Craft kits for teens!

Hey, have you heard the news? Free craft kits for teens are now available! A new kit will roll out each month, just for teens (grades 6-12).

Our first Teen Take & Make kit, Fruit Snack Fortune “Cookie,” is super simple, tasty, and fun. Turn Fruit Roll Ups into little fortune “cookies,” with a cutting template and scissors. How easy is that? To reserve your kit, fill out the web form here or contact Youth Services at 715-839-5007. Quantities are limited; one kit per teen.

Don’t want to pick up a craft kit? The instructions are available here.

Book Recs by Teens

Are you wondering what to read during these last few weeks of summer? How about some book recommendations from other teens? Check out the EC Public Library’s Teen Book Recommendation Flipgrid! Get teen book recommendations from other teens. How awesome is that? Way better than recommendations from me, right?

Teen Book Recommendations on Flipgrid

Bonus! Add your own book recommendation to help build the recommendation list.

WRITE: My Perfect Library, II

Have you thought about what your “perfect” library would contain? What it would look like or feel like? Below are several teens’ re-imagined library spaces. And there’s still time for you to send us your vision of a perfect library! (You will earn Teen Raffle entries! Find out more here.)

Reagan, 9th Grade

When I think of a perfect library my imagination starts getting restless and encourages me to say something like a book-treehouse built in the center of the library, on a massive, real tree spanning the lobby. But maybe a little more of a subdued reply would be a little station where you could learn how books are bound, printed and published, or even a station where you could publish your books yourself? I have always wondered and wanted to know about the process that brought so many wonderful books into our hands, and have dreamt of publishing my own one day! I love how much libraries nurture a desire for learning and curiosity, and I feel like that addition would do nicely to further that quality.

Naomi, 6th Grade

In my perfect library I would find a Raspberry Pi to use. On the Raspberry Pi people would use their library cards to get into an account with their projects. To go along with the Raspberry Pi there would be a Breadboard, LEDs, Resistors, and other electronic components. The Raspberry Pi would have a circuit breaker so that nobody shorted the circuit. By the mini computer there could be bookshelves of Raspberry Pi how-to books so inexperienced programmers could learn how to use the electronics. Jump drives would be on the table that the Pi was on and could be checked out to take home games and play them on home computers. All these things would go in my perfect library.

Madeline, 6th Grade

In my perfect library, I would find different shelves with different types of books on them. Like a shelf for famous authors like J.K. Rowling. And there would be a corner for quiet reading, and a art show once a month. There would be a box for book donations, and a bunch of bean-bag chairs for sitting on and reading. In Christmas time, there would be a ball, and everyone could dance together, and there would be a table of snacks and drinks. And there would be games and prizes for the winners. And at the end of the ball the library would collect money to donate.

Ben, 6th Grade

In my perfect library, I would have a movie theater that would play a different movie everyday. There would be a snack bar for snacks for the movie and reclining seats to recline and watch the movie. There would also be a relaxing section for people who don’t want to watch the movie and just want to relax and read. There would also be some artwork and lots of books at this library. In conclusion, I think a movie theater would be a great add-on to a library to give people a little relaxation.

Gabriella, 6th Grade

I would find happiness in the library because I know people love to read books. When people can check out books and read them, I feel happy. Think about if you were a book. You would want people to read you, right? Reading books is also great for your brain, and you might learn some new words or phrases. There are also bookmarks at a library. Bookmarks are very helpful and keep your place in a book. You could even make your own bookmark! The library is a great place to borrow books. If you have not been to the library, go there and read some books!

Summer Reading Check-In

How’s your summer reading going? Are you almost done with your reading goal? Did you get caught up with doing summery things and forget about it? Well, it’s not too late to finish up and get your prize book. There are two and a half weeks left in the Summer Library Program, so I urge you to get those minutes/chapters/books done! We have a lot of awesome prize books to choose from, and I would love to give them all away to teens that have completed their reading. We’ve got fantasy, mystery, science fiction, you name it. Remember those #summergoals!

If you’re not done with your reading goal, are you at least halfway? Don’t forget to enter the Teen Prize Raffle! You could win a Kindle Fire, a BAM giftcard, a Bluetooth speaker, and more!

Oh, and have you done any Teen Bonus Activities? These suckers earn extra entries into the Teen Prize Raffle. Write a little something, record a book recommendation, or submit a piece of art for our Fall Art Show and you’re gold!

August 15 is the deadline to get EVERYTHING done (reading, activities, raffle entries).

Good luck on finishing up your reading goals, and may the odds be ever in your favor!

P.S. Do you need a book recommendation? Youth Services staff LOVE to give suggestions. Send us an email at ysstaff@eauclaire.lib.wi.us with the information below and we’d be happy to put together a bundle of 5-10 books or email you possible titles.

  • What is your age or grade?
  • What are some books that you have enjoyed in the past?
  • What genre(s) do you like to read?
  • Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction?
  • What are some of your interests?

WRITE: My Perfect Library, I

As a part of the Teen Summer Library Program, we’re asking you to write about 100 words on your perfect library. We want to hear about something you’d find in that library (besides books) – it could be an item, a feeling, or something else entirely.

To kick us off, here are two teen responses:

Miriam M., 7th Grade

In my perfect library, I would have a cafe and it would have food and coffee so if you have to study or want to read you could have snacks, coffee, and if you don’t like coffee then you can get other drinks! It would be good for the library because they can get money when people buy snacks and drinks. It would also make people want to go to the library more because they will be able to study or read and be able to have a snack at the same time! In conclusion, I think that a cafe would be a good library improvement because it will benefit both the people and the library.

Olivia O., 6th Grade

My perfect library would be lounges all around just for relaxing and reading. Also there would be a magical area where they would guess what book you want and it would float to you like a magical realm.  

Of course there would be all sorts of books and artwork just like the AWESOME library we have in Eau Claire.