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Events for High School Students


Free! No Library card required!
Register for programs in-person at the Adult Reference Services Desk or by phone at 630-584-0076, ext. 1.

ACT Practice Tests

ACT Practice TestsSaturday, March 15  •  Huntley Room
OR  Saturday, May 17  •  Huntley Room
9:15 a.m.–1:00 p.m. 

Conquer those pre-test jitters early and improve your scores by taking a practice exam. Kaplan instructors will contact students individually with personalized results. College is right around the corner!  REGISTER for only one session. Registration begins January 6 for all tests.

Teen Tech Week – DIY @ Your Library
March 9-15, 2014

gogglesHackathon–Website Remix

Wednesday, March 12  •  4:00-6:00 p.m.   •  Carnegie Community Room

You or you and your team have one hour to recreate a website in the most outlandish way possible. No coding experience required. We’ll show how to use X-Ray Goggles, a browser extension that lets you change the text and images on most websites. After a short walkthrough, your challenge is to get creative and remix a site. We’ll share them online (so make sure it’s something mom can see). The winner will receive a Makedo kit; runners-up will receive high fives! If you want a little practice, visit https://goggles.webmaker.org/ to download X-Ray Goggles. DROP IN or REGISTER a team.

Raspberry Pi—the coolest portable, programmable minicomputerPi Day

Friday, March 14  •  4:00-5:00 p.m.   •  Carnegie Community Room

Come celebrate everyone’s favorite irrational number! Eat some free pie and test out a Raspberry Pi—the coolest portable, programmable minicomputer. The Pi is a great start to programming and can do cool things like run Minecraft or function as a media center.  We’re also raffling off one Raspberry Pi Starter Kit! Did we mention FREE PIE! Free pie.  DROP IN or REGISTER

Perfecting Your ACT Writing Assessment

Wednesday, March 19  •  6:30–8:00 p.m.   •  Huntley Meeting Room

Learn easy ways to immediately transform your scores on the ACT Writing portion! Professional writer and ACT writing specialist Jordan Catapano will teach specific writing techniques so you will be able to compose an articulate, sophisticated essay in 30 minutes. REGISTER

Not Just Capes: Teen Graphic Novel Book Discussion

Teen Graphic Novel Book DiscussionThursdays  •  4:00–5:15 p.m.  •  Check date for location

Come talk comics! There’s a lot more than capes and tights. We’re kicking off a graphic novel discussion that focuses on non-superhero graphic novels. Pick up a copy of each month’s selection at the Reference Desk and bring yourself to the discussion for some talking and snacking. High school students only. Check out our Goodreads site www.goodreads.com/group/show/117591-not-just-capes for more info.  DROP IN

March 27  •  Carnegie Community Room

Pride of Baghdad
by Brian K. Vaughan  •  741.5 VAU
Artist: Niko Henrichon
The bombs fell on Baghdad, and the pride was freed. Cast into a new and chaotic world, a pride of lions struggle to stay together and stay alive in war-torn Iraq. Based on an actual event following the bombing of the Baghdad zoo.

April 24  •  Carnegie Community Room

Friends with Boys
by Faith Erin Hicks  •  YA 741.5 HIC
Life stinks for Maggie. Her mom took off. Her brothers are busy living life. High school is starting and years of home schooling hasn’t exactly been good for making friends. To make matters worse, all her life a ghost has been haunting her.

May 22  •  Carnegie Community Room

Attack on Titan
by Hajime Isayama  •  YA 741.5 ISA
This month we take on manga. When the Titans
attacked, the humans retreated behind the giant walls Maria, Rose, and Sina. There they’ve lived protected for 100 years until a giant titan breaks through the first wall. Now humanity’s fight for survival is back on!  Get ready for giant, creepy humanoids, steampunk-style Vertical Maneuvering Gear, tons of yelling, and, of course, swords!

Marshmallow Shooters

Marshmallow Shooters Tuesday, April 1  •  4:00-6:00 p.m.   •  Huntley Meeting Room

We’ve got PVC pipe and marshmallows. You connect the pipes to form the wackiest, marshmallow flingingest creation your imagination will allow! Test out your creation on some targets or build your own. DROP IN or REGISTER


Txt&ViewTuesday, April 22  •  4:00-6:30 p.m.   •  Huntley Meeting Room

We’re watching The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones but with a twist. Whatever you text pops up on the screen. Bring your phones or iPads and get ready to express your love or hate. Any phone that can send texts will work.  DROP IN or REGISTER

Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day Saturday, May 3  •  9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Can the Library contain this superhero extravaganza!? The fun begins when we open. All day long we’re giving away free comics courtesy of Graham Crackers Comics, St. Charles. Teens and adults can stop by the Reader Services Desk.  (Limit 1 per person while supplies last.)


9:00 a.m.–Noon  •  Huntley Meeting Room

DROP IN to create foldable figures and paper works of art of your favorite comic book characters.


All day  •  Reader Services Desk

Break out your costumes because we’re also giving away small prizes to everyone dressed up. We’ll put your pics up on our Facebook page, so dress to impress.


1:00–3:30 p.m.  •  Huntley Meeting Room

X-Men: First Class (132 min., PG-13).

The new X-Men movie X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters May 23. So we’re gearing up by watching X-Men: First Class about the origin of Professor X’s mutant team.Everyone welcome.  DROP IN or REGISTER

Extreme Food Tasting

Extreme Food TastingTuesday, May 20  •  4:00–5:00 p.m.  •  Huntley Meeting Room

Join us for the ultimate extreme food taste test. Get ready to chow down lemons and limes, and sip some vinegar. But don’t worry, Miracle Berries turn sour foods sweet! But what happens to sweet food? Challenge your taste buds and vote on your favorites. Not
recommended to people with food allergies.  DROP IN or REGISTER


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