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GEPL Kids: Screen Free Week

By: Kate Easley, GEPL Youth Librarian Next week is Screen-Free Week which is a great time to put down your phone or tablet, turn off the t.v., and enjoy time with your family and friends. Use this week to go

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GEPL Kids: Changes and Transitions

By: Bari Ericson, Youth Programming Associate Now for something profound . . . “Change is hard.”  (Okay, I said profound, not original.) And it’s true. I know this from personal experience, because my family is going through a lot of

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GEPL Kids: Books as Windows and Mirrors

Providing Inclusive Reading Experiences for Children By: Renee Grassi, GEPL Youth Department Director Books are often referred to as both windows and mirrors. Like windows, books can offer different perspectives of the world and the people who experience it. In

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GEPL Kids: Can You Teach Your Baby to Read?

By: Carolyn Wissmiller, Youth Programming Associate Flashcards for babies! I’ve overheard parents talking about it. I’ve seen it advertised online. I’ve even seen “evidence” on YouTube videos. Can you really teach your baby to read? I have a degree in

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GEPL Kids: Comics Support Children’s Literacy

By: Sia Paganis, Youth Programming Associate Do you feel like your child only wants to read comics? Don’t worry, comics have been shown to increase children’s engagement with reading and books. Reading comics, actually, can be difficult. Many children race

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GEPL Kids: Parent Teacher Collection

By: Katy Almendinger, GEPL Early Literacy Librarian The Youth Department doesn’t just have books for kids. We also have non-fiction books (and DVDs) for caregivers in the Parent/Teacher collection. Items in this collection focus on child development and behavior. Brain

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GEPL Kids: Gallant Girls

By: Courtney Moore, Youth Programming Associate Not every girl wants glitter or pink flowers. I was a girl who grew up lost and confused in the world of makeup, sequins and other girly girl things. I wanted to jump in

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GEPL Kids: Community Partnership helps us “Feed our Hungry Neighbors”

By: Amy Waters, School Liaison The Glen Ellyn Public Library is “so much more than books”. But you already knew that! Maybe you’ve been to our Smart Starts program, created something on our 3-D printer, used a database to learn

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GEPL Kids: Early Readers

By: Leigh Ann Vock,  Youth Page “I’m reading! I’m reading!” This may be a familiar exclamation from your child once they reach this very exciting point on their road to reading. More than likely your child has been introduced to

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GEPL Kids: Playaways

By: Bari Ericson, Youth Programming Associate “Once upon a time there was a librarian who didn’t like to read.”  That was me.  I found sitting with a book confining, uninspiring and overly time-consuming.  And then I discovered Playaways! A Playaway

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