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.