Thursday Night Teen Book Chat

Love to Read?

We’ve started a Teen Book Chat!  Stop by to talk about your favorite books. Hear about what other people are reading and get an exclusive preview of new titles that are coming to the library. Registration is not required*, so feel free to drop by and bring a friend!  It’s open to anyone in grades 7-12 and meets the third Thursday of every month from 4:30-6 pm, right before the Thursday Night Book Chat for the big kids.

If you can’t make it to any of these meetings, you are more than welcome to stop by the
Teen Reference Desk to chat with the Teen Librarian about what you’re currently reading!

*While registration is not required, it is encouraged.  If you would like to sign-up, you’ll get a reminder call or e-mail the day before we meet.  You can register here.

Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth

At last weeks inaugural meeting, we discussed creating soundtracks for our favorite books.

In honor of this weeks release, Four: A Divergent Collection, here’s an sample playlist for Veronica Roth’s first book that started it all, Divergent:

  1. Chicago by Sufjan Stevens
  2. Crazy Train by Black Sabbath
  3. Peace Train by Cat Stevens (theme song for the Abnegation)
  4. We’re Going to be Friends by the White Stripes (theme song for the Amity)
  5. Two Points for Honesty by Guster (theme song for the Candor)
  6. Want you Bad by the Offspring (theme song for the Dauntless)
  7. Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears (theme song for the Erudite)
  8. All Kinds of Guns by Tilly and the Wall (*skip ahead to 6:25 for song)
  9. When I’m Sixty-Four by the Beatles (6 and 4-see what I did there?)
Have a suggestion for a song that should be on this playlist?  Want to share a book soundtrack of your own?  Submit your ideas to the Teen Librarian by visiting the Teen Space or contact Teen Services here!
Posted in Teen Programs | Tagged , , , ,

PAWS to Play

July 8th is National Video Game Day!

Video Game Day

Join other gamers at the library on Tuesday, July 8th from 3-6pm!  We’ll have an Xbox 360 and a Wii set up.  Feel free to bring games from home (rated Teen and under) or check out ones we have here at the library.

While you’re waiting for your turn to play, we’ll be working with a program called Scratch and using Makey Makeys to code and design some basic video games!

You may be asking yourself, “What exactly is a Makey Makey?”  Watch this awesome video and find out:

Registration is highly encouraged, but feel free to stop by to check it out.  Open to anyone in grades 7-12.

Posted in Teen Programs, Uncategorized | Tagged , , ,

PAWS to Talk

Author (and dragon) Visit at the Grayslake Library!

Visit with author, Rebecca Hahn, to discuss her new book A Creature of Moonlight!

FRIDAY THE 13TH from 3:30-5:30 pm

Registration is encouraged, but if you’re in the area feel free to stop by!

PAWS to Talk: Author Visit with Rebecca Hahn






Posted in Teen Programs | Tagged , , , ,

Clave Meeting and City of Bones Read-Alikes

 Attention Mundanes and Shadowhunters!

The thrilling conclusion to The Mortal Instrument series came out this week!  Come to the library on Saturday, May 31st from 2-4 pm to discuss everything Clave-related.  Registration is highly encouraged, but feel free to drop-in if you like and bring a fellow Shadowhunter!  Open to anyone in grades 7-12.

Clave Meeting


In the meantime…

City of Bones by Cassandra ClareOnce you finish the series (sniff, sniff), check out one of these City of Bones *read-alikes!  Click on the title or picture to look up the item’s availability at the library.


*Read-alikes are titles that are similar in characterization, genre, location, narration, pacing, point-of-view, subject matter, tone, or even writing style.  They are not meant to be exact replicas because where would the fun be in that?

Starcrossed by Josephine AngeliniStarcrossed by Josephine Angelini (first in the Starcrossed Trilogy)

[HarperTeen, 2011]

When shy sixteen-year-old Helen Hamilton starts having vivid dreams about three ancient, hideous women and suddenly tries to kill a new student at her Nantucket high school, she discovers that she is playing out some version of an old tale involving Helen of Troy, the Three Furies, and a mythic battle.

Tithe by Holly BlackTithe by Holly Black (first in the Modern Faerie Tales series)

[Simon & Schuster, 2002]

Sixteen-year-old Kaye, who has been visited by faeries since childhood, discovers that she herself is a magical faerie creature with a special destiny.

The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees BrennanThe Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan (first in the Demon’s Lexicon Trilogy)

[Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2009]

Sixteen-year-old Nick and his family have battled magicians and demons for most of his life, but when his brother, Alan, is marked for death while helping new friends Jamie and Mae, Nick’s determination to save Alan leads him to uncover a devastating secret.

Devil's Kiss by Sarwat ChaddaDevil’s Kiss by Sarwat Chadda (first in the Devil’s Kiss series)

[Hyperion Books, 2009]

Fifteen-year-old Billi SanGreal has grown up knowing that being a member of the Knights Templar puts her in danger, but if she is to save London from catastrophe she must make sacrifices greater than she imagined.

