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A Closer Look at the Opioid Epidemic

Posted: September 5, 2019
By: Brenna Murphy, Readers' Advisory Librarian

This fall, GEPL is talking about some big issues in our community, including the opioid crisis. (Click here for more information about an opioid panel discussion happening at the library later this month). As it can be a difficult topic to unpack, consider these book recommendations to learn more. Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s

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Introducing the New SWAN Libraries App

Posted: August 14, 2019
By: GEPL Staff

Did you know? BLUEcloud Mobile has launched a new app, making it easier to search our catalog from your smartphone or tablet! Get the library on your phone to: Download and read ebooks and listen to e-audiobooks Scan the ISBN barcode on the back of a book to see whether the library has a copy

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5 Reasons to Join a Book Club

Posted: August 1, 2019
By: Brenna Murphy, Readers' Advisory Librarian

1. Make new friends Book club is not only a literary discussion but also a social event. It’s a great place to find like-minded bookworms in your community. Some people even make lifelong friendships through book club! 2. Learn something new You never know what you might learn at book club. You could come away

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The Librarian Recommends: Summer Picks 2019

Posted: July 8, 2019
By: Brenna Murphy, Readers' Advisory Librarian

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes: Evvie hasn’t left her house much since her husband passed away. Then her best friend suggests that Dean Tenney, a former major league baseball player going through a crisis of his own, move into the apartment at the back of her house. Bonding over their difficult pasts, the

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Get Your Game On with GEPL’s Board Game Collection

Posted: June 12, 2019
By: Brenna Murphy, Readers' Advisory Librarian

Get your game on! The 2nd Floor Information Desk is now home to 13 assorted board games for you to play while at the library, including: Apples to Apples Catan Chess Clue Codenames Jenga Life Monopoly Risk Scrabble Set TriBond Trivial Pursuit To borrow a game, simply ask a librarian at the desk and be

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A Gift from the Glen Ellyn Library Foundation

Posted: May 22, 2019
By: GEPL Staff

The Glen Ellyn Public Library received a special shipment this spring: a device that will dispense one, three, and five-minute stories and poems on long scrolls resembling receipt paper. A gift from the Glen Ellyn Library Foundation, the short story kiosk is the first of its kind to show up in an Illinois library. The

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Free Ebooks and Audiobooks with Libby

Posted: May 3, 2019
By: Brenna Murphy, Readers' Advisory Librarian

Did you know? You can get free ebooks and audiobooks with your library card! OverDrive is a service that provides access to over 16,000 ebooks and 4,000 audiobooks to GEPL cardholders. With its app, Libby, you can read right on your device. What devices are compatible with Libby? Apple devices with iOS9+, Android 4.4+, Windows

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The Librarian Recommends: Spring Picks 2019

Posted: April 1, 2019
By: Brenna Murphy, Readers' Advisory Librarian

Spring is here and so are some amazing new books! Here are a few of my favorite new releases: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid: I can’t recommend this book enough for fans of contemporary fiction and behind-the-scenes music stories! Daisy Jones is a talented and beautiful singer/songwriter; Billy Dunne and his

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Have You Heard About Next Chapter Book Club?

Posted: March 14, 2019
By: Sarah Kleiva, Outreach Librarian

Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC), which was awarded the “Innovations in Reading Prize” by the National Book Foundation in 2016, has clubs throughout North America and in other parts of the world. The clubs are designed for teens, young adults, and adults with developmental disabilities. They meet in third places, like libraries, cafes, and book

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Early Intervention Screenings

Posted: March 7, 2019
By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian

You are your child’s first teacher. You are the expert on your child. You know them best. Although children are known to grow at different rates, most follow certain milestones. It’s normal to be concerned if your child doesn’t hit a milestone on time. So how do you know if your instincts are just a

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