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School Specials at the Library

Posted: August 25, 2020

By: Cathy Mori, Youth Librarian

This school year will be very different. Digital learning and a big focus on the basics. What about the “specials:” art, music, PE, and library?

The Glen Ellyn Public Library has you covered. We can be your Library Special and provide books and other materials to assist with all subjects and specials. We even have a new database to help with homework. HelpNow provides members of all ages live online homework help from 2-11 pm every day, writing lab assistance, test prep, video lessons, and study tools. Parents, I don’t know about you, but the way math is taught these days is nothing like the way I was taught back in the pre-digital age. Even the vocabulary is different! To solve 12-6, you no longer borrow, you regroup. It makes my brain hurt. So, let the trained teachers at HelpNow save you from those math headaches!

In addition, we now subscribe to TumbleMath, a great collection of math-related picture books that can help explain math concepts to your students.


In the mood for some creative and messy fun for your Art Special? We’ve got books for that. Try:

100 Easy STEAM Activities: Awesome Hands-OProjects for Aspiring Artists and Engineers 

Making Amazing Art 

Just Paint It! 

And don’t forget that you can access Creativebug through the library. Creativebug offers instruction and inspiration for wide variety of arts and crafts projects for all ages.


Maybe now is the time to learn a new instrument during your Music Special. We’ve got books for that. Try:

Children’s Ukulele Method 

Guitar for Beginners 

The Usborne Piano Course. Book One 


Need some motivation to get moving and be active for your PE Special? We’ve got books for that, too. Try:

Anna Banana: 101 Jump-Rope Rhymes 

The Art of Stone Skipping and Other Fun Old-Time Games: Stoopball, Jacks, String Games, Coin Flipping, Line Baseball, Jump Rope, and More 

Hopscotch, Hangman, Hot Potato, and Ha, Ha, Ha: a Rulebook of Children’s Games


Want some fun supplemental science activities? We’ve got resources for that as well. Try:

Eat Your Science Homework: Recipes for Inquiring Minds 

We Dare You!: Hundreds of Fun Science Bets, Challenges, and Experiments You Can Do at Home 

We also have Bill NyeMagic School Bus, and other science DVDs.

Want help finding something? Your Glen Ellyn Public Library librarians are here for you. Call us or come on in—just remember to wear your mask!