Teen DIY Club: Face Masks & Lip Scrubs

Missed our Teen DIY Club program series? Have no fear-we’re posting the recipes and instructions for all of our crafts so that you can make them at home! First up: face masks & lip scrubs!

Expresso Face Mask:

1. Grab a plastic container and lid.
2. Fill the container halfway with espresso grounds.
3. Add in three tablespoons of olive oil.
4. Add in two tablespoons of honey.
5. Mix it all up until you see it is all incorporated.
6. Seal it and wipe off any excess from the container after closing it.
7. If you have a label you’d like to use, tape on the label onto the lid.
8. You are done! Enjoy!

Lip Scrub:

1. Grab the smaller container and cap for your lip scrub and set aside.
2. Grab a bowl and spoon.
3. Add 1 tablespoon of organic coconut oil to the bowl.
4. Add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar.
5. Add 1 tablespoon of organic honey.
6. Mix it all the ingredients until all is incorporated.
6. Scoop the mixture into your container.
7. Close it tightly with the cap
8. If you have a label you’d like to use, tape on the label onto the cap.
9. You are done! Enjoy!

Don’t forget to catch the rest of our Teen DIY Club series every Monday this July from 4-6 PM in the Teen Room!

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One Berwyn, Many Characters Book List

In honor of our Summer Reading theme this year (One Berwyn, Many Characters), One Berwyn, Many Characters Book List. Grab a copy of one of these, and don’t forget to turn in all Summer Reading logs by SATURDAY, JULY 28th to be entered in our prize drawings!

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I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

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I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Call #: TEEN LYGA
Rating: 4/5 stars
Series: Jasper Dent, Book 1
Review by Melissa S.

I Hunt Killers is the first book in a series by Barry Lyga. The book is focused on Jasper “Jazz” Dent, the son of America’s most famous and prolific serial killer. Four years after his father is caught and imprisoned, bodies start piling up in the small town of Lobo’s Nod. Now Jazz must race to prove his innocence and find the real killer before he vanishes and is never found again.
To be honest, I love this book. The plot, while not relatable to most people, seems realistic in the context of this book universe. Almost no one can say they have a serial killer for a parent, but almost anyone can enjoy seeing Jazz live through it. I think the part that would really make or break a concept like this is seeing into the mind of the protagonist. And, oh boy, does this book nail it! Jazz is a great main character. His reactions to his father are about as understandable as possible in this context. His reactions to most things are pretty relatable; for a possible sociopath raised by a serial killer, that is.
Another great part of this book is the characters and the way they interact. Considering the situations they find themselves in, they act in a way that is extremely understandable. The way that Jazz and the other characters go about things is not at all illogical or strange. They don’t feel like stereotypes or cliches, which is pretty important in my opinion. Relationships like these are the kind that makes books really good. The story is paced well paced and the universe is very well established. Overall, this is a great book.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Call #: TEEN CHBOSKY
Rating: 3 Stars out of 5
Movie: The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Review by Marisa B.

In 1992, introverted Charlie is starting his freshman year of high school and is having a difficult time finding friends, until he meets seniors Sam and Patrick. The book chronicles his freshman year and the hardships he encounters dealing with family, friendship, love, trauma, mental illness, and substance abuse.

Initially, I didn’t know what to expect from this book. I had a vague idea of the characters in the movie and that Paul Rudd was in it, but I was fairly indifferent to it and started reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower on a whim. Although I was indifferent to it at first, I grew to like the book, but it isn’t the best book I’ve ever read. The book is a first person narrative, so the audience knows exactly what Charlie is thinking. However, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is unique in that instead of the Charlie narrating constantly as time goes on, he instead writes letters addressed to a “friend” where he discusses what happened in his life since he last wrote. This kind of storytelling allows you to see Charlie’s character development as he reflects on his experiences and allows Charlie to explain his thought process and commentary during and after the events that occur.

Although Charlie is a freshman, his thoughts and experiences appeal to any high schooler. It helps that Charlie rarely focuses on the academic element of high school, except for the mentoring from his English teacher. Not only that, but Charlie is incredibly observant, so the audience learns from and about nearly everyone he encounters as well. Ultimately, I would recommend this book to introverts, high schoolers, and anyone who enjoys a coming of age novel.

