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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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One of two 3D printers in Youth Department.

3D Printing

Posted: October 12, 2017
By: Megan Stepniewski, Youth Associate

3D Printing is slowly becoming mainstream due to the machines becoming more and more affordable and consumer friendly. It’s a beautiful fusion between science, engineering, technology, and art. So here are some things to know if you want to get into 3D printing. The Machine For the average consumer there are several affordable machines to

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Respectful Kneeling

Posted: October 6, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Two high school students from Victory and Praise Christian Academy in Texas were removed from their football team because they knelt during the national anthem. Students at high schools as well as NFL players are kneeling during the national anthem. Many people say kneeling is disrespectful. One fan attending the Bears Packers game on Thursday said

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Growing up Gourmet: 125 Healthy Meals for Everybody and Every Baby by Jennifer Carlson

Parenting Collection

Posted: October 5, 2017
By: Alexa Moffat, Youth Associate

When it comes to motherhood, some days I can say, “I got this!” and handle whatever comes my way. Baby threw her bottle in the toilet? No problem. Dog puked on the rug? Easy. Diaper explosion? I’ve got extra clothes and diapers in my bag. Other days, I feel like I’m flying blind. Proclamations I

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Wolves, Boys, & Other Things That Might Kill Me

Middle School Reviews: Wolves, Boys, & Other Things That Might Kill Me

Posted: October 3, 2017

What’s your name?: Nafeesa What school do you attend?: N/A What grade are you in school?: 6th grade What are you reviewing?: A book What’s the title of what you are reviewing?: Wolves, Boys, & Other Things That Might Kill Me by Kristen Chandler Did you like it?: This is my favorite genre. A girl named KJ starts her junior year at

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