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Little Dog, Lost by Marion Dane Bauer

Free-Verse Poetry for Children

Posted: February 8, 2018
By: Stephanie Rivera, Youth Department Director

Poetry has always been my favorite type of writing, both as a child and as an adult. This type of writing forces the author to be intentional in their choice of words, which can create a powerful statement. Poets use words to show rather than tell. For example, instead of writing “I was so mad!”

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Young boy playing at the light table in the Youth Department.

The Importance of Play

Posted: February 1, 2018
By: Cristina Bueno, Youth Associate

“Play is the beginning of knowledge.” – George Dorsey We all know our children love to play, whether it’s with blocks, dolls, trains, puzzles, balls, etc. What we don’t often think about is just how important play really is. Playing is not just a way to occupy time or beat boredom but is an opportunity

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The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

Page to Screen

Posted: January 25, 2018
By: Kelly Mahoney, Youth Associate

It’s always fun when a great book is turned into a movie. It’s exciting to see your favorite characters come to life on the big screen. But it can be a little disappointing if your favorite part of the book is left out, or something in the movie doesn’t look quite the way you imagined

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Stacks of books surrounding a doorway leading to a forest.

Plots n’ Pizza

Posted: January 18, 2018
By: Deanna Siegel, Youth Associate

The new year has begun, which means goals are being set, lists are being made, and books are ready to be read! Here at the library, we have a really cool parent/child book club called Plots n’ Pizza, where you get to work on your reading goals while also enjoying delicious pizza. Because who can

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Kids listening to something on headphones.

Podcasts for Kids

Posted: January 11, 2018
By: Kate Easley, Youth Librarian

Recently, I attended a workshop that was all about podcasts for kids. While I know many people who listen to Serial or other popular podcasts, I didn’t know a lot about podcasts just for kids. However, the idea of podcasts for kids makes so much sense because they are a great way to enjoy some

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Picture of both an old set and a new set of Lionel Trains .

10 Toys a Century Later

Posted: January 5, 2018
By: Megan Stepniewski, Youth Associate

Hello and Happy New Year from the Glen Ellyn Public Library! The new year is a great time to plan a head, set goals, and look to the future, but it’s also a great time for reflection and looking back into the past; 100 years into the past, to be exact. The year was 1918.

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Keira Knightley in Pride and Prejudice

2018 Reading Goals

Posted: December 28, 2017
By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian

One of my favorite things about the end of a year is the opportunity to start fresh and set new resolutions. These new goals can be things like eat more vegetables, be more organized, say I love you more, or get a full eight hours of sleep. As a book-lover and librarian, my goals usually

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DIY Gift Ideas

Posted: December 21, 2017
By: Stephanie Rivera, Youth Department Director

With the holidays in full swing, you may need help with gift-giving ideas. Many people, parents included, appreciate handmade gifts that come from the heart rather than something that can be bought at the store. Handmade gifts can be cherished over the years and bring back memories of past holidays. The library has plenty of

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Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina

Diversity in Children’s Literature

Posted: December 14, 2017
By: Alexa Moffat, Youth Associate

As I sat in a hotel conference room recently, a school librarian related a humorous story detailing a young boy’s exuberant outburst while listening to a story featuring a young Indian child, just like him! After sharing the anecdote, she paused before saying: “They [children of color] don’t see themselves in books very often.” Wow.

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Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Reads for the Road

Posted: December 7, 2017
By: Kelly Mahoney, Youth Associate

Headed out of town this holiday season? Looking for a fun way to pass the time on your road trip to Grandma’s house? Why pop in yet another movie when you could listen your way over the river and through the woods. Audiobooks come in many formats to suit your family’s travel needs. If the

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