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Homework Help Available @ GEPL!

Posted: October 13, 2016
By: Renee Grassi, Youth Department Director

Research, projects, and papers….oh, my! We in the Youth Department can tell this new school year is officially in high gear. We are fielding all sorts of homework questions from kids and caregivers alike—and we love it! This is the time of year when your friendly librarians can help you and your child find the

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The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age By Catherine Steiner-Adair

Toddlers and Technology

Posted: October 6, 2016
By: Megan Stepniewski, Youth Programming Associate

30% of children are obese. 30% developmentally delayed. 14.3% diagnosed with mental health disorders. 20-30% of children experience learning difficulties. And 1 in 11 now have technology addictions. All aforementioned problems are associated with overuse of technology. After reading these statistics and seeing parenting and psychology articles spouting all over the place about the dangers

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The Lego Ideas Book by Daniel Lipkowitz

Lego Creative Building VS Sets

Posted: September 29, 2016
By: Kate Easley, Youth Librarian

If you have a school-aged child in your house, the chances are good that you have some LEGOs lying around. If you are like me, you have three giant tubs of LEGOs in your house. It makes me cringe every time my 5-year-old son asks me to buy him another LEGO set. “Do you really

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Different ways of decorating pumpkins without a knife.

Activities You Can Do With Your Middle Schooler

Posted: September 22, 2016
By: Christina Keasler, Middle School Librarian

Middle schoolers are back in school, and back to their highly-scheduled program. Even though they have homework, sports, music lessons, religious ed, and so many more activities through the week into the weekend, it’s important to schedule in some fun, quality time for the family. It may seem tough. Your middle schooler may be starting

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James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Banned Books Week: September 25−October 1

Posted: September 15, 2016
By: Melissa Hilt, Youth Department Assistant Director

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Over the years we have had many banned book displays and members are always shocked to learn that books are still, to this day, banned and/or challenged. Now, just because a book is banned in one place doesn’t mean that is banned everywhere,

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Tinkers the Tabby Cat

First Friends

Posted: September 8, 2016
By: Leigh Ann Vock, Youth Department Page

First friends for many young children are beloved stuffed animals. Some children develop a stronger attachment than others. My granddaughter’s present best friend is a much-loved and tattered tabby cat named “Tinkers.” Tinkers is real to her and possesses feelings that she is careful to be considerate of. I recently spent some time convincing my

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GEPL summer reading trophy.

GEPL Summer Reading: School Challenge Winners Announced!

Posted: September 1, 2016
By: Amy Waters, School Liaison

This summer, the grade school students in Glen Ellyn proved themselves to be a community of Super Readers. Summer reading at GEPL is opened to all students and this year, with our Read to Build program, we surpassed our goal of 70,000 hours read, racking up over 82,500 hours. All of this reading meant good

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Giant Peach Yodel by Jan Peck

National Peach Month

Posted: August 25, 2016
By: Deanna Siegel, Youth Programming Associate

Hello Everyone! Do you have a favorite fruit? I am sure most of us do. I love peaches! In fact, August is National Peach Month, meaning you can celebrate peaches all month long. Did you know there are several ways to eat peaches? You can eat it on its own, bake it into a pie,

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Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein

Olympics

Posted: August 18, 2016
By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian

There’s something amazing about the Olympics. Every four years athletes from around the world gather to compete as the rest of the world watches. The 2016 Summer Olympics are in Rio. It’s the first time South America has hosted the games. Some really great moments have come out of Rio. Like Fiji winning its first

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What Counts as Reading

Posted: August 11, 2016
By: Emily Richardson, Youth Programming Associate

We’re coming to the end of our summer reading program. It’s been a wonderful reading-filled summer, and we’re on schedule to meet our reading goal. In the Youth Department, we’ve stamped and entered hours and hours of reading time. But what really “counts” as reading? What filled up all those hours? In an oversimplified definition,

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