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Middle School Zone

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Heard about a book at school?

Librarian Catherine visited Otter Creek, Prairie Knolls, Kenyon Woods, Ellis, Abbott, Kimball, Larsen, Clinton, Coleman, and Lowrie this spring. If you're looking for a book she talked about at your school, click here to visit the Find a Good Book page

Zone Activities Group meets Thursdays!

Zone Activities Group (ZAG) will take place every Thursday in May from 6-7 p.m. We offer at least one craft or gaming activity per week. Everyone in grades 6-8 is invited to come and join in the fun - you can stay for the whole time or drop in when your schedule permits. On some Thursdays, besides an activity, there will be SNACKS.

Here are the activities we've scheduled for the next few weeks. If you have suggestions for what you'd like to see in the future, drop by and let us know!

  • Duct Tape/Paper Toys (July 3)
  • Duct Tape/Paper Toys (July 10)
  • 3D Pen/Paper Toys (July 17)

Zone Leadership Team Accepting Online Applications

You can still apply for the Zone Leadership Team using a paper application (available at the Main Library). But now you can also apply from any computer with internet! Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see the application form.

Stop Motion Animation in the Zone

:Last year, middle-schoolers gathered in the Zone to make stop-motion movies. Check out everyone's videos at the Zone's Youtube Channel.



We love One Direction!

One Direction fans, remember that you can download free songs with your Gail Borden library card - including songs from the band's new album, Take Me Home!

Click on "Download free music", then type in your library card number to get started. 

More Zone Pictures

You can find pictures from the Iron Chef Cupcake Battle, the Edible Sculpture Challenge, and the Marshmallow Peeps Actors Workshop on the library's Flickr page. 

At past library events, middle-schoolers have: