Cabin Fever

Tired of the weather?  So are we.

[begin rant]

Look, Mother Nature, we’re sick of your mood swings.  This hot and cold thing isn’t working for us anymore.  You don’t have to be so temperamental all the time.  So why don’t you get your act together and warm up a little?

[end rant]

We know how hard it is to get out of the house ESPECIALLY when the wind chills are 30 below and snow is flying at you sideways.  Until Mother Nature begins to cooperate, feel free to make use of our on-line resources!

[These come in really handy on those blessed/cursed SNOW DAYS]

Check out library materials 24/7 without ever leaving home! The library has FREE apps you can download onto your Android or Apple devices.  So snuggle up in your PJs and grab your computer, tablet, or smart phone to get started!

3M Cloud Library

3M Cloud

  • eBooks and eAudiobooks
  • 5 items checked out @ a time
  • App is not available for Kindles (yet)
  • Smaller collection (still working on it) with access only for Grayslake patrons




  • Streaming movies, TV shows (like Netflix), music albums, and audiobooks
  • 5 items checked out per month
  • Must sign up for an account with hoopla with a Grayslake card




  • eBooks and eAudiobooks,
  • 5 items checked out @ a time
  • Connects to a website called: My Media Mall
  • Larger collection of items but everything is shared with (a bajillion) other neighboring libraries
  • Kindle and Nook friendly



  • Magazines only
  • Unlimited check outs
  • Must sign up for an account with Zinio
  • Must check out items through the library website (then you can read them through the app)
  • Magazines are yours FOR-EV-VER

If you need help with any of these apps, feel free to bring in your devices and someone would be happy to work with you!


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We Love Our Valentines

Happy Valentines Day!

Celebrate with some beloved characters from our favorite YA series!

Valentine Wiggin Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Valentine Morgenstern City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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My Punny Valentine

Attention punthusiasts!  Check out some of the puntastic Valentines that were made during the Teen Drop-In program over the weekend!

pearfect tacoboutus ssssticktogether

oliveyou lookingsharp likeyoualatte

greatcatch grapeday drawntoyou


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Blind Date With a Book

Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover

Looking to try something new?

Feeling adventurous?

Stop by the library to check out our “Blind Date With a Book” displays in the Teen and Adult departments.  You just might find true [book] love!

Blind Date With a Book display

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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!
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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.

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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






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