National Library Week

Build Your Shelf-Esteem

Tired of the same old books?

Looking for something new to read?

Want to expand your reading horizons?

Try your hand at one of these SURPRISE titles.  Similar to the Blind Date With a Book display, the books are covered to hide their “true identities.”  You can browse through the descriptions or pick one up at random, either way you’re guaranteed a good read!


 In honor of National Library Week, it’s our gift to you!  Make sure to stop by to check out all the unlimited possibilities that the library has to offer!



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Teen Tech Week

Teen Tech WeekThe theme of this year’s Teen Tech Week is “Libraries are for Making!”  Stop by the Teen Space anytime to do a Scavenger Hunt that will help you discover what the library has to offer! #gapldteen #ttw15

 Today we made: Light Throwies!

They’re super easy to make and the total cost is only a couple bucks!  Low budget + low tech = tons of fun!  Here are the instructions if you would like to try this at home.

Light ThrowiesMaterials:

  • 10mm Diffused LED
  • CR2032 3V Lithium Batteries (should last around 1-2 weeks)
  • 1/2″  x 1/8″ Disc Magnet (it’s ok if the magnet is smaller)
  • Electrical Tape
  • Scissors



Step 1: Test the LED

LED DiagramTest your LED to determine color, brightness and functionality. Pinch the LED legs, or leads, to the battery terminals. The longer LED lead, called the anode, should be touching the positive terminal (+) of the battery and the shorter LED lead, called the cathode, should be touching the negative terminal (-) of the battery.


Step 2: Tape the LED to the Battery

Tape the LED leads to the battery by wrapping a strip of electrical tape 2-3 times around both sides of the battery.


Step 3: Tape the Magnet to the Battery

Now, place the magnet on the positive terminal of the battery and continue to tightly wrap the tape. The magnet should be held firmly to the battery.


Step 4: Toss It!

The Light Throwie is ready to be tossed (not hurled) onto any magnetic surface.  Work on your accuracy and your own personal technique. The throwies may not stick every time, but if you concentrate hard enough (and toss them gently) they will stick eventually.

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MiniGolf at the Library!

Come play a round of mini golf [and eat some ice cream] today and tomorrow from 1-4 pm! Cost is only $5 to play [and includes the ice cream]!

Check out the holes the Teen Book Chat and Anime Club helped make! [hint: they’re the coolest ones :) ]

Teen Book Chat Hole Anime Club Hole

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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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