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VolunTeens Needed


VolunTeens Lauren and Jules worked our Star Wars @ the Library program on May 4th.

Each year the Library relies on a number of teen volunteers to help provide support at library programs and work on special projects.  Teen volunteers can gain experience working with children, helping to keep the library organized, providing support and guidance at events, and registering participants for our summer reading program.  Our volunTeens are a critical part of our summer programming.  Library events are often packed with families looking for fun summer activities and our volunTeens help to ensure that these programs run smoothly and everybody has a great time.  With a commitment of just 2 hours per week teens who have completed the 6th grade can build volunteer hours, gain valuable work experience and participate in family fun summer programs.  The Library is now accepting volunTeen applications of our summer volunteering session.  Click on over to our VolunTeens page for more information or to print an application today.

YA Green Light Reads


Kelly Jensen a librarian and a blogger at STACKED shared this fantastic flowchart of current YA books, suitable for all readers, with Book Riot and we thought it was so good we wanted to pass it along to you.  Kelly explains Green Light Reads as “a book that doesn’t contain a lot of swearing, gory violence, partying, or sensitive content. It’s not like any of those things are bad in YA books (they’re not, and frankly, dark, edgy YA is my favorite kind of YA), but there’s something to be said about having a ready list of books that would go over with little objection to almost any reader.” This list of books is also perfect for the tween reader starting to show interest in YA fiction.  A printable version can be found here: Download the PDF


VOTE TODAY! 2015 Thumbs Up! Award Teen Top Ten

teens_thumbsupThe Thumbs Up! Award is given annually to the author of an original work that has both literary quality and teen appeal for those 13 to 18 years of age. The award includes a statewide teen vote from a list of top ten books that were selected by a group of Michigan youth and teen librarians.

DDL Teens your challenge is to read all of these books (or as many as you want) and select the ONE that you feel is the best book. Vote for your fav by accessing the online voting ballot and make your selection. Be sure to vote by May 31, 2015.

2015 Thumbs Up! Teen Top Ten List

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The winning title will be announced in October during the 2015 Michigan Library Association Fall Conference so be sure to check back and see if your pick takes home the top honor.


Current and future babysitters will learn effective ways to keep children safe in their care by learning emergency procedures, discipline techniques, diapering, age appropriate activities, pediatric CPR, rescue breathing, the Heimlich maneuver, and basic first aid skills needed while babysitting.

Saturday, March 21st
10 am – 4 pm

For ages 12 and up

Participants should bring a sack lunch and, if desired, an afternoon snack.

Class fee: $30 and registration is required at least 48 hours prior to the program date.

Learn the skills you need to be the best babysitter on the block


Teen Time Logo whiteFor 6th grade and up

Stop by the library on Thursdays for activities including gaming, crafts, snacks and more!

During the month of March, teens who attend TeenTime will have an opportunity to help construct props for an up coming special Spring Break program.