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Feature Film: Spooky Spectacular!

“We solemnly swear we are up to no good” at DDL! Our library is all decked out with Halloween decor and we are fully embracing the spooky season! On Thursday, October 26th we will be enjoying some sweet snacks, salty popcorn, and a fantastic feature film of your choosing.  Join us in the library annex from 3pm-5pm for an afternoon of Halloween movies! I’ll come prepared with some options and we will have a vote. The movie with the most votes is the one we will watch.  If you would like to watch a different movie, feel free to browse our selection and check one out to enjoy at home!

For all those that enjoy some spooky reading to get you in the spirit of the season here are some of our favorite Halloween reads!

YAHorrorMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs: The combination of a creeptastic story and faded, supernatural, old-timey, real-life photos is keeps you turning the pages until the very end! Bonus: you can follow up with his sequels, “Hollow City” and “Library of Souls”. This series will not disappoint.

House of Furies by Madeline Roux: This book just came out and we’ve been dying to get our hands on it! Madeline Roux is known for her creepy, page turners that will keep you enthralled until the last page.  Check this one out asap!

Dangerous Creatures by Kim Garcia: In this supernatural novel you have sirens, rock groups and a solid love story. What more could a person want?

The Falconer by Elizabeth May: Buzzwords about this YA horror novel include, fairies, revenge, and Scotland.  I’m sold.

“Mischief Managed!”


Pumpkin Painting Palooza!

We are getting into the spirit of Halloween here at the library! If you’ve stopped by recently you have seen decorations including, spiders, witches hats, and pumpkins galore! We are also displaying some of our favorite spooky reads. Stop by and check one out today!


I love this melted crayon pumpkin!

During Teen Time this week, we want to take a moment to really appreciate and highlight our favorite type of seasonal squash–the pumpkin! Come join us this Thursday in decorating pumpkins.

Each year the library participates in Pumpkin Palooza a fantastic community event where kids of all ages trick or treat in the plaza. It’s always a fun time for all involving games, treats, and decorations and we look forward to it every year. Teens will be given a small pumpkin to decorate as they like.  Let your imagination run wild. Pumpkins can be pretty or scary or pretty scary! We will provide the paint and supplies and you provide the creativity! Hope you can join us!


Teen Read Week: Unleash Your Story!

170403_TRW17_Web_graphic_logoLQFrom October 8th to October 14th we are celebrating teens who love to read and write! Each year YALSA conducts a Teen Read Week helping to inspire teens who have stories to tell or love reading stories about teens. This year’s theme is “Unleash Your Story.”

When was the last time you connected with a character? Really felt swept up into the plot of a book? We want to know! Tell us in the comments section what was the last really great book that spoke to you. Or let us know one book that influences you everyday.  Maybe you have that one book (or several) that you love to return to reread again and again. We want to hear about it.

Maybe you’re an aspiring writer? Well this week is all about you too! Teens have a unique perspective in the world–one that may not always be heard. We want to celebrate teens who have a voice and have used it.  Whether it’s sharing something personal to you, observances about the world around you, or maybe you want to evoke change in the world.  Write it down, share it out, don’t be afraid of “unleashing you story”!

This week in the library, we will be displaying books about teens who have unleashed their stories.  The display will include biographies from teens just like you.  They have used their voice to tell an important story about their lives.  Stop by the library to pick one up!

Hack your Study Skills with Jessica Rollins!

We are officially into the new school year and the assignments, tests, and quizzes continue to pour in.  Feeling overwhelmed? Not sure where to start when it comes to studying? We’ve got you covered! Join us on October 5th from 3:30pm-4:30pm in the library annex.  We will have a special guest speaker from Sylvan Learning: Jessica Rollins!


Jessica will be focusing on the following areas: Active Listening Skills, so that students will not miss information in class. Effective note taking strategies and how to use study tools, such as flash cards and color coding, to study efficiently and improve test scores. Daily Review and Test taking strategies to take tests and quizzes with confidence, tackle different types of tests and manage testing anxiety. Sound like something you could benefit from? Stop by and hear what she has to say.  Snacks will be provided!

