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Used Book Sale this Friday!

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The Friends of the Library will host a special Used Book Sale in the library’s basement on Friday, January 24 during the Swinging Thru the Stacks mini golf event.

The sale will run from 4pm to 8pm.

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Read for the Gold During GEPL’s Winter Reading Program

news-blog-bannerThe Glen Ellyn Public Library would like to formally announce our Winter Reading Program, which serves as a kickoff to our 2014 Olympic Games programming.

Our Winter Reading program, titled, “Read for the Gold,” offers adults, ages 18 and older, the opportunity to earn various prizes based on the how early they register and the number of books they read this winter.

Starting January 20, the first 100 people to register for Winter Reading: Read for the Gold will be eligible to receive a free GEPL stainless steel sports bottle upon sign up. Sports bottles will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

Additionally, Winter Reading participants will receive one raffle ticket for every five books read between January 20 and February 24 and will be entered in the grand prize drawing for a golden colored iPod.

Glen Ellyn Public Library members can begin registering on January 20th by visiting gepl.org/winter or by visiting the 2nd floor information desk.  Individuals who would like a free sports bottle are encouraged to sign up in person at the information desk.

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Swinging Thru the Stacks is Back and Better than Ever!

news-blog-bannerOn Friday, January 24, the Glen Ellyn Public Library will host Swinging Thru the Stacks, 18 holes of miniature golf stationed throughout the library. Library cardholders, community members, families, neighbors and friends of the Glen Ellyn community are encouraged to assemble teams of four and test their golfing skills through challenging holes themed after The Hunger Games, The Hobbit, the Winter Olympics and more!

All participants will be eligible to compete for one of two awards: the adult (ages 13 and up) who achieves the best score will be awarded the second annual Glen Ellyn Cup. This custom-made award measures over 14-inches high and is constructed out of solid metal. The child (ages 3-12) who achieves the best score will be awarded the Glen Ellyn Youth Cup (which shares identical measurements and construction as the Glen Ellyn Cup).

The Friends of the Library will also be hosting a special Used Book Sale in the library’s basement during the event, between 4 and 8 pm.

Swinging Thru the Stacks participants may golf anytime between 4:00 and 8:00 pm. Golfing requires a $5.00 donation to help fund special library events.

The Glen Ellyn Public Library will close from 3:00 to 4:00 pm to set up the event.

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Earn Cool Prizes During GEPL’s Winter Reading Program

news-blog-bannerThe Glen Ellyn Public Library would like to formally announce our Winter Reading Program, which serves as a kickoff to their 2014 Olympic Games programming.

Our Winter Reading program, titled, “Reading for the Gold,” offers adults, ages 18 and older, the opportunity to earn various prizes based on the how early they register and the number of books they read this winter.

Starting January 20, the first 100 people to register for Winter Reading: Read for the Gold will be eligible to receive a free GEPL stainless steel sports bottle upon sign up. Sports bottles will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

Additionally, Winter Reading participants will receive one raffle ticket for every book read between January 20 and February 24 and will be entered in the grand prize drawing for a golden colored iPod.

Glen Ellyn Public Library members can begin registering on January 20th by visiting gepl.org/winter or by visiting the 2nd floor information desk.  Individuals who would like a free sports bottle are encouraged to sign up in person at the information desk.

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Late Night Study at the GEPL!

teens-blog-bannerWell, the relief of the snow days is over, the extra time before finals has almost evaporated, and you all start taking exams on Friday (ugh.)  But the bright side to all this is it means that Thursday night January 16, Tuesday night January 21, and Wednesday night January 22, you can come to late night study at GEPL and make cramming as bearable as humanly possible.  You might even find a little time to have fun while you’re here!

Don’t believe me?  Here are three of the many reasons you should come to GEPL to study for finals!

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1.) We’ll feed you and caffeinate you!  We’ll provide pizza starting at around 5:30 until it’s gone, each night of studying.  We’ll have coffee and other hot drinks for the whole night.  Studying on an uncaffeinated brain and empty stomach is pretty much impossible, so we’ve got you covered.

 

 

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2.) We have many of your textbooks available here so you don’t have to lug them, laptops so you don’t have to bring your own, plenty of distractions (mostly in book and internet form) for when you need a study break, and you can work with your friends or on your own, in a quiet environment.  It’s like we created this whole dang library just for studying.

 

 

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3.) The library is all yours from 9-10 p.m.  Seriously – only library staff and high school students allowed.  You’ll have all the space in the world to spread out your books and sit with your friends, without any adults or kids taking up space.

