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Podcasts for Kids

Posted: January 11, 2018
By: Kate Easley, Youth Librarian

Recently, I attended a workshop that was all about podcasts for kids. While I know many people who listen to Serial or other popular podcasts, I didn’t know a lot about podcasts just for kids. However, the idea of podcasts for kids makes so much sense because they are a great way to enjoy some

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GEPL’s Teen Scene Art Contest Returns!

Posted: January 5, 2018
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

February freezes the soul. January gets away with being the first month, and we expect to have frozen toes in January. February gets deeper into our bones, and March reaches for our emotions. If April is cold, we know Mother Nature is being mean for a reason. To melt our frozen spirits, we have the Teen

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Picture of both an old set and a new set of Lionel Trains .

10 Toys a Century Later

Posted: January 5, 2018
By: Megan Stepniewski, Youth Associate

Hello and Happy New Year from the Glen Ellyn Public Library! The new year is a great time to plan a head, set goals, and look to the future, but it’s also a great time for reflection and looking back into the past; 100 years into the past, to be exact. The year was 1918.

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Keira Knightley in Pride and Prejudice

2018 Reading Goals

Posted: December 28, 2017
By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian

One of my favorite things about the end of a year is the opportunity to start fresh and set new resolutions. These new goals can be things like eat more vegetables, be more organized, say I love you more, or get a full eight hours of sleep. As a book-lover and librarian, my goals usually

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Gothic Wonder: Art, Artifice and the Decorated Style by Paul Binski

The Joy of Fog

Posted: December 22, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Rainy, misty, gray-clouded days are my favorite. I associate those days with serenity, curiosity, and wanderlust. I feel calm because I don’t have ideas of what I’m supposed to do on those days; I can do whatever I want. I always wonder, “what’s out there” in a way that I don’t on clear days; the shadowy

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DIY Gift Ideas

Posted: December 21, 2017
By: Stephanie Rivera, Youth Department Director

With the holidays in full swing, you may need help with gift-giving ideas. Many people, parents included, appreciate handmade gifts that come from the heart rather than something that can be bought at the store. Handmade gifts can be cherished over the years and bring back memories of past holidays. The library has plenty of

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Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina

Diversity in Children’s Literature

Posted: December 14, 2017
By: Alexa Moffat, Youth Associate

As I sat in a hotel conference room recently, a school librarian related a humorous story detailing a young boy’s exuberant outburst while listening to a story featuring a young Indian child, just like him! After sharing the anecdote, she paused before saying: “They [children of color] don’t see themselves in books very often.” Wow.

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandha Menon

Do Your Own Thing

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

I — as a teenager warped by today’s world of social media, TV shows, and nonstop advertisement — am quite clueless about who society wants me to be. Should I follow the path of big-name celebrities, who have fame, glory, and wealth? Or should I take a less showy path to success? What kind of

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Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Reads for the Road

Posted: December 7, 2017
By: Kelly Mahoney, Youth Associate

Headed out of town this holiday season? Looking for a fun way to pass the time on your road trip to Grandma’s house? Why pop in yet another movie when you could listen your way over the river and through the woods. Audiobooks come in many formats to suit your family’s travel needs. If the

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Hostage by Guy Delisle

Middle School Reviews: Hostage

Posted: December 5, 2017

What’s your name?: Francesca 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?: Hostage  Did you like it?: I loved this book because it was really long, but I couldn’t put it down until the end. The book is

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