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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.


National Pizza Month

Did you know that October is National Pizza Month? Well we did! So we decided to celebrate at the library with a Great Pizza Taste-off.

Today, the HCPL teens tested four different pizza places around town:  Chicago’s Pizza, Papa John’s, Mozzi’s, and Mama Nita’s (which I would like to give a huge shout out to for donating their pizzas).

There were cheese and pepperoni pizzas from each pizza establishment for the teens to help make their decision. By the end of the program, all 12 large pizzas were gone.

In the end, there can only be one winner. That winner was Papa John’s with Mama Nita’s and Mozzi’s tying for second.

Teen Color Party Postponed

Due to weather the Teen Color party has been postponed to Wednesday, July 25 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

If you want to participate but have not turned in permission slip to the Teen Services Librarian, please do that by Tuesday, July 24 at 9:00 p.m. You can pick up a permission slip at the Greenfield Children’s Desk or download one from the event page.

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.


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.


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.


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!