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Have a Say in YOUR Library! Join Our Advisory Board!

29 Apr

Lower Macungie Library is starting a Teen Advisory Board! Why should you join? You”ll get a chance to share ideas and help us choose what we should have at the library! You’ll earn community service hours, and of course, snacks will be provided. Our first meeting will be on Friday, May 15th at 3:30.

Call or email us to register.



Click here to access the event flyer.

Da Vinci Center Coming to LML This Summer!

12 Feb

LML is partnering with the Da Vinci Center this summer for the Summer Reading program, “Spark A Reaction!”, and we want to get YOUR opinion on what you’d like them to offer here at the library.

Option 1: Forensic Science… You’ll find out what they look for at crime scenes, do fingerprinting, crime scene sketching and try to solve a “crime”. Think CSI Macungie! 😉


Option 2: Roller Coaster Engineer… Da Vinci staff will bring PVC pipes, and after giving a few guidelines, will let you create a roller coaster… we’ll run something through it to see who’s creation is the best!

So take a second to answer our poll and tell us what you want to do this summer!

Track your reading this summer…and win prizes!

5 Jun

So you’re required to read this summer for school and you’re probably going to want to read something for fun…what’s in it for you? Keep track of all the books you read this summer starting June 1 and you could be entered to win some cool prizes like a free Rita’s coupon or a book.

In order to track your books for the reading incentive program online, you must first create an account:

  • Type https://host8.evanced.info/lowermaclib/sr/homepage.asp into your browser or follow navigation links on the library’s website (www.lowermaclib.org) Teens Homepage–> Teen Issues and Interest–> signup/track online link
  • Select from the tabs across the top which program you are signing up for.
  • Once you’ve selected the appropriate program tab, click on the Sign Me Up button.  Fill out the required forms with your information.
  • To log books, click on the Add/View Log and fill in the required fields.
    • Please Note: You will able to enter books as soon as you create an account and include titles read since June 1st, however, you will be unable to fill out raffle tickets until the Sumer Reading program starts on June 24th.
    • Although you are filling out your log online, you will still need to come into the library to fill out raffle tickets at your convenience (after June 24th!) Winners will be pulled at the end of each week and notified the first of the following week, beginning July 1st.
      • As always, if you fill out a review, you get TWO raffle tickets for the reviewed book.

Come Sign Up for Books for Breakfast!

1 Jun

Head into the library today to sign up for our summer book discussion! We’ll be holding Books for Breakfast: City of Ember for those who will be entering 4th-7th grade this fall.

Saturday, July 20th from 9:30-10:30am…breakfast will be provided!

The great underground city of Ember was designed as a last refuge for the human race, but when the storerooms run out of food and the lights begin to fail, it’s up to two teens, Lina and Doon, to decipher the fragments of an ancient parchment and find a way out of Ember. If you sign up, you’re eligible to receive a FREE copy of the book that you get to keep as long as you show up to the book discussion! This won’t be like school, trust us! You want to read this book!

Limited to 11 students.

Come Sign Up for Books for Lunch!

1 Jun

Head into the library today to sign up for our teen summer book discussion! We’ll be holding Books for Lunch: The Maze Runner for those who will be entering 6th-12th grade this fall.

Thursday, July 11th from 12-1pm…. and yes…lunch will be provided!

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade. All the Gladers know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift. Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. The Maze Runner will be released in movie theaters next February!

The first 12 students who sign up to read The Maze Runner by James Dashner will receive a FREE copy of the book (take the signup sheet with your name on it to the front desk). You get to keep the book as long as you show up at the book discussion! If you don’t want the book because you already own it, just let us know so we can give out more books.

Future Me: Sportscaster Jim Vaughn

10 Jul

We’re really excited to introduce a new blog series this summer! In Future Me posts, we’ll take a quick look at some career fields you’re interested in by asking someone who made it in that field to answer a few questions about their job and how they got there! LML student Nicholas said he was interested in becoming a sportscaster in the future, so our first post in the series features WFMZ sportscaster Jim Vaughn.

