Monday, May 16, 2022

Summer Reading 2022


It's finally here! 

 The Bremen Public Library is happy to announce the start of the 2022 Summer Reading Program, Oceans of Possibilities!

Registration begins on May 30th, and the reading program runs June 6th-July 30th!

Students entering grades 6-12 are eligible for the Young Adult Summer Reading Program.

For every book read, you'll receive one entry in the drawing towards the basket of your choice. There are 6 different baskets to choose from! 

Beach Basket ~ Anime/Manga Basket ~Gaming Basket ~ Art Basket ~ Food Basket ~ Music Basket   

We are offering several AMAZING, and fun programs for teens here at the Bremen Public Library! Registration begins on May 30th, and the reading program runs June 6th-July 30th!

Young Adult Programs  

Catch a Wave: Creative Writing Club
June 7, 14, 21, & 28 at 4:00-5:00 

Join our Summer Creative Writing Club where we will write our very own Cryptid Story. On July 3rd, winners will be selected and receive a small prize. 

Raingutter Regatta 
June 9th at 4:00-5:00

Join us for an upcycling program in partnership with the Marshall County Recycle Depot. Come build your very own sailboat using various recyclable materials, and race them! While Supplies last.  

Mini Ships in a Bottle Craft 
June 11th at 1:30-2:30

Create your own mini ship in a bottle. Registration is required. To register for this program click here.

Marbled Mug Craft 
June 13th at 4:00-5:00

Learn how to make marbled mugs! Registration is required. To register for this program click here.

Pirates of the Caribbean Interactive Movie 
July 7th at 4:00-6:30

Students entering grades 6-12 are invited to participate in our Pirates of the Caribbean Interactive Movie program. Registration is required. To register for this program click here.

Shark Suncatchers 
July 12th at 4:00-5:00

Make shark suncatchers in celebration of SHARK WEEK! Registration is required. To register for this program click here.

Blacklight Bingo Night 
July 12th at 5:00-6:00

Come enjoy five rounds of five Bingo games to win different prizes. Everyone is encouraged to wear neon colored clothes during the event. Registration is required. To register for this event click here.

Percy Jackson Party
July 26th at 3:00-7:30

Wrap up Summer Reading with fun crafts, activities, snacks, and a viewing of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief! Registration is required. To register for this program click here

During Summer Reading we will have several Make and Take Craft for all ages! Stop by the Young Adult Room to pick up yours. While supplies last.

Welcome Back! 


Thursday, May 12, 2022

Eliot Rosewater 2021-2022 WINNER!

 Thank you to all who voted for this years Eliot Rosewater Awards. All the 2021-2022 Rosie Nominees are available for checkout at the Bremen Public Library. 

A captivating and powerful exploration of the opioid crisis--the deadliest drug epidemic in American history--through the eyes of a college-bound softball star. Edgar Award-winning author Mindy McGinnis delivers a visceral and necessary novel about addiction, family, friendship, and hope.

When a car crash sidelines Mickey just before softball season, she has to find a way to hold on to her spot as the catcher for a team expected to make a historic tournament run. Behind the plate is the only place she's ever felt comfortable, and the painkillers she's been prescribed can help her get there.

The pills do more than take away pain; they make her feel good.

With a new circle of friends--fellow injured athletes, others with just time to kill--Mickey finds peaceful acceptance, and people with whom words come easily, even if it is just the pills loosening her tongue.

But as the pressure to be Mickey Catalan heightens, her need increases, and it becomes less about pain and more about want, something that could send her spiraling out of control.

No one speaks of the grace year. It's forbidden.

In Garner County, girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, to drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That's why they're banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams of a better life--a society that doesn't pit friend against friend or woman against woman, but as her own grace year draws near, she quickly realizes that it's not just the brutal elements they must fear. It's not even the poachers in the woods, men who are waiting for a chance to grab one of the girls in order to make a fortune on the black market. Their greatest threat may very well be each other.

