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GEPL Tweens: Summer Reading First Tier Challenge Unlocked


By: Christina Keasler, Tween Librarian

I have seen a lot of middle schoolers sporting “swag-glasses” already, so I decided to look at the numbers. All I can say is wow, guys. I am impressed. Last year, 453 middle school students signed up for our summer reading program. Although it’s only been a month, we have already passed 400 middle schoolers registered, and 30 of you guys are eligible to be a part of the tug of war against the Glen Ellyn Fire Department. I KNOW we’re going to beat them! Let’s add more readers to our side of the fire hose! I’ve never been so proud. We are well on our way to our goal of 60 hours per middle school reader by the end of the summer.

High school readers have already unlocked the first tier! This means it’s official: Hannah and I are participating in the Nerf War June 26.

Christina in Batman Mask

I am the night!


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GEPL Teens: Deep Breath

Teens Blog BannerCongratulations on finishing finals everyone!  Now that school is over and summer has officially begun, we’re keeping it short and simple for today.  Sit back, relax, and take a deep breath.  We’ll be back with more book reviews, teen bloggers, and summer fun next week!

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Movie Review – The Lego Movie


What’s your first name and school?: Matthew WCGS

What are you reviewing?: The Lego Movie

What did you review?: A movie

What did you like about it?: It had a story that the lessen is that even if you don’t have fame you can still make a change the world. Emmet is just a regular person who does what a million other people do. Yet he saves the universe because he had ideas that where good.

Who would like this?: Someone who likes adventure.

On a scale from yuck to best ever, how much did you like it?: It was a good movie.

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Book Review – The Shadow Throne


The Shadow ThroneWhat’s your first name and school?: Anna Hadley

What are you reviewing?: The Shadow Throne

What did you review?: A book

What did you like about it?: The way the book ended was great as well as the details of characters and places. I loved how Imogen was really alive after Sage/Jaron thought she was dead. I liked how everyone came together in the end and everyone was happy.

Who would like this?: Someone who likes adventure.

On a scale from yuck to best ever, how much did you like it?: Really good.

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Book Review – Thunder Rising


Thunder RisingWhat’s your first name and school?: Matthew WCGS

What are you reviewing?: Thunder Rising

What did you review?: A book

What did you like about it?: I liked that it had an adventure to it and was action packed. I liked this book a lot. The plot was interesting and wasn’t boring. The story is that a young cat got neglected from his dad. His dad now wants the young cat to fight for him. He is not sure whether to follow his dad.

Who would like this?: Someone who likes cats.

On a scale from yuck to best ever, how much did you like it?: It was on my top 10 list of books.

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GEPL Kids: Curious Fun for Summer

By: Sia Paganis, Youth Programming Associate

Summer vacation is here, and it won’t be long until many parents hear the phrase, “I’m bored.” Fortunately, the library can come to the rescue! Not only can children participate in programs and check out summer reads, but they can follow their natural curiosity and discover new interests. Here are some great reads for parents, as well as some books for kids to pass the summer hours.

Playful LearningParents can facilitate children’s natural curiosity by letting them explore areas of interest. In her book, Playful Learning, author Mariah Bruehl urges parent to provide ‘playful learning’ experiences where children can spend time developing their passions through creative projects. The hands-on activities that Bruehl details require little materials and can engage young ones in projects that could occupy a rainy afternoon, or lead to future inquiries. These projects are best for children 4-8, and focus on a variety of academic skills through artistic play.

We Dare YouOne author that has been a library favorite for occupying kids in fun at home science experiments, wacky creations and general mess-making is Vicki Cobb. Cobb’s books are kid-friendly, and provide science opportunities with ingredients you already have in your home. In her newest book, We Dare You!, Cobb takes it a step further with this whimsical book of science bets, challenges and dares! Invite the neighborhood kids over and start hypothesizing away.

Rocks and SoilWant to spend some time outside and get your crafty on? Try Ruth Owen’s series “Get Crafty Outdoors”. Each volume focuses on a different natural science subject, and blends learning with making creative projects like making fossils, pressing leaves and flowers, making a snail race track and much more. Send the kids out in the backyard to find the materials and read Owen’s simple science explanations and directions. The library is a great place to read more about your favorite science topics and try out our digital science resource, ScienceFlix, available on our GEPL Kids webpage.

Superhero CookbookOne of our favorites in the kitchen this summer for our “Read for Heroes” Summer Reading program is A Superhero Cookbook. This culinary selection puts a fun spin on snack time! Even the littlest of fingers can help create treats to keep all of our superhero powers in full supply. This book features step-by-step photo instructions and kid-friendly text. Check out our other cookbooks for endless summer fun in the kitchen.

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GEPL Tweens: Volunteer at the Library


By: Christina Keasler, Tween Librarian

Volunteer orientation is Wednesday June 10 at 1:30. Middle schoolers will be coming in to learn the duties they’ll be doing all summer, and filling out the volunteer application. Throughout the summer, volunteers will be asked to clean, stock supplies, inspect books, and even help with summer reading registration!

