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Litworks 2013

300 teens + 6 authors = a whole lot of fun




Mark Crilley, Laura Resau, Jennifer Bradbury, Matt de la Pena, Brent Crawford, Alex Flinn


Litworks is tomorrow. Come meet the authors and get their autographs. Free pizza!!! Free soda!!! Author break out sessions! Buy raffle tickets for a chance to win fabulous prizes.

Books by The Authors Coming to Litworks!

Jennifer Bradbury: Shift– When best friends Chris and Win go on a cross country bicycle trek the summer after graduating and only one returns, the FBI wants to know what happened.

 Brent Crawford: Carter Finally Gets It– Awkward freshman Will Carter endures many painful moments during his first year of high school before realizing that nothing good comes easily, focus is everything, and the payoff is usually incredible.

Mark Crilley: Brody’s Ghost 1-3– Brody, a broken-down street musician, finds his world changed forever when he meets Talia, a teenage ghost who asks him if he will help her complete the task that allows her to gain entrance into heaven.

Matt de la Pena: Mexican White Boy– Sixteen-year-old Danny searches for his identity amidst the confusion of being half-Mexican and half-white while spending a summer with his cousin and new friends on the baseball fields and back alleys of San Diego County, California.

Alex Flinn: Beastly– A modern retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” from the point of view of the Beast, a vain Manhattan private school student who is turned into a monster and must find true love before he can return to his human form.

 Laura Resau: Jade Notebook– After down-to-earth Zeeta and her flighty mother, Layla, settle in the idyllic beachside town of Mazunte, Mexico, where Zeeta’s true love, Wendell, has an internship photographing rare sea turtles, Zeeta discovers that paradise has its dark side as she and Wendell dig deeper to unearth her elusive father’s past.



You can check these out at your local library and then come meet the authors at Litworks!



Litworks is Saturday, April 6th 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come to the Eisenhower Library to meet Mark Crilley, Laura Resau, Jennifer Bradbury, Matt de la Peña, Brent Crawford, and Alex Flinn.

Here’s your chance to get to know the authors: talk with them and get their autographs.

There will be lunch and refreshments served at Ridgewood High School.

To get you excited about Litworks take our author scavenger hunt challenge! Get them all right and win a free limited edition HANDMADE Litworks button!


Match the correct author with the correct fun fact and turn this paper in to get a free raffle ticket! You could also hand it in to your teacher to prove you attended LitWorks and attain your extra credit points!



-Which author has a son adopted from Guatemala? __________________

-Which author moved to LA to act? ________________

-Which author would be willing to eat only perfect pears for the rest of her life? _____________

-Which author taught English in Japan? ________________

 -Which author attended college on a full athletic scholarship? __________________

-Which author  provides drawing tips via YouTube? ________________

-Which author went to college at American Academy of Dramatic Arts(performing arts),NYU(writing), JCCC(interior design), and Hard Knocks (everything else)? _______________

-Which author studied opera in college and then went to law school?  _______________

-Which author lives in Miami? _______________

-Which author loves Häagan Dazs’ Caramel Cone ice cream? __________________

-Which author had a poodle grooming business in the basement of her college? _______________

-Which author’s fantasy profession would be a Traveling schoolteacher with an invisible jet? __________________


Litworks 2013


Matt de la PenaBall Don’t Lie, Mexican White Boy, We were Here, I Will Save You

Jennifer BradburyWrapped, Shift

Brent CrawfordCarter Finally Gets it, Carter’s Big Break Carter’s Unfocused, One-Track Mind

Alex FlinnBeastly, Beastly: Lindy’s Diary, Bewitching, Cloaked, A Kiss in Time, Fade to Black, Diva, Breaking Bad, Breathing Underwater, Nothing to Lose

Laura ResauThe Jade Notebook, The Indigo Notebook, The Ruby Notebook, What the Moon Saw, Red Glass, Queen of Water

Mark CrilleyBrody’s Ghost vol, 1-3; Miki Falls: Spring, Miki Falls: Summer, Miki Falls: Autumn, Miki Falls: Winter, Akiko on the Planet Smoo

Litworks is on April 6th- 9:30 am to 4:00 pm at Eisenhower Library

***Students in grade school and high school get in for free, adults must pay $5.00

About Litworks:

Litowrks is a teen reading workshop where teens and adults can come and meet amazing authors. The workshop begins at 9 am and starts with an open author panel that allows everyone to hear about the authors and their writings, as well as ask questions. We move from Eisenhower to Ridgewood high school (rides will not be provided) where there will be pizza, soft drinks and water. After lunch the authors will have their own panels where everyone can go and listen to their works and ask even more questions. There will be 45 minutes for each of the three sessions. After all the sessions are through everyone will meet in the school library for an all author book signing session. At the book signing, you can also buy the books of your favorite authors and get them signed.

For more information about the authors and the workshop, go to: http://ridgewood.cyberschool.com/District/Department/98-Library/1928-Litworks.html

Wizard World, C2E2, and more!


The arrival of Wizard World’s Chicago Comic Con in August has everyone here excited about the latest convention to grace the Windy City. Running this year from August 9-12, Wizard World is a great con for both comic lovers and art geeks alike. But what if comics aren’t quite your cup of tea, or you’re on vacation with your family? This post will give you some of the best cons both in Chicago and across the country. Okay, so maybe New York and San Diego are a little out of the way but with a little saving and planning, perhaps one day you can go to those too.


