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Summer Reading Wrap-Up

Posted: August 31, 2017
By: Melissa Hilt, Youth Department Assistant Director

Summer reading is officially over for the year and I am happy to say the Glen Ellyn community met our goals. The Youth Department passed our reading goal of 75,000 hours. Our final number was 75,179 hours read, phew! The Adult Department, also, passed their goal of 4,250 books by reading 4,306 books. Since our

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Busting Boredom with Art Projects by Mary Boone

Boredom Busters

Posted: July 27, 2017
By: Stephanie Rivera, Youth Department Director

With summer vacation more than halfway over, you may be feeling restless and a little bored. You’ve likely tackled the summer with gusto and visited some of your favorite local places to pass the time. If you’ve exhausted all of your regular activities and are still looking for things to do, we have you covered!

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Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Read While You Ride!

Posted: July 13, 2017
By: Angela Vahle, Youth Associate

Six Read Alouds to Make the Longest Trips Fly By Now that July has come, I dare say we have all realized summer is here to stay. What may not have set in, is that summer sometimes means road trips, and road trips often bring you to “What on earth are my kids going to

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Summer Reading Loss Statistics

The Importance of Summer Reading

Posted: June 8, 2017
By: Melissa Hilt, Youth Assistant Director

At the end of every year we visit the schools to talk about summer reading. We tell students how important it is to continue reading during the summer so they can keep up their reading skills they worked so hard this past school year to build and avoid something called the summer slide. This is

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GEPL summer reading trophy.

GEPL Summer Reading: School Challenge Winners Announced!

Posted: September 1, 2016
By: Amy Waters, School Liaison

This summer, the grade school students in Glen Ellyn proved themselves to be a community of Super Readers. Summer reading at GEPL is opened to all students and this year, with our Read to Build program, we surpassed our goal of 70,000 hours read, racking up over 82,500 hours. All of this reading meant good

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What Counts as Reading

Posted: August 11, 2016
By: Emily Richardson, Youth Programming Associate

We’re coming to the end of our summer reading program. It’s been a wonderful reading-filled summer, and we’re on schedule to meet our reading goal. In the Youth Department, we’ve stamped and entered hours and hours of reading time. But what really “counts” as reading? What filled up all those hours? In an oversimplified definition,

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Carnival of Embarrassment

Posted: August 5, 2016
By: Hannah Rapp, Young Adult Librarian

Summer reading is almost over, and you may have noticed something lacking this summer. Specifically, Middle School Librarian Christina and me making idiots of ourselves and posting the videos online. That’s because we decided to do a little something different this year – rather than ongoing humiliation throughout the summer (which, aside from being extra embarrassment,

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A batman bookcase filled with books.

Building Better Readers

Posted: July 14, 2016
By: Leigh Ann Vock, Youth Department Page

Our summer reading program is titled Read to Build. Our partnership with Habitat for Humanity will be helping to build homes. In addition to the physical building of homes, summer reading can also be a time to build better readers. Reading is a fundamental function but the benefits go beyond that. To name a few,

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B Is For Betsy by Carolyn Haywood

Read, Just For The Fun Of It!

Posted: July 7, 2016
By: Amy Waters, School Liaison

A visit to the second floor of the library to see the Smithsonian display Patios, Pools & the Invention of the American Backyard, was a trip down memory lane. As children of the 60s and 70s, my siblings and I spent much of our time out in the yard, playing games with our friends, digging

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A book sitting open, spine up, with an ocean view.

Summer Reads for Summer Reading

Posted: June 10, 2016
By: Hannah Rapp, Young Adult Librarian

Last week we talked about all the reasons our summer reading program is awesome. Now let’s talk about all the reasons reading in the summer is awesome! Summer in general, and on vacation in particular, is about my favorite time to read. There’s something about being able to sit outside in the sun, or in

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