Teen Time: Self Defense with Master Flotka

The new year is a great time to start fresh! Whether you are trying to keep track of good habits or learn something new, there is something refreshing about January and it seems like a great time to get started.  Tomorrow during our Teen Time, we will meet with Master Carl Flotka who will be demonstrating self-defense techniques.  Master Flotka is a 6th degree master instructor and teachers at Master Flotka’s ATA Martial Arts studio.  Come and learn how to protect yourself and others at this interesting session! MasterFlotka

Teen Time: SAT Prep

During Teen Time this week, we have invited special speaker, Jessica Rollins, to join us from Sylvan Learning Center to talk about SAT Prep. Jessica will be discussing tips and strategies for getting the most out of your SAT experience, as well as discussing how the SAT scores factor into college admissions. It’s never too soon to start thinking about this important aspect of high school.  Everyone can benefit from hearing information about how to understand this standardized test, as well as get you thinking about life after high school.  While you are here, check out some of these excellent resources from the library!

Reading and Writing Workout for the SAT by The Princeton Review– The Princeton Review is THE college admission and test prep company. This 2nd edition is a fantastic resource that will give you all the information you need to know about how to prepare for the SAT. They include questions, answers, and explanations as well as a providing variety of topics and writing drills that will help you do better on the writing section.

The Perfect Score Project: Uncovering the Secrets of the SAT by Debbie Stier- Here’s a book that your parents or guardians can read with you! Debbie Stier, a mother who wants to help her teenage son prepare and take the SAT, strives to better understand the test, how to prepare for it, and deciphering the results.  She takes the test seven times (!), prepares with one of the greatest test prep companies available, and works with coaches. The result is in her book, helping you to better understand what methods work and what doesn’t and what it means to take this important test.

Designer Hot Cocoa!


With the freezing temps and snow swirling everywhere it can be tough to keep warm! I know nothing helps thaw me out more than a nice, steaming, warm beverage.  Tomorrow, January 4th we will be kicking off the new year with some hot cocoa in the library. This isn’t just any old hot cocoa though–this is designer! Designed by you! We will have all the ingredients and a few suggested recipes to try out. Follow our suggestions or go wild and create your own concoction. The combinations are endless. We will have ziplock bags and sharpies so you can label your mix and take it home for friends and family to test out too. If you are looking for a fun and yummy way to warm up this winter, look no further!

New Year: New Goals

Goodbye 2017! It’s been quite a year! As the end of the year approaches, it’s inevitable that we reflect on the year gone by and begin to anticipate the upcoming new year. Making New Year’s resolutions and setting goals are a great way to get the most out of the next year! Are you ready for 2018?

Personally, I always try to set goals that push me to try new things.  Last year, I set a goal of wanting to run my first 5k and trained for the majority of the year. I ran it in September and it was a blast! I’m so happy I pushed myself to try something new! Maybe you want to get more organized in the New year. Maybe you need to work on learning a new skill. Maybe you want to figure out how to declutter your life…or maybe just start with your room. Here are a few books to help you prep for 2018!

Ryan Higa's How to Write Good by [Higa, Ryan]The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by [Kondo, Marie]Dot Journaling-A Practical Guide: How to Start and Keep the Planner, To-Do List, and Diary That'll Actually Help You Get Your Life Together by [Miller, Rachel Wilkerson]







Dot Journaling -A Practical Guide : How to Start and Keep the Planner, To-Do List, and Diary That’ll Actually Help You Get Your Life Together by Rachel Wilkerson Miller: I am a list maker. Always have been, always will be.  Why not jazz up all of those lists a little bit.  While I’m at it why not add in some additional information like tracking my spending or time spent reading. Insights into how I manage my time can help give me an idea as to where to more effectively plan my days, weeks, or even months.  This guide will help you focus on what’s most important to you.  You can make it as simple or as elaborate as you like.  You can chose what to track and how. The idea is that you are planning efficiently and effectively and being mindful of how time is spent.  I love being aware of how I spend my time, especially when I feel overwhelmed. Sign me up!

The life-changing magic of tidying up : the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kando: Say what you will about this book, but it’s popular for a reason.  It has helped many people de-clutter their homes, work spaces, and lives.  Looking to reduce the quantity of your material possessions? This book will help you do that.  By examining each item we own closely, understanding if it brings you joy (or not) will help you determine whether it should continue to be a part of your life. Not only does this book promise to help you untangle your home organization, it promises that once accomplished, you will never have to do it again.

How to Write Good by Ryan Higa: Ryan Higa, YouTube sensation and internet darling has written a book. A book on how to write. Now if you love Ryan, (or if you aren’t even remotely familiar with him), you should still pick up this book.  Ryan tells  his story but also teaches students how to excel at writing.  A wonderful New Year’s resolution would be to up those English grades and who better to learn from that this charismatic young man. He mixes his own experiences with life lessons and lessons in writing well.  Sounds like a winner! 


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.

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!










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!


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