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.


End of the Summer Teen Party!

Last Thursday DeWitt District Library hosted our End of the Summer Teen Party! Our teens who have participated in the summer programs as well as our awesome volunteens turned out to spend the afternoon playing board games, eating pizza, and hanging out. We also had a variety of Minute to Win it games where teens could race against each other and the clock to complete a variety of tasks.

20620820_10159201656520201_1500730788491593901_nThe beautiful summer weather allowed us to spend some time outside as well chalking the sidewalk, face painting, and playing Giant Jenga.

We listened to music and some teens showcased different talents and skills.  There was quite the buzz surrounding our stacking cups!


It was really just all about having fun, celebrating the summer, and enjoying some time together at the library.  We look forward to seeing our teens back in the fall for some fun school year programs!


Our teens enjoyed taking pictures in the photo booth using props they created! 

Pizza and free movie passes, anyone?

unclesam-we-want-you-1Have you ever thought about what you want from the library? Maybe there’s a new book you’d love to read but can’t get your hands on just yet. Maybe you could use some study space or tutoring help during the school year. Maybe you’re seriously into gaming and need a fix. Maybe you want to learn a new craft or skill and need some help getting started. Maybe you just need a place to hang out after school. Whatever it is, we want to hear about it!

Stop by the Annex this Thursday, January 19th from 3:30-5:00 pm to enjoy some pizza and let us know. You’ll also have a chance to enter a drawing for a couple of complimentary movie passes from NCG.

If you’re busy and can’t make it, no problem. Just visit this link to complete a brief survey by Wednesday, January 25th and you’ll still have a chance to enter the drawing.

Hope to see you there!

An Afternoon of Anime



Good news! With the library’s reopening, Teen Time will finally kick off Thursday, November 3rd with an Afternoon of Anime, running from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. We’ll have several Miyazaki films to choose from as well as supplies to hone your origami skills.

Remember, Teen Time usually runs Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 pm over in our Woodruff Annex, just behind our main building. Depending on the day, we provide crafts, movies, gaming, snacks, and just a place to hang after school.

College Essay Writing Seminar @ DDL


It’s that time of year again! With college education deadlines fast approaching, the DeWitt District Library and Sylvan Learning Center have teamed up to help take the guess work out of answering those college admissions essay questions. This one hour seminar will provide you with the information and tips for crafting the perfect essay to increase your chances of admission. You’ll also have an opportunity to schedule a one-on-one consultation to review completed essays.

Monday, November 14th
6:30-7:30 pm
DeWitt District Library – Woodruff Annex
Register online or via phone at 669-3156

Volunteering – What’s in it for me?

With the summer season fast approaching you may find yourself with a little extra time on your hands.  Here is a list of reasons you should consider volunteering.

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    You get to help those who need it.
    This is the obvious benefit, right? But it’s also the
    most important part. As a volunteer, you have a great opportunity to give back to your community in any area that is important to you. What passion could you pass on to others?
  2. Volunteering is great for your mental and even physical health. Not only does volunteering boost self-confidence and happiness, but it has also been found that people who volunteer have lower mortality rates than those who don’t.
  3. Volunteering can teach you the social and networking skills that you will need as an adult. Volunteering can teach you how to network and build a list of important contacts. The people you volunteer with are also great candidates for recommendation letters for college and future jobs. These are the people who have seen how you interact with others in social situations and how you handle new challenges.
  4. Volunteering lets you see how others experience the world and opens your eyes to something new. From giving food at animal shelters to shelving books at the library, volunteering can expose you to very new experiences that you may not have known otherwise. Having new experiences can help you discover a new passion, and gives you the contacts to pursue that passion.
  5. Make your resume shine. Volunteer experience can set you apart from other applicants for job and school applications. Your volunteer experience shows that you are ambitious, that you care about your community, and that you are willing to work to affect change. These are great qualities that recruiters and admissions officers look for in a potential student or employee.

DSCF6989Volunteer Opportunities @ the Library

With as little as two extra hours per week, you could volunteer time at the DeWitt District Library.  During the summer our VolunTeens help us with a variety of tasks from handing our summer reading prizes to helping kids with craft projects.  For more information about becoming a volunteer at the library visit our VolunTeen page.

Need even more reasons to volunteer?….

  1. Opens doors to new experiences and unique opportunities

  2. Develop skills that help you to give back to your community

  3. Meet new people and make new friends

  4. Improve interpersonal skills through teamwork and networking

  5. Increased self motivation and improved academic success

  6. Opportunity to discover new skills, talents and interests

  7. An inside look at how organizations operate

  8. Critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork development

  9. Take a look at the “real” working world

  10. Networks to future opportunities

  11. Working with others to accomplish greater things

  12. Improving lives of people in the community

  13. Creating healthy, sustainable communities