Did you know that the Taj Mahal was built by an Indian emperor as a gift for his wife? Or that the Great Wall of China is more than 13,000 miles long? That means if you walked 1.5 miles an hour, it would take you 353 days (about 11 and a half months) to walk the entire Great Wall of China! That’s a lot of Fitbit steps!
These are just a few of the interesting facts you can read in the Look and Learn display. Until member collections return, we have created an educational display called Look and Learn in one of the cases that will feature science experiments, artifacts, insects, and more!
Last month we watched the magic of hydroponics to see how quickly herbs grow in nutrient-packed water. In conjunction with 2021 Summer Reading: Read to Color Your World, the Look and Learn display will feature landmarks and cultural items. Stop by to be amazed at the skillful architectural designs displayed in miniature form and learn the story behind these iconic structures and other cultural treasures.
You can continue to expand your global knowledge with these other great library resources, too!
- Weekly Global Explorer Activity Badges
Each Monday of 2021 Summer Reading , a new Global Explorer activity badge will be available. Complete one activity and be entered into a drawing on Monday, June 21, July 12, or August 9. Email photos of completed activities to firstname.lastname@example.org or post a photo with #GlenEllynPL for a chance to be featured on our social media channels.
Explore the world with specially-themed playpacks like Glen Ellyn Public Library Mexico playpack and Glen Ellyn Public Library China playpack .
Using your library card, download World Landmarks by Kathryn Knight, an ebook that explores some of the most famous man-made and natural landmarks around the world.
Build It! World Landmarks: Make Supercool Models with Your LEGO Classic Set by Jennifer Kemmeter. Find instructions for creating three of the world’s most famous buildings using standard bricks from the Lego Classic set and Architecture Studio.
Eiffel Tower by Kristine Spanier. Early fluent readers will marvel at the Eiffel Tower while learning about its history, location, uses, and architecture.
- Virtual Tours of Landmarks
Great Wall of China Travel Guide & Tours
Taj Mahal – Google Arts & Culture
Palace of Versailles – Google Arts & Culture
- Museum Adventure Pass
And if you enjoy our mini-museum exhibit and are looking to explore more in-person museums in the area, don’t forget about the Museum Adventure Pass . Use your library card to receive admission or a special discount at participating Chicago area cultural destinations!
So take a peek at our new Look and Learn displays and travel the world. View the Great Wall of China, the Eiffel Tower, and the Sydney Opera House without ever having to pack a suitcase.