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The Dangers of Leveled Reading

Posted: June 22, 2017
By: Megan Stepniewski, Youth Associate

Don’t get me wrong! Leveled reading is a wonderful tool that has come into existence. For years, many kids have struggled to learn how to read just because educators did not know where a child was coming from in regards to phonetic and text awareness. Each child is so different in comprehension levels of phonics,

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The Great Outdoors

Posted: June 15, 2017
By: Christina Keasler, Middle School Librarian

Hopefully this doesn’t jinx anything, but I think the weather has finally turned a corner, and we have some good times outdoors ahead. Going outside and enjoying nature is a wonderful way to bond as a family, and it can be done on any budget. People, in general, are spending less time outside — so

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Summer Reading Loss Statistics

The Importance of Summer Reading

Posted: June 8, 2017
By: Melissa Hilt, Youth Assistant Director

At the end of every year we visit the schools to talk about summer reading. We tell students how important it is to continue reading during the summer so they can keep up their reading skills they worked so hard this past school year to build and avoid something called the summer slide. This is

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Food for Thought

Posted: June 1, 2017
By: Amy Waters, School Liaison

When taken literally, Food for Thought can lead you to books that help you create food that nourishes your body and enables you to do your best thinking. Explore our nutrition section (J613.2) where you can find books like Striking a Healthy Balance by Kristin Petrie. If you want to learn more about where your

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The Summer Bucket List for Kids by Michelle Snow

The Start of Summer

Posted: May 25, 2017
By: Deanna Siegel, Youth Associate

It’s happening, it’s really, really, happening. After those long months of sitting in chairs, bundling up in layers and studying furiously in school, summer is just around the corner! For some of you, summer is a busy time full of sports, books, music lessons and more. For others, it’s all about being outside and soaking

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Katy Almendinger as a child.

Beginning Chapter Books

Posted: May 18, 2017
By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian

Despite the photographic evidence, I wasn’t always an avid reader. I liked books — how could I not? I had a full bookshelf, I was surrounded by adults that liked reading, and I liked listening to stories. But when given the choice I would have rather played outside or watched TV instead of reading independently.

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Mom and Me Cookbook: Have Fun in the Kitchen by Annabel Karmel

Celebrating Mom

Posted: May 11, 2017
By: Stephanie Rivera, Youth Director

Mother’s Day is just around the corner — and here at the library, we’d like to help you celebrate that special bond. Making a homemade present for your mom is a great way to show her how much you care. Our 3D printer can print original designs, and mom will appreciate the hard work you’ve

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Goodnight Darth Vader by Jeffrey Brown [ebook]

May the Fourth Be with You!

Posted: May 4, 2017
By: Alexa Moffat, Youth Associate

The month of May is here, and that means one thing in my household: celebrations! Between birthdays, wedding anniversaries and graduations, our calendar is filled with happy events lauding the milestones and accomplishments of our family and friends. May also holds many holidays, ranging from those that are well known (ahem, Mother’s Day!) to those

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Video game shelf in Youth Department.

The Library Has Video Games?!

Posted: April 27, 2017
By: Megan Stepniewski, Youth Associate

That’s right! In case you didn’t already know, the Glen Ellyn Public Library has over 400 video games that you can check out. In fact, we have video games in both the Youth and Adult collections. What’s more amazing is that we have several titles on many of the gaming platforms available today. The ability

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Compost Stew by Mary McKenna Siddals

Earth Day

Posted: April 20, 2017
By: Kate Easley, Youth Librarian

This Saturday is Earth Day, a great day to spend outdoors enjoying the nature surrounding us. It’s also a good day to re-commit to helping preserve and protect our environment. There are lots of ways to help the environment and Earth Day is a good time to try out some new ones. Plant a vegetable

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