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Free Young Adult SYNC Audiobooks for Summer 2013

SYNC Audionbooks logoFree SYNC Audiobooks for Summer are Here!

For several years now, audiobook publishers have partnered with SYNC to provide free Young Adult audiobook downloads each week throughout the summer. The SYNC program pairs a current young adult title with a classic or required summer reading title. Each SYNC audiobook will be available for download for a period of 7 days, and once downloaded can be listened to at any time.  These will download through OverDrive.

Find more information on SYNC and download your free audiobooks at audiobooksync.com.

Starstruck by Rachel Shukert

If you’re interested in the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, as well as the sordid, seamy side, this is your book. It’s the early 1940s and Margaret Forbisher, from perfect and rich Pasadena, wants nothing more than to star in her own movie. She even knows who she wants for her leading man – Dane Forrest, the impossibly handsome, brooding actor who’s been linked to gorgeous Diana Chesterfield. Then Diana disappears and Margaret, who looks a lot like her, is “discovered” by Olympus studios. She signs a one-year contract with them, giving up everything from her previous life. But Hollywood isn’t quite what she thought it would be. Or is it?

First in a trilogy. Celebrity watching at its best. For grades 8-12.

Find Starstruck in the Library.

LitWorks 2014 and Back To Books

LitWorks 2013 Autograph PartyThanks to the Illinois State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services for giving Eisenhower Public Library $5,000.00 to be used to buy books and books on CD for LitWorks 2014. This will be the fifth year for the event, and it's going to be amazing!

LitWorks is a project that gives teens a chance to meet with six fantastic authors in the spring. The 2014 event will take place on Saturday, April 5th from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. LitWorks starts at Eisenhower Library with an open author panel and moves to Ridgewood High School for small group breakout sessions, and an autograph party.

Confirmed authors for LitWorks 2014 are Jack Gantos, Marie Lu and Dave Roman. Other authors will be announced soon.

Look for LitWorks 2014 books in the Teen section starting in October of 2013.

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson

The cover of Titanic: Voices from Disaster. Shown on the cover is a large image of the ship Titanic. On April 15, 1912 at 11:50 p.m. the “unsinkable” Titanic struck an iceberg. 

By 2:20 a.m. on April 16 the ship had disappeared and all that remained were 712 survivors, 32.2 % of the full passenger list.  (1496 people died.) Find out what really happened.  Read actual testimonies from the survivors.  See photographs from the voyage.

Well-researched and riveting.  For grades 7-12.

Find Titanic: Voices from the Disaster in the library.

Finals are Horrible!!!

ImageWhy I Hate Finals:
- Finals rarely raise your grade; they are made to lower your grades.
- You stay up all night studying.
- They ruin your health because you are stressed out for the entire week.
- During a long final, you lose interest in taking it and you stop trying.
- Right after 1st semester finals, you go back to school; you never get a break.
- When you are studying, you realize how much you don't know or remember.
- Having to write an essay during a final and having writer's block.
- Breaking both of your pencils during finals and having to sharpen your pencil with the noisy pencil sharpener.
- Being annoyed by people who are coughing and sneezing during the final.
- Not getting a study guide for a final, or getting a study guide and nothing from it is on the final.

Need Homework Help?

DSCN0403This section has been around for as long as the library itself, but with new collections and a helpful sign, it’s easier to find and access for all those in need of assistance. It can be found just behind the Young Adult section next to the Classics. If you still have trouble follow the signs posted at the end of the columns.


Those of you out there that are good with technology, we have a fun summer project idea: submit your own book trailer! You’ve seen trailers for all the new movies coming out this summer, but did you know that people make film style trailers like that for books too!? Here are links to a few you can check out. Then, try to make your own for your favorite book! Keep it on file, it might come in handy later. After all, making a book trailer is a very popular English project! The best made, most entertaining book trailer wins! Winners will be posted on our blog!





Pet Picture Contest!

Our pets look sooooo adorableeeeeeeeeeee playing in our back yard winter wonderlands, submit a video or picture of your pet(s) playing in the snow and we will determine which is the cutest of all! All winners will be posted on our blog!

Check out these videos of cute animals playing in the snow to get inspired!