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Where The Child Things Are

Grow, Grow, Grow!

Posted: March 29, 2018
By: Deanna Siegel, Youth Associate

Despite the ever-changing weather in Illinois this month, I promise spring is coming! Spring brings flowers, sunshine, and plants. To jump start your spring and end your break from school, why not plant a garden in your house? There are many plants that you can buy and start planting now without waiting for the more

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A horizontal stack of classic books.

Transitioning to the Classics

Posted: March 22, 2018
By: Kate Easley, Youth Librarian - Homeschool Services

My family and I recently visited Walt Disney World and it was a wonderful, magical trip.  One thing we did was visit Tom Sawyer’s Island in the Magic Kingdom. This tiny island is designed to look just like the setting of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. You take a raft over to the

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Kids display their collections in the Youth Department.

Youth Display Cases

Posted: March 15, 2018
By: Alexa Moffat, Youth Associate

Each time we enter the library, my almost 2-year-old daughter makes a beeline through the Circulation Department toward the display cases in the front of the Youth Department. She circles them, checking each collection, and announces her favorites to me. “Mama, trolls! POPPY!” she shouted at me on our most recent visit. Often, she hunkers

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Indoor Gardening: Growing Air Plants, Terrariums, and More by Lisa J. Amstutz

Get Outside and Get Gardening!

Posted: March 8, 2018
By: Cristina Bueno, Youth Associate

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Cicero The days are (thankfully) getting warmer, and soon we’ll start to see the arrival of spring! This means trees will get their leaves back, flowers will begin blooming, and more animal friends will come out to play. March is a

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Youth Media Award Winners

Posted: March 1, 2018
By: Melissa Hilt, Youth Assistant Director

I am always excited when it’s my turn to blog and the Youth Media Awards (YMA) have just been announced! On Monday, February 12, I could once again be found at home watching the awards stream on my iPad. The YMAs include the Newbery, Caldecott, Geisel, and Coretta Scott King awards, as well as many

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A Different Pond by Bao Phi

Who Tells Your Story?

Posted: February 22, 2018
By: Amy Waters, School Liaison

In her powerful TED Talk, the author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks about the danger of a reading only a single story about a person or place. In particular, she mentions how vulnerable and impressionable children are when they read stories. As a young girl, she loved to read foreign tales, but never seeing herself reflected

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Picture of what a page in a bullet journal looks like.

Dear Diary

Posted: February 15, 2018
By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian

Are you ever overwhelmed by all the events you have planned or the tasks you need to complete, but you don’t want to be tied to a traditional calendar? Enter the bullet journal, or bujo for short. It’s basically a hybrid diary, planner, and to-do list housed in one completely customizable notebook. Bullet journals are

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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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