Sunday, October 23, 2016

Teens' Top Ten

The Teens' Top Ten is a teen choice list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year.  More information is available here.
The 2016 Teens’ Top Ten titles are listed below. 

Click on the titles to see the books in our catalog.  If you'd like us to have a book that we don't already own, click on "request it" to submit a suggestion for us to purchase it.

  1. Alive by Chandler Baker (request it here)
    Stella Cross has received a heart transplant, but it has not stopped her emotional suffering.
    Then a mysterious boy named Levi Zin comes into her life. Stella’s pain goes away whenever she’s around Levi. However, Stella finds out a terrible secret about Levi. Can it be true?
  2. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (Y Fiction and ebook)
    Death plays a big role in the lives of high schoolers Theodore Finch and Violet Markey. He is constantly on the verge of suicide, and she is battling grief after her sister’s death. The Indiana teens come together to work on a project and soon develop a bond, showing each other what it’s like to live.
  3. The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough (request it here)
    Set in Seattle in the 1920s, a romance develops between Flora, who is African American, and Henry, who is white. Despite some differences, the pair has much in common, including a shared love of jazz music. However, it turns out that Flora and Henry actually are pawns in a game played by two other characters – Love and Death. This book is full of intrigue and is, at times, heartbreaking, and will have the reader racing to the final pages.
  4. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Y Fiction)
    Young criminal genius Kaz Brekker is offered the chance to pull off a dangerous theft that can make him rich. He recruits a gang of six dangerous misfits to help him with the heist. The book follows the crew’s crazy adventure and features plot twists, betrayals, and schemes aplenty.
  5. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (Y Fiction and ebook)
    Maddy is a teenager with a serious autoimmune disease that prevents her from leaving the house. Yet, she seems content to stay home and read books. That is until a boy named Olly moves in next door. The two meet, and their quirky relationship is chronicled through emails, journal entries, IMs and old notes.
  6. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone (request it here)
    Samantha McAllister seems to have it all: she is beautiful, bright and part of the popular crowd in high school. But looks can be deceiving, and she is hiding the fact she has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Samantha’s life changes after she visits a place at school called Poet’s Corner and she begins hanging out with new friends like Caroline and AJ.
  7. The Novice: Summoner: Book One by Taran Matharu (request it here)
    A blacksmith’s apprentice named Fletcher discovers he can summon demons from another world. He soon gets chased out of his village for a crime he did not commit, ending up at an academy for adepts, where he is trained to serve as a Battlemage in the Empire’s war against the savage Orcs. Eventually, Fletcher discovers the fate of the Empire is in his hands.
  8. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Y Fiction and ebook)
    Kady and Ezra have just broken up, and then their planet is bombed by a megacorporation. The pair escapes to a government ship, but must put their differences aside in order to survive and stop a plague that has resulted from the use of a bioweapon.
  9. When by Victoria Laurie (request it here)
    High school junior Maddie Fynn has special powers that allow her to see numbers above a person’s forehead, which she soon discovers are death dates. She identifies the death date of a young boy, but is unable to prevent his disappearance. Then, Maddie becomes a suspect in a homicide investigation.
  10. Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten (request it here)
    June and Delia were best friends who grew apart. Then, Delia commits suicide. Or, at least that’s what others have been told. June believes her former best friend has been murdered, and she goes on a quest to find the truth . . . which, it turns out, is very complicated.
Annotations provided by the Teens' Top Ten book groups and publicized by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association).

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Library Card Sign-up Month

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time when the nation’s public libraries highlight the value of a library card. Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. It is a time when libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers, and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.

A library card provides free access to borrow books, magazines, DVDs, audiobooks, music, downloadable e-books, and more.  Milan Public Library also provides a spectrum of free services, including local history materials, research databases, help finding information, computer access, internet access, and programs for adults, teens, and children.

Although a library card is necessary to check out items from the library, resources at Milan Public Library are available to everyone in our community.  Information about eligibility for a library card and how to register for a card is available here.

This year’s Library Card Sign-Up Month Honorary Chair is Snoopy, the beagle featured in the Peanuts comic strip, calling attention to the supportive role libraries and library professionals play in the education, academic achievement, and development of children.   

Everyone who signs up for a library card in September will receive a fun Peanuts-themed item.  Join  us to celebrate again on October 1 with cake and other refreshments and activities at the library!

Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.  The beginning of a new school year is a good time for children to get library cards and discover the opportunities available at the library.

Our library has recently initiated a student library card allowing free borrowing privileges to students enrolled in Milan Area Schools.  We welcome all students in our community to use our library to support their academic assignments and personal reading interests.  Stop by the library to study, use a computer, research a school assignment, or choose a new book to read.  See more information about the requirements of a student library card at our library here.

If you don't have a library card, stop by this month to sign up.  If you already have a card, stop by to use it and consider inviting a friend or neighbor to sign up for a card.

Fall youth programming at Milan Public Library begins this month with
Additional information and registration is available through the links above and at the library.
Our library also offers programs for adults; see information about a  Growing Your Own Garlic! program this month here.

We hope to see you at the library this month!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Prize Packets

Each teen/tween who has submitted the 2nd ticket on our reading log (for reading for 10 hours or 20 days) will receive a prize packet containing certificates for a free book, pizza, CheezyBread, bowling, and more.  If you have turned in your 2nd ticket, please ask for your prize packet at the circulation desk.

Thank you to the following for donating prizes:
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
Bel-Mark Lanes
Clonlara School
Collins Center
Friends of Milan Public Library
Hungry Howie's Pizza
Marco's Pizza 
Milan Dairy Barn
Splash Universe
The Morning Owl
Zap Zone Fun Center

Thank you also to the City of Milan for the use of the Wilson Park Pavilion and the Senior and Community Activity Center for our programs and to our patrons who donated to youth programming and funded Crazy Craig's Juggling Show and Lego bricks for Game Days.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Activity Logs

We have Activity Logs to provide you with suggestions for reading-related activities through the end of the summer.  Read with someone, read somewhere you don't usually read, read a different type of book than you usually read, try something (origami, drawing, sign language, etc.) from a book, exercise your mind (with a puzzle, word search, etc.), or exercise your body (play a sport, ride your bicycle, etc.) 

Pick up an Activity Log from the brochure rack in front of the reference desk.  Complete any 12 activities and return your form to the library by September 3 to receive a prize and enter the prize drawing.  

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Summer Events at the Library

2016 Summer Reading Program

Our Summer Reading Program will begin on Thursday, June 16.  You are invited to read or listen to books, earn prizes, and attend programs throughout the summer. 

See our calendar of events here and the brochure here.
Register online here now.
Register in the library beginning on Wednesday, June 15.
Pick up reading logs from the library beginning on Wednesday, June 15.
Begin counting your reading on Thursday, June 16 (the first day of summer in Milan).
Any questions?  Ask them here

See our Summer Reading page for any updates throughout the summer.

You may choose to count the amount of time you read or the number of days you read and earn prizes for reaching reading goals throughout the summer.  See more information on the reading logs which will be available at the library beginning on June 15.

You may read any books, ebooks, magazines, and graphic novels.  You may also listen to audiobooks.  We have a variety of genres and a variety of formats to assist everyone with finding reading materials   they will enjoy.

Activity Logs
You may also choose to explore a variety of reading and library-related activities through an additional activity log and earn prizes for completing activities in this log.

Kickoff Event: Brain Games 
by Michigan Science Center
Friday, June 17 - 10:30 A.M.
Senior and Community Activity Center
for all ages
Put your brain to the test when we challenge you with puzzles and tasks! We’ll introduce you to the different ways your brain coordinates movement in various sports and fitness activities.

Additional events this summer:
TAG (Teen/Tween Advisory Group)
Game Day
Paint the Windows
Stuffed Animal Sitters
Get in the Game: Play!
Crazy Craig's Juggling Show

See the TNT brochure here for details.

Volunteer opportunities
Volunteer opportunities are available for 6th through 12th graders throughout the summer at the library.

Opportunities to volunteer include helping during programs for younger children, assisting with the kickoff and closing events, preparing for programs, and other projects at the library.

If you are interested in volunteering and are registering to read or participate in events this summer, check "yes" on the question asking if you would like to volunteer.

If you are not registering for any other events this summer, you may sign up to volunteer here

If you have any questions, ask them here or call or stop by the library and talk to Jennifer.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Get in the Game: Read!

Our TNT (Teens and Tweens/6th - 12th grade) Summer Reading Program theme this year is "Get in the Game: Read!" 

The Friends of the Library will sell t-shirts with the themes.  Orders are due by May 15 and will arrive in June.  We will notify you when they arrive.  Payment will be due when you pick up your order.  You may order online here or ask for an order form at the library.

The navy t-shirt with gray letters is available in adult sizes. Adult sizes small - XL are $8 each. Adult sizes XXL and 3XL are $10 each.

The blue t-shirt with orange letters s available in women's cut.
Women's sizes small - XL are $10 each.
Women's sizes XXL and 3XL are $12 each.

You may order online here or ask for an order form at the library.  Orders are due by May 15.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March TNT Programs

TNT (Teen and Tween) programs in March are:

TAG (Teen/Tween Advisory Group)
Thursday, March 10
5:15 - 6:15  

TAG suggests books, audiobooks, videos, and CDs for the library to purchase; suggests and contributes to planning programs for 6th through 12th graders; and volunteers at the library

If you'd like to participate, please register here.

Monday, March 21
5:00 - 6:15  
Books & Bites: Peeps Edition

Come ready to talk about your favorite book or any book you are reading now.  After discussing the books, you'll create a Peeps version of a scene from the book.

Please register here or call the library (734-439-1240) to register.