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September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

Posted: September 10, 2019
By: Amy Waters, School Liaison

Do you remember your first library card? Mine was from the Wilmette Public Library. It was made of heavy yellow cardstock with a metal number stamped into it and a place to sign my name. That library card gave me a sense of responsibility and ownership. I could ride my bike to the library and

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Mirrors, Windows, and Books

Posted: September 3, 2019
By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian

When children cannot find themselves reflected in the books they read…they learn a powerful lesson about how they are devalued in the society of which they are a part.” Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop I wanted to be a librarian because I believe that there is a perfect book for every child. Something with suspense that

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Back to You!

Posted: August 27, 2019
By: Christina Keasler, Youth Department Assistant Director and Youth Technology Librarian

It’s back to school time. Whether you have one kid or more, you are probably focused on organization tips and separation anxiety. Even though a portion of your mind is flooded with these thoughts, another part may be relieved. I mean, it’s been a long summer. My oldest just started kindergarten though, so it’s a

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StackPacks

Posted: August 20, 2019
By: Alexa Moffat, Youth Associate

You asked for bundles of books…now, they’re here! Perhaps you are in a hurry to get to your child’s sports practice or you’re looking for picture books but don’t know where to start. Maybe your toddler is melting down and you need to grab something quickly. If any of these statements rings true for you,

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Hello, Homeschoolers!

Posted: August 13, 2019
By: Kate Easley, Youth Librarian

Hello, homeschoolers! It’s almost back to school time! For some students, that means boarding a bus and heading to a traditional school building. But for others, it means clearing off tables at home and checking the supplies in the closet to prepare for another year of homeschooling. If this is the case in your family,

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Back to School

Posted: August 6, 2019
By: Cathy Mori, Youth Librarian

Freshly sharpened pencils, brand new, unbroken crayons lined up in their box, a full bottle of glue, a blank notebook. These are some of the small joys of going back to school. But unfortunately, not all children are able to experience these small joys if they live in poverty or are homeless and their families

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All the Right Tools

Posted: July 30, 2019
By: Tom Malinowski, Middle School Librarian

School is starting up soon! Are you ready? Being prepared with the right tools can help you ease into a new academic year. Planners, sharpened pencils, and an awesome attitude are a must. But did you know that GEPL also has amazing (and free!) digital resources available at your fingertips? NoveList K-8 Chapter books that

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Arts and Crafts

Posted: July 23, 2019
By: Melissa Hilt, Community Engagement Librarian

Arts and crafts. There are people who hear these two words and the creative juices just start flowing. I hear these words and to be honest, it gives me a little bit of anxiety. I am not the creative type. I might be able to come up with an idea but figuring out how to

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Summer is for Singing!

Posted: July 16, 2019
By: Heather McCammond-Watts, Youth Department Director

“Summertime…and the living is easy.” “Here comes the sun!” “Sunshine, on my shoulders, makes me happy.” There are so many wonderful songs celebrating the glories of summertime. Music is the universal language, and children naturally respond to a tune. Ask any child over the age of five, “What letter comes after J?” and they will

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Explore

Posted: July 9, 2019
By: Amy Waters, School Liaison

Summer is a great time for exploring the world around you. Whether you take a trip out of state or go to a park right in your own neighborhood, there are many new things to be discovered. This year, I was invited to visit friends on an island that is part of Massachusetts called Martha’s

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