 

 

 

 

Good luck everyone!

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GEPL to Extend Hours to Accomodate High School Final Exam Schedules

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The Glen Ellyn Public Library will host Late Night Study from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on January 16, 21 and 22.

Late Night Study coincides with Glenbard West’s and Glenbard South’s final exam schedules and is designed to offer students a safe, quite and encouraging studying environment.

When in need of a study break, students can visit the Meeting Room on the library’s first floor, where free pizza and snacks will be provided. Students can also enjoy free coffee and other hot beverages.

The Glen Ellyn Public Library, which traditionally closes at 9:00 p.m. will remain open until 10:00 p.m. to provide students with the longest possible study window.

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Teens Blog: Under-Appreciated Gems

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Alright, this is my last “looking back at 2013” post.  I think.  But the thing is, with so many great books coming out all the time, even some of the greatest can get lost in the shuffle.  So I wanted to highlight a few books from 2013 that are really wonderful but just haven’t been checked out much.  Hopefully you’ll all decide to try something new, and discover how great these under-appreciated gems are!

Image 1 Shadows by Robin McKinley – I’m a huge Robin McKinley fangirl all around, so of course I had to read Shadows right when it came out.  And I really think it’s one of her best.  Certainly Shadows is a little more mature than some of her earlier work, and the combination of world-building, critters, and a fantastic and unique narrative voice make it really stand out.  In a world that is both very like our own and completely different and weird, Maggie struggles with her hatred for her new stepfather Val and the creepy shadows that follow him around.  Add in a devastatingly handsome new friend, her lovable and hyperactive border collie, increasingly bizarre events being covered up by the government, and remedial math, and Maggie has her hands more than full.

Style: "Porcelain vivid"Over You by Amy Reed – I can’t even begin to explain all the reasons, but I really, really loved this book.  I picked it up because of a rave review on Stacked, a favorite blog of mine, and I fell in love.  Really you could just read the Stacked review to see why it’s great, but there are a few things I especially loved.  Like the fact that Max was an ancient mythology nerd.  Or how well written Sadie was, so that even when I wanted to smack her, I still understood why Max loved her.  Like getting to read a book that focused so much on female friendship (even if it was a toxic one.)  Or Max herself, a fascinating character to see develop.  And like the fact that even weeks after finishing it, I was still thinking about Over You.

Image 3The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson – This is a third in a trilogy (oh yes, that trilogy that I keep writing about – there’s a reason I obsess over it).  So obviously, if you haven’t read the first two this is probably not going to be one you check out.  But this book was so good.  It was probably my favorite of the series, and I love this series.  There’s adventure, travel, danger, romance, and a whole lot more of Elisa turning into the awesome and powerful queen she was meant to be.  Plus, if it’s your thing, a lot more of the history and politics of Elisa’s world.  So catch up on the Girls of Fire and Thorns series if you need to, and if you’ve read the first two but held off on The Bitter Kingdom, I highly recommend picking it up ASAP.

Image 4The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr – As a former piano player, I was of course intrigued by a book about a piano prodigy who quit playing, and how she handled her family and her love of music afterwards.  What I was not expecting was a quiet book focused on character that I still could not put down.  I found myself pulling out my Kindle while I waited in two minute lines just to read a little more of this book.  Lucy is a flawed but realistic character, one who I couldn’t help rooting for even when I saw where she was going wrong.  And her story is perfect for anyone trying to sift through all the outside influence and figure out what they love and why, who they love and why, and what they want their life to be.

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Teens Blog: What I’m Reading Now

teens-blog-bannerAnother “What I’m Reading Now” take from my Morris Award nominees reading list!

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What I’m Reading Now: Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian

What’s It About (Jacket Description): Sex has always come without consequences for seventeen-year-old Evan. Until he hooks up with the wrong girl and finds himself in the wrong place at very much the wrong time. After an assault that leaves Evan scarred inside and out, he and his father retreat to the family cabin in rural Minnesota—which, ironically, turns out to be the one place where Evan can’t escape other people. Including himself. It may also offer him his best shot at making sense of his life again.

Do I Like It: YES!

Thoughts: This is a book I probably would never have picked up without the Morris nomination, despite the provocative title.  Which is why I am so grateful for awards like this that draw my attention to books I might never read otherwise!

I’m only about a third of the way through Sex & Violence, but man is it fantastic.  Evan is an easy narrator to connect with.  His internal life is fascinating and believable, especially in the wake of his trauma.  It’s extra fun getting in his head because he’s not the kind of guy who says a lot, so the behind-the-scenes look is particularly meaningful and important for readers getting to know Evan.

