Monday, November 30, 2015

TNT Gingerbread House Programs

TNT (Teen and Tween: 6th - 12th grade) Gingerbread House programs will be held on Monday, December 14 at 4:00 and at 6:00 P.M.  Each session will be the same; choose the time that works best for you.

You'll create a gingerbread house from graham crackers and edible decorations.  Please register at the circulation desk or online here by Friday, December 11.

We hope to see you there!

Some of your previous gingerbread houses:


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

TNT (Teen and Tween) programs in November

Our TNT programs in November are:

TAG (Teen/tween Advisory Group) on Thursday, November 12 at 6:45

TNT Game Day on Saturday, November 14 at 3:00

Books & Bites on Thursday, November 19 at 4:00

See more information and register here.

We hope to see you at the library this month!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Teens' Top Ten


The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year.  

An annotated list of the 2015 Teens' Top Ten nominees is here.

The 2015 Teens’ Top Ten titles are:  (Click on the titles to see the books in our catalog.)
  1. The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  2.  I Become Shadow by Joe Shine
  3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  4. My Life with the Walter Boys by Ali Novak (Y Fiction - new books)
  5. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (ebook)
  6. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare (Y Fiction - new books)
  7. The Young Elites by Marie Lu (Y Fiction - new books)
  8. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson (Y Fiction)
  9. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson (Y Fiction - new books)
  10. The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith (Y Fiction - new books)
Check out the video featuring 2015 Teen Read Week™ spokesperson, Bella Thorne!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

TNT Jack-o-lantern Carving

TNT (Teen & Tween) Jack-o-lantern Carving
Thursday, October 29
4:00 - 5:30 P.M.
6:00 - 7:30 P.M.

Come to the library to carve a pumpkin for Halloween.  Both programs (4:00 and 6:00) will be identical, so choose the time that works best for you.  The library will supply the pumpkins.  Please register here by Tuesday, October 27. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

New TNT Newsletter

We have started a new monthly TNT (Teen & Tween) e-newsletter to provide information about programs and new books for 6th through 12th graders, library news, and more.

You may read this month's newsletter here and sign up to receive future newsletters here.

If you asked to receive the newsletter when you registered  for our Summer Reading Program, you should have received this newsletter by email on September 10.

If you did not receive the newsletter and would like to, please sign up here.

If you received emails about programs last year, but did not sign up for the newsletter this year, you will not receive emails.  The new newsletter is replacing the emails with program information from last year.  You will only receive the information if you sign up for the newsletter.

What would you like to see in future newsletters?  Let us know here.

If you would also like to receive the children's newsletter, you may sign up here.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Library Card Sign-up Month

September is Library Card Sign-up Month.  Our library has a variety of resources for school research as well as books and magazines to read for fun, CDs to listen to, and movies to watch.   The beginning of a new school year is a good time for you to get a library card and discover the opportunities available at the library.

To celebrate National Library Card Sign-up Month, Milan Public Library is offering a prize drawing for receiving and using library cards throughout the month. Entries may be earned for
  • signing up for a new card
  • renewing an expired card
  • checking out items from the library (You may enter once each day you check out items.)
  • checking out e-books or e-audiobooks (You may enter here once each day you check out e-books or e-audiobooks.)
  • submitting a photograph of your library card for our display
Your library card can take you anywhere (through the books you read and movies you watch).  Where have you taken your library card?  

The library is creating a display of where our library cards have been. You are invited to take a picture of your library card at the park, at a coffee shop, or anywhere else interesting you have taken your card and submit the photo to the library for the display. Everyone who submits a photo will also receive an entry in the prize drawing. Enter at the library when you submit a photo to the library or here if you email a photo to us at  See the photos in the display case at the library and here

Residents of the city of Milan, Augusta Township, and the parts of York Township and Pittsfield Township that are in Milan Area Schools are eligible for a free library card at Milan Public Library. Additional information about receiving and using a library card is available here.  

Milan Public Library participates in the MILibrary Card program, which offers library card holders the opportunity to check out items from other participating libraries in the state. Monroe County Library System also participates, so with a card from either library and a MILibrary Card sticker, individuals may check out items from both libraries. 

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.

A library card is not required to read or research in the library, use computers, attend programs, and receive assistance from the library staff.

Milan Public Library provides programs for all ages. Fall programming for teens and tweens begins in September and includes Books and Bites for 6th through 8th grade students and a newly formed Teen/Tween Advisory Group. Additional information about youth programs is available through the links above and at

We hope to see you at the library this month!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Teen/Tween Advisory Group (TAG)

Our library is starting a Teen/Tween Advisory Group (TAG) for 6th through 12th graders. 

Our plans are for TAG to meet monthly to:
  • suggest books, audiobooks, videos, and CDs for the library to purchase
  • suggest and contribute to planning programs for 6th through 12th graders
  • volunteer at the library (This could count for community service for your organizations that require it.)
We want your ideas for this group.  What would you like this group to do?  Do you have other ideas?

Our first meeting will be on Tuesday, September 1 from 1:00 until 2:30 in the library.  If you're interested in being a part of our TAG, plan to come to the meeting and share your ideas.  If you can't come on September 1, please fill out the registration form sharing your ideas with us and we'll let you know about future meetings.

Register to attend the meeting on September 1 or let us know you're interested here.

We hope to see at the library for our first meeting!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Summer Reading Program Prizes

Children and teens who read for at least 10 hours or 20 days and submitted the second tickets on their Summer Reading Program logs have earned a prize packet with additional prizes: a free pizza from Hungry Howie's, a free book from the Friends of the Library book sale, a free game at Zap Zone, free Cheezybread from Marco's Pizza (kindergarten and older), a stuffed animal donated by Kohl's, and more.  You may pick up your packet from the circulation desk any time this month.  We would like all packets to be picked up by the end of August.  

If your name was drawn in the prize drawing, you will have a note on your prize packet indicating what you won.  Prize drawing prizes included:
free passes to Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum donated by Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
free passes to Zap Zone donated by Zap Zone
books donated by Nicola's Books  
gift cards to Basil Boys donated by Basil Boys
an elephant purse donated by Collins Center
Disney Pixar Write and Erase Look and Find books donated by Kohl's
Disney Pixar Look and Find Family Fun Puzzle donated by Kohl's
book store gift cards donated by the Friends of the Library
"Every Hero Has a Story" tote bags and drawstring backpacks

Thank you to our community businesses who donated prizes:
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
Basil Boys Pizza
Collins Center
Friends of Milan Public Library
Hungry Howie's
Marco's Pizza
Milan Dairy Barn
Nagle's Market
Nicola's Books
Zap Zone 

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