How Lamar's Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy by Crystal Allen
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
How Lamar's Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy by Crystal Allen
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Halloween is one of our favorite holidays in Youth Services! What is more fun than dressing up, carving pumpkins, and of course, trick-or-treating? Get into the spirit with some of the following books. All are available either at the library or by interlibrary loan.
Halloween Hunt: A Spot-It Challenge EASY SCHUETTE
Can you spot all the Halloween items on each page? Perfect for those who love I Spy books!
AlphaOops! H is for Halloween EASY KONTIS
While putting on a Halloween pageant, the alphabet mixes things up with some funny and spooky results!
13 Ghosts of Halloween EASY MULLER
Ten children, two dogs, and a cat enter a haunted fun house. On their journey throughout the house, they encounter witches, goblins, bats and lots of fun!
The Three Bears' Halloween EASY DUVAL
Is it a real witch or a trick-or-treater by the spooky house when the bears go trick-or-treating?
Cinderhazel: The Cinderella of Halloween EASY LATTIMORE
An untidy witch discovers Prince Alarming likes dirt just as much as she does!
The Picky Little Witch EASY BROKAMP
Mama Witch tries to get her daughter to eat some Halloween soup before going out trick-or-treating, but Picky Little Witch finds many reasons to refuse. Includes a recipe for soup!
Peek-a-Boooo EASY CIMARUSTI
A fun Halloween lift-the-flap book.
The Hungry Ghosts EASY LESTER
Josh soon finds an adventure when he meets the ghost of a coal miner while spending the summer with his Aunt in Washington State.
A Good Night for Ghosts J SERIES MAGIC
Do You Believe in Ghosts J 133.1 SUT
Ghosts and Goosebumps: Poems to Chill Your Bones J 811 GHO
Witches, Pumpkins and Grinning Ghosts: The Story of Halloween Symbols
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
This past Friday, July 22, our teen volunteers took part in a bowling challenge against teen volunteer groups from Orland Public Library and Homer Public Library at Orland Bowl. We are happy to announce our teens brought home the traveling trophy! Acorn's teens have won the challenge 3 of the last 4 years. Our volunteers have been a huge help this summer by helping keep the Youth Services Department in order and helping out at programs, and we are so proud of them!
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Acorn Library shelver, Jennifer Burghard, is Oak Forest High School's 2011 Salutatorian! We are so proud of Jen, and thought it would be a great idea to interview her for our Youth Services blog to learn a bit more about her!
-How does it feel to the the 2011 Oak Forest High School Salutatorian?
Jen: It's an honor to be recognized for all the hard work I have put into my schoolwork for the past four years.
-What do you attribute your success to?
Jen: I think it has been really helpful for me to challenge myself and not hesitate to take more difficult classes. A lot of people advised me against taking so many difficult or AP classes, but I think taking these classes has really allowed me to get the most out of my high school education. It's also important to stay dedicated to school and schoolwork, especially when "senioritis" begins to kick in!
-Who inspires you?
Jen: It may seem cliché to say my parents, but they have truly set the best example for me in terms of staying dedicated and working toward a greater purpose. I have also has some amazing teachers who have gotten me interested in so many different subjects and have really influenced me in my desire to pursue a higher education.
-Besides excelling in school, and being a stellar library employee, what other activities are you involved in?
Jen: I have been on the tennis team for 4 years. I was editor of the yearbook for 3 years and editor-in-chief this year. I taught a 4th grade CCD class at St. Damian for 3 years. I have also been involved in NHS and Bengal tutors at school.
-Which college are you headed to and what do you plan on majoring in?
Jen: I am planning on attending Loyola University in the fall. I'm thinking about majoring in something in the field of education-I am not sure exactly what, but I enjoy working with kids.
-Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
Jen: I honestly have no picture of anything specific, I just hope that wherever I am, I am happy, and that I can use the education I plan to achieve to the benefit of others.
-What are your plans for the summer?
Jen: I plan of RELAXING and enjoying not having any homework! I also have to get organized and go shopping for everything I am going to need before I leave for school in the fall.
