One Month Down, One More to Go!

We’ve finished the first month of Summer Reading!  Here’s a brief re-cap of what we’ve done so far:

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We have plenty of Superhero Swag left!

  • There are 167 Teens signed up! WOOT, WOOT!

If you haven’t registered yet, come on in!  Look for the light blue cart at either the Teen or Adult Reference desks. Earn sweet prizes for reading!  We still have five more weekly raffles for $25 gift cards and two GRAND PRIZES of awesome gift bags! Don’t forget, you still have a month to turn in all yo’ stuff!


  • On MARVELous Mondays, we’ve watched: Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk (the Edward Norton version), Iron Man 2, and Thor.

  • Addie Afable, of Artistic Dragon Studios, joined us for the June Anime Club meeting and showed us the differences between drawing anime superheroes and comic book superheroes.
UNMASK ANIME

Anime vs. Comics

CHIBI BATMAN!

Chibi Batman!

CHIBI LORNA

Chibi Lorna!


Summer Help Squad Info

Visit the Teen Space for more information!


*Make sure to check out this awesome article on Seed Bombs!
TMNT OOZE!

Radioactive OOZE!

Below are some of the handouts, if you’d like to try them at home.  Click on the icon to enlarge.

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FYI: Some of the projects are VERY MESSY!  Make sure to get permission before you wreck your parents’ kitchen!

  • We had our FIRST EVER Teen Writer’s Group meeting (formerly known as the Poetry Slam)!  Our next meeting is Wednesday, July 22nd from 4:30-5:30 p.m.  Feel free to stop by to share some of your work!

And now here’s a picture of Super Otter, whose superpower is dispensing tape adorably.Super Otter!

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Be a Library Superhero

We are entering week three of the Summer Reading Program!  Next Friday, we’ll be starting our Weekly Drawings for various $25 gift cards, so make sure to get your raffle tickets in ASAP!  If you haven’t signed up, come on in and register at either the Teen or Adult Reference desks and you can earn prizes for reading!  The program goes until July 31st, so you still have plenty of time to get some reading in :)

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Now, I know you must be asking yourself,

“What else is there to do at the library?”

And that’s a great question!  A few things:

1.  In addition to the Summer Reading Programs, we have TONS of amazing superhero-themed programs for ALL AGES!  Check out our calendar here.

2. Super Lauren You can take a SUPERHERO SELFIE with our comic book photo-board and props right in the lobby!

“I’m armed with a library card and I know how to use it!” #superheroselfie #summerreading #gapld #gapldsrp #gapldteen

3.  You can join the SUMMER HELP SQUAD by giving back some of your time to the community.  Stop by the Teen Space for open volunteer hours for anyone going into grades 7-12. Help out with behind-the-scenes programming, organizing, and everybody’s favorite: dusting. It might not always be glamorous work, but it is necessary and we could use all the help we can get!

4.  For superheroes-in-training, ages 11-14, you can learn some important life and safety skills at our Safe Sitter workshops on Saturday, June 20th or Monday, July 20th from 9:45am to 4:30pm.

Make sure to stay tuned throughout the summer for awesome updates!Superhero Bookdrops

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May the Fourth Be With You!

In honor of all things STAR WARS, here are a few reading lists of our most beloved characters because you can’t be a successful Wookie, Sith Lord, Smuggler, Jedi, Princess, or little green dude without having read a thing or two.  And as always: MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!

What Would Chewbacca Read?

Great HairGreat Hair: Secrets to Looking Fabulous and Feeling Beautiful Every Day by Nick Arrojo


English SimplifiedEnglish Simplified: Grammar, Punctuation and Mechanics, Word Choice, Paragraphs and Essays, Research Writing and Documentation, ESL Tips by Blanche Ellsworth


Objects in Motion: Principles of Classical Mechanics by Paul Fleisher

Objects in Motion: Principles of Classical Mechanics by Paul Fleisher


GinsbergCollected Poems, 1947-1997 by Allen Ginsberg (particularly the poem, Howl)


