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Middle School Events

Looking for something to do? The library has some great programs designed just for you.  Check out the entire fall schedule on our calendar. Here are some highlights.

New Year, New Journal
Tuesday, January 8 | 4-5:30 pm

Learn various journaling methods and techniques to keep the challenges and stories flowing all year. Take home a new journal to start the journey. For grades 6-8.  Reserve your spot.  

The Middle Squad
Tuesdays | January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12 | 4-5:30 pm
Help library staff prepare for programs, pull books, and perform other duties as needed. Visit to fill out an application. Questions? Contact Tom Malinowski, Middle School Librarian, at or 630-790-6738. Reserve your spot.

Love Stinks
Tuesday, February 5 | 4-5:30 pm
Not a fan of Cupid? Scorn Valentine's Day by making black duct tape roses, decorating rude cookies, and writing anti-Valentine's Day cards. For grades 6-8. Reserve your spot.

Author Visit | Mary Winn Heider
Saturday, February 23 | 2-3 pm
Middle-school author Mary Winn Heider discusses her book The Mortification of Fovea Munson, including the origin of her cadaver lab story and what inspires her. A Q&A and book signing will follow her presentation. Copies of The Mortification of Fovea Munson will be available for purchase. Reserve your spot.
New Book Spotlight

Dodger Boy by 
Sarah Ellis

In 1970 Vancouver, thirteen-year-old Charlotte and her best friend, Dawn, are keen to avoid the pitfalls of adolescence. Couldn't they just skip teenhood altogether, along with its annoying behaviors - showing off just because you have a boyfriend, obsessing about marriage and a ring and matching dining-room furniture? Couldn't one just learn about life from Jane Austen and spend the days eating breakfast at noon, watching "People in Conflict," and thrift-store shopping for cool castoffs to tie-dye for the upcoming outdoor hippie music festival?

But life becomes more complicated when the girls meet a Texan draft dodger who comes to live with Charlotte's Quaker family. Tom Ed expands Charlotte's horizons as they discuss everything from war to civil disobedience to women's liberation. Grappling with exhilarating and disturbing new ideas, faced with a censorship challenge to her beloved English teacher and trying to decode the charismatic draft dodger himself, Charlotte finds it harder and harder to stick to her unteen philosophy, and to see eye to eye with Dawn.-- Publisher's description.

Peer Review

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

My name is Katie, and I attend Hadley Junior High School as a 7th grader. I'm reviewing A Series of Unfortunate Events, which contains 13 books. 

I really enjoy this series. It's about a girl, Violet, a boy, Klaus, and their baby sister, Sonny. After their parents die in a tragic fire, they are on the run from a psycho man named Count Olaf, who is after their enormous fortune. They meet many allies and foes along their journey.

Once I found the books, I kept reading them. I am still reading them, and so far, the series is really good. There are some sad parts, some exciting and hopeful parts, and, of course, some unfortunate parts. But all of it has action and suspense in it, and I love the books, and I'll be sad when I'm done reading them. Someone that likes the Harry Potter series would probably like this series. It has about the same amount of suspense and action. I give this series five stars.  


by Tom  Malinowski, Middle School Librarian

Why does January motivate so many people to make resolutions? Fresh starts are intriguing. They allow us to restart, reset, rethink, re-imagine, or renew a goal. Since we celebrate the New Year with much jubilation, it makes sense that we name the dreams that we want to achieve during the year.

Make your resolutions manageable.

Running a race for the first time is exciting! Make sure you train properly by choosing a race later in the year and creating a running schedule to work up to the challenge.  When choosing new hobbies, the possibilities are endless. Try everything! Give each new interest some time so that you can fairly assess whether it's for you or not. If not, that is a-ok, because you can channel your energy into something else. You'll be surprised what you can do when you discover the right hobbies. 

Learn something new each day. Choose different websites, magazines, and b
ooks to get information on a variety of topics like nature, science, mathematics, sports, humor, cooking, and crafting.

Need help with your resolutions? Check the library!
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