-If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Jen: I would LOVE to have the opportunity to travel-I'm actually hoping to participate in a study abroad program while I'm in college. I would especially love to see Europe, there's so much art and history there that I would love to learn about.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Cloaked in Red is a short story collection of 8 twisted fairy tale versions of Little Red Riding Hood. All stories are set in the time period of most fairy tales- no concrete clues as to when or where the tales are taking place. Some of the stories are creepy-creepier than the original-which Vande Velde notes in her prologue is "a strange and disturbing story that should probably not be shared with children." Some are pretty funny such as Deems the Wood Gatherer, the tale of a near-sighted and clueless woodcutter (time period: before glasses were invented, of course) who crosses paths with not only Little Red Riding Hood, but a large cast of fairy tale characters. This quick read is highly recommended for anyone who loves clever re-tellings of classic stories and fairy tale fans. Gr. 7-10
Monday, May 9, 2011
Kerry is an invisible sophomore at an extremely prestigious public school on the East Coast. One day, miraculously, three of the most popular girls in school notice her, and ask her to sit with them at lunch. This begins a friendship that oftentimes leaves Kerry feeling somewhat awkward, but awed by her perfect and popular new friends. One day, the unthinkable happens and the three girls are killed in a car accident. Kerry is left feeling alone and misunderstood, until a few months later, she gets a text from her deceased friends telling her to meet them at her aunt's apartment in New York City. Kerry goes to meet them...
This is a great book for anyone who loves to read books about the supernatural, ghosts or even mysteries. It's a quick, scary read, by the extremely well-known and often-honored, Richard Peck. I am more familiar with Peck's historical and oftentimes hilarious novels intended for a younger audience, but this was a good departure.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Our Acorn Teen Corp is meeting Thursday evening in the Board Room upstairs at 7 PM. The group is open to all young adults, grades 6-12, interested in volunteering at the library, in their community and participating in fun group activities. This meeting, the group will work on some interesting and tricky brainteasers! As always, snacks will be provided.
Don't forget, our next Panera Story Time is next Wednesday, May 4. We read stories, participate in activity songs, and Panera generously provides a cookie and milk for each child. In April, we had a great turn out with 40 children and 20 adults attending! We'll be at the Panera Bread located at 15854 Harlem Ave. in Orland at 10 AM.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
3rd and 4th Grade Category: Peyton Nielsen
5th and 6th Grade Category: Cherish Recera
6th 7th Grade Category: Emily Cooper
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Lots of people are on Spring Break this week, and if you are looking for something to do, don't forget Acorn offers Museum Adventure Passes. With your valid Acorn Library card you can obtain a pass at the Youth Services Desk or Reference Desk to one of 18 local museums and cultural institutions, including the Brookfield Zoo, The Children's Museum in Oak Lawn and the Morton Arboretum. Here is a complete list of participating institutions, including a listing of what each pass entitles. Passes are limited, and available on a first come, first serve basis. You must present your valid Acorn Library card in order to obtain the pass. You are limited to one pass at any given time, and each pass is valid for one week. Please call the Youth Services Desk (708) 687-3700 for more information or to check on pass availability.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
THE HUNGER GAMES
by Susanne Collins
The Hunger Games is the first novel in the trilogy, and introduces readers to a futuristic dystopian society where an overpowering government controls the lives and resources in twelve different districts. Each year, as punishment for District 13's attempted rebellion, two children in each district are chosen by lottery to fight each other to the death in an arena. The event is called the Hunger Games and is televised for everyone in the Capitol to see; the winner is given food and a life of ease for themselves and their families, along with food and resources for their district. Katniss Everdeen’s little sister is chosen to fight, but Katniss volunteers to replace her and is taken to the Capitol with Peeta, a boy from her school, to fight other children in the Hunger Games.
Now is a perfect time to read, or re-read, the first in the Hunger Games trilogy and discuss it with fellow readers!
We will meet on April 8th at 3:30pm. The group is open to all patrons in 6th grade or older, and copies of the book are available at the Youth Services Desk.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Recently, Ms. Janice conducted a visit and tour for a group of Cub Scouts. During their visit, she pulled some great books to show them--here's the list!
Interesting Non-Fiction Titles:
Great White Sharks by James Martin
J 597.31 MAR
Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary Cookbook for Young Readers & Eaters by Jane Yolen
J 641.5 YOL
Entertaining Chapter Books:
Frindle by Andrew Clements
J FIC CLEMENTS
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
J PB DAHL
Danny, the Champion of the World also by Dahl
J FIC DAHL
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
J FIC DICAMILLO
Hachiko Waits by Leslea Newman
J FIC NEWMAN Blue Stem
If you are a fan of series books, check out Geronimo Stilton and The Time Warp Trio books!
Maybe you are in the mood to share a picture book:
Stellaluna by Cannon
The Junkyard Wonders by Polacco
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Priceman
Zathura by Van Allsburg
EASY VAN ALLSBURG
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
On Friday, March 11 we will be discussing the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award Nominee...
