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Love comics?

Then you’ll love the two programs that are happening at the Des Plaines Library this weekend! Ready, Set, Draw! is happening from 1-2  for grades 6-12 on Saturday in the storytime room. In this program teams will be pitted again each other to draw people, places, and things from comic books and action movies. Played Pictionary? Well it’s just like that! Click here to register for the program.

The second program is Blam! Let’s Make Comics! It’s on Saturday from 2:30-3:30 for grades 5-8 and is also in the storytime room. Have you ever wanted to make your own comics? Come to this program and get started! Using rulers, paper, and basic drawing materials you’ll be able to learn how to make your own awesome comic book. Click here to register for this program.

Russell Lissau is a comic book writer who has written for The Batman Strikes series and he’ll be hosting both programs! So you’ll get to learn lots from a person who knows his comics.

So if you love comics or if you want to try something new and get creative, come to the Des Plaines Library this Saturday!

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Looking Forward

When I was in high school, I was always looking forward: to graduation (read: getting out of high school), to college, to life after college, or sometimes just to summer vacation.

Here at the library,  we’re looking forward, too. To summer reading. We’ve already started to plan for Teen Summer Reading, including programs. Which of course led me to look even farther ahead,  past summer reading and summer programs, and I thought it might be a good time to ask you guys:

What programs would you like to see in the future? (Like an appearance by a favorite author or a mehndi tattoo program.)

What would you like to see on this blog? (Like more information about new CDs available at the library.)

What would you like to see on the teen pages of this website? (Like a web page where you could post your poems, short stories, essays, etc?)

Believe it or not, there is more teen stuff on the website than the Blog of Awesome (awesome as it is)! Click on the virtual Teen Lounge, where you’ll find links to pages created just for you, including the Stuff to Listen To page  and the Express Yourself page.

So please, let us know what you’d like to see here, on the rest of our website, and at the library! Granted, we won’t be able to offer everything you’d like. A personal appearance by Robert Pattinson?  Dream on. A performance by Lil Wayne? Only after I first book Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band to play Metropolitan Square.

But DO let us know what you’d like to see  on the library website and at the library. Post a comment or come to the next Teen Advisory Board meeting on Thursday, March 25th from 4 to 5. (In the Teen Lounge on the 3rd floor of the library.)

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Teen Bling!

TAB’s first program of the year will be happening this Monday at the library from 11-12:30. They decided on a jewelry program, so we’ll be making a pair of earrings or a bracelet and a necklace. Registration is required, which you can do by going online to the library’s website or calling 847.376.2839.

The great part of the jewelry is it’s all stuff that can be made by stealing materials from your parent’s toolbox!

Check out these pictures of TAB members modeling what we’ll be making.

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Susan Beth Pfeffer!!!!

Life as we knew itThat’s right, Susan Beth Pfeffer (the author of the fantastic Life as We Knew It and The Dead & Gone) is going to be at Niles Library this SUNDAY (the 18th) from 2pm to 3:30pm in their large meeting room A&B. Click on this link to learn more and register!!

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Girls- Defend Yourselves!

That’s right- you can learn to protect yourselves! This Saturday is a self defense programs for girls 12-19. It’s being taught by IMPACT Chicago. You’ll get to learn and practice physical self-defense skills and verbal boundary setting in a safe and supportive environment. A female instructor will lead the physical training and discuss the “what if” questions we all think about. It’s this Saturday, October 10, from 1-3pm in Friends Room A/B/C on the first floor.

What about moms or aunts? They can take the class for adult women from 1o-12 on the same day.

To register for the TEEN class, click here.

To register for the ADULT class, click here.

(BONUS! Teens that are 15-19 years old can register to attend the teen class from IMPACT Chicago for $100! The class meets October 17,18, 24, and 25 and all you have to do is write “DPPL Jill” on the online application. You do not have to sign up for or attend the library program to get this discount. Go to IMPACT Chicago to register.)

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TAB Meetings Start This Thursday

What do you feel about how the library treats teens and teen programming? What kinds of programs should we have? What are the newest, greatest, best books, graphic novels, video games, and DVDs out there? Is the library too BORING? Help us be cool!

How do you do that? Come to the library’s Teen Advisory Board meetings. We’ll feed you snacks and candy, you help us come up with great ideas. Everybody wins! It all starts Thursday September 24th from 4-5pm in the Teen Lounge on the 3rd floor.

We need your help!

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2 Teen Programs This Week!

We all remember how AWESOME the Bangles and Beads programs are. Well, there’s another one happening Wednesday night in the Storytime Room! Woohoo! Make sure you register. I can’t wait to see what the fabulous Anita comes up for you guys to make.

And then on Thursday night…..contain yourselves…..that’s right, it’s the Twilight movie night!!! OMG! Starts at 6:30, Storytime Room, don’t miss this chance to swoon over Edward and Bella.

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