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  • Meet the Authors

    Covers of Yummy by Greg Neri and When I was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds

    With plots and characters ripped straight form the headlines, please join us in conversation this Fall with Coretta Scott King honor winners Greg Neri and Jason Reynolds.

  • For Writers

    Creative Commons

    Is the blinking cursor on a blank document your only writing companion? Tired of composing alone? Join Creative Commons, our poetry and writing critique group for teens. Learn through exercises led by experienced writers and gain feedback and criticism on any genre of writing from your peers. 

    Second Tuesdays
    6:30 - 8 p.m.
    Lackman Library

  • Homework Help Is Here For You

    Homework Help

    Check out our Homework Help page for all the tools you will need. When you want some one-on-one tutoring in-person and online:

    Live Homework Help from
    Monday - Friday

    4 - 11 p.m.

    Homework Help
    CCentral Resource Library
    Monday - Thursdays
    4 - 7 p.m.

Latest Content

Staff Review
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Trent Reedy
Reviewer's Rating: 
Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016

Don't be fooled by the opening battle scene and continuous conflict that drives the story into thinking this is a simple action book. It's tense and fast-paced, yes, but it is also full of moral, psychological, interpersonal, and political conflict. It is a book whose external action deeply considers complicated internal issues.

Staff Review
A wooden display box containing a note, a toy tractor, a superhero, a santa, a dinosaur, a subway token and a necklace
Meg Leder
Reviewer's Rating: 
Monday, Aug 22, 2016

Penelope, Ephraim and Audrey have been friends forever, an inseparable threesome. But now that they are juniors in high school, things are changing. Penelope is devastated when for the first time ever, Eph and Audrey both ditch out on the fall festival. She is the only one of the three who has never been kissed, never had a romantic involvement. Audrey is expanding her social circle and encouraging Penelope to do the same, but Penelope doesn't want to. Change is hard. But it is also inevitable.

Staff Review
The back of a teen boy making airplane arms as he is walking down a rural road in the snowy winter
Gary Schmidt
Reviewer's Rating: 
Thursday, Aug 18, 2016

Jack Hurd lives with his parents on a small farm in Maine. One day in the winter of his 6th grade year, Joseph Brooks comes to live with them as a foster child. Joseph has been in trouble and spent time in a boy's group home, a juvenile detention center, and most recently a high security juvenile prison after allegedly trying to kill a teacher. He is only 14, but is the father of a newborn baby girl. He has never seen his daughter, but loves her and her mother dearly.

Staff Review
Book cover
Matthew Quick
Reviewer's Rating: 
Thursday, Aug 11, 2016

This starts off deep, but maybe faux deep. Then it gets heavier and heavier. In the best possible way. It gets authentic. As Nanette digs deeper and deeper to find her authentic self.

Teen Review
Friday, Aug 5, 2016

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world...


If You Liked Little House on the Prairie


Did you love Little House on the Prairie when you were a kid? Or Anne of Green Gables? And now you want something similar, but for a more mature reader? I put together this list just for you!

Upcoming Events

Central Resource Library
08/29/2016 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Canto y Cuento
Oak Park Library
09/03/2016 -
11:00am to 12:00pm
Young Adult Advisory Council (YAAC)
Blue Valley Library
09/03/2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Young Adult Advisory Council (YAAC)
Shawnee Library
09/06/2016 -
3:00pm to 4:00pm
Table Top Game Night
Antioch Library
09/07/2016 -
6:00pm to 7:45pm
Meet the Author: Greg Neri
Central Resource Library
09/08/2016 -
6:30pm to 7:30pm