Teen Book Club: Pages @ the Projects

Join the new Teen Book Club!

*Registration Required in person, open to all. Limited to 8 spots.

Sign up and receive a copy of our book/s of choice to keep! Our October meeting will feature two spooky classics: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz.

Book club meets at the Daily Projects coffee shop in Algonquin from 6-8 on October 17th.

Summer Reading Isn’t Just for Little Kids

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Read what you want and get credit for it! Summer is here, which means it's time to go to the Library! (We're not kidding.) Get a free book for registering for "Reading by Design," AAPLD's summer reading program (June 1 through July 31). Complete reading challenges and attend events to earn Book Bucks, which you use enter drawings for cool prizes like:

  • $50 Amazon Gift Card
  • $50 Steam Gift Card
  • Art Basket
  • Cosplay Basket
  • Crunchyroll Subscription (1-Year)
  • Gamer Fuel Basket
  • LEGO Basket
  • Loot Crate Subscription (3-Month)
  • Movie Night Basket
  • Stationery Basket

After you complete four challenges on the book log, you’ll receive a summer reading T-shirt!


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High School Hangout: Make Your Own Temporary Tattoo + Super Smash

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Our last High School  Hangout of the summer is this Wednesday, July 20 from 6-8:30pm. We’ve saved the best for last – come make your own temporary tattoo using the Library’s vinyl cutter! We’ll also have some Super Smash fun; if more than 10 people are interested we’ll run a tournament with a $15 Gamestop gift card as the prize. Snacks and soda will be provided. AND – special bonus – we’ll be putting out lures on the Library’s PokéStop at 5:15pm and 5;45pm. Catch some Pokémon and then stay for the fun!

Summer Reading 2016 – It’s not too late!

Can you believe we’re halfway through Summer Reading already?? It’s not too late to sign up – and you can cross off a square in your passport tomorrow night, Wednesday July 6 by attending our High School Hangout from 6-8:30pm. We’ll have a Super Smash Bros competition if 10 or more people are interested; we’ll make pop tab bracelets and we’ll have laptops set up for some Minecraft free play on the Library’s server. pt bracelets
Plus the usual markers for drawing on the walls (now with more than 4 colors!!) will be out and snacks and soda, too! Come hang out and join the fun!

Rock the MIC Concert – Thursday, May 5 @ 4pm

This week the library will be hosting the H.D. Jacobs High School Music Industry Club for an outdoor concert on the backyard patio. The concert will be on Thursday, May 5th, 2016 from 4:00-6:00pm. The library has been hosting Rock the MIC for several years now. Throughout the years, the student performer styles have varied from blues, rock, rap, piano, or string quartets. This will be an all ages event. The concert will be held in the library’s Meeting Room if it is raining. Come listen to these talented teens share their musical gifts!

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2 Cool Crafts for National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month Poster 2016
National Poetry Month Poster 2016

National Poetry Month, which takes place each April, is a celebration of poetry introduced in 1996 and organized by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. The Academy of American Poets’ website Poets.org serves as a hub for information about local poetry events during the month.

National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives.

While we celebrate poets and poetry year-round, the Academy of American Poets was inspired by the successful celebrations of Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March), and founded National Poetry Month in April 1996 with an aim to:

  • highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets,
  • encourage the reading of poems,
  • assist teachers in bringing poetry into their classrooms,
  • increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media,
  • encourage increased publication and distribution of poetry books, and
  • encourage support for poets and poetry.

Participate in Poem In Your Pocket Day:

Every April, on Poem in Your Pocket Day, people celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and on Twitter using the hashtag #pocketpoem.

Poem in Your Pocket Day was originally initiated in 2002 by the Office of the Mayor, in partnership with the New York City Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education, as part of the city’s National Poetry Month celebration. In 2008, the Academy of American Poets made the initiative national, encouraging individuals across the country to join in and channel their inner bard.

Poem in Your Pocket Day 2016 will be held on April 21.

Download Poems for Your Pocket:

Join the celebration by printing one of the following poems from the downloadable Poem in Your Pocket Day PDF.

Poetry is best when shared, and Poem in Your Pocket Day is the perfect time to surprise someone with the gift of poetry.

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You can also make a “pocket” – aka a cell phone carrier – out of Duct Tape. This then becomes a pocket that you can carry your cell phone and a poem in.

duct tape phone pocketDuct Tape Cell Phone Case Instructions can be found here:


There are also good YouTube tutorials:




Personalized Magnetic Poetry Kits:

Create your own magnetic poetry kits using recycled materials. By storing your magnets inside your old Altoid (or other recycled) tin, you can also use the inside cover as a place to create your own mini-poems.

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For Magnets:

  • Magnets sheets or strips (I find that using the big rolls of magnet strips is difficult because they don’t want to lay flat)
  • Old magazines/comic books
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Cut out your favorite words and glue them onto the magnet sheets. Cut the magnets to size. Tada – you have your own magnetic poetry kit. The tin works really well to hold them and you can use the tin as canvas to make your own poems on the go.

For Magnet Carrying Case:

  • Old tins (Altoid tins or old lunch boxes work great)
  • Your favorite picture printed on regular printer paper
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • A sponge brush

Create or print an image of your choice. Creating an original image using a variety of photo apps at the iPad bar really ups the MakerSpace factor here. Make sure it fits onto the front of your tin. Cut to size. Glue. Cover with Mod Podge. Allow it to dry completely.

poetry-magnets-2Looking for inspiration to channel your inner bard with books about poems, poets, or writing poetry? Look no further than your local library! We have all the resources you might need, whether you want to enjoy a few poems, or write one of your own.

Be a Poet: Magnetic Poetry @ AAPLD!

Check out the YA section in the Main AAPLD Library:

We have an awesome, interactive poetry display set up, with our own magnetic poetry board! Be a Poet: Come get creative, or see what others have added too.

Or, if you can’t stop in this month, you can even try an online Interactive Magnetic Poetry website.

Celebrate Teen Tech Week!


Teen Tech Week is one whole week dedicated to the library’s digital resources and services available to teens. Here at Algonquin, we have several programs just for you! The first meeting of our High School Tech Club will be this Tuesday, so be sure to check that out. Our technology librarian, Kenny, will be there to let you play with some of the library’s cool toys.


Going along with this year’s theme of “Create it at Your Library,” we will have a high school craft program on Wednesday, March 8th from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. The craft will be making bracelets out of pop top tabs so if you are interested in coming, make sure to register beforehand. There is plenty of space!

The high school anime club will also be having a Teen Tech Week special meeting where they will learn to use the library’s new vinyl cutter. This will be on Thursday, March 10th from 3:30pm to 5:00pm and does not require any sort of registration.