With sharp prose and gritty realism, The Grace Year examines the complex and sometimes twisted relationships between girls, the women they eventually become, and the difficult decisions they make in-between.

Eliot Rosewater 2022-2023 List

With the end of the school year quickly approaching, and Summer Reading Program right around the corner; There is no better time than now to start your Summer Reading List!  

Checkout the Eliot Rosewater Nominees for the 2022-2023 school year. For more information about the Rosie Books click on the image below.   

Summer Reading Registration starts 
Monday, May 30, 2022. 

We hope to see you there! 

Eliot Rosewater


The Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award (Rosie Award) is chosen annually by students across Indiana in grades nine through twelve. Students at participating high schools, public libraries, or homeschoolers who read any of approximately 25 nominated books are eligible to rate each book they've read. The votes are due the last Friday of April each year, tabulated, and the winner is announced the following Wednesday.

The purpose of the Rosie Award is to encourage independent reading among high school students. It also promotes cooperation between school administrators, media specialists, teachers and public librarians in broadening reading programs. Rosie promotes reading across the curriculum.

For more information click on the image above. 

Friday, April 22, 2022

Book Reviews From Our Young Adult Community

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

"Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she's already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she's learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm." -- Goodreads

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

What I thought about the book: It truly is an amazing book. It's well written, and is an accurate depiction of thoughts, feelings, and emotions caused by trauma/mental illness.

What I learned from this book: I learned to feel less alone and less stuck in my feelings. I don't think I really learned anything else.

I believe this book would appeal to: People who have struggled with or are currently struggling with mental illness/self harm.

Explanation for my rating: The book gives hope to the reader without setting unrealistic expectations.

This book review was brought to you courtesy of an anonymous person in our YA community.

Killing November by Adriana Mather

"It's a school completely off the grid, hidden by dense forest and surrounded by traps. There's no electricity, no internet, and an eye-for-an-eye punishment system. Classes include everything from Knife-Throwing and Poisons to the Art of Deception and Historical Analysis. And all of the students are children of the world's most elite strategists - training to become assassins, counselors, spies, and master impersonators." -- Goodreads

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

I believe this book would appeal to: People who enjoy books that are fast paced, mysterious, that have a lot of thrilling moments, and are exciting.

Explanation for my rating: There is an amazing mystery to follow and the author uses very good wording. You start to feel like you know the characters.

This book review was brought to you courtesy of Adrianna in our YA community.

Bad Island by Stanley Donwood

"A wild seascape, a distant island, a full moon. Gradually the island grows nearer until we land on a primeval wilderness, rich in vegetation and huge, strange beasts. Time passes and things do not go well for the island." -- Goodreads

My Rating: 1 of 5 stars

What I thought about the book: I disliked this book. The characters were uninteresting, except for an animal loving little girl, whose snake died. She carried around its body, which I found disturbing. The plot was very confusing.

What I learned from this book: I learned that authors should pay attention to their characters and make sure they're interesting.

I believe this book would appeal to: People who enjoy graphic novels with lots of action.

Explanation for my rating: The characters were uninteresting and the plot was confusing.

This book review was brought to you courtesy of an anonymous person in our YA community.

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Recent Young Adult Program: Makeup on a Dime

Back in December, we hosted a Young Adult program called Makeup on a Dime. The premise of Makeup on a Dime is simple, you learn how to do makeup on a dime and then yourself. The program was aimed at anyone in the 6th to 12th grades and was led by Ondraya Perez and they learned how to do Christmas themed makeup.

There is good news, Makeup on a Dime will be returning to the Bremen Public Library! Still being led by Ondraya Perez, Makeup on a Dime will be making a comeback on February 21, 2022 and we'll be learning how to do Valentine's Day themed makeup. You can see all the details on our calendar and can register through this link: Makeup on a Dime

- This writing brought to you by BPL Student Advisor, Braden Unruh.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Library Renovations: Progress and What We Can Expect Soon

 It is hard to believe it has been nearly 7 months since I first foretold what the library's renovation would bring to the YA community. As the library moves into phase two of the renovation project, I would like to take a journey into the progress we have made thus far and what progress we've made into creating a dedicated space for our YA community.