Jim covers the sports on Channel 69 News, covering the sports on Weekend newscasts and reporting from games, as well as writing sports pieces for WFMZ’s website and hosting a Saturday morning sports talk radio show. You can find out more about Jim at WFMZ’s website or on his Facebook page.

Now onto the questions…

Question 1: What made you pursue journalism/broadcasting and what are the basics of how you got where you are?

Question 2: What are some characteristics or personality traits that are helpful to your job?

Question 3: Describe a typical work day.

Question 4: What is one of the most memorable things to happen in your job?

Question 5: What is one thing that happened in your job that you weren’t expecting/not trained for?


Thanks, Jim for answering some questions! If you want to see Jim on air, check out the weekend 6:00 and 10:00 newscasts on Channel 69. We hope to keep this series going and that it’s helpful to you, so if you have a suggestion for a field we should look into like Nicholas did, comment on any of the Future Me posts or make a suggestion through the submissions page!

Required Summer Reading Hints

13 Jun

I know, I know. You just finished THIS school year. But it’s unavoidable. You have to get it done before going back to school, so you might as well at least think about your required summer reading! Hey, why not even do it right away (or at least get on a couple of hold lists for the titles you choose) so that it’s less painful at the last minute. Last year, I posted a few hints on looking to find your required summer reading titles. A lot of the tips and hints are the same, with some new-this-summer exceptions… and they’re pretty important!

So here’s a few things to know that will make your Summer Reading requirements go a little easier:

If you’ve already somehow managed to lose your list, we have them available on our website by grade. Go here.

Do it EARLY! Seriously. At least come in early and get your name on the request list. Not joking. In another week or two, every [popular] book on the lists will be checked out and with a request list so long you wouldn’t get the book until a month into school. If it’s still [by some miracle!] in the library, it’s probably one that no one wants to read. [Maybe that 1000+ page doorstop one?] Besides, if you do it early, you don’t have to worry about it at the end of the summer and you’ll still be fine once you get to school because the teachers let you take your hand-written notes into class. (Hint: take notes!)

An important hint for searching for your title through us: Don’t forget to check to see if we have it in non-print formats… you might get lucky that way! We have many of the classics [and some non-classics] in audio format, but new this year: eBook! 25-30 of the titles from all 4 grades are available through the Carbon Lehigh Downloadable Library! Almost 2/3of those are “Always Available” titles [Books that have no checkout limit and can always be downloaded, no matter how many people have it checked out]. This means if you wait until the beginning of August to do your reading, a classic title is an option on your reading list and you have some type of eReader, smartphone or iPod touch, you are saved from the scavenger hunt across the Lehigh Valley looking for a book!

If it’s checked out here and it’s not a classic [one that might be on every other school district’s reading list], check at Parkland, Allentown, Southern Lehigh or any other library you’re willing to drive to (but since it’s also in East Penn, you probably won’t find it at Emmaus.). Their required reading lists probably won’t have the same titles and you’re more likely to get lucky and find it on the shelves there.

Make it a little more worthwhile… it’s required reading, but why not enter our Teen Read Raffle and possibly win a gift card to Rita’s or free tickets to Rave for your efforts? Also, this summer, we’re doing a Summer Reading blog series on the Teen Blog. Search the blog for the Keyword of “Summer Reading is Killing Me” to find all posts in the series and comment on the “Call for Titles” post to let us know the title you’re reading OR come into the library and write your chosen titles on the list we’re keeping in the Teen area.

However you let us know, we’ll create a blog post for that individual title [which can be searched for by Title or Author keyword on the blog] with some basic information about the book, where you can find some information online that might be helpful as well as in the library. Plus, it would be a perfect place for you to comment or ask a question about your book if you had one! We’ll try to answer any questions or maybe one of your classmates might even try! We want you, the teens, to own this series and help each other out!

Finally, make sure you spread the word to friends and classmates. Email this link, share it on Facebook, whatever’s a good way to get ahold of your friends. We love to help people find books, but in another month, there’s going to be little we can do to get a physical book from the list in your hands!

