Mer L.'s blog

The Trials and Tribulations of Suburban Life

chicago suburb from the airI have a love/hate relationship with the suburbs. Having spent some time living in suburban and planned communities, I have grown to truly detest the homogeneity, the predominance of big-box chain stores, and the Stepford Wives-like creepiness that some suburban environments seem prone to breed in their residence. But, then again, I wouldn’t be the fabulous person I am today having not had the American suburban experience. Below I’ve listed some titles I have enjoyed that feature the suburbs (some in a creepy way, others as merely a backdrop to the action). What do you love or hate about the ‘burbs?
 

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Teen Summer Reading Program

can you read luke skywalker?Are you going to be reading this summer? Like, at all? Not even your text messages!?! If you plan on reading (even a little bit), you should definitely join the Teen Summer Reading Program! Any amount or type of reading counts and you can even win some pretty sweet prizes just by signing up. We’ve got tons of activities and events scheduled throughout the summer and we’re kicking off the Summer Reading Program in style THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 4TH @ 2:30 PM! Join us for food, fun, games, prizes and more!
 
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Summer Time

watermelonSummer is a great time to catch up on fun (rather than required-by-school) reading and of course by reading you can participate in the Teen Summer Reading Program! I’ve put together a list of books I enjoyed, each either taking place during summer or featuring travel. What is on your to read list for summer?
 

Mer’s Summer Reads:

 

Anti-Twilight Reads

total solar eclipseThe newest movie in the Twilight Saga (Eclipse) is set to come out in June and, much as with the previous two releases, there is bound to be much excitement and an overwhelming amount of glee from the Pro-Twilight camp. For those of you who could care less or who are staunchly Anti-Bella & Gang, I’ve put together a list of Anti-Twilight reads that combine horror or dark fantasy with a bit of tongue-in-cheek wit. What would you suggest?
 
 

Mer’s Anti-Twilight Reads:

 

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Freeman Teen Advisory Board

monkey stuffed animalsNext Monday, May 24th @ 4:30 pm, we will have our last Teen Advisory Board meeting of the Spring semester before we take a break for Summer. So stop on by and let your voice be heard! Be a teen leader and help plan library programs and events or work on special volunteer projects.
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