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Where The Child Things Are

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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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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