Welcome back to school! I’m feeling very excited about this school year. I think there is so much to do and a lot of great programs at the library that will be beginning next week. We have all kinds of great services and resources and great help if you need it. That is why we will be having an after school hour several times a week where you can hang out, ask for homework help or help getting resources from the library. You can also join our Teen Advisory Group and help plan out events at the library, make selections on books for our collection and more! So welcome back and hope to see you soon! (For a list of After School Hour at the library check our tween zone’s back wall.)
If you loved Hunger Games then try the read-a-likes.
We will have a monthly scrapbook day and discuss the Hunger Games’ read-a-like of the month. This month’s read-a-like is Divergent by Veronica Roth.
We will meet on Tuesday, September 10 @ 4pm in the White Oak Room
Supplies will be provided. Just bring your pictures and be ready for discussion!
The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on Celebrate Teen Literature Day, the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Readers ages twelve to eighteen will vote online between August 15 and September 15 at www.ala.org/yalsa/reads4teens; the winners will be announced during Teen Read Week.
Check out our bulletin board at the Bourbonnais Public Library for the nominees.
Without a doubt, I think summer reading programs must be the biggest event planning for libraries. We begin planning months in advance if not right after that year’s summer reading program has ended. We get our thinking caps on and get as creative as we can get. A lot of work goes into planning and especially finding entertainers that go with the theme. It’s quite funny how everything turns out okay at the end.
Well in the planning stages of our summer reading program I decided to incorporate an entertainer that went with one of the countries we were learning about for the summer and that would interact with the public. So I decided to do capoeira from Brazil. “So what’s capoeira?” you say. It is a dance and martial arts from Brazil. It was developed in Brazil mainly by African descendants with native Brazilian influences, probably beginning in the 16th century. It is known by quick and complex moves, using mainly power, speed, and leverage for leg sweeps.
I must say that was a great choice. Gingarte Capoeira, the group we had come from Chicago, was all I ever hoped for. They explained the history, were so friendly and interacted so well with our public. The music from their instruments and their voice took us to another world. They had us all singing and at the very end had us all moving and laughing.