Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Top Picks For YA Lit!

A little bit late but here are the top picks for YA Lit from two members of our Youth Services Team!

Miss Cate's Top Picks

Thirteen Reasons Why Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher (YA ASHER)
Clay receives a package of audio cassette tapes, when he begins to play them he hears the voice of a classmate who has committed suicide. As she explains the thirteen reasons why she killed herself, Clay learns the significance about our words and actions and how he can stop something like this from happening again. A must read for any High School student or person who works with Young Adults. 

Matched (Matched, #1)Matched - Ally Condie (YA CONDIE) 
Cassia lives in a society that decides everything for you, what you eat, where you live and who you love. It is her matching ceremony and when she is matched with her close friend Xander she is confident that he is the one she is suppose to be with. Until another person's face, one she knows, flashes across the screen. Cassia begins to question her society for the first time to find a path that leads much darker than she thought. 
This is the first book in  the Matched Trilogy. Crossed (YA CONDIE) is the second book with the third, Reached, being released in November 2012.

Both of these books are up for  the 2013 Lincoln Awards. Read both and find out in Spring 2013, which is the winner!

Miss Mandy's Top Pick
Chicks With Sticks - Elizabeth Lenhard (YA LENHARD)
It is about four girls who are seniors in High School wondering what lies ahead for them after high school. Their friendship is tightly knitted.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

New Picture Books - October 2012

Here is a spotlight on some of the new picture books we have at the library for October 2012.

Product DetailsAll the Awake Animals Are Almost Asleep - By Crescent Dragonwagon and David McPhail  (JE DRAGONWAGON)
In this lyrical animal ABC book, a mother tries to tuck her child in for the night by telling him about all the awake animals that are getting sleepy. From antlered Antelope to zzz-ing Zebra, this alphabet of animals becomes an exquisite celebration of language and nature, just right for lulling even the most wide-awake little ones into a cozy, soothing slumber.
Product Details
Boot and Shoe - By Marla Frazee (JE FRAZEE) 
Boot is a back porch kind of dog. Shoe is a front porch kind of dog.What will happen when a squirrel stirs up some trouble and Boot ends up on the front porch and Shoe is at the back porch?
A cute story about two dogs who think they have lost each other with a very happy reunion at the end!

The Reader - By Amy Hest and Illustrated by  Lauren Castillo (JE HEST)
A new reader trudges through deep snow with a mysterious suitcase in tow. He has something important to share with his faithful companion, who bolts ahead to wait at the top of a tall hill. Our small hero climbs higher and higher, until finally, he is there, too. Then he opens his suitcase— click, click—and soon the only sound in the world is the sound of the reader reading their very favorite book to the very last page… the very last word.

The Sandman : The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie - By William Joyce (JE JOYCE) 
 The man in the moon had a problem. Most nights, he beams down at the children of Earth, providing them with an inextinguishable nightlight that keeps nightmares at bay. But what happens when it's foggy or cloudy? When the moon is less than full and bright? Who will keep the children safe at night? He needs a helper! And he's spied just the fellow: a sleepy little guy named Sanderson Mansnoozie ( Sandy for short), who might be perfect...if only the man in the moon could wake him up.

Jangles a Big Fish Story - By David Shannon (JE SHANNON) 
Jangles is the biggest fish anyone has ever seen! Fishing alone at dusk, a boy feels a tug on his line and comes face-to-face with the gigantic trout--whose enormous jaw is covered with so many lures and fish hooks that he jingles and jangles when he swims. Terrified by the sight, the boy is shocked when Jangles befriends him and takes him on an adventure to the bottom of the lake. A surprise ending will leave readers laughing and shaking their heads.

What Time Is It? It's Duffy Time! - By Audrey and Don Wood (JE WOOD)
Like most pugs, Duffy loves to sleep, and from the time he wakes for breakfast to the time he prepares for bed, Duffy's day is punctuated by delicious naps: the Before Breakfast Nap; the After Breakfast Nap; the Late Morning Nap; and so on. When his best friend, a playful girl, comes home from school, Duffy helps her with her homework, follwed by his Early Evening Nap.

