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Teen girl sitting in chair reading a book.

What’s Good?

Posted: March 9, 2018
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

What is good? When it comes to art, books, movies, or other interactions involving feelings and ideas, the short answer is, we don’t know exactly. Humans tend to make general rules about how we can decide if something is good, such as saying, “The more diversity we have, the better life is.” What we can

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Indoor Gardening: Growing Air Plants, Terrariums, and More by Lisa J. Amstutz

Get Outside and Get Gardening!

Posted: March 8, 2018
By: Cristina Bueno, Youth Associate

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Cicero The days are (thankfully) getting warmer, and soon we’ll start to see the arrival of spring! This means trees will get their leaves back, flowers will begin blooming, and more animal friends will come out to play. March is a

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A Picture of Mary Shelley and her monster.

Why Frankenstein Still Connects with Us 200 Years Later

Posted: March 5, 2018
By: Kim Lashbrook, Marketing and Graphics Production Clerk

In 2018, the world is celebrating the creation of Dr. Victor Frankenstein’s monster. Thanks to the movies, many of us have a picture of Frankenstein’s monster in our heads as a giant, green-hued goliath marked with stitches and held together with bolts. But the vision in Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein: Or, The Modern Prometheus was

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Youth Media Award Winners

Posted: March 1, 2018
By: Melissa Hilt, Youth Assistant Director

I am always excited when it’s my turn to blog and the Youth Media Awards (YMA) have just been announced! On Monday, February 12, I could once again be found at home watching the awards stream on my iPad. The YMAs include the Newbery, Caldecott, Geisel, and Coretta Scott King awards, as well as many

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State of Mind

Posted: February 23, 2018
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Have you heard the phrase “a state of mind” or “just a state of mind”? I’ve seen this phrased used to imply that calling something “just a state of mind” makes it less important than things that are more concrete. But a state of mind is very important, and can have as much influence on

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A Different Pond by Bao Phi

Who Tells Your Story?

Posted: February 22, 2018
By: Amy Waters, School Liaison

In her powerful TED Talk, the author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks about the danger of a reading only a single story about a person or place. In particular, she mentions how vulnerable and impressionable children are when they read stories. As a young girl, she loved to read foreign tales, but never seeing herself reflected

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Picture of what a page in a bullet journal looks like.

Dear Diary

Posted: February 15, 2018
By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian

Are you ever overwhelmed by all the events you have planned or the tasks you need to complete, but you don’t want to be tied to a traditional calendar? Enter the bullet journal, or bujo for short. It’s basically a hybrid diary, planner, and to-do list housed in one completely customizable notebook. Bullet journals are

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The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

Middle School Reviews: The Wild Robot by

Posted: February 13, 2018

What’s your name?: Emily  What school do you attend?: Glen Crest Middle School What grade are you in school?: 6th grade What are you reviewing?: A book What’s the title of what you are reviewing?: The Wild Robot by Peter Brown Did you like it?: Definitely! I loved the concept about putting something man-made and emotionless in an opposite world

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Picture of GEPL Youth Department from Youth Entrance.

How GEPL Serves Kids of All Abilities

Posted: February 12, 2018
By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian

Libraries are more accessible than ever before. The Glen Ellyn Public Library offers innovative programs, services, and materials to make the library a friendly place for individuals of all abilities. Adaptable resources are beneficial to the entire community because they ensure that everyone can utilize the same spaces and services equally, regardless of physical, intellectual,

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Little Dog, Lost by Marion Dane Bauer

Free-Verse Poetry for Children

Posted: February 8, 2018
By: Stephanie Rivera, Youth Department Director

Poetry has always been my favorite type of writing, both as a child and as an adult. This type of writing forces the author to be intentional in their choice of words, which can create a powerful statement. Poets use words to show rather than tell. For example, instead of writing “I was so mad!”

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