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Adult Fiction Review: I Am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley

In the British countryside circa 1950, Buckshaw--the de Luce family's decaying estate--has been selected as the site of a movie starring famed actress Phyllis Wyvern. Amidst the hustle and bustle of film crews and a raging blizzard, 11-year-old chemist/sleuth Flavia de Luce becomes ensnared in a...

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Duct Tape Wallets Instruction Guide

Miss last week's Duct Tape Wallets workshop?  Have no fear! Here's a copy of the resource page that was handed out. It includes web resources, books for further reading, and helpful instructions. Now you can make your own duct tape wallet!    ...

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Teen Review: Cinder

Allison is a 9th grader at Palatine High School and a member of our Teen Advisory Board (TAB). She recently read an advance copy of Cinder by Marissa Meyer, which will be published in early January. Here is her review:   Cyborgs, plagues and evil Lunar queens, oh my! These are only some of...

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Craft Books for Teens

New Book List! Check out our latest book list posted on the Teen webpage, "Cool Crafts for Teens." These books feature a variety of crafts with varying levels of difficulty. From green crafts to wearable crafts to edible crafts, you'll find plenty of ideas here to make great gifts for friends...

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Flash Fiction Writing Contest for Teens: December 1 – January 6

What is flash fiction? Simply put, it’s an exceptionally short story! Sometimes called “micro-fiction,” these stories are usually between six and 1,000 words. Legend has it that the novelist Ernest Hemingway once won a bet by writing a complete story in six words: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn...

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Exclusive Author Profile: Vanessa Diffenbaugh

I recently caught up with author Vanessa Diffenbaugh (pictured at left; image courtesy of InfinityPortraitDesign.com) via telephone for an impromptu chat about her best-selling debut novel and the writing life. Vanessa Diffenbaugh was born in San Francisco in 1978. As a young girl growing up in...

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Family Friendly Gaming Day

We had a great time at this year's National Gaming Day on Saturday, November 12, at the Palatine Public Library. We featured activities for all ages, including trivia games, board games, bingo, wii, chess, and more. Check out this video of the day’s activities.

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Enter the Team Edward vs. Jacob Online Contest: November 1-30

Fan our teen Facebook page and tell us why your team rules! You’ll be entered into a drawing to win a life-size movie cut-out of Edward or Jacob. Visit facebook.com/PalatineLibraryTeens for contest details beginning November 1.  

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Celebrate National Gaming Day @ your Library: Saturday, November 12 - UPDATED!

21st century libraries offer more than just books, and gaming is a prime example of how modern libraries provide social and cultural enrichment programs for community engagement. On Saturday, November 12, over 1,200 libraries will showcase family friendly gaming events that demonstrate the social,...

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Teen Fiction Review: Every Me, Every You by David Levithan

“You know one me. Just like I know one you. But you can’t know every me. And I can’t know every you.” David Levithan’s (Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Love is the Higher Law) latest, Every You, Every Me is a brooding psychological suspense tale, spiced up with photographs by Jonathan...

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