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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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100 Things That Make Me Happy by Amy Schwartz

What’s On Your Happiness List?

Posted: August 17, 2017
By: Amy Waters, School Liaison

I admit it, I am a frequent list maker. Grocery lists, to-do lists, packing lists, bucket lists, book lists…there are all kinds of reasons to make lists. Many people make lists in order to stay focused on the tasks at hand and to help them get things done. Lists can be serious “pro and con”

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Matilda by Roald Dahl

Are You Listening?

Posted: August 10, 2017
By: Deanna Siegel, Youth Librarian

Are you a lover of audiobooks? Do you prefer holding a book in your hand? Are you indifferent? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this post is for you. I’ll admit, I joined the audiobook world hesitantly and begrudgingly. I did not want listen to a book, I wanted to physically

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PBS kids program Between the Lions.

Truth or Lion?

Posted: August 4, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Ever have a moment when you shock yourself, realizing something that you saw in your past meant something else, or more, than when you witnessed it? Ever think of a conversation you had with someone, and days later said, “Oh! That’s what she meant!” Or when you see a Nestle truck and realize its branding

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Row of school lockers.

Organization Tips for Middle Schoolers (And Their Parents)

Posted: August 3, 2017
By: Christina Keasler, Middle School Librarian

As we’re coming toward the end of our summer reading program, benefiting Supplies 4 Success, we’ve been thinking of other ways to help our young readers succeed, whether it be by preventing summer slide, having fun over the summer months, or prepping for the upcoming school year. Going into middle school may be the first

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College kids walking down path.

The Most Stressful Time of Your Life Before the Best Time of Your Life

Posted: July 28, 2017
By: John F., Teen Blogger

High school is supposed to be some of the best years of one’s life. It is supposed to be a mix of learning and fun, all while preparing for college. However, preparation for college is filled with stress, something that can detract from the other aspect of having fun. Finding time to discover different colleges

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