Hex Hall by Rachel HawkingsHex Hall by Rachel Hawkings (first in the Hex Hall Novels)

[Hyperion Books, 2010]

When Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, she is exiled to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

The Iron King by Julie KagawaThe Iron King by Julie Kagawa (first in the Iron Fey series)

[Harlequin Teen, 2010]

When a dark stranger begins watching Meghan from afar and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change. But she could never have guessed the truth–that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war.

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBrideHold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride

[Henry Holt, 2010]

Sam LaCroix, a Seattle fast-food worker and college dropout, discovers that he is a necromancer, part of a world of harbingers, werewolves, satyrs, and one particular necromancer who sees Sam as a threat to his lucrative business of raising the dead.

Embrace by Jessica ShirvingtonEmbrace by Jessica Shirvington (first in the Violet Eden Chapters)

[Sourcebooks Fire, 2010]

Seventeen-year-old Violet Eden’s world is turned upside down when she falls for the sexy and aloof Lincoln and discovers he is part angel and part human. As Violet gets caught up in an ancient battle between dark and light, she must choose her path because the wrong decision could cost not only her life but her eternity.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini TaylorDaughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (first in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy)

[Little, Brown, 2011]

Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters–the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.

Paranormalcy by Kiersten WhiteParanormalcy by Kiersten White (first in the Paranormal Trilogy)

[HarperTeen, 2010]

When a dark prophecy begins to come true, sixteen-year-old Evie of the International Paranormal Containment Agency must not only try to stop it, she must also uncover its connection to herself and the alluring shapeshifter, Lend.


Can you think of other titles that belong on this list?  Feel free to submit your suggestions by e-mailing me at:
Posted in Book List, Teen Programs | Tagged , , , , , ,

How to Arm Knit

Don’t forget to come by the library for the last day of the Teen Spring Break Drop-In Events!

Today we’ll be learning how to ARM KNIT!  Stop by the Teen Space anytime between 3:30-5:30 pm for a demonstration.

Arm KnittingIf you’re trying this from home:

Printable instructions can be found here: How to Arm Knit

Watch the video here: Arm Knitting for Beginners

Good luck!

Eden!*As always, proceed with caution

(especially if you have a kitty):

Questions, comments, and concerns?  Feel free to e-mail the Teen Services Librarian at:



Posted in Teen Programs | Tagged , , ,

Spring Break Drop-In Program: Personality Tests

Now that you’re out of school, let’s take some tests!

There’s been a crazy amount of personality tests circulating all over Facebook and BuzzFeed.  I’ve collected a couple fun ones (all related to books, of course) for you to take.  While these are all good and fun, I want to point out that these tests only capture a tiny part of your complex and amazing personality.  Since no one will be grading these or will even see your results unless you choose to share them, there’s no pressure to answer one way or the other.  So, I encourage each and every one of you to answer honestly and to not be discouraged by your results, but instead to love them because they are apart of you.  You are awesome and the more you know about yourself the more you can understand how you fit in the world.  So without further ado…


Aptitude Test

Simulated Aptitude Test


Which Divergent Character are You?

Harry Potter

Which Harry Potter Character are You?Which Harry Potter Character are You?


Which Hogwarts House do You Belong in?

What is Your Harry Potter Patronus?

Hunger Games

Which Hunger Games Character are You?

Which Hunger Games Character are You?


Percy Jackson

Which Percy Jackson Character are You?Which Percy Jackson Character are You?


Which Camp Half-Blood Cabin do You Belong in?

Here are some other (non-literary) tests:

Right or Left-Brained?Right or Left-Brained?




What Color is Your Personality?

The Myers-Briggs test measures various aspects of your personality.  It’s a long and detailed test and usually costs lots and lots of money, but here are a few free on-line knock-off tests that give you fairly accurate Myers-Briggs Type Indicators:

16 Personalities

Jung Typology Test

Now that you have your Personality Type Indicators, compare them to some of your favorite fictional characters:


Divergent MBTIDivergent




Harry Potter MBTIHarry Potter




Hunger Games

LOTR MBTILord of the Rings




Percy Jackson

Star Wars MBTIStar Wars




Vampire Academy

Thanks for participating!  Hope you learned a lot about your personality (and if you already know yourself, Congrats! You’re ahead of the game!).  Feel free to stop by the library to chat about the tests.  I’d love to hear about your results or your test taking experience.

Comments, questions, and concerns?  E-mail me at:
Posted in Teen Programs | Tagged , ,

One Choice Can Transform You…

Calling all Initiates!

The long awaited Divergent movie finally comes out on Friday, March 21st!  To celebrate its release, the library will be hosting a Divergent Party with activities, games, and possibly some Dauntless chocolate cake!  It’s Saturday, March 22nd from 2-4pm.    Registration is highly encouraged, but feel free to drop-in if you like.  Open to anyone in grades 7-12.


Divergent Party Flyer

Posted in Teen Programs | Tagged ,