The Great Wide Sea by H. M. Herlong
Ben, Dylan and Gerry are still mourning their mother's death when their dad decides to buy a boat and take them on a year-long sailing trip. Tensions flare between Ben and his father, but they gradually learn to live together in close quarters. One morning, the boys wake up to discover their father has disappeared-and they are lost. What happened to him? Where are they? And what will they do when a treacherous storm looms on the horizon?
Don't miss our discussion of this gripping tale of adventure, survival and the bonds of brotherhood! Copies are available at the Youth Services Desk.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
We're holding our annual @Your Library Bookmark Contest again this year! This year's theme is "Create Your Own Story @Your Library." The contest is open to children in grades 3-8, and entry forms are available in the Youth Services Department. The designs should feature the phrase "Create Your Own Story @Your Library" and may not contain images of any copyrighted characters. Winners from each of the three age categories will get their winning design made into a bookmark to be distributed in the library during National Library Week, April 10-16. Entries will be accepted from February 22 to March 19. We can't wait to see your creative designs! Questions? Please call the Youth Services Desk at 687-3700, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Acorn Teen Corp
Formerly known as our Teen Advisory Group, the ATC will be meeting next week Thursday, February 24 at 7 PM in the Library's Break Room. Our To Do List includes discussing the possibility of holding a gift card drive for the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation. Also, we be discussing Book Buddies and Teen Techies, two programs that we would love to see the library offer, but we need teen volunteers! The Book Buddies program would involve pairing up teen volunteers with younger children for one-on-one reading time to take place in the library. Teen Techies is a program where teen volunteers spend time working one on one helping people with computer tasks, such as downloading pictures from a digital camera. Both of these programs would be a great benefit to the teens volunteering and those they are helping! If these exciting volunteering ideas interest you, and you are in the 6th grade or older, please come to our meeting! If you have any questions, call the Youth Services Desk at 687-3700.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Even though we are well into 2011, great books remain great, so the following is a listing of some of YALSA's 2010 Best Books for Young Adults that can be found here at Acorn.
A girl is haunted by her best friend's death from an eating disorder, while she struggles with her own.
Tales of the Madman Underground by John Barnes
YA FIC BARNES
Karl attempts to distance himself from the rest of the students in his school's therapy group known as the Madman Underground.
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
YA FIC BRAY and YA CD FIC BRAY
Cameron knew there was something wrong when he started seeing pillars of fire and angels, but he never imagined he had mad cow disease.
Hate List by Jennifer Brown
YA FIC BROWN
In the year following the devastating shootings at her high school orchestrated by her boyfriend Nick, Valerie must come to terms with her grief and guilt.
All the Broken Pieces by Anne Burg
YA FIC BURG
Matt struggles to cope with memories of family left behind in war-torn Vietnam with the help of his adoptive parents, baseball coach and music teacher.
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
YA FIC COLLINS
The second book in the Hunger Games Trilogy. If you haven't read these books, you should start with The Hunger Games.
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
YA FIC DESSEN
Dessen fans won't be disappointed! Auden's summer becomes one of second chances and self-discovery.
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
YA FIC FORMAN
While in a coma after her family is killed in an accident, Mia struggles to decide whether to live or die. A thoughtful and compelling read!
The Orange Houses by Paul Griffin
YA FIC GRIFFIN
Despite poverty, gang violence and lack of support, three inner-city teens try to beat the odds and succeed in life.
Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern
YA FIC HALPERN
Feeling used by her best friends, Jessie decides to go in search of new friends.
The Great Wide Sea by M.H. Herlong
YA PB HERLONG CAUDILL 2011
March's YA Book Discussion Group pic! Ben and his young brothers try to survive a horrific storm while their father is missing at sea.
The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jenks
YA FIC JENKS
Nina, forever a teenage vampire, leads her dysfunctional group on a mission to halt vampire persecution. A fun read, and a departure from the rest of the vampire books out currently.
Liar by Justine Larbalestier
YA FIC LARBALESTIER
For years, Micah has been a liar, and after her boyfriend's brutal murder will anyone believe what she has to say?
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
YA FIC STIEFVATER
Grace is drawn to one of the wolves she has spent years watching in the woods behind her house. Fans of Twilight will love the first book of this series.
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
YA FIC WESTERFELD
A steampunk novel mixing Victorian times with mechanical inventions. An extremely fresh novel!
Monday, January 31, 2011
We read this in Lapsit a few weeks ago and the illustrations are gorgeous, with lots of spring time scenes for those of us who are focusing on warmer weather!
Snow is My Favorite and My Best by Lauren Child
A Charlie and Lola book-when the weather man predicts snow, Lola cannot wait!
Snow Trouble by Melinda Crow
Great beginning reader!
Dinos in the Snow by Karma Wilson
It's a snow day, and some dinosaurs enjoy a day full of sledding, building snowmen and having snowball fights.
