Getting Organized: Tips for Middle School & High School Students

We still have space in our program Getting Organized: Tips for Surviving Middle School & High School.  Be prepared to tackle the new school year as professional organizer Beth Randall provides tips and ideas on how to organize your locker, handle time management, and keep your papers and work in order. Parents and teens (grades 6 – 12) are welcome to attend the workshop on Wednesday, August 6 at 7 p.m. at the library. 

Check out the cool trailer made by Studio 300!

Congratulations to our winner of the Anime Paper Children Photo Contest!

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Congratulations to 8th grader Kai C. who won our anime photo contest! The task was to draw an anime character on paper, cut it out, place it somewhere and snap a photo of just where this character had been! Great job to Kai! Thanks for participating!

- Carly T.

Update – Doctor Who After Hours Scavenger Hunt


If you are planning on coming to the library this Friday Aug 1st for the the After Hours Doctor Who event be prepared for a Bad Wolf Scavenger hunt. Put yourself into the Doctor’s shoes while looking for the clues that Rose left behind. To participate in the scavenger hunt you will need to have a Iphone, Ipad, or Ipod and will need to download the app Klikaklu which can be found in the Apple App Store. It is a free app you do not need to pay to play along. Instructions to join the hunt will be available at the event. We will have a limited number of devices we can loan out.



Doctor Who After Hours Event

Hey Whovians! Just a heads up that we still have space for our Doctor Who After Hours Event on Friday, August 1st.

Activities include trivia, games, edible crafts and pizza, and PRIZES!!!

Feel free to dress up as your favorite Doctor, assistant, or villain or other characters from the show.

This program runs from 5:30 – 9:00 and requires a permission slip. Permission slips are available in the Vortex. We ask that you come 10-15 minutes early so we can sign you in and you can eat before the activities begin. Please remember that the library will close at 6:00, and once the doors are closed –  they’re closed –  and the fun begins!

Questions, comments? Drop us a line or give us a call: or 630-685-4199.

See you Friday! Rozie :)

Hey Young Women, grades 6 – 12, join us this Sat, June 18 for a special program about growing up proud. Please register.

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Looking for something different to read? Check out some recommended Steampunk books!

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Hey teens, there are still spots open in the Bird Nest Necklace craft program!


A perfect Mother’s Day gift for mom or someone who is always there for you! Using jewelry wire and pearl beads, we’ll create a pendant that looks like a bird’s nest. Necklace chain provided. For grades 6 – 12 only. Registration required.

You may register by going online at, calling us at 630.685.4199 or by stopping in and seeing us at the Teen Services Desk in the Vortex.

– Hope to see you there!

Pencil Transformation Drawing Contest is underway for 4th-12th graders!

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Pencil transformation drawings are drawings that take the shape/image of an actual pencil and use it in multiples and distortions to create the image of another object. Sound a bit tricky? Well, we think it’s pretty cool and we’d like to see what you artists out there can come up with. The image seen here is of samples we were able to find courtesy the Internet.

Artwork must follow the guideline of using pencils only as the object image and artwork needs to be no larger than 11 x 17 inches.  Submissions will be taken during the month of March along with an entry form which will be available at the Vortex desk beginning March 1. Last day for submission will be March 31st. Categories will be 4-6th grade, 7-9th grade and 10th-12th grade with a first place winner winning a prize in all categories.

We’d love to see what you can do!

- Carly T.



Hey Teens, don’t forget to sign up for our Call of Duty: After Hours Event on Friday, Feb 28th!


Hey teens, has your teacher asked you to do a report on a Dystopian book? Stumped for suggestions?

Hi Teens!

A lot of times we get asked in the Vortex for a list of Dystopian books that are available to you for a school homework assignment. Of course one of the most popular is still Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Already read that one? Or looking for something different? Maybe you’re not sure what a Dystopian book actually is?

Here we have a compiled list of options for you to choose from. And if it turns out you really enjoyed reading the one you pick, we’ve also listed here if there are any sequels for you to enjoy. Hope this list helps in your search. Happy Reading!

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