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Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina

Diversity in Children’s Literature

Posted: December 14, 2017
By: Alexa Moffat, Youth Associate

As I sat in a hotel conference room recently, a school librarian related a humorous story detailing a young boy’s exuberant outburst while listening to a story featuring a young Indian child, just like him! After sharing the anecdote, she paused before saying: “They [children of color] don’t see themselves in books very often.” Wow.

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandha Menon

Do Your Own Thing

Posted: December 8, 2017
By: Saaniyah S., Teen Blogger

I — as a teenager warped by today’s world of social media, TV shows, and nonstop advertisement — am quite clueless about who society wants me to be. Should I follow the path of big-name celebrities, who have fame, glory, and wealth? Or should I take a less showy path to success? What kind of

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Hostage by Guy Delisle

Middle School Reviews: Hostage

Posted: December 5, 2017

What’s your name?: Francesca What school do you attend?: Hadley Jr. High What grade are you in school?: 6th grade What are you reviewing?: A book What’s the title of what you are reviewing?: Hostage  Did you like it?: I loved this book because it was really long, but I couldn’t put it down until the end. The book is

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Arts and crafts remnants on a table.

Let’s Get CRAFTY!

Posted: November 30, 2017
By: Cristina Bueno, Youth Associate

“Creativity is imagination and imagination is for everyone.” — Paul Arden As the days get colder, we’re constantly looking for things to do indoors. Why not get crafty? Crafting is a great and easy way to entertain children of all ages. Most projects can be adjusted for different ability levels and access to supplies. The

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Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted: November 23, 2017
By: Kate Easley, Youth Librarian - Homeschool Services

It’s Thanksgiving time! Time to eat some delicious food and visit family and friends. Time for warm, cozy sweaters and cute scarves. It’s also time to be thankful for all the wonderful people in our lives. I have a lot of people to be grateful for. I have a wonderful family, great friends, and amazing

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Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Middle School Reviews: Among the Hidden

Posted: November 14, 2017

What’s your name?: Maggie What school do you attend?: Hadley Jr. High What grade are you in school?: 6th grade What are you reviewing?: A book What’s the title of what you are reviewing?: Among the Hidden Did you like it?: I loved this book. Margaret Peterson Haddix is a stunning author! As soon as I finished this book, I

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Picture of four preschool aged kids with arms around each other's shoulder.

Talk to Area Experts from Thirteen Local Preschool Programs During GEPL’s Preschool Fair

Posted: November 6, 2017
By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian

There’s a growing demand for quality Pre-K programs in this country. The Glen Ellyn Public Library is holding a Preschool Fair on Wednesday, November 8 to help you find the best preschool for your child. A whopping 1.5 million 4-year-olds entered preschool last fall. The Pre-K landscape, due to political support and cutting-edge research, has changed

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Multi-colored hands forming a heart.

Using Your Heart to See

Posted: November 2, 2017
By: Amy Waters, School Liaison

Sometimes our immediate surroundings don’t seem to reflect the diverse larger world around us. But each one of us represents a source of diversity to someone. On the outside, maybe I look like your mom, or aunt, or sister. But I’m also left-handed and blind in one eye, and sometimes these things set me apart. To

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Power of Sharing Struggles

Posted: October 27, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

It can be scary to tell people we trust about our fears or weaknesses. If we think something is embarrassing or not normal, we tend to hide it because it makes us feel weak or different. When this happens, we keep quiet and carry our burdens alone. We miss the power we might have gained

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A drawing of a book with a child walking down a bath.

Once Upon A Time…

Posted: October 26, 2017
By: Deanna Siegel, Youth Associate

“Once upon a time, there lived a library filled with magical books for children to read…” Have you ever read a fairy tale before? If the first sentence sounded familiar to you, then you probably have. However, even if you haven’t read a fairy tale before, you have probably heard of them. Here are some

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