Posted by alice on 11.10.16

Printz Award Winner and Honor Books of 2016

Bone Gap by Ruby Laura - Printz Winner!
Bone Gap is the type of town where people just up and leave. When Roza goes missing, no one is surprised and no one is looking for her. Finn and Sean O’Sullivan have gone through this loss before when their mother left to start a new life in a new place with a new man. However, Finn is convinced that Roza was taken by a mysterious man in the cornfields. He cannot remember his face, and even Sean doubts this story. Follow the different perspectives of Finn, Sean, and Roza as we peek into their pasts, presents, and uncertain futures.
The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick - Printz Honor

Split into four "quarters" and spanning several genres, this book epically tells stories about madness, obsession, and creation across generations and moments in time. From a girl creating cave drawings, the trials of the 17th century witch hunts, and a 1920s insane asylum, Marcus Sedgwick connects them in an unexpected way that will keep you thinking.

Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez - Printz Honor

Growing up in New London, Texas in 1937, Naomi and Wash are well aware of the lines that you just do not cross. The color line is one of them, but their attraction is just too strong and the two of them are willing to cross it. With a backdrop of the New London school explosion—the worst school disaster in American history—this story is about love, loss, family and our past.


Posted by Trixie on 08.23.16

Last Friday, we celebrated a decade of teen films and the creative minds behind them!
This year we had 24 films submitted by 16 teen directors! Here are the winners from the 10th Annual Teen Film Fest:
Best Animation - Living Colors by Valerie Depa
Best Comedy - Pranks [A Short Documentary] by August Graham 
Best Drama - Inside Guy by Rhegan Graham
Best Music Video - Vast Transit by Garrett Strother
Best Overall - The Dark Theorem by Daniel Carpenter
Want to watch all of the films submitted? You can find them in this playlist!

Posted by bbednarek on 07.07.16

Come to the Hub this month to make a crafty phone accessory. Don't forget, making one gets you one step closer to completing the Summer Reading Program!
What you need:
  • Hot Glue
  • Toy Dinosaur
  • Suction Cup

What you do:
  1. Select your favorite dinosaur
  2. Stand it up and determine a good angle to cut
  3. Carefully slice that dinosaur in half
  4. Glue a suction cup to it and let it dry
  5. Stick it on the back of your phone, a window, a mirror... really any hard, non-porous surface

Posted by bbednarek on 05.03.16

Greetings fellow meat machines!
I've been told my name is Bryan and I'm okay with that name. You may call me that. I'm one of your new Teen Services Advisors and I am pretty excited about it. After 3 years working the Tech Help desk (you may recognize me from the Studio), I'm looking forward to fostering smiles on some new faces-- your faces.
Betweens sips coffee and to the soundtrack of a podcast or an audiobook, I play in a band or two, compulsively clean, or explore some technology. I'm a grammar enthusiast who likes Photoshop, writing and recording the occasional song, and maybe even some video editing here and there. 
My favorite escape though, is camping. Gimme wilderness. GIMME. Hiking, campfires, kayaking, or perhaps some fishing if I'm feeling dangerous. Do you know any good locations? I'm always looking for some place where airplanes and automobiles cannot be heard.
I want to learn things so tell me stuff! 

Posted by meyoung on 04.27.16

Hi, hi! I’m Megan, one of the new Teen Services Advisors. I’ve been working at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library for about a year in Info Services, and I’m super psyched to be working in the Hub now.

Word vomit about me:

I read. A lot. Last year I read 63 books, for funsies, including everything from graphic novels to creative non-fiction. All book recommendations are highly appreciated, especially if we talk about it afterwards. I read ALL THE THINGS. The first series that got me into reading was, none other than, Harry Potter. When I’m not powering through books or being a lump on the couch, watching Netflix, I’m outside as much as possible. It doesn’t matter what I’m doing outside; I just love being outdoors. I enjoy being active, but hate running. I dabble in staying up as late as possible and gaming, as well as imagining my life with a French bulldog (whose name will be Watson).

Stop by and we’ll chat about 90s grunge, our shared love of accents, and spit movie quotes.

Posted by alice on 04.25.16

3 Kinds of Test Takers
Are you getting ready for your AP Exams? Don't be like Harry on the day of your test, be like Hermione!
The good news is, we've got practice tests you can take from home! Of course, you can always come by the Hub and study, and we're happy to help if it's not AP Calc BC. But below are some instructions to get you access to free AP Tests with your library card (and even without)!
1. Go to the library’s Teen page ( and login to your library account on the top right
2. Click on the “Study” tab at the top of the page
3. Scroll all the way down to Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC) and click
4. If this is your first time using it, register or sign in to your account
5. Under “High School Tools”, click on “Advanced Placement Exams (AP)”
6. Under “Online Practice Tests”, choose a subject and get going!

You can also check out TERC by using the Access My Library APP if you don't have a library card!

Posted by red_sonya on 04.22.16

Take a look at some of the issues facing our planet and how you can solve them!
Earth Day

Posted by tspicer on 12.23.15

Looking for something to do this Winter Break? Why not mess around with new Hub STEM Kits. Ask at the Hub desk for details! This Kit is called 'Electric Message'. While working with this kit, you will learn about circuitry, electroluminescent wire, and more. You'll shoot video of your message and send out to a friend on Social Media!

Posted by emather. on 11.19.15

Have you ever rushed to the library first thing after school to grab up a copy of the latest teen book release, hot off the presses, only to find all the copies have been checked out and you need to go onto the waitlist? It is seriously the worst.
Well, have we got news for you! We've installed a new Teen Marketplace, chock full of the newest and hottest teen fiction, nonfiction, and audiobooks. We have tons of copies in easy to browse shelves, so you can easily find the latest best seller or discover the next sleeper hit.
(Don't worry: we still have our awesome and extensive Teen Fiction and Nonfiction collections, now located by our main fiction collection. With even more room, too!)
So come by and check out the new Teen Marketplace. It's chock full of all the newest teen books just for you. We can't wait to hear what you think!

Posted by alice on 11.07.15

Calling all writers! NaNoWriMo is in full swing here at The Hub! If you don't know what NaNoWriMo is, it stands for National Novel Writing Month. That's write right, we're taking up the challenge of writing an entire novel in one month. That's 1 novel in 30 days! That's 50,000 words in 1 month! Whew...
Our teen writing club members, Inklings, have officially started their novels at our November meeting on 11/4. But if you're a teen writer and you want to join us in this literary endeavor, sign up here for NaNoWriMo and email us your username at and we'll add you to our classroom!
The winner of our NaNoWriMo classroom will get a very special prize... a signed copy of Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl which was originally a NaNoWriMo novel! Read a pep talk from Rainbow Rowell here where she talks about her experience participating!
If you need inspiration, want to talk through your novel, or have questions about NaNoWriMo, feel free to email us at or come by The Hub!
We'll also have write-in sessions on Mondays and Thursdays in November from 7-9 p.m. at The Hub if you need a place to write!
Best of luck, writers!