Normal Public Library Teens

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    Normal Public Library
    206 W. College Ave.
    Normal, IL 61761
    Teen Services Librarian: Kristi Cates
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Archive for May, 2011

Teen Summer Reading is here!

Posted by Kristi on May 31, 2011

Yes, it’s back again, the Teen Summer Reading Program: your chance to earn some great prizes by picking up a book or two this summer!

Registration starts today, and teens who are going into 7th through 12th grades are welcome to participate. Students who are going into 7th grade are also eligible to participate in the Children’s Department’s Summer Reading Program, so you’ll need to make a choice.  Find more information about the Kids Summer Reading Program here.  You may only participate in one of the programs.

Getting Started

New this year, you can sign up online from any computer with Internet access! You can also keep track of your reading hours yourself through your online SRP homepage. You’re also more than welcome to come into the library to sign up at the front desk if you’d prefer. You can also pick up a reading log to keep track of your hours, or download and print a copy from your SRP homepage.

You can register any time throughout the program, up until August 8.  You can even count any reading you’ve done since the program began!


Teens, complete one Check-In for every five hours that you read.  You may check in once per week, with a total of five check-ins during the eight week program.

For each check-in, you can pick out a free paperback book.  Or, if you don’t see one you want right away, you’ll get a coupon that you can use in coming weeks.

Those who finish the program will have a chance to win all kinds of great raffle prizes.

Book Reviews

You can also write a book review and turn it in at the library or online for a chance to win a book gift basket or pool passes in a special mid-program drawing. Just get your review in to us by Wednesday, July 6!


There are lots of great activities for teens every summer!

Check our calendar to see what’s coming up.


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Ah, childhood memories…

Posted by Kristi on May 20, 2011

So, you teens these days, you’re just so young and strange and into weird things like Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga and all kinds of newfangled techno-gadgets and sometimes you just make me feel OLD. So I thought I’d provide you all with a blast from the past so you can get a glimpse of what your friendly librarian’s childhood and teen years were like. So without further ado, check out the awesomeness of the late 80s/early 90s:

I mean, come on: don’t you all wish you could’ve had the joy of growing up in a time when Steve Urkel was on TV?

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Game Day tomorrow

Posted by Kristi on May 10, 2011

Sorry it’s been a bit quiet around here lately.  We’re gearing up for a great summer reading program, so I’ve been busy getting that ready.  I’ll have an announcement about it soon here on the blog.  For now, though, here’s your friendly reminder that tomorrow is our regular Game Day down in the Community Room from 4:00 to 6:00.  Bring your friends and come play Rock Band, Dance Dance Revolution, board games, and more!

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