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Within the Sensory Box are a multitude of items for children and their caregivers to sooth or stimulate senses as needed. These tools can also be used to help focus and process stimuli.

Underused Services at the Library

Posted: July 30, 2018
By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian, and Caitlyn Reick, Marketing and Graphics Intern

Public spaces can be difficult for many children. Unpredictable noises, crowds of people, smells, sudden transitions, and having to share a space with strangers can be hard. This can be true for even traditionally quiet spaces like the library. Navigating a public space can be even more challenging for children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder,

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GEPL Reads for SCARCE | May 29 through September 2

Glen Ellyn Public Library Partners with SCARCE for Summer Reading

Posted: June 4, 2018
By: GEPL Staff

GEPL Reads for SCARCE Runs Now Through September 2, 2018 For the past five years, the Glen Ellyn Public Library has tied the Summer Reading program to a philanthropic cause – embracing the volunteer spirit of the community – and challenging members to not just read, but to read for a benevolent purpose. And this summer

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Kids and their grown-up listen to songs and stories about Miss Jamie's Farm.

What Our Members Have To Say

Posted: April 9, 2018
By: GEPL Staff

“We love our library. It’s an incredible resource. So very grateful for the time, thought, and intentionality that goes into the programming and resources that are available there. Thank you for your hard work!” – Survey Respondent The Glen Ellyn Public Library — our librarians and staff — strive to listen to the community and

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Foundation Board Treasurer Merrill Rajeck presents a check for $50,000 to Library Board President Chris Crawford

Library Foundation Donates $50,000 to Library for New Cafe

Posted: March 26, 2018
By: GEPL Staff

The Glen Ellyn Library Foundation presented a check for $50,000 to the Glen Ellyn Public Library Board of Trustees at Monday night’s library board meeting. “We are grateful to all of the community members who supported our 2017 fundraising efforts to bring this library donation goal into reality,” said Kelley Kalinich, Glen Ellyn Library Foundation

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Kathy Hollahan and Dawn Bussey.

Congratulations Kathy Hollahan!

Posted: March 12, 2018
By: Dawn Bussey, Library Director

Kathy Hollahan is one of those library employees whose work and talent occur behind the scenes. Yet her work impacts every person walking through the doors of the library, as she is responsible for all the signage both inside and outside the building. Kathy has created a brand that the community recognizes, particularly through The

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A Picture of Mary Shelley and her monster.

Why Frankenstein Still Connects with Us 200 Years Later

Posted: March 5, 2018
By: GEPL Staff

In 2018, the world is celebrating the creation of Dr. Victor Frankenstein’s monster. Thanks to the movies, many of us have a picture of Frankenstein’s monster in our heads as a giant, green-hued goliath marked with stitches and held together with bolts. But the vision in Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein: Or, The Modern Prometheus was

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Picture of GEPL Youth Department from Youth Entrance.

How GEPL Serves Kids of All Abilities

Posted: February 12, 2018
By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian

Libraries are more accessible than ever before. The Glen Ellyn Public Library offers innovative programs, services, and materials to make the library a friendly place for individuals of all abilities. Adaptable resources are beneficial to the entire community because they ensure that everyone can utilize the same spaces and services equally, regardless of physical, intellectual,

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Tiles with different types of ability symbols on them.

Accessibility and the Library

Posted: January 29, 2018
By: GEPL Staff

Making the Library Accessible to People of All Abilities Libraries play an important role in making books, technology, and services universally accessible to people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities, including those who may have visual or hearing impairments, or who have sensory issues or other challenges. With increasing reliance on digital technology, it is

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