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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Call #: FICTION PLATH
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5
Review by Ailec M.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath gives an insight on the life of a young American woman, Esther Greenwood, who gets the opportunity to work at an internship at a prominent magazine in New York City during the 1950s. Despite the fact that Esther is offered an opportunity to work in an area that she feels passionate about, it is evident throughout the course of the book that she suffers from mental illness and has serious doubts about what she really wants to do with her life. The book goes into depth about how she feels about certain situations and her daily experiences while she attempts to fight off her mental illnesses.

The Bell Jar was definitely a different type of book that caught my attention from the very beginning. I enjoyed reading the book, and it was really interesting to dive into someone else’s life and get a taste of how certain things can effect different people in different ways. It was sad to see a character as amazing as Esther suffer from mental illness and see what she struggled to go through on a daily basis. I believe that although I couldn’t exactly relate to what Esther was going through, others who are going through tough times would either relate or find it motivating because of Esther’s personality and ability to fight against her mental illnesses. I had initially decided to read the book because it had a peculiar cover. I’m not sure if it was because it was an old copy but there was no real illustrated cover page which in turn led me to actually want to find out what it was all about. This book made me realize, as I’ve previously said, that you are never able to be sure if a person is okay or know what they are going through from simply looking at them. Moreover, the book did not only have mental illness as a theme but another evident theme was the idea that women, during Esther’s era, were very restricted and not necessarily meant to find jobs that truly made them happy. The social expectations placed upon women at the time (i.e. stay at home mom) really impacted a serious part of Esther’s life and had an effect on how she looked at life.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a good read!

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De-Stress at the Library: Sensory Jars

Missed our De-Stress at the Library program series? Have no fear-we’re posting the recipes and instructions for all of our crafts so that you can make them at home! This post: sensory jars (also known as glitter jars)!

Ingredients:

  • Glitter glue
  • Funnel
  • Loose glitter
  • Water
    • Hot water (optional)
  • Jar
  • Food coloring (optional)

Steps:

  1. Grab an empty jar.
  2. Pour the desired amount of glitter into the jar using the funnel
    provided.
  3. Pour glitter glue and hot water into the jar. Pouring hot water is
    optional if you don’t want the glitter glue to settle at the bottom of the jar. If not, use room temperature water and pour it in with the
    funnel.

    • Pro tip: we used the hot water and it worked great!
  4. Make sure you close the jar and shake well before proceeding to the next
    step.
  5. Next you can add some food coloring.
    • Pro tip: we didn’t add food coloring, but found that the glitter glue colored the water well enough!
  6. Now close it for the last time and mix it all
    together by shaking it.

This may have been our favorite craft of the series-Teen Librarian Quinn can sometimes be found playing with her sensory jar at the Teen Desk! If you love crafts, don’t miss our Teen DIY Club every Monday from 4-6 PM this July!

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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Call #: TEEN OLIVER
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5
Movie: Before I Fall (2017)
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Review by Gabriella C.

Before I Fall is a novel by New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver. The book is takes place on February 12 (Cupid’s Day) and is centered on the main character, Samantha Kingston, who is one of the popular seniors at her high school. She was basically one of those girls that had everything: a hot boyfriend, a group of friends that got invited to every party, and was well liked. Her day was going great until she goes to a party, and dies later on that night in a terrible accident. Throughout the book she relives her last day alive for about seven times from the moment she wakes up to the moment of her death.

I loved this book because it addresses tough teens subjects like bullying and suicide. Even though Samantha was pretty and popular, she had experienced bullying in her past by one of her now best friends. This novel basically focuses on Samantha’s choices and how they affect her. This book was pretty relatable because even though people don’t relive the same day over and over again in real life, they do many of the things that happened in the novel.  I decided to read this book because I saw it on a book shelf one day and thought it looked interesting enough to read, which I predicted correctly. This book was very intriguing and eye opening because it made me see how people’s choices can affect people and the different outcomes of decisions that have been changed. I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 because I loved every part of it, was very eventful, and made me really think about how I make decisions.

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