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Where The Child Things Are

National Stress Awareness Month

Posted: April 7, 2020
By: Alexa Moffat, Youth Associate

Are your children causing you stress? Mine are! I’m fresh off a three-month maternity leave with a newborn, three-nager, and geriatric dog, so I have a renewed sense of appreciation for stay-at-home parents. April is National Stress Awareness Month. Here are some creative tips to alleviate stress with the help of your little monsters: 1.

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New World, New Routine

Posted: March 31, 2020
By: Tom Malinowski, Middle School Librarian

What a difference a few weeks can make. Since many of us are at home for an extended period of time, especially students, consider these helpful strategies to combat cabin fever. Create a schedule that makes sense with fun Schoolwork is paramount. If you’re normally in class for 40-50 minutes, emulate that at home as

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Letter from a Librarian

Posted: March 24, 2020
By: Melissa Hilt, Community Engagement Librarian

Hi, Everybody! I sit at home writing this letter, missing all of you. While we are “social distancing,” it’s important to keep a routine, exercise, read, eat, and get outside. The coronavirus (COVID-19) has given us the perfect opportunity to talk with our kids about why washing hands with soap and water is so important.

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The Great Glen Ellyn Scavenger Hunt

Posted: March 17, 2020
By: Heather McCammond-Watts, Youth Department Director

We understand how much of a challenge this COVID-19 crisis is for families. We want you to know that we care about you and will try and support you with our remote library services. Check our social media for ideas on how to make learning from home fun, as well as some awesome ebooks and

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You Count, I Count, We ALL Count!

Posted: March 10, 2020
By: Amy Waters, School Liaison

Counting is an essential early learning skill. You can help your children gain awareness of numbers and their order, as well as how they relate to objects, by doing activities around the home like: Sorting items and then counting the piles: you can use a pack of M&Ms or Skittles or gummies, sort them into

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Indestructibles

Posted: March 3, 2020
By: Alexa Moffat, Youth Associate

My kiddos love books. (Yay!) However, they can be pretty rough on them. Much to my chagrin, we’ve had some covers torn off and pages colored on. We were recently gifted with a set of books from the Indestructibles series, and I am HOOKED! They are rip proof, waterproof, and lightweight; in other words, the

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Parents in the Classroom

Posted: February 25, 2020
By: Christina Keasler, Assistant Youth Department Director and Youth Technology Librarian

“I’m reading to my kid’s class. What book should I pick?” This is a common question we get at the Youth Desk, and a fun one! It’s an invitation for us to gush about our favorite books. We understand the pressure you’re under. Your child may think you’re an awesome bedtime storyteller, but there’s more

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Curing Cabin Fever: Family Game Night

Posted: February 18, 2020
By: Cathy Mori, Youth Librarian

This time of year, the days are cold, the nights are long, and the kids spend too much time indoors – playing video games, watching TV, or complaining they are bored. This is the perfect time to pull out a deck of cards or some board games and declare a Family Game Night. There are

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Valentine’s Day

Posted: February 11, 2020
By: Kate Easley, Youth Librarian

Valentine’s Day is a great time to celebrate love for your whole family. Have your kids make a gift for Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, or another loved one. Work together to create a frame in which the kids can either put a photograph of themselves or a self-drawn picture. Get started by attending “Picture Me

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29 Ways to Celebrate the Leap Year

Posted: February 4, 2020
By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian

January may have felt like it was 85 days long, but guess what…we have an extra day in February too! We only have February 29, or Leap Day, every four years. Why? The calendar needs an extra day to align with Earth’s rotation around the sun. Without this extra day, we’d lose approximately five hours

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