teen book box stuffSubscribe now for your Spring Boxes (April & May)! 
Deadline is March 15, 2020.

If you are a teen in grades 7-12 you can sign up each season to subscribe to our monthly Book Boxes. 

A Book Box is a Library box that you pick up each month at the Kids & Teens desk, and it comes with one or two handpicked books (by us) and some fun treats to enjoy while you read.  When you're done reading, just return the book(s) and box, and you keep the treats!

If you're interested, sign up using the form below.  Just tell us a little bit about yourself, including choosing your favorite genres (like horror, fantasy, sci-fi, etc.), and then we'll do the rest.

Sign up for Summer Boxes (June, July, August) starting on May 1, 2020.

Limit 10 people per season. 



March 11 - April 28, 2019

tournament of books 2019 400wIt's time for March Madness!  What? No, not basketball. Books!

Each week we will have two popular kids' books face off against each other. At the end of the each week, one book will move to the next round.

How does a book win? With your vote! Each week come vote for your favorite of the two books. The book with the most votes wins and advances to the next round. (see tournament bracket below)

How do you vote? Each round, stop by the Kids & Teens Desk to tell a librarian your name and which book you want to vote for (please only one vote per round). Then at the end of each week we will announce that round's winner.

After seven rounds we will announce the FINAL winning book. We will also randomly select two lucky voting participants to receive a copy of the winning book.

Want to read the books ahead of time? Stop by the Kids & Teens desk to pick up a copy. Or place a hold by clicking on the titles below.

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Round 1 MatchesRound 2 MatchesRound 3 MatchTournament Winner
Amulet #1: The Stonekeeper    
     vs.  (Vote March 11-17) Amulet #1: The Stonekeeper    
HiLo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth      
       vs.  (Vote March 25-31) Wonder  
The One & Only Ivan      
      vs.  (Vote March 18-24) Wonder    
         vs.  (Vote April 21-28) Wonder
     vs.  (Vote April 1-7) Wishtree    
       vs.  (Vote April 15-20) Awkward  
     vs.  (Vote April 8-14) Awkward    
Real Friends      



 book award logosKids and Teens book awards represent the best of children's literature.  Below you will find all the different awards with brief descriptions, current winners and honor books, as well as past lists. More to be added soon!


Alex Award

The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year's publishing. The Alex Awards were first given annually beginning in 1998 and became an official ALA award in 2002.

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Batchelder Award

This award, established in Mildred L. Batchelder's honor in 1966, is a citation awarded to an American publisher for a children's book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States.

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Coretta Scott King Book Awards

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.  The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.  

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John Newbery Medal

The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.


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Michael L. Printz Award

The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.

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Morris Award

The William C. Morris YA Debut Award, first awarded in 2009, honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.  The award is administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association.

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Odyssey Award

The Odyssey Award is given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.

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Pura Belpre Awards

The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

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Randolph Caldecott Medal

The Randolph Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

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Robert Sibert Medal

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year.

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Schneider Family Book Award

Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.

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Stonewall Book Awards

Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award is given annually to English-language works of exceptional merit for children or teens relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.

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Theodor Seuss Geisel Awards

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.

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YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

The YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a Nov. 1 – Oct. 31 publishing year.

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1000 books horizontal 400wAbout the Program

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just one book a night, families can reach the 1,000-book goal in three years while providing children essential early literacy skills.

Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to during early childhood. Reading to children from an early age can help close the vocabulary gap and prepare children to enter Kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed. Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading. It is also a great way for children and their caregivers to bond!

To help encourage you to participate in this important activity, the Library has an incentive program to help you keep track of your books. Registration is ongoing at the Kids & Teens desk, and children may finish the program anytime before beginning Kindergarten. 


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Read or listen to books, magazines, or audiobooks. Read the same title as many times as you like. Any books you read count. You do not have to read books JUST from the Library. Books read for summer and winter reading programs and in library-led programs like Story Time count, too!

Track the number of titles you read on your chart by coloring in a circle for each book you read!

Return to the library after every 100 books to pick a small prize from the treasure chest. At 500 books, you’ll receive a special prize. Finish 1000 books before your child enters Kindergarten to receive another special gift! 


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Please contact us at the Kids & Teen Services Department (708-395-1236) and we will be happy to answer them! 


Happy Reading!

reading programs winter2019 225w2020 Winter Reading: January 6 - February 29

Cozy up with a good book this winter and earn yourself a treat through our Winter Reading Program! (Because why should summer have all the fun?)


Kids & Teens (Age 0 thru Grade 12)
Stop by the Kids & Teens to sign up and receive your reading log/bingo card to track your progress. Finish the reading goal for your age group and receive a book, a coupon to a local restaurant, and a prize drawing entry. 

Stop by the desk to pick up a reading log. Bring back your log with your your first two completed books and you will receive a prize and a drawing entry for additional prizes. Keep reading for addition prize drawing entries.


Just remember that February 29 is the last day to turn in your logs and collect your prizes!


Thank you to our sponsors!

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