Summer Reading Roundup

What’s happening at WNPL this summer? So much I can’t even begin to get it all in a single post, but I’m going to try anyways!

Summer Reading:

Our Summer Reading program is gearing up. Sign up now to finish reading 600 minutes by July 25 and win some marvelous prizes! You get prizes just for finishing (including a paperback book) and a chance to win one of the three grand prizes, one of which is an iPad Mini 2. You can log your progress online or pick up a paper log in the library or on the Bookmobile.

Bonus Summer Reading Events:

Visit The Vault for Teen Teasers that change monthly, estimation jars filled with candy that change biweekly, 2015 Reading Challenge lists (available all year long), and rules for our photo book review contests (prizes awarded weekly)!

Do Stuff Without Registering!

  • Weekly drop-in activities in The Vault are happening every day we’re open!
    • Monday: Anime showings at 3:30 and 6:00pm
    • Tuesdays: Crafts from 3:00-8:30
    • Wednesdays: Xbox Kinect and Wii starting at 3pm
    • Thursdays: Movie showings at 3:30 and 6:00pm
    • Fridays: Xbox Kinect and PS3 starting at 3pm
    • Saturdays: Xbox Kinect and Wii from 9-5
  • Drawing Club will be happening on Wednesdays, June 17, July 8, and July 22 from 7-8pm
  • The NEW Writing Club is also on Wednesdays from 7-8pm on July 1 and 15
  • Epic Threads, our NEW needlework club, meets Mondays from 7-8pm on June 8, June 22, July 13, and July 27.
    • Epic Threads is open to all crafty teens! Bring your own knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, or other needle arts project, or learn a new craft with different projects at each session.
  • Tabletop Gaming Club will meet on Thursdays June 25, July 16, July 30, and August 18 from 6:30-8:30pm

Big Events you DO need to register for:

  • Superhero Trivia Night, June 24 from 6-8pm.
    • Test your knowledge in groups of up to 6 teens. Register as an individual or as a team. Snacks will be provided to maintain your superpowers throughout the night! And yes, there WILL be prizes!
  • Teen Tech, July 8 and August 12, 1:00-2:30pm.
    • Tired of using your computer keyboard? Use Makey Makey to turn everyday items like Play-Doh or bananas into a computer controller. Drive and race Sphero the robotic ball through an obstacle course you design. Create cool light- up LED pins.
  • Ultimate Cupcake Challenge, July 8.  Cupcakes delivered by 5pm. Samples and awards at 7pm.
    • We challenge you to make the Ultimate Cupcake. Register online and pick up the rules in the Vault. Enter for Best Tasting, Best Decorated, and/or Best Superhero.
  • Party in the Park, July 18, 2-4pm
    • Join us for the wettest, craziest activities you can’t do at the library. Dress for the mess and join us at the Hunt Club Park Shelter for water balloon games, giant bubbles, capture the flag, squirt gun musical chairs and more.

Book Clubs

Our two book clubs are Kool Reads (for grades 6-8) and Books on the Edge (for grades 9-12). All three sessions of Kool Reads are already full, but older teens can still sign up for later sessions of Books on the Edge on July 9 (The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson) and July 23 (The Enemy by Charles Higson) . Register in person at the library. The first 10 people to sign up get free copies of the book to keep! Books for later sessions will be available for pickup after the session before it is finished.

August Programs

Summer Reading is over by August, but our programs aren’t!

  • Teen Advisory Group, August 8, 11am-12pm
    • Volunteers in middle or high school are needed to help plan teen activities. Light refreshments.
  • Teen Tech, August 12, 1:00-2:30pm
    • Tired of using your computer keyboard? Use Makey Makey to turn everyday items like Play-Doh or bananas into a computer controller. Drive and race Sphero the robotic ball through an obstacle course you design. Create cool light- up LED pins.
  • Tabletop Gaming Club, August 13, 6:30-8:30pm
    • No registration required!  Join us in the Vault to play board games, card games, role-playing games or any other game that can be played on a table.
  • Locker Crafts, August 25, 3:30-5:30pm
    • No registration required! Stop in The Vault to make some awesome back-to-school supplies.

Crayola’s Reading Challenge: Book Reviews

Two more reviews for your delight and delectation!

A book you can finish in a day: In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang

In Real Life is a graphic novel that features both the real-world and game-world lives of two players: one American girl who plays for fun, one Chinese boy who plays for a living. The expressive characters and unusual concept (plus great worldbuilding!) make this well worth a read, but don’t expect much depth of story. The moral is a little heavy-handed here. That said, it’s still a nice take on a serious topic that doesn’t usually get addressed in light entertainment. Plus, we can always use more positive representation of gamers, especially female gamers.

