Programs/Activities

 

 

Middle and High School Summer Reading Program at the Library!

Rate and Review your Summer Reading!                         First Step: READ! Second Step: Write a review for the book you read!  We will use your book review to feature on our website AND the more you read the more chances you have to win prizes!                                                                 Click here to get started!

For more of our Summer programs and activites please click on the links below!

Middle and High School Summer Calendar of Events

Middle and High School Community Service Opportunities

 


 

College Preparation!                                                                      All programs are intended to assist teens (Grades 9-12) and their families in preparing for the college application process.

 

College Financial Aid Workshop for Parents & Teens With Red Oak College Planning  Thursday August 16th at 7:00-8:00pm                                                                                                      This workshop will cover the FAFSA form and other information you need to maximize the amount of financial aid you receive. Learn the best strategies for paying for college cost-efficiently, even if you don’t qualify for need-based aid.


Teen DIY Days: Soap Making!     

Wednesday, August 22, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Learn how to color and make scented soaps and carve normal soap Bars into works of Art. you can take home to use or give as gifts. Grades 7 – 12.

 

 Anime Club  
Wednesdays once a Month watch some anime, talk about your favorite manga series, share cosplay ideas, play games, and discover new things about Japanese culture! Snacks will be provided. Grades 6 & up

Code Club  
Tuesdays from 5:30 – 6:30pm for Grades 5-9. Code Club is an informal way for kids to learn Scratch, Javascript, HTML/CSS, and Python. Kids choose what they want to work on, go at their own pace, and have fun. They make friends, learn to code, take ownership, and make some seriously cool stuff.  No registration Required. 

 


This Summer’s featured Book Reviews!

Wrath and the Dawn By Renee Ahdieh (Gorgeous, Enchanting, Mystical)

“The opening of Renée Ahdieh’s debut duology wove a stunning story with elements of political intrigue, romance, and the beautiful retelling of the old tales, 1,001 Nights.” (LD Gr.10)

 

 

The Rose and the Dagger By Renee Ahdieh (Heart-Wrenching, Romantic, Magical)

“The Rose and the Dagger ends Ahdieh’s first duology with bang weaving a story of love, both old and new, magic, and the terrors of war.” (LD Gr.10)

 

 

 

Turtles All the Way Down By John Green (Intriguing, Romantic, Heartfelt)

“I never knew what was going to happen next in this book! I couldn’t put it down!” (MT Gr.10)

 

 

 

City Of Ember By Jeanne DuPrau (Intriguing, Mysterious, Page-Turner)

“This book is more for kids, but it was still a great read as a teen! I was kept in suspense the whole time and never knew what was about to happen.” (MT Gr.10)

 

 

Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks By Rebecca Skloot (Informative, Detailed, Emotional)

“This book followed a family who wanted answers about the death of their mother and why people are calling her immortal.” (AR Gr.9)

 

 


Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi (Hillarious, Heartwarming, Perfect)

“As with all of her writing, Roshani Chokshi captivates readers with her elegant prose, intricate plots, and beautiful use of mythology and culture.”  (LD Gr.10)

 

 

 

The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross  (Gorgeous, Shocking, Page-Turner)

“The Queen’s Rising is filled with plot twists, political intrigue, and romance, leaving the reader stunned and wanting more!” (LD Gr.10)

 

 

 

Brothers at Bat by Alex White  (Great, Happy, Slow)

“Book is exciting fun and great I highly recommend brothers at bat!” (AD Gr. 8)

 

 

 

Rein the Earth by A.C. Gaughen  (Heartbreaking, Sweet, Exciting)

“The fast-paced first novel in Gaughen’s new fantasy series tells a gripping story beautifully while expertly weaving a tale of family, magic, rebellion, and romance to create a powerhouse book.”         (LD Gr. 10)

 

 

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Action, Sports, Adventure)

“A book for any Harry Potter fan or sports fan action packed with three events. My favorite of the seven books” ( AD Gr. 8)

 

                   

 

Flame in the Mist (Fierce, Surprising, Romantic)                               

The first book in Renée Ahdieh’s thrilling duology features a beautiful retelling of Mulan set in a country of magic, deception, and the ancient art of the samurai. Mariko is a strong, clever protagonist with such greatness. (LD Gr. 10)

 

 

All the Reviews below are from the most Avid reader this Summer: VB Gr.8!

 

Soldier X by Don Wolffson (Captivating, Detailed, Edge-of- your-seat)       

“The story guides you through the life of a soldier in WWII, this book shows in real detail the whole storyline and what it took to be a soldier on the opposite lines.” (VB Gr. 8)

 

 

Silder by Pete Hautman (Funny, Kind-of-Gross, Inspiring-to-pursue-dreams)

“This book is very humorous in the character’s bad luck and everyday life, although at times can be a bit too descriptive in his struggles to persevere.” (VB Gr. 8)

 

 

Finally by Wendy Mass  (Humorous, Relatable, Edge-of-your-seat-Interesting)

“This book is really funny, and gets you hyped up with the characters- in their journey through becoming twelve years old!”(VB Gr.8)

 

 

Protected by Claire Zorn  (Realistic, Page-Turner, Honest)                                              “This book is very realistic and honest about the feelings felt by characters when struck by tragedy, and how friends and others around them can help them recover!”(VB Gr.8)

 

 

 

Sophomores and other Oxymorons By David Lubar  (Interesting, Humorous, Realistic)

“This sequel to Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie is a great continuation of the book! It is filled with humor, and realistic analogies pertaining to High School and School in general!” (VB Gr.8)

