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Teen Fiction Review: Out of Nowhere by Maria Padian

Tom Bouchard has a lot going for him. His girlfriend is hot; he's captain of his high school soccer team; his grades are good. When senior year begins, Tom is on top of the world--but the world around him is changing. Change comes to Enniston, Maine in a wave of Somali refugees. Soon, Tom's...

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Poetry Contest: 2013 Prize Announcements

In honor of National Poetry Month this April, the Palatine Public Library District sponsored its fourth annual poetry contest. The contest wrapped up with a special ceremony to celebrate the winners and participants on Saturday, April 27th, 2013. Librarian Tracie Padal has helped plan and...

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March Madness Challenge Results

Well, basketball fans, the 2013 NCAA Tournament is in the books! Regardless of your team's fortunes, it was impossible for any sports fan with half a heart to root against Louisville. When Cardinals guard Kevin Ware shattered his right leg six minutes before halftime against Duke, the nation...

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2013 Monarch, Bluestem, Caudill, and Abraham Lincoln Award winners announced!

Votes have been tallied and the results are in: Illinois readers in grades K-12 have selected the 2013 winners of the Monarch, Bluestem, Rebecca Caudill, and Abraham Lincoln Book Awards.     The Monarch Award winners are chosen by readers in grades K-3. 1st Place...........Pete the Cat:...

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Teen Review: Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

Check out Laura W.’s review of Poison Princess by Kresley Cole. Laura is a member of our Teen Advisory Board. Attention all science fiction and apocalypse fans! If you've read and loved The Hunger Games and Divergent series then you definitely need to read this book! Poison Princess by Kresley...

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Teen Review: Breathe by Sarah Crossan

Check out Laura W.’s review of Breathe by Sarah Crossan. Laura is a member of our Teen Advisory Board. "Across the whole planet, the bulk of humanity was annihilated within a few years... We're told it was China's fault- all those factories. It was India's fault- all those babies. It was America's...

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Exclusive Interview with Author Karen Rivers

On behalf of the Palatine Public Library District, Tracie (a librarian in the Popular Materials Department) recently spoke with Karen Rivers, author of the hilarious middle-grade novel, The Encyclopedia of Me, via email. The conversation spanned everything from writing to love, motherhood to...

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Teen Review: Identical by Ellen Hopkins

Check out Carly S.’s review of Identical by Ellen Hopkins. Carly is a senior at St. Viator High School and also a member of our Teen Advisory Board. The only thing worse than having a sinister secret is keeping it that way -- and that is exactly what twin sisters Kaeleigh and Raeanne struggle to do...

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Teen Fiction Review: Every Day by David Levithan

Every morning, A wakes up in the body of a different teenager, experiencing the day though someone else’s eyes, someone else’s memories, someone else’s circumstances. Sometimes A is a boy, sometimes A is a girl. A has been gay, straight, popular, nerdy, athletic, obese, and everything in between....

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Talk Like a Pirate Day!

ARRR! On Wednesday, September 19, visit any Library location and speak a phrase or two in "pirate" to claim yer treasure. Ready yerself by usin' the pirate language course on our Mango database. Need more ideas? Check out the official International Talk Like a Pirate Day website. View photos from...

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