Skip the foreword, enjoy the adventure for what it is, and read the intro as a postscript for best results. I felt the introduction spoiled the whole thing and brought a tone of “This is an Educational Story” to the tale that followed. Wrapping it up with a message of “you read this story, now know that it’s real and it happens every day” would work a bit better, I think.

Other categories this book fits: A book with nonhuman characters (if you count game avatars), a book by a female author (well, artist), a book set in a different country (partially), a book based entirely on its cover, a book set in high school, a book with magic (in-game), a graphic novel

Other categories this book might fit: A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet, a book a friend recommended, a book at the bottom of your to-read list, a book your mom loves, a book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit (China), a book by an author  you’ve never read before, a book you own but have never read, a book that takes place in your hometown (China…?), a book written by an author with your same initials (C.D. or J.W.), a book you started but never finished

A book with a color in the title: Deadly Pink by Vivian Vande Velde

Deadly Pink is the latest book by Vivian Vande Velde to feature the Rasmussem Corporation’s immersive video game technology, the first two being User Unfriendly and Heir Apparent. In this one, Grace’s sister has trapped herself in a game, and Grace must go into said game and bring back her sister before the immersive technology fries her brain. An adventure ensues that will be somewhat familiar to Heir Apparent fans—Grace goes into the game, things go wrong, Grace has to restart and figure out another tactic to help her sister, who refuses to be rescued.

Honestly, this book’s biggest problem is that it is so similar in concept to Heir Apparent that it’s hard not to compare the two. And in pretty much every case, Heir Apparent did it better.  Pink is a little predictable and definitely forgettable in comparison — when I picked Pink up this time, I didn’t think I’d ever read it before. Turns out I definitely had, because once I started reading it, I remembered the whole plot right away. It’s still a fun read for fans who loved Heir Apparent and want more! I liked it and at some point I’ll probably read it again. Even so, I only like Deadly Pink – I don’t love it.

Other categories this book fits: A book with nonhuman characters, a book by a female author, a book set in a different country (if you count fictional game worlds), a book based entirely on its cover, a book with magic

Other categories this book might fit: A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet, a book a friend recommended, a book at the bottom of your to-read list, a book your mom loves, a book by an author you’ve never read before, a book you own but have never read, a book that takes place in your hometown (Rochester, NY), a book written by an author with your same initials (V.V.V.), a book you started but never finished

It’s time for Peep-o-rama!

diorama, that is! Build an awesome diorama with a shoe-box and marshmallow Peeps and show off your skillz for a chance to win awesome prizes.

Peeps Diorama Contest starts March 20 and runs through April 10

Peeps Diorama Contest starts March 20 and runs through April 10

Rules, entry forms, and your free marshmallow Peeps await you in The Vault. So what are you waiting for?

Teen Tech Week

Are you ready for Teen Tech Week? I hope you are, because it’s here already!

Teen Tech Week

TODAY, 3:30-6:30pm: Tech Open House in The Vault

Drop in to The Vault anytime from 3:30-6:30 today to play with awesome tech toys (including Sphero the Robotic Ball!) and try your hand at programming with Scratch. Stay as long as you like! No registration required.

SATURDAY, 2-4pm: Tech Test Drive (REGISTER – Limited to 30 Teens)

Don’t just play with tech — make it yourself with Brushbots, LEGO WeDo robots and MakeyMakey! Plus, if you didn’t get enough Sphero on Wednesday in The Vault, you can practice your moves on a Sphero-sized obstacle course.

Saturday Bonus! Special Guest Trident Robotics

Trident Robotics from Warren Township High School will stop by the Tech Test Drive on Saturday from 3:30 to 4 to show off their 2014 competition robot Grundventil, designed to complete the Aerial Assist challenge.

 

Grundventil, the 2014 Trident Robotics competition robot

Grundventil, the 2014 Trident Robotics competition robot

2015 Creative Writing Contest

Creative Writing Contest

The deadline approaches for the 2015 Creative Writing Contest. Writers of short fiction and poetry could potentially win up to $50 for having the best work in their age group!

Send in your entries by Sunday, March 15!

Writers can enter up to two entries per category in Short Story (Fiction) or Poetry. Short stories by authors in grades 3-8 must be 1-4 pages, double-spaced, while short stories by authors in high school and above must be 3-5 pages, typewritten and double-spaced. Poetry must be a minimum of 8 lines for all age groups.

How to enter:

Submit a print copy of your original work with a cover page containing the following info:

  • name
  • address
  • telephone number
  • student information: age, grade, teacher’s name AND school attended
  • category (short story or poetry)

DO NOT write your name on Poetry or Short Story entry pages, ONLY on the cover page.

Then mail or deliver to:

Friends of the Warren-Newport Public Library
224 N. O’Plaine Road, Gurnee, IL 60031

Need more info?

For more information, check out the Creative Writing Contest page on the main WNPL website.