 

 

 

Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welsh (AMAZING, Beautiful, Captivating)

“I LOVE this book, it guides you through the eyes of a girl who lost her mother, which sends her on a trip to Italy! Where she meets her newfound crush, and a dilemma that no one had predicted from her before.”  (VB Gr.8)

 

 

 

Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Emotional, Beautiful, Honest)

“This book is just too good for words, it is a rollercoaster of emotions from start to finish. John Green honestly guides you through the sick main characters life, and her struggle to create serious relationships with others.” (VB Gr.8)

 

 

 

23 Minutes by Vivian Vande Vende (Frustrating-In a good way, Awesome, Unique)

“This book guides you through the literally fast-paced life of the main character- how she makes acquaintances that are hard to maintain, but ones that she has to rely on to save lives.” (VB Gr.8)

 

 

 

Daniel’s Story By Carol Matas (Intense, Page-Turner, Informational) 
“Although this specific story is fictitious, it provides interesting facts and perspective on the lives of Jewish  people and their survival during WWII” (VB Gr.8)

 

 

 

Two Naomis by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich & Audrey Vernick (Interesting, Cute, Amusing)

“This book is very cute; it shows the two perspectives between two very different girls, with the same name- struggling to get along during difficult times.” (VB Gr.8)

 

 

The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney (Mysterious, Entertaining, Honest)

“This mysterious novel places you in the mindset of a teen who is questioning everything and everyone she knows!” (VB Gr.8)

 

 

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (INTENSE, Action-Packed, Adventurous)

“This action-packed novel shows the stress of being the third-wheel, and at the same time, tells a sci-fi story about overcoming challenges and becoming the hero!”(VB Gr.8)

 

 

 

Chasing Secrets by Gennifer Choldenko (Serious, Girl-Power!, Tragic)

“Once “the Plague” has hit near Lizzie’s town, and a new quarantine has seemed to swallow up Lizzie’s best friend, she must find a way to fix this wrong- before it is too late!” (VB Gr.8)

 

 

 

Paper Towns by John Green (Sweet, Funny, Adventurous)

“This sweet book shows the lengths the main character will take for a crush, and how caring for someone can help others and yourself in the process.” (VB Gr.8)

 

 

 

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner (Scary, Cool, Entertaining)

“Although a bit scary at times, this novel revolving around virtual reality can impact you in real life with its humor, intense adventures, and the bravery shown through its characters.”(VB Gr.8)

 

 

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (Sad, Tragic, Beautiful)

“This book shows the struggles of every day life, and the struggles of dealing with a tragic loss.” (VB Gr.8)

 

 

 

Scythe by Neal Shusterman (Thrilling, Page-Turner, Insightful)

“Neal Shusterman’s novel was SO enjoyable to read through! The suspenseful behavior displayed by the characters in this book keeps you on the edge for every single page!” (VB Gr.8)

 

 

SteelHeart by Brandon Sanderson (Intense, Captivating, Page-Turner)

“Brandon Sanderson’s novel is so captivating and makes you feel like you are living along with the characters every step of the way. This action-packed thriller book is amazing!!” (VB Gr.8)

 

 

 

Firefight by Brandon Sanderson (Intense, Dramatic, Exciting)

“The second book in The Reckoners series is pure adventure, drama, and lots of alliances forming, breaking, and shifting!” (VB Gr.8)

 

 

Calamity By Brandon Sanderson (Gripping, Intense, Unique)

“The third and last book in the Reckoners series is no disappointment! It is as thrilling, exciting, and gripping as the first two books, and includes lots of plot twists to finish off the series on a fantastic note.” (VB Gr.8)

 

 

 

Schooled by Gordan Korman (Sweet, Humorous, Honest)

“This book shows the hilariously honest perspective of a protected boy, living within the safety of a far-away from all civilization, as he makes the journey to his worst nightmare: Middle. School.” (VB Gr.8)

 

 

Someday Dancer by Sarah Rubin (Sweet, Inspirational, Honest)

“This inspirational story shows that you should work hard and follow your dreams. EVEN if you feel you’re at the disadvantage, if you are aching to give up, when you try your best, you can accomplish anything!” (VB Gr.8)

 

 

 

Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet (Sweet, Mysterious, Informative)

“Noah, a normal, 11 year old boy is suddenly swept out of his perfect school in Virginia. He is now Jonah, he is 10, and they live in East Germany. There are Rules that keep Noah out of his life as Jonah.” (VB Gr.8)

 

 

 

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (Intense,  Adventurous, Thrilling)

“Aria is a high-tech, spoiled “Mole” in his world. Perry is a wild “Savage” in her world. But he is Marked, he has a problematic power; kept from those in Aria’s world. When the two worlds meet in times of suffrage, can they work together to save each other and their families?” (VB Gr.8)

 

 

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (Page-Turner, Emotional, Thought-Provoking)

“AMAZING… it makes you feel emotions along with the characters, such as embarrassment at their actions, pain for their hardships, and joy for their relationships!” (VB Gr.8)

 

 

If I Stay By Gayle Forman (Emotional, Interesting, Captivating)

“This emotional story is set in the mind of Mia, a seventeen-year-old girl, whose life was perfect, up until a casual drive with her family. Which ended all things “normal” for her.” (VB Gr.8)

 

 

Partials by Dan Wells (Thrilling, Gripping, Page-Turner)

“As mankind cowers in fear of their own creations, sixteen-year-old Kira and her friends know they will have to overcome their fears in order to save their future.” (VB Gr.8)