Teens Blog


New Look for Media On Demand

July 12, 2012

New Login Procedure for Media on Demand

Enter library barcode

Located on the back of your Melrose Park library card

Enter your SWAN PIN (not your last name)

You can create or recover your PIN on the catalog

Important! On July 16, 2012, the following changes took affect on Media On Demand.

You will be prompted to enter your library card number and SWAN PIN (Personal Identification Number) AFTER choosing your library from the drop-down list.

What is a PIN?

You create your own PIN. A PIN is at least 4-5 characters long and is made of any combination of letters and/or numbers. Since the PIN helps protect your privacy never use obvious words, numbers or dates as your PIN. Your PIN will allow you to access both your Media On Demand account and SWAN account.

I don’t have a PIN or I forgot my PIN. What should I do?

If this is your first time creating a PIN, you can visit the SWAN login page.  Enter your desired PIN in the “Enter your PIN:” field. A confirmation screen will prompt you to enter it two more times.

If you have forgotten your PIN, you may click here to reset it. You must have an active email address in your SWAN record where your reset link will be sent. If you do not have an email address in your SWAN record or you do not have access to your email account, you will need to contact the Melrose Park Library. 



S'mores!

May 31, 2012

 

Come to the library as we compete against one another for the ultimate s’mores cook-off.

Grades 7-12

Thursday, July 26
4:00pm-6:00pm

 



Teen Monster Craft

May 31, 2012

 

Get ready to own the night as we make our very own fabulous monster crafts!

Grades 7-12

Thursday, July 12th
4:00pm-6:00pm

 



Teen Book Club

May 31, 2012

Talking, eating, and hanging out with your friends – what could be better? Teen Book Club meets to discuss a book together.  Sign up and get your copy of the book at the Youth Services desk.

Grades 6-12

Registration required

Tuesdays, June 19, July 17, and August 28: 5-6pm



Meet the Staff: Sara

March 17, 2012

Position

Youth Services Associate.

What high school did you go to?
Driscoll High School

What is your favorite YA book?
Undecided

What is/are your favorite pizza toppings?
Cheese and Sausage

What was your favorite high school class?
English

What's the CD you can't live without?
N'SYNC's first CD: N'SYNC

What is your most embarrassing teen moment?
I peed in my pants in seventh grade, but I tricked my brother into thinking it was a water bottle.



Meet the Staff: Marisa

March 17, 2012

Position

Youth Services Associate.

What high school did you go to?
Guerin Prep

What is your favorite YA book?
Undecided

What is/are your favorite pizza toppings?
Cheese and Sausage and Pepperoni

What was your favorite high school class?
History

What's the CD you can't live without?
Meh, I don't care <- kidding that's Gaby messing around, she doesn't know.

What is your most embarrassing teen moment?
My dad once hit me in front of my kids after I had just stepped off the bus.



Meet the Staff: Katie

March 17, 2012

Position
Youth Services Manager/Young Adult Librarian.

What high school did you go to?
West Leyden High.

What is your favorite YA book?
Gifted Touch by Melinda Metz when I was actually a teen and Twilight by Stephenie Meyer right now.

What is/are your favorite pizza toppings?
Cheese mainly. Or cheese and sausage.

What was your favorite high school class?
Orchestra or English.

What's the CD you can't live without?
Our Lady Peace - Live at Calgary and Edmonton.

What is your most embarrassing teen moment?
Definitely when I lost my shoe during an orchestra and choir concert. Because I was in both groups, I had to run back and forth across the stage after the curtain went down. And my shoe came off and sat on the stage for about twenty minutes, while I was standing on the choir risers, balancing on one foot. My director found it and came backstage holding it up in front of the whole music department asking "Who does this belong to?" I thought I was going to die from embarrassment.



Meet the Staff: Donna

March 17, 2012

Position
Youth Services Associate.

What high school did you go to?
Oak Park River Forest High School.

What is your favorite YA book?
All of the Harry Potters by J.K. Rowling, The Face of the Milk Carton series by Caroline B. Cooney, and Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.

What is/are your favorite pizza toppings?
Mushrooms and olives usually but sometimes I go crazy and have spinach with lots of garlic! Yummy.

What was your favorite high school class?
American Studies (with Mr. Becker and Miss J.) -- it was a new class that combined American history and literature.

What's the CD you can't live without?
U2 - The Joshua Tree. Anything by The Beatles

What is your most embarrassing teen moment?
Limping along with an infected ingrown toenail on my 8th grade graduation trip wearing a GIANT white sock on my foot and a sandal. It was horrible and no fun at all!



Volunteering @ Your Library

March 17, 2012

Teen Volunteers

This program designed for the long-term volunteer. Volunteers work with Youth Services librarians to prepare for programs (cutting out shapes, etc.) and to keep the department in working order (straightening books, etc.).

*Please note that many like you would like to help us, but there are limited slots. Apply a couple months before the hours are due to increase your chance of becoming a volunteer in time.

 

Fill out an application either in-person or online. Your parent/guardian also needs to sign a permission slip allowing you to volunteer. Turn it in at the Youth Services' Desk and schedule an interview. Volunteers may only work two two-hour shifts a week. Volunteers must have an interview with Katie before being accepted into the program. Priority is given to students who must complete volunteer hours for either school or another organization.

 

Summer Reading Volunteers

Summer reading volunteering for 2012 will come sooner than you think! Applications will be available around May, so don't forget to stay updated. Please visit the Youth Services desk or call (708) 343-3391, ext. 7484 for more information!



How to Be Bad - Book Review

February 23, 2012

Vicks, Mel, and Jesse -- three unlikely friends -- with one thing in common: they're trapped in a car trying to get as far away as possible from Niceville, Florida armed with only a battered copy of the Fantastical Florida guide book. Heartbreak, breaking and entering, sight-seeing, and more than a few fights about music choices later, the girls figure out that this road trip will mean more than they ever expected.
 
I really liked this book. The girls were totally relatable and I completely saw myself in Mel. (Yes, believe it or not, I was the good girl.) Anyways, the coolest part about this book is that three different authors wrote it together. I think that's the reason that the girls had such different voices. There's a really neat interview with the authors available at the L.A. Times about writing the book. (It's a little bit long, but worth it.) If you're looking for an escape, this is the book for you.

Book Author: 

E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski, and Lauren Myracle
Reviewer: 
Katie
ISBN: 
9780061284229
How to Be Bad
 

 



Raised by Wolves

February 23, 2012

 

 
Raised By Wolves book cover

Bryn might not be a werewolf, but she definitely knows them. Ever since her parents were killed when she was a young girl, she’s been living with a werewolf pack – marked as their own. And while Bryn loves her wolf family, she challenges their rules and hierarchy whenever she has a chance. And meeting Chase gives her the perfect opportunity to continue to question their rules. Will she break away from the only identity she’s ever known?

 

This book is paranormal romance at its finest. The series is multi-layered and highly developed – the mythology behind Barnes’s werewolves is logical and acceptable. But what really impressed me about this book was Bryn’s character. She is such a strong girl; one that’s perfectly capable of speaking her mind and making her own plans. This was so refreshing to see in this kind of a book – I am so happy that this one will also have a sequel coming next summer.

 

 

Book Author: 
Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Reviewer: 
Katie
ISBN: 
9781606840597