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Holly Jolly Reads for the Winter Season

The holiday season is upon us.  There is snow in the air, the hot cocoa is flowing, and it’s time to settle in with a fantastic book to keep you warm all season long! Whether you love an exciting action/thriller, a feel-good romance, or rousing social justice read, the library is the place for you. Check out several books to keep you company all winter long.  Books can be checked out for 3 weeks and renewed up to three times as long as there are no holds on them.  Get them while they are here because these books are hot for the cold months ahead!

Landscape with Invisible Hand by M.T. Anderson-A story of alien invasions,  deteriorating love between two teens, and 1950’s nostalgia sounds like a winning combination to us! The protagonist must keep up appearances and keep the alien race invested in his love story with someone he is quickly falling out of love with in order to survive.  This new book by Anderson, who also wrote the popular “Feed”, has movie buzz already and is an interesting treat to read. The Truman show meets reality TV.

Jane Unlimited by Kristin Cashore– When you have no direction, your choices are endless! All of the choices Jane makes leads her to a mysterious island mansion called Tu Reviens.   While there, Jane made choices that will impact her life forever.  All choices come with a reward or a price and Jane is learning just how far she is willing to go.

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green– An instant best seller! John Green is known for his writing quotable quotes, realistic, heart wrenching plot lines, and relate-able and quirky characters that stay with you forever. TATWD is no exception.  Brimming with heart and a unique protagonist, Aza, John Green tells a story of a young girl trying to solve a mystery while understanding herself as well.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon– A rom-com for the ages! This story follows aspiring web developer and independent woman Dimple who is ready for life and not ready for a husband and Rishi who is a hopeless romantic ready for love with his future arranged wife.  When these two met fireworks spark and the reader is in for a treat watching their love story unfold.

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STEM Skills: Tremendous Tutus!

Do you have fashionable ambitions? Ever thought of making your own clothes? Come to Teen Time next Thursday, December 14th from 3pm-5pm in the library annex.  We will be using tulle fabric and elastic to create some cool no-sew tutus. We will be measuring, tying, and modeling some cool tutus! Make one for yourself or give it as a gift this holiday season! We will provide the materials, you provide the creativity! Check out these three books on crafting and making your own clothes!

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Teen Time: Bullying Prevention

Bullying is a serious problem in America, one that most teens will face at some point in their lives.  We want to equip our teens with the knowledge and understanding to know what to do when a bullying instance is taking place.  We want you to know how to problem solve when these intense situations present themselves. We have partnered with MSU extension to bring a Bullying prevention program to the library.  On Thursday, December 7th from 3pm-5pm Abigail Cudney will be presenting “An Introduction to Bullying Prevention”. Here is information on what the program will cover.

Every day across our communities, thousbulllyingwordcloudands of young people are affected by a range of harmful bullying behaviors. Be SAFE: Safe, Affirming and Fair Environments is a Michigan State University Extension initiative designed to help young people aged 11 to 14 (and adults) work in partnership to create environments that are physically and emotionally safe.

During Teen Time we will cover: An introduction to Bullying Prevention: where participants will explore attitudes and beliefs about bullying behaviors, and build an understanding of what bullying is.

We hope you will join us for this important presentation.  There will be time for questions at the end and pizza will be provided for all attendees.

Feast on a Book: A Thanksgiving Post

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to spend with friends, family, and food! After all that turkey, one of our favorite things to do is to curl up with a good book.  So here are a few fantastic, foody choices for you to enjoy over your Thanksgiving Holiday! Thanksgivingbooks

Devilish by Maureen Johnson: A fun, unique romp through St. Teresa’s Preparatory School for Girls.  We are introduced to best friends Jane and Allison. Following an accident, Allison comes back to school looking and acting very differently and she won’t give Jane the time of day. What happened to Jane’s friend? Well, she sold her soul to the devil. Will Jane be able to get her back? Maybe with the help of a cool freshman boy named Owen. Featuring a mysterious cupcake that plays an intriguing role in the story this is the perfect read for dessert!

