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Where The Child Things Are

“Mom, I’m Bored.” How To Beat Summer Boredom

Posted: July 19, 2018
By: Melissa Hilt, Youth Assistant Director

Did you know that July is National Anti-Boredom Month? I had never heard of it before, but my friend and I like to text each other wishing the other Happy National (whatever day it happens to be), so I am looking these up on a regular basis. I suppose July being National Anti-Boredom Month makes

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Amy Waters reads from an old Archie comic.

A Reading Life: From Cereal Boxes to Shakespeare and Everything in Between

Posted: July 12, 2018
By: Amy Waters, School Liaison

When I was a child I was a voracious reader and I read anything and everything. The best cereals were the ones with lots to read on the back of the box. Newspapers were great places for the comics and picking up new words. Those new words would lead me to the dictionary, which fascinated

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Chu's First Day of School by Neil Gaiman

Are You Ready for Kindergarten?

Posted: July 5, 2018
By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian

Whether it’s your littlest child or your oldest child, transitioning to kindergarten can be very emotional. You want them to be confident and ready for every new experience. It’s difficult to anticipate how much your child will learn, change, and grow between now and the first day of kindergarten. We’re unrolling a band-new series of

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Heather McCammond-Watts, Youth Department Director

Meet Ms. Heather – The New Youth Director!

Posted: June 28, 2018
By: Heather McCammond-Watts, Youth Department Director

I am so excited to bring my enthusiasm and expertise to GEPL! My top priority is to ensure outstanding youth services through responsive customer service, fun and creative programming, and meaningful community connections. My driving passion is for serving kids and families. My specialties include holistic family services, community engagement, storytelling, play-based learning, and early literacy

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Ticket to Ride First Journey Board Game

Keeping Your Kids Occupied On A Rainy Day (Or A Long Trip)

Posted: June 21, 2018
By: Christina Keasler, Youth Technology Librarian

Summer vacation is here! School is out; GEPL’s summer reading program is underway (have you signed up?); and parents are thinking of plans, or survival skills, to make sure the kids don’t drive the parents, or themselves, crazy with the idle time. We know the importance of outside play, but there are times when that’s

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Picture of a kids slide with STOP the Summer Slide!

Stop the Summer Slide

Posted: June 15, 2018
By: Kelly Mahoney, Youth Associate

Did you know that it’s common for students to lose academic progress over the summer? In fact, some students lose up to three months of growth in key academic areas. This has been documented by research studies dating back over 100 years, and it makes a lot of sense. Imagine if you tried to play

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Ohh, Origami!

Posted: June 7, 2018
By: Deanna Siegel, Youth Librarian

Have you ever seen paper cranes and wondered how they were made? Have you ever wanted to create a paper crane? A dog? A hat? Some kind of shape? Well you can through origami! Origami is the Japanese art of folding squares of paper into different shapes, symbols, and animals. There are various levels of

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Official photo of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex families and bridal party.

Royally Good Reads

Posted: May 31, 2018
By: Kate Easley, Youth Librarian - Homeschool Services

In case you missed it, there was a royal wedding that took place recently. Prince Harry married Meghan Markle, or as the Chicago Tribune tweeted “Northwestern Graduate Marrying British Guy.” It was an exciting and beautiful ceremony to watch. I definitely had fun watching all the celebrities arrive, eventually followed by the bride. If you

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An illustrated story unfolds along the 20 stations of the new StoryWalk ® recently installed in Prairie Path Park in downtown Glen Ellyn by the Glen Ellyn Public Library. The installation is part of a joint park renovation project by the library, the Glen Ellyn Park District and the village, partially funded by the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn.

Passport to Adventure!

Posted: May 17, 2018

Oh the places you’ll go — Dr. Seuss Summer is just around the corner. And that means sunshine, warm weather, and no school! It’s the perfect time for an adventure. There are many ways your child can have an adventure this summer. Here are just a few ideas to get your summer vacation off to a

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GEPL Reads for SCARCE | May 29 through September 2

Summer Reading is Back!

Posted: May 24, 2018
By: Melissa Hilt, Youth Assistant Director

It’s that time of year again! The weather is finally getting warmer; flowers are blooming; school is ending. And you know what that means — summer break! I know as a kid I always enjoyed summer. It meant staying up late, playing outside, ice cream, and summer reading. Yes, even as a kid I was

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