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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.

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Every Hero Needs a Summer Reading List

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!

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Hero Headlines #1

What's more amazing than awesome hero fiction?  Stupendous hero nonfiction!  Every week for the next nine weeks of Summer Reading, we will post a list of super informative titles that focus on real-life heroes.  We're kicking off with True Tales of Comics Creations.  Get the real story behind your favorite comic book characters, and discover your own talent for comic-making!  (Click here for a printable list complete with call numbers.  Click here to watch hilarious booktalks featuring Miss Katie Jane and Mr Jeremy.)

  1. The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, The Ultimate Character Guide by Alan Cowsill
  2. Batman: The World of the Dark Knight by Daniel Wallace
  3. Big Book of Everything Manga by Christopher Hart
  4. Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman by Marc Tyler Nobleman
  5. Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman by Marc Tyler Nobleman
  6. Cartooning: The Only Cartooning Book You’ll Ever Need to Be the Artist You’ve Always Wanted to Be by Art Roche
  7. Comic Books: From Superheroes to Manga by Joshua Hatch
  8. Comic Strips: Create Your Own Comic Strips from Start to Finish by Art Roche
  9. Comics: Investigate the History and Technology of American Cartooning by Sam Carbaugh
  10. DC Comics: The Ultimate Character Guide by Brandon T. Snider
  11. Draw 50 Famous Cartoons by Lee J. Ames
  12. Draw Superheroes in 4 Easy Steps by Stephanie LaBaff
  13. Drawing the Villains in Your Graphic Novel by Frank Lee
  14. Funny Cartooning for Kids by Mike Artell
  15. Heroes!: Draw Your Own Superheroes, Gadget Geeks & Other Do-Gooders by Jay Stephens

Reading Powers: Activate!  Discover all kinds of heroes . . . including the hero within . . . when you join this year's Summer Reading program.  Registration begins Monday, May 18, 2015.  Watch the official commercial! 

  • Every Hero Has a Story 
    This program is for kids, ages birth-rising 6th grade.  Kids record the books they read (or have read to them) on their official reading log, title and number of pages.  For every 100 pages read, they receive a ticket.  Tickets can be spent in the Prize Vault beginning June 1.  At 500 pages, kids also receive their official summer reading certificate and a chance to win a bike from Bike Link
  • Unmask! 
    This program is for teens, rising 7th grade-rising 12th grade. Teens record the books they read (or have read to them) on their official reading log, title and number of pages.  For every 100 pages read, they receive a ticket. Tickets can be spent in the Prize Vault beginning June 1.  Teen tickets can also be entered into grand prize drawings. 

Book choices are entirely up to the reader.  We'll be posting some suggestions to the blog soon.  You can also ask for recommendations from our staff, check out our Goodreads account, and browse our Pinterest boards.

Yes, James Patterson said that the eighth Maximum Ride book would be the last.  Luckily, he lied.  

"Maximum Ride Forever, the ninth and ultimate Maximum Ride story, comes out May 18, 2015.  Legions of Max fans won't be disappointed by this encore episode in the beloved series about the incredible adventures of a teenage girl who can fly. As Maximum Ride boldly navigates a post-apocalyptic world, she and her broken flock are roaming the earth, searching for answers to what happened. All will be revealed in this last spectacular "ride"- a brand-new grand finale featuring all of the nonstop action, twists and turns that readers can rely on in a blockbuster Patterson page turner!"

Read (or reread or re-reread) the entire series!

  1. The Angel Experiment 
  2. School's Out -- Forever
  3. Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
  4. The Final Warning
  5. Max
  6. Fang
  7. Angel
  8. Nevermore
  9. Maximum Ride Forever


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.