Kitchen Princess by Natsumi Ando: This fun manga series is perfect for keeping the turkey food coma at bay! Najika can cook up a storm and loves cooking for friends and family.  She can’t help feeling as though something is missing from her life though and is determined to figure out the mystery of who the young boy was that touched her heart so long ago.  Using a silver spoon, she finds her way to Seika Academy where she meets Sora and Daichi. This is a light, and fun mystery that combines the best of cooking and romance!

Flavor of the Week by Tucker Shaw: What goes better with Turkey than a side of Love Triangle! In this delightful novel about aspiring chef Cyril Bartholomew, a heavy young boy secretly in love with his lab partner, Rose. Cyril has kept his passion for cooking a secret from everyone expect his cool and athletic best friend Chris.  The friendship between Chris and Cyril is endearing but complicated by the fact that they are both falling for Rose.  A light romantic comedy that focuses on the balance between friendship and potential romance.

Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty by Jody Gehrman: Girl Power cubed! Who doesn’t love a story set in a coffee shop? This story focuses on a trio of fantastic female characters Geena, her best friend Amber and her cousin Hero. When some hot guys are thrown into the mix while the girls are working at the Triple Shot Betty Coffee shop together the girls get tied up in all kinds of drama, mistaken identities, and a few cat fights. There is so much going on in this story but the important take away is that it is filled with romance, comedy, and heart! You won’t want to miss how these girls spend their summer!

What’s old is new again!

We love books! Can’t get enough of them no matter what shape or form they come in.  E-books, print books, board books, pop-up books! If it tells a story, we’re in! What happens, though, when the books get old, torn, yellowed, or aren’t relevant anymore?

Libraries, in a sense, are alive. They grow and change with the needs of the community they serve.  If a library didn’t grow, the collection would become dated leaving all our community members to seek more current, relevant information elsewhere. In keeping up with the times, libraries have a process for adding and deleting books from the collection. This process of deleting books is called weeding.

The goal of this week’s Teen Time Program is to give new life to the old books we love! Join us on Thursday, November 30th in making some book inspired art! We will be tearing apart old book that have been weeded from our collection, rolling the pages, and making some beautiful book poms, trees, and wreaths. From 3pm-5pm in the library annex we will be creating these decorative accents that you can use in your bedroom or give as a gift during the holiday season! Don’t miss out on this great program!

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Check out this adorable book tree made from an old Christmas book!

Cards for a Cause: Paper Circuits!

The Holiday Season is upon us and the DeWitt District Library would like to spread some Holiday Cheer to the brave men and women who fight for our country! Join us on Thursday, November 16th from 3pm-5pm in the library annex! We will be crating some beautiful holiday cards using materials provided by the library.

Want to take your card to the next level? Try your hand at adding some LED lights to deck out your card.  We will have a brief tutorial on how to create some easy paper circuits to add to your decorated card.  Cards will be mailed to the VA Medical Center in Battle Creek.paper circuit

Karaoke Party!

Are you a Car Radio Rockstar? How about a Shower Superstar? Maybe your an Acoustic Crooner? Well it’s time to let your inner song out and join us on Thursday November 9th from 3pm to 5pm in the library annex.  We will be having a Karaoke Party for the ages. There will be lights, music, and snacks! Not much of a singer? Come and cheer on your friends! Every great Karaoke party needs a willing audience.  We have a karaoke set donated for use and will be using Youtube karaoke for the music–all we need is you! Karaoke

Video Game Veg out!

 

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Feeling the pressure of tests, quizzes, and homework? Well come and hang out with us on Thursday November 1st from 3pm-5pm in the library annex.  We will have snacks and video games! What better way to destress then to enjoy some friends, virtual reality competition? The library will provide access to the WiiU and games like Mario Kart, Rampage, and Wii Sports! Teens are encouraged to enjoy some snacks and take turns playing.  You can even feel free to bring your homework if you’d like.

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.

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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!

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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!