Skip to Content

News from Roselle Teen Scene

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Fall VolunTeen Session Beginning Soon!

VolunTeen = Teen Volunteer

Looking for a way to fulfill service hours for school, honor society or another organization?

Here's your chance! The Teen Scene runs 3 VolunTeen Sessions a year. The next session runs from September 15 through December 15. To become a VolunTeen, fill out an application, available the Library’s Reference and Adult Services Desk or the Youth Services Desk. Get in soon, as there are a limited number of VolunTeen spaces to be filled!

You can also download the application from the library's website here:

Labels: , , ,

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Free Audiobooks for Teens - All Summer Long

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens. Starting May 5th 2016, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week - pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at

Labels: , , ,

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Free Comic Book Day Saturday, May 7, 2017

Free Comic Book Day at the Library
Saturday, May 7
All day

Join us for a fun-filled day celebrating comic books and graphic novels. Visit with local artists, make your own comics, check out the cosplayers, and more! Free comic books for all ages, while supplies last.

We'll start the day off with a comic book movie marathon and a selection of free comic books for you. The artists will arrive in the afternoon and draw comics with the public, and meanwhile the Youth Services department will offer a variety of activities, including a mask-making craft and a superhero storytime.


Labels: , , ,

Friday, March 11, 2016

Screenwriting 101 For Teens

Screenwriting 101
Wednesday, April 20 4:00-5:00 PM
Registration Required!

Teen movie makers! Learn the basics of film story structure and Hollywood screenplay format. We’ll get you ready to write the movie that’s in your head.

Registration opens April 1st.

Register Online 

Or by phone: (630) 529-1641

We hope you join us for what should be a fun and interesting program. As a preview, we wanted to introduce you to some of the resources we'll be going over. (Adults, who are ineligible to attend but have some interest in this topic, may also want to explore the following links.)

Free Screenwriting Software (Cloud-based)

A screenplay is a heavily formatted form of story that has some very specific industry standards for how it must look on the page. Specialized software can make the task of applying the formatting painless and even fun. During this program, we'll do a quick overview of one of the most powerful free screenwriting programs, Celtx.

Screenplay Formatting Guide
The Academy of Motion Picture of Arts & Sciences (the folks who bring us the Oscars), have a handy guide to screenplay formatting available online.
Formatting Guide

Sample Scripts to Read
There are quite a few sites where you can download complete professional Hollywood screenplays, so you can study how they are written.
10 Great Websites to Download Screenplays

TV Tropes
Okay, this one is just for fun. A catalog of all the ideas that get recycled over and over again in movies and TV. Reading them can give you ideas as a writer for what to do, and maybe what not to do. "Boy meets girl" is a trope everyone knows, but do you know "Doppelganger Crossover?"
TV Tropes

Three Act Structure
Here is an example of the most common kind of screenplay story structure, "Three Act Structure."

Labels: , , ,

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Teen Winter Reading is Here!

I ♥ Books!

Read a great book lately and can’t wait to tell someone about it? Like getting rewarded for writing book reviews? Then get in to the library to participate in the Teen “I ♥ Books” Winter Reading Program.

All December, January, and ending on February 14, drop off or submit online your book reviews. Each book review counts as one entry into the February 14th “I ♥ Books” prize giveaway! Come to the library to find out more.

If you want to write and submit your review online, you can do so here: Submit Your Review

Or download the following form, fill it out, and return it to the reference desk: Downloadable Paper Review Form

Labels: , , , , ,

Monday, November 23, 2015

Teen Clubs and Workshops

We're going to experiment this winter and beyond with some drop-in workshops on Wednesday afternoons. You may be aware of our Teen Animanga Club, which has been running monthly for many years now, and we're trying to see if there might be some interest in starting a new club or two.
Some of our teens have expressed an interest in clubs featuring writing, cartooning, gaming, film-making, or tech. We thought we'd experiment a little and see what sticks. So, if you're a teen writer, artist, gamer, techie, or just want to hang out, we hope you'll try out some of these workshops as we go along, and let us know what you think!

Labels: , , ,

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Newly-Added YA Books Monday, September 22, 2015

Title: Walk on Earth a stranger
Author: Carson, Rae

Synopsis: Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home--until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety?

Rae Carson, author of the acclaimed Girl of Fire and Thorns series, dazzles with the first book in the Gold Seer Trilogy, introducing a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a slow-burning romance, as only she can.

Title: The awesome
Author: Darrows, Eva

Synopsis: Maggie's battled ghosts and goblins and her fair share of house brownies, but finding herself a boy - fitting in with her peers - proves a much more daunting task than any monster hunt. Did you know normal girls don't stuff their bras with holy water balloons? Nor do they carry wooden stakes in their waistbands. And they care about things like "matching" and "footwear."

Of course, they also can't clean a gun blindfolded, shoot a crossbow, or exorcise ghosts from a house. Which means they're lame and Maggie's not. Because Maggie's awesome. The Awesome, in fact. Just ask her. She'd be more than happy to tell you. After she finds herself a date. 

Title: The sleeper and the spindle
Author: Gaiman, Neil

(From the book jacket.) It was the closest kingdom to the queen's, as the crow flies, but not even the crows flew it. You may think you know this story. There's a young queen, about to be married.

There are some good, brave, hardy dwarfs; a castle, shrouded in thorns; and a princess, cursed by a witch, so rumor has it, to sleep forever. But no one is waiting for a noble prince to appear on his trusty steed here. This fairy tale is spun with a thread of dark magic, which twists and turns and glints and shines. A queen might just prove herself a hero, if a princess needs rescuing. . . .

Title: This monstrous thing
Author: Lee, Mackenzi

Synopsis: (From the book jacket.) In 1818 Geneva, men built with clockwork parts live hidden away from society, cared for only by illegal mechanics called Shadow Boys. Two years ago, Shadow Boy Alasdair Finch’s life shattered to bits.

His brother, Oliver—dead.
His sweetheart, Mary—gone.
His chance to break free of Geneva—lost.

Heart-broken and desperate, Alasdair does the unthinkable: He brings Oliver back from the dead. But putting back together a broken life is more difficult than mending bones and adding clockwork pieces. Oliver returns more monster than man, and Alasdair’s horror further damages the already troubled relationship. Then comes the publication of Frankenstein and the city intensifies its search for Shadow Boys, aiming to discover the real life doctor and his monster. Alasdair finds refuge with his idol, the brilliant Dr. Geisler, who may offer him a way to escape the dangerous present and his guilt-ridden past, but at a horrible price only Oliver can pay…

Labels: , , ,

Blog Home

Get updates to
News from Roselle Teen Scene
in your email

Read the latest reviews
by Roselle teens
in the teen book blog:

Teens Review Teen Lit

Are you a fan of
Japanese manga and anime?
Check out the

Animanga Club

on tumblr


Powered by Blogger