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Time to Travel!

Posted: February 19, 2019
By: Christina Keasler, Youth Department Assistant Director and Youth Technology Librarian

Maybe it’s the weather, maybe it’s cabin fever, but around this time of year I start getting antsy and wishing to go on vacation. I begin planning my camping trips and other excursions. It appears I’m not the only one—the library processed nearly 200 passport applications in January. (Yes, GEPL can accept passport applications! Click

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A Little Bit of Kindness Goes A Long Way

Posted: February 12, 2019
By: Kelli Rolston, Youth Associate

Winter…the season of love and kindness. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but if your kids are anything like mine, they may not have been showing the love at home, especially with the recent snow and record low temperatures keeping everyone inside. So how do you teach your kiddos to be a little more

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ALA Book Awards

Posted: February 5, 2019
By: Kate Easley, Youth Librarian

Last week was an exciting one—not just with the bitter cold, but also with the ALA Book Awards announcement, including the Newbery and Caldecott winners. So, what won? Merci Suárez Changes Gears won the Newbery Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Literature. It tells the story of 6th grader Merci who is having some friend trouble

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Is This Book for Me?

Posted: January 29, 2019
By: Alexa Moffat, Youth Associate

Recently, I helped a family looking for Vox[1] books. I showed them our selection and watched as they perused the available options. I pointed to one book on the opposite side of the display, titled Hey Black Child, indicating that it was also a Vox book. The parent considered it quickly and said, “Oh, that

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Sloths, Narwhals, and Llamas… Oh, My!

Posted: January 22, 2019
By: Cristina Bueno, Youth Associate

Sloths and narwhals are two of my absolute favorite animals, and llamas are pretty cool, too. These three animals have been growing in popularity over the last few years with an increasing number of clothes, school supplies, and even books featuring them. Grownups, you may have found your child asking for these creatures, or perhaps

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2019 Reading Goals

Posted: January 15, 2019
By: Melissa Hilt, Community Engagement Librarian

As discussed in a previous blog post, many of us make New Year’s resolutions. It’s a way to start our year off on the right foot and motivate ourselves, if you will. For one of my resolutions, I always set a personal reading goal. Last year, on Goodreads, I pledged to read 65 books in

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Crafting with Creativebug

Posted: January 9, 2019
By: GEPL Staff

The Glen Ellyn Public Library is excited to introduce its latest digital resource: Creativebug! If you are not on a library computer or on the library’s WiFi, enter your card number and pin to access over 1,000 online art and craft lessons. Led by volunteers, activists, and teachers, these on-trend, high-quality classes never expire—so take

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Host Your Own Mock Caldecott Awards!

Posted: January 8, 2019
By: Heather McCammond-Watts, Youth Department Director

Youth library staff love to talk about their favorite children’s books, and this is the best time of the year to do so, because the annual awards are right around the corner. The American Library Association (ALA) will announce the winners of the Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King, Geisel, and other notable honors on January

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New Year, New You!

Posted: January 2, 2019
By: Kate Easley, Youth Librarian

Happy New Year! It’s 2019! Can you believe it? With a new year comes a time to make resolutions or set goals for the upcoming year. It’s time to try something new! No matter what interest you’d like to pursue, the library has you covered. Would you like to try 3D printing? Did you know

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Winter Boredom Busters

Posted: December 26, 2018
By: Alexa Moffat, Youth Associate

Winter is upon us. As the temperature drops, our time indoors increases, and refrains of, “I’m bored!” become all too common. Here is a list of my tried and true boredom busters, tested out in my years as a nanny, first grade teacher, and current toddler mom. 1. Put a piece of cardstock and a

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