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Reading in Nature

Posted: November 16, 2017
By: Megan Stepniewski, Youth Associate

Right now, we are in the peak of autumn. Leaves are golden yellow, bright orange, fiery red, and crunchy brown. Early in the morning, frost ices the edges of leaves, grass, and flowers. The cool crisp air brightens our eyes and refreshes our lungs. Although we may need some extra layers and a warm drink,

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Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Middle School Reviews: Among the Hidden

Posted: November 14, 2017

What’s your name?: Maggie What school do you attend?: Hadley Jr. High What grade are you in school?: 6th grade What are you reviewing?: A book What’s the title of what you are reviewing?: Among the Hidden Did you like it?: I loved this book. Margaret Peterson Haddix is a stunning author! As soon as I finished this book, I

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Three small ghosts trying to be scary.

A Scary Amount More

Posted: November 10, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

We all have images of what Halloween is supposed to be in our minds. Most of us think of bats, cats, witches, frothing cauldrons, attempts to scare anyone we can, and haunted houses. Trying to get to the root of Halloween is one of the most dizzying escapades we can begin. What we think is

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Museum Adventure Pass

Posted: November 9, 2017
By: Melissa Hilt, Youth Assistant Director

It’s officially November, and you know what that means. The weather is chilly, and soon you will be looking for things to do indoors because it’s too cold to send the kids outside and you are tired of being cooped up in the house. Of course, the library is a wonderful place to come and

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Picture of four preschool aged kids with arms around each other's shoulder.

Talk to Area Experts from Thirteen Local Preschool Programs During GEPL’s Preschool Fair

Posted: November 6, 2017
By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian

There’s a growing demand for quality Pre-K programs in this country. The Glen Ellyn Public Library is holding a Preschool Fair on Wednesday, November 8 to help you find the best preschool for your child. A whopping 1.5 million 4-year-olds entered preschool last fall. The Pre-K landscape, due to political support and cutting-edge research, has changed

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Multi-colored hands forming a heart.

Using Your Heart to See

Posted: November 2, 2017
By: Amy Waters, School Liaison

Sometimes our immediate surroundings don’t seem to reflect the diverse larger world around us. But each one of us represents a source of diversity to someone. On the outside, maybe I look like your mom, or aunt, or sister. But I’m also left-handed and blind in one eye, and sometimes these things set me apart. To

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Power of Sharing Struggles

Posted: October 27, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

It can be scary to tell people we trust about our fears or weaknesses. If we think something is embarrassing or not normal, we tend to hide it because it makes us feel weak or different. When this happens, we keep quiet and carry our burdens alone. We miss the power we might have gained

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A drawing of a book with a child walking down a bath.

Once Upon A Time…

Posted: October 26, 2017
By: Deanna Siegel, Youth Associate

“Once upon a time, there lived a library filled with magical books for children to read…” Have you ever read a fairy tale before? If the first sentence sounded familiar to you, then you probably have. However, even if you haven’t read a fairy tale before, you have probably heard of them. Here are some

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The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong by Judith Rodin

Growth and Change

Posted: October 20, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Human bodies are hollow. Really, think about that. We have squishy bags inside. We gain energy and nutrients from putting food into our bellies and oxygen in our lungs. Bones have hollow cores where spongy marrow produce blood cells. Strange, right? Maybe you’ve already thought a lot about this; I haven’t before now. The way

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The Jungle Book Read-A-Thon

Posted: October 19, 2017
By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian

Have you noticed that the Youth Department is looking a little wild lately? The Glen Ellyn Public Library shares an anniversary with The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. To celebrate our mutual 110th birthday, we’re hosting a series of special jungle-themed events here at the library, including a Jungle Book Ball and a Read-A-Thon. The

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