Sunday, August 20, 2017

Teens' Top Ten

Each year, groups of teens nominate their favorite books of the year and then voting is open to all teens (12 - 18 years old) to determine the Teens' Top Ten books of the year.

See more about Teens' Top Ten here.

Watch the nominees announced here.

See the complete list of nominees here.

Vote for your favorites here.

Our library owns the following titles as books, eBooks, and/or eAudiobooks.  Click the links below to check out or reserve these titles.  If you'd like to read a book we don't own, you may fill out a suggestion for purchase form here and we'll purchase it for our library.

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken -  eBook

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum -  eBook  eAudiobook

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare - book  eBook  eAudiobook

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard - eBook

The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle - book  

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow - eBook

The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid - eBook

Heartless by Marissa Meyer - eBook  eAudiobook

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp - eBook

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo - book  eBook

Scythe by Neal Shusterman - eBook

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch - eBook

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon - book  eBook eAudiobook

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Summer Reading Program

Monday, June 5
Online registration begins here.

Wednesday, June 14
Pick up reading logs and begin reading and/or listening to audiobooks.

Friday, June 16
10:30 A.M.
Build a Better Magic Show
by Jeff Wawrzaszek 
in the Senior and Community Activity Center 

Friday, August 11
10:30 A.M.
Animal Architects
by Howell Nature Center
in the Senior and Community Activity Center

Volunteer opportunities and additional programs will be held throughout the summer:  Game Days, Books and Bites, Paint the Windows, and more!

The complete summer schedule will be posted here and brochures will be available at the end of May.

If you have any questions, please submit them here.  

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Spring Break Events

The following TNT (Teen & Tween) events are scheduled for 6th - 12th graders during Spring Break Week.  

TNT Tuesday
6th – 12th grade
Tuesday, April 4, 4:00 – 6:00
Decorate new signs for the youth areas of the library.  Please register here.

TNT Game Day
6th - 12th grade
Friday, April 7, 2:00 – 5:00
Wii games, board games, card games, cup stacking, and more.  You may register  here or just drop in to play.  

We also have some games available in the teen area all the time.  Invite a friend and play any time the library is open.

We hope to see you at the library!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Youth Media Awards

The American Library Association (ALA) announced its youth media awards today.  See more information about these awards here and this year's winners here.

Click on the titles below to see the books in our library or follow the "ebook" link for ebooks.  If you'd like our library to purchase a book we don't currently own, you may fill out a "suggestion for purchase" form at the library or online here.

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:

The Girl Who Drank the Moon, written by Kelly Barnhill

Newbery Honor Books
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan, written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan
The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog, written by Adam Gidwitz, illustrated by Hatem Aly
Wolf Hollow, written by Lauren Wolk (ebook)

Corretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African-American author of outstanding books for children and young adults:

March: Book Three, written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell

King Author Honor Books
As Brave as You, written by Jason Reynolds
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan, written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award recognizing an African-American illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, illustrated and written by Javaka Steptoe

King Illustrator Honor Books
Freedom in Congo Square, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Carole Boston Weatherford
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan, illustrated and written by Ashley Bryan
In Plain Sight, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, written by Richard Jackson

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award:

The Sun Is Also a Star, written by Nicola Yoon (ebooke-audiobook)

Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement:
Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:

March: Book Three, created by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

Printz Honor Books
Asking for It, by Louise O’Neill
The Passion of Dolssa, by Julie Berry (ebook)
Scythe, by Neal Shusterman (ebook)
The Sun Is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon (ebooke-audiobook)

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:

For children ages 0 to 10:
Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille, written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Boris Kulikov

For middle grades (ages 11 to 13):
as brave as you, written by Jason Reynolds

For teens (ages 13 to 18)
When We Collided, written by Emery Lord

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:
The Queen of Blood, by Sarah Beth Durst
The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales
In the Country We Love: My Family Divided, by Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burford
Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded, by Hannah Hart
Arena, by Holly Jennings
Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire
Romeo and/or Juliet: A Choosable-Path Adventure, by Ryan North
Die Young with Me: A Memoir, by Rob Rufus
The Wasp that Brainwashed the Caterpillar, by Matt Simon
The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko, by Scott Stambach

Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults:
Sarah Dessen

2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award recognizing an author, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children's literature, who then presents a lecture at a winning host site
Naomi Shihab Nye

Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States:

Cry, Heart, But Never Break, originally published in Danish in 2001 as “Græd blot hjerte,” the book was written by Glenn Ringtved, illustrated by Charolotte Pardi, and translated by Robert Moulthrop

Batchelder Honor Books
Over the Ocean, written and illustrated by Taro Gomi and translated from the Japanese by Taylor Norman
As Time Went By, written and illustrated by José Sanabria and translated from the German by Audrey Hall
The Ballad of a Broken Nose, written by Arne Svingen and translated from the Norwegian by Kari Dickson

Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States:

Anna and the Swallow Man, produced by Listening Library. The book is written by Gavriel Savit and narrated by Allan Corduner.

Odyssey Honor Audiobooks
Ghost (bookebook) produced by Simon and Schuster Audio, written by Jason Reynolds and narrated by Guy Lockard
Dream On, Amber, produced by Recorded Books, written by Emma Shevah and narrated by Laura Kirman
Nimona, (book) produced by HarperAudio, written by Noelle Stevenson and narrated by Rebecca Soler, Jonathan Davis, Marc Thompson, January LaVoy, Natalie Gold, Peter Bradbury and David Pittu.

Pura Belpré Awards honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:

Belpré Illustrator Award winner:
Lowriders to the Center of the Earth, illustrated by Raúl Gonzalez, written by Cathy Camper

Belpré Illustrator Honor Books:
Esquivel!: Space-Age Sound Artist, illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh, written by Susan Wood
The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes, illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh

Pura Belpré Author Award winner:
Juana & Lucas, written and illustrated by Juana Medina

Belpré Author Honor Book:
The Only Road, written by Alexandra Diaz

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:

March: Book Three, written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell

Sibert Honor Books:
Giant Squid, written by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann
Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story, written by Caren Stelson a
Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II, written by Albert Marrin
We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler, written by Russell Freedman

Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor, written by Rick Riordan
If I Was Your Girl written by Meredith Russo (ebook)

Honor Books:
When the Moon Was Ours, written by Anna-Marie McLemore a
Unbecoming, written by Jenny Downham
Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community, written by Robin Stevenson

William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens:

The Serpent King, written by Jeff Zentner

Finalists for the Morris Award:
Girl Mans Up, written by M-E Girard,
Rani Patel in Full Effect, written by Sonia Patel
The Smell of Other People’s Houses, written by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
Tell Me Something Real, written by Calla Devlin

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults:

March: Book Three, created by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

Finalists for the YALSA award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults:
Hillary Rodham Clinton:  A Woman Living History, by Karen Blumenthal
In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives, by Kenneth C. Davis
Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune, written by Pamela S. Turner, illustrated by Gareth Hinds
This Land Is Our Land: A History of American Immigration, written by Linda Barrett Osborne

For more information on the ALA youth media awards and notables, please visit .

Friday, December 2, 2016

Create a Gingerbread House

Create a Gingerbread House

Rescheduled - New Date:

Monday, December 19
4:30 - 5:15 P.M.
6th - 12th grade
Create your own gingerbread house out of graham crackers and candy decorations supplied by the library.  Please register here.

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!