Teen Posts

Craft for a Cause - December Kit!

Stop by the Hub throughout the month of December to complete a Craft for a Cause volunteer kit, this month we will be making awesome cards for Cardz for Kidz. This organization makes sure that the cards that are sent to them make it to kids in hospitals.

If you're in 7-12th grade, come into the Hub and talk to a staff member to make a card here at the library and earn up to 1 service hour per day.

Want to make a card at home? Check out the Cardz for Kidz website for details on how to make cards and send it to them.

100 Books Before High School

100 Books Before High School


Do you ever wish the library’s summer reading program would never end? Well, for teens and tweens in grades 4–8, it doesn’t have to! With the library’s new 100 Books Before High School program, readers can keep reading books, earning awesome prizes along the way and keep the fun (and learning) going all year long. Sign up and log books at ahml.beanstack.org.

Just for signing up, you’ll get a cool drawstring backpack to begin your journey. Keep logging every book you read. For every 20 books logged, you’ll earn a badge and a free book. Stop by the Kids’ World or Hub Desks to choose from our awesome selection of prize books, and get a real-life badge to wear proudly. Library staff will even help you figure out the perfect book for you to read next on your path to 100!

Once you reach the summit of Mount 100 Books, you’ll earn a High School Survival Kit. The tools in the kit were selected by our Teen Advisory Board, and include a USB power bank, mechanical pencil, mints, a super-pack of sticky notes and so much more.  All prize books and High School Survival Kits were generously funded by the Friends of the Library.

Teen Advisory Board

Join the Teen Advisory Board

Try something new and join the Teen Advisory Board (TAB), the library's high school volunteer group.

Join us monthly as we meet over pizza to complete service projects, create programs for teens, assist with decision-making for the Hub space and more! New members, please fill out an application online.

Questions? Contact Alice Son at ason@ahml.info or 847-506-2668 for more information.

TAB Application

FAFSA Completion Workshop October 18th!

Hello, College-bound Teens (and your parents)!

The 2019-2020 FAFSA application was opened on October 1st!

If the form and its questions are leaving you a little confused, please consider registering for the FAFSA Completion Workshop.

The FAFSA Completion Workshop will be held October 18th from 6-8pm in the Cardinal Room.

A representative from ISAC will be available to provide in-person help with filling out the form.  

If you're interested, please register through the program calendar at: http://www.ahml.info/attend/events

Important items to bring with you to the workshop:

  • Social Security Number
  • Records of income:

Income earned from work and business, child support paid or received, and any other untaxed income. If you have them, refer to the W-2 Forms or Federal Income Tax Return IRS 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ.

Information about assets:

Savings, certificates of deposit, stock options, bonds, 529 plans and other college savings programs; and investment, real estate, business and farm.

  • Driver’s license number
  • Dates of birth
  • Month and year of marriage, separation, divorce or other change in marital status.
  • Alien Registration Number, if you (student) are not a U.S. citizen.

For more information on what to bring please refer to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission's website or reach out to Teen Staff here at the library: 847-506-2673

Teen Film Fest 2018

On Friday, August 10th, we celebrated teen filmmakers at the 12th annual Teen Film Fest. We had a record number of entries this year, all thanks to the amazing teens making amazing movies! Check out the photos from the Red Carpet, Teen Film Fest, and amazing After Party!
Watch all the films here and see the winning films below!

Best Acting:

Jason Bourne Teaches Cooking: Pizza Edition by Kevin Gasca

Best Editing:

Survival of the Fittest by Alex Tucker

Best Story/Screenplay:

Bon Appetit by Emily Bremner

Best Special Effects:

Game Time by David Petratos

Best Overall:  

Torn by Jeevan Acharya


Here are some pics from the night!

Film Fest
A view of the stage
Filmfest Winners
Congratulations to our winners!
Getting silly with our Filmakers
Getting silly with all of our filmmakers!


The hub all dressed up
The Hub got all decked out for the After Party.
TAB Volunteers tended the MOCKtail bar
Our amazing TAB volunteers tended our MOCKtail bar.

May DIY Kit Popsockets

This month, stop by the DIY area to make popsockets! Super easy and fun to make, these are perfect to upgrade your phone for free.

You will need:

  • 2 Suction cups
  • Hot glue
  • Decorative paper
  • Scissors
  • Pen/Pencil


  1. Remove metal hooks from suction cups
  2. Hot glue the two suction cups together (little end to little end).
  3. Use the suction cup wide end as a stencil for the decorative paper. Cut out.
  4. Glue paper to the wide end of one of the suction cups.

Rock it.