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Red, White, and Whole by Rajani Larocca

Reha feels torn between two worlds: school, where she’s the only Indian American Student, and home, with her family and community. But Reha’s parents don’t understand.  She feels disconnected from her mother, or Amma. Although their names are linked – Reha means “star” and Punam means “moon” they are a universe apart. Then Reha finds out that

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By: Tom Malinowski, Middle School Librarian

Change is constantly happening, not only in our lives, but around the world. Homework, after school activities, new games to play, people traveling more, and COVID-19 restrictions being lifted.  It can be a struggle keeping up with all of it!One challenge is knowing when and where to wear a mask. Just have one handy at

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Volunteering Update

By: Tom Malinowski, Middle School Librarian

It is great to see COVID-19 restrictions relaxing. Right now, we still can’t have volunteers in the library, but that shouldn’t stop you from volunteering! Our volunteering options are activities that you can do at home at anytime.  Your activities will count if you need volunteer hours.    If you have questions, please let me

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A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

By: Eman, 7th grader at Hadley Junior High

A Long Walk to Water is a moving novel about the struggle to have a safe life in South Sudan during the Sudanese war in the 1980s. Salva Dut had a normal life before the rebels invaded his neighborhood. The story follows his struggle as a refugee and his journey to America. The books also

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  • 2021 Summer Reading
    Monday, June 7, 2021 12:00 am to 12:00 am
    Virtual Program
    Read to Color Your World
  • Kindness Club: Color a Calendar for World Relief
    Sunday, July 18, 2021 12:00 am to 12:00 am
    No Space
    Decorate a calendar page to personally welcome a family who has just moved to Illinois. World Relief will include your page in the family’s welcome kit. Calendar pages will be...
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons Demo
    Thursday, July 29, 2021 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    Youth Department
    Curious about Animal Crossing: New Horizons on the Nintendo Switch? Watch as Youth staff play the game and answer questions.
  • Animal Crossing Open Play
    Thursday, July 29, 2021 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    Virtual Program
    Are you an avid Animal Crossing player? Visit GEPL Island, shop in our stores, and get presents! For grades 1-8.
  • Global Art Drive-Thru
    Saturday, July 31, 2021 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Learn about different art media and see samples of art from countries around the world and from our community as you drive through the Duane/Lorraine Commuter parking lot! Then use...
  • Critter Cozy
    Wednesday, August 11, 2021 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm
    Virtual Program
    Get ready for pumpkin spice latte season by hand sewing a critter coffee cozy! For grades 6-8.
  • Bollywood Dance Workshop
    Friday, August 27, 2021 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Virtual Program
    Learn Bollywood dance moves that promote the beauty of Indian dance and music in this interactive online workshop with Bolly DanceFit. No prior dance experience necessary. Presented by Deepthi Chiruvuri....
  • Sketchnoting
    Tuesday, September 7, 2021 6:30 pm to 7:15 pm
    Virtual Program
  • Friends Used Book Sale
    Saturday, September 11, 2021 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
    Basement - Friends Area
    Purchase quality, gently-used books at discount prices from the Friends of the Library (FoL).
  • Friends Used Book Sale
    Sunday, September 12, 2021 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    Basement - Friends Area
    Everything $10/bag Purchase quality, gently-used books at discount prices from the Friends of the Library (FoL).
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