The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, or C2E2 for short, is a convention spanning the latest and greatest from the worlds of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga, and video games. Usually held in April, the con takes place in the heart of downtown Chicago in the West Building at McCormick Place. In the past, the con has hosted special guests like Shia LaBouf, Chad Michael Murray, Art Baltazar (a former LitWorks author), Bill Willingham, and many more. C2E2 will be next held on April 26-28, 2013.

Acen, or Anime Central, is Chicago’s and the Midwest’s largest anime, manga and Japanese popular culture convention. Running for 16 years this May, it’s the con for fans of anime and manga in the Midwest. Usually held in the spring, Acen takes place in Rosemont at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Acen usually draws big name guests from both the US and Japan including animators, artists, and voice actors. Acen will be held on May 17-19, 2013.


PAX Prime & Pax East
PAX, which stands for Penny Arcade Expo, is a three day convention solely devoted to gaming in all of its forms. From PC to handheld and tabletop to console, PAX is a literal gamer’s paradise. PAX is held twice each year with PAX Prime (the original con started in 2004) being held in Seattle in the fall and PAX East (the second con started in 2010) being held in Boston in the Spring. Past live performances have included shows by Jonathan Coulton, Paul & Storm, the Protomen, and many more. PAX Prime will be held this August 31-September 2, 2012. PAX East dates have not yet been announced but will held sometime in April of 2013.

New York Comic Con
New York Comic Con (NYCC) is the biggest pop culture convention on the East coast. The 2011 convention had over 100,000 attendees! NYCC covers the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television held in the heart of the New York City. This year, guests will include Mike Mignola, Sean Astin, Lou Ferrigno, and Anne Rice. New York Comic Con will be held this October 12-14, 2012.

Comic-Con International: San Diego
Last, but certainly not least is Comic-Con International: San Diego, more affectionately called San Diego Comic Con, or SDCC. San Diego Comic Con is the largest comic convention in the United States and quite possibly the world with well over 130,000 attendees
each year. SDCC always has a star-studded lineup of guests including the casts from most hit TV shows (Doctor Who, TrueBlood, Supernatural, etc.) and Hollywood stars both young and old (Jackie Chan, Jodie Foster, Matt Damon, Colin Farrell, Robert Pattinson, and Kristen Stewart to name just a few). San Diego Comic Con will be next held July 18-21, 2013.

This post covers just a few of the hundreds of convention across the country and the world. Leave a comment below about any other great conventions you’ve been to or even a fun con story!

What’s up at the Eisenhower?!


Have you been wondering what’s new at the library?! Check this page for updates about new books and displays, new technology, new programs and new announcements! (if you would like more information about the programs please call or visit the library!)


40th Anniversary Celebrations are underway!

(Check out the 40th Anniversary page for more details about when events will be taking place.)

Not too long ago library patrons from far and wide gathered round a long table in the lobby to create their very own button. The first of many celebratory endeavors, the button making project was a huge success, with almost everyone leaving with a smile on their face and a colorful, fun, and unique button in their pocket!

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Recent changes that you may (or may not) have noticed:

New Bulletin Boards! – A more organized way for us to present important information to our patrons. Hope this helps attain the information for the programs they wish to see. If you have any other questions or comments feel free to let us know.

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Need Homework Help?

This section has been around for as long as the library itself, but with new collections and a helpful sign, it’s easier to find and access for all those in need of assistance. It can be found just behind the Young Adult section next to the Classics. If you still have trouble follow the signs posted at the end of the columns.



 We have a great summer reading display, tons of books to give away, prizes for doing your best, and an organized section to help you find the rest!
5-8:30 PM
 It ain’t no book, but here’s the NOOK!

Each Nook is filled to the brim with fabulous young adult novels for your reading enjoyment! By checking out the Nook containing your book you will also have several others at your finger tips! To top it off it has a convenient feature that allows you to look up words you don’t understand, creating an easier reading experience. 

And lastly I’d like to note its remarkably convenient size, considering the number of books it holds, and can be all yours for an entire three weeks! 


Each YA Nook includes:

Hunger Games


The Fault in Our Stars


Little Brother

Anna & the French Kiss


Rapunzel’s Revenge

Blood & Flowers

Witch & Wizard

Why We Broke UP

Stay with Me


Across the Universe

Mexican White Boy

here  are some of our new books!

ABE 2013! ->


Aileen organized our book lists! there is a great  index to help you find just what you’re looking for!

we have comics!

litworks 2012

We hope everyone had as fantastic a time as we did. Can’t wait to see you all next year!

And remember, if you love books don’t be shy about it, so do hundreds of other kids, like the ones that joined us for Litworks this year!

The official LitWorks site is up at Ridgenet.org! Click here to find out all the details of the upcoming LitWorks Teen Read Festival. LitWorks 2012 will feature authors Ellen Hopkins, Carl Deuker, Ann Angel, Julie Halpern, Ron Koertge, and Raina Telgemeier and will take place on Saturday, March 24th, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. starting at Eisenhower Public Library.
Come join us for a fantastic day of food, fun, and books!

In addition! We now have a 2nd Litworks display!

Check it (and a book) out.:]

litworks 2010:

This is a Slideshow made from pictures taken at the LitWorks 2010 literature festival. Approximately 200 people attended the event. LitWorks will return March 19, 2011.

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