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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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Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Reads for the Road

Posted: December 7, 2017
By: Kelly Mahoney, Youth Associate

Headed out of town this holiday season? Looking for a fun way to pass the time on your road trip to Grandma’s house? Why pop in yet another movie when you could listen your way over the river and through the woods. Audiobooks come in many formats to suit your family’s travel needs. If the

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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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Reading in Nature

Posted: November 16, 2017
By: Megan Stepniewski, Youth Associate

Right now, we are in the peak of autumn. Leaves are golden yellow, bright orange, fiery red, and crunchy brown. Early in the morning, frost ices the edges of leaves, grass, and flowers. The cool crisp air brightens our eyes and refreshes our lungs. Although we may need some extra layers and a warm drink,

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Museum Adventure Pass Logo

Museum Adventure Pass

Posted: November 9, 2017
By: Melissa Hilt, Youth Assistant Director

It’s officially November, and you know what that means. The weather is chilly, and soon you will be looking for things to do indoors because it’s too cold to send the kids outside and you are tired of being cooped up in the house. Of course, the library is a wonderful place to come and

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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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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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The Jungle Book Read-A-Thon

Posted: October 19, 2017
By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian

Have you noticed that the Youth Department is looking a little wild lately? The Glen Ellyn Public Library shares an anniversary with The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. To celebrate our mutual 110th birthday, we’re hosting a series of special jungle-themed events here at the library, including a Jungle Book Ball and a Read-A-Thon. The

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One of two 3D printers in Youth Department.

3D Printing

Posted: October 12, 2017
By: Megan Stepniewski, Youth Associate

3D Printing is slowly becoming mainstream due to the machines becoming more and more affordable and consumer friendly. It’s a beautiful fusion between science, engineering, technology, and art. So here are some things to know if you want to get into 3D printing. The Machine For the average consumer there are several affordable machines to

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