What the Dog SawWhat the Dog Saw and Other Adventures  by Malcolm Gladwell


The Pilot's RadioThe Pilot’s Radio Communications Handbook by Paul E. Illman


The Abused Werewolf Rescue GroupThe Abused Werewolf Rescue Group by Catherine Jinks


The Amazing Story of Quantum MechanicsThe Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics: A Math-Free Exploration of the Science that Made Our World by James Kakalios


Pilot PupsPilot Pups by Michelle Meadows


The Knife of Never Letting GoThe Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness


The Art of Racing in the RainThe Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein


shiverShiver by Maggie Stiefvater


The Black Hole WarBlack Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics by Leonard Susskind


A Beautiful FriendshipA Beautiful Friendship by David Weber


What Would Darth Vader Read?

Living a Healthy LifeLiving a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions: Self-Management of Heart Disease, Arthritis, Diabetes, Depression, Asthma, Bronchitis, Emphysema and Other Physical and Mental Health Conditions


Why Does He Do That?Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men by Lundy Bancroft


Hyperbole and a HalfHyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Alie Brosh


Ender's GameEnder’s Game by Orson Scott Card


Solar Energy ProjectsSolar Energy Projects for the Evil Genius by Gavin D. J. Harper


Mein KampfMein Kampf by Adolf Hitler


Unlock Your Muscle GeneUnlock Your Muscle Gene: Trigger the Biological Mechanisms that Transform Your Body and Extend Your Life by Ori Hofmekler


Evil GeniusEvil Genius by Catherine Jinks


Mighty RobotsMighty Robots: Mechanical Marvels That Fascinate and Frighten by David Jones


The Future of the MindThe Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind by Michio Kaku


Mechanics of ManLeonardo Da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man by Clayton Martin


The Allergy and Asthma CureThe Allergy and Asthma Cure: A Complete 8-Step Nutritional Program by Fred Pescatore


Raising a Gifted ChildThe Everything Parent’s Guide to Raising a Gifted Child: All You Need to Know to Meet Your Child’s Emotional, Social, and Academic Needs by Sarah Herbert Robbins


Making Things MoveMaking Things Move: DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists by Dustyn Roberts


The Art of WarThe Art of War by Sun Tzu


What Would Han Solo Read?

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyThe Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams


Smuggler's MoonSmuggler’s Moon: A Sir John Fielding Mystery by Bruce Alexander


Pride and PrejudicePride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


100 Bullets100 Bullets [1] First Shot, Last Call by Brian Azzarello


Goldfinger

Goldfinger: 007, A James Bond Novel by Ian Fleming


Viper PilotViper Pilot: A Memoir of Air Combat by Dan Hampton


B for BusterB for Buster by Iain Lawrence


High-Speed ThrillsHigh-Speed Thrills: Acceleration and Velocity by Nathan Lepora


Curse of the Blue Tattoo

Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady by L. A. Meyer


When Duct Tape Just Isn't Enough

Popular Mechanics When Duct Tape Just Isn’t Enough: Quick Fixes for Everyday Disasters by C. J. Petersen


dodgerDodger by Terry Pratchett


Backflash by Richard StarkBackflash by Richard Stark


Pirate FreedomPirate Freedom by Gene Wolfe


What Would Luke Skywalker Read?

The Boy MechanicThe Boy Mechanic Makes Toys: 159 Games, Toys, Tricks, and Other Amusements Instrument Flying


MancraftsPopular Mechanics: Leather Tooling, Fly Tying, Ax Whittling, and Other Cool Things To Do: Man Crafts


Spacer and RatSpacer and Rat by Margaret Bechard


Meditation for DummiesMeditation for Dummies by Stephan Bodian


Ender's ShadowEnder’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card


Ready Player OneReady Player One: A Novel by Ernest Cline


The SupernaturalistThe Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer


Who Are These People?Who Are These People?: Coping With Family Dynamics by Michael Fallon


Sure FireSure Fire by Jack Higgins


Danger's HourDanger’s Hour: The Story of the USS Bunker Hill and the Kamikaze Pilot Who Crippled Her by Maxwell Taylor Kennedy


cinderCinder by Marissa Meyer


A Confusion of PrincesA Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix


hatchetHatchet by Gary Paulsen


Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling


What Would Princess Leia Read?

