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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


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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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

Happy Birthday, Harry Potter!

Posted: August 4, 2016
By: Renee Grassi, Youth Department Director

“When in doubt, go to the library.” — Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets You may have noticed a resurgence of Harry Potter hysteria in the last week. And for good reason! Not only was it Harry Potter’s birthday on July 31, J.K. Rowling’s newest installment of the beloved series was released!

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Cold as Ice by Sarah Mlynowski

Beat the Heat with These Cool Summer Reads

Posted: July 28, 2016
By: Kate Easley, Youth Librarian

It’s been so hot lately! Like Pete at the Beach hot or Amelia visiting the Grand Granyon hot. I have stacks of books waiting to be read, but I just can’t read anything set during a sweltering summer or in a hot, dry climate right now. Instead, I need to picture myself climbing Mt. Everest

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Pokémon Go

Posted: July 21, 2016
By: Melissa Hilt, Youth Department Assistant Director

If you have gone outside at all in the past week or been on social media you have probably seen and heard a lot of people playing Pokémon GO. Groups of people of all ages can be found all over the place glued to their devices, trying to catch these elusive Pokémon. Has your child

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A batman bookcase filled with books.

Building Better Readers

Posted: July 14, 2016
By: Leigh Ann Vock, Youth Department Page

Our summer reading program is titled Read to Build. Our partnership with Habitat for Humanity will be helping to build homes. In addition to the physical building of homes, summer reading can also be a time to build better readers. Reading is a fundamental function but the benefits go beyond that. To name a few,

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B Is For Betsy by Carolyn Haywood

Read, Just For The Fun Of It!

Posted: July 7, 2016
By: Amy Waters, School Liaison

A visit to the second floor of the library to see the Smithsonian display Patios, Pools & the Invention of the American Backyard, was a trip down memory lane. As children of the 60s and 70s, my siblings and I spent much of our time out in the yard, playing games with our friends, digging

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The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

Helen Keller

Posted: June 30, 2016
By: Deanna Siegel, Youth Programming Associate

Hello Everyone! Can you believe June is ending already? And what better way to welcome July than to celebrate one of the most resilient people in history. Helen Keller was born deaf and blind. Because of this, she had trouble communicating her thoughts and feelings to others. Through her courage, determination and life-long teacher, Annie

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