One poem per person and they must be typed; those are about the only guidelines. You can win a gift card to Borders along with some other great stuff, so bring in your masterpiece today!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Read for a Lifetime Participants.....

Time is almost up guys! If you signed up for the Read for a Lifetime program, you have a little over a week to turn in the books you read. Remember, if you read four books from the list, you can get a certificate from the Secretary of State, a discount at Borders', and it looks good on your college applications! So tell the Youth Services librarians what books you read before March 31st to get your rewards!

If you are going to be in high school next year and all this sounds like a good deal, keep your eyes open for the next RFAL list. Sign up for next year's RFAL is coming up soon!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Thirteen Reasons Why

If someone in your school committed suicide, would you want to know exactly why? Would you want to get inside their head and feel things they way they felt things? Most people are curious individuals and would probably really like to know what could make someone feel so incredibly unwanted, what could make someone dislike their life so much. Enough to end it.

Clay is a normal high school student. He has a good reputation, gets good grades, and no one has anything bad to say about him. So when his classmate and crush, Hannah, commits suicide and he receives the tapes explaining why, he is shocked. He stays up all night and listens to Hannah's story. As he listens he gets angry. Angry that he received the tapes at all, angry that he didn't talk to her more, angry at all the people that made Hannah's life a living hell.

Thirteen people were on the tapes, and they get to listen to them all, and do what they say. Hannah wanted them to know and she will make sure that they all finally listen to what she had to say.

Read all of Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and find out all the things that changed Hannah's life for the worse.

And if you don't like to read, never fear, you can listen to it!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Caudill Winner Announced!

The official winner of the Rebecca Caudill Award, as voted on by 4th-8th graders across the state of Illinois, is...

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

Check out Brandi's review from March of 2007 to find out more about this great story. Or check out a copy and read it for yourself!

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Lincoln Winner Announced!

The Abraham Lincoln Award is a student choice award voted on by Illinois students in grades 9-12. This year's winner, from a list of 22 nominees?

by Stephenie Meyer with 603 votes

Second place is Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson with 135 votes.

Third place is The Five People you Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom with 119 votes.

The nominees for the 2009 award have been announced and we'll post the list here shortly (it's a great one this year). If you'd like to vote in 2009, drop us an email and ask for details.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Hate To Read?

Lets face it, not many young adults like to read, but nearly all of them like to listen to music.

Have you ever considered listening to a book on CD? I know that you secretly wish you liked to read so you could find out what the movies left out of the Harry Potter books. Or what about reading the Spiderwick Chronicles to find out what they left out in the movie?

Well for all you envious, non-readers, or if you'd simply like a change of pace, the library offers books on CD. Now I know what you are thinking, "What if someone doesn't have a CD player?", well, the library also offers portable CD players that can be checked out and it comes with a fully charged pair of batteries.

So what are you waiting for? Listen to a book on CD and enter a world you were scared to enter before.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Some new titles at your library!

Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes
A desperate group of high school students thrown together in detention form a band to play at the school talent show and end up competing with a wildly popular local rock band.

Derby Girl by Shauna Cross
When 16-year-old rebel Bliss Cavendar, who is miserable living in a small Texas town with her beauty pageant-obsessed mother, secretly joins a roller derby team under the name "Babe Ruthless," her life gets better, although infinitely more confusing.

My Swordhand is Singing by Marcus Sedgwick
In the dangerous dark of winter in an Eastern European village during the early seventeenth century, Peter learns from a gypsy girl that the Shadow Queen is behind the recent murders and reanimations, and his father's secret past may hold the key to stopping her.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Time to Vote for the Lincoln Award!

You're probably busy with Read for a Lifetime (which you should be, because it's such a great program to finish, so be sure you get your books read for that first!), but why not check and see if you're eligible to cast a vote for the Abraham Lincoln Award as well? Freshman through Seniors who've read four books from this list of nominees can place a vote for their favorite to win. The Lincoln is an Illinois Student Choice award similar to the Rebecca Caudill Award.

You have until the end of the month to vote, so if you've read at least four and are interested stop by the Teen Desk and we'll collect your vote!

I've read four from that list--Twilight, House of the Scorpion, Heir Apparent, and Pirates! Leave a comment and let us know how many you've read!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Monster

by Ellen Hopkins is the sequel to Crank, a book about Kristina Georgia Snow. A book about a smart, young, high school student who went to visit her dead beat dad, to give him a chance, to get to know him. That is when Kristina transformed into Bree, a crystal meth addict who didn't care about anything other than getting high, partying, and finding "love".

