Foreword – August 28, 2023

Black Creek Village Library column

For publication 28 August 2023

As the school year approaches, we’re highlighting books that capture the jitters and excitement that come with a new school (or school year).

This week’s book is for teens—The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Phillipe. Norris Kaplan is not thrilled when his mom’s new job takes him from Montreal, Canada to Austin, TX in the middle of the school year. What is a Black, hockey-loving, Hatian Canadian to do? At first, he survived by categorizing his classmates into teen movie archtypes: jock, cheerleader, loner, etc. After all, it’s not like he plans to stay there any longer than he has to. His wit and snarky humor capture the attention of some of his classmates, who might be more than the familiar stereotypes would suggest. Teens who are fans of John Green and Jason Reynolds are likely to enjoy the humor, fun, and engaging friendships at the heart of the story.

After school programs return on Thursdays in September, 3:30 PM-4:30 PM. (Yes, our afterschool programs shifted to Thursdays this year.)


Come to the library to build a marble maze out of straws and cardboard! It will be an a-MAZE-ing time!

GAME ON! — September 14

Try your hand at a variety of puzzles. Challenge yourself or a friend to see how fast you can complete them or join forces to tackle one together!

WIRED! — September 21

Come play with Snap Circuits and learn how to create different types of currents, and test yourself on how to build a circuit!

CRAFTER PARTY! – September 28 Come in and design your own canvas bag and/or pin banner to take home with you!

Adults are invited to unleash their creativity during our Craft a Card program on Tuesday, September 12 (5:30 PM-7:00 PM). We’ll provide the supplies and the instruction on cardmaking basics. Registration is required.

It’s not too late to turn in your Summer Library Challenge game boards, which can be turned in through August 31!

The library will be closed on Saturday, September 2 and Monday, September 4 in observance of Labor Day weekend. Regular hours resume on Tuesday, September 5.