Banned Book Breakout Box: The Great Gatsby

Oh the fabulous Roaring 20’s; the music, the decadence, the hemlines, the literature! Some really great stories are set during the Jazz Age. We felt inspired by The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald to make our own banned book breakout box. Come to the library annex next Thursday, September 28th from 3pm-5pm and take part in our Great Gatsby Escape Party. Use your knowledge of the book to help solve the puzzles and gain admittance to a Gatsby-esque party at the library!

Feeling inspired to read more stories set in the 1920s? Here are some of our favorites!

The Diviners by Libba Bray: Fans of the supernatural, you are in a for a treat! An atmospheric read set in the bustling center of New York City in 1926.  Evie O’Neil has a secret–she  is hiding supernatural powers from her occult-obsessed uncle. Fueled by an unforgettable cast of characters, follow Evie’s adventure as her New York city life takes some dangerous twists and turns.


Bright Young Things by Anna Godberson: Summer in the city, Jazz, the bright lights of Broadway, and three young girls with stories to tell.  You can almost hear the sounds of the city. The thrilling tales of three socialites trying to pursue their dreams dazzles readers with the glitz and glamour of the age.  Sure to thrill any reader who has big dreams.



Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald: The name synonymous with the 1920’s has a lesser known set of short stories observing life in the Jazz age. The parties, the girls, the lifestyle; all of it happening in between the pages of this brief novel.  These 8 stories will keep readers who love a good coming of age style novel engaged to the very end.


Recycled Style! Giving Old Books New Life!

Book art has recently been having a moment.  Artists have really been pulling out all the stops when it comes to our favorite books.

IMG_2068Enter any book store and you can find so many novelty (pun intended) book products. T-shirts with quotes, scenes, or re-imagined covers printed on the fronts. Purses made out of old book covers.  Earrings made from tiny books and pages.  It has suddenly become popular not just to read the hottest book–but to wear it as well! This week during teen time we are making old books new again by creating so cool book art.  We’ve taken some books that have been discarded from the collection, pulled them apart and put our own creative spin on these works of art. Take for example this old copy of  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. We’ve removed the page and drawn a simplistic, yet bold 221B. over the text–representative of the famous Holmes’ address in London on Baker St.



IMG_2069You can be as creative or simplistic as you like! Your imagination is the limit for these bookish works of art.  Not into drawing? You can cut up other pages or illustrations and paste the shapes onto another page to create your image.  Check out this print I’ve purchased from Schuler’s book store.  It’s a scene from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen in which the scene is created by the words of the text! There are so many ways to breathe new life into old books.



Join us this coming Thursday, September 21st from 3-5 in the library annex to create some awesome bookish works of art!






Carry your (Library) Books in Style!

The school year is officially underway! I know I have seen my fair share of really cool backpacks coming in and out of the library. If there is one thing I love almost as much as a great book is book swag. Tote bags, bookmarks, shelf ends, you name it. I especially love when great book swag reflects great books. So that is what inspired next week’s Teen Time: Doodle your own book tote bag!

The library will be providing a nice sized blank ttoteote bag for teens to create a one of a kind masterpiece.  This DIY event was inspired by those cool “I READ BANNED BOOKS” tote bags and goes along with the spirit of banned books month, but teens should feel free to create what speaks to them.  Maybe geometric prints are your thing, or a great quote from your favorite book, maybe you are feeling ambitious and want to draw out your favorite scene from a book–the sky and your imagination is the limit.  Stop by the library annex from 3pm-5pm on Thursday September 14th to create with us!

Celebrating fREADom!

At the end of this week, September will begin and you know what that means–Celebrating Banned Books! At DeWitt District Library we plan on celebrating all month long! Each Thursday, during Teen Time, we will be illustrating what our freedom to read looks like.


Can you guess the book that was challenged for this reason?


Next week on Thursday September 7th from 3:00-5:00 in the library annex we will be creating book covers out of brown paper to display in the library.  These book covers will be unique though. Each book cover will be decorated to reflect the reason why that book was challenged or banned.  Teens can feel free to express themselves on the book covers by drawing pictures or using stylized writing and colors to convey the message.


Surprised? The answer is “The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank 

Reading banned and challenged books opens us up to different ideas and viewpoints and can illustrate something that we may be able to identify with–even if it may be hard to talk about. Reading stories like Anne Frank’s while very sad, allows us to be sympathetic and understanding of her experience and to learn from history.

