Tag Archives: local teens

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!