In the Snow by Sharon Denslow
A gentle tale about forest animals who venture out after a fresh snow to eat seeds a thoughtful child scattered on the ground.
Snip, Snip...Snow! by Nancy Poydar
A young girl anxiously awaits a predicted snowstorm by making paper snowflakes. Instructions on how to make your own paper snowflakes included!
If you are looking for informational books, how about these?
The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter's Wonder by Mark Cassino
Dazzling up-close pictures of snow crystals with clear and straightforward explanations make this a great introduction to the topic.
This an awesome account of a massive snowstorm that hit the northeastern US in 1888, dumping between 40 and 50 inches of snow. Told through personal accounts, newspaper articles and historic photos. A must read for weather or history buffs!
Step-by-Step Crafts for Winter by Kathy Ross
Winter Poems selected by Barbara Rogasky
A collection of cold weather poems from noted authors, including Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe.
If you are looking for a chapter book, maybe Larryboy and the Sinister Snow Day or Blizzard of the Blue Moon would be good choices. If you are a horse lover, pick up Hoofprints in the Snow, a title from the Thoroughbred series. If you would rather a movie try Snow Dogs or The Chronicles of Narnia.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
We are really excited to announce that we will be offering a story time at Panera Bread on Wednesday, February 9 at 10 AM! The location is 15845 Harlem Ave., Orland Park, just north of 159th on Harlem. Come to listen to stories, sing songs and have fun. Panera is generously providing all the children a cookie and milk! Space in the Youth Services Department is getting a little tight, so come to Panera on Wednesday, February 9th at 10 AM for a fun program! Please contact the Youth Services Department if you have any questions.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Wanted: The Perfect Pet by Fiona Roberton
-Very cute book about a boy who desperately wants a pet dog, but ends up with a clever duck instead.
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems
-Who doesn't love the pigeon books? He pleads the reader for a puppy, until he realizes he is terrified of them.
Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown
-A young bear named Lucy finds a lost boy in the woods and begs her mom to let her keep him, but she soon realizes children make less than ideal pets.
What Pet to Get? by Emma Dodd
-Jack tries to determine which pet he should get...a Tyrannosaurus Rex? A shark? A polar bear?
We also have other books about pets that are sure to appeal to older readers!
Guinea Dog by Patrick Jennings
-Rufus always wanted a dog, but his dad objects because they bark, beg, drool & scratch. His mom brings him home a guinea pig, figuring dad would be okay with this "quiet" little pet. Everyone is surprised when this guinea pig acts just like a little dog! Fido is tiny but she barks, bites & fetches on command. This is an adorable story about an unusual guinea pig!
If horror is your thing, check out Little Shop of Hamsters by R. L. Stine, a part of the Goosebumps Series.
Maybe you would like to make your cat or dog a fun toy, or a comfy pillow? Check out Pet Crafts: Everything You Need to Become Your Pet's Craft Star! by Megan Friday.
If you would like information on different kinds of pets and how to care for them, it can be found in the juvenile non-fiction section (temporarily located in the meeting room) under J 636. As always if you need help finding a book on pets, or any topic, just stop by the Youth Services Desk!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
If you are interesting in joining the group, call the Youth Services Department to register for our next meeting, Thursday, January 27 at 7 PM.
Topics we'll focus on in next week's meeting include:
-Brainstorm ideas for upcoming meetings.
-Come up with a new, updated group name from the narrowed-down suggestions.
-Discuss volunteer opportunities that are still available during the construction process. Have you stopped in the library lately? The Youth Services Department looks very different!
See you at next week's meeting!
Friday, January 14, 2011
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathon Stroud
Presenting a thrilling voice in children's literature — a witty, gripping adventure story featuring a boy and his not-so-tame djinni.
Nathaniel is a young magician's apprentice, taking his first lessons in the arts of magic. But when a devious hotshot wizard named Simon Lovelace ruthlessly humiliates Nathaniel in front of everyone he knows, Nathaniel decides to kick up his education a few notches and show Lovelace who's boss. With revenge in his mind, he masters one of the toughest spells of all: summoning the all-powerful djinni, Bartimaeus. But summoning Bartimaeus and controlling him are two different things entirely, and when Nathaniel sends the djinni out to steal the powerful Amulet of Samarkand, Nathaniel finds himself caught up in a whirlwind of magical espionage, murder, blackmail, and revolt.
Set in modern-day London spiced with magicians and mayhem, this extraordinary, funny, pitch-perfect thriller will dazzle the myriad fans of Artemis Fowl and the His Dark Materials trilogy.
January's book is:
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.