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Teen Winter Reading Club

Teen Winter Reading Club 2019 has arrived!

Signing up

Signing up is easy. All you have to do is go to our Teen Winter Reading Club Page and click “Sign Me Up.” Once there, you fill out the information and voilà, you are registered.

Once you are signed up, be sure to drop by the Children’s Desk at Greenfield or our new Sugar Creek location to pick up your registration prize.

That’s not all signing up does for you. Just for signing up, you are also automatically entered into our Weekly Prize Drawings. Each we draw 5 names to win $5 or $10 gift cards to the following yummy spots.

Logging your Reading

This year we are doing something new! You will be keeping track of the time you read. This makes it easier to keep track of all your logging. Plus it means more chances to get prize slips.

You get one prize slip for every hour you log!

Use these slips to enter into the Grand Prize drawing of your choice.

Grand Prizes



Of course, all during the month of February there will be awesome programs at both locations! Check out Library Calendar to get more information.


Fidget Blankets for Greenfield Healthcare Center

Earlier this month some talented teens made fidget blankets (well…more like lap pads) at our program Craft for a Cause: Fidget Blankets. These lap pads are meant to help ease the anxiety felt by people with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Through hard work and two hours of sewing, teens created 25 of these lap pads, each with a clip, zipper, and button for the user to fiddle with when they are feeling anxious. On January 23, these lap pads were donated to Greenfield Healthcare Center.

If you are interested in participating in our next Craft for a Cause or similar programs, keep an eye on Hancock County Public Library’s Teen Calendar.

Blessing Bags – Update

A little bit ago, Greenfield and Sugar Creek teens made blessing bags. On Friday, December 14th, we loaded up my car delivered the blessing bags to the Wheeler Mission in Indianapolis.

These blessing bags were stuffed full of items that someone who is homeless would need and some were even decorated to spread some holiday joy. Between the bags put together by teens at Greenfield and at Sugar Creek, we were able to donated 50 bags.

Guys, 50 bags is amazing! If we had any more, we would have had to take multiple trips.

So a big thank you to our awesome teens and parents who donated items and helped create the bags!

2019 Battle of the Books

Every year, Hancock County Public Library’s Teen Services hosts Battle of the Books. Schools from around the county are invited to form a team of 8th and 9th graders to read 10 books chosen by the Teen Services Librarian and participate in a trivia-style competition that covers these books.

Each winning team not only gets bragging rights, but also a traveling trophy to keep until next year, a plate with the team members’ names to be added to the plaque in the Teen Room, gift cards, and prize books.

This year’s competition will be held on Wednesday, April 17th. If you are currently in 8th or 9th grade and are interested in participating, either contact me through the Teen Services contact form ( or talk to your school’s Battle of the Book coach, which are listed below.

School – Coach

Greenfield Central High School – Kelly Swain-Leswing

Greenfield Central Junior High School – Lisa Potter

Mt. Vernon High School – Alyson Zelencik

Mt. Vernon Middle School – Dana Hochstedler

New Palestine Junior High School – Fred Fox and Melanie Nobbe

St. Michael Catholic School – Amber Klinck


2019 Battle of the Books Titles


Blessing Bags

suppliesYesterday (October 11), teens helped create blessing bags that will be donated to the Wheeler Mission. Each drawstring bag was filled with a gallon ziplock, band-aids, wet wipes, soap, a toothbrush, toothpaste, a wash cloth, toilet paper, and a couple of other items. Some of the bags even got uplifting notes written by our teens. Many of these items were donated by library staff, local teens, and businesses like Miller Dental??and CVS.





What is the Wheeler Mission?


The Wheeler Mission is an organization located in Indianapolis and Bloomington that helps people who are homeless or in need. The provide necessities, emergency shelter and meals, and access to an addiction recovery program.

What are blessing bags?

Blessing bags are bags filled with??non-perishable necessities, like a toothbrush, washcloth, socks, or band-aids. These are then given to those in need, mostly those who are homeless. There are many different ways one can build a blessing bag, but we followed the Wheeler Mission’s needs list for filling ours.

These are a great way to help and show that you care.

Missed this program but still want to help?

Sugar Creek is also filling (and decorating!) blessing bags for the Wheeler Mission in November. Find out details and sign up through Library Calendar.

Also, we will be accepting donations for the Wheeler Mission until the first of December. Anything that does not make it into a blessing bag will still be donated to the Wheeler Mission. If you would like to donate, please refer to their need’s list.

If you are interested in hearing about community service opportunities at the library, sign up for the Teen Volunteers Email List by entering “add to Teen Volunteer Email List” into the message box through our Teen Services Contact page.