Mesrobian does a wonderful job not only with Evan, but with all the people and places around him.  She creates a community so real that I feel like I could go there (and I kind of want to.)  Pearl Lake and the people Evan meets there, like teen neighbors Tom, Baker, Kelly, and others, as well as the adults he encounters through his work and his father, are as intriguing and realistic as Evan himself.

All this sounds really dry and reviewer-y when I type it all out, but trust me – this book sucks you in.  I was invested almost immediately, and I really feel like Evan is talking to me as I’m reading.  I’m so invested in Evan, in his problems and history, in his recovery, and in him figuring out who he is and what he wants.  I always end up reading just a little longer than I intend to when I open this book, because I’m desperate to find out what happens next.  By the time you read this I’ll be done, so Sex & Violence should be on our shelves with the new books.  I highly recommend picking it up!

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Learn a New Language in 2014!

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Is your New Year’s resolution to learn a new language?

Be sure to check out the Glen Ellyn Public Library’s FREE online language resources, available 24/7, on our website.

Formal language instruction resources can be found by clicking here and scrolling to find “Language” under subject.

LiveMocha offers 38 languages, including Russian and Portuguese.

Learning Express Library allows users to improve their English skills by offering vocabulary, grammar and writing practice.

Kids can try BookFlix for Spanish practice and Tumblebooks for French and Spanish. Each of these sites allows kids to read along while listening to books.

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New Year, New Series Part 2

teens-blog-bannerWelcome to part two of my “new year, new series” list!  By now you may be thinking I’m posting an awful lot of dystopia/fantasy/etc. kind of stuff, and it’s true.  There are three reasons for that.  One, I know a lot of you love these books, so I’m going with what seems to fly off the shelves.  And two, I like these books!  It’s the old “write what you know.”  But I do try and shake things up sometimes, I promise.  And three, speculative fiction (my favorite catch-all term for fantasy, urban fantasy, sci-fi, dystopia, post-apocalyptic, paranormal, etc. etc. books) has a lot of series.  Anyways, on to part two of the list.  Let me know if you end up loving (or even hating, though I hope not!) any of these series!

Image 1 If you loved The Hunger Games try The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau – In the world of The Testing, the only chance a teenager has at a college education and a prosperous future is to compete in the Testing.  Those in the Testing must eliminate one another for a select few places (sound familiar?).  And as main character Cia navigates the deadly Testing, she must decide if her childhood friend and ally is trustworthy or not (sound familiar?)  Yes, the premise is similar The Hunger Games, but The Testing is its own book, featuring a unique post-apocalyptic society and a strong, engaging protagonist in Cia.

 

Image 2If you loved The Maze Runner try Incarceron by Catherine Fisher – Like Maze Runner, Incarceron feature large-scale imprisonment and a girl that acts as a catalyst for change.  Incarceron is a prison – a terrifying, gigantic prison that has its own personality and character, and this prison is where Finn has grown up.  But Finn believes that he has not always been inside Incarceron’s walls, though he cannot remember much of the world outside.  In the outside world, the warden’s daughter Claudia feels stifled by her life.  When Claudia and Finn simultaneously find a matching device that allows them to communicate, they begin to plot Finn’s escape.

Image 3If you loved Perfect Chemistry try Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry – The troubled girl and the bad boy meet, dislike each other, but eventually connect and fall in love.  It’s been done over and over, but much like Perfect Chemistry, Pushing the Limits does it really, really well.  Echo and Noah are both well-developed, likable characters.  And their initial reaction to each other, and the romance that follows, rings true.  Noah and Echo each have their own personal and emotional struggles which make them interesting separately.  And together, you might swoon for them as much as you did for Brittany and Alex.

Blog Entry 20 Image 4If you loved Graceling try Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson.  Because no series list would be complete without me mentioning two of my absolute favorite series in one paragraph.  Admittedly, Girl of Fire and Thorns has more in common with Fire or especially Bitterblue than it does with Graceling, but like all three of Cashore’s books, it features rich world-building and fantastic characters – especially the women who are central to all these books.  In Girl of Fire and Thorns, Elisa relies not on her physical powers, but on her mental ones.  She must contend with being thrust into politics and leadership that she is not prepared for, and learn what she is truly capable of.

Honorable Mentions (aka other speculative fiction series starters I think are great but couldn’t quite fit in!): Antigoddess by Kendare Blake; The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima; Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta; Legend by Marie Lu; Seraphina by Rachel Hartman; Terrier (or really anything else) by Tamora Pierce.

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