In Glass, Kristina thinks she can finally control the monster, the glass, the ice because she has a baby to take care of. Kristina thinks Bree will be a person of the past and her life will become normal again. FAT CHANCE. Kristina now needs the monster more than ever before. She realizes that she begins to get high all the time, not just in social situations.

Read more to see how far she will go for the monster, how much she will let Bree ruin, and how she will spend the rest of her life.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

My Bloody Valentine

Next week Thursday is Valentine's Day. Come by and celebrate with us at our vampire-themed party! There will be snacks, games, and a movie! Feel free to dress up like your favorite vampire or maybe all in black. Stop in to fill out a raffle slip for a disturbing door prize.

Come on by. The party is from 5-7:30 on February 14 for grades 6-12.

An evening of vampiric festivities await you!

Monday, February 04, 2008

Writers, poets, playwrights, artists, journalists...

AVATAR! needs you!

Our newspaper written by and for teens is suffering from a lack of articles. We need more writings to publish our next issue!

What we accept:
Fiction stories
Poems or plays
Movie, music, or book reviews
Sports articles
Artwork, including photography
Just about anything else you can think of!

Did you write or draw something in school you're especially proud of? Publish it in AVATAR! Send your submissions to us via email at or drop them off in person at the Teen Desk.

[If you submitted something for our February-March issue, we're saving it for the April-May issue. So you'll see your work in print then.]

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Ellen Hopkins brings us into the life of a gifted high school Junior who once was known only as Kristina Georgia Snow.

When Kristina decides to visit her father for a few weeks, her life changes forever. Kristina mingles with the monster and becomes Bree. Bree is everything Kristina wants to be (or so she thinks), confident, hot, and a party animal. What Bree (Kristina) doesn't know is that the monster soon changes from a party friend to something that takes over her life.

Read Hopkins' Crank and see how the monster effects Kristina and Bree's life.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Printz Winner Announced

Congratulations to The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean for winning the 2008 Michael L. Printz award.

In this exciting novel, South Pole obsessed Sym travels to Antarctica with her uncle for a guided tour of the area. Little does she know that her uncle has some other plans in mind, such as attempting to discover an entry to another world. McCaughrean paints a clear picture of the barren landscape of Antarctica that's bound to make you shiver from the cold while including fascinating information about previous journeys to the far south.

The Printz Honor books are Dreamquake by Elizabeth Knox, Repossessed by A. M. Jenkins, One Whole and Perfect Day by Judith Clarke, and Your Own, Sylvia by Stephanie Hemphill.

Check out The White Darkness today. While you're at it, check out the past winners and nominees here.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Late-Night Homework Helper

Working on your homework but the library's closed? Just because it's 3:00 a.m. on Sunday doesn't mean the library can't help you out. We've got a great resource available if you're researching your science project (or doing a history report, or learning about polar bears, or writing about the state of Nebraska...). Check out the Student Research Center from EBSCOhost.

You'll have to log in with your Lansing library card barcode. (If you don't have a Lansing library card, please check with your home library to see if this resource is available for you.) Once logged in, click on the link that says "Student Research Center." Here you can search for your topic--for example, chromatography--and find articles from magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, and more.

Why is this better than using a search engine? As EBSCO says,

All the information is from trustworthy, reputable books and periodicals, which means it's accurate. And unlike search engines... SRC has lots of options (called limiters and expanders) to help narrow down and focus your search.
You'll see you can limit your results to full-text articles; search for photos, maps, and flags; change the dates (only find information from 2005 or newer, for example); and even find video clips.

If you need help using the SRC or EBSCO, feel free to IM or email the library!

Monday, January 14, 2008

TAB Meeting!

It's that time again. Thursday, January 17 is the TAB Meeting. TAB stands for Teen Advisory Board. This is your chance to say what you think. Your opinions can help shape the programs and collections of the library. There's food and good discussion waiting for you. Bring a friend, or 4!!

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Teen Book Group

Our Teen Book Group (grades 9-12) meets this Thursday, January 10 from 6-7:oo p.m. This month we're talking about The Body of Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-Ucci. It's an Illinios Read for a Lifetime book this year. If you've read the book, come join the discussion! No sign-up needed; snacks and drinks provided.