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Read Like a Champion

Posted: May 21, 2019
By: Amy Waters, School Liaison

Are you a Jeopardy! fan? If so, and maybe even if you aren’t, it’s been hard to miss news of the current champion’s incredible winning streak. As of May 21, James Holzhauer, a Naperville native now living in Las Vegas, has won $1.78 million and is still going. All this winning has been great news

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Take an Audiobook Adventure!

Posted: May 14, 2019
By: Heather McCammond-Watts, Youth Department Director

Planning a family vacation this summer? Bring along some exciting audiobooks, and watch the miles fly by. Listening to stories in the car or on an airplane helps reduce stressful travel conditions and provides entertaining content for kids of all ages. The key to a successful audiobook experience is to select a really good narrator

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Celebrating Ramadan

Posted: May 7, 2019
By: Sammer Zehra, Guest Blogger

Growing up, Ramadan (Rum-a-don) was an exciting time in the house. My mom would make special food like samosas (mini deep fried meat pies), chaat (a spicy salad of chickpeas), and rooh afza (a refreshing sweet drink). We competed with our siblings and cousins to see who could fast the longest and who had the

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Dear Chickens

Posted: April 30, 2019
By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian

We love opportunities for children to get writing practice because it’s an important skill that is directly tied to reading and letter recognition. We also know that handwriting is losing importance as technology becomes more integrated into our daily routines. So we were especially excited when first grader Gavin suggested we write letters to the

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Year of the Garden

Posted: April 23, 2019
By: Christina Keasler, Youth Department Assistant Director and Youth Technology Librarian

Instead of a New Year’s resolution, I declared that 2019 would be the Year of the Garden. I refer to our home as Jumanji. We inherited a lot of perennials when we bought it that have gone rogue over the years. It’s been a losing battle. Ants have taken over the pots in the center

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Please Mom, Can I Have a Pet?

Posted: April 16, 2019
By: Kelli Rolston, Youth Associate

If you’ve visited the Youth Department lately, you probably noticed that we have been crazy for animals! Pet-themed learning stations, a vet station in the play area, and making cat/dog toys for a local animal shelter at home could have prompted your child to desperately plea, “Can we get a pet, please?” If you don’t

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Get Ready for Screen Free Week!

Posted: April 9, 2019
By: Kate Easley, Youth Librarian

The last week of April is Screen Free Week. That’s right—from April 29 through May 5, you’re encouraged to turn off those devices and focus on screen free fun. If you have children, it can be a real struggle to get them to shut down their iPads, but this week is a good time to

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Crafting with Children

Posted: April 2, 2019
By: Alexa Moffat, Youth Associate

My love of crafting began early. My mother (sort of) taught me to use her sewing machine, and I went from there. My grandma taught me needlepoint. I asked for paint and canvases each birthday. While I doubt anyone would describe me as an artist, I’ve flourished in the age of Pinterest and love to

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And the Winners Are…

Posted: March 26, 2019
By: Amy Waters, School Liaison

Have you been reading your way through the Illinois State Award lists this year? Well, the voters have spoken! Here are the Readers’ Choice Winners from 2019. How do they compare to your picks? MONARCH AWARD Creepy Pair of Underwear! – 18547 votes Written by Aaron Reynolds, Illustrated by Peter Brown Claymates –  14322 votes

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All About Chickens!

Posted: March 19, 2019
By: Melissa Hilt, Community Engagement Librarian

Here at the Glen Ellyn Public Library we love animals and try to find ways to bring them to the Youth Department whenever we can. In the past, we’ve had a worm compost, a “Read to Dogs” program, hatched monarch butterflies, and invited sloths, baby wolf pups, ostriches, reptiles, tarantulas, and chinchillas to meet our

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