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GEPL’s Mock Caldecott Awards

Posted: January 14, 2020
By: Heather McCammond-Watts, Youth Department Director

Every year, we are excited to see which children’s books will earn coveted nominations for the Newbery, Caldecott, and Coretta Scott King book awards. The American Library Association announces the winners at their midwinter meeting on the last Monday in January, and children’s librarians across the country shout with glee when their favorites are chosen!

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New Year, New Decade: How Will You Embrace the Year(s) Ahead?

Posted: January 6, 2020
By: Amy Waters, School Liaison

JANUARY Expand your reading choices Make a resolution this year to read more diversely in 2020. Sure, check out those well-loved favorites, but add some new genres and authors, too. From board books to older fiction, there are great authors to be discovered. Here are just a few (ask at the Youth Desk for more

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2020: The Year of Frida

Posted: December 31, 2019
By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian

I love living near Chicago. We’re so lucky to be a frequent stop on world tours for popular artists and performers. My favorite thing to do is experience Broadway in Chicago—Hamilton, anyone? Chicago’s home to famous museums and other historical landmarks. In 2020, I’m looking forward to seeing world famous art right here in Glen

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(Books) These Days

Posted: December 24, 2019
By: Christina Keasler, Youth Department Assistant Director

‘Tis the season! All the top toy lists are out, and while browsing through toys filled with slime or “fart-inspired” scents, I’m asking myself, “What is it with kids these days?!” However, I remind myself that it’s not really kids these days. When I was a kid, my favorite summer reading theme was B.A.R.F. (Books

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Cookie Day

Posted: December 17, 2019
By: Cathy Mori, Youth Librarian

One of my favorite days of the year is Cookie Day. You might not have heard of Cookie Day unless you participate in a version of it yourself. For me, Cookie Day happens annually in December and involves myself, my sister, and two of our childhood friends who gather for a day-long cookie baking extravaganza.

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Screen Time Struggles

Posted: December 10, 2019
By: Kate Easley, Youth Librarian

As the weather gets colder and snowier, kids start to spend more time indoors. What’s more appealing than an iPad or TV? It’s an ongoing struggle many parents face: children want more and more screen time, yet the research is showing that screen time isn’t great for kids. So, how best to minimize technology usage

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The Gift of Reading

Posted: December 3, 2019
By: Tom Malinowski, Middle School Librarian

As a librarian, do I support people buying books? Yes! But then am I somehow encouraging people not to use the library but a bookstore instead? Reading is reading whether the book is borrowed or bought. Before I became a librarian, I bought my fair share of books. One of my librarian duties is collection

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Weathering Sadness During the Holidays

Posted: November 26, 2019
By: Amy Waters, School Liaison

As the holiday season approaches, many people are making plans to spend time with friends and family. Maybe a trip is in the works, or perhaps your family will be hosting out-of-town visitors. The bustle and excitement of the season is something to look forward to. But sometimes, this time of year coincides with changes

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Little Chefs

Posted: November 19, 2019
By: Heather McCammond-Watts, Youth Department Director

Autumn is the perfect opportunity to spend time in the kitchen with your kids. Cooking is highly creative and is a surefire way to connect. Cookbooks written especially for kids break down each task into more manageable parts and give you tips for success. Kids can chop safely with either plastic knives or butter knives.

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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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