This is the blog for the Hancock County Public Library teens (6th grade - age 19). Check it for news, information and more!

Happy Batman Day!!!

July 23rd, 2014

DC Entertainment has declared TODAY, Wednesday, July 23, as Batman Day. This day part of the ongoing celebration of the Dark Knight’s 75th anniversary.

I plan on celebrating with a Dark Knight marathon – Maybe a little old school – Adam West – Batman too! POW! BIFF! KAPOW!

Hope you add some Batman to your day. Check out our awesome Batman collection for your Dark Knight fix!


Sarah, currently re-re-reading Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb


Divergent Lock-in Recap

July 21st, 2014


Wow – Our Divergent lock-in was excellent!! Huge thank you to all the teens who came out! It looked like everyone had a blast – I know I did. What were your favorite parts of the lock-in? – I’m guessing capture the flag and face painting are on many of your favorite lists.

I only got a couple photos from the night, but they are pretty awesome. Here we have Cody, representing Dauntless while decked out in full face paint:

cody - lockin    cody - lockin 2

Side #1                                                     Side #2

Hee! Well done Becca and Alyssa! I think this could be a new look for you, Cody…

Hope to see you all in the library soon. I’ll be at the Summer Reading Carnival  on Wednesday from 1-4. Come find me at the Monster Ball booth and enjoy our outside carnival!


Sarah, currently reading Bravest Warriors, Vol. 1 by Joey Comeau

sarah - lockin Thanks for the cat face and hair braiding, ladies! :)


Congrats and THANK YOU to all our teen volunteers for this year’s Teens Read the Way program. Over the past 6 weeks, you’ve bonded with and become a treasured reading mentor for children across Hancock County.


To celebrate a job well done we’re throwing pizza & movie parties at both Greenfield and Sugar Creek locations. Sugar Creek volunteers, your party is today (7/15), Greenfield is tomorrow (Wednesday, 7/16) starting with the s’more party @ 3pm. Help your reading buddies make s’mores and pick out a book for them to take home! Immediately following the s’more party will be our volunteer party with FREE pizza and the movies chosen by you!


Showing @ Sugar Creek                                Showing @ Greenfield


Hope to see you all at our celebrations! And THANK YOU AGAIN!! :)


Sarah, re-reading Divergent by Veronica Roth in celebration of the Divergent Lock-in on Friday!

We’re going to have an awesome time at the Divergent Lock-In THIS Friday!! We’re planning out our Faction Maze Test, fun Faction activities, notifying local pizza places that we’ll be ordering A TON of pizza – You know awesome stuff like that.

The only thing that won’t be awesome is if you forget your permission slip and end up FACTIONLESS  (i.e. you are locked out of the lock-in and have to go home)

So please remember your permission slip so you can join one of these lovely factions!

“One choice can transform you.” (Still talking permission slips! HA),

Sarah, midway through Guy in Real Life by Steven Brezenoff (Love!)

Big Screen Movie Success!

July 13th, 2014

Thanks for all who came out to our 1st Movie on the Lawn! It was a beautiful night to sit outside and enjoy Back to the Future!

B2TF - 3

We clocked the library going 88mph!!!

B2TF - 1

It was enough to blast us back to 1955.

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B2TF - 4

We’ll be showing part 2 of Movie on the Lawn on August 2 at the Sugar Creek Branch @ 8:30pm.

The world premiere of The Page Turners, a mini-movie that has been student directed, acted, and edited will be our 1st film feature. “The Page Turners” is a hilarious look at what happens when readers get sucked into a good book—literally. Our 2nd movie feature will be the movie Holes. This is a FREE event!

Hope to see you all there!

Sarah, currently reading: Guy in Real Life by Steven Brezenoff

Movie on the Lawn TONIGHT!

July 12th, 2014

GREAT SCOTT – Movie on the Lawn is tonight from 8:30 – 11pm! Bring blankets, chairs, movie snacks and join us for an evening of time travel, flux capacitors, and one eccentric scientist!

*We will set up inside only if it’s raining.*

Check out some of the amazing artwork your fellow HCPL peeps made this week at our Light & Salt Painting programs!


Here’s what you can do using a long exposure app, glow sticks, flashlights, and glowing hula hoops:


Light Painting SUCCESS!!!


And this is what a little hot glue, watercolor, and pinches of salt make:

light5    light2   light4   light10   light7   light6  light9     light3    light1  light8

Such talent! Hope you all have found nice places to hang these in your rooms! Keep checking back for more photos and updates. We have a BIG week of programs next week – See you at the library!

Sarah, currently listening to Panic by Lauren Oliver

July 4th, 2014


Who knew making jewelry charms was so easy? Our group today made some really amazing pieces to hang from necklaces and bracelets. If you missed our session today – No worries. You can make this craft at home.


All you need is:

* 1- code #6 plastic salad container (You can find these at any grocery salad bar *NOTE: Make sure the recycle code IS #6. This is the only plastic that will work.)

* Permanent markers

* Scissors

* Hole punch

* Aluminum foil (this will be your oven tray)

* Oven – preheated to 350°

* Embroidery floss, chain, or string to attach your charms to after

Begin by drawing your desired image with permanent marker on the #6 plastic. Cut around your drawing and punch a hole to thread string if you plan to wear it as a charm. Make a tray out of aluminum foil to place in the 350° preheated oven. Place your plastic on the aluminum foil and place on lowest rack of the oven. The shrink time for our projects only took about 45 seconds. The plastic will curl and bubble up before it lays flat. (We experimented with both and found taking the plastic out between curling and flattening made a blown-glass effect.) Carefully take out of the oven and let your drawing cool for about 1 minute. Then start creating your bracelet or necklace!

NOTE: Your drawings will shrink to about 1/3 of the size you draw, so start with an object that is about 2 inches big.


Check out a couple of our creations today:


shrinky 1



shrinky 2


Such talent! Thanks for all who came out :)

See you all next time!

Sarah – Currently reading V is for Villain by Peter Moore



In the name of the Moon – Celebrate Sailor Moon & Mini-Moon’s birthdays by checking out our Sailor Moon manga and DVD collections! Pick up some cake (Usagi’s fav!) on your way home and enjoy!