Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Twilight Saga Party

Fans of the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer are invited to our Twilight Party program that will be held on Monday, December 15 at 7 PM. We'll be making charm bracelets, bookmarks, and duct tape roses. We are also going to raffle off a Twilight READ poster, and snacks will be served. If you are interested, please call the library at 708-687-3700 to register!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


This week is Teen Read Week, with the theme Books With Bite! We have an awesome display of vampire, horror and fantasy books make by one of our staff members, Jill. Stop in to see it, and get a book with bite! If you are interested in reading the Twilight books, make sure you stop in or call to put a hold on the books. They are in such demand, you won't get them any other way! If you are a fan of Twilight, you might like some of these titles:

Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Clause YA FIC CLAUSE
Bloodline and Bloodline: Reckoning by Kate Cary YA FIC CARY
Blue Bloods and Masquerade by Melissa De La Cruz YA FIC DE LA CRUZ
Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan YA SERIES CIRQUE
Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin YA CD FIC ZEVIN
Evernight by Claudia Gray YA FIC GRAY
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray YA LT BRAY
House of Night by PS Cast YA SERIES HOUSE
Ironside by Holly Black YA FIC BLACK
Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt YA FIC LEAVITT
Look for Me by Moonlight by Mary Hahn YA FIC HAHN
The Mediator by Jenny Carroll YA SERIES MEDIATOR
Peeps by Scott Westerfeld YA FIC WESTERFELD
Prom Nights from Hell YA FIC PROM
Shattered Mirror by Ameilia Atwater-Rhodes YA FIC ATWATER-RHODES
Sunshine by Robin McKinley YA FIC MCKINLEY
Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith YA FIC SMITH
Thirsty by M.T. Anderson YA FIC ANDERSON
Tithe by Holly Black YA FIC BLACK
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Mar YA FIC MARR

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

September Happenings

School has started again, and so has our regular fall programming! The following is a rundown of what's coming up. if you are at all interested, come! If you have any questions, ask. Also, PLEASE REGISTER:)

Wednesday, 9/10/08- Teen Debates-3:30 PM-Snacks, arguing, what could be better? Grades 6 and Up

Friday, 9/12/08- Young Adult Book Discussion Group- 3:30 PM-We're going to be discussing A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck, and there will be snacks of course! If you like funny books, historical fiction, or reading in general, come to our discussion!! Grades 5 and Up

Saturday, 9/20/2008- DDR Tournament-2 PM-Compete with other teens to win prizes!! Ages 10 and Up.

Thursday, Teen Advisory Group-9/25/08-7 PM-Snacks of course, and our newly elected officers are going to be in charge. We'll be discussing our volunteer activities for the year, including library hours, the holiday food and toy drive, and the tree decorating contest at city hall. Don't forget, we'll also be planning all our karoake and gaming activites for the year!!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Bowling Champs!!

On Wednesday, July 29th, the teen volunteers from the library competed in a bowling tournament against Orland Park Public Library's volunteers at Orland Bowl. Everyone bowled well, and in the end, Acorn won!! We now have on display an awesome bowling trophy made from a real bowling pin in the Youth Services Department, along with all the names of the bowlers. Stop in to see the trophy! And if you are interested in volunteering at the library, ask for Ms. Becky or Ms. Jen.

All the teen volunteers who participated are (in no particular order):

Tyler Ross, Dylan Ross, Bashar Abuseini, Osama Osaghie, Jessica Neakarse, Emily Bronner,
Kayla Fortin, Johnny Delesio, Brooke Adams, Jeanine Adams, Jerry Conte, Megan Conte, Aaron Jordan, Emily Batkiewicz, Megan McSherry, Kayla Lucas, Alex Dean, Ashley Dean, and
Matt Lavender.

The top bowlers of our winning team were:
1st-Johnny Delesio
2nd-Tyler Ross
3rd-Jerry Conte
4th-Dylan Ross
5th-Megan McSherry

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Acorn Public Library has A DDR Night written by Alexandra Dean

“Hands-on fun for the kids is great! The fact it’s available for everyone is even better!” said Jody Dorencz on Tuesday night, July 7th, while Acorn Public Library hosted its first “Dance Dance Revolution” night. DDR is a game of foot-eye coordination in which players must get as many dance steps correct as possible. Hosted by Jen Van Sickle, the Head of Youth Services, the dance gaming program was open to children and teens ages 10 and above, regardless of skill level and free of charge.
Jaquie Johnson, one of the parents, commented “It’s really great, because the kids can have fun while also being in a safe environment.” When asked what her son, Tyler Johnson, though of the entertainment, he enthusiastically exclaimed “Food + DDR equals great!”
There are many great activities the library is currently getting started, DDR night being just one. On Monday, July 21 at 7 PM the library will be having a night of “Guitar Hero”, a game that tests hand-eye coordination on a guitar-shaped controller, and the library hopes to see more children and teens attending these new events.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Get Registered for These Teen Programs!

On Thursday, July 3 at 2:30, we'll be having a Young Adult Craft! Get crafty and decorate a frisbee!

On Monday, July 7th at 7 PM, we'll be having a new program! Teen DDR Night. The library just got some gaming equipment, so come to be the first to test it out! We'll be playing Dance Dance Revolution and having snacks.

Both programs are open to Young Adults ages 10 and up. Please register at the Youth Services Desk so we know how many people to expect!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

YA Book Disc. Group

The group got together on Fri. June 20 to discuss Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini by Sid Fleischman. Overall the group liked the interesting bio on the world's most famous magician, and liked all the cool old photos included in the book. Next meeting will be on Fri. Aug 1, when we'll discuss The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. If you are interested in joining, just stop by the Youth Services Desk to get a copy of the book. See you then!!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

GET IN THE GAME and join the Summer Reading Program!

The annual Summer Reading Program starts Saturday, June 7th running through Friday, August 2nd. The theme this year is Get in the Game, and we'll be having lots of programs for teens throughout the summer! To participate, just stop in the library, register, and read! You'll earn prizes and be able to attend the Summer Reading Pool Party on Saturday, August 3, as long as you are accompanied by a parent. Some upcoming programs you should sign up for and come to include:

Teen DDR Night
Monday, July 7 at 7 PM
Ages 10 and Up
Show off your skills! Snacks will be served. Please register at the Youth Services Desk or call (708)687-3700.

Teen Retro Game Night
Thursday, July 17 at 7 PM
Ages 10 and Up
Remember playing Monopoly, Uno and Life? Come ot the library for snacks, games and fun! Please register at the Youth Services Desk for call (708)687-3700.

Teen Gaming Night-Guitar Hero
Monday, July 21 at 7 PM
Ages 10 and Up
Show off your skills! Snacks will be served.

Young Adult Crafts will be meeting the following dates! Come to the library and get creative!Thur. June 19 at 2:30 PM
Thur. July 3 at 2:30 PM
Thur. July 24 at 2:30 PM
Ages 10 and Up
Please register at the Youth Services Desk starting two weeks prior to each crafts date. You can stop in or call the Youth Services Desk at (708)687-3700.

Young Adult Book Discussion Group
Friday, June 20 at 3:30 PM
We'll be discussing the magically interesting book Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini by Sid Fleischman. Want to learn the interesting backgroud of the world's most famous magician? Stop by the Youth Services Desk to pick up a copy of the book and come to our book discussion.
As always, snacks will be served!

Friday, August 1 at 3:30 PM
We'll be discussing the bewildering, mystifying and puzzling book The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. Stop by the Youth Services Desk for a copy of the book and come to our discussion group! As always, snacks will be served!

We hope to see you in the library ASAP!!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Teen Advisory Group Pizza Party

On Thursday, May 22, we had the last TAG Meeting of the school year, which was also our pizza party! 14 members of the group came, and along with scarfing pizza the teens elected officers for the group. This is a new thing for next year, perviously we functioned without 'official' leadership.
Are you entering 6th grade or older, interested in helping plan teen programs, volunteering and having fun?! Join the Teen Advisory Group! Contact the Youth Services Department for more information:)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

TAG End of the Year Pizza Party

All TAG members are invited to the end of the year pizza party on Thursday, May 22 at 7 PM. In addition to pizza, we'll be karoaking to celebrate the end of the school year! Hope to see you there!!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Arguing Again

The Teen Debates for May was held on Wednesday, May 14th. The teens debates such topics as bottld water vs. tap, and a photographer from the Southtown Star was there snapping pictures! We hope to see the pics in the Neighbrohood Star section of the paper some Thursday soon. Though it was the last Debates for this school year, we'll be coming back and arguing some more this fall. If you are interested in joining, let us know!!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Young Adult Book Discussion Group

The group met for it's end of the school year pizza party and to discuss Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins on May 9th. A few members of the group LOVED the book, and said part of why it is so good is the subsequent books in the series, with the 6th book to be released shortly. A couple other members of the group were only lukewarm in their review. By the end of the meeting the pizza was gone, and we'll be meeting on Friday, June 20th @ 3:30 PM to discuss Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini by Sid Fleischman. If you are interested in attending, stop by the Youth Services Desk to register and get a copy of the book!

Have you read Gregor the Overlander? What did you think of the book?

Thursday, May 8, 2008

New YA CD's

Blackout - Britney Spears
DK - Danity Kane

Some New YA Book Titles

YA Fiction
Airman - Eoin Colfer
Game - Walter Dean Myers
Hush - Donna Jo Napoli
Jinx - Meg Cabot
Satchel Paige - James Sturm and Rich Tommaso

Graphic Novels
Clubbing - Andy Watson and Josh Howard
Laika - Rick Abadzis

Young Adult Book Discussion Group

We'll be meeting Friday, May 9 @3:30 PM to discuss Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins and eat pizza! See you there...

The Teen Blog is up and running!

Welcome to Acorn Public Library's Teen Blog. We'll be using this spot to post new YA books, music, upcoming programs, and other stuff. We hope this will be an easy way for you guys to keep up with all the stuff at the library!