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Where The Child Things Are

Did You Miss It?

Posted: June 30, 2020
By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been late to a webinar or Zoom meeting. Raise your hand if you just needed to get your kids out of the house and you missed the online concert. Raise your hand if you double- or maybe even triple-booked your schedule and had to prioritize what to attend. I

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Weekly Art Challenge: Recreate Famous Artwork

Posted: June 28, 2020
By: Kelli Rolston, Youth Associate

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at creating a piece of art in the style of a famous artist? You have come to the right place! Most of these art projects require only basic supplies, such as watercolor paints, paint brushes, markers, colored pencils, tempera paints, crayons, and construction paper. You will find

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Bedtime Stories and the Benefits of Reading Aloud

Posted: June 23, 2020
By: Cathy Mori, Youth Librarian

According to an American survey by Reading Is Fundamental, bedtime stories are becoming a thing of the past. Nearly 2/3 of survey respondents claimed they did not regularly read bedtime stories with their children; the nightly ritual having been replaced by phone or tablet use. A British survey had similar results. Multiple studies have proven

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Diversify Your Summer Reading

Posted: June 16, 2020
By: Kate Easley, Youth Librarian

It’s summer, which means, hopefully, that the kids are done with remote learning and they can finally start reading for fun! If you haven’t registered for our completely online Paint Your Story: Summer Reading Challenge yet, you can do that here and log all your child’s reading to earn some cool rewards. Of course, in

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DIY Spa Day

Posted: June 9, 2020
By: Alexa Moffat, Youth Associate

Hi, friends! As quarantine life wears on, I’ve been looking for creative ways to pass the time with my four-year-old. Our most recent success was a DIY Spa Day that we created using stuff around our house. Besides being lots of fun, mixing and mashing our spa treatments were great fine motor and sensory activities.

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The Necessary Words

Posted: June 2, 2020
By: Tom Malinowski, Middle School Librarian

Since mid-March, I’ve been predominantly with my parents. I make time to go back to Chicago (where I live) to check on my studio apartment, get the mail, and walk along Lake Michigan. Yesterday, I was delighted to find more than a dozen cards and postcards and cards in my mailbox! Am I Mr. Popular?

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Paint Your Story: Summer Reading Challenge

Posted: May 26, 2020
By: Melissa Hilt, Community Engagement Librarian

School is almost over for the year, and in a public librarian’s world, that can only mean one thing: Summer Reading Challenge time! Paint Your Story: Summer Reading Challenge kicks off on Monday, June 1. In addition to reading, this summer we have added optional, Weekly Art Challenges. Weekly Art Challenges use supplies you may have

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The Great Glen Ellyn Backyard Challenge

Posted: May 19, 2020
By: Heather McCammond-Watts, Youth Department Director

Think your backyard is boring? Think again. There are many new and creative ways to enjoy whatever outdoor space you may have, and we are daring you to kick up the fun a notch. Tackle these challenges, take a photo, and share it with us on social media (@GlenEllynPL) to inspire your neighbors and friends.

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Create Your Summer Reading Plan

Posted: May 12, 2020
By: Amy Waters, School Liaison

We’ve all been spending more time looking at screens these days, or at least I sure have. Whether it’s for work, school, or unwinding with the latest binge watch, I take in a lot of content. But what I seem to be having a hard time doing is reading. I recently saw a blog post

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DIY Garden Storytime

Posted: May 5, 2020
By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian

Are you missing storytime at the library? I certainly am! Below is a list of my favorite garden-themed books and songs for your family to share together. I’ve also included some activity ideas that pair with this garden theme. All you need is Hoopla, which is a one-stop shop for ebooks, music, and videos! Download

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