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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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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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Three young kids around a computer.

What Can Online Databases Do For You?

Posted: September 28, 2017
By: Kelly Mahoney, Youth Associate

School is back in session, and that means it won’t be long before it’s time for research projects. With the internet at your fingertips, it seems like finding information should be easy. But there’s so much information out there that it can be overwhelming, and much of it is difficult for young students to read.

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Banned Books Week: Our Right to Read September 23-30, 2017

Banned Books Week

Posted: September 21, 2017
By: Deanna Siegel, Youth Librarian

Imagine going to look for Captain Underpants or Junie B. Jones on the shelf and not being able to find it, only to learn that it was taken out of the library! How would you feel? The end of September is near, which means so is Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week is from September

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Telling Stories

Posted: September 14, 2017
By: Kate Easley, Youth Librarian

While on vacation this summer, my family took a ferry boat from Hatteras Island, North Carolina to Ocracoke Island. It’s a beautiful trip, but it takes about an hour to get from island to island. Due to poor planning on my part, I found myself without my usual bag of tricks to keep my two

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Student taking a test.

Setting the Standards

Posted: September 7, 2017
By: Megan Stepniewski, Youth Associate

School is back in session, and while parents rejoice for the moment, they soon dread all the information overload of placement testing, reading levels, MAP testing, Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, STEAM based learning, the Daily 5, Lexile, Fountas and Pinnell, research based practices, response to intervention, and all this other educational

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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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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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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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