Good luck this summer!

Call for Titles

13 Jun

Hey guys, in case you haven’t already read or heard about our two blog series as part of this summer’s Summer Reading Program, here’s some more info on one of them called “Summer Reading is Killing Me”!

We know you guys have required summer reading. And yes, we know today is your first official day of summer so the last thing you want to think about is school 😉 But why not at least think about it, so you can get it done with and forget it the rest of summer! Because you’re at least sort of in the school mode now… it’ll probably be much harder in August to try to psych yourself up to get it done before school starts.

All we want you to do is let us know when you choose your books. Comment here or write them on the list in the Teen area of the library. [The sooner the better, because if you wait to let us know until the last minute, there’s no guarantee of the turnaround on getting the post up!] But if you let us know what title you’re going to do, Jen and I will create a blog post just for that title. Every post in the Summer Reading series will have the keyword tag of “Summer Reading is Killing Me”, so you can search by that or the author or title in the search area of the blog… however you want to find your title. [Or look at all of them to help you choose.]

Jen and I will post a short summary of the book, links to reviews and any online and in-library resources we can find if you need help understanding something in the book. But here’s the important part: We need your help! If we create a post on The Freedom Writers, for example, and that’s what you read… then post a comment about the book. Something you learned or liked… or didn’t like. Or if you have a question, post that. Jen and I will try to answer, but what would be even more helpful is if you guys help each other!

So comment, come in… whatever, but let us know what you choose to read! And if you haven’t yet, subscribe [through RSS or the email subscription button to the right] or bookmark the blog so you can check back!

Good luck!

2011 Teen Read Week Photo Contest

20 Oct

Looking for something to do? Take up the challenge of creating a visual version of your favorite book’s title. You can do this by uploading an original photo to Flickr. You can enter as many times as you like, but you MUST do so by October 31st!

Best-selling author Jay Asher, who wrote the book Thirteen Reasons Why, will judge the contest and select four finalists and one winner. Winners will receive gift bags containing signed copies of Asher’s book, as well as his and Carolyn Mackler’s The Future of Us.

So start thinking of titles you want to use and snapping those pictures! Click here for all of the details.

Let’s Celebrate Teen Read Week!

18 Oct

Happy Teen Read Week 2011! This year’s theme is Picture It @ your library.

To celebrate, we are running a contest called Extreme Makeover: Book Edition. We need your help to make over some really old book covers. We want to give them a facelift because let’s be honest…no matter how hard we try, it’s hard not to judge a book by its cover! In fact…after we’re done, we WANT you to judge these books by their covers!

We’ll pull a name from all artists who submit a cover and you can pick out a FREE book from these titles:

 The Warlock: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
by Michael Scott (autographed!! )

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
by Tom Angleberger (autographed!!)

by Holly Black

Here’s how it works:
-Contest takes place anytime Tuesday, October 18th through Saturday, October 22nd.
-You can stop in to grab a sheet of paper and return your book cover or use your own paper, but you must return your cover by Monday, October 24th.
-Try to look for the book on shelf or go to www.Amazon.com to get a general idea of how big the book cover can be (we don’t want to have to trim your artwork!) and there are really no rules to what you can do with the artwork… it can be computer generated or free-hand, comic style or incorporate a photo.
-We have a list of suggestions (see below) of books we’d love to update, or you can choose your own. But you’ll want to pick a book that may not be picked otherwise… so while we’d love your version of Breaking Dawn or The Hunger Games, they circulate pretty well on their own! Pick a book you love but not everyone knows about! If multiple covers for the same title are submitted, we’ll go with first received.


1) Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
2) Shade’s Children by Garth Nix
3) Romiette and Julio by Sharon M. Draper
4) Don’t Look Behind You by Lois Duncan
5) Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
6) Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
7) Beyond the Western Wall by Avi
8 ) Thwonk by Joan Bauer
9) Tangerine by Edward Bloor
10) Ghost Canoe by Will Hobbs
11) Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

Have fun and good luck 🙂