Summer Reading Club Volunteer Apps Available! 

Teen Volunteers

Do you want to volunteer to help us run the Summer Reading Clubs this year? If you'll be 14 - 18 by June 17, 2013 then head over to our Summer Reading Club Volunteer page to download the application and get answers to all your questions!


Back-to-School Must-Haves 

Is your library on the top of your back-to-school supplies list?!? School is right around the corner and you're probably shopping for a backpack, pens, and notebooks, but as you make your list and check it twice, don't forget to add ESCONDIDO PUBLIC LIBRARY to the top!

Your library has so many things that will help you be successful this school year.

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 We also have un-timed computers for homework use with printing capabilities.

School doesn't have to be all work and no play! 

Don't forget to feed your brain with pleasure reading. We have over 11,000 teen books, magazines, graphic novels, manga, and video games not to mention the rest of the library which is filled with other books, magazines, and movies for your entertainment pleasure!

When you need a break from the daily grind of school, come check out our monthy events.

Best Fiction for Young Adults Noms are IN! 

Do you love to read teen fiction? Would you like to influence what other teens read? Well here is your chance. Every year the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) puts out a list of the Best Fiction for Young Adults based on the comments and feedback from TEENS just like you. You can view the current list, but if your favorites aren't on there, submit a nomination form.

There is also an opportunity to give your feedback LIVE at the American Library Association conference in Anaheim this June. Space is limited to just 10 teens so if you're interested and want more details contact me at Best of the Best



Book Review Points to Ponder 

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  • Are you a Review Crew member?
  • Are you thinking of joining but not sure where to begin when it comes to writing book reviews?


Well here are some points to ponder when you're writing a book review from Heather Booth, Literature & Audio Service Librarian at the Downers Grove Library. The most important thing to remember is that when writing a review you're not just retelling the story. You're trying to help other readers decide if the book is worthy of their time and WHY. Move beyond "I love it/I hated it" by considering these suggestions...

  • My first impression of this book was...
  • Compared to other books in this genre, this book was...
  • The writing is similar to this author/this book...
  • Who do you think the author was trying to read?
  • Who will want to read this book?

The CHARACTERS were...believable, boring, flat, interesting, likeable, multi-dimensional, one-sided, recognizable, unrealistic

The DIALOGUE was...realistic, over-the-top, funny, witty, rough, melodramatic, subtle, serious

The PLOT was...familiar, gripping, complex, fast paced, unique, contemplative, simple, slow

Here are some DESCRIPTIVE WORDS & PHRASES you might use to describe a book... entertaining, lyrical, compelling, slice-of-life, memorable, pass-along, if you enjoyed_____, down to earth, can't put down, must-read, daring, well told, page-turner, discussable, controversial, not for fans of ______, plodding, readable, bland, high-interest.

Now go write reviews!!  And if you haven't joined the Review Crew yet, be sure to do that first!

Need Community Service Hours?!? 

11/03/2011 Categories: free stuff volunteer opportunities

If you're between the ages of 11 - 18, we now have another way for you to earn community service credit. Besides helping the community with our Crafty C.A.T.S. program you can now join the Review Crew!

The Review Crew is an online club where tweens and teens write online book reviews in exchange for community service hours. Reviews will be posted on the Teen Book Review Blog.

  • 3 qualifying book reviews = 1 hour community service
  • Get a free book after your first 3 reviews
  • Be entered into monthly drawings for great prizes

Bring your parents to the informational meeting to sign up and learn more:

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
4 - 5 PM
Turrentine Room

If you can't make the meeting, you can fill out the Review Crew Participation Form on the Review Crew page. For questions contact Joanna at 760-839-4283 or