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The Magic of Disney at GEPL

Posted: November 12, 2019
By: Melissa Hilt, Community Engagement Librarian

We’re all passionate about something. If you know me, you know that my passions are the Chicago Cubs and Disney. Specifically, Walt Disney World in Florida. I love Disney World so much that I have lost track of how many times I have visited, but it’s likely somewhere around 20. Last year, I was lucky

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Native American Heritage Month

Posted: November 5, 2019
By: Christina Keasler, Youth Department Assistant Director and Youth Technology Librarian

November is a time of giving and reflection. It’s a time to think about what you are thankful for. It’s also a good opportunity to consider those around you, both inside and outside of your community. Many volunteer around Thanksgiving to help those who aren’t as fortunate. November is also Native American Heritage Month. Following

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Preschool Visits with Miss Katy

Posted: October 29, 2019
By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian

Did you know that GEPL librarians visit local preschools for storytime? Hearing stories from voices other than those of their parents or teachers can engage children in a special way – so we take books, music, and other storytime tricks on the road. It’s important that kids still get to experience the magic of library

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Pink Everywhere: Acknowledging Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted: October 22, 2019
By: Cathy Mori, Youth Librarian

This month, we see pink everywhere: on cups and caps. On football cleats, ribbons—even cement mixers! What’s with all the pink? October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and pink is its symbolic color. Breast cancer is an insidious disease that statistics say will affect 1 in 8 women sometime during her lifetime. Other than skin

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Not-So-Scary Halloween

Posted: October 15, 2019
By: Kate Easley, Youth Librarian

It’s October, which means people are finding their costumes, painting pumpkins, hanging skeletons, and buying candy. Although I enjoy parts of Halloween (like the candy), I’m a total scaredy-cat. I detest haunted houses, scary movies, spooky stories, and all things frightening. When I was a kid, I would timidly walk around my neighborhood on Halloween,

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Reading Clubs at GEPL

Posted: October 8, 2019
By: Alexa Moffat, Youth Associate

You rocked our Game On! Summer Challenge. It ended and school began. Now what? The Youth Department at the Glen Ellyn Public Library offers two reading clubs geared toward different age groups. The first, 1K Club, runs year-round and is for children from birth through preschool who have not yet entered kindergarten. Kids are challenged

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Collaborative Poetry

Posted: October 1, 2019
By: Tom Malinowski, Middle School Librarian and Heather McCammond-Watts, Youth Department Director

Poetry is lovely to read, but is it difficult to write? We decided to come up with a poem together and find out! Sky Friends I ran down the stairs and almost twisted my ankle as I dodged the armadillo at the bottom of the stairs. No time to monkey around as I was finally

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The Power of a Quote

Posted: September 24, 2019
By: Tom Malinowski, Middle School Librarian

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” Did those quotes inspire you? Recall a specific memory? Make you grin? Quotes can: Help you conquer procrastination: “Things may come to those who wait, but

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Fantastic Firefighters

Posted: September 17, 2019
By: Heather McCammond-Watts, Youth Department Director

Kids are fascinated by firefighters and fire trucks. Let’s face it, adults are, too. Once, my neighbor’s house caught fire, and while everyone rushed outside to see what was happening, I was stunned and amazed to see the firefighters rushing inside to put out the fire. Of course, I knew intellectually that that is what

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September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

Posted: September 10, 2019
By: Amy Waters, School Liaison

Do you remember your first library card? Mine was from the Wilmette Public Library. It was made of heavy yellow cardstock with a metal number stamped into it and a place to sign my name. That library card gave me a sense of responsibility and ownership. I could ride my bike to the library and

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