Come and be a part of this program! Create some fun, interesting, and informative book covers and help someone discover a new (banned) story to read!













Teen Time: What’s on?

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In two weeks Teen Time will be back in full swing at the library! With the start of the school year it’s nice to have a place to unwind, hang out, do homework, or learn a new skill through the Young Adult Library Programs. Teen time is a specially designated time that teens can come and hang out in our library annex.  Each week we will have a different program to help teens learn and explore new things. Special topics like maker space workshops, hacking your study skills, and self-defense classes are just a few of the events we have lined up for this year. As a reminder Teen Time is held every Thursday from 3:00-5:00.





Want to have a say in what’s on for Teen Time? Interested in making a difference in your community? If you have a great idea and want to see it put into action, come to the library to find out how to join our Teen Advisory Board! The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) will meet once a month to discuss and plan some fun library events just for teens! TAB is a great way to meet new people, put on an event that is interesting and fun for you, and to have your voice heard in our community. Come and check it out!

Check our blog next week to find out What’s On at the library in the month of September!









Best of Back to School Books: YA Edition

It’s the middle of August and even though we have just wrapped up a successful Summer Reading Program, DeWitt District Library is turning it’s attention to fall! The Back to School season is upon us which means it won’t be long until the air turns crisp and the pumpkin spice lattes will flow.

Back to school can bring on a variety of emotions–giddiness for new classes, anxiety about doing well, or interest in trying to navigate a new social scene. YA novels tend to draw inspiration from real life and reading can help us know that we aren’t alone in our feelings. So here are our picks for 6 great back to school YA books to help you gear up for the upcoming school year.

Pick up one of these reads at the library today! Books are available in print or digital copy.

sleepingfreshmenneverlieSleeping freshmen never lie by David Lubar 

Scott is just your average freshman trying to navigate his honors classes, write a sports column for the school newspaper, and attract the attention of his new crush Julia. On top of all of that, his mother has just announced that she is pregnant. So, in order to help cope with everything he is going through, he decides to write a survival guide for his newly expected sibling in hope that they will have an easier go at high school life.  A laugh-out loud back to school read!


eleanorandparkEleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Bring on the 80’s nostalgia in this sweet, relatable romance between two very awkward teens. Eleanor and Park share a love of music and each other in this story about first love and the fight to hold onto it.  While as smart, edgy, and un-put-downable as this book is, you will find yourself smiling and nodding along with their struggles and triumphs. A great book to read while riding the bus to school!


Genius I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be your Class President by Josh Lieb 

Don’t let the main character’s age of 12 fool you. This kid is ready for the big leagues.  Oliver Watson is an overweight evil genius who puts his plans for world domination aside so that he can successfully run for class president.  Shenanigans ensue while Oliver tries to win not only the election but also his father’s approval.  With classic science fiction and fantasy touches, readers will love Lieb’s voice and sense of humor in this unusual story.

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkinshexhallcover

Welcome to Hex Hall, the reform school for all Prodigium (witches, vampires, ghosts, faires, and shapeshifters). Sophie Mercer, a 15 year old witch, has just arrived due to a botched prom nigh spell and her father’s insistence that she get her powers under control. Along the way we meet an unique and unforgettable cast of characters who try to navigate school life as well as solve the mystery of who is killing the students of Hex hall and why is that person especially after Sophie?

tellmethreethingsTell me three things by Julie Buxbaum 

Starting a new school can be intimidating, especially when that new school is a pretentious prep school in LA where you know absolutely no one. Such is the case for Jessie. It’s been two years since her mother died and her father has remarried and moved their family across the country to start again. Jessie is trying so hard to navigate this new life when she starts receiving emails for someone named Somebody/Nobody or SN for short, offering her advice and help along the way.  Desperate, Jessie accepts, but is it for the best?

separatecoverA Separate Peace by John Knowles

A classic! This book is on many high school required reading lists for a reason. Set right before World War II, Gene and Phineas couldn’t be more opposite, yet find themselves sharing a room at their prep school in New England.  During the summer they spent together, they will discover the end to their adolescence and help readers to understand that the friendships we make can define and change us.