By volunteering, middle school students will be helping making the library a better place. While the jobs may be small, they are still necessary. These jobs will make the library look neater and run efficiently, and will allow the librarians to focus on the bigger duties of their day.


Volunteers will see what makes the library tick by working behinds the scenes. They will start to notice the small things that help the library run smoothly that other members may not notice. They will work in areas that are not available to most library members. They sometimes also serve as middle school advisors, and even picked out the color choices of the summer reading sunglasses.

The kids that volunteer are all great people and come from everywhere. Volunteering will introduce you to other middle schoolers that you may not have met otherwise. One of the main duties of a middle school volunteer is to have fun! Volunteers are welcomed to turn their duties into a game while continuing as a positive reflection of the library. At the end of a volunteering session, middle schoolers are rewarded for their hard work with a party.

Come see what all the fuss is about at the volunteer orientation this Wednesday. You don’t know what you’re missing!


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GEPL Teens: Late Night Study Is Here Again

Teens Blog BannerBy: Hannah Rapp, Teen Librarian

Finals are here once again. By now, you know the reasons to come study at the library for Late Night Study – we’ve covered them here and here. You know we have hot chocolate, caffeine, pizza, and extended hours. You know about our laptops that you can check out using your student ID, and our textbook collection. You know we have great study rooms for groups, and carrels for those of you who prefer to work alone. So today, we’re just going to focus on a few things you might not know already.

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1.) We are still having Late Night Study this Sunday, but the hours will be different. We are committed to helping you study each night before your finals, so we’re making with the pizza and extended hours on Sunday too! But we do have some slightly different times you should know. We will have pizza at 4:00 on Sunday, and while the library will close to the public at 5:00, we will remain open for high school students till 7:00. Monday will have normal hours – pizza at 5:30, extended hours till 10. We’ll see you there!

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2.) We are Blackhawks fans too. We really are. We know how much it stinks to have to be studying for finals during the Stanley Cup playoffs, and we will do our best to make sure you know what’s going on during the game on Monday.

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3.) Late Night Study is the perfect time to sign up for summer reading. You’ll be wanting a break from studying anyways, and now is the time to get ready to do some reading for fun, instead of just for school! So sign up, get your t-shirt, learn about all the amazing prizes you could win and embarrassing things you can see me do, and get excited about all that school-free reading time coming your way!

So there you go – three things you may not have already known about Late Night Study. Good luck, and we’ll see you on Sunday and Monday!

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GEPL Kids: Celebrate All Kinds of Families

By: Carolyn Wissmiller, Youth Programming Associate

Ah . . . the 1950’s. The world was at peace (if you don’t count Korea and the Cold War), and every child was fortunate to live in a traditional family household. These perfect families, with a mother, a father, and an average of 1.5 children, were frequently celebrated on television. My personal favorites included Leave It to Beaver, Father Knows Best, Ozzie and Harriet, and the Donna Reed Show. But these shows were fiction, and so was the notion that all 1950’s families were traditional.

I met my best friend Melody in fourth grade when her family moved to our area. She told me that she and her mother lived in an apartment and that her father had abandoned them. I remembering being confused, and so I asked her what “abandoned” meant. I felt terrible when she explained in detail. I know her family situation made her feel different, and she worried that she might not be accepted, but she was brilliant, funny, kind, and gorgeous. We all loved her.

Fast forward to the new millennium, and, I’m happy to say, most of us are welcoming and accepting of all kinds of families. We choose our friends based on their characters and not their household situations. Celebrate all types of magnificent families during National Family Month (from Mother’s Day through Father’s Day) by checking out one of these books:

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GEPL Teens: Teens Write – Should School Be Year Round?

Teens Blog BannerBy: Britta, Teen Blogger

Blog Entry 153 - ImageSummer. This is probably every student’s favorite word. Typically in America, students get a summer break between June and August that separate their 180 day school years. This break was originally created for farmers who needed their children’s assistance. But as our society has shifted from rural agrarian to postindustrial suburban, the necessity for this break has ceased to exist. Summer break is merely tradition that seems inherent in our schooling systems. But this precious time off may soon cease to exist, as the idea of year-long school becomes more and more prominent. These are the arguments for and against this change in the school schedule.

Pros +

  • There will be more and longer breaks within the school year so the students won’t be as overwhelmed during school
  • It will provide year-long support such as free lunch and a safe environment to students who need it
  • It will eliminate any forgetting of information over summer break
  • It will help America compete internationally with more successful education programs
  • Summer break will still be a whole month long
  • More efficient use of school space

Cons –

  • A longer school year will frustrate the students and they will stop enjoying and appreciating school
  • Restricts the students independence, and it would limit opportunities such as summer jobs and long summer camps
  • Forces kids to grow up without enjoying their childhood
  • Does not solve systemic issues with schooling system (i.e. emphasis on testing and lack of real world application)
  • If an entire district does not adopt a year-round calendar, parents could have students at different schools on different schedules

Click on the links below if you are looking for more information on this ongoing debate:







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