Teens invited to submit ‘book ballots’ in October

WOODBURY — During October Teen Read Month in October, teenagers ages 12 to 18 years are invited to make their book choices count, by voting for their favorite books in six different categories.

Teens can vote one of three ways: on the Library’s Teen Topics page, on Washington County Library’s Facebook page or using a paper ballot available at any WCL branch. Each ballot becomes an entry in a drawing for MELSA prizes, with drawing winners announced in early November. Watch the Library’s web pages and the Library’s Facebook page to find out the teen top picks.

Other Teen Read Month activities at Washington County Library:

Book Marks, Name Tags & More: 3:30 to 5 p.m. Oct. 11, at
Hardwood Creek Library
in Forest Lake. Come make a bookmark, a nametag or a giant letter. We’ll have all kinds of fun supplies on hand, including inkpads and Legos for that steam punk look. Free, no registration required.

Teen Marble Magnets: 3:30 to 5 p.m. Oct. 18 at Park Grove Library in Cottage Grove. Teens ages 12 to 17 years can make marble magnets for their locker, refrigerator or to give as gifts. Choose and cut magazine photos that will be magnified by a glass bubble, then attach to magnet. Registration is required.

Monster Mash: 12:30 to 2 p.m, Oct. 19 at the
Hardwood Creek Library
in Forest Lake. Come make some monsters to celebrate the season.Rocks, bottle caps, plastic tags — we have all kinds of fun stuff to use. Free and no registration required.

Illuminated Letters:
2 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at the R.H. Stafford Library
in Woodbury. Show your personality by making an illuminated metal letter of your initial. Supplies all provided, but bring your creativity. Registration is required.

Mask Making:
6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at
the R.H. Stafford Library
in Woodbury. Need something to perfect your Halloween costume? We’ll be making 
masquerade and superhero masks — because life is always more interesting in a costume. Supplies are provided, but bring your creativity. Registration is required.

Teens Marble Magnets: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Oakdale Library. Teens can make marble magnets for their locker, refrigerator or to give as gifts. Choose, and cut magazine photos that will be magnified by a glass bubble, the attached to magnet. For teens, ages 12-17. Registration is required.

Teen Read Month at Washington County Library is a celebration of “reading for the fun of it” and librarians encourage teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms — books and magazines, eBooks, audiobooks and more — and become regular library users.

“Teens have more activities to fill their free time than ever — web videos, social networking sites, video games, afterschool activities, athletics, and more” said Dawn LaBrosse, WCL youth services coordinator. “It’s important that we show them that reading is something that’s fun and relaxing that they can do for free. And that reading for fun can translate into better performance at school.”

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