Dirty Laundry: Stories About Family SecretsDirty Laundry: Stories About Family Secrets


Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen AbbottLiar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott


The Pirate Princess by Sudipta Bardhan-QuallenThe Pirate Princess by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen


Perfect Chemistry by Simone ElkelesPerfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles


Incarceron by Catherine FisherIncarceron by Catherine Fisher


Bunheads: A Novel by Sophie FlackBunheads: A Novel by Sophie Flack


Kimchi and Calamari by Rose KentKimchi and Calamari by Rose Kent


A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’EngleA Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle


Legend by Marie LuLegend by Marie Lu


Pushback: How Smart Women Ask—and Stand Up—For What They Want by Selena RezvaniPushback: How Smart Women Ask—and Stand Up—For What They Want by Selena Rezvani


Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee StoneAlmost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone


Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah StrohmeyerSmart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer


Born to Rebel: Birth Order, Family Dynamics, and Creative Lives by Frank J. SullowayBorn to Rebel: Birth Order, Family Dynamics, and Creative Lives by Frank J. Sulloway


Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History by Laurel Thatcher UlrichWell-Behaved Women Seldom Make History by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich


I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala YousafzaiI am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai


What Would Yoda Read?

Living From the Heart: Hearth Rhythm Meditation for Energy, Clarity, Peace, Joy, and Inner Power by Puran BairLiving From the Heart: Heart Rhythm Meditation for Energy, Clarity, Peace, Joy, and Inner Power by Puran Bair


How to Train a Wild Elephant and Other Adventures in Mindfulness by Jan Chozen BaysHow to Train a Wild Elephant and Other Adventures in Mindfulness by Jan Chozen Bays


Little Green Men by Christopher BuckleyLittle Green Men by Christopher Buckley


Taming the Tiger Within: Meditations on Transforming Difficult Emotions by Nhất HạnhTaming the Tiger Within: Meditations on Transforming Difficult Emotions by Nhất Hạnh


The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain by Brock EideThe Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain by Brock Eide


The Mediation Handbook: The Practical Guide to Eastern and Western Meditation Techniques by David FontanaThe Mediation Handbook: The Practical Guide to Eastern and Western Meditation Techniques by David Fontana


Energy: Green Science Projects About Solar, Wind, and Water Power by Robert GardnerEnergy: Green Science Projects About Solar, Wind, and Water Power by Robert Gardner


Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse


Simple Meditation & Relaxation by Joel LeveySimple Meditation & Relaxation by Joel Levey


Finding the Space to Lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership by Janice MarturanoFinding the Space to Lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership by Janice Marturano


Allosaurus vs. Brachiosaurus: Might Against Height by Michael O’HearnAllosaurus vs. Brachiosaurus: Might Against Height by Michael O’Hearn


Grammar Essentials: Learning to Express Yourself Clearly and Effectively by Judith F. OlsonGrammar Essentials: Learning to Express Yourself Clearly and Effectively by Judith F. Olson


The Science of Forces: Projects with Experiments on Forces and Machines by Steve ParkerThe Science of Forces: Projects with Experiments on Forces and Machines by Steve Parker


Zen and the Art of Faking It by Jordan SonnenblickZen and the Art of Faking It by Jordan Sonnenblick


It’s Easy Being Green: A Handbook for Earth-Friendly Living by Crissy TraskIt’s Easy Being Green: A Handbook for Earth-Friendly Living by Crissy Trask

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Take a Poem, Leave a Poem

April was National Poetry Month!  2015-03-27 13.04.21-1

Here are some poems created by the talented Teens of Grayslake.

Leaves from the Poet Tree

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Magnetic Poetry

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Subtractive Poetry

Subtractive poetry is poetry created from an already existing block of text and crossing out words, or subtracting them, leaving behind a few choice words or sentences to create a unique poem.  Magazine or newspaper articles are most frequently used, as well as, photocopied pages from a beloved book (because you wouldn’t want to deface a perfectly good book, would you?) or ripped out pages from an already damaged book (we wouldn’t want anything to go to waste, right?).

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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!

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 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.

*Adapted from Instructables.com
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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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