The first place we'll look at the library's progress is the outside. Over the last couple of months, renovators have been hard at work to create an extension of the library. This new addition of the library comes at the cost of the house the library owned next to us, but this small detail is worth the addition we get to our library.

This extension is where a new meeting space will be. This new addition is also going to be connected by the new YA area and will allow for a lot more options when it comes to the community. The new space will give everyone in the community the chance to meet, and won't be restricted to one age group or another. The outside landscape around the library is in its golden age of change, and it is vastly different from what it looked like at the beginning of the project.

Ad the library continues to grow through its renovation, the outside will be the most telling of what progress we have made.

Another place in the library that has changed greatly since the beginning of the renovations is the downstairs area. From having multiple pieces of hard drywall quartering off the renovations down there, there is now a thin tarp blocking from sight the extent of the progress that has been made. The evolution of the downstairs space has been grueling, but it had to be made so we could reap the true benefits of the renovation.

A prime example of how much the downstairs had changed throughout the entire renovation cycle is how when I first started to take photos for this blog, the front porch downstairs had not been built, but when I started to actually write the blog, the front porch was already completed. The speed that the renovators have when it comes to the library's renovation is impressive. The speed that the children's department has had when it comes to their continual adaptation to the situation is equally impressive in my eyes.

The place that has changed the most, by far, is the adult department. To kick off the renovations, half of the adult department, and the entire YA collection, was moved so that we could start renovations on the first half of the building. If you came into the library within the last 5-6 months, then you have seen a massive, semi-opaque, barrier keeping you confined to one half of the building. This barrier is what kept people from seeing the true progress that was being made, but that barrier is gone now, and you can see what we have done. The biggest addition that came was the completion of the fireplace. Although we thought supply shortages could delay its completion, we managed to get the fireplace done before we moved onto phase 2 of the renovation. For phase 2, the plan is to renovate the staff work area mostly and to let patrons use the other half of the building. We plan to make the other half of the building look as new as the side that is renovated.

And finally, on to the progress on the new YA area. Throughout the entirety of phase 1, the place where the YA area will be, the current non-fiction, has not been touched. This has changed, however, now that we are moving onto phase 2 of the renovations. Now with phase two, we see this area's much needed coronation of it being quartered off. Like the beginning of the downstairs renovation, the YA area is being quartered off by drywall to help mitigate the dust that comes with large scale renovations.

Although this space is currently bare, I believe that by the end of this phase of the renovation, you won't be able to believe that it was ever bare before. You can feel the potential this space has. This, right here, right now, is historical. This is one the stepping stones that will lead to the YA community feeling more involved in the library's everyday activities. This space purely represents opportunity for Young Adults, and me thinking about what can happen when we use this space is very exciting.

We've reached a place in the renovations where we finally are able to start to comprehend what good these renovations can bring to us in our YA community. We now have the opportunity to see, first-hand, what steps are being taken to give us the much needed space we all fee we deserve. When I first started to volunteer, I remember seeing many people in my age group take advantage of the computers at the library in order to unwind after a long day at school. This image of people choosing to go to the library to have fun and keeping away the responsibility of everyday life sticks in my mind to this day.

This image drives my excitement about this new space. Embracing the fact that if people start associating the library with fun and excitement, I feel this new space must be made. We want everyone to enjoy and take advantage of the library, and getting everyone to do so means we should have a space that allows the YA community to meet and have fun. My hope is that creating this space will have a domino effect in the YA community and will encourage more people to come to the library.

The library has always lacked a true space that the YA could take advantage of. Whenever I saw people in my age group having fun at the library, they always had to deal with them either being in the children's department or the adult department - there was never a space where they could just have fun without risking being too loud for the place they were in. This space creates so many possibilities and my only hope is that more people will learn about this space and will take advantage of it in the future.

- This writing brought to you by BPL Student Advisor, Braden Unruh