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A Scouting Civilization

Posted: September 15, 2017
By: Chris E., Teen Blogger

The young portion of any group is the future of that group. This is true for a colony of ants, a company of badgers, or a population of humans. One of the best ways to guarantee the continued growth and success of a civilization is to provide its inhabitants, especially its young people, with ample

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Telling Stories

Posted: September 14, 2017
By: Kate Easley, Youth Librarian

While on vacation this summer, my family took a ferry boat from Hatteras Island, North Carolina to Ocracoke Island. It’s a beautiful trip, but it takes about an hour to get from island to island. Due to poor planning on my part, I found myself without my usual bag of tricks to keep my two

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Group of seniors standing around.

Senior Services at the Library

Posted: September 11, 2017
By: Stephanie Blackwell, Marketing Coordinator

Today, the Glen Ellyn Public Library and the B.R. Ryall YMCA kick off Healthy Aging Week. The library and the YMCA team up to provide lectures, screenings, and exercise classes to promote physical health, mobility, economic security, and online safety for older adults. Healthy Aging Week does more than offer lectures, screening, and exercise classes.

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The Search for My Passion

Posted: September 8, 2017
By: Saaniyah S., Teen Blogger

Have you ever suddenly discovered something about yourself, something you may have never expected yourself to take upon? This recently happened to me; more specifically, it happened to me this summer. As I lazed around the house, sitting around with not much to do, the long summer days finally started to itch. I was yearning

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Student taking a test.

Setting the Standards

Posted: September 7, 2017
By: Megan Stepniewski, Youth Associate

School is back in session, and while parents rejoice for the moment, they soon dread all the information overload of placement testing, reading levels, MAP testing, Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, STEAM based learning, the Daily 5, Lexile, Fountas and Pinnell, research based practices, response to intervention, and all this other educational

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The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation by Natalie Moore

Understanding Better

Posted: September 1, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Leading from last week’s blog, I wanted to provide some books at the library, including ones I’ve read and recommend, as well as books I want to read. My experience with books like these is that I feel I’m able to see through someone else’s eyes and gain empathy and understanding of their views. Often,

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A backpack full of school supplies sits on a table.

Summer Reading Wrap-Up

Posted: August 31, 2017
By: Melissa Hilt, Youth Department Assistant Director

Summer reading is officially over for the year and I am happy to say the Glen Ellyn community met our goals. The Youth Department passed our reading goal of 75,000 hours. Our final number was 75,179 hours read, phew! The Adult Department, also, passed their goal of 4,250 books by reading 4,306 books. Since our

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Enslaved hands with words such as racism, bias, prejudice written on them.

Me? Biased?

Posted: August 25, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Jay Smooth said racism is like bad breath, not tonsils. It’s not a question of have them/don’t have them, but a matter of degrees. We need to keep moral hygiene a priority, paying attention to our words to see if they smell funny. Words are inseparable from ideas (go figure), so if we hear things that

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Every Child Ready to Grow

Posted: August 24, 2017
By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian

In the first few years of life, more than 1 million new neural connections form every second. This means that the brain is hardwired for learning in early childhood in a way that diminishes as we age. Isn’t that amazing? So, it makes sense that parents want to know when their young child should be mastering

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Enslaved hands with words such as racism, bias, prejudice written on them.

Ideas and Actions

Posted: August 18, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Charlottesville gives us a vivid image of ideas on the march. It’s easy to distinguish the evil of white supremacy by its physical violence and rhetoric. However, what happens when someone defends an idea as being different, or another perspective, that’s as equally valid as any other, but we have a feeling that something is

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