Monday, May 25, 2015

Teen Summer Reading Program (6th - 12th grade)

2015 Teen Summer Reading Program
6th - 12th grade

Update: An additional program was scheduled after the teen brochures were printed.  A henna program for teens and adults will be held on Thursday, June 25 at 5:00 P.M.  Honilynn Hendricks from Gilded Lotus Henna will provide information about and instructions for creating henna designs.  Participants will then try their own designs and have small designs applied by Honilynn.  Space is limited and registration is required. 

Our Summer Reading Program will begin on Wednesday, June 10.  Children and teens are invited to read or listen to books, earn prizes, and attend programs throughout the summer.  See information about our children's program here.

See our teen brochure here.
See our calendar of events here.
Register here now or at the library beginning on June 10.
Questions? Ask them here.  

You may may read any books, ebooks, magazines, graphic novels, and newspapers. 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. 

You may choose to count the amount of time you read or the number of days you read and will earn prizes for reaching reading goals. Prizes will be awarded after you complete 5, 10, and 15 hours or 10, 20, and 30 days of reading.  Reading logs will be available to pick up from the library beginning on Wednesday, June 10.

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.
The summer kickoff event will be:

Animals: The Real Super Heroes by Dynamic West Assemblies
Friday, June 19 at 10:30 A.M. 
Milan Senior and Community Activity Center
Who can lift 4 times their own weight? Who is able to smell 100 times better than humans? Who can lift 4000 pounds? Who is able to see 100 times better than humans? Learn these fascinating facts and many more in this exciting, hands-on live animal presentation. Mammals, reptiles, and amphibians will be featured.
Additional programs for all ages include:

Touch a Truck and Meet Real Heroes
Friday, July 10 - 10:30 - 11:30 A.M.
Parking lot at the end of Neckel Court
Meet real heroes and see their vehicles: firefighters and a fire truck, a police officer and police car, an EMT and an ambulance, Red Cross and their vehicle, and more.

Superhero Science 

by Michigan Science Center
Friday, August 14 at 10:30 A.M.
Milan Senior and Community Activity Center
Join us as we explore the science behind superheroes and their incredible abilities. You'll see demonstrations about  energy, forces, electricity, and magnetism.
Teen Tuesdays (6th - 12th grade)
Paint the Windows
Tuesday, June 16
Choose 1:00 or 3:00 P.M.
Paint the windows of the library with the summer theme: Every Hero Has a Story.

Books and Bites
Tuesday, June 30 - 1:00
6th - 8th grade
Read Al Capone Shines my Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko before the program.  Ask for a copy at the circulation desk.  During the program we'll discuss the book, have snacks, and create project related to the book.

Books and Bites
Tuesday, June 30 - 3:00
9th - 12th grade
Come ready to discuss your favorite books or what you're reading now.  We'll also discuss new teen books, have snacks, and  play a reading trivia game.

Game Day
Tuesday, July 14
6th - 8th grade: 1:00 - 2:30 
9th - 12th grade: 3:00 - 4:30
Play Wii games, board games, card games, and cup stacking.

Superheroes and Super You
Tuesday, July 28 
6th - 8th grade: 1:00 - 2:30 
9th - 12th grade: 3:00 - 4:30
Test your knowledge of superheroes with a superhero trivia game and then explore your own super powers.

Everyone Has a Story
Tuesday, August 11
6th - 8th grade: 1:00 - 2:30 
9th - 12th grade: 3:00 - 4:30
Create a photo frame project to display your own photos.

Volunteer Opportunities

Teens may volunteer to assist with programs for younger children or other activities at the library.  

If you'd like to volunteer and are participating in other parts of our Summer Reading Program, there is a question on the registration form (both online and at the library) asking if you'd like to volunteer.  Answer "yes" and we'll get in touch with you with more information. 

If you are only volunteering (not participating in other parts of our Summer Reading Program), let us know you're interested in volunteering here or ask at the library. 

Registration and Additional Information:

Register here now or at the library beginning on June 10.

See our teen brochure here.

See our calendar of events here.

Questions? Ask them here. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. We're celebrating with our first annual "Hello Haiku."

The library invites you to submit haiku by April 30 (for children and teens) or April 25 (for adults by April 30 for adults now, too!).  Poems will be displayed in the library.  Everyone who enters a poem will be entered in a prize drawing.

Haiku is a traditional form of Japanese poetry.  Haiku poems contain 3 lines.  The first line has 5 syllables.  The second line has 7 syllables.  The third line has 5 syllables.  

Here is a haiku about haiku!

Five syllables first
Then seven in the middle
Five more at the end

Here is another example of haiku:

Libraries are great
They have books, movies, and more
I can't wait to go!
Youth may pick up an entry form from the library or download one here to submit your haiku.  Entry forms for adults are available at the library.

Monday, April 13, 2015

National Library Week

Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library 

National Library Week is April 12 through 18.  We'll celebrate beginning April 12 and continuing through the end of the month. 

Discover the "unlimited possibilities" our library has to offer you and enter our prize drawing when you:
  • Check out a book, magazine, movie, CD, or audiobook from the library.
  • Read a new magazine in the library.
  • Borrow an ebook or audiobook.
  • Attend a program.
  • Purchase an item (book, audiobook, movie, book bag, or mug) from the Friends of the Library sale at the library.
  • Donate books or movies to the library.
  • Explore a website or database from the "resources" tab on our website.
  • Watch an animated book on BookFlix.
  •  Explore our genealogy room.  See historical photographs of Milan, newspapers, yearbooks, and more.
  •  Explore resources in the library - our interactive globe, puzzles, youth computer games, or internet access computers.
  • Look up a topic of interest in an encyclopedia or other reference book.   

You may enter the prize drawing once each day for each resource you use.  For example, if you check out 5 books and 2 movies and watch books on BookFlix, you may enter the drawing twice that day:  once for checking out items and once for watching BookFlix.

Prize drawing entry slips are available at the library for using resources in the library and here for using online resources. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Books and Bites


Tuesday, March 17
4:00 – 5:15
 6th – 8th graders
Come ready to talk about your favorite book or any book you’re reading now.  We’ll discuss your books and other new and popular books and have snacks during the program.    Click here, call 734-439-1240,  or stop by the library to register.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Game Day

Teen Game Day for 6th - 12th graders will be held Friday, February 13 from 2:00 until 4:00 P.M.  There’s no school, so invite your friends and come by the library to play Wii games, board games, and card games.  Registration is not required.  Just drop in to play.
See other teen programs on the programs page.  

Monday, February 2, 2015

Youth Media Awards

The American Library Association announced the 2015 youth media award winners this morning. 

The complete list is here.  Winners and honor books in our library include:

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

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

honor books:
El Deafo by Cece Bell
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

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

Brown Girl Dreaming  by Jacqueline Woodson

honor books:
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

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

I’ll Give You the Sun written by Jandy Nelson

Honor Books:
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki

Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults:
The 2015 winner is Sharon M. Draper.

See the complete list of this year's winners here

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

If you liked The Fault in our Stars

If you liked The Fault in our Stars by John Green, try some of these similar books.  Click on a title to read a summary or reserve the book.  Have you read any of them?  What did you think?

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Zac and Mia by A. J. Betts

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

Every Day by David Levithan (or on Playaway)