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The Great Outdoors

Posted: June 15, 2017
By: Christina Keasler, Middle School Librarian

Hopefully this doesn’t jinx anything, but I think the weather has finally turned a corner, and we have some good times outdoors ahead. Going outside and enjoying nature is a wonderful way to bond as a family, and it can be done on any budget. People, in general, are spending less time outside — so

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Monstrous Affections by Kelly Link and Gaving J. Grant

Judge a Book by Its Cover

Posted: June 2, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Some people say “don’t judge a book by its cover,” which typically means you should get to know something, or someone, before you decide what you think about it or them. It can refer to how a person dresses, or how food looks, or anything else you may wish to make a snap judgement about.

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Food for Thought

Posted: June 1, 2017
By: Amy Waters, School Liaison

When taken literally, Food for Thought can lead you to books that help you create food that nourishes your body and enables you to do your best thinking. Explore our nutrition section (J613.2) where you can find books like Striking a Healthy Balance by Kristin Petrie. If you want to learn more about where your

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The Summer Bucket List for Kids by Michelle Snow

The Start of Summer

Posted: May 25, 2017
By: Deanna Siegel, Youth Associate

It’s happening, it’s really, really, happening. After those long months of sitting in chairs, bundling up in layers and studying furiously in school, summer is just around the corner! For some of you, summer is a busy time full of sports, books, music lessons and more. For others, it’s all about being outside and soaking

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Katy Almendinger as a child.

Beginning Chapter Books

Posted: May 18, 2017
By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian

Despite the photographic evidence, I wasn’t always an avid reader. I liked books — how could I not? I had a full bookshelf, I was surrounded by adults that liked reading, and I liked listening to stories. But when given the choice I would have rather played outside or watched TV instead of reading independently.

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Mom and Me Cookbook: Have Fun in the Kitchen by Annabel Karmel

Celebrating Mom

Posted: May 11, 2017
By: Stephanie Rivera, Youth Director

Mother’s Day is just around the corner — and here at the library, we’d like to help you celebrate that special bond. Making a homemade present for your mom is a great way to show her how much you care. Our 3D printer can print original designs, and mom will appreciate the hard work you’ve

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Goodnight Darth Vader by Jeffrey Brown [ebook]

May the Fourth Be with You!

Posted: May 4, 2017
By: Alexa Moffat, Youth Associate

The month of May is here, and that means one thing in my household: celebrations! Between birthdays, wedding anniversaries and graduations, our calendar is filled with happy events lauding the milestones and accomplishments of our family and friends. May also holds many holidays, ranging from those that are well known (ahem, Mother’s Day!) to those

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Pink is for Blobfish by Jess Keating

And the Nominees Are…

Posted: April 13, 2017
By: Kelly Mahoney, Youth Associate

This is the best time of year to start reading the books nominated for the 2018 Illinois reader’s choice awards: The Monarch, Bluestem, and Caudill Awards. There are 20 books nominated in each category, and they are some very exciting choices. The Monarch Award is given each year to a great book written especially for

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B is for Baking 50 Yummy Dishes to Make Together by Susan McQuillan

Ways to Enhance Reading Skills

Posted: April 6, 2017
By: Amy Waters, School Liaison

If you are looking for some new ways to encourage your child to practice their reading skills, check out this list of activities for kids of all ages. Play Board Games: While not all games require reading to play, you can start with the box. Ask your child how many people are needed to play. Can

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Pranklopedia by Julie Winterbottom

April Fool’s: Making the Day Enjoyable for All

Posted: March 30, 2017
By: Angela Vahle, Youth Associate

Beware, young and old: April 1st is quickly approaching and people all around the world are getting their prank supplies ready to pull off some of the best practical jokes ever. Everyone loves a good laugh, but for some children, April 1st is a day that is more full of anxiety and humiliation than humor.

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