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Welcome to the Teen Summer Journal!

What It Is: The Teen Summer Journal is a fun way to do some writing over the summer.  It contains 20 writing prompts, sentence starters, personal essays and even a chance to write a poem! There are also coloring pages and different types of word puzzles.   Feel free to write on the back of a page if you need more space.

What To Do: Pick up a journal from the Main Library or Hilton Branch starting on June 20th.  Spend as much time as you want at home, writing in your journal.  There will be three Check-In sessions –  Bring in your journal, spend some time writing, have refreshments, and enter a raffle for a free pizza!

Check- In session dates and times:

  • Friday, July 8 from 4 pm to 5 pm
  • Monday, July 18 from 4 pm to 5 pm
  • Monday, August 16 from 4 pm to 5 pm

Here’s Your Chance to Win: If you complete 15 of the writing exercises, 3 of the puzzles and all the coloring sheets by August 19th you will be eligible to enter the raffle for a Fire HD8 tablet! Bring your completed journal to the library, show it to the teen librarian (or the reference librarian at the Information Desk) during the following times, and fill out a raffle ticket:

  1. Main Library – Mondays and Thursdays: 3pm- 5 pm
  2. Hilton Branch– Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 3pm– 5pm

The drawing for the Fire HD8 tablet will take place on Friday    August 19th at 4 pm!  You don’t have to be present to win!


Maker Books

The Maplewood Library has a new makerspace called the Create Space with a 3D printer, Rasberry Pi, arduino and more! If you want to learn more about how to make squishy circuits to lip gloss check out our MAKER book collection located in the Teen Zone of the Hilton Branch!

Included in the collection are books in the series Makers as Innovators on topics such as arduino, Rasberry Pi and Makerspaces. We also have books by Maker media such as Make: Electronics and Make: Sensors.

Teen Reads

  • Teen Reads Everything about books and authors for teens
  • YA Book Central A stopover for people looking for information on young adult books     
  • Reading Rants! Out of the ordinary teen booklists
  • Tweendom Blog on books for Tweens
  • Guys Lit Wire Helps guys find the books they want to read
  • Reader Girlz A cutting-edge literary and social media site for teens
  • Figment A community to share your writing, connect with other readers and find new stories and authors

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