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Teen Trivia Craze

Think you know trivia?  Put your brain to the test at Trivia Craze on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.  You'll compete on a team with other teens (rising 7th-12th grade) to see who knows the most facts.  And, yes, there will be food.  There is ALWAYS food.  Register online or by phone (444-7826).

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Lost in the Sun

Lisa Graff has really hit it out of the ballpark this time.  Her new novel, Lost in the Sun, "tackles issues of loss, isolation, and rage without apology" and "offers stunning insight into boyhood and humanity."  It has received starred reviews in every single major publishing journal -- Kirkus, Publisher's Weekly, Booklist, and School Library Journal.  I cannot wait to read it!

Everyone says that middle school is awful, but Trent knows nothing could be worse than the year he had in fifth grade, when a freak accident on Cedar Lake left one kid dead, and Trent with a brain full of terrible thoughts he can’t get rid of. Trent’s pretty positive the entire disaster was his fault, so for him middle school feels like a fresh start, a chance to prove to everyone that he’s not the horrible screw-up they seem to think he is. Trent could even join the baseball team, if he wants to. If only Trent could make that fresh start happen. It isn’t until Trent gets caught up in the whirlwind that is Fallon Little—the girl with the mysterious scar across her face—that things begin to change. Because fresh starts aren’t always easy. Even in baseball, when a fly ball gets lost in the sun, you have to remember to shift your position to find it.

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Our SUPER-HUGE superhero summer reading kick-off party is almost here!  Join us for HERO-CON on Friday, May 29, 2015 at 7 p.m.  This after-hours event is FREE!  It's for all ages and spreads throughout the entire library.  The night of the event you'll receive a copy of The Daily Planet to help you navigate our world of heroes, but here's a sneak peek to help you plan ahead.


  • Discover your superhero potential with Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and more!
  • Batman will take over the Library Theatre stage with Batmobile Training, a Bat Signal craft, and a couple of games that put you face-to-face with Mr. Freeze and The Penguin.  Batgirl and The Joker will also be part of the action.  WARNING!  The Joker will be rolling through with a cart of treats.  Eat them if you dare.
  • Complete a series of strength and speed challenges with Superman and Supergirl in the Meeting Rooms.  Lois Lane, ace reporter, will also be on the scene.  WARNING!  Lois Lane is trying to protect Superman from his only weakness.  Help her by eating the Kryptonite on her food cart.
  • Wonder Woman will wow you with Invisible Jet manufacturing and test flights.  You'll also get a chance to design your own bullet-stopping bracelets.
  • Try to lay your eyes on The Flash.  He's fast, so you'll have your work cut out for you.


  • Official photo op with members of the Avengers!  Meet and greet and take a picture with Iron Man, Captain America, and Black Widow on The Library Plaza stage.
  • Conduct experiments in Bruce Banner's Lab (formerly the Reading Room).  DO NOT try to make him HULK out!
  • Weather alert in the News Stand!  Create and capture a tornado with Storm from the X-Men.
  • Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, and Baby Groot will rock out with you at our Guardians of the Galaxy Dance Party in Coffee-ol-ogy!


  • Meet and pose with Spider-Man!
  • Join Team Spidey in their quest to Silly String the Villains!  Each kid receives one web slinger (can of silly string) to help fulfill their mission.
  • Hone your spidey senses with the Spider-Man Wall Crawl.
  • The villain Electro is on the loose . . . and on a roll.  Are you brave enough to sample the snacks on his cart?
  • Show the world you HEART Spider-Man when you make a bottle cap necklace.


  • Leonardo, Donatello, Michaelangelo, and Raphael will make an appearance, but NOT all at once.  They are busy fighting crime, people!
  • Eat their favorite ninja turtle treat -- PIZZA! -- then feed the turtles at the Pizza Toss game.
  • Glow-in-the-dark Teenage Mutant Ninja Eggs!
  • Navigate the Star Command Course with Buzz Lightyear.
  • Rootin' tootin' Jessie will help you turn into a three-eyed alien.  You will be eternally grateful.
  • Meet and greet Baymax and Hiro in the Program Room!  Maybe you'll even get to fist bump.  Balalalala.
  • Experience good old-fashioned Bot Fighting and Baymax Bowling.
  • Catch Go Go as she speeds by with a cart of delicious discs.
  • Mr. Incredible will be here.  Being incredible!
  • Syndrome will take a break from bad guy duties to play a game of Robot Rampage in the Prechool Room.


  • If you haven't signed up for summer reading yet, you can do that at HERO-CON!
  • Kids, teens, and even adults can register for summer reading.  The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are here to help.

Looking for the perfect sidekick for summer reading?  Do they need to be brave, daring, loyal, and full of surprises?  I know the perfect candidates.  The official Summer Reading 2015 recommended reading lists!  They won't let you down.  Choose the one that's right for you!

These lists can be accessed all summer long in the Downloads section on both the main Kid Zone and Teen Spot pages.  Many of the titles are also available as a book-on-CD, a downloadable audiobook, or an ebook.  Nonfiction titles will be featured in a weekly blog series that began May 18.  And don't forget to watch our Summer Reading 2015 book trailer!

The first teen Summer Reading event will be big -- SUMO BIG!  Yes, all shin-dishi are called to suit up for our first ever inflatable suit sumo wrestling tournament.  Rising 7th-12th graders can Sumo! on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.  Registration begins TODAY.  You can sign up online or by phone (444-7826).

Did you know that there's a trio of sumo-powered cartoon superheroes called Super Duper Sumos?  Mamoo, Boomer and Kimo are three eighteen year-old, thousand-pound sumo wrestlers sent to the modern world.  With their ancient sumo powers, they can double their size and strength when evil threatens.  With help from their teacher, Wisdom San, and his super-sharp niece, Prima, they fight the evil of Ms. Mister and her crew of mischief makers.  Always ready to defend the principles of PHAT (Peace, Honor, And Truth), the sumos are big on action and heavy on laughs. Check out their DVD in the Kid Zone.  It contains ten half-hour television episodes.


Teen Services

Teen Community Service Volunteer Guidelines

Volunteer applications are taken year round, but opportunities are available on a limited basis. During the school year times are available for special programs only. Applications will be held on file until opportunities arise. Volunteers are needed more during the summer to help with the library’s Summer Reading Program.