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Virtual Teen Hangout!

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Well, we can’t have our usual Teen Lounge with snacks at the library this summer. But we CAN still hang out and play games online. We’ve created a Discord Server where y’all can hang out. And while we don’t have the library’s Xbox One or Wii we do have our JackBox games and our Roll 20 accounts. So we can still game!

How do you join the server? Visit the link below and fill out the included google form (or fill out the form below) and Danie will add you to the general-chat room! We have the form so that the room stays reserved for teens, just like the Teen Lounge at McArthur. Questions? Email Danie.

Sound interesting?

Check out the Discord Server here:

Google Form:

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Summer Reading PRIZES


Ticket 1:

$10 Gift Card to Elements!

Ticket 2:

$10 Gift Card to Yetos!

Ticket 3:

Gift Card to Reilly’s Bakery!

Ticket 4:

Gift Card to Jonsey’s Cafe!

Ticket 5:

Gift Card to Trillium!

Halfway through! :

Gift Card to Time & Tide Coffee

Don’t forget to enter your tickets into the drawing(s) for the prize(s) you’d like to try and win! You can’t win if you don’t spend your tickets. 🙂

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6-Word Short Stories

6-Word Short Story Contest Poster

November is NaNoWrMo, but with school, homework, jobs, sports, and everything, who has time to write a 50,000 story?! That’s why we’re doing a 6-Word Short Story Contest at the McArthur Library! Tweens and Teens in grades 6-12 are challenged to write a story in just six words.
Prizes will be awarded the top two winners in grades 6-8 and 9-12. Teens and Tweens may submit one original 6-word story. The contest is open from November 6 to November 30. Winners will be announced the first week of December. Winning entries will be featured on the library’s facebook and website.

Stories may be submitted via this form.


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Book Review of LITTLE BROTHER by Cory Doctorow

Reviewed by a Summer Learning Program participant


Ultimately, this book frustrated me. I was really excited to read it, and though the idea of the book intrigued me, I was met with mediocre story telling, which really sucked because the importance of privacy and cyber security are things that I am passionate about. But I found all the characters to be flat, the secondary characters only there when convenient to solve a problem and disappearing when they weren’t needed for extremely long periods within the book. The dialogue was very frequently not very realistic and I felt that the main character did not really have a much of a personality, just being another pawn to get the ultimate message across. It is apparent that this book is agenda driven, and although it is an agenda that I can strongly get behind, the whole book felt more like a first draft. However, I can’t help but recommend it for the sake of the eye opening ideals outlined within it that will leave you thinking.

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Book to Movie Review of ELLA ENCHANTED

Reviewed by a participant in the Summer Learning Program.


ELLA ENCHANTED by Gail Carson Levine

The book Ella Enchanted was very well written. Gail Carson Levine makes it seem like ogres and gnomes and centaurs are everyday things. She does a good job portraying Ella’s mean sisters in a realistic way. It was a very fun twist on Cinderella and very good.

The movie Ella Enchanted was very loosely based on the book. It added a lot of stuff that was not in the book. And they ruined the storyline. If I had watched the movie before I read the book, I would not want to read the book. So in my opinion, the book is way better than the movie.

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Book to Movie Review

By a Summer Learning Program Participant



The book The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was very good. It was descriptive and you really got to know the characters well. It really brought a made up world to life. It made talking animals seem very real, and after you read it you almost expected your pet to start talking. I think that the book was way better.

The movie was very loosely based on the book. They put in a lot of stuff that wasn’t in the book. But I will say, they had pretty amazing graphics, making a lot of the made up animals and people look real. The movie is very good as long as you haven’t read the book and have something to compare it to.