There’s still time!

Posted by kacates on July 28, 2011

Although the summer is winding down and many of you will be back in school in a few weeks, you’ve still got time to finish the 2011 Teen Summer Reading program for a chance at some really big prizes. We’re letting you turn in your reading logs until Monday, August 8, so get reading! If you finish all five logs by then, you’re automatically entered into our grand prize drawing. Everyone wins something, and one lucky person will win a Nook color e-reader. Don’t miss your chance – hurry in to the library to turn in your final logs!

Posted in Summer reading

Scrapbooking this Saturday!

Posted by kacates on July 20, 2011

Don’t forget that this Saturday from 2 to 4 in the Community Room, we’ll be having a scrapbooking workshop! Come learn from professional scrapbook designer Becky Cates as she teaches you how to make a beautiful fold-out mini scrapbook to document your life. All materials will be provided.

Posted in Library events

Last day for book reviews!

Posted by kacates on July 6, 2011

Just a reminder to everyone participating in A Midsummer Knight’s Read summer reading program, today (July 6) is the LAST DAY to turn in your book review for a chance at a prize in our mid-program drawing. We’ll be doing the drawing tomorrow (Thursday, July 7) and sending out the postcards in the mail to our winners by the end of the week.

The grand prize for this drawing is a book basket stuffed full of great teen reads that fit this summer’s theme: from knights to fairies to classic Shakespeare plays, plus a few extra surprises! Here’s the books we’ll be giving away:

  • Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve
  • Foiled by Jane Yolen
  • Warped by Maurissa Guibord
  • Alanna, the First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
  • The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
  • Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde
  • The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  • Ophelia by Lisa M. Klein
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

In addition to our grand prize winner, ten lucky participants will receive pool passes for all Normal Parks and Recreation Dept. pools for the rest of the summer! So hurry up and turn in your book review by today if you haven’t already!

Posted in Summer reading

Teen Summer Reading is here!

Posted by kacates on May 31, 2011

Yes, it’s back again, the Teen Summer Reading Program: your chance to earn some great prizes by picking up a book or two this summer!

Registration starts today, and teens who are going into 7th through 12th grades are welcome to participate. Students who are going into 7th grade are also eligible to participate in the Children’s Department’s Summer Reading Program, so you’ll need to make a choice.  Find more information about the Kids Summer Reading Program here.  You may only participate in one of the programs.

Getting Started

New this year, you can sign up online from any computer with Internet access! You can also keep track of your reading hours yourself through your online SRP homepage. You’re also more than welcome to come into the library to sign up at the front desk if you’d prefer. You can also pick up a reading log to keep track of your hours, or download and print a copy from your SRP homepage.

You can register any time throughout the program, up until August 8.  You can even count any reading you’ve done since the program began!


Teens, complete one Check-In for every five hours that you read.  You may check in once per week, with a total of five check-ins during the eight week program.

For each check-in, you can pick out a free paperback book.  Or, if you don’t see one you want right away, you’ll get a coupon that you can use in coming weeks.

Those who finish the program will have a chance to win all kinds of great raffle prizes.

Book Reviews

You can also write a book review and turn it in at the library or online for a chance to win a book gift basket or pool passes in a special mid-program drawing. Just get your review in to us by Wednesday, July 6!


There are lots of great activities for teens every summer!

Check our calendar to see what’s coming up.

Posted in Summer reading

Ah, childhood memories…

Posted by kacates on May 20, 2011

So, you teens these days, you’re just so young and strange and into weird things like Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga and all kinds of newfangled techno-gadgets and sometimes you just make me feel OLD. So I thought I’d provide you all with a blast from the past so you can get a glimpse of what your friendly librarian’s childhood and teen years were like. So without further ado, check out the awesomeness of the late 80s/early 90s:

I mean, come on: don’t you all wish you could’ve had the joy of growing up in a time when Steve Urkel was on TV?

Posted in Just for fun, Videos