These are only a small portion of the new pictures books we have currently. Make sure to check out the full selection in the library, located next to the concept books.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Reading is "Fang"tastic at Halloween!

Stop by to see our Halloween display and check out a "spook"tacular book. Also, do not forget to stop by on Halloween for a trick-or-treat!

Incredible Bats!

On Tuesday, October 16th, we enjoyed  Incredible Bats.  Sharon Peterson and her husband Daniel did a tremendous job of sharing their love of bats. All who attended learned how these greatly misunderstood creatures are beneficial to the world around us. Best of all, they were able to touch a live Egyptian Fruit Bat!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fire Safety Storytime

October 7 - 13 was Fire Prevention Week. For our Terrific 3s and 4s Storytime (Thursdays 4:30) we invited members of the Oak Brook Fire Department to read a picture book about Fire Fighters and talk to us about Fire Safety.

Fireman Bob read us a story called Fireman Frank!

Sparky the Dog came to visit!

What number do we call if there is a fire? 9-1-1!

We practiced stopping...


and rolling!

We listened to a fire alarm. It was really loud!

We played a game and sorted toys and tools. We know that we play with toys but not with tools.

The kids really enjoyed listening to Fireman Bob.

We had a lot of fun and want to thank Fireman Bob and Sparky the Dog for attending our storytime!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Teen Read Week

Today marks the beginning of Teen Read Week! The goal of Teen Read Week is to encourage young adults to read for fun and increase awareness of library resources available for this population. 

Miss Theresa at the Oak Brook Public Library has put together an exciting week of fun activities and promotions specifically for our young adults. 

Sunday 10/14 (and throughout the week)- Candy Jar Guess for ALL AGES. Come to the Youth Services Desk to see if you can get the closet estimate to win a jar full of candy. Including Twizzlers and Sweet Tarts some of Miss Cate's favorites!

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/b5/Young_Frankenstein_movie_poster.jpg/220px-Young_Frankenstein_movie_poster.jpgMonday 10/15 - Teen Movie Night with Popcorn! We will be hosting a showing of Mel Brook's Young Frankenstein (PG)  in the Youth Activity Room at 6:30 PM. In the movie Dr. Frankenstein's grandson (Gene Wilder), after years of living down the family reputation, inherits granddad's castle and repeats the experiments. This comedy with sci-fi elements you will be sure to enjoy. 

Tuesday 10/16 - Incredible Bats program at 6:30 in the Friend's Meeting Room. Interested in animals? Have you ever wanted to see a real bat up close? Well this is the program for you! Come find out more about these interesting animals and how beneficial they are to us and the world.  Find out more at http://www.incrediblebats.com/.

Wednesday 10/17 and Thursday 10/18 - Popcorn Study Night in Youth Activity Room from 5-9pm. Grab your friends and come finish your homework together while chowing down on popcorn at the library!

Friday 10/19 and Saturday 10/20 - Teen's Free Film Certificate with Book Check Out!
Teen's will get a FREE DVD or Video Game Rental when they check out any book at the Oak Brook Library. 
Don't know what to read? Check back later in the week for our Top Picks for Young Adult Lit. 

We look forward to seeing you at many of these events throughout the week! 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Banned Book Week

Yesterday started the beginning of Banned Book Week! Banned Book Week celebrates the freedom to read. 

To celebrate the Youth Services Department has put together a puzzle featuring popular children's books/series that have been banned or challenged. Match the picture with the correct title/series and author. 

Send your answers to obplblog@gmail.com to win a free DVD or video game rental from the Oak Brook Public Library! Please include your name and we will e-mail you to let you know when you can pick up your prize at the Youth Services desk. This contest will end October 8th, so be sure to send your answers in soon!

Do your best to match as many as you can! 



4. 5.

6. 7. 

 9. 10 .

A. Captain Underpants Series - Dav Pilkey

B. Junie B. Jones Series - Barbara Parks

C. Where the Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak

D. The Giver - Lois Lowry

E. Goosebumps Series - R.L. Stine

F. In the Night Kitchen - Maurice Sendak

G. A Wrinkle In Time - Madeleine L'Engle

H. The Lorax - Dr. Seuss

I. Draw Me a Star - Eric Carle

J. Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowling