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An illustrated story unfolds along the 20 stations of the new StoryWalk ® recently installed in Prairie Path Park in downtown Glen Ellyn by the Glen Ellyn Public Library. The installation is part of a joint park renovation project by the library, the Glen Ellyn Park District and the village, partially funded by the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn.

Passport to Adventure!

Posted: May 17, 2018

Oh the places you’ll go — Dr. Seuss Summer is just around the corner. And that means sunshine, warm weather, and no school! It’s the perfect time for an adventure. There are many ways your child can have an adventure this summer. Here are just a few ideas to get your summer vacation off to a

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Picture of the library's collection of picture books.

Picture Books

Posted: May 10, 2018

When I taught first grade, most of my students wanted to read chapter books, despite their varying abilities to do so independently, simply because, “everyone else is doing it!” It was, in a sense, the six-year-old version of Keeping Up with the Joneses. While I admired and supported their goals to improve their reading skills,

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The 1K Club — 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten — is a new book challenge for young readers (and their parents). The goal is to read 1,000 books to your infant, toddler, or pre-K child.

Underused Services at the Library

Posted: May 7, 2018
By: Kim Lashbrook, Marketing and Graphics Production Clerk

The 1K Club The library offers many services and resources that you may not even be aware of. This is the first in a series of posts highlighting some of those underused services. Our goal is to raise awareness for our members and the community that these services exist and to explain what they are

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Is It Spring Yet?

Posted: May 3, 2018
By: Amy Waters, School Liaison

The calendar may have said spring a month ago, but with snow as late as April 19 and several ball games postponed because of the weather, it’s easy to think that spring forgot to show up. The good news is that the forecast ahead is for warmer days. Even though I tell myself that snow

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Denton Little's Death Date by Lance Rubin

What I Just Read: Denton Little’s Deathdate

Posted: April 6, 2018
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

What I Just Read: Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin Summary: In a world where everyone knows the day they will die, a teenage boy is determined to outlive his upcoming expiration date. Thoughts: I just finished this one. In the near future, bio-science enables people to know when they’ll die — down to the day. People don’t know

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The Water Princess by Susan Verde

Ready or Not, Here They Come!

Posted: April 5, 2018
By: Kelly Mahoney, Youth Associate

If you’ve been to the Youth Department in the past week or so, you may have noticed that our Rebecca Caudill, Bluestem Award, and Monarch Award displays just changed. Each now displays the 2019 nominees. One of the great things about the books nominated for the Caudill, Bluestem, and Monarch awards each year is that

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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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What I Just Read: Retribution Rails

Posted: March 23, 2018
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman is the first western novel I’ve read. Ever. Yeah, it’s weird it’s my first. Sometimes, we never know we like something until we try it. Sometimes, we don’t ever try it until we get a hunger. Then it’s like getting a surprise, and we’re like “Wait, what? I like this?

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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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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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