15 Books for Hispanic Heritage Month

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo she can’t trust, but who may be Alex’s only chance […]

Teen Activities

Letters About Literature – IL

Sponsored by Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian, Jesse White, and the Illinois Center for the Book, Letters About Literature is a statewide reading and writing promotion. Students in grades 4 – 12 are invited to read a book of their choice, reflect on it, and write a personal letter to its author explaining the impact this work had […]

Take & Make

Calling All Tolkien & Martin Fans!

If you haven’t yet heard, Game of Thrones has a prequel series coming out on Sunday, August 21st, 2022 called House of the Dragon. Right around the corner on Friday, September 2nd, 2022 a Lord of the Rings prequel series called Rings of Power will also be released. The library has take & make kits during the week of August […]

Teen Activities

FREE ACT/SAT Resources

August Webinars from The Princeton Review (FREE) Finding Your Dream College or University Thursday, August 4th, 2022 from 5-6pm online This presentation informs students about what a dream college is for them, what a college wants in dream students, and what they must do to get into their dream colleges. SAT Practice Test Saturday, August 6th from 9am-12pm online A […]


2022/23 Read for a Lifetime List

Read for a Lifetime is a statewide reading program from the Illinois Center for the Book that targets high school students. This initiative promotes the enjoyment of reading by encouraging students to read both classic and contemporary literature, and rewards them for their efforts. By participating in the program, students develop a love of books and reading that will last […]


25 Books to Celebrate Pride Month

The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimmons 15-year-old Spencer Harris is a proud nerd, an awesome big brother, and a David Beckham in training. He’s also transgender. After transitioning at his old school leads to a year of isolation and bullying, Spencer gets a fresh start at Oakley, the most liberal private school in Ohio. At Oakley, Spencer seems to have […]


Celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month

It’s a Whole Spiel: Love, Latkes, and Other Jewish Stories by various authors From stories of confronting their relationships with Judaism to rom-coms with a side of bagels and lox, It’s a Whole Spiel features one story after another that says yes, we are Jewish, but we are also queer, and disabled, and creative, and political, and adventurous, and anything […]

Teen Activities

Book Buddies is BACK!

Calling all High Schoolers It’s baaaaack! Book Buddies is a special six week program in the summer in which a teen volunteer listens to a student in Grades 1-8 read aloud for one hour, assisting when necessary. Book Buddies will not meet the week of Independence Day (July 3–9). The deadline to apply is Tuesday, May 31. Digital Application: Click […]