Teens Blog

Meet the Staff: Donna

March 17, 2012

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
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


Downloadable Audiobooks, eBooks, Music and Video

June 3, 2011

Media On DemandWe now offer downloadable audiobooks, eBooks, music and video via Media on Demand. A number of eReaders, mobile devices, and computers are supported. For a list of supported devices see the Device Resource Center.


For help getting started, use the My Help section of the Media on Demand website.



You are Here!

May 27, 2011

For Teens in 6th Grade Through 12th Grade

You are here! Teen Summer Reading Club  Teens have their own reading program, so come join the fun! Read what you like, including magazines and comic books, and just keep track of how long you read on one of our handouts. Every two hours you spend reading will earn you prizes and a raffle ticket for one of our Grand Prizes. You can only turn in one level a day, so come early and come often.

New Computer Reservation and Printing Upgrade

February 22, 2011

We're getting a reservation/printing system upgrade! If you have money on your library card, you must "cash in" at the Circulation Desk before March 31st.*

*After this date any money on your card will be non-refundable.