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Christopher Hinchcliffe

On May 24, 2018 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm, Christopher Hinchcliffe, author of Chasing Checkers, will be visiting the library. He will talk about his book and will even have time for questions and a book signing. It is an author visit for readers, aspiring authors, and race fans alike.


If you haven’t checked out Chasing Checkers, you should. It is about Teddy “Chex” Clark, who is a Canadian teen that has just gotten a huge break towards his dream of being a Formula One driver.

 

If you are at all interested in racing, this is the book for you. The parts of the book that cover what it is like to be racing is extremely accurate.

James Hinchcliffe

It should be, as Hinchcliffe has a really good source to draw from: his brother, Indy Car racer and Dancing with the Stars contestant, James Hinchcliffe. By the end of the book, you will not only be wanting the next book in the series (which he has been working on), but you will also be looking up “How to become a race car driver” on Google.

Don’t know much about racing? Neither did I! However, Hinchcliffe does an amazing job of explaining racing jargon and concepts. The best part is that he flawlessly mixes it into the novel instead of halting the story with boring paragraphs dryly explaining. So no previous knowledge needed!

Check out Chasing Checkers and check out Christopher Hinchcliffe on May 24th at the Hancock County Public Library.

Libraries Rock! Teen Summer Reading Club 2018

Summer is coming. That means that it is time to get excited about Teen Summer Reading Club. If haven’t seen me or Shelby at your school yet or you lost our handy-dandy Teen Summer Reading Club handout, I will give you the low down.

How It Works

Teen Summer Reading Club starts on June 1st and ends on August 1st. During this time, every book you log earns you a prize ticket. You can then choose one of ten prize boxes to put your ticket into. At the end of the summer, we draw a winner from each prize box.

The cool thing is you don’t have to just stick to novels. You can log graphic novels, audio books, magazines, and ebooks. Regardless, the more you read, the better your chances are to win one of the awesome prizes mentioned below. Plus when you log 5 books, you automatically get to choose a prize book to keep and a Sky Zone Fishers bookmark that serves as a thirty minute free jump pass.

Programs

Also during Summer Reading Club, the library is hopping with activities and programs for you. So come down some afternoon and join us to watch Into the Woods, or make guitar picks, or play Rock Band on the big screen. We will also be hosting our Lock-in this summer, where you can stay in the library after hours to watch a movie, eat some pizza, and hang out. To wrap up this crazy summer of fun, we will also be throwing a Color Party in July. We will be playing dodge-ball and color war using colored powder. It should be a messy fun time.

As if you needed more of a reason to come, you can win stuff for attending programs. At the end of each program, all participants will be given a Teen Summer Reading Club Scratch-off. You could win some candy, an extra prize slip, or an extra prize book.

Volunteering

Do you need volunteer hours or would like to help younger kids maintain their reading skills over the summer? If you thought “Ummm…Yeah,” you should sign up to be a Teen Volunteer for Teens Read the Way.

Every Thursday for 6 weeks, you can volunteer to be paired up with a Reading Buddy (age 3 to grade 5). For half of the time, you will sit with them and read books in the Children’s Room. (Pssstttt…. once you read 10 children’s books you can log that as one teen book! Just enter the title as “10 children’s books“) The second half you will be having fun with these kiddos doing activities like decorating guitars, going on a scavenger hunt, and making spin drums.

To thank you for your hard work throughout the summer, we throw a pizza party just for our Teen Volunteers. We watch a movie and hand out your Volunteer Letter that is your proof of the service you did this summer.

Prizes

Every book you read and log is another chance at one of these 10 prizes.

$100 Walmart Gift Card

4 thirty-minute free jump passes & Sky Zone swag

Basic Senior Picture Package

 

$50 McCleerey’s gift certificate

 

$50 Lucy Couture gift card

 

$50 Legacy Cinema gift card

 

$25 Indie Art Studio gift certificate

 

$50 Hometown Comics gift certificate

 

$75 Greenfield Music Center gift certificate

 

$50 GameStop gift card

 

Signing Up

You can register in the Teen Summer Reading Club RIGHT NOW. However, you can’t log any books until June 1st (sorry guys).

As an added bonus, by registering you are automatically entered in our Teen Weekly Prize Drawing that will be happening every Monday all summer long. You could win a small gift card to some yummy place around town!

            

Battle of the Books Champions

Yesterday, St. Michael Catholic School were the champions of Battle of the Books 2018!

St. Michael Catholic School: Abigail Hurst, Sophia Kemp, Abby Mulligan, Audrey Pechin, Tricia Schneider, Lauren Silcox, Kenzie Willett

Greenfield Central High School came in second and Doe Creek was right at their heels in 3rd.

Greenfield Central High School

Doe Creek Middle School Team 2

It was a tough battle and all 8 teams worked very hard.

    

For winning Battle of the Books, St. Michael got to take home the Battle of the Books travelling trophy and they will also have their names added to the Battle plaque in the Teen room. Each member got a $5 Starbucks gift card and a prize book.

You can learn more about Battle of the Books here. If you will be in 8th or 9th grade in Fall 2018 and are interested in competing in Battle of the Books 2019, keep an eye out at your school and on this blog for information on how to sign-up.

Cat Toys for P.A.W.S.

On January 16th, HCPL teens made three kinds of cat toys and even brought in some items to donate to Partners for Animal Welfare Society (P.A.W.S.).

The following Thursday (January 18th), I delivered the toys and items to P.A.W.S. It seemed like the cats are really going to enjoy these toys. They were batting them around and one cat even decided to claim one as his own, refusing to share.

 

If you are interested in donating to P.A.W.S., click here for ideas of what would be most useful for them.

 

Cat Toy Instructions

If you would like to make your own cat toys, below are the directions for the ones made during the program.

 

 

 

 

 


Note: Instructions and pictures for cat toy instructions are from BabySavers, Friskies DIY Toys, and Craft Forest.

 

 

2018 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 participate in a trivia-style competition that covers 10 books that are chosen by the Teen Services Librarian.

 
If your team wins Battle, bragging rights will not be the only prize you take home. The winning team gets to take the traveling Battle of the Books trophy to keep until next year. Also, each team member’s name will be etched on a plate that will be added to the Teen Room Battle of the Books plaque. In addition, each member of the winning team will also get to take home a gift card and a prize book.

 
This year’s competition will be held on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018. If you are currently in 8th or 9th grade and are interested in participating, either contact the Teen Services Librarian through the Teen Services contact form or talk to your school’s Battle of the Book coach.

 

2018 Battle Books

The Time Museum by Matthew Loux

The Time Museum by Matthew Loux

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

 

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee

Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson