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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

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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

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GEPL Kids: Books & Babies

By: Katy Almendinger, GEPL Early Literacy Librarian Reading to babies and young toddlers can be a really daunting task. It’s hard to keep up with the wiggles and their short attention spans. Reading to a baby might even seem silly,

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GEPL Kids: Read for Heroes

By: Melissa Hilt, Youth Department Assistant Director There are many different kinds of heroes. Some people look up to a historical figure like Abraham Lincoln or Martin Luther King Jr. Others may look up to their teachers or a family

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GEPL Kids: Summer Reading School Challenge

By: Amy Waters, School Liaison Calling all Super Readers! Can you help your Glen Ellyn elementary school be the TROPHY winner in the summer reading school challenge? We think the answer is yes! But even if your school doesn’t win

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GEPL Kids: May the Fourth Be With You

By: Courtney Moore, Youth Programming Associate Are you a Jedi? Have you dedicated your life to the light side of the Force? May 4th, May the Fourth Be With You, is